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Falun Gong Can Help Prevent A Person From Relapsing In Addiction

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Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese “cultivation system” or spiritual movement. This practice was first introduced in 1992 in China by Li Hongzhi. It was labeled a “heretical” practice and banned by the communist Chinese government in 1999. There are several news accounts of thousands of Falun dafa practitioners being imprisoned, tortured, and even killed by the Chinese government.

In its espousal of absence of rituals in daily worship and greater emphasis on theology and morality, Falun dafa is very different from other schools of qi gong. Its core tenets are truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. It has been instrumental in transforming the lives of millions around the world and has redefined the existing schools of qigong schools to promote wisdom and good health.

Falun Dafa practitioners in Encino are prohibited from engaging in homosexuality, pre marital sex, drugs, alcohol, and smoking as part of the movement’s emphasis on morality and ethical behavior. They habits tend to defeat the goals of the practice and are considered to bring about negative Karma.

People who practice Falun Dafa should constantly strive to harmonize with their own being and with the universal tenets of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. This is what cultivation essentially means. Falun dafa is comprised of five sets of exercises with gentle movements that are easy to learn and meditation to help one attain this harmony. These exercises are merely a supplement and the primary objective remains the cultivation of oneself. Besides having a profound inner meaning, they are very good ways to alleviate stress and anxiety.

The Objectives of the Exercise

The exercises’ primary goal is to imbibe energy within a short period of time whilst alleviating anxiety and stress.

The movements are easy to learn and simple and are all focused on all the meridians (energy channels) in the body. The exercises are designed to expand and open all meridians circulating through the body in order to promote the smooth flow of energy in the body especially in areas the flow is blocked. Practitioners can hope to gain from these exercises and increase their levels of energy levels within a short period of time.

The exercises open up of the energy channels that will help boost one’s well being and stamina. They can also assist in the elimination of negative energy from the body and helps the mind focus on positive thoughts. Bu the most important aspect of the exercises is its emphasis on breathing and the gentleness of the movements. These two aspects help reduce the stress levels and anxiety in someone who has quit an addictive substance very recently. The exercise’s spiritual dimension can also help people from relapsing to their addiction.

Written by Valerie

February 6th, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Acupuncture Is The Treatment That Will Help You Stop Smoking For Good

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The hardest part of quitting smoking is dealing with the withdrawal symptoms. They can be too much for a lot of people to cope with, and as the edginess and stress builds, most of the time they succumb to their cravings and eventually reach in their pocket for a stick of cigarette. There are several therapies and products such as yoga, hypnosis, patches, and chewing gum that all claim to have the power to help ease you through and take the edge off the extremely difficult process of quitting smoking. One treatment that has been endorsed by the World Health Organization for smoking cessation that is extremely underrated and very much overlooked is acupuncture treatment for smoking addiction.

Because it widely advertised, widely available, and very convenient to use, nicotine patches are the most popular way to help you control the urge to smoke. What they do is put the nicotine back in to the body momentarily stopping your desire to smoke. But this does not address the underlying problem which your addiction to nicotine and so the moment you stop using the patches, the craving to smoke immediately comes back.

One rather popular therapy people try to help them quit smoking for good is hypnosis. This approach is designed to help strengthen your will power and it strives to accomplish this by saying to yourself over and over again that you don’t need to and don’t want to smoke while being in a relaxed and hypnotic state. This causes your subconscious to be more open to external suggestion. Hypnotherapists claim that your likelihood to quit smoking increases by a thousand percent when you take part in these hypnotherapy sessions. With will power alone, the chance of success is just 6 percent, but with hypnosis sessions, this jumps to 60 percent. However, for hypnosis to truly work, you have to believe in it a hundred percent which may be very difficult to do for a lot of people.

Acupuncture in Austin cures smoking addiction through the application of very thin needles at predetermined points in the body. The needles stimulate the flow of blood increasing the level of oxygen in the body and helping flush out the nicotine and other toxins from your bloodstream. Those points or acupoints in the human body have been mapped and used by acupuncturists for thousands of years to treat illnesses and restore health to the body. Acupuncture alleviates stress and tension, the two major reasons why people smoke in the first place. Studies show that when it comes to help people quit smoking, acupuncture has an outstanding 85 to 90 percent rate of success. This therapy releases endorphins into your bloodstream which helps relax the mind. The endorphins bring about a heightened sense of calmness and wellbeing and prevent the onset of any negative feelings that one usually feels during withdrawal symptoms.

