Acupuncture is a safe, natural, drug-free, and effective way to stop smoking and stay nicotine free. Each year, hundreds of people attempt to stop smoking with hypnosis, nicotine replacement and prescription medications to reduce effects of nicotine withdrawal. Acupuncture can eliminate the mental and physical symptoms of withdrawal.
One of the most common addiction-related uses for acupuncture is smoking cessation. This strong addiction can be overcome with the aid of acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture reduces the symptoms of withdrawal including the jitters, irritability and restlessness that people commonly experience. Acupuncture stimulates natural brain endorphin release, which reduces nicotine cravings and detoxifies the body of nicotine.
Acupuncture directed to selected points on the ear and body affects smoking-related organs such as the lungs and mouth. Acupoints are chosen which produce a calming effect, replacing the calming effect of tobacco smoke. Most people experience greater energy and reduced appetite and cravings after treatment. A combination of therapies including pharmaceutical aids for smoking cessation (patches, gum) and acupuncture yield the best results in smoking cessation. Remaining smoke-free is easier if acupuncture is part of a broader treatment program.
When combined with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine can aid in the smoking cessation process. Often herbs or supplements are prescribed to control cravings or withdrawal symptoms. Your acupuncture physician will interview you to learn more about your unique smoking habits in order to create an individualized treatment program that eases the emotional and physical symptoms of smoking cessation.
Exercise and dietary modification are recommended to rid the body of toxins and prevent relapses. A good smoking cessation program will incorporate stress management techniques and tips for dealing with cravings. For more information about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for smoking cessation contact Dr. Richard Browne.