Knowing when to wean oneself off of potent, synthetic medications can be difficult. However, when medications come with severe side effects and natural functioning seems unachievable, it’s likely time to start thinking about other options. Keep in mind that, just as no two bodies are alike, detox treatments must be customized plans that suit the unique needs of the individual. Luckily, in Tucson alternative treatments for medication detox do exist, making the struggle of ending medication dependence a gentler transition.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been used for centuries to treat a variety of medical conditions, reduce life stressors both physical and psychological, as well as restore health and vitality. Today this ancient medicine can be used to help with modern Western pharmaceutical management.
Using TCM to help treat medication side effects
In modern medicine the use of pharmaceuticals saves countless lives and treats a wide variety of symptoms, however there are limitations to these medications–they often achieve results that can be helpful for period of time and then begin to lose their effectiveness unless more of the medication is taken. This can, in turn, become costly and lead to an increase in unwanted side effects.
It is important to remember that the body is a dynamic organism and always adapting and changing; what once worked may become less effective over time. In some cases symptoms have improved and health is returning, and in others a higher dose of the medication may be required. In either case many medications may need to be weaned off slowly and the body given time to adapt, combatting the dependence on medication by restoring some of its own natural function.
TCM and Restoring Natural Body Function
Since one’s system has adapted to these medications over time, weaning or tapering off can be challenging. Often the body’s nervous and endocrine systems need time to ‘reorganize’ and reestablish natural and normal patterns of functioning–a process which may be in turn can be difficult and uncomfortable. This is where acupuncture in TCM techniques can be extremely helpful for making the transition smoother and more comfortable. Diagnosis and treatment is specific to the individual and their general health, and over the course of treatment the patient begins to rediscover their own natural resources and trust their bodies ability to function again. Acupuncture is particularly helpful in restoring healthy digestion, sleeping patterns and energy, which can be negatively impacted by weaning off medication dependence.
Weaning off medication using TCM
Once unwanted side effects have been addressed and the body is beginning work harmoniously the body will be prepared to start functioning with less medication. Continuing to use TCM during the weaning process will help to ensure that the body is adequately prepared to ease the body’s natural functions back into swing, balancing bodily systems that may be running disproportionately. When a treatment plan is adhered to diligently the body may even become strong enough to no longer need medication or need medication on an infrequent basis.