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Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation

Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation

It is definitely worth considering acupuncture when you are trying to stop smoking. Smoking is a difficult addiction to quit and the options are limited:

  • Chantix- more dangerous than smoking - suicide, heart disease
  • Nicotine Patches, Sprays, etc. – limited but some effectiveness
  • Hypnosis- definitely worth a try but of limited success
  • Herbal and Homeopathic Treatments- just a joke and a waste of money

Acupuncture for Smoking CessationAcupuncture which may be employed alone or along with either hypnosis or nicotine supplementation is safe and often effective. I said often because there is NO guarantee, but I have had a great deal of success.

About 50 million Americans smoke. You already know the health risks and how much the habit costs.

Acupuncture  has turned a growing number of cigarette smokers into permanent ex-smokers. Treatments take all of your symptoms into account and aim at balancing the energy within the body to optimize health.

The acupuncture treatments focus on jitters, cravings, irritability and restlessness; all symptoms that people commonly complain about when they quit. It also aids in relaxation.

In one study conducted at the University of Oslo, Norway, acupuncture was found to significantly reduce the desire to smoke up to five years after the initial treatment. Subjects of the study also reported that cigarettes tasted worse than before treatment and that the treatments had effectively reduced their taste for tobacco.

Acupuncture for Smoking CessationThe acupuncture needles that I use are hair-thin. Treatment is NOT painful. They are superficially inserted into various points in the ears and body to assist with smoking cessation. In between treatments, I sometimes insert small pellets that are taped to the acupuncture points on the ear. When a cigarette craving hits, gently pressing on the pellets stimulates the acupuncture points to calm the mind and eliminate the craving.