Research in China over the past 60 years by Professor Han Jisheng at Beijing Medical University’s department of Neuroscience has led to thee development of the HANS stimulator which can be used for successful drug detox (along with a 10 day protocol that involves specific frequencies). The book, which is based on this research, Neurochemical Mechanisms of Acupuncture, is available for sale on Amazon.
The use of HANS units (Hans neuro stimulator) at a specific frequency, electronic acupuncture, and other methods derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for treating drug addictions, including opioid addiction, is an area of growing interest and research. Here’s how these methods might be used:
HANS Units: These devices deliver small electrical pulses to the body through electrodes placed on the skin. HANS is primarily used for pain relief but has been explored for addiction treatment. The idea is that by alleviating pain, HANS might reduce the need for painkillers, thus lowering the risk of dependency. Additionally, HANS influences the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers and mood enhancers, potentially helping to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
Electronic Acupuncture: This is a modern twist on traditional acupuncture, using electrical stimulation on acupuncture points. It’s thought that electronic acupuncture might help balance the body’s energy, reduce withdrawal symptoms, and decrease cravings in individuals with opioid addiction – and at certain frequencies, it can help with balance. This approach is often referred to as electroacupuncture.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): TCM encompasses a broad range of practices, including herbal medicine, acupuncture, dietary therapy, and Tai Chi. In the context of treating addictions:
- Herbal Medicine: Certain Chinese herbs are believed to help detoxify the body and support organ systems affected by substance abuse.
- Acupuncture: Traditional acupuncture, involving the insertion of needles into specific points on the body, is used to help manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
- Dietary Therapy: Adjusting the diet according to TCM principles can help strengthen the body and support recovery.
- Tai Chi and Qigong: These practices focus on balancing the body’s energy and can aid in stress reduction, which is crucial in addiction treatment.
It’s important to note that while these methods can be complementary to conventional treatment for drug addiction, they should not replace evidence-based treatments such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT), counseling, and support groups. The integration of TCM methods into addiction treatment should be done under the guidance of qualified healthcare professionals.
City governments like those in Seattle and Vancouver, facing significant challenges with homeless populations affected by substance abuse and addictions, could consider integrating treatments such as HANS units, electronic acupuncture, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices into their public health strategies. Here’s how they might approach this:
Collaborative Healthcare Models: Cities could establish integrated healthcare services where traditional and alternative medicine practitioners work alongside conventional healthcare providers. This would allow for a more holistic approach to treating substance abuse, including opioid addiction.
Public Health Clinics Offering Alternative Treatments: City governments could set up or support clinics that offer HANS units, electronic acupuncture, and other TCM treatments. These clinics should be easily accessible to the homeless population and offer services free of charge or at a reduced cost.
Training and Employment Opportunities: Training programs could be developed to teach interested individuals, including those from the homeless community, how to administer certain treatments like TCM or HANS. This approach not only aids in treatment but also provides job skills and potential employment opportunities.
Incorporation into Existing Treatment Programs: HANS units, electronic acupuncture, and TCM can be integrated into existing drug treatment programs sponsored by the city. This could include detoxification centers, rehabilitation facilities, and outpatient treatment programs.
Community Outreach and Education: Educating the homeless population about these alternative treatment options is crucial. Outreach programs can inform them about the benefits and availability of such treatments.
Research and Evaluation: Collaborating with local universities or research institutions to study the effectiveness of these treatments in the context of homelessness and substance abuse can provide valuable data to guide policy and treatment options.
Policy Advocacy and Funding: City governments could advocate for state and federal funding to support these alternative treatment modalities. They can also work to create policies that encourage the integration of alternative medicine into public health strategies.
Partnerships with Nonprofits and Private Sector: Collaborations with nonprofit organizations and private healthcare providers can extend the reach and effectiveness of these treatment programs. These partnerships can provide additional resources, expertise, and funding avenues.
Tailored Treatment Plans: Recognizing that homelessness and addiction are complex issues, individualized treatment plans that address the specific needs of each person, including mental health support, are vital.
Holistic Support Services: Combining these treatments with other support services like housing assistance, job training, and mental health counseling can address the multifaceted nature of homelessness and addiction.
By adopting a multi-faceted and integrative approach, city governments can provide more comprehensive and effective support to their homeless populations struggling with substance abuse and addiction. For more information, contact Dr. Angelica Kokkalis at 765-497-0817 or The Han Institute.