Acupuncture is a type of traditional health care that has been used in China and other parts of Asia for over 2,000 years. Practitioners of acupuncture believe that there is a vital force or energy in the body called qi (pronounced “chee”) that follows pathways called meridians. When qi is blocked, acupuncture serves to unblock it.
During acupuncture treatment, small needles are tapped into the body along certain designated points. The feeling of the needles being inserted has been likened to that of someone tugging on a single hair. Because the needles are so small, a person may not even feel it when the needle has been placed.
Correcting an imbalance of energy in the body is thought to restore health. As related to alcoholism, it is thought that if the qi is balanced and flowing freely, it will provide some relief from cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Acupuncture may help to relieve tension and reduce some of the symptoms of anxiety and restlessness that are associated with withdrawal. Auricular therapy, also known as ear acupuncture, is commonly used for alcoholism treatment, and has been used by over 2,000 alcohol and drug treatment programs in the U.S. and 40 other countries. Ear acupuncture maps the entire body onto the ear and uses smaller needles, magnets, pellets and seeds to stimulate the acupuncture points. Auricular therapy is often used in conjunction with whole body acupuncture but may also be used alone.
Community acupuncture is a way to access acupuncture more economically. Acupuncture is given in an open studio (there may be other people in the room but it is still individualized and discreet) so the cost is lower.
Individuals seeking a natural treatment for alcohol dependence in conjunction with counseling or other support.
Check with your health insurance company to see if acupuncture is covered. They may provide a list of acupuncturists in your area.
To find a certified acupuncturist refer to the links below.
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