Acupuncture is increasingly being used to treat problems of chemical dependency. Individuals addicted to opiates who underwent acupuncture anesthesia experienced a substantial reduction in the severity of their withdrawal symptoms.
Acupuncture procedures, which used electroacupuncture on 2 ear points, have become varied and diverse. Reports have generally noted that ear points seem the most effective body site for treating chemical withdrawal symptoms. Acupuncture has been used to treat addiction to a variety of substances, including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, and tobacco.
Different ways to treat the ear
- Press needles
- Press seeds
- Press magnets
- Use of moxa
- Ear Massage
- Ear self massage
- Ear Qi Gong
Auricular Acupuncture Primary points
There are five primary points. One of these points would be used in every points prescription.
The five points are:
1. Point zero
3. Sympathetic (Autonomic)
4. Thalamus or subcortex
Shenmen and sympathetic have been completed as part of the detox programme.
Location: In the root of the helix as it rises from the concha ridge.
Function: Brings homeostatic balance - the balance of qi and blood, energy, hormones and brain activity.
Thalamus or Subcortex Location: Directly below the apex of the antitragus where the concha wall meets the lower concha.
Function: regulate over-excitement, restores tranquillity, reduces sweating, swelling and shock.
Location: At the base of the inter tragic notch.
Function: Regulates endocrine hormones, relieves hypertension, rheumatism and urogenital disorders. Also for menstrual disorders, skin problems and weight loss.
Smoking Cessation and Weight Loss
Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.
Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.