So, if you are seeking for the most effective, safest, and natural way to permanently cure your smoking addiction, acupuncture treatment for smoking addiction, is definitely worth a try.

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June 27th, 2017 at 9:31 pm

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The Extreme Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Resolving Substance Addiction

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The neurotransmitter dopamine is responsible for sending signals between neurons. This is needed for smooth and meaningful muscle activity. Dopmanine is also needed to produce adrenaline (epinephrine) and noradrenaline (norepinephrine). Depending on the attributes of the protein it contains, dopamine can either have an inhibitory or excitatory effect on the neurons.

This chemical is also related to the sensation of pleasure and pain. A rise in dopamine levels in the frontal lobe increases pleasure and lowers pain. If someone has a naturally high level of dopamine, out of a good diet, good genes or good personality, the person would a have a high tolerance for pain. This is the reason why individuals tend to react to back pain or arthritis of a similar nature in different ways; some of them may experience intolerable pain while some may sense no pain at all.

Dopamine is usually involved in meaningful behavior, alertness and feelings of reward. It usually is connected with the brain’s ‘pleasure system’ motivating us and eliciting reinforcement and joy to help us persevere in certain activities. Dopamine is produced when we stimulate ourselves with certain drugs, food, and sex and other things that make us happy and aroused. However, when dopamine levels become too high, especially in the limbic system, this can cause memory and emotional problems. Too little dopamine in the cerebral cortex, on the other hand, can result in paranoia and an extremely suspicious personality that may affect the social life of the individual.

Alcohol can also be a factor in the rise of dopamine levels in the brain, particularly in the part of the brain known collectively as the mesolimbic system. Alcohol somehow preserves dopamine by interfering with the enzyme activity that breaks down dopamine. When an alcoholic suddenly stops consuming alcohol, his dopamine levels dramatically drop resulting in uneasiness, depression, and anxiety and the inability to experience pleasure, which is clinically termed anhedonia. He may be unable to experience any pleasure at all from previous stimulating events like social interactions, exercise and even eating.

When an alcoholic’s dopamine level suddenly plunges due to stoppage of alcohol consumption, it usually leads to an intense craving for ethanol, which is a classic withdrawal symptom sign among alcoholics. This ethanol-induced drop in dopamine levels fuels the alcoholic’s craving for alcohol. Individuals who drink alcohol or coffee whose dopamine releases are very strong tend to be addicted to alcohol, more so if they do not enjoy social occasions and/or are very smart. There are individuals whose enzyme levels are insufficient to break down alcohol causing them to experience dizziness, nausea, and pain whenever they drink alcohol. They will never take delight in drinking alcohol.

In helping treat alcohol addiction, acupuncturists will insert needles at specific points in the body. The HT 7 point is usually selected. This point can help prevent a lowering of dopamine levels in the region of the brain known as nucleus accumbens during alcohol withdrawal as well as a rise in dopamine after long-term alcohol exposure. Alcoholics who desire to quit in earnest may need to undergo acupuncture treatment at least twice or thrice each week in order to stabilize their dopamine level to prevent any feelings of agitation or depression when withdrawing from alcohol.


Nicotine acts on the central dopaminergic neural pathways, which causes pleasure sensations. This substance stimulates the central nervous system, causing reduction in appetite and increasing alertness. Women smokers fear quitting smoking because they think it would lead to an increase in weight. When a smoker partially quits, it can result in withdrawal symptoms (intense craving for cigarettes, congestive impairment, hunger, sleeping problems, anger, and high anxiety).

Western medicine use medications that prevent the reabsorption of dopamine to help treat nicotine addiction. The problem is that these drugs are contraindicated for smokers who suffer from uncontrolled hypertension, eating disorders, epilepsy and for those who recently abstained from alcohol and those taking mono-amine oxidase inhibitors (medications to boost adrenaline and noradrenaline levels).

There would have been specific alterations in your enzyme activity if you have been smoking for ten years or more. If you quit smoking all of a sudden, the sudden drop in your dopamine will lead to feelings of misery. Traditional body acupuncture as well as auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture) can restore chemical balance in your brain helping increase the feel-good neurotransmitters including endorphins, encephalins, serotonin, and dopamine while at the same lowering the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Acupuncture helps rebalance hormones instead of just stimulating or inhibiting their action. It is difficult to explain the reaction of the entire body with just a single chemical change.

