Auricular Acupuncture  Detoxification

AcuDetox has been shown to significantly decrease cravings for alcohol, drugs, nicotine, and sugar, as well as induce a feeling of calm or euphoria.  It has also been shown to decrease the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms; lessen the occurrence of relapse; reduce anxiety, insomnia, and agitation.  The treatment may also include the placement of vaccaria seeds for acupressure to enhance the treatment effect.  Sleepmix/detox tea is also available.

AcuDetox Protocol:
Gentle placement of five thin, sterile, single use needles in specific acupuncture points on each ear of a person undergoing treatment. 

The Points Include:

· Shenmen, or Heavenly Gate, calms the spirit, helps decrease anxiety, insomnia and pain.

· Sympathetic balances the sympathetic nervous system via parasympathetic sedation, calming the fight/flight response.

· Kidney detox point addresses the emotion of fear/anxiety. 

· Liver point detoxifies and is associated with anger.

· Lung detox points are associated with the emotion of grief/sadness, helping you “let go”.  Also aids in breathing. 

AcuDetox treatment is a non-verbal process that does not require extended interviews or disclosure of personal information. People in early recovery can be anxious and/or consumed with repetitive thoughts.  This can prevent the person from getting the most benefit from talk therapy sessions or 12-step meetings.  The AcuDetox protocol provides immediate relief.  It induces a sense of calm which allows your inner door of receptivity to open.  People who are addicted find themselves with three major organs that are toxic.  These are the lungs, liver, and kidneys.  Organs not only become toxic from substances, they also store toxic emotions.  AcuDetox clears the organs of both toxic substances and toxic emotions.  Withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable, AcuDetox can make this discomfort more tolerable. 

Stress and PTSD

Those receiving treatment do not have to wait to feel its impact, as relaxation generally occurs within minutes.  Survivors of traumatic events report AcuDetox to be useful in alleviating symptoms of Acute Stress or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Physically it appears to assist endogenous endorphin production, as well as to stimulate neurotransmitter activity leading to increased capacity to cope with stress, and often releasing the hyper-vigilant state.  It appears to stimulate the immune system, as white blood cells are activated via needle insertion.

Ann Coffey, ADS,  RYT


Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist

Registered Yoga Teacher


“Helping You Find Your Path to Balance“






Nashville AcuDetox & Yoga

Green Hills Natural Health Clinic

Hobbs Building
4205 Hillsboro Pk Suite 306
Nashville, TN 37215