Harm Reduction & Acupuncture
Licensed Acupuncturist Lee Hurter uses the principal of harm reduction in his acupuncture practice, which aims at reducing negative consequences of potentially destructive habits or addictions without necessarily insisting on abstinence or immediate change.
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that aims to reduce negative consequences of potentially destructive habits or addictions without necessarily insisting on abstinence or immediate radical change. The harm reduction movement has a history within illegal drug users but many of the principles can also apply to psychiatric drugs, behavioral addictions, extreme mental/emotional states, diet and exercise habits.
While I like to work with people to reduce the harm of - or, at times, eliminate - addiction, my intention as a practitioner is to avoid gatekeeping, guilt, and/or shame. As a practitioner, I understand that licit and illicit drug use, toxic foods, and environmental toxins are part of our world and I feel my work is to minimize their harmful effects rather than simply ignore or condemn them.