Breaking an addiction to nicotine can be an exceptionally challenging endeavor. Like any other addictions, it is deeply entrenched within a framework of both physiological and psychological elements. While there is no miraculous solution to quit smoking, there exists an array of effective tools, which include counseling, supportive groups, pharmacological aids, and complementary therapies like acupuncture.
How acupuncture can increase your chance of success for quitting:
Reducing withdrawal symptoms: Acupuncture can stimulate the release of certain hormones, which are natural painkillers and mood elevators. This can help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, and cravings that are often associated with quitting smoking.
Stress reduction: Many people smoke as a way to cope with stress. Acupuncture works wonders in promoting relaxation and reducing stress, making it easier for individuals to manage their stress without turning to cigarettes.
Craving reduction: we use specific acupuncture points associated with addiction and cravings, aiming to reduce the desire to smoke.
Support and motivation: acupuncture sessions can provide a sense of support and motivation for individuals trying to quit smoking. The acupuncturist can offer guidance, encouragement, and reinforcement of their commitment to quitting, as well as useful advice.
If you are ready to quit smoking, it is always a good idea to discuss your plan with a health care provider who can provide guidance and all necessary information. And if you are interested in using acupuncture as part of your smoking cessation plan, contact us or book an appointment. Your acupuncturist will conduct a full evaluation of your condition and draw a personalized treatment plan with you. Depending on your situation and goals, we usually recommend to plan a series of treatments, starting with two treatments weekly for the first two weeks. As you progress and experience improvement, your treatment will adapt and the frequency will decrease.