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Healing Drug and Alcohol Addiction with Acupuncture New York

December 4, 2011

Instead of methadone treatment to control drug addiction, drugs addiction centers and some hospitals have found out that acupuncture NYC can be an effective tool in the treatment of drug as well as alcohol addiction.  Acupuncture efficiently detoxifies the body of substances that make the body crave for these substances and helps in the management of withdrawal pains.  It has been known that alcohol and illegal drugs depletes the body’s natural painkillers known as endorphins which are the chemicals that help relieve stress and pain in the body.

Ear or auricular acupuncture enables the production and secretion of endorphins to help combat the effects of addiction.  The needles are inserted on the outer ear, which has nerves that connect to the central nervous system.  Besides needles, ear acupuncture treatment also uses cauterizing and massage therapy to enhance endorphin production.  Ear acupuncture removes or at least greatly minimizes stress and pain that is due to the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body.  Known also as auriculotherapy, ear acupuncture is an ancient healing practice used in China for millennia.  Ear acupuncture only involves using the ear for treatment of disorders.  It is widely known that the ear auricle has virtually acupuncture points of the whole body and inserting the needles as strategic points on the outer ear produces a healing effect on a particular disorder involving specific body parts or emotional or mental disorders.  This type of acupuncture is the standard treatment used to heal illnesses in the body brought about by the addiction.  It is really amazing that a small part of the human body, the auricle or outer ear can hold all the stimulating points of the entire anatomy of a person and thus ear acupuncture can actually heal any type of painful disorder.

For cocaine addiction, addiction centers use five acupuncture needles to relieve pain felt in some vital organs in the body.  Ear acupuncture removes the cocaine cravings and repairs the physiological damage in the body wrought by long-term cocaine abuse.

Key acupuncture points or simply called acupoints in the ear are the lung point, liver point, kidney point, shenmen point and sympathetic point. The sympathetic point is the point where signals are sent to produce and secrete endorphins to help relax the internal body organs.  The shenmen point helps treat insomnia and enables the body to get adequate sleep.  This point is for the relief of stress.  The kidney point helps heal damages to the kidney brought about by the addiction and improves digestion of nutritious food.  The liver point helps maintain good functioning of the liver and keeps the liver healthy.  The lung point is responsible in the detoxification of the body.  It helps in proper circulation of oxygen inside the body and imparts proper breathing.