Quit smoking with acupuncture

Acupuncture can help you to stop smoking

Acupuncture is becoming an effective complementary and alternative therapy to help people give up smoking. Acupuncture is helping many smokers quit nicotine for good where other smoking cessation programs have failed. Using acupuncture treatment to help quit smoking can provide quick relief from the nicotine withdrawal. Acupuncture can also break the bad smoking habits that have been formed to make someone stop smoking for good.

Acupuncture restores life energy, or chi, that flows through channels called meridians under the skin. Acupuncture needles unblock any energy that is not flowing freely through the 12 meridians. Blocked meridians can lead to chronic habits forming like smoking. The needles stimulate a response in the body that helps to restore its natural balance and help an individual quit smoking.

Acupuncture treatment for smoking cessation

When trying to overcome nicotine addiction, acupuncture helps to combat the physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms a smoker experiences. Acupuncture also focuses on the cravings a smoker gets for nicotine and the associated anxiety of not satisfying those cravings. Ultra-fine needles are inserted into the ear, hands and wrists and remain in place for anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes. The needles affect energy flow to the mouth, lungs and respiratory system and to parts of the brain that affect cravings. Acupuncture treatment also releases chemicals known as ‘endorphins’ which give a natural high at the end of the acupuncture session.

A recent study into long-term smokers used two groups of people to identify the benefits of acupuncture. One group had treatment using acupuncture points believed to aid smoking cessation against a control group of smokers who used acupuncture points that weren’t associated with giving up smoking. The subjects who received acupuncture that affected smoking habits found their desire to smoke was less than the control group. The study was confirmed by blood tests that showed fewer chemicals from smoking present in the blood of the group who had less desire for nicotine.

Acupuncture treatment for smoking cessation may also utilise acupressure and herbal remedies. A combination of herbs may be applied in the acupuncture points for faster results. An acupuncturist will also teach the patient acupressure techniques that can be used at home to pacify cravings.

Advantages of acupuncture when trying to quit smoking

People who have used acupuncture to stop smoking have found even the taste of nicotine to be unbearable after the therapy. Other side-effects that acupuncture relieves when trying to give up nicotine include depression and anxiety. Physical improvements that acupuncture provides to smokers include increased blood circulation and clearer lungs and after a few sessions patients often find they begin to cough up phlegm. This is the body loosening tar and phlegm as it tries to decongest the lungs. The physical and emotional changes that occur after acupuncture give smokers a sense of optimism that increases their desire to quit even more.

Acupuncture has been known to give results after one or two sessions particularly with heavy smokers. A weekly session of acupuncture can have a big impact on the desire to smoke. A trained acupuncturist will ascertain an appropriate treatment time making adjustments to the methods as the therapy progresses. A combination of acupuncture and other smoking cessation methods is a powerful way to beat the nicotine and give up smoking permanently.

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Daniel Alexander, GoToSee Journalist

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