How Acupuncture improves Addiction

Addiction is defined as a repetitive habit of substance, behaviour, or activity despite harm to individuals or others. Over time addiction interferes with all aspects and quality of life. It is common for those that suffer from addiction to experience cycles of remission and relapse stages. Repeating these cycles can become more frequent and more debilitating each time. 

It may be challenging to seek assistance however it is imperative to pursue treatment before the addiction intensifies to the stage where overcoming the condition is no longer desired.  

Traditional Chinese Medicine is focused on nurturing the mind and body to maintain a healthy balance for ideal function. TCM provides a safe and supportive environment for healing because it is a less confrontational form of treatment.

The systemic effect of acupuncture is most significant towards treating addiction because it brings the body back to a state of equilibrium. Research has proven that acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, dopamine, and epinephrine, which are hormones that signal and regulate the Peripheral Nervous System to reduce stress. Chemicals and other stress and pain-relieving hormones are simultaneously sent from the Central Nervous System to initiate the mind and body’s self-healing mechanisms. These effects can relieve symptoms of craving, withdrawal, and other indications associated with addiction such as digestive discomfort, mental health signs, pain, and insomnia. 

The therapeutic effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine are flawless for addiction because addictions are unique as individuals. Traditional Chinese Medicine works to address health as a whole therefore treatments must be customized to each patient’s needs. At Huatuo clinic we emphasize improving health by trade but also recommend lifestyle skills and encourage confidence building to ensure that our patients reach their goals of sobriety and optimizing health.   


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