A woman who was smoking one pack of cigarettes each day decided to go for acupuncture therapy to help her quit the habit. She had been smoking this much each day for the last 33 years of her life. She said she decided to quit after her 55 year-old cousin died of lung cancer. She underwent treatment two times a week for a month and a half. She did not gain any weight nor experienced any withdrawal symptoms during treatment, which rarely occurs in treatment for nicotine addiction.

Another woman chronic smoker had ear acupuncture treatment for 12 weeks; her treatment was successful since she never smoked any cigarettes again. Her daughter was pleasantly surprised that her mother got over her habit since she had been a heavy smoker for about 25 years. Not all chronic smokers, however, end up with success stories. In treating nicotine addiction, two factors need to be taken into account to determine whether the treatment will be a failure or a success. The first factor is the determination of the smoker to quit and the other is how much time the person can allocate for his/her therapy.

Morphine can be an addictive substance since it also can increase dopamine levels in the body. In helping morphine addicts, acupuncture can make morphine withdrawal symptoms less severe. In 2005, doctors in South Korea performed a study on the way acupuncture can affect behavior and modify dopamine levels in rats that were injected with morphine. The results were published in the Neuroscience Letter magazine. They revealed that acupuncture treatment at the HT 7 point helped to substantially lower behavioral hyperactivity and dopamine levels in the nucleus accumbens caused by morphine. The findings suggest that acupuncture can be an effective therapy for morphine addiction due to its ability to regulate dopamine and lower body sensitivity to morphine.


Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.

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January 13th, 2015 at 3:10 am

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Addiction may be a behavioral or addiction to a certain product

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The United States has a big problem not only with drug addiction but with other various types of addictions. Addiction may be a behavioral or addiction to a certain product. Regardless of the type of addiction one suffers, it can harmfully affect the overall balance and health of a person.

What is Addiction?

Addiction often ensues from excessive and longstanding engagement and/or consumption of pleasurable activities or substances that impact the psychological or physiological dependence on particular practices or substances that the addicted person cannot anymore control.  Certain people believe that addiction happens when the activity or substance takes hold of the individual and not the other way around.

Addiction is categorized depending on what thing the person is addicted to. It can either be behavioral addiction or substance addiction. Behavioral addiction is defined as a strong obsession in the engagement of activities such as sex, extreme workouts, internet browsing and gambling. Substance addiction means that a person’s addiction is towards harmful substances like alcohol, nicotine and cocaine.

The addict, at some point in time, may not realize that his/her behavior is getting out of control and it has become a problem to other people.  Apart from the helplessness to control his/her usage or consumption of particular substances, the user has become so dependent on these substances to deal with his/her life. The substance is continuously abused even if the user starts to experience its harmful effects on himself/herself on and others around him/her.

Based on research, the regular undertaking or use of addictive substances gives pleasure to the person and pretty soon, he/she discovers that the higher amount or dose he/she does or takes in, the more pleasure he/she gets. Eventually, the user’s level of tolerance likewise increases.  The conductors who did the research stated that as the tolerance level goes higher, the likelihood of addiction increases. Eventually, the user no longer gets pleasure in abusing the substance and usually, the only reason then the user continues taking it is to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms. The continued use of the substance makes him/her feel normal.

In order to resolve the addiction, the user should accept first the fact that he/she is addicted to the substance or habit. Therapy usually consists of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, counseling and participating in self-help groups. Over the course of time, acupuncture has been shown to be a powerful complementary therapy for addiction.

The Perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) towards Addiction in Cleveland

One of the most ancient forms of healing modality in the world is acupuncture. It has been around for thousands of years and it involves the insertion of very thin acupunctures needles into certain parts of the body called acupuncture points. These special points lie along pathways of energy known as meridians where vital energy called qi flows. The needles stimulate the nerves near or in the meridians to adjust the flow of qi and to modify several aspects of mental and physical functioning. The needle insertion actually aids in enabling the natural process of detoxifying from addiction and abuse of substances.

