Acupuncture Specialist

Victoria Biondi, MD -  - Aesthetics & Wellness Center

Victoria Biondi, MD

Aesthetics & Wellness Center located in Bristol, CT

Acupuncture, a therapeutic practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, is often thought of as an alternative pain-relief technique. Although it does promote the release of pain-suppressing endorphins, acupuncture has a wide range of potential benefits. At Victoria Biondi, MD in Bristol, Connecticut, Dr. Victoria Biondi and her team of holistic health experts offer state-of-the-art acupuncture detoxification treatments, also known as acudetox. If you’re in the Hartford metropolitan area and you’d like to learn more, call the office or book your appointment online today.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of ultra-thin needles through the skin at strategic points to either stimulate or relax specific areas of the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, the practice is used to help balance the flow of energy through the various pathways of the body.

When acupuncture needles stimulate or relax the nerves, muscles, or connective tissues in various parts of your body, it increases blood flow to those areas and promotes the release of the body’s natural painkillers, endorphins.

What is acupuncture detoxification?

Acupuncture detoxification, or acudetox therapy, is a type of acupuncture that involves placing five small stainless steel needles at specific sites along each of your ears. This ear-only form of acupuncture, also known as auricular acupuncture, stems from the philosophy that your outer ears are a microcosm of your body, with precise pressure points that correspond to specific areas of your body.

Stimulation of these ear points can provide a variety of important benefits, including:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Decreased feelings of depression
  • Relief from insomnia
  • Enhanced sense of well-being
  • Increased energy and motivation
  • Improved nervous system function

Acudetox has been shown to help detoxify your system, alleviate the craving for substances, and dull the pleasure of drugs (including nicotine) by altering your brain’s stress response and reducing dopamine levels.  

Countless people across the world use acudetox therapy to help them break free of addiction and prevent relapse.  

How does acudetox work?

Acudetox therapy involves gently placing five small stainless steel needles at five designated ear points in each of your auricles (the outer ears). The tips of these fine-gauge, sterilized, single-use needles are inserted just below the surface of your skin, where they remain for up to an hour while you relax quietly.

The five acupuncture points used in acudetox are:


This point is said to be analgesic, meaning it calms the mind, and helps relieve insomnia, stress, anxiety, and restlessness. It also promotes lower abdominal circulation, liver function, and helps ease hypertension.


This acupuncture point promotes blood flow and circulation, helps relieve intestinal dysfunction, and alleviates night sweats common in menopausal women.


This acupuncture point helps tone your kidneys, strengthen your lower back, support brain function, and promote balanced oral health.


The point in your ear that’s associated with your liver is thought to regulate the free flow of energy, improve digestion, relieve abdominal bloating, and alleviate depression.


This acupuncture point helps control respiration and regulate your body temperature. It’s also useful for alleviating many skin conditions and boosting immune system function.

To learn more about how acudetox can benefit you, call the team at Victoria Biondi, MD or book your appointment online today.