Insomnia, depression, and anxiety, are very common problems in our society. Actually, written prescriptions for various drugs utilized to address these problems have maintained and even increased in popularity among sufferers. Patients often take three or more drugs to address these conditions and consequently, have to deal with the side effects of these medications.
A Unique Approach to Application
In their day to day practice, acupuncturists mostly see chronic orthopedic conditions (hip, shoulder, headaches, neck/back, etc.) The symptoms that often bring patients to the clinic have a sleep deprivation, anxious, or depressive component. While resolution of these illnesses mainly lies in the field of psychology/medicine, the impact of these problems can have a huge effect on participation in treatment and tissue healing. In addition, many of these suffers are already getting some sort of pharmacologic treatment often with inadequate relief. Trying out a protocol that can be used as a complementary form of treatment could help patients recover and rest faster from their musculoskeletal problems.
This treatment protocol is called the Acudetox protocol and is based on the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol therapy. The NADA protocol was created by Dr. Michael Smith in the mid 80’s. This protocol’s initial application was for detoxification of patients suffering withdrawal from alcohol and/or drug addiction. Over time and through years of research, it was discovered that the Acudetox protocol works in the treatment of insomnia and anxiety. The therapy was deemed to be even more attractive to a lot of people since it did not entail the taking of more drugs and does not interact with a patient’s current drug treatment plan. In the diagnosis of ADHD or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Acudetox protocol has been quite recently added to the list of illnesses that respond effectively to this treatment.
How Does the Acudetox Protocol Work?
The therapy involves the use of acupuncture needles applied to designated acupuncture points on the auricle based on the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) approach to acupuncture. For 20-40 minutes, patients are seated and relaxed in a semi-reclined position. Most fall asleep, become more introspective, and/or feel grounded due to the therapy’s overwhelming calming sensation. Mental health practitioners usually cite special value in this treatment since it occurs deep within the patient.
The Acudetox protocol treatment protocol is administered by certified auricular detoxification specialists (ADS) throughout the world. These specialists have finished training and attained certification via the NADA. Most practitioners report that patients favor undergoing four to six sessions a week or twice a month that then tapers off based on how well they respond to the treatment. Some state laws require doctor’s recommendation for the treatment. Your nearest ADS practitioner can furnish you with additional information on local requirements.
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