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More than 50 million Americans smoke, and the numbers are even higher in other parts of the world. Among current U.S. adult smokers, 70% have reported that they want to quit smoking and millions try to quit smoking each year. Research has suggested that nicotine is as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol.
Acupuncture has been used as a court mandated treatment aid for drug addicts, because its great ability to reduce cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms. It is estimated that most smokers will attempt to quit smoking two or three times before they finally succeed. When traditional methods to quit smoking have failed, smokers begin to look outside mainstream approaches and turn to alternative medicine such as Acupuncture to help the reach their goal! Acupuncture is a wonderful approach to stop your smoking habit and has an ever growing number of successes!
How does Acupuncture help break the cigarette habit?
Acupuncture is very successful with smoking cessation and can help turn you into an ex-smoker. Acupuncture treatments primarily focus on decreasing jitters, cravings, irritability and restlessness; all the symptoms that people commonly complain about when they try to quit. Acupuncture also aids the body in relaxation and detoxification. Treatments take all of your unique symptoms into account and aim at balancing the energy within the body’s constitution to optimize health.
How many treatments will I need to stop smoking?
Typical Stop Smoking treatments last from 20 to 30 minutes, and the patient is treated one or two times a week. A stop smoking program will often consist of 4-6 initial treatments scheduled in the first weeks followed by monthly follow-up treatments for four to six months.
What points are used?
Each patient is custom-treated according to his or her specific and unique diagnosis. Typically treatments last from 20 to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Usually a combination of body acupuncture points and auricular (ear) points are used that influence the organs and the meridians (energetic pathways) associated with smoking. The acupuncture needles that are used are hair-thin. These needles are superficially inserted into various points in the ears and body to assist with smoking cessation. Auricular (Ear) Points: Shenmen, Sympathetic
Kidney, Lung Upper and Lung Lower, Hunger or Mouth. Body points: Tim Mee- a specific Stop Smoking Point located on the wrist. The Four Gate Points (LI-4, LV-3)- used to circulate energy (Qi) throughout the body and calm the nervous system. These points are located between the thumb and index finger, and between the big toe and second toe.
Acupressure at Home
After removing the needles, ear seeds or silver pellets are often applied in the opposite ear so that the patient can stimulate the Acupuncture points between treatments and reduce cravings at home. When cravings occur, the patient can gently press on the ear seeds and stimulate the Acupuncture points to calm their mind and eliminate the craving. Acupuncture is not a miracle cure in the treatment of addiction. However, Acupuncture is effective in making it easier to manage cravings, detox, quit smoking, and remain smoke-free for life. If you are ready to stop smoking, call an Acupuncturist for a consultation to see how Acupuncture can help you to take control and begin living your new healthy and smoke-free life!