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Acupuncture Helps Relieve Opioid Addiction in Minnesota

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Acupuncture can help relieve opioid addiction and more…

Acupuncture is an effective option to consider for patients detoxifying, and recovering from addictions. This includes recovery from alcohol, meth, cocaine, marijuana…and more than ever opioids.

Particularly, I have used acupuncture for patients in recovery, and often conduct these treatments in group acupuncture settings.
Here’s how group acupuncture can work for you (or your facility) to help patients in recovery:

Groups of 15+ clients are treated at a time. Each person may have acupuncture needles placed in his/her ears, scalp or hands.

The needles are retained for approximately 15-20 minutes while the clients relax in comfortable chairs (or put their heads on pillows at their tables, to nap). The needles are then removed.

Following these sessions, people feel more relaxed, grounded and centered. They also report feeling reduced cravings and find themselves focusing on proactive steps to take in their programs.


Yes, acupuncture can ease the transition from addiction to recovery!

Acupuncture is a great therapy to include during chemical dependency/addiction treatment programs. It is also a great therapy to include for maintenance and aftercare.

Acupuncture, being highly portable, is easy to integrate into recovery programs (it has a small “foot print”) and does not require any special equipment, other than a room with comfortable chairs or tables with pillows placed on them. I would be happy to discuss how an acupuncture program can be integrated in clinics or working spaces you encounter.

Keep in mind that not all acupuncturists specialize in detoxification acupuncture, so it is important to inquire about this.You also want to work with a “Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac)” and not a “certified acupuncturist”. There is a big difference in training.

I am a MN Board of Medical Practice Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and  have been doing detoxification acupuncture–and acupuncture for addiction recovery–since 1996.

If you have patients in the St. Cloud area/metro area (or even outlying areas),  or you would like to talk to me about how acupuncture  may benefit you (or fellow patients in your area), please call me to discuss details.

tel. 320-433-0191

Addiction Recovery Acupuncture

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Discover How Acupuncture Successfully Helps Patients in Minnesota Recovery Programs, Treat Drug Addiction and Chemical Dependency

acupuncture for chemical dependency and addiction can make you feel like you are on the beach for a break...very relaxing

Acupuncture can help you relax (like a day at the beach) when you are in a drug and addiction recovery program

How Acupuncture Supports Drug Treatment and Addiction Program

At Acupuncture Natural Health, our goal is to provide acupuncture services to chemical dependency and drug treatment centers throughout Minnesota. Why? Because acupuncture is an incredibly powerful addition to conventional treatment programs, and patients love it!

If you are looking for a therapy that will support drug recovery efforts, then acupuncture may be the answer to your search.

As a patient, you’ll find acupuncture helps you relax and focus on your recovery efforts. You’ll be more balanced, more present and willing to do the work you need to do to progress in your program.

For over a decade (and counting) Acupuncture Natural Health has been the leading acupuncture provider to drug treatment programs, chemical dependency programs, and rehabilitation centers in select areas of Minnesota.

We are expanding our services, and hope to have the chance to work with you soon.

Who else is using acupuncture in recovery programs? Here’s a leading organization that is doing just that…

Acupuncture in Recovery is Being Used by Leading Medical Programs

Yale School of Medicine has been using acupuncture for drug treatment and recovery programs for 10+ years, with terrific results. At Acupuncture Natural Health, we’ve seen terrific results, too, and have patients constantly inform us that this is their favorite form of therapy, to support their conventional medical programs.

Ear acupuncture is used for helping patients in drug recovery programs feel calmerKnown for its powerful calming affect on the nervous system, the “Five Needle Protocol” therapy, is most often used in drug recovery acupuncture sessions.

Five needles are placed into the ear lobe (on the outside) and within minutes, you can feel relaxation sweep over your body.

Most patients I treat, fall asleep during their session and feel calm, feel more focused, relaxed, and balanced.

This is just one of the many approaches to acupuncture that  you may experience, if you have a chance to try it during your time in a recovery program.

If you get the chance to try acupuncture for chemical dependency treatment–take it! You will be amazed at the results.

What you will notice following an acupuncture session during drug treatment and rehabilitation programs:

  • Overall feeling of calm focus
  • Feeling present and less anxious
  • Reduction in cravings
  • Feeling greater self-control
  • Being grounded
  • Feeling “present”

It’s Your Turn to be Amazed!

