Auricular acupuncture can be an effective treatment for Addiction, Drug Detoxification and Managing Food Cravings. The National Detoxification and Addiction Association (NADA) was founded on the work of Dr. H.L. Wen and Dr. Michael Smith. Dr. Smith developed the NADA protocol: a five point ear acupuncture treatment for helping clients recover from drug addiction. This simple yet powerful treatment plan is used worldwide in a variety of health settings.
Auricular acupuncture is theorized to suppress appetite by stimulating the auricular branch of the vagal nerve, which can increase the smooth muscle tone in the gastric wall. Acupuncture on the vagal nerve can inhibit it’s activity and delay gastric emptying, leading to a sense of fullness and satiety. (Oleson, pg345).
Hong Kong Baptist University randomly assigned 72 overweight individuals to receive real acupuncture or sham acupuncture. Each participant underwent 16 sessions over eight weeks. Those who received real acupuncture lost an average of five pounds, with one patient losing 16 pounds. By contrast, their counterparts in the sham group lost an average of just more than one pound. The researchers believe that acupuncture may boost the production of the hormones serotonin and beta-endorphin, which can boost mood, suppress appetite, and increase the breakdown of fat. Smelling these foods can also help you lose weight for some of the same reasons
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