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Is there acupuncture treatment for alcoholism

Kim Vandeveer (Rohnert Park, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, there is a detox point on the body that helps with addiction to drugs, alcohol and smoking.
Portia Barnblatt (San Francisco, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes. We use lots of auricular acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to treat this kind of addiction. Of course, this person has to be mentally ready to quit. I also recommend my patients see a good counselor at the same time.
Katalin Csoka (Mission Viejo, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
You would be helped by acupuncture (ear acupuncture) and herbal medicine. These treatments would help both with overcoming your addiction and with the withdrawal symptoms. Other support is needed: family, AA meetings, and so on. A commitment from you to get sober is a must.
Kexin Bao (Rosemead, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Acupuncture, moxibustion and herbal medicine are helpful for overcoming an addiction to alcohol. It is not easy! Please contact me via phone.
Vera Vasershteyn (Surfside, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, we have special treatment protocols for addiction. Find an acupuncturist with this knowledge.
Annie Porter (Scottsdale, AZ) on Oct 1, 2012
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association has a protocol that involves auricular acupuncture. This is acupuncture done only in the ears and it involves 5 points in each ear. T his protocol has been shown effective in treatking alcohol and drug addiction, including smoking. It is not a magic bullet but patients report more calm, less anxiety and stress. They also find that they are sleeping better and instead of 'running on fumes', find that they can access deeper reserves of true energy. In addition there are points that detoxify the organs most affected by addiction, including the liver and lungs.
Soon Pak (Bayside, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes. Ear acupuncture for detox can help you.
Shohreh Younessian Pedouim (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, and anyone who'd like to shake an addiction should see an acupuncturist. Acupuncture and some tonics arevery effective in the treatment of alcoholism. Getting rid of addiction is tough for the patient as well as the acupuncturist. The patient needs a lot of willpower and the acupuncturist needs a lot of patience. When an alcoholic comes to see me, I always ask why he became a substance user in the first place. There are other ways to manage your feelings, including meditation, exercise, acupuncture, herbs, religion, and cognitive therapy.
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, it is called the NADA protocol. Very few practitioners know about this procedure. Please feel free to call us if you have more questions.
Crystal Dmytryk (New York, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
Acupuncture can help with cravings and anxiety. However, it is also very important to get counseling too. There is usually an underlying emotional and addictive behavior pattern that needs to be addressed. Otherwise, your addition to alcohol may just transfer to an addiction to cigarettes or food, for example.
Teresa Green (Ashland, VA) on Oct 1, 2012
Acupuncture can be useful dealing with alcoholism, but is definitely not a stand-alone treatment for this condition. Alcoholism has emotional, chemical, and neurological facets, and someone dealing with this illness needs a team of people to help them with each part. First, someone dealing with alcoholism must have some sort of dependency treatment in place, whether it's a therapist or a support group like AA. Usually, it is also important to address nutritional deficiencies and food sensitivities. Finally, acupuncture can be used to address the way the nervous system processes stress and the chemical reactions in the body that deal with addiction, making it easier to resist the urge to drink, and miminizing the effects of stress on the body and mind. Alcoholism is a complicated condition, but there are many affordable and proven ways to treat it. Acupuncture is very useful part of a treatment plan to keep someone dealing with alcoholism on the road of sobriety.
Teresa Green (Ashland, VA) on Oct 1, 2012
Acupuncture can be useful dealing with alcoholism, but is definitely not a stand-alone treatment for this condition. Alcoholism has emotional, chemical, and neurological facets, and someone dealing with this illness needs a team of people to help them with each part. First, someone dealing with alcoholism must have some sort of dependency treatment in place, whether it's a therapist or a support group like AA. Usually, it is also important to address nutritional deficiencies and food sensitivities. Finally, acupuncture can be used to address the way the nervous system processes stress and the chemical reactions in the body that deal with addiction, making it easier to resist the urge to drink, and miminizing the effects of stress on the body and mind. Alcoholism is a complicated condition, but there are many affordable and proven ways to treat it. Acupuncture is very useful part of a treatment plan to keep someone dealing with alcoholism on the road of sobriety.
