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Giving a gift to help beat an addiction

Written by   Posted in:Acupuncture Therapy   November 19, 2018

Giving a gift to help beat an addiction
As we approach 2019, we once again turn our thoughts to new challenges, and resolutions.  As you prepare your Christmas lists, for yourself or a loved one, why not consider the gift of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has long been used to combat addiction - and curb cigarette cravings. If you are serious about leaving bad habits behind in 2019, or know someone who would love to, we are serious about helping you achieve this.
For example, many of us want to give up smoking, but its addictive nature often makes it too hard without extra support.  Anyone who has tried to give up smoking will be well aware of the numerous withdrawal symptoms one can experience - insomnia, feeling jittery, coughing, feeling tightness in the chest, dry mouth, constipation, anxiety, irritability, anxiousness and lack of concentration.  But Acupuncture can be that support that makes this time different. It helps beat the smoking addiction in many ways – it can stop jitters, curbs cravings and lessen irritability whilst also increases relaxation and helping to detoxify the body.
Auricular or ‘ear acupuncture’ is the most common treatment for a smoking addiction. Different parts of our ears correspond to different organs and systems of the body. Stimulating these can treat ailments in the various organs and systems. Superfine needles are inserted into the outer part of the ear. When these acupuncture points are stimulated they send electrical impulses to the brain, which in turn stimulates other areas of the body. This helps regulate internal organs, relieving pain in joints and muscles and stimulating the brain to diminish cravings.
So, as well as helping to reduce cravings Acupuncture can also ease unpleasant withdrawal symptoms; physical symptoms and help regulate emotions. It will decrease anxiety and stress and help regulate sleep to.
What to expect

Acupuncture needles are left in place for 15-20 mins before being removed. We also use ear seeds (small seeds of the vaccaria plant) which are attached to the ear with adhesive tape. They are taped onto acupoints on the ear, and you are encouraged to apply gentle pressure onto the seed when you experience cravings. The pressure on the acupoints stimulates the release of endorphins, which promotes detoxification and decreases feelings of anxiety. They are usually left in for 2-3 days.
There is a particular ear acupuncture protocol developed by NADA - the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association – which is a 5-point ear protocol for recovery from any addictions - drugs, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and even hunger cravings.
The points involved

Lung point - improves lung function and alleviated feelings of grief
Liver point- removes toxins from the liver and blood, and curbs aggression
Kidney point - repairs vital organs and eases fears
Shenmen- decreases anxiety, known as the ‘spirit gate’’
Autonomic or Sympathetic point- promotes relaxation and soothing of the nervous system
If you would like to experience Acupuncture, or buy it as a gift for a friend or loved one, please contact Jackie and Teresa, Acupuncturists at Bridge to Health and take advantage of our limited seasonal offer - 3 sessions for just £120*.
This promotional price is only available to sessions booked and paid for before January 30th 2019.
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