Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese holistic healing practice that is just as popular today as it was in its infancy more than 2,500 years ago. Acupuncture is based on the belief that all living beings have a life force known as “qi” or “chi” that flows through the body’s pathways or meridians. During acupuncture, tiny needles are inserted into specific points along these meridians. The process is believed to rebalance the flow of energy throughout the body.
How Acupuncture Assists in Addiction Recovery
A natural procedure with no side effects, acupuncture is a widely used supportive complement to substance abuse treatment. Decades of clinical evidence support the use of acupuncture for addiction, as it works well with all types of drug and alcohol addictions.
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Three main characteristics of acupuncture enhance overall functioning:
- As a non-verbal intervention, acupuncture helps reach clients who are resistant to other forms of addiction treatment.
- Acupuncture helps reduce agitation and anxiety while promoting a sense of calmness and receptivity.
- Acupuncture also helps to develop an inner meditative core, even among the most resistant, troubled and fearful clients.
Acupuncture helps clients reduce drug cravings and the symptoms of withdrawal by stabilizing the body’s nervous and endocrine systems and restoring its natural balance. Western medicine primarily attributes this to the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the chemical messages that produce feelings of calm and well-being and can be shown to reduce many kinds of cravings. Eastern medicine, on the other hand, holds that an imbalance in the body’s energy is the source of illness, and that restoring free and balanced energy, “chi,” is the path to health.
Other Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture also offers other health benefits. It reduces stress, relieves pain, helps boost the immune system, improves circulation, and shortens recovery time from surgery and illness.
Since many clients who come to Promises Austin for treatment for addiction and mental health disorders also suffer from stress and pain, offering acupuncture in conjunction with traditional drug rehab treatment is one more way we strive to help them safely and effectively.