Observe abnormal ear markings, discolorations, abnormal skin Palpate for tenderness at specific points Use electrodermal point finder to locate regions with low skin resistance (high skin conductance)
Acupressure with seeds or pellets Acupuncture needles: Short needles, 15 mm ASP needles (stay in for 1-2 days) Electroacupuncture Laser stimulation
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Protocol Works for withdrawal of opiates & other Shen Men Autonomic Point Lung 1 or 2 (use the more reactive) Liver Kidney
Cingulate gyrus Thalamus Omega 2 Point zero prime Shen men
The tongue can be valuable for diagnosis The radial pulse can be important for diagnosis but is more difficult to master Auriculotherapy is one type of microsystem acupuncture that is relatively easy to use Other microsystems of acupuncture include (Korean) hand acupuncture and Japanese and Chinese scalp acupuncture
More than one protocol available for decreasing withdrawal symptoms Body acupuncture and ear acupuncture Does NOT keep the person from smoking or buying cigarettes Only helps with the w/d symptoms: craving, irritability, nervousness, etc.
Quit cigarettes the night before (day 0) Day 1: give full treatment protocol Day 2 or 3: repeat full tx protocol Open door for ear protocol for 1 st wk Day 8: give full tx protocol Week 3: repeat full tx protocol Week 5 or 6: repeat full tx protocol
GV 8, GV 18, (AND GV 20) SP 3 ON EACH FOOT WITH 4 HZ ELECTRICITY
Cochrane review of acupuncture for cigarette cessation: no evidence of benefit Acupuncture may improve withdrawal symptoms, but patients need to be committed to stopping cigarettes in order to be successful.
Cigarette protocols and auriculotherapy can be helpful for withdrawal symptoms, including craving, irritability, and anxiety Patients need to be committed to stop smoking in order to have long term success