Updated: Aug 10
Acupuncture and auriculotherapy are traditional Chinese medicine techniques that involve the insertion of thin needles through the skin and or ear at specific points on the body. In recent years, the use of acupuncture and auriculotherapy as a complementary therapy for addiction has gained significant attention. Many addiction centers have added acupuncture and auriculotherapy to their treatment programs, with promising results. This blog post will delve into the scholarly research on acupuncture and auriculotherapy as a treatment for addiction.
Addiction is a complex disease that affects physical, emotional, and mental health. Treatment options have traditionally included counseling, medication, and in-patient rehabilitation. However, some individuals have found that complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and auriculotherapy can be highly effective treatment options.
According to a study conducted by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), acupuncture and auriculotherapy can significantly reduce the withdrawal symptoms associated with addiction. The study was conducted on 2,028 patients across 45 addiction centers in the United States. The results revealed that 81% of the patients experienced a decrease in cravings and other physical symptoms after their first acupuncture and auriculotherapy session. Furthermore, the patients who received acupuncture and auriculotherapy as part of their treatment program showed higher retention rates compared to those who did not receive it.
Additionally, several studies have explored the effectiveness of acupuncture and auriculotherapy in reducing anxiety and depression, two mood disorders that often co-occur with addiction. Research has shown that acupuncture and auriculotherapy can promote the release of endorphins and other neurotransmitters in the central nervous system, leading to a noticeable reduction in anxiety and mood disorders for patients with addiction.
Another study examined the impact of acupuncture and auriculotherapy on the drug-related behaviors of individuals struggling with addiction. In the study, individuals were observed for six months after their last acupuncture and auriculotherapy treatment. The participants reported a significant reduction in stress and anxiety levels, which, in turn, led to a reduction in drug-seeking behavior.
Acupuncture and auriculotherapy are promising alternative therapy options for individuals struggling with addiction. The scholarly research and medical journals on acupuncture and auriculotherapy for addiction have demonstrated their effectiveness in reducing cravings, anxiety, and depression and promoting general well-being. Acupuncture and auriculotherapy combined with other traditional addiction treatments, can be an excellent addition to a comprehensive treatment program. Individuals with addiction should consult with a healthcare provider such as Acute Acupuncture and find out if Acupuncture and Auriculotherapy are right for them. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post, if you like this post please like, subscribe, and share this post. If you know someone who is struggling with addiction please let them know about acupuncture and auriculotherapy. With gratitude Nate, If you have any more questions or concerns check out our Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find these answer most people's questions.