Using Flower Essences with Acupuncture
By Dr. Catherine Browne
In my decades of clinical experience, I have learned that the synergistic1 effects of combining energetic healing modalities are profound. My first experience with this was with applying flower essences to acupressure points, which I was introduced to in Oriental medical school back in the 90s.While acupuncture-acupressure and flower essence therapy can certainly stand alone, the synergistic effects of utilizing the two together strongly potentiate the benefits of each modality.
My training includes many styles of acupuncture, but the first style I learned was Worsley Five Element Acupuncture. This school of acupuncture believes that all illnesses and pain syndromes originate with an imbalance of the Spirit, or Shen, reflected in emotional imbalances assigned to the Five Elements of Chinese medicine, which include the Fire Element, Earth Element, Metal Element, Water Element, and Wood Element. Each element corresponds to specific energetic organ systems and acupuncture channels. I use the acupuncture points on the channels that balance the emotions and calm the Shen, as well as those for pain relief.
My patients recovering from opioid addiction are instructed to apply appropriate flower essences to specific areas of the body rich with “Spirit Points,” namely on the inside of the wrists at the crease and on the upper chest. This allows for the patient to easily locate areas, rather than specific acupressure points, where they spray the flower essence. Some suffering with opioid addiction want to avoid alcohol, or any substance that alters the mind, and since most flower essences are preserved with brandy, topical application of the flower essence is often preferred to oral consumption.
These remedies are detailed in my book, Natural Therapies for Overcoming Opioid Dependency, as to how they relate to addiction recovery. The process of long-term recovery from opioid misuse is much like peeling an onion. As patients progress, the most pressing emotional issues are cleared and lesser issues come to the surface; thus, we choose new individual flower essences as their healing progresses and as their deeper emotional imbalances are revealed.
While no one is suggesting that flower essences or acupressure can cure opioid addiction or replace opioid medications, I am suggesting that they can play a formidable roll in the full recovery of addicts. As the opioid epidemic continues to rage on, we must use each and every tool available to provide good outcomes for patients and to avoid further suffering and deaths from this crisis.
Our healthcare corporations have resisted integrating complimentary medicine in the past, but the opioid crisis has kicked down the doors for many modalities that were previously considered quackery. Most hospitals even now offer acupuncture! While the general western medical practitioner may not be familiar with flower essence therapy, it is only a matter of time before its value in treating addiction is appreciated.
Read contextual information and a brief review of Natural Therapies for Overcoming Opioid Dependency by Dr. Catherine Browne.
About Dr. Catherine Browne, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., RH (AHG)
Dr. Catherine Browne is the author of Natural Therapies for Overcoming Opioid Dependency. She has more than 30 years’ experience using natural therapies for treating pain and addiction. She holds a doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine and is a board-certified acupuncturist and registered professional herbalist. She is the founder of In Harmony Wellness Clinic, where she specializes in serving U.S. veterans, and lives in Hamptonville, North Carolina. Visit her website. Buy Natural Therapies for Overcoming Opioid Dependency.
1Definition of Synergy by Merriam-Webster: Synergy is the benefit that results when two or more agents work together to achieve something either one couldn't have achieved on its own. It's the concept of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Retrieved from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synergy
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4George W. Joe, Michael R. Lloyd, D. Dwayne Simpson & B. Krishna Singh. Recidivism among Opioid Addicts after Drug Treatment: An Analysis by Race and Tenure in Treatment. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Pages 371-382. Published online: 07 Jul 2009
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