Acupuncturists, practitioners and adherents of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) may have varied reasons for why addiction occurs although all their reasons are solely grounded on the idea of the balance of yin and yang. They believe that all addicts suffer from a deficiency in yin.  An imbalance in yin and yang can lead to the feelings of emptiness and desperation that compel addicts to abuse, consume and use. The problem is that the abuse of a substance only causes more yin depletion thus leading to further desperation.

Acupuncture Treatment to Help Deal with Addiction

The mode of treatment used by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine is acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal therapy. The latter is quite helpful in promoting relaxation and calmness and in decreasing cravings. Research demonstrates that in curtailing the intensity and regularity of occurrence of withdrawal symptoms as well as in alleviating anxiety, acupuncture is the best possible treatment compared to all types of modalities. Regardless if your unbridled addiction is to morning coffee or to heroine, acupuncture can provide you with a natural and powerful process of detoxifying your body from substances.

Based on studies, one type of acupuncture, ear or auricular acupuncture, is one of the best forms of acupuncture capable of treating many forms of addiction that can include tea, coffee, caffeine, methadone, crack, cocaine, morphine, heroin, alcohol and even addiction to painkillers like vicoden, hydrocodone, and oxycotin.

The NADA Protocol

The NADA Protocol states that five acupuncture points in the body are to be treated to help manage and/or treat addiction. These are the shenmen point, lung point, liver point, kidney point and the sympathetic point.

The stimulation of the sympathetic points causes the body to experience a strong painkilling effect. It also helps bring back the balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. The stimulation of the shenmen points enables the body to experience a calming and relaxing effect that aids in the relief of anxiety and nervousness that often ensue with withdrawal symptoms.

The stimulation of the liver point helps banish the feelings of anger and aggression. It also heals the liver from the damaging effects of the drugs and alcohol.  Apart from speeding up the detoxification process of the body, lung point stimulation also assists in the reinforcement of the immune system which is vital in coping well with the withdrawal symptoms. Finally, the benefits that can be derived from the stimulation of the kidney point include the resolution of fear, the added willpower to overcome addiction and the restoration of the source and essence of energy that are usually severely affected during substance abuse.

More and more addicts are relying on acupuncture to help deal with their addiction because it is quite a “clean” treatment to use. The word “clean” means that acupuncture does not have any side effects whatsoever. The treatment is undertaken until the user is cleared of his/her addiction.  Once the person completely stops using the substances, he/she can decrease the acupuncture treatments although acupuncturists and other TCM practitioners strongly recommend that the person keep on having acupuncture treatments at least once a month to receive extra healthy benefits and guarantee longstanding recovery. The truth is, a lot of addicts do continue with their acupuncture therapy, seeing that it balances their health and improves their well-being.

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July 27th, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Acupuncture for Treating Addiction

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Addiction has been a major problem I the United States for quite a while now. There are actually many forms of addiction – they can range from addiction to sweets like chocolate to drug addiction. Addiction typically can cause harm to the overall balance and health of a person.

What is Addiction?

Addiction normally comes about due to a person’s excessive and long-term engagement in activities or use of substances that affect his/her overall functioning. Medical dictionaries generally define addiction to be a psychological or physiological dependence on certain substances or practices that cannot be controlled by the addicted individual. There are people who think that addiction happens when the activity or substance take hold of the individual and not the other way around.

There are two classifications for addiction and they are based on the item the person is addicted to. The classification can either be a behavioral or substance addiction.

Behavioral Addiction

This means the person affected has a very high obsession in engaging in activities like sex, exercise to the extreme, internet browsing and gambling. Eventually, users may be totally unaware that their behaviors are getting uncontrollable which also start to become problems to other individuals.

Substance Addiction

This refers to uncontrollable urge to use harmful substances like alcohol, nicotine and cocaine.

Aside from the inability to control themselves from engaging in certain activities or the uncontrollable desire to use or consume certain substances, addicts have become so highly dependent on these activities and substances to help deal with their everyday life. An individual hooked to a particular substance will keep on using it no matter if it causes adverse impacts on his/her health and causes problems to other people.

