Oriental Mind & Body Balance
In Association with The Academy of Oriental Medicine

Provision of Training for 5 Point Auricular Acupuncture for Substance Misuse

Sallieanne Clayton, Auricular Acupuncture Training

Sallieanne Clayton BSc, MBRCP, Lic/Ac
Maria Khan BSc, MBRCP, Lic/Ac


  • Proposal for provision of training
  • Profiles, The Academy of Oriental Medicine & Tutors
  • History of Auricular Acupuncture for Substance Misuse
  • The points used for substance misuse Auricular Acupuncture
  • Benefit of Auricular Acupuncture to clients
  • Benefit of the provision of Auricular Acupuncture to the service provider
  • Fees
  • Additional Information


This proposal is to offer service providers the opportunity to train their staff members to perform five needle Auricular Acupuncture for substance misuse. The training will be provided by Oriental Mind & Body Balance in Association with the Academy of Oriental Medicine and the British Institute of Complimentary Practitioners.

The benefit of having staff trained to perform this therapy include:-

  • Service providers can offer a more diverse range of interventions.
  • As the tutors come to your establishment to deliver the training this can be done during normal working hours so eliminates the added cost to you of your staffs travel and overnight expenses.
  • Staff members have the opportunity to develop professionally and widen their skills base.
  • Satisfies the need to meet service user demand, many service users prefer to use complimentary therapies to assist with their substance misuse issues opposed to pharmaceutical intervention.
  • Service users are more likely to remain in treatment and access further treatments available from the service provider.

The findings of a clinical audit of Auricular Acupuncture printed in ‘The Journal of Chinese Medicine’ Stated that;

“The results suggest that regular auricular acupuncture treatment has significant benefits to offer to clients of drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, and that it is a safe and cost-effective treatment that is particularly effective in helping to retain clients in treatment befitting in the clinical management of substance misuse“.


The Academy of Oriental Medicine

The Academy of Oriental Medicine Ltd was started by Dr Graham Chandler & Dr Philip Lawes. It was founded with the idea to keep the disciplines of Traditional Chinese Medicine together as they are taught in China and the Far East, instead of studying the disciplines individually as is the common practice within the UK.
This gives the therapist a far greater knowledge and the potential to treat a wider range of diseases and dysfunction. All directors are multi-disciplined therapists, and have travelled the Far East taking courses and studying, to enable them to treat and teach with a much wider Knowledge and understanding.

Dr Graham Chandler & Dr Philip Lawes

Graham and Philip are the founder members of the Academy of Oriental Medicine. Before starting their studies into the world of medicine, they were close friends through the martial arts. Both are advisors to the British Register of Complementary Medicine (BRCP) / Institute for Complementary & Natural Medicine (ICNM), and Philip is a member of The Acupuncture Stakeholders Group and The Chinese Medicine Working Group working towards the statutory regulation of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in the United Kingdom.
Recently Dr Chandler and Dr Lawes have both been awarded the position and title of “Fellow of the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine”.

Tutor Profiles:

Sallieanne Clayton. BSc, MBRCP, Lic/Ac

Sallieanne has been working with substance mis-users for nine years. She has worked one to one and in a group environment providing support for individuals regarding both harm minimisation and abstinence from drug and alcohol addiction.
She has provided auricular acupuncture interventions in a custodial setting and also offers all Oriental Medicine Therapies within the community running a small practice from home. Sallieanne is an accredited member of The Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals, is a member of The British Register of Complimentary Practitioners and holds certificates in Counselling and The Delivery of Adult Learning. She studied at The Academy of Oriental Medicine for three years gaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine in September 2009 qualifying her to practice Acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture, Anmo (Chinese Massage), Tui Na (Chinese Physical Therapy), Tao Yin (Positional Release, Cranial Technique) and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Sallieanne has also taught Auricular Acupuncture at The Academy since her graduation.

Maria Khan. BSc, MBRCP, Lic/Ac

Maria has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine, covering Acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture, Anmo (Chinese Massage), Tui Na (Chinese Physical Therapy), Tao Yin (Positional Release, Cranial Technique) and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She also has a level 3 diploma in Sports Massage Therapy and Aromatherapy. She is a member of the Institute of Complementary and Natural Medicine and seeks to treat the root course of any health problems whether emotional or physical using a range of Traditional Chinese Medical principles to keep patients healthy and pain free. Maria is currently running two successful clinics in London treating patients with addictions and emotional issues as well as muscular/skeletal conditions.

