Acupuncture for treating addiction is a very good alternative in lieu of methadone, which is used for mitigating withdrawal side effects. Methadone itself is highly addictive and its use is just to alleviate the pain of withdrawal. It does not address really the root of the addiction.
There is really no western pharmaceutical cure for pharmaceutical addiction. Cocaine, heroin and LSD are all pharmaceutical drugs but somehow, western pharmaceutical corporations do not provide a cure for problems they themselves have created. All they produce are drugs that relieve symptoms or are palliatives designed not to totally cure the sickness or disease.
Bellvue Acupuncture has been curing addiction for thousands of years. During the opium wars, the British introduced opium to mainstream Chinese society to destroy Chinese resolve against British colonialism. This was one of the prime reasons why the Chinese fought the British; to stop the British poisoning of the Chinese population with opium. Chinese medicine in general and acupuncture and herbal medicine in particular, were entirely responsible for the rehabilitation of the Chinese people against the scourge of opium addiction.
Acupuncture for addiction treatment is 100% safe for the patient. There are no side effects in acupuncture therapy, unlike methadone treatment, which is not really a treatment, where no addicting substance is introduced in the body. There have been hundreds of studies that testify to the success of acupuncture in treating drug addiction.
Acupuncture works in treating addiction by revitalizing energy level of an organ with low chi level. The chi is blocked from flowing in this particular organ and the low energy level in the affected organ affects the rest of the organs in the body.
Another aspect of Chinese medicine is the yin and yang principle. The relative balance of yin-yang in the body is essential for well-being. Addicts usually have a yin deficiency.
Yin is the water principle in the body, which corresponds to quietness and peacefulness, and when there is yin deficiency, the yang aspect overrides the physiological and psychological aspect of the person. The yang principle corresponds to the fire aspect of the body and an inordinate amount of yang leads physiologically to restlessness and hyperactivity and psychologically to depression and meaninglessness.
Treatment is done by inserting needlepoints in parts of the body especially the ear. Numerous meridian systems pass through the ear and some of these pass through the liver, kidneys and lungs, organs directly affected by the yin-yang imbalance because of addiction.
The treatment stimulates the release of endorphins to flood the body so that the patient may control his/her addiction. The release of endorphins substantially decreases the desire of the patient for the drug. If the addiction has been going on for some time, a session lasting up to 6 to 8 months might be required to completely recover from the addiction.