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Acupuncture is a holistic approach to recovery which involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through the skin at strategic points on the body. A key component of Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in one's body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that the energy flow will re-balance.
It is also an effective aid in controlling many addictions, including alcohol, drugs and eating disorders. It can be a standalone procedure or can be performed in conjunction with medical detoxification.
Excellent clinical evidence supports the use of acupuncture for addiction control. The process has no side effects, eliminates cravings, helps with sleeping issues and provides relief from withdrawal. Treatments often have a profoundly calming effect on the mind and body, creating feelings of peace and well-being. Research also shows that acupuncture can raise the levels of endorphins in the nervous system.