Elizabeth Griffing (Portland, OR) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, acupuncture can help treat various types of craving and withdrawal symptoms, including those due to alcoholism. Acupuncturists can help you carry out a course of recovery, usually in conjunction with a small team of complementary physicians and counselors, to create the most effective result for you. Because of the mental and emotional aspects of alcoholism, an acupuncturist will usually request that you work in conjunction with a trained addiction specialist (unless the acupuncturist has this training as well). Acupuncture can help your body to heal from the effects of alcoholism physically, and it can significantly reduce the stress associated with such a major (healing) life change. Herbal therapy can also be very useful in restoring the health of the liver and associated organ systems that can be negatively affected by alcoholism. In the holistic viewpoint, when you heal an injury in your body (such as the internal injury of liver damage), this can help heal the mental and emotional state as well, increasing the general resilience of your body and mind as a whole. Acupuncture has been shown in some studies to increase the success rate for maintaining sobriety. Several studies have investigated acupuncture's usefulness in alcohol addiction treatment programs, such as this one: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10587932. If you'd like more immediately accessible information, you may want to check out the National Association for Detoxification Acupuncture, (NADA), which promotes and studies the use of acupuncture for addiction and trauma recovery (http://www.acudetox.com). Many acupuncturists have been certified as NADA providers, meaning they understand and implement this form of acupuncture in their practices. You can check in with your local community health centers to see if they employ acupuncture as part of their recovery program, such as this clinic in Portland Oregon: The Quest Center for Integrative Health: http://www.quest-center.org/ They provide an exemplary approach for effective addiction treatment and recovery. I worked here as an intern, treating addiction once a week in a group acupuncture setting. I was able to see firsthand how the group acupuncture treatments helped people to reach and maintain their goals. To have the best treatment effect, this kind of acupuncture program will involve two to three visits per week, for sessions of between 20 and 45 minutes. Often this is offered in a cost-effective group treatment setting, and is sometimes coupled with group support. You will usually be given things to do at home to help with cravings, and often dietary advice is offered as well. Herbal pills or teas can be given to help with symptoms. The course of treatment may last anywhere between one to six months, with the acupuncturist modifying the frequency of visits based on your response. Many people like to continue "checking in" with the acupuncturist for health maintenance on a monthly basis.
Paul Mosier (Amherst, NH) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes. Acupuncture has been used in drug detoxification and rehabilitation programs in the US since the late 1970s. The acupuncture treatment for alcoholism is typically five very small needles in the ear. It helps to reset the brain's reward centers and can lessen the intensity of cravings & other side effects common to coming off alcohol.
Carlos Chapa (Mesquite, TX) on Jan 7, 2013
Yes! Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine can help! Many patients have used Acupuncture to help them kick the habit and help their liver help itself. This will take time, detox and diet changes are a must. Eastern Medicine has treated billions of patients for thousands of years. Pharmacological drugs and steroids are not the only option. Side effects, dependency and not treating the ROOT cause and only the symptoms is not the way to cure these problems. Don't be surprised if your Doctor brings up your diet and will probably recommend some diet changes. Make sure you go to a Licensed Acupuncturist (not certified) that has graduated from at least a Masters Degree program. Every state is different and some require little to no exams or training.
Jason Bussell (Wilmette, IL) on Jan 6, 2013
Acupuncture can be helpful with all types of addictions. The way we see it, the problem does not lie in the alcohol but rather in the spirit. Acupuncture helps calm the spirit and reduce cravings for whatever you are unnaturally attracted/addicted to.
Kerry Kott (Odessa, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
Yes, absolutely. Acupuncture addresses the physical conditions and emotional reasons associated with addictions. I also incorporate herbal medicine in order to nourish and heal the body from within.
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Auricular acupuncture, combined with other treatment modalities, is commonly used for addiction whether it be for alchol, nicotine, etc. It does work, however, it is not a magic bullet, you must realize it will take hard work on part of the patient as well as the acupuncturist to treat such issues.
Henry Hom (San Francisco, CA) on Oct 10, 2012
There is a detox protocol for alcoholism using ear acupuncture
Portia Zheng (Sunnyvale, CA) on Oct 2, 2012
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