Addiction – Hypnosis and Acupuncture – Claudia Ward – Hypnotherapy Glasgow




The Combination of Acupuncture and Hypnosis in the Treatment of Addictions:

Acupuncture and Clinical Hypnotherapy have been both used successfully in the treatment of addictions. Acupuncture works on body and mind to create a relaxed state and a wonderful feeling of wellbeing. It helps relieve stress and has a balancing, detoxifying effect on the body. Combined with hypnosis it effectively helps with addictions and chronic pain. It also seems that acupuncture deepens the hypnotic state, which makes the patient more suggestible and can enhance the effect of the hypnosis. Practitioners using hypnosis combined with acupuncture have been reporting an additive or potentiating effect by the combination.

How does Hypnosis Help?

Hypnosis is proving to be an incredible resource for overcoming addictive behaviors. While its benefits have been known for years to overcome phobias, quit smoking and for weight loss, the research and work done in recent decades have brought hypnosis into new focus.

Discoveries have been made in the field of neuro-science that demonstrate that the brain is capable of learning new ways of thinking and adopting new healthy habits while inhibiting old harmful ones. This is precisely why hypnotherapy is an excellent way to deal with addictions.

Individuals learn how to deal with self-sabotage and vastly improve their self-confidence. They also develop the beliefs, values, boundaries and internal identity of someone who has no need for the substances or behaviors they used to depend upon.

In addition, using hypnosis allows for the resolution of the issues that caused the addictive behavior in the first place. Rather than teaching that an addict is helpless against their addiction and remains an addict for the rest of their lives, they are led through a process that allows them to cope adaptively with mental habits and create a life they love, free from addiction and negative thinking.

Acupuncture and Addictions

Acupuncture is rapidly increasing in popularity as an effective aid in the control of many addictions—from serious ones involving alcohol and hard drugs to relatively less serious ones involving prescription drugs, nicotine and overeating.

Acupuncture is a natural procedure with no side effects, and it can treat a wide range of addictions. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins are the body’s natural pain-killers. It seems that the cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking, alcohol or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps with weight loss by controlling cravings.

The treatment involves thin, sterile needles being inserted in the ear, hands and feet. Patients lie comfortably for about forty-five minutes. The treatments often have a profoundly calming effect on the mind and body, creating feelings of peace and well-being.

In addition small press tacks are taped over specific points in the ear, and the patient is sent home with instructions to press on them frequently. This pressure creates a mini-stimulus which helps to keep the endorphin level high.

Combining Hypnosis and Acupuncture

The combination of hypnosis and acupuncture creates a highly effective treatment plan for addictions.  

Claudia Ward combines clinical hypnosis and acupuncture for addiction treatments at her Santa Barbara office. She also uses Chinese herbs and supplements to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. Claudia is a Licensed Acupuncturist and certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy. She often works in conjunction with Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, a psychotherapist with a private practice in Santa Barbara.


Contact: Linda Alexander Hypnotherapy Glasgow on 0141 632 1440 and 07875 493 358, also

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