Based on clinical studies, regular and frequent undertaking or use of certain substances generates pleasure to the brain. During the course of time, the user becomes aware that the higher dose he/she takes, the greater pleasure he/she gets. As a result, the person’s tolerance with the substance likewise goes up. Experts conclude that the greater the tolerance level of the person, the higher is his/her risk for addiction. In the long term, the user may feel the need to take the substance not out of pleasure anymore but to prevent the pain and suffering from symptoms of withdrawal to the substance. The consumption or use of the substance is the only way they deem to feel stable and normal.

In the treatment of his addiction, the user needs to first accept that he is addicted to the substance. Treatment usually entails the use of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, counseling and self-help groups. Because of its enduring and documented results, acupuncture has turned out to be one of the most potent complementary solutions for addiction.

How Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Views Addiction

Acupuncture is an integral part of TCM and is a very old form of medicine. It is performed with the use of acupuncture needles inserted into specific points in the body known as acupuncture points. These points lie along pathways of energy called the meridians that convey energy to balance the vital energy of the body the Chinese call qi or chi. Energizing the movement of chi can change many aspects of mental and physical functioning.  The movement of chi also aids in the promotion of a natural detoxifying process from addiction and substance abuse.

Those who are adherents and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine can have varied explanations as to why addiction occurs but all of these explanations are based on the idea of yin and yang balance. Addicts generally suffer from low yin. This causes an imbalance that manifests in feelings of emptiness and desperation which compels the addicts to consume, use and abuse. These acts, however, cause more yin deficiency making their desperation even worse.

Acupuncture Deals With Addiction in  Orlando

TCM deals with addiction usually with the use of acupuncture and herbs. These therapies are very effective in lowering cravings and enhancing relaxation and calmness. Studies reveal that acupuncture actually aids in the alleviation of anxiety and in lessening the intensity and the number of occurrence of withdrawal symptoms. It doesn’t matter if your addiction is to coffee, heroine or other substances acupuncture is a very effective and natural way of cleansing out your body of toxic substances.

Studies reveal that ear acupuncture is effective in remedying many types of addiction including tea, coffee, caffeine, methadone, crack, cocaine, morphine, heroin, alcohol and even dependence to pain medications like vicodin, hydrocodone and oxycotin.

The NADA Protocol

The NADA Protocol states that five acupuncture points can be treated to help address addiction. The five points include:

The shenmen point – Treating the shenmen point causes a calming and relaxing effect that aids in treating anxiety and nervousness that often is experienced during withdrawal symptoms.
Lung point – Besides quickening the detoxification process, the activation of the lung point aids in reinforcing the immune system which is essential when coping with withdrawal symptoms
Liver point – The stimulation of the liver point helps address anger and aggression and restores the health of the liver that’s been damaged from drug and alcohol abuse.
Kidney point – The stimulation of the kidney point aids in restoring the source and essence of energy which are often damaged during substance abuse. The resolution of fear and the willpower to defeat the addiction is also further boosted.
Sympathetic point – The stimulation of sympathetic points causes an analgesic effect and also restores the balance to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.

Acupuncture is a preferred therapy because it doesn’t usually have any side effects. It is utilized until one becomes totally clean from his/her addiction. After you have completely stopped using substances, your acupuncture treatments can be reduced although some experts deem that continuing acupuncture treatments for a minimum of once a month guarantees permanent recovery. There are a lot of ex-addicts who have understood the benefits of acupuncture and are excited to go to regular sessions since it gives them a feeling of well-being and balance.

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April 25th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

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Acupuncture for Addiction

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A chemical neurotransmitter known as dopamine is an important chemical messenger that transmits signals from neural cells of the substantia nigra to the corpus striatum, enabling normal and well-functioned muscle activity. Dopamine is a chemical metabolic predecessor of adrenaline (also called epinephrine) and noradrenaline (also called norepinephrine). In other words dopamine is the ingredient in which adrenaline and noradrenaline is made.  Dopamine can produce either an inhibitory or excitatory effect on the nerve cells. Whatever effect is produced will be based on the type of protein it interacts with.

Dopamine is responsible for the feelings of pain and pleasure. The more dopamine is in the frontal lobes, the more pleasure and the less pain one can feel.  An individual with a natural high level of dopamine due to a healthy diet, good genes and good personality is able to tolerate pain a lot better. This is one reason why different individuals who suffer from the same type of back problem or arthritis suffer unbearable pain wile others feel little or no pain at all.

