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Ask the Doctor

Q: Can acupuncture help someone quit drinking?

A: Dr. Susana E. Mendez, CAS, LCDC, ABMPP writes: Yes! Acupuncture can help you stop drinking. Auricular acupuncture can decrease cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension and help people relax.

Acupuncture is the only methodology of treatment that helps the individual by balancing the entire body, not by treating the symptoms alone. Some patients will need medical detoxification and acupuncture can be utilized at the same as a way of enhance treatment and reduce
residential detoxification.

Q: I have a bad habit of clicking my teeth together rapidly for long periods of time until my jaws ache. It is probably just stress relief. Could acupuncture help me stop this?

A: Bruce Eichelberger writes: Your achy jaw symptoms are called TMJ in Western Medicine, and yes, they can be caused by stress. In Oriental Medicine, stress creates what is called qi stagnation. This creates a kind of tension in the body, similar to putting a kink in a hose - the water still gets through, but there's a kind of internal pressure that builds up and must be relieved somehow. One way our bodies can do that is through movement, in this case movement of your jaw.

Acupuncture can definitely help this. In addition to addressing the specific discomfort in your jaw that comes from clicking your teeth, it can also be very effective at addressing the underlying systemic 'pressure' of qi stagnation. In addition, you may want to remove any other possible contributing factors like drinking too much coffee or tea, not getting enough exercise and unresolved situations in your work or personal life.

About our Doctor:

Susana E. Méndez is a bi-lingual licensed psychiatrist in Argentina with more than 22 years of experience working in the psychiatric and chemical dependency fields. Dr. Méndez has extensive experience in Residential and Outpatient programs working for profit and nonprofit corporations. She is an Adjunct Instructor at UTSWMC Department of Psychiatry, National Registered Trainer for NADA, consultant for the Private and State Hospitals in the Republic of Argentina and Channels 52 (Telemundo) and 23 (Univision) in the USA. Dr. Méndez is licensed in Acupuncture Detoxification, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Addictive Disorders and other areas of clinical practice.

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger, OMD has dedicated the last 30 years to working with people seeking natural alternatives for relieving pain, stress and other health problems. He specializes in individually personalized treatments, addressing each patient's unique health situation with a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, metabolic typing, therapeutic exercise and medical qigong. Licensed in the State of Nevada as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, he is also nationally certified in acupuncture and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). You can reach him at his practice in Reno, Nevada. (775) 329-2888.

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