A brief history of the 5 needle protocol
According to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Dr H.L Wen, a neurosurgeon in Hong Kong, was the first to report successful treatment of addiction withdrawal symptoms with acupuncture in 1973. He observed that opiate users who had undergone surgery and received acupuncture for post operative pain relief experienced few withdrawal symptoms.
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Alliance has done extensive research on auricular therapy and detoxification from drug use. They have formulated a five needle protocol that has become a mainstay in detox centers around the world. A study done at Yale University notes that auricular acupuncture promotes the body to detoxify rapidly without side effects and has the added benefit of lowering anxiety levels. The following ear chart shows some of the most commonly needled points.
How does it work?
It has been demonstrated that acupuncture stimulates the production of endorphins. Over the course of several treatments natural opiates are produced as well. Both of these chemicals are “feel good” chemicals in the body making them an effective treatment for addiction.
Metabolism is stimulated to shorten the duration of symptoms associated with toxins. Function of the liver and kidneys is improved, and circulation is increased.
Acupuncture eases the discomfort of any symptoms associated with detoxification as well as increases the speed an effectiveness of the overall detox.
For more information visit NADA’s website at http://www.acupuncture.net.au/2005/07/23/nada-ear-acupuncture-for-addiction/
Acupuncture helps curb these unpleasant side effects, shortening their intensity and duration. It also decreases cravings and prevents relapses to addictive substances like refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, drugs, and nicotine. Chinese medicine not only clears the excess pollutants, but strengthens the underlying body systems. It improves general health, builds the immune system and increases energy. We will be using a simple but effective five needle protocol done on the ears.