How Acupuncture Changes Your Brain

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Many of us in the addiction community know the power of acupuncture as part of an overall and comprehensive addiction treatment plan – but do you know why it works? Or how those ultra-thin needles have the uncanny ability to help you manage cravings, reduce stress, fend off illness, and even help you sleep better?

Depending on where the needles go, the tiny sensations caused by the pricks work to stimulate parts of the brain that control emotions (including stress and anxiety), cause the nervous system to produce painkilling chemicals (raising endorphin levels and making it easier to cope with cravings and symptoms of withdrawal) and jumpstart the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

And it works for other parts of the body, too. For example, consider auricular (ear) acupuncture, which is often used in addiction treatment. This specialized type of acupuncture target points on the ear associated with the nerves and organs (the liver, kidney, lung and nervous system) that are often weakened by prolonged substance abuse.

Here are a few more ways acupuncture can help your lasting sobriety:

  • Rids body of harmful toxins
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Boosts immunity
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Enhances sense of well-being

This isn’t to say that this ancient form of alternative medicine can “cure” your addiction – and there’ s still conflicting opinions about whether it improves recovery rates – but a few small pricks certainly can’t hurt your recovery.

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