Acupuncture and Addiction Disorders
An addiction refers to a drug dependency that has developed to such an extent that it has serious detrimental effects on the user and often their families as well. The term ‘addiction’ is usually applied to substances like drugs (heroin, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamines etc.) and alcohol, but can be used with lots of activities that can become compulsive habits - like gambling or eating.
To treat addictions at Natural Solutions we use the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol. It involves placement of 5 small sterilised disposable needles into specific sites on the ear. They stay in place for 30-40 minutes whilst the recipient is relaxing.
Acupuncture treatment for addictions is clinically effective, cost efficient and drug free. It reduces the cravings for the substance and the withdrawal symptoms, it improves the feeling of well being and relaxation, it improves sleep and it works on accompanying health problems. Acupuncture also lowers relapse rates.
The combination of acupuncture with counselling and self-help groups enhances opportunities for success.
Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder)
An eating disorder is a very serious mental illness, it is not a lifestyle choice, a diet gone wrong or a cry for attention. Eating disorders interfere with a person’s day to day life. Eating, exercise and body weight or shape become an unhealthy preoccupation in someone’s life. It is estimated that 1 million Australians suffer from an eating disorder.
Acupuncture can be very helpful in the process of treatment and recovery but it should not replace medical and psychological treatment approaches. Acupuncture provides a drug-free symptom relieve and takes a holistic approach to healing addressing physical, psychological and emotional problems. Together with medical and psychological intervention, acupuncture can form part of a comprehensive treatment plan to increase the quality of life of the person with the eating disorder.