Acupuncture has become a recognized therapy for many conditions including:
- Substance Abuse: sugar, medications, and drugs
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Loss
The scientific literature has revealed that acupuncture has a profound effect on brain neurochemistry. In fact acupuncture has been used in drug detox programs for many years. In 1985 it was instituted as part of the addiction treatment program in the South Bronx’s Lincoln Hospital where it continues to be used today. According to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA),
“A wide variety of controlled clinical trials, outcome summaries and anecdotal reports about the use of acupuncture in addiction treatment have been appearing since the 1970s in journals specializing in addictions, mental health, public health, criminal justice and acupuncture. These reports differed vastly in terms of methodology, populations studied, statistical sophistication and clinical relevance as well as in their findings about the value of acupuncture. A sub-category of this published work has focused specifically on the NADA protocol. Within this sub-category is found strong evidence for the effect of the NADA protocol in improving patient outcomes in terms of program retention, reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals (emphasis ours).”
What are the benefits of acupuncture for addiction management?
Acupuncture helps to alleviate symptoms of withdrawal. It helps to make the patient feel better emotionally, mentally and physically. In addition it will with the following: Reduction of craving Improvement of restorative sleep Reduction of anxiety and nervousness Reduction of pain and cramping Critically important as part of an overall detoxification on the patient
What are the benefits of acupuncture for weight loss?
In addition to the traditional detoxification protocol used for any form of addiction or substance abuse, additional points are used to help control hunger. Herbal and natural medications are used to increase metabolism and reduce cravings.
What is the AcuStop Program?
The AcuStop Program is different in the sense that it not merely the use of acupuncture needles. It is a complete program used to help patients through the process of quitting an addiction or losing weight.