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Toowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses Acupuncture for Treating the Symptoms of Addiction

My name is Louis Gordon and I am an acupuncturist. I practice acupuncture from ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic in Middle Ridge, Toowoomba, 4350, Queensland, Australia. Just as fresh clean water bubbling up from a natural well is vital to sustain life … my WELLNESS information will help YOU to sustain a healthy vibrant life beaming with optimal wellness. Call for more information on (07) 4636 6100.

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Acupuncture to Treat the Symptoms of Addiction in Toowoomba

Addiction, in its simplest form, is a term used to describe any habitual, psychological and physiological dependence on any substance beyond one’s voluntary control. It can turn us into drugs addicts, neurotics, alcoholics and workaholics, just to name a few. Whilst modern scientists have thus far developed some forms of therapies that aim to relieve symptoms of addiction, other alternative therapies such as acupuncture may prove useful in its treatment. Please read on for more information.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is ancient Chinese practice that employs the use of needles on the skin to restore the body from symptoms of illness, injury and disease.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is founded on the principle that energy channels (meridians) run all over the body nourishing tissues with energy. When blocked, the energy is obstructed and prevented from nourishing the tissues, which may result in poor states of physical, emotional and mental health.

Acupuncture & TCM bases it practice on the principles of yin and yang energy, which in a healthy individual are balanced. When out of balance with deficient yin energy, feelings of desperation and emptiness can result. This can lead a person attempting to fill the ‘void’ with an addictive substance or behavior, which may manifest physically as a kind of hyperactivity. This hyperactivity then exacerbates the abuse, depleting yin energy even further, increasingly creating more and more of a desperation for the addictive substance or behavior at hand.

Acupuncture Points to Treat the Symptoms of Addiction

Most acupuncturists treat addiction with the use of needles on acupuncture points outside and around the ear. Other points that may be addressed include those of the lungs, liver and kidney which assist an addict to detoxify and clear any unwanted toxins that have derived from the addictive substance in their body.

How Does Acupuncture Treat the Symptoms of Addiction?

Auricular acupuncture, or acupuncture of the ear, has been used to treat the symptoms of addiction for many years.  The theory is that there are 200 points in the ear that correspond to organs in the body and, when stimulated, these points nourish and replenish these organs.  This helps with detoxification and, in the case of addiction, to suppress withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, agitation, and insomnia.  It also helps to bolster the levels of energy in the body, and leaves the patient feeling relaxed, energised, and in a positive frame of mind.

An acupuncturist unblocks energy and re-establishes energy flow along meridians by needling specific acupuncture points. In doing so it improves the state of internal organs, assisting everything from digestion, nutrient absorption, blood circulation and energy production activities.

Modern scientific research has proven acupuncture to be beneficial in addiction-control and elimination by:

  • Increasing feelings of relaxation
  • Reducing the intensity of withdrawal symptoms
  • Improving sleep patterns
  • Raising the level of feel-good endorphins in the nervous system
  • Freeing any blocked energy from around the body.

How Many Treatments Will You Need?

The number of acupuncture treatments required to treat the symptoms of addiction will differ between individuals. For more long-standing addictions however, treatments up to several months may be recommended.

For more information or to make an appointment call ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic on (07) 4636 6100.


Accupuncture, Acupunture or Accupunture common misspelling

Note that “Acupuncture” is often misspelt as accupuncture, acupunture or accupunture, that is with either too many c’s or not enough c’s. I would love to be able to clear up this very common spelling mistake, and set the record straight.

Ac·u·punc·ture – pronounced ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; Origin: 1675–85; < Latin acū with a needle (ablative of acus  needle) or acu- (as combining form of acus ) + puncture.


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