Traditional Chinese Medicine

AND

AURICULOTHERAPY

(EAR ACUPUNCTURE)

FOR

SMOKING CESSATION

DRUG & ALCOHOL ADDICTION

WEIGHT LOSS & EATING DISORDERS


Introduction
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for centuries. Along with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, TCM includes the lesser known system of Ear Acupuncture or Auriculotherapy.   Just like TCM, Auriculotherapy is a complete medical system that treats many medical conditions.  However, it is more commonly known in the United States as an adjunct therapy for smoking cessation, weight loss and eating disorder treatment, and drug and alcohol addiction.

As the ear diagrams here show, the entire human body is reflected or mapped onto the ear (diagrams to be added soon). Hence, the ear is a microsystem from which the body can be treated, just like found in Reflexology (a hand and foot microsystem).

 

History
Auricular diagnosis and treatment originated in China as far back as 2500 years ago. However, the modern usage diagrams known today arose in large part from modern research stimulated by the research of a French Physician, Paul Nogier, in the 1950’s.  This lead to years of modern research in China in the area of Auriculotherapy , which continues to this day.  By 1987, International Standardization of Auricular Acupoints occurred.

Modern Research
There are several theories as to how stimulating acupoints on the ear can stimulate healing. For example, it is well known from modern medical research that the ear has a very close relationship to the entire nervous system.   Modern medicine has also shown that the tissue and organs cooperate with each other through neurohormonal or hormonal regulations, and modern Auriculotherapy research has show in that stimulation of the ear results in the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which participates in the regulation of many physiological functions in the brain such as mood, appetite, sleep, and temperature regulation.  Serotonin also affects the function in of the cardiovascular and endocrine systems, and our muscles.

Auriculotherapy and Chemical Detoxification
Chemical dependency is a physiological and psychological dependence to substances such as alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and even to food resulting in eating disorders. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has concluded that acupuncture for addiction "maybe useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program."  Today in the United States, Auriculotherapy is incorporated in many Drug Treatment and Incarceration programs because research has showed that the results are much higher than without this additional treatment option.  There is now a specialty in this area of Acupuncture as recognized by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) and there are standardized protocols for treatment.

Treatment Alternatives
Auriculotherapy can be incorporated into a typical acupuncture treatment or it can be effectively used alone.  Sterile acupuncture needles are used on several acupoints on one ear, and “ear seeds” are placed on the other ear - ear seeds allow an additional treatment benefit since the seeds are left on the ear and then can be stimulated via acupressure any time by the patient between visits.  (Ear seeds are typically left in the ear 5-7 days.)


Specific Treatment programs available

  • Weight Loss Program

    SHRINK YOUR STOMACH

    WITHOUT

    SURGERY!!™

    Easy... Convenient... Safe

    Program Options

    1) Level One Option: $210.
    The basic program includes 6 visits of a simple Acupuncture technique (using two needles). Additionally, ear seeds will be applied to supplement ear acupuncture. (This is for self-applied acupressure to aid in appetite suppression between appointments).

    2) Level Two Option: $240.
    The second level program includes the Level One Option of 6 visits of the simple Acupuncture technique PLUS one vitamin/herbal supplement formula to support Weight Loss. (The formula prescribed will depend on the needs of the patient).

    3) Level Three Option: $350.
    (BEST DEAL - Over $50 discount from regular prices!)


    The third level program is a more comprehensive, diagnostic Acupuncture and Herbal treatment program of 6 treatments PLUS one vitamin/herbal supplement formula. (Again, herbal prescriptions are dependent upon the patient.)  

    Details

    The Weight Loss Program protocol includes having the patient go on a cleansing or 'Detox Diet' for 7-10 days, which consists of eating primarily vegetables (preferably organic). Additional support can be provided with Chinese herbal and/or homeopathic remedies to aid in cravings, help regulate blood sugar levels and help digest nutrients, etc., such as:

    • Bach Original Flower Essences Emotional Eating Kit
    • Chromium (Metagenics brand)
    • Compulsive Eating Formula (Professional Complementary Health Formulas brand)
    • Conjugated Linolenic Acid (Metagenics brand)
    • Digestive Enyzmes (Rainbow Light)
    • Hypoglycemia Drops (Professional Complementary Health Formulas brand)
    • Insinase (Metagenics brand - to regulate blood sugar levels)
    • Probiotics (Metagenics brand primarily used)
    • Spring Dragon Longevity Tea (main ingredient is Gynostemma)
    • Sweetfruit Drops (healthy, natural, sugar substitute)
    • Taste Erase (Professional Complementary Health Formulas brand)
    • Weight Loss Drops (Professional Complementary Health Formulas brand)

  • Smoking Cessation Treatment Program

    The Smoking Cessation Treatment Program is six weekly visits, including a standard acupuncture treatment (i.e., treating the entire body) incorporated with Auriculotherapy. As described above to explain Auriculotherapy, acupuncture needles are placed on acupoints on one ear during the office visit according to the NADA protocol, and the patient goes home with ear seeds placed on the other ear, giving the patient the ability to stimulate the points between visits to help reduce cravings. An 'Ear Seed Use and Care' handout is also given to the patient.

    The cost could be reduced if a patient desires to do the protocol only with Auriculotherapy and not entire body acupuncture (six weekly visits are still recommended). However, the combination of using the NADA protocol with TCM diagnosis and treatment is more beneficial in treating the entire person - afterall, this is an holistic approach!!

    In addition to acupuncture, the patient is recommended to also purchase herbal medicinals to help with the cravings of nicotine. Two products are used: one is an homotoxicology product called 'Anti-Smoking' drops and another is a nutraceutical product that blocks nicotine receptor sites in the brain.

    For those who feel they might like to try a cigarette substitute to help them stop smoking, I also have an herbal formula I call 'Native Smoke Mix' that is a combination of several herbs that are beneficial for the body and lungs, and is therefore, very safe. It is similar to 'Kinnick Kinnick', a typical Native American sacred pipe mixture. (The ingredients of this herbal formula are special order, and quantity needed is typically large, so it can be a bit expensive.)
  • Drug Addiction Treatment Program

    Details to follow soon...
  • General Detoxification Program

    Details to follow soon...