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Acupuncture for Detox

Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves inserting very thin needles into specific points on the body to manipulate chi, or life force. Unlike other medical interventions that treat specific problems or symptoms, acupuncture seeks to restore balance to the body, thus restoring health. In recent years, acupuncture has been shown in research and practice to be an effective component for treating many conditions, including addiction and detox.

Acupuncture can be helpful in treating a range of ailments including nausea, headaches, pain, and anxiety. In mainstream medicine, these are the kinds of ailments for which acupuncture’s efficacy is best established. These are also the symptoms that are most common during detox. Acupuncture can help reduce these symptoms, keeping medications to a minimum.

Acupuncture may also help the process of detox itself. One of the benefits often claimed by acupuncture practitioners is that acupuncture can help the body rid itself of toxins. Stimulating specific points is meant to stimulate organs such as the liver and kidneys, which are responsible for removing toxic substances from the body. Even in people without a history of addiction, these toxins may be abundant. Getting these organs back in working shape can help speed recovery.

There are also acupuncture techniques for treating addiction itself. The NADA protocol–NADA stands for National Acupuncture Detoxification Association–is specifically designed to aid in addiction recovery. The protocol consists of five needles inserted at specific points in both ears. Unlike other forms of acupuncture, which are typically performed individually, the NADA protocol is typically performed in groups, which helps create an environment of social support. A session lasts 30-45 minutes.

Both research and clinician reports support the effectiveness of the NADA protocol. Patients in recovery for addiction are more likely to stay in a program and less likely to relapse. Clinicians report patients undergoing the protocol are less anxious and more positive. Patients themselves report better sleep, more energy, and a feeling of lightness. Perhaps most importantly, they report a reduction in cravings.

Another advantage of acupuncture is that it is effective for all substances. Acupuncture treats whole person and goal is to restore health rather than fix a specific problem. In many cases, the specific fix is necessary but acupuncture can help address withdrawal symptoms while creating the conditions for long-term wellness.

Gardens Wellness Center is redefining the approach to detox. Our comfortable environment is designed to support the detox process while helping each client recognize their human dignity in recovery. Detox is the first step in recovery. Start your journey to wellness today by calling us for information:  (844) 325-9168