Using Acupuncture to Quit Smoking

Smoking cessation is a difficult task and not only is it hard to achieve, but it’s incredibly hard to even attempt. Cigarettes are highly addictive and many people feel hopeless when it comes to stopping. Fortunately, there are many methods available that can help people quit smoking and won’t have detrimental effects on the body. One of the most effective methods is acupuncture and it has proven to be highly successful in helping people with smoking cessation. The rise in popularity of using acupuncture to stop smoking has lead to many scientific studies of how effective it truly is *. The main reason why acupuncture is so effective when it comes to smoking cessation is that it targets all of the symptoms and strives to optimize health by balancing energy flowing through the body. Most acupuncture treatments focus on the symptoms that have the biggest impact on your daily life. When you quit smoking immediately you will experience intense cravings, jitters, irritability, fatigue, restlessness, and many other symptoms that aren’t fun to deal with. This is the reason why so many people start smoking again after quitting – they simply can’t deal with the symptoms and withdrawal. Thankfully for these people acupuncture targets these issues directly and helps them manage and mediate the problem. Acupuncture not only targets and alleviates these symptoms, but it promotes general body health and can boost detoxification. The way it works is by having super thin needles superficially inserted into different areas on the body. Many points around the ears and wrist are used, as they are most effective. In some cases there are pellets added to the areas where a needle was inserted and if a craving is coming on you can touch these pellets to stimulate the special treatment points and to reduce cravings. Using acupuncture to stop smoking isn’t some magic treatment that will cure you in one day or after one visit to the acupuncturist. Smoking cigarettes is an addiction and effort needs to be put forth if you want to truly enjoy the benefits of smoking cessation. By combining different lifestyle factors along with acupuncture treatments you can be well on your way to enjoying a cigarette-free life and rebuilding your body after the years of damage caused by smoking. Acupuncture is a risk-free and affordable way to quit smoking and is something that anyone who smokes needs to truly consider. If you would like to discuss if acupuncture can help you quit smoking or to schedule an acupuncture appointment please contact our clinic by calling 858-215-1816. * Effect of acupuncture on smoking cessation or reduction: an 8-month and 5-year follow-up study. Auricular Acupuncture, Education, and Smoking Cessation: A Randomized, Sham-Controlled Trial