Acupuncture is a popular method used in rehabilitating individuals with addiction problems due to its ability to help manage withdrawal symptoms such as cravings. For addiction and substance abuse, the most common acupuncture technique used is auricular ear acupuncture which focuses on the micro system of the body by mapping the entire body onto the ear. The idea behind it is to stimulate a physiological response through the use of magnets, pellets, and needles. This is often used in conjunction with full-body acupuncture and requires long-term treatment.
How Does Auricular Ear Acupuncture Work?
Holistic methods such as auricular ear acupuncture follow the national acupuncture detoxification association treatment protocol, where five specific points on the ear is used for addiction treatment. These points include:
- Lung Point: looks to strengthen the immune system and accelerate detoxification. It can also help in grief management.
- Liver Point: Helps promote liver repair and helps resolve anger and aggression.
- Kidney Point: Helps resolve fear, increase willpower, and rectifies the energy that is damaged by chemical abuse.
- Shenmen Point: Helps alleviate anxiety and nervousness, by utilizing a calming effect.
- Sympathetic Point: Looks to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
It is recommended that auricular ear acupuncture be performed on a daily basis until the individual has completely stopped using substances or alcohol. Once they have stopped, than the frequency can be dropped to a more suitable rate. This rate will vary from individual to individual, but ranges between once to twice a week, to a monthly basis. The acupuncture is done in a non-confrontational environment, in a group setting, where a typical treatment lasts about forty minutes.
What Substances Does Auricular Ear Acupuncture Treat?
Holistic methods such as this can treat minor addictions like caffeine from coffee or tea, to more serious addictions such as alcohol, cocaine, crack, and heroine. It can help treat those suffering from addictions to pain medications such as Vicodin or OxyContin, and it can help with addictions to marijuana, crystal meth, and nicotine.
As mentioned in a previous post, there are many options for addiction therapy. These include holistic methods, such as supplements, herbal medicines and spiritual practices.
What These Holistic Therapies Consist Of:
Nutritional therapy is often used with addicts who are malnourished, since malnourished bodies cannot eliminate toxins efficiently; nutritional therapy is used to fill in the gaps in their nutrition. By doing so, the individual is better able to eliminate those toxins from the body.
Supplements such as zinc and vitamin C are used with alcohol addiction as alcohol limits the absorption of these vitamins and minerals. In addition to this, beta-carotene, vitamin E, B1 (thiamine), and selenium are used to reduce any free radicals within an alcoholic’s system.
Herbal medicine on the other hand looks at detoxifying the body and easing the individual of the withdrawal symptoms that they experience. Herbs are used to cleanse the blood, and support the liver by preventing drug-induced damage. For individuals who are uptight, anxious, or incredibly nervous during the rehabilitation process, herbs such as chamomile, peppermint, skullcap, and catnip are used to calm down the central nervous system. Finally, if the individual is suffering from alcohol abuse, than bitter tea is used to suppress the desire for alcohol.
Holistic therapies are becoming popular among alternative therapists as they provide individuals with addictions a full-body, mind-healing experience. Rather than using traditional means of drug rehabilitation, holistic methods look at draining the body of toxins through natural means.
By using vitamins, good nutrition, and exercise the body can be cleansed fully without requiring any substance use. In order for an addict to have a clean slate to begin with, they need to devote their time to eating healthily, exercising, and connecting themselves to their spirit. Once they have fully cleansed their body of the substance they are addicted to, than they can begin treatment for their mind.
When it comes to choosing a therapy that is right for an individual, there are many contributing factors including what type of substance abuse they are involved in, what their background is, and whether they have contact with a support system. A few holistic methods used in treating addicts include:
- Nutritional Therapy: which looks at nutritional deficiencies and the detoxification process.
- Herbal Therapy: which reduces craving for certain substances as well as the detoxification process.
At the offices of Dr. Bryan MD, we use some of the most advanced methods of herbal and holistic medicine available. Contact our office today at 866.454.1921
It is recommended by the World Health Organization, that all HIV positive patients start immediate anti-retro viral treatment after they are diagnosed. Antiretroviral therapy combines the use of various drugs, often three or more from different classes of drugs, and uses them as a combination therapy for slowing down the virus.
Three or more are used in the process as the virus can easily develop a resistance to the drugs because it multiples quickly. The virus is less likely to build up a resistance since these different classes of drugs use different attack routes. The therapy will not cure the patient, nor will it kill off the virus, but it will slow it down and allow patients to live longer lives. With progress in modern medicine, there have been a reduction in the transmission of the disease, of those getting infected, and deaths from it.
However, because standard antiretroviral therapy requires the use of man-made chemical drugs, there are side effects and this is why patients turn towards alternative methods for HIV, as they can provide relief from the drugs’ side effects.
Treating HIV Symptoms and Drug Use Side Effects
- A patient can have different categories of alternative treatments done in order to alleviate their symptoms or side effects.
- The first group is body therapies such as yoga, massage therapy, or acupuncture. These can help reduce pain and treat side effects like nausea.
- The second group is relaxation therapies such as meditation, as these will help reduce any anxiety the patient is feeling which can help with the overall stress of coping with an illness that is terminal.
- The third group is herbal medications which may boost your immune system; however, it is important not to take garlic or St. John’s Wort as these directly impact and decrease the effectiveness of HIV treatments.
- Finally the last alternative method for HIV includes medicinal marijuana to induce hunger, and reduce pain, and supplements such as selenium or soy protein which helps in slowing the progression of the disease and helping a patient gain weight.