Acupuncture a believed to have originated in China and has about 2,000 years of recorded history. Historically, acupuncturists used bronze, gold or silver needles. Today’s needles are made of stainless steel filiform. Western interest in acupuncture began to grow in the early 1500s with the beginning of European colonization. In the 1900s Chinese doctors began to approach acupuncture from the modern scientific standpoint.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Opioids are a class of drugs that include the Illegal drug heroin as well as par relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others”.
These drugs are generally safe, but because they produce euphoria this can lead to drug abuse. And unfortunately, the increasing rate of opioid drug abuse has turned into a nationwide ovoid crisis
In many ways, modern medicine has stimulated the development of new acupuncture techniques. The healthcare community has taken notice of the many benefits of acupuncture.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that acupuncture can treat over 64 conditions including:
- Back pain
- Ports injuries
- A headache
- Heart problems
The American College of Physicians has recently recommended acupuncture as an alternative treatment to drug therapy.
Recent Studies Demonstrating Acupuncture’s Effectiveness
According to a German study of 14,000 PARTICIPANTS WITH NECK PAIN, those who incorporated acupuncture into their usual neck pain treatments received more pain relief than those who didn’t use acupuncture at all.
HELPING TO TREAT OPIOID ADDICTION WITH ACUPUNCTURE
According to an article published by Hindawi, a promoter of open scholarly research, “In 1996, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed 64 medical problems that were considered suitable for acupuncture treatment, including the treatment of drug abuse.”
The advantages of acupuncture as a treatment for opioid addiction include:
- No side effects
- Safe for pregnant women
- Can be used to help prevent opiate relapse
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