Spotlight On Acunpuncturist Natalia Plotkin
It’s been a while since we shone the spotlight on a tried and true recovery advocate. And this week, we thought we’d highlight one of our own. Acupuncture extraordinaire Natalia Plotkin plays a pivotal role in the healing and recovery process of our patients. Her techniques are a vital component to the Valley Recovery Center treatment plan, improving both the physical and mental being. Natalia is also a professional masseuse and dedicated devotee to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
For this Spotlight, we thought we’d introduce you to both Natalia and the importance of TCM in recovery.
A Personal Connection
Natalia is a shining example of someone who practices what she preaches. Not only is she highly educated, with a Master of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as a recognition from the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture, she’s someone who has benefitted personally from the use of TCM.
“I wasn’t well, and western medicine wasn’t working. For two years I was in almost continual pain, and it required me to be on various prescribed medications that I was supposed to stay on for the rest of my life. A friend of mine suggested that I try a Wellness Center that practices Traditional Chinese Medicine. I went there and within three months I got off medication. It was also clear that this was the profession I wanted to learn. Four years later, I got my Master diploma, state license and national certification to practice this wonderful discipline.”
To understand why acupuncture works so well in recovery, it’s important to understand the practice itself. TCM focuses on a vital internal energy called Qi, which circulates through the body and helps maintain balance. Acupuncture works to stimulate specific pressure points, which block the flow of qi. It is applied by inserting fine, sterile and single-use needles into specified areas; all within a calm, meditative setting.
Massage (or the TCM practice of Gwa Sha) also helps with the process, increasing circulation and creating an overall feeling of physical wellness. Natalia takes her work even further, offering nutritional counseling and relaxation techniques; which are essential after going through a traumatic addiction.
The truth is, acupuncture and TCM have solid scientific data backing up their success as recovery tools. Yale University, for example, conducted a study in 2000 which showed that nearly 55 percent of cocaine addicts receiving acupuncture recovery methods tested clean after graduating treatment. There is also evidence that having TCM in their regimen encourages patients to see their program to the very end. The Journal of Dual Diagnosis found that 61% of the patients who participated in biweekly acupuncture sessions completed their entire treatment program, compared to only 32% of the acupuncture abstainers.
TCM also helps create a calming environment for patients, alleviating feelings of anger and distress. In our facility, we have seen tremendous success with Natalia’s work. A proper recovery program requires inner and outer healing and we have found that acupuncture easily satisfies both needs.
To find out more about our acupuncture and TCM treatment methods, reach out to Valley Recovery Center at (866) 986-2486.