There is very good news for people trying to conquer addiction. Acupuncture is a proven method of dealing with the emotional and physical symptoms of withdrawal. This ancient practice works because treatments have been shown to raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Endorphins resemble opiates in structure and function—they act as natural painkillers. The cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by recovering addicts can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system.
Chinese medicine explains addiction as an imbalance of yin and yang. Yin and yang are opposing forces that form the ‘Qi’ or ‘life force’ of the body. In an addict, there is often a deficiency of yin. Because yin is associated with water, and yang is considered the element of fire, a lack of yin allows yang’s fire to burn out of control. From a psychological perspective, the addictive substance fuels the fire, further depleting yin and gaining a false and temporary sense of power.
Acupuncture treatments are designed to restore the natural harmony and balance of the body’s Qi. This often produces a calming effect on both the mind and the body. Because acupuncture works to strengthen the liver, kidneys, and lungs, it also speeds up the detoxification process.