Can Acupuncture Really Help You Stop Smoking

This article is contributed by Ron Barker.

Smoking is a very strong addiction, and while everybody knows the dangers and hazards associated with it, they can still find it hard to finally kick the habit into touch. Smoking causes all manner of health problems and it is strongly linked to a number of different cancers. Once you have decided that you want to give up, it can be a long path to finally getting there.

Luckily there are many different ways to give up. such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), hypnotherapy, going cold turkey or even seeking help from an acupuncturist. Acupuncture has long been associated with helping to cure all sorts of ailments whether mental or physical, and because smoking is a mixture of mental and physical addiction it can be very effective indeed.

Why Acupuncture?


Acupuncturists are really well trained in all areas of addiction and they understand the thought processes behind it just as much as the physical addiction. Acupuncture can be used to alleviate all manner of problems such as joint pain, back strain, headaches and illnesses, and it is also used as a fertility treatment because it is so good at treating the mental stress that is associated with infertility.

What Can I Expect?

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Acupuncture, in essence, is a traditional Chinese medical treatment whereby very fine needles are administered in specific points of your body. The acupuncturist knows exactly where to put the needles for every individual problem. Different practitioners use different methods but the end result is usually the same – a feeling of calm will wash over you and you will feel very relaxed while the needles are inserted. Contrary to what a lot of people are worried about, the needles do not hurt going in or coming out as they are so fine – so even those with a fear of injections can have acupuncture. You may need a few sessions depending on the severity and complexity of the problem but most people find that they gain positive results from the treatment.

How Does It Help?


Not only does acupuncture help you to stop smoking, but it also helps you deal with the many side effects such as tiredness and fatigue, insomnia and a persistent cough while your lungs clear themselves out. It also helps to combat any stress or depression that can come during the withdrawal period. After a session or two you will notice that your cravings get less and less regular and you may even start to feel a little nauseous when you smell tobacco smoke. Acupuncture can be used alongside other smoking cessation tools such as NRT – and many doctors are now recommending it as a very effective way to treat the addiction.

While there are some people who are still cynical about the use of acupuncture to treat smoking, there are also a lot of people who swear by it as a really effective way of kicking the habit for good. If you are interested in finding out more about how acupuncture could help you give up smoking permanently then simply find an acupuncture clinic in your local area and book in for a consultation.

Author Bio:  Ron Barker is an employee at CT Acupuncture Center in Darien CT. He is an expert mechanic and he shares his opinions on cars and bikes via blogging.

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