Auricular Acupuncture and Addiction: Mechanisms, Methodology by Kim Wager

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By Kim Wager

This complete advisor to auricular acupuncture and dependancy presents an intensive grounding within the conception of chinese language drugs and integrates chinese language clinical conception with glossy biomedical options. The authors take the reader during the useful program of the shrewdpermanent protocol. different topics coated comprise: therapy protocol and implementation, research of present study and bills of the way the remedy might be hired in various settings and the way it impacts these prone. The chapters discussing thought can be intensive yet can have key studying results provided individually to concentration knowing.

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It is also true that the neural connections that link the emotional systems to the thinking part of the brain are much stronger than those that run in the opposite direction. In health there does exist a degree of two-way conversation between the two brain centres but there is nevertheless always a bias in the direction of emotion. 1 In this condition, patients, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and with absolute conviction, believe that they are dead. Although the thinking brain processes information normally, the emotional centre refuses to go along with it.

So what can cause us pain? Pain is more than just the ache we feel when we bang our elbow or the fullness of our bladder. It can be anxiety, insecurity, a lack of money, loneliness or a poor relationship. In the case of a drug user it is often abstinence distress. Pain is anything that can detrimentally impact on survival. Its result is to focus our attention on adjusting our behaviour until it is removed. Craving is the biological response to pain in order to initiate change. All of this occurs in the brain.

This means that something that proves itself to be very rewarding is memorised as such and takes precedence over other rewards perceived to be of lesser value. So, normal behaviours in an addicted person (or one predisposed to addictive behaviour) do not provide much stimulus. Little dopamine is released in response to say, hunger, because the reward system is much more interested in powerful stimuli. Powerful stimuli, like alcohol, actually manage to register in the brain because they release much greater amounts of dopamine than ‘normal’ behaviours and do so incredibly quickly.

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