Acupuncture treatment has unique characteristics that lend value to a wide variety of patient facilities, including: Chemical Detoxification and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation (Stroke, etc.), Long Term Care, and Cancer Therapy.
- Acupuncture is a tool that both improves the quality of recovery, and reduces risk of relapse.
- One of the most challenging aspects of rehabilitation programs is the chance of patient relapse. Acupuncture reduces the severity of withdrawal symptoms in the initial detoxification stage of chemical rehabilitation.
- Immediate relief of harsh physical symptoms allows the patient to calm down and relax, making it easier for care-givers to administer other treatments.
- Studies have shown the possibility of acupuncture affecting not only the symptomological effects of withdraw, but also on deeper dysfunction at the root of addiction: unresolved trauma.
For the Care taker
- Non-chemical treatment option
- Patient cooperation
- Tangible results
For the Patient
- Immediate relief
- Emotional healing
- Safe, long-term effects
- Confidence in treatment
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Recovery and Rehabilitation
Acupuncture is an attractive option for patient rehabilitation because it improves the quality and speed of patient recovery with minimal to no side-effects. Acupuncture is an effective form of pain management and healing for over 40 injuries, ailment, and diseases. Acupuncture is an excellent treatment options for Post-stroke Rehabilitation, post-surgical recovery, pain management, and mobility therapy. Studies show that acupuncture appears to be more effective than the commonly used medication in the areas of PONV control, pain relief, and general overall satisfaction.
Acupuncture is particularly effective in the healing and promoting increased rate of recovery of stroke patients, who make up the largest group of people in rehabilitation, and often require the longest length of time to recover.
Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV)
PONV is a pervasive medical issue that affects 35% of all patients, and approximately 70% of high-risk patients (such as women recovering from breast surgery). Acupuncture has been shown to be more effective than the commonly used medication for PONV.
Benefits for care-takers
- Reduces of time spent in facility necessary for recovery
- Low-risk, non-pharmacological treatment option
- No long-term administration of medications
- Pre and post-surgical efficacy
- Treats primary, symptomatic, and side effects of conditions and treatment
Benefits for Patients
- Reduction of pre-surgery anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia
- Increased satisfaction of postoperative recovery
- Less post-operative pain
- Minimization of PONV
- Immediate relief
- Minimal side-effects, if any
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- There is strong evidence from clinical trials, laboratory, and animal studies that supports acupuncture’s ability to help patients going through cancer treatment
- Acupuncture is primarily used on cancer patients to help relieve and control symptoms caused by cancer treatment
- Helps control pain
- Helps relieve nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
- Studies have shown that acupuncture may help a person’s immune system function better
- Acupuncture’s efficacy can be related to its triggering of physical responses in the pituitary gland, nerve cells, and parts of the brain
Related Studies, References, and Sources
- Avants SK, Margolin A, Chang P, Kosten TR, Birch S. Acupuncture for the treatment of cocaine addiction. Investigation of a needle puncture control. J Subst Abuse Treat. 1995 May-Jun;12(3):195-205
- Karst M, Passie T, Friedrich S, Wiese B, Schneider U. Acupuncture in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal symptoms: a randomized, placebo-controlled inpatient study. Addict Biol. 2002 Oct;7(4):415-9.
- Hight, Jim. New Uses for an Ancient Technique: Acupuncture has proven extraordinarily effective in helping addicts survive detox. Now practitioners are turning their sights to AIDS and infertility – with promising results.Yoga Journal, Feb90, Issue 90, p12, 6p. Alt HealthWatch.
- Hollifield M, Sinclair-Lian N, Warner TD, Hammerschlag R (2007). Acupuncture for posttraumatic stress disorder: a randomized controlled pilot trial. Journal of Nervous and MentalDisease. Jun;195(6):504-13
- Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of substance use disorders—a review of the evidence. Drug and Alcohol Review (May 2009), 28, 292–300
- Montazeri K, Farahnakian M, Saghaei M. The effect of acupuncture on the acute withdrawal symptoms from rapid opiate detoxification.Acta Anaesthesiol Sin. 2002 Dec;40(4):173-7.
- Li SS, Kang L, Wu B, He J. The effect of electroacupuncture on the weakening of CPP of morphine dependence rats and the mechanism therein involved] Sichuan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban.2004 Nov;35(6):824-7.
- Liu S, Zhou W, Ruan X, Li R, Lee T, Weng X, Hu J, Yang G. Activation of the hypothalamus characterizes the response to acupuncture stimulation in heroin addicts. Neurosci Lett. 2007Jun 29;421(3):203-8.
- Shwartz, Michael, Richard Saitz, Kevin Mulvey, Patrick Brannigan. The Value of Acupuncture Detoxification Programs in a Substance Abuse Treatment System. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. December 1999 (Vol. 17, Issue 4, Pages 305-312).
- Tan G, Craine M, Tsao J, et al. Efficacy of selected complementary and alternative medicine interventions for chronic pain. Journal Of Rehabilitation Research & Development [serial online]. March 2007;44(2):195-222. Available from: Academic Search Premier, Ipswich, MA.
- 2010 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Survey of Hospitals
- National Health and Statistics Reports #12 December 2008.
- Center for Disease Control: CDC.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr012.pdf
- Mayo Clinic: Evaluation of CAM methods, don’t take CAM at face value: Mayoclinic.com/health/alternative mecidine/SA00078
- NLM.nih.org: Safety and Usefulness of CAM: Nlm.nih.gov/medilineplus/complementaryandalternativemedicine.html
- The Cancer Institute: cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/acupuncture/patient/page1