Addiction (chemical, emotional)


Addiction, whether to nicotine, alcohol, recreational drugs or anything else, is something which affects the whole person, and the Traditional Chinese Medical approach to it is therefore a treatment for the whole person.  This treatment will vary not only depending on what it is that we are addicted to, but also on the constitution, general health and emotional life of the person being treated.

Underlying an addictive behaviour is a disharmony of the spirit.  Because Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy which has a sophisticated understanding of what it is to be a human being, and in particular how a human being can live in harmony, not only with themselves but with the world around them, it has a multitude of ways which can help facilitate recovery from addiction.  These ways include acupuncture, herbal medicine, meditation, Chi Kung exercises and dietary therapy.

Our approach is to work with each individual and help them undertake a journey to a more harmonious and fulfilled life which allows them to be who they really are without any need for the short term fixes provided by the addictive substance or behaviour.

Please click on the links below to read about specific conditions.  The list is not exhaustive but gives you an idea of how we approach these conditions.


The Sean Barkes Clinic does not claim to cure any conventional medical disease states.  Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to re-establish and maintain the harmonious function of the human body-mind using tried and tested principles that have been discovered and matured over millennia.  A Western medical diagnosis provides very little by way of insight in informing a Chinese Medical diagnosis.  Patients usually recognise their own condition in terms of the medical disease category that they have been given by their GP or other conventional medical practitioner.  The research presented here is merely an indication of the potential to draw parallels between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Modern Western Medicine.