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Stop Smoking with Acupuncture

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture

Cigarette smoking can cause many chronic diseases, such as lung cancer and many other forms of cancer; heart disease; and respiratory diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and pneumonia. According to CDC analyzed data, moking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States, whici is nearly one in five deaths.1

Each year, more than 3 million Americans try to quit smoking but only half of them succeed. Acupuncture acn help smokers break their addiction to nicotine. Acupuncture is especially effective for those who had been unsuccessful with other methods to stop smoking.

 

Effects of Acupuncture on Smoking Cessation

Acupuncture can detoxify nicotine from the body

Acupuncture can increase the body's ability to process toxins and heavy metals accumulated from tobacco use by improving circulation of Qi and blood and enhancing the function of the lung, liver, and spleen. In TCM, the lung governs inhalation; the spleen governs transformation and transportation of the substances; and the liver governs smooth flow of Qi throughout the whole body. By improving the functions of these organ systems, acupuncture can help detoxify and eliminate the nicotine and other chemicals introduced by cigarettes.


Acupuncture can reduce the nicotine withdrawal symptoms

The most common nicotine withdrawal symptoms include irritability, anxiety, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, and increased appetite. Acupuncture is highly effective in diminishing these withdrawal symptoms by stimulating endorphin release. Endorphins are the natural chemicals produced by the body which relieve pain and increase a sense of relaxation and contentment. When inserted into the body, acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to regulate the amount of natural endorphins in the body and helps calm and relax the mind, enhance the ability to concentrate, minimize anxiety, and alleviate.


Acupuncture changes the taste of cigarettes

One of the possible contributions to smoking cessation is a change in the taste of smoke after acupuncture treatments. Many people come to realize that cigarettes taste like burning ash or bitter. This unpleasant and distasteful taste of cigarettes makes patients unable to finish the whole length of a cigarette and lose the urge to smoke. In clinical trials, acupuncture treatments induced a bitter taste in the mouth when smoking cigarettes which helps reduce craving for smoking. Subjects of the study reported that cigarettes tasted worse than before the treatment and that the treatments had effectively reduced their taste for tobacco.2

     

Acupuncture / Ear Acupuncture Procedure

Each acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of sterile, disposable needles into specific acupuncture points on the body. Usually a combination of body acupuncture points and ear points (NADA protocol) are used to influence the organs and energetic pathways associated with smoking.

The acupuncture needles will be remained for 20-30 minutes. After removing the needles, small ear pellets or ear seeds made of Chinese herb Wang Bu Liu Xing (Semen Vaccariae) will be taped to the ear and remained in place for couple days to maintain the stimulation. The patients will be advised to apply gentle pressure on the pellets to stimulate the acupuncture points on the ear when a cigarette craving hits.

 

NADA PROTOCOL

NADA protocol involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into 5 specific locations in the ear that stimulate the lung, liver, kidney and nervous system.

These points proved to be extremely effective in the treatment of drug, alcohol and cigarette addictions.

 

Treatment Plan

The length, number and frequency of treatments vary depending on the individual smoking history. The degree of addiction to nicotine, the length of time cigarettes has been smoked, how many cigarettes are smoked per day, and the patient's will-power will largely determine the number of treatments needed. Other important considerations include the individual unique constitution and the function of the primary organ systems responsible for detoxification, including the lung, liver, kidney and spleen.

Generally, 4 to 6 acupuncture treatments during the first two weeks are required to help reducing the craving for cigarettes and initiating detoxification process. Although some patients quit smoking after 2 to 3 sessions of acupuncture treatment, average of 8 to 12 sessions can help most of the smokers quit smoking or greatly reduce the amount of cigarettes.

Once the physiological and psychological dependence on the nicotine has been reduced and the patient has become able to reduce the number of cigarettes, monthly follow-up treatments for 3 to 6 months are recommended to consolidate the effects. If life stressors or complicating circumstances are in play, then additional treatments may be necessary to preserve the positiv results.

 

NADA SPECIAL

Acupuncture Wellness Center offers a special package deal to maximize the effect of acupuncture treatment in smoking cessation and decrease the financial burden for patients.

This special deal provides a 30 minute treatment using NADA protocol for $20 per session. The patients will be treated ideally 2-3 times a week.

Advanced payment for weekly or monthly treatments is required to encourage the patients to receive regular and consistent treatments.

For more information, please contact us.

 
Resources

Quitting smoking: 10 ways to resist tobacco cravings

Acupuncture Assistance for Withdrawal from Tobacco Smoking

Effect of acupuncture on smoking cessation or reduction: an 8-month and 5-year follow-up study

 
 
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