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Acupuncture Orlando as a Cure for Addiction

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Acupuncture Orlando is getting to be known as a great tool in neutralizing various kinds of addiction., from heroin addiction and alcoholism to overeating and cigarette smoking.

Acupuncture was first utilized as a supplementary modality for methadone treatment, however, physicians began seeing acupuncture alone as a better treatment that methadone therapy was scrapped altogether from the therapy.  Some research indicated that the efficacy rate of acupuncture as compared to mainstream therapies is qualitatively higher.  Furthermore, since methadone is highly addictive itself, used in lieu for heroin for heroin abusers, acupuncture creates no such dependency issues since it is a procedure that allows the body to heal itself efficiently and in a natural safe way as well as useful for treating various kinds of addictions.  It is used for the treatment of cocaine and crack addiction, heroin addiction, alcoholism, LSD users and amphetamine and barbiturate abusers.  Addicts manifest a substantial waning in drug cravings, a substantial relief from withdrawal symptoms and feelings of tranquility and improved sleep after treatment with acupuncture.

Acupuncture increases endorphin production and secretion in the nervous system. Endorphins are the body’s natural opiates and act as natural painkillers of the body. They are usually released through exercises such as distance running and cause the feeling aptly named “runner’s high”, a delightful sensation long-distance runners who have ran a five-mile line experience.  Doctors have discovered that withdrawal symptoms caused by people quitting drugs or cigarette smoking are mitigated by stimulating the increase of endorphin level in the central nervous system.  They also observed that food cravings are likewise lessened by the increase of the body’s endorphin level.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) premises itself on the existence of two forces of yin and yang – complementary opposite forces believed existing in all of nature. Healthy individuals have a relative balance of yin and yang. In an addict, yin deficiency is experienced. TCM states that yin relates to substance, passivity, quietness and the water element. Yang is associated to kinetics, function and the fire element. When yin is weak, fire runs “amuck” or rages uncontrollably. If there is not enough or no yin to nourish it, then yang burns on with no substance to actually burn, hence the term “empty fire.”  On an emotional dimension, this imbalance engenders experiences of despair and meaninglessness.  On the biological level, the opposite manifests in extreme hyperactivity.  The person is compelled to abuse and the drug stokes the fire more and causes further weakening of yin; hence, the illusion of power is felt, joy and elation he/she feels is superficial and fleeting sinking the person more into deeper desperation.

The treatment is about inserting needles at specific points in the ear for about 45 minutes. The treatment often creates a soothing sensation on the body and mind – tranquility and completeness flood the mind and body of the patient. The treatment reinvigorates the lungs, kidneys and liver; the affected organs of yin-yang deficiency.

Written by Valerie

May 7th, 2011 at 10:51 am