What is acupuncture?
Chinese Acupuncture is four and five thousand years old. It is the insertion of needles just under the skin. The needles are only as thick as three or four pieces of hair. Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing and that it does not hurt. It can remove negative emotions, addictions, stress, body soreness or pain, and almost any disorder or problem that upsets the vitality in the body.

What is the process for acupuncture?
When you come in for your first treatment, Michael will have you fill out several health forms. He will then go over them with you so he will know what to treat you for. He will most likely be treating you for several ailments at a time. You will be given a gown to put on and the treatment will start on you back of your body. The needles will be inserted into various acupuncture points, which are helpful to your specific needs. You will then relax for about twenty minutes while listening to very relaxing music. The process will then be repeated on the front of your body.

What can it help?
Acupuncture can be a very helpful treatment for many health conditions including addictions. It can help ease cravings, reduce stress, and detoxify the liver. Most clients report better sleep and a more stable and positive emotional state after only a few treatments. There is a standard protocol treatment for addiction that is personalized with specific acupuncture points to help every organ and system for that individual. Addictions can include but not be limited to: drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and food addictions (sugar, chocolate and carbohydrates).

Treatments for allergies have both long and short-term results. Treatments can immediately decongest the sinuses while at the same time reduce or eliminate your reactions to the allergen over time.

Many people today suffer with some type of body pain from sports injuries, car accidents, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc. Michael uses the 8 Principle acupuncture, which uses symptomatic treatments to make physical pain go away. Most illnesses do have symptomatic treatments or recipes of points, which can make disease symptoms better. Acupuncture is treating the whole person to a deeper level so that no only do the symptoms go away but also the subtle causes of theses symptoms.

Most patients who have acupuncture treatments steadily get better with no ill side effects. Acupuncture is also a great treatment for people with negative emotions, problems with anger and grief. There are certain treatments for many emotional states including fears and phobias. Many people claim that their stress level drops and they sleep better after only a few treatments.

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Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing and that it does not hurt.
My experience using acupuncture to address addictions:
By Mike Moore, Heather Holistic Health's Acupuncturist

Detox Acupuncture or Acupuncture for detoxifying the body is very useful for various addictions: drug, alcohol, cigarettes and for those who have taken too many prescription medications for a long time and wish to reduce their intake.

There is a protocol of 5 Acupuncture points, which are found in the ear and are really effective for reducing cravings. This protocol of 5 points was originated by the Chinese and has been followed scientifically by both Chinese and American studies. It has been shown to be very effective.

In my clinical practice I have found this protocol of points very helpful for the clients. In addition to these 5 points I also do some points on the back, which help to remove heat and toxins from all the major internal organs of the body. I also use other Acupuncture points to create balance and to help aid relaxation. When I was in Acupuncture school, I did an internship treating clients at a Community health clinic associated with John's Hopkins. I found that most addicted persons are wonderfully responsive to Acupuncture. They progress quickly and within 3-4 treatments are almost feeling back to normal. Most addicted people have bodies that are quite irritated and cranky. Their livers are toxic. They have upset stomachs, poor digestion, bowel problems, headaches etc. Acupuncture can help all of these problems. It can help any one with major imbalances in all the major organs.

This treatment also works to help people stop smoking and to stop alcohol abuse. Addiction is also part mental and psychological and Acupuncture can help to improve ones emotional state as well. It can help you feel balanced, comfortable and at peace. It reduces stress and aids one in sleeping better. Acupuncture does reduce drug cravings. It can make the body more at harmony with itself and comfortable.

I'm not saying that Acupuncture can make all of ones drug cravings and problems go away, but it can help a great deal. Often if combined with counseling and other therapies (including massage!) can help get addicted people "over the hump" when they encounter their cravings and can in the long term improve their chances of becoming free of their addictions.