Adding acupuncture into a chemical dependency treatment program has profound results.

You will leave your first acupuncture session feeling like an entirely new person, completely relaxed and ready to keep making progress in your program.

It’s amazing that inserting very thin (about the diameter of a human hair) needles into specific points in your ear lobes, can quickly reduce cravings, and help you feel more centered. Science is working to associate this calm feeling with your body’s own release of “feel good” chemicals, that help you reduce stress.

The Traditional Chinese view is that inserting these tiny needles brings your body’s natural energy flow back into balance, and as it does so, you begin to feel more balanced.

For more information on how Acupuncture Natural Health can establish a drug treatment and chemical dependency acupuncture program for you–contact us, here.

ABC Television Features Whole Body Fertility

Friday, October 29th, 2010

WTHN is an ABC news station in New Haven Connecticut that recently did an morning television interview with John Miley, regarding his Whole Body Fertility book.

Watch this quick video and see for yourself some of the benefits people notice when they follow the Whole Body Fertility plan, as well as some of the stumbling blocks people encounter when trying to get pregnant.

You can watch the interview in its entirety by clicking the link below:

ABC Television Features John Miley’s Whole Body Fertility Book >> click for details.

Back Pain and Acupuncture

Friday, October 29th, 2010

If you have “non-structural” or soft-tissue pain in your back, lower back, neck and shoulders, then you are advised to seek acupuncture as a treatment option that has a high chance of success, with virtually no risks or side-effects if it is not effective.

For the vast majority of patients I have seen since I started my practice in 1999, back pain of all varieties have responded very well to acupuncture treatment, provided the cause is not a structural one. Non-structural back pain is likely the type you have if you have not been involved in an accident or trauma that caused physical damage to the spine or spinal cord.

Examples of structural problems would be things like ruptured discs, crushed vertebrae and pinched nerves due to narrow outlets in the vertebral body.

Soft tissue pain (for which acupuncture is great) include things like strained back muscles, tight muscles that cause pain, pain that occurs after over exertion. Often people have semi-chronic back pain that originates from soft-tissue injury or strain. This is the most common type of back pain and the kind you most likely have if you haven’t had a serious accident or spinal trauma.

For most patients, a course of 4-8 treatments will greatly relieve or eliminate back pain…it just depends upon the severity of the pain, and how long it has been bothersome.

If you have specific questions about your pain, or wish to know how acupuncture might help your back, low back, neck and shoulder pains…give us a call and we’ll help you decide if acupuncture is right for you.

Acupuncture For Migraine Headaches

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Acupuncture is very effective for most migraine headache sufferers. In fact, I would say that 75% of the patients I have seen with migraine headaches (for over 10 years now, and counting) improve dramatically within 6-8 treatments.

Granted I have had a few patients who did not respond to acupuncture for migraines, but I can count those people on one hand.

Acupuncture works by helping the body’s natural ability to heal kick into high gear. In the case of migraines, using acupuncture is one way to guide the body back toward peak health and balance.

Some of the reasons we notice imbalances include stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, anger/frustration and a host of other “modern” complaints. All of these can work together to create an imbalance in the body that is causes overwhelming and often debilitating migraine headaches.

If you are interested in conquering migraines without the need to take expensive, toxic and side-effect riddled medications for the rest of your life…
then you owe it to yourself to give acupuncture a try.

And, as a friendly reminder: Make sure you go to a Licensed Acupuncturist for this type of work, not a Chiropractor “certified” in acupuncture. Being certified in acupuncture means nothing really. Licensed Acupuncturists are licensed by the Board of Medical Practice and have 3-4 years of training in acupuncture and Asian Medicine. Those are the people you want to see.

See John’s Fertility Work on WCCO

Friday, August 27th, 2010

CBS news station, WCCO channel 4 in Minneapolis, recently did a story on how a patient and her husband achieved their goal of getting pregnant using acupuncture and the fundamental principles taught in John Miley’s book, Whole Body Fertility — this approach worked for them not once, but three times.

Watch their story unfold in this video:
Note: there may be a brief commercial before the video plays on WCCO’s site.

Vitex Promotes Fertility

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

If you have not heard of Vitex before, don’t feel alone. It goes by the common name “Chasteberry” or “Chastetree” and by the Latin name Vitex agnus-castus.

