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Acupuncture: A Powerful Ally for Addiction Recovery

Acupuncture Aids in Addiction Recovery

Regain control of your life and health with acupuncture!

You don’t need to go through recovery alone! Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions—from alcohol and hard drugs to nicotine and overeating.

Addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. The statistics for prescription drugs are even more alarming. In fact, the number of people undergoing treatment for prescription painkiller drug abuse and addiction quadrupled from 2004 to 2010.

If use turns into addiction, there is help!

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), any addiction comes from an imbalance in the body’s elements.  In other words, something is causing the body not to do its own healing naturally. When an addict is suffering from an imbalance, they are using a substance like alcohol, drugs or even food to self-medicate. Acupuncture provides a foundation for recovery by bringing the individual physiology back into balance.

Recovery and Relaxation with Acupuncture

Recovery and Relaxation with Acupuncture

Another of the greatest strengths of acupuncture, however, is that its immediate effect is often a cessation of withdrawal symptoms. How does acupuncture achieve that?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphins, the body’s own “feel-good” chemicals.  It reduces anxiety and agitation while promoting a soothing, relaxing effect to the nervous system, which is extremely helpful to people experiencing any kind of lifestyle change, especially drug withdrawal.  In addition to treating the addiction itself, acupuncture also treats the emotional ties.

Acupuncture gives a sense of well being and relaxation. The best part? There are no harmful side effects. Recovery from drug addiction, like other chronic diseases, is a lifelong process. You don’t need to go it alone.

Interested in acupuncture and how it can help you? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Experiencing Fatigue? Acupuncture can help with that too.

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Sources:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-46, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013.

Smith, The Lincoln Clinic Program: An Alternative Approach to Detoxification and Treatment, Lincoln Hospital Substance Abuse Division, p. 3. [349 East 140th Street, Bronx, NY, 10454, 718-993-3100.]

 

 

Beat Down Those Bad Habits and Boost Your Health with Acupuncture!

Embrace Health and Happiness in 2015!

Embrace Health and Happiness in 2015!

Acupuncture can decrease cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension, and help people relax!

Addiction is rampant in our society. Similar to other illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects. There are many things that people can become addicted to. Alcohol. Cigarettes. Video Games. Medications and drugs. If use turns into addiction, there is help!

Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions—from serious ones involving alcohol and hard drugs to relatively less serious ones involving nicotine and overeating.

How does it do that? Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system.  Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers, resembling opiates in structure and function. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites.

Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones that are most common and acupuncture certainly gives great results. With smoking, often only one treatment is needed! With medication addiction, a series of treatments over a short period of time is appropriate. With food, and appetite control, acupuncture is helpful quickly. The point sites vary a little from person to person, but ear points can always be included in the choice. A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites.

Acupuncture alleviates withdrawal symptoms (including cravings, body aches, headache, nausea, sweating, muscle cramping, etc.) so mental and physical stability are quickly achieved, reduces the physical symptoms of withdrawal, relieves depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Feel Relaxed and Rejuvenated with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture for Health!

Emotional aspects that underlie can also be addressed with acupuncture. The body has a history that it subconsciously remembers and that can affect its ability to be optimally functioning and healthy. Acupuncture theory can recognize some signs to that history, and how the body is currently affected, and then chose appropriate point sites to give improvement.

Other benefits? Acupuncture also works to clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well being. And that’s a great foundation to build upon for a strong and healthy 2015!

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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Why Haven’t You Tried Acupuncture? Let’s Explain the Fears Away…

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Curious about Acupuncture?

Acupuncture. You’re been reading about it. Some of your friends and family may have tried it. You’ve been thinking about picking up the phone…but there’s something keeping you back. Are you interested in trying acupuncture but really want some questions answered? Problem solved! Read on…

First and most pressing…Does it hurt?

Here’s the initial caveat — every person is different, and can have different reactions. The actual sensations caused by the needles vary. Some people feel a little pain as needles are inserted, but most patients feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a bit larger than a cat’s whisker or human hair.

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Acupuncture needle, third from the top. Surprisingly small!

The depth of needle insertion varies depending on the area of the body to be treated. For example, a fleshier area of the body may require a different needling technique. Typically, needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8” to 1 ½”. Many people find the treatment very relaxing, and often fall asleep!  Sometimes a little soreness in the treatment area can happen but generally dissipates within 24 hours of treatment. Proper rest and hydration is also recommended.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe, all-natural, drug free therapy which yields no side effects. There is little danger of infection from the needles, which are sterile, used once and then discarded.

