With Auricular Acupuncture
Auricular acupuncture is one of the more widely used microsystems within eastern medicine. Microsystems use one aspect of the body - for example, the ears, hands or feet - to treat conditions that are present anywhere in the body. Auricular acupuncture may be used as a primary mode of treatment or in conjunction with other treatments such as acupuncture, bodywork or herbal medicine.
Auricular acupuncture has been used to help with weight loss, minor depression, smoking cessation, chronic anxiety disorders and general anxiety disorders.
Acudetox has been used very sucessful in the recovery of addictions of drugs, alcohol and tobacco to name just a few. In the process it was discovered that the body released endorphins that relieve pain in a manner similar to external opiate chemicals. Both animal research and human studies have shown that stimulation of ear acupuncture points appears to cause the systemic release of endorphins.
"What Can I Expect from an Ear Acupuncture Treatment?"
- The main treatment consists 5 tiny, sterile, disposable acupuncture needles inserted in each car into specific points that aid in the detoxification process and general body balancing. You are then allowed to meditate, just sit quietly relaxing or enjoying Reiki in order to let the acupuncture do its work. Once in place, the needles may tingle or feel warm
- Most clients agree that the treatment is a relaxing and comfortable experience. There may be a small pinch as the needle is inserted but it goes away very quickly. Their is a natural calming effect and falling asleep is quite common
Adjunctive Addiction Therapy: assists in the withdrawal and recovery from substance abuse and eating disorders to control food cravings and obesity. Auricular acupuncture has been successful in treating clients who want to quit their addiction and use it in conjunction with a recovery program (Smokers Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.). It effectively addresses the stressors of addiction as well as nausea, headaches, and cravings when simultaneously done with a 12-Step recovery program.
It enhances relaxation and can reduce withdrawal symptoms, lower stress levels, and decrease cigarette or alcohol craving.
Although auricular acupuncture has many powerful relaxing effects, defining it as "stress-relief" is a serious misunderstanding since:
- It is valuable in helping clients prepare for the future, and not merely just coping with the past
- As the client develops a more balanced state of mind over time, the meditative relaxation lasts for a longer period of time, thereby allowing the client to learn that their private, internal process of healing can be a source of strength and renewal
- Since many clients already know that food, cigarettes, alcohol, etc. are excellent "treatments" for stress, auricular acupuncture helps them substitute a healthy, self-nurturing behavior in place of harmful habits and substances.
Stacey Coffey is trained though Virginia June at the Brighton Hospital.