The New Year Detox

With Tim Wright at Gower Acupuncture (Swansea)

With the advent of 2016 many people have undertaken brave new resolutions. Many involve healthy new starts, including giving up bad habits and purging the body of toxins via detox.

Female patient with acupuncture needles in ears, a cure for smoking addiction

Female patient with acupuncture needles in ears, a cure for smoking addiction

What Does Detox Mean?
People frequently use detox as a term for giving up addictive substances including alcohol, drugs and even sugar. It’s important to realise that no diet, supplement or therapy can physically detox your body. The process of detoxification is carried out by your organs including liver, kidneys, skin and lungs.

Where diet, supplements and therapies may help is in supporting the body going through difficult and varied withdrawal symptoms  including shaking, headaches, nausea, cravings and low mood. Acupuncture has been used for decades to help people with these withdrawal symptoms.

Acupuncture’s History With Detox
Acupuncture has been used to assist overcoming drug addictions for over 40 years. It was first pioneered in hospitals in New York and China where doctors found that putting needles into the ears of patients helped with the physical symptoms of withdrawal. By using ear points many patients are treated at once.  Some hospitals have since refined this process into a more personal treatment where each patient is treated individually for their addictions, with needles inserted into both body and ears.

How Does Acupuncture For Detox Work Then?
I’m using detox here as a synonym for giving up the naughty things in life that aren’t good for us; recreational drugs, too much alcohol, sugar, processed foods. All these substances can exert a grip on our consciousness and can manifest both physical and emotional side effects when attempting to quit. Acupuncture can be a very useful crutch for kicking these habits, reducing physical withdrawal symptoms and calming the mind.


I’ve teamed up with the good folk at THE LAZY FROG in UPLANDS and for the next 3 months we’re offering a New Year Detox package. This consists of two acupuncture sessions to help you quit the habit alongside 3 infra-red sauna sessions to expel toxins, clean pores and kill bacteria that can’t survive above 98.5 degrees.

For more information contact me on 07764 254881 or see The Lazy Frog website:


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