Dopamine is connected to feelings of purposeful behavior, alertness and reward. It is usually related with the brain’s pleasure system, producing feelings of reinforcement and enjoyment to make us more motivated to perform or keep on doing certain activities. Naturally pleasurable and rewarding experiences such as use of certain drugs, sex, food and positive stimuli are factors that produce and release dopamine in the blood stream. Excessive amounts of dopamine in the limbic system can result in mild conditions such as memory and emotional problems whereas when minimal amounts of it is found in the cerebral cortex, it can lead to an overly suspicious trait that can run the risk of paranoia and affect social interaction.

Dopamine levels also can increase in the mesolimbic system with alcohol intake. Alcohol inhibits enzyme processes that break down dopamine. The abrupt cessation of alcohol intake among alcoholics cause their dopamine levels to dramatically fall creating a feeling of anhedonia which is the lack of ability to feel pleasure from pleasurable events like social interactions, exercise and eating and dysphoria, a sense of uneasiness.

The dramatic decrease of dopamine can lead to the powerful craving for alcohol that alcohol addicts suffer from. Individuals who release large amounts of dopamine when drinking coffee or alcohol are likely to be hooked to alcohol, particularly if they are not fond of social networks and are very smart. Some people have poor ability to produce enzymes that are needed in processing alcohol. They may then experience dizziness, nausea or stomach pain when they drink alcoholic drinks. There are some people who can never tolerate alcohol at all because of their unique physiology that causes them to reject or abhor alcohol drinks.

An acupuncture needle inserted at acupoint Ht7 can aid in preventing both the dwindling levels of dopamine in the area of the brain region known as nucleus accumbens when the person is in alcohol withdrawal phase and a rise of dopamine levels caused by alcohol craving. The needling of the Ht7 point helps in the normalization of levels of dopamine in the brain after chronic alcohol intake.  For alcoholics seriously desirous of stopping permanently, acupuncture sessions of around twice or thrice a week can bring stability to the dopamine level in their body in order for them to not be agitated or depressed.

Nicotine creates addiction and tolerance by affecting the central dopaminergic vessels which causes reward and pleasure sensations. This substance activates the central nervous system, lessens appetite and improves alertness.  Women who are smokers are unwilling to give up smoking for fear they will gain weight. Even if an addicted smoker cuts down his tobacco smoking by half, this cut down can trigger symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms may include cigarette cravings (of course), cognitive dysfunction, hunger, sleeping difficulties, anger and anxiety.  There are medications that limit dopamine reuptake that are use to help a person quit smoking.  These medicines, however, can be risky when taken especially by people who are just recently abstaining from alcohol, for those who have uncontrolled hypertension, eating disorders, epilepsy or those who are presently getting therapy with mono-amine oxidase inhibitors.

People who have been smokers for 10 years or more basically will find out that some of their enzyme activities have been altered.  When they decide to stop smoking all of a sudden, the lowered levels of dopamine in their body will make them feel miserable.  Body and auricular body acupuncture can restore the balance of your brain chemicals in your body.  Acupuncture stimulates the production and release of natural feel-good chemicals in your body such as stress-reducing hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, endorphins, serotonin and dopamine.  This traditional Chinese medicine treatment stimulates the body to restore balance to the hormones.

People who have been smokers for a few decades or more and who have tried acupuncture showed that almost all of them neither experienced any withdrawal symptoms nor did they gain weight.  There are chronic smokers (some have been smoking for more than 2 decades) who have undergone auricular acupuncture for 3 months who never regained their craving for tobacco.  It is important to note, however, that not all smokers can be successfully treated with acupuncture.  Oftentimes, the person’s sincere willingness to quit and the hectic schedule of the patient during acupuncture treatment for smoking can contribute to the unsuccessful treatment of his/her addiction.

Strong narcotics such as morphine can stimulate the release of dopamine resulting in morphine addiction. Acupuncture has the power to suppress the withdrawal symptoms of morphine. It can alter levels of dopamine and can desensitize a person to craving for morphine. Again the needling of the acupoint HT7 can substantially lower both the hyperactive behavior caused by a systemic morphine challenge and dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens. Studies have revealed that acupuncture’s therapeutic effect on morphine addiction happens with the decrease of behavioral sensitization by morphine and the balanced and regulated release of dopamine in the body.

Jamie Catlett is an acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.

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March 28th, 2014 at 7:41 am

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