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The Foundry: Auricular acupuncture offered

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Chinese Medicine has long been shown to help regulate the body's functions and bring a person closer to homeostasis.

There are three branches that make up Chinese medicine: Chinese herbs, acupuncture, and tui na. For the purpose of this article, I will focus on acupuncture, one form specifically that uses a mirco-system within the body.

Along with the acupuncture points and meridians on the body, there are smaller systems where the body overlays on a certain body part. Hands, face and ears are the most common micro-systems. The ear, or auricular system, is the most commonly used micro-system in the United States. Auricular acupuncture helps a client during the recovery process while attending a rehabilitation treatment center.

There are three, 5 point auricular acupuncture patterns used at The Foundry. The treatments decrease withdrawal symptoms, address compulsive disorders and focus on post traumatic stress disorders. Many clients will need withdrawal, compulsions and traumas treated as they move through the healing process.

Imagine the body upside down with arching back. That image can be imposed on the ear to illustrate the acupuncture points. The head is accessed at the ear lobe. The shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet and spine lie on the anti-helix with the internal organs in the concha area. There are more than 200 points on the ear corresponding to different areas of the body.

Acupuncturists can even diagnose an ailment by simply looking at the ear. Red, blue or purple lines, dark spots, bumps, or any abnormality on the ear can be reference to its corresponding point to inform the person about a past or present issue in their body. In an acupuncture treatment, an ear point to accentuate the whole body treatment can be added. When a whole body treatment is not available or not practical, one of the many micro-systems on the body can be used to help people with ailments. Placing acupuncture needles in the ear is a very effective primary and adjunctive treatment in the Chinese medical model.

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The Foundry clients get auricular acupuncture once per week. Three different auricular acupuncture approaches are used based on individual needs. The first few treatments will focus on decreasing withdrawal symptoms. Treating more compulsions, PTSD or continued withdrawal treatment follows. Occasionally, needles are placed in the ear for pain or any abnormalities present. Clients have reported they feel less stressed about recovery, got improved sleep and digestive system. One client said, "It's getting a bit easier to look deeper at my core issues surrounding my addiction."

The acupuncture treats nervous systems, helping with relaxation and stress and treating vital organs that aid in elimination of toxins and emotions associated with those organs in Chinese medicine. Auricular acupuncture is an effective addition to The Foundry's comprehensive recovery process.

The Foundry provides an opportunity for lasting recovery through an integrative body, mind and spirit treatment program. Comfortably located in the majestic Rocky Mountains, The Foundry provides a safe and natural setting that encourages instinctive growth for the individual as they forge a new life in their own vision.