If you are trying to quit smoking, acupuncture is a natural way to help you curb your craving for nicotine. Acupuncture may not be as well-known as nicotine patches or gum. But it can offer relief, especially in the acute phase of withdrawal when you’re wrestling with fatigue, irritability and gnawing cravings.
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Some people try acupuncture because they cannot tolerate the drugs used for tobacco cessation. Unlike prescription medications, acupuncture has no side effects. In fact, it is very common to notice side benefits like improvements in sleep or mood. Others use acupuncture as part of an overall strategy to quit. As an acupuncturist, I target certain areas of the body for certain conditions. When it comes to helping smokers quit, Ear Points are especially effective in suppressing cravings. The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association NADA protocol utilizes this set of ear points for addiction.
In between acupuncture treatments, patients at home can use ‘ear seeds,’ a form of acupressure. This involves placing tiny herbal seeds on the ear with medical tape in targeted areas. This technique allows patients to self-treat by applying pressure to points on the ear to help temper the urge to smoke.
There’s science behind the use of these specific points. The cranial nerves, accessed through the ears, stimulate the nervous system to suppress the urge for cigarettes. We’re trying not only to suppress cravings, but also to reduce anxiety and withdrawal symptoms.
Studies show that acupuncture promotes the brain to pump out endorphins, our feel-good hormones. We’re really manipulating the body using needles and targeted points to help support people as they work through withdrawal symptoms. In my own practice, I’ve seen a great many patients who used acupuncture successfully for tobacco cessation. Commonly, patients report fewer cravings, decreased irritability, improved mood, lowered anxiety & depression and improved sleep.
Will it help me?
The goal of acupuncture is to help curb any cravings you have for the nicotine itself.
Patients are usually seen twice a week. While most successfully quit after 2 or 3 treatments, however, we found that a package of four visits over 2 weeks gives our patients the best success rate! Our numbers indicate that 74% of our patients are still smoke-free after two years.
Presently we are offering a promotion price of $199 all-inclusive for four acupuncture treatments for smoking.
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