Acupuncture as a Treatment for Addiction

acupuncture-needlesAcupuncture is a practice that hails from China and has been used there for thousands of years as a way of alcohol rehab, as well as for other means. The treatment involves the insertion of thin needles of various lengths into a patient’s skin at specific points of the body. In the Western world, acupuncture is used for a variety of purposes and there is evidence to show its effectiveness in chronic back pain, dental pain, headaches, and nausea and vomiting after an operation. While studies in Western science have yet to show it, the use of acupuncture is also believed to be effective in addressing the imbalances in the body that cause it to engage in substance abuse.

One study in the United States has found that alcoholics that were treated with acupuncture were far less likely to relapse than those that did not undergo the treatment. Acupuncture, like most Chinese medicine, has no known side effects and is something that more addicts are embracing as a natural way to beat addiction. What do you think? Have you tried acupuncture as a treatment for alcohol addiction? Did it work? Would you recommend it? Let us know your thoughts.

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