Here’s some of the benefits of acupuncture — less pain, better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, a stronger immune system, better digestion, less stress, less pain, and did we mention less pain?

How May Treatments Will I Need?

Acupuncture awakens your self-healing capabilities. The number of treatments varies from person to person. For some, relief will be immediate; others may take months or years to achieve results. Chronic conditions often take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month of treatments to see significant change. 

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Acupuncture? Can you help me?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as an effective method of treatment for the following conditions: 

Allergies, addiction, ankle pain, anxiety, appetite control, arthritis, asthma, Bell’s palsy, blood pressure, bronchitis, cancer, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, cluster headaches, colitis, common cold, constipation, dental pain, depression, diarrhea, digestive trouble, ear aches, emotional problems, eye problems, food allergies, facial palsy/tics, fatigue, fertility, fibromyalgia, fibroids, frozen shoulder, gastritis, GERD, gout, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, hot flashes, heel pain, incontinence, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, jaw pain, joint pain, low back pain, Lyme disease, knee pain, menstrual problems, menopause, migraine, morning sickness, Morten’s neuroma, muscle pain, nausea, neck pain, osteoarthritis, pain, PMS, rheumatoid arthritis, reproductive problems, rhinitis, sciatica, shingles, shoulder pain, sinusitis, sleep disturbances, smoke cessation, sore throat, sports injuries, stiff neck, stress, tennis elbow, tendonitis, tooth pain, torticollis, trigeminal neuralgia, tmj, urinary tract, vomiting, weight loss, and wrist pain.

See yourself somewhere on that list? Wouldn’t it be nice to feel less stress, less pain? 

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Here’s a Way to Be Fit in ’14! Let Acupuncture Help You Quit (Those Bad Habits)!

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A Healthy You in 2014!

What a great ally for ringing in the new year the healthy way! Acupuncture can decrease cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension, and help people relax!

Addiction is rampant in our society, with a host of addictions and new ones arising all the time. Similar to other illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects. And it seems to becoming more rampant. There are many things that people can become addicted to. Alcohol. Cigarettes. Video Games. Medications and drugs. If use turns into addiction, there is help!

Addiction is one of the most overused, yet least understood words in our vocabulary, as its common use has been watered down to mean “something that someone likes to do a lot.” Most people are unaware that there are two distinct types of addiction: Substance Dependence and Behavioral Addiction. The definition for Substance Dependence is “a compulsive and psychological need for a habit-forming substance.” These substances (drugs, alcohol, tobacco) actually alter some of the body’s chemistry, though usually only temporarily. Addiction is also characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.

Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions—from serious ones involving alcohol and hard drugs to relatively less serious ones involving nicotine and overeating.

Here are some of the ways acupuncture can help. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites.

Acupuncture alleviates withdrawal symptoms (including cravings, body aches, headache, nausea, sweating, muscle cramping, etc.) so mental and physical stability are quickly achieved, reduces the physical symptoms of withdrawal, relieves depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones that are most common and acupuncture certainly gives great results. With smoking, often only one treatment is needed! With medication addiction, a series of treatments over a short period of time is appropriate. With food, and appetite control, acupuncture is helpful quickly. The point sites vary a little from person to person, but ear points can always be included in the choice. A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites.

Other benefits? Acupuncture also works to clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well being. And that’s a great foundation to build upon!

For more information about how acupuncture can aid in addiction recovery, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Happy New Year! Acupuncture Can Help You with Your Resolutions and Have a Healthy New Year!

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Here’s to a Healthy You in 2014!

Happy New Year everybody! Now that it’s a new year, I bet you have a few things on your healthy wish list that you’d like to accomplish…and acupuncture can help you reach your goals!

Let’s say your goal for health this year is to quit smoking. Here are some of the ways acupuncture can help. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system.

Acupuncture alleviates withdrawal symptoms (including cravings, body aches, headache, nausea, sweating, muscle cramping, etc.) so mental and physical stability are quickly achieved, reduces the physical symptoms of withdrawal, relieves depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones that are most common and acupuncture certainly gives great results. With smoking, often only one treatment is needed! With medication addiction, a series of treatments over a short period of time is appropriate. 

