Acupuncture Helps People Around the World Achieve Their Goal of Smoking Cessation
Every year millions of people around the world make the vow to quit smoking and so many people watch their resolution go up in smoke because they are unable to control a habit they have created. There are many paths people go down to try to quit such as nicotine patches, medication and nicotine gum but often times they just don’t work.
Acupuncture is a natural way to help your habits change without the addictive nature of prescription medication and without the side effects as well. Chinese medicine methods can offer a lot of relief in helping you to quit smoking, especially in the beginning stages. Acupuncture is so effective that in some states it is used under court order as a form of treatment for smoking cessation.
Acupuncture makes it easier for you to quit and remain smoke free because each treatment is tailored to the symptoms you are feeling throughout your journey of quitting.
What Is Quitting Smoking Using Acupuncture Like?
At the beginning of your treatment, your Acupuncturist will take in some information about your history, speak to you about the current symptoms you are feeling, ask you about past attempts to quit (if applicable), look at your tongue and pulse, take your blood pressure and discuss emotional and physical symptoms you are experiencing so we have a clear picture of the situation. Your Acupuncturist will work with you to create a treatment protocol with you to decrease cravings, irritability, fatigue and any restlessness. Acupuncture also aids in relaxation and detoxification.
The Ear is a Key Point in Smoking Cessation Acupuncture
Part of your acupuncture treatment may consist of needles being placed in your ear. There are a lot of points in the ear that are proven to help curb cravings and create changes in habit. The cranial nerves accessed through the ears stimulate the nervous system to suppress the urge for cigarettes. The process not only suppresses cravings but also engages the relaxation process. Acupuncture promotes the brain to pump out endorphins which are our “feel good hormones.”
How Many Smoking Cessation Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need?
At the beginning of your treatment, your Acupuncturist may want to see you 2-3 times a week, then as withdrawn symptoms decrease it could drop down to 1-2 times a week, however during the duration of your treatment the process can change from patient to patient.
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|Beth Kathan, L.Ac, MSTOM
Board Certified Acupuncturist