shutterstock_104463449Acupuncture and Giving Up Cigarettes

Because of acupuncture’s success in helping people quit smoking, it has a rapidly growing number of converts. In fact, in the US, acupuncture is often a court-mandated treatment for drug addicts because of its ability to reduce cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety and difficulty concentrating.

How Does Acupuncture Help With Giving Up Smoking?

So, acupuncture is successful with smoking cessation and has turned a growing number of cigarette smokers into permanent ex-smokers. But how does it help? Treatments take all of your symptoms into account and aim at balancing the energy within the body to optimise health.

At New Leaf Acupuncture, Dublin, our Smoking Cessation treatments focus on jitters, cravings, irritability and restlessness – all symptoms that people commonly complain about when they quit. It also aids in relaxation and detoxification, and boost will-power.

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.

What to expect

Fine Japanese needles inserted into various points in the ears and body to assist with smoking cessation. In between treatments, small seeds are often taped to the acupuncture points on the ear. When a cigarette craving hits, gently pressing on the seeds stimulates the acupuncture points to calm the mind and eliminate the craving.

Acupuncture is not a panacea or a magic cure in the treatment of any addiction, including smoking. But, acupuncture is effective in making it easier to quit and remain smoke-free for good.

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