While it’s usually a tool to aid in relieving illness or disease, acupuncture also works in many ways to aid in weight loss, and it helps quickly to adjust appetite control. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites. Point sites for appetite control are found on the external ear, as well as odd places like the feet, or hands, or even the abdomen. Upper back point sites may be chosen. A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites. Treatments often include other considerations such as metabolism improvements, elimination of fats and fluids, as well as improved diet and exercise advice.

Emotional aspects that underlie can also be addressed with acupuncture. The body has a history that it subconsciously remembers and that can affect its ability to be optimally functioning and healthy. Acupuncture theory can recognize some signs to that history, and how the body is currently affected, and then chose appropriate point sites to give improvement.

Of particular interest is the ability of acupuncture to influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism. The release of stress reducing endorphins helps you to manage the challenges of food cravings and weight gain anxiety.

The guiding principal is that acupuncture can give additional power to any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It can unblock energy flows to and from the hypothalamus, the region within the brain that controls the appetite. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full. Other benefits? acupuncture also works to clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well being.

What a wonderful tool to use! Want to be healthier in the New Year? Try acupuncture!

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Alcohol, Cigarettes and Other Potential Beasties — Addiction Recovery with Acupuncture!

Addiction Recovery with Acupuncture

Addiction Recovery with Acupuncture

Are you addicted?

Acupuncture can decrease cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension, and help people relax! Addiction is rampant in our society, with a host of addictions and new ones arising all the time: alcoholism, cocaine, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, pain medication, eating disorders, gambling obsessions, shopping, cigarettes and sex, to name a few.

Millions of dollars and myriad studies conclude that addiction is a biological, pathological process in the brain, and many current television shows are illustrating true life accounts of what addiction can do to someone’s health and how it can destroy families and futures. Similar to other illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects. And it seems to becoming more rampant.

Addiction is one of the most overused, yet least understood words in our vocabulary, as its common use has been watered down to mean “something that someone likes to do a lot.” Most people are unaware that there are two distinct types of addiction: Substance Dependence and Behavioral Addiction. The definition for Substance Dependence is “a compulsive and psychological need for a habit-forming substance.” These substances (drugs, alcohol, tobacco) actually alter some of the body’s chemistry, though usually only temporarily. Addiction is also characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.

Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions—from serious ones involving alcohol and hard drugs to relatively less serious ones involving nicotine and overeating.

Here are some of the ways acupuncture can help. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites.

Acupuncture alleviates withdrawal symptoms (including cravings, body aches, headache, nausea, sweating, muscle cramping, etc.) so mental and physical stability are quickly achieved, reduces the physical symptoms of withdrawal, relieves depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones that are most common and acupuncture certainly gives great results. With smoking, often only one treatment is needed! With medication addiction, a series of treatments over a short period of time is appropriate. With food, and appetite control, acupuncture is helpful quickly. The point sites vary a little from person to person, but ear points can always be included in the choice.  A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites.

Other benefits? Acupuncture also works to clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well being.

For more information about how acupuncture can aid in addiction recovery, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Acupuncture Treatments Aid in Addiction Recovery

ImageAddiction is rampant in our society, with a host of addictions and new ones arising all the time: alcoholism, cocaine, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, pain medication, eating disorders, gambling obsessions, compulsive spending, cigarettes and sex, to name a few. Millions of dollars and myriad studies conclude that addiction is a biological, pathological process in the brain. Similar to other illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects.

Addiction is one of the most overused, yet least understood words in our vocabulary, as its common use has been watered down to mean “something that someone likes to do a lot.” Most people are unaware that there are two distinct types of addiction: Substance Dependence and Behavioral Addiction. The definition for Substance Dependence is “a compulsive and psychological need for a habit-forming substance.” These substances (drugs, alcohol, tobacco) actually alter some of the body’s chemistry, though usually only temporarily.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine defines addiction as “A primary, chronic, neurobiologic disease, with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. It is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.”

Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions. Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones I see the most, with great results. With smoking, often only one treatment is needed!! Very awesome. With medication addiction, a series of treatments over a short period of time is appropriate. With food, and appetite control, acupuncture is helpful quickly. The point sites vary a little from person to person, but ear points can always be included in the choice. A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites.

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com