Auricular Acupuncture:

History of Acu Detox

Acu Detox is a relatively recent development in the treatment of addiction. The possibility of using acupuncture in this way happened quite by accident. In 1972, a 50-year-old man with a five-year opium habit was admitted to the neurosurgical unit of the Kurong Wan hospital in Hong Kong. He agreed to have certain nerves in his brain severed, to relieve his addiction. Acupuncture anaesthesia was going to be used rather than chemical anaesthesia. A short while after the needles were inserted (into hand, arm and ear points) the patient reported that his withdrawal symptoms had disappeared. The operation was cancelled, but the patient was kept in hospital. When the withdrawal symptoms reappeared he was again treated with acupuncture, with the symptoms once again disappearing after about half an hour. The next day two more opium addicts were given the same treatment, with the same result. Forty more opium and heroin addicts were treated for withdrawal symptoms with acupuncture. The results were reported in the Asian Journal of Medicine in 1973.

In the 1970’s drug addiction was becoming a huge problem. Acupuncture was first used to treat drug addicts in the west in 1974 at Lincoln Hospital on an outpatient basis. This was in the South Bronx, a very deprived part of New York City. By the mid 1980’s the success of this treatment had become so evident that many drug treatment programmes across the U.S.A. began incorporating acu-detox as part of their programmes.

The Points:

The points which are used are so effective in helping to treat addiction because they treat the Yin organs of the body, which are damaged by drug or alcohol use.

Auricular Acupuncure Training

The EarThe Five Points Are:
Lungs (upper and lower)

Ear Acupuncture for Treating Addiction:

Auricular acupuncture works well for those addicted to alcohol, opiates and stimulants. It is a successful, non-confrontational way of helping treat addiction. It is a treatment, which nourishes Kidney Yin and in fact treats all the Yin organs of the body, which are all damaged by drug or alcohol misuse.

Ear acupuncture as a treatment is cumulative – it builds on itself, so the more you have it, the more benefit you experience.

Studies have shown that clients who have regular ear acupuncture are:
Calmer and more focused
Able to engage more successfully in group work
Able to engage more successfully in one-to-ones
Less hostile
Less in denial
Less aggressive behaviourally, more positive social interaction
Less likely to violate treatment rules
More able to reduce or eliminate medication


Benefits to the client

  • Reduces withdrawal symptoms
  • Greatly reduces stress
  • Decreases anxiety
  • Increases co-operation
  • Relaxes the client
  • Reduces or eliminates the need for medication
  • Increases concentration
  • Increases motivation
  • Reduces hostility
  • Reduces denial
  • Increase positive social interaction
  • Stabilises client to remain in treatment
  • Increases feeling of self worth

Benefits to the service provider

  • Cost effective, after the initial training of the practitioner the only costs involved are needles, swabs, sterile gloves and sharps boxes. A considerable financial reduction when compared to the escalating cost for the provision of medication
  • Raises the profile of the service provider
  • Not substance specific, can be used for alcohol and all other drugs
  • Can be offered in a variety of settings (Prisons, Rehabs, Drop in Centres and G.P Surgeries etc)
  • Shows a commitment to meet client needs
  • Encourages clients to participate in other interventions offered by the service provider
  • Offers employees the opportunity for continued professional development


As stated previously the tutors come to your establishment to deliver the training this can be done during normal working hours so eliminates the added cost to you of your staffs travel and overnight expenses.

The training is delivered over four days, two in the first week then two the second week which allows the student time for home study and practice in between. (See attached training delivery schedule) The training includes all training material, a certificate of completion accredited by The Academy of Oriental Medicine, and a basic ‘start up pack’ which includes needles, sharps bin, clinical wipes and protective gloves.

The total cost of training a class of ten students is £3,500.00

There is an annual fee of £55.00 for continued professional development per student after the first year for reassessment of technique to allow their continued practice.

For further details and to book training sessions please contact

Maria Khan Bsc, MBRCP, Lic/Ac
07432 138109

Sallieanne Clayton BSc, MBRCP, Lic/Ac
07843 910752

Or email