Canada is being gripped by the opioid crisis. The crisis is putting increasing pressure on the country’s health care systems, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
BC has been at the forefront, declaring a public health emergency in 2016. More recently, BC has adopted recommendations from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, stating doctors must discuss non-pharmacological therapy, or alternatives, to opioids for pain.
Research shows acupuncture stimulates production of the body’s own “endogenous opioids” and natural anti-inflammatory compounds.
In other words, acupuncture utilizes the body’s own natural chemistry, creating the potential for similar or better benefits than synthetic drugs, without the risks of side effects or addiction.
Acupuncture is used in the treatment of addictions, withdrawal, and relapse prevention.
It can reduce cravings, assist the body’s detox process, and treat related symptoms including nausea, pain, insomnia, depression and PTSD.
Treatment centres and military services around the world have utilized acupuncture, but its potential is still underutilized in the midst of the current crisis.
Acupuncture is safe, cost-effective, and evidence-based. Hospitals in Canada and the US are starting to utilize acupuncture in acute care settings. Acupuncture’s use in emergency rooms, and on maternity and surgical wards, is still a new phenomenon in North America, but has been common in China and other countries for decades.
Acupuncture has the potential to greatly reduce the need for opioids and non-opioid drugs while also helping to treat opioid addiction.
Contact Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture at 250-499-1905 for more information.