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Responsible for the service Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki

Ear acupuncture

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Substance abuse rehabilitation clinics offer a five-point ear acupuncture treatment as part of the planned comprehensive treatment.

A five-point ear acupuncture method can be used at all stages of substance abuse rehabilitation treatment, from treating acute withdrawal symptoms to long-term rehabilitation. Acupuncture can also help to support staying sober, because it can help ease the craving for intoxicants and relieve stress.

Acupuncture is at its most helpful when used together with other kinds of treatment.

The acupuncture needles are inserted in certain points of the earlobe. The needles used in ear acupuncture are small, and they are inserted to the skin superficially. If the technique is right, the treatment causes little or no pain. The acupuncture points can be used to relieve or remove pain or to calm and relax the body and mind. These acupuncture points can also alleviate troubles sleeping and decrease stress.

The treatment is usually given in an open, quiet group. The needles are usually kept in place for 40-45 minutes. At first, the treatment is given more often, and as the problems subside, the treatment intervals can increase.

To whom and on what terms

The ear acupuncture groups are intended for clients with an existing treatment contact on a regional substance abuse rehabilitation clinic, and whose treatment plan includes ear acupuncture.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceSocial Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English, Russian
Text edited by: Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 28/5/2022