Acupuncture is rapidly gaining notoriety as an effective treatment for all kinds of addictions ranging from smoking and over-eating all the way to hard drugs and alcohol. Supporting this claim are the many public-funded acupuncture detoxification programs scattered throughout the US, Toronto and Vancouver.
It all started in 1974 at the Lincoln Memorial Hospital in New York, where a very specific acupuncture protocol (NADA technique) was being used as an adjunct therapy to the methadone the staff was using to treat heroin addicts. The results from the acupuncture alone were so successful that they soon eliminated the need for methadone from the program!
There is strong physiological evidence that acupuncture raises the levels of endorphins in the nervous system, which is why this type of addictions treatment is so effective. Since endorphins are our bodies’ natural pain-killers, they act very similar to opiates by producing a state of calm and well-being. This explains the “runner’s high” experienced by long distance runners.
Acupuncture deliberately floods the body with endorphins to help eliminate withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. In various studies, addicts reported a major reduction in cravings, relief from the brutal symptoms of withdrawal, improved sleep quality and increased overall relaxation.
There is also a belief among researchers that the desire to eat is mediated by endorphin levels in the brain, which explains why the use of acupuncture helps dieters curb their appetite.
If you are ready to quit smoking, stop over-eating or let go of an addiction that’s been hindering you for years, this is your chance to kick it! Five little needles (or ear seeds if you are needle-phobic) in your earlobe could be all that’s standing between you and total freedom.
It is vital to remember that while acupuncture works, it is not magic. Without honest effort and commitment, 100 needles would not be enough. You need to be entirely ready and you need to WANT to quit. You’ve got to have the drive, the will and a real desire to release whatever plagues you.
If you’ve got all of the above, then you are ready to throw off those shackles and let us help you in beginning your journey towards personal liberation!