By Nicole Murray, L.Ac.

At BCA we strive to give you the best treatment for your ailments. What we also want to do is provide you with other resources that you can practice outside of BCA. We want you to be the best possible version of yourself! That is why we will be giving you informative articles (written by your favorite L.A.c.s) pertinent to many conditions our clients may face. This week is addiction. Next week…well you’ll just have to wait and see!

Patients at BCA and other clinics successfully use acupuncture to aid in detoxification from:

▪ alcohol
▪ cigarettes and other tobacco
▪ street drugs
▪ prescription drugs
▪ sugary and processed foods

What to Expect During Treatment

In most cases, the practitioner will use the proven NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol to help in detoxification and continued support of the patient. Five needles are inserted in each ear, for a total of 10 needles. Upon insertion, there may be a stinging or warm sensation that quickly subsides. After all the needles are inserted, most patients report that they feel very calm and relaxed. This can be explained by the traditional functions of the points, and also by modern studies showing that stimulation of ear acupuncture points appears to cause the systemic release of endorphins. The needles are retained for 45 minutes. It is most helpful, especially during detoxification, to get treatment as frequently as possible.

About Acupuncture and Addictions

The treatment of addictions with acupuncture is a modern application of an ancient medicine. In 1974 at the Lincoln Recovery Center in the Bronx, clinicians started using acupuncture to help people get relief from symptoms associated with methadone withdrawal. Dr. Michael Smith of Lincoln Hospital developed a basic, [...]