Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation
There are a
myriad of very compelling reasons for the estimated 50 million
Americans who smoke to quit - from cancer, to the expense of
cigarettes, to the habit itself becoming more and more socially
unacceptable. Despite being all too familiar with these reasons,
millions of smokers attempt to kick the habit and fail each year,
making cigarette smoking possibly the most difficult addiction to break.
those who smoke or have smoked, it is easy to understand why cutting
cigarettes out of one's life is such a difficult task. That small but
powerful package of nicotine delivering compounds has always been there
through times of celebration and hardship, delivering puffs of pleasure
whenever something was needed to lift the spirits or calm the nerves.
In addition to these psychological factors, smokers experience physical
changes in the brain which cause cravings, making it even more
difficult to quit.
availability of patches, drugs, and gums on the market, people are
increasingly turning to acupuncture as a means to help them quit
smoking and stay smoke-free. Many succeed in breaking the habit with
the help of acupuncture after trying other methods and failing.
works by causing the nervous system to release certain chemicals into
the brain and body that calm the nerves, ease withdrawal symptoms, and
reduce cravings. Four to six treatments given during that first month
of smoking cessation, when withdrawal symptoms and cravings are at
their strongest, can serve as a very powerful aid to remaining
Although acupuncture has
helped countless people quit smoking, it is not a magic cure. Quitting
smoking involves a battle between a person's desire to be healthy and a
powerful addiction. In order to be successful in winning this battle, a
smoker must make the decision to quit and remain dedicated to that
decision. By reducing cravings and easing withdrawal symtoms,
acupuncture makes that battle easier to win.
Before starting your smoking cessation program, follow these important helpful tips to increase your chances of sucess.
When seeking acupuncture therapy, it is recommended to see someone who is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.). Licensed Acupuncturists are experts in their field and have received thousands of hours of training in acupuncture. "Certified" or "Registered" acupuncturists, or those who practice "dry needling", on the other hand, are often practitioners who have taken a crash course in acupuncture and have as little as 100 hours or less of training. Be sure to see a Licensed Acupuncturist to get the best care and the best results!
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