It’s easier to make lifestyle changes when you’re feeling better. It’s so easy for medical practitioners to tell a patient, ‘stop doing this’ or ‘don’t eat that anymore’. You may even be ready to change certain behaviors but sometimes you get that old craving. This is where acupuncture can enter your life. Almost everyone who has tried acupuncture will say it’s great for pain. Acupuncture is also one of the best treatments for insomnia, stress, hormonal imbalances, mood swings, cravings, and addiction. Acupuncture calms the nervous system, restores homeostasis, relaxes the muscles and promotes an over-all sense of well-being. Now that you’re feeling better you can start to think about doing things a little differently – and it’s easier.
But I know – you hate needles! However, these needles are fine like thread but made of flexible stainless steel. You may feel them going in, but once they are in you should not feel any more discomfort. If you have never tried acupuncture before, just ask your practitioner to do a calming point first.
The beneficial effects of acupuncture treatments typically last about 3-4 days. During those days you’ll sleep better, your emotions will be in control, your cravings may decrease if not completely disappear for a while. The acupuncture treatments can be immediately effective and relaxing enough to make you feel spiritually and physically well. In other words, the beast sleeps tonight!
The World Health Organization recognized acupuncture for the treatment of addictions in 1996. Since then researchers have been able to verify its pain relieving and anxiety reduction abilities. Acupuncture is currently offered in more than 700 addiction treatment centers across the country. It’s recognized for helping with secondary symptoms associated with addiction such as sleep disorders, changes in bowel movements, increased frequency of headaches or migraines and various digestive issues.
Addiction eventually affects every part of the body. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine use a variety of modalities including cupping, massage and herbal medicine to achieve desired effects. For example, acupuncture can help clear phlegm from the lungs and regulate breathing. It can brighten the eyes, reduce the sensation of ringing in the ears and clear nasal congestion. Herbal medicine can strengthen the digestive system, help regulate bowel movements and blood circulation. It can also help reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Massage with cupping is one of the best remedies for relieving muscle tension. Acupuncture with electric stimulation can reduce pain, inflammation, edema, and ascites. Acupuncture needles can be manipulated to bring heat to an area or reduce heat from an area.
Acupuncture is not a one-size-fits-all type of treatment. Every treatment is customized and points are selected according to the current needs of the patient. This technique is more than 2000 years old and practitioners have had a lot of time to prove the functions of the points and how they interact with one another to achieve a specific result. This means each treatment can be different and effective.