Many patients I see in the clinic have not heard of it either.

Before we get started, let me give you some of Vitex’ benefits:

  • Promotes ovulation
  • Eases PMS
  • Calms Endometriosis
  • Has a positive effect on reproduction
  • Balances hormones

Something to consider when you are trying to get pregnant is a nutritional program high
in nutrient dense foods that promote fertility. For some of you, your diets will provide
most (if not all) of those nutrients.

For others, you will want to insure your body’s nutritional intake by adding a few
select dietary supplements (click here for more fertility supplements).

You may also consider Vitex. This is an herbal extract that we make organically, and
standardize to guarantee potency and purity.

Just a few drops of this Vitex tincture (extract) into a glass of water (or milk) per day, can
help your body regulate hormonal levels, combat endometriosis, soothe PMS and
encourage regular ovulation.

Interestingly, Vitex also seems to have a positive affect on reproductive health for
men as well as for women {1}

If it sounds too good to be true, consider that Vitex has a well-documented and tested history used in  traditional African medicine and studied in modern reproductive medical trials in Germany and other countries.

If you are trying to get pregnant, have irregular periods, irregular ovulation, endometriosis, cramps, clots or PMS, consider a 90 day trial of Vitex to see if it benefits and balances your body.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Acupuncture remains the most widely applied medicine in the world today. Here’s why acupuncture continues to produce results.

As a health system, acupuncture continues to thrive after thousands of years, being done almost identically today as it has always been done. The fact that acupuncture and herbal medicines have survived the test of time,  gives credibility to the medicine and to its efficacy, and its ability to deliver acceptable results to patients who try it.

“How” acupuncture works depends upon whom you ask.

If you read the Traditional Asian Medical writings on acupuncture, you will quickly discover that this form of medicine comes from a perspective that some type of life-force (often called chi–pronounced “chee”) gives life to everything around us. This force works on and through us, as it does throughout the entire spectrum of Creation.

Although we cannot measure this force, this chi, we can certainly recognize that in its absence, life ceases to exist.

From and energetic medical perspective, chi flows through your body and directs all physical functions. You might say that chi is “behind” all physical health and vitality.

When chi flow gets constricted or imbalanced (often through physical, emotional and mental stresses), pain, discomfort and/or disease are all possible results that will follow from this decreased energy flow.

The purpose of acupuncture is to strategically place sterile needles (more like fine wires, really), into specific places on the body that are known to redirect your chi, and help you re-balance your entire body.  By balancing your chi, the physical body will regain its balance and vitality, because the energetic blockages causing pain, discomfort or disease have been removed.

Acupuncture has a very high success rate for what I would call non-critical health imbalances. If you have migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, back or neck pain, irregular menstrual cycles–just to name a few–then acupuncture is a great medicine.

For more serious conditions, such as cancer, acupuncture can often help manage side-effects from chemotherapy (such as nausea and fatigue).

Because acupuncture is not injecting the body with any medicine or otherwise using outside resources to alter your body’s natural state, it is a safe, complimentary health model that can bring balance to your body whether used alone, or in conjunction with conventional medicine.

Call us with your questions or use our contact form to reach us via email.

Acupuncture For Fertility

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Acupuncture is a great therapy to add into your “pre-conception” regime, to get your body ready to conceive.

When you are actively trying to get pregnant, acupuncture is helpful to keep your body relaxed, improve blood flow to your uterus and balance hormones that make it easier for you to conceive.

Acupuncture is often the first choice for couples facing fertility challenges, because it is cost effective and has been shown to improve conception rates. How does it do this?

Couples seeking In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures, will find that adding acupuncture to their protocol (both pre-and post-transfer) may improve their IVF pregnancy success rates by up to 65%

Read this FOX News study on acupuncture and IVF

And so is plenty of “real world” experience.

Since 1999, I have witnessed acupuncture help dozens of couples get pregnant. If you are interested in the methods behind successfully conceiving, quickly and naturally, contact me to arrange a consultation.

I recommend you consult the Whole Body Fertility webite for specific information about how you can accomplish that.

If you would like to find out more information about acupuncture treatments for fertility issues. Please contact me using the form on this website, or by calling me at my office number 320-656-1010.