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auricular acupuncture for addiction

Congratulations! If you are reading this, you are on your way to kicking the habit and becoming smoke-free and healthier. Every year more than 3 million Americans try to quit smoking, but only about half of them succeed. With the help of acupuncture you have a greater chance of success! 

frequently asked questions regarding acupuncture for smoking cessation

Q: Does acupuncture work to stop smoking?

A: Yes, acupuncture has been shown to be effective in the treatment of addictions. It has been shown to increase the chances of success in overcoming withdrawal symptoms often times in conjunction with other modalities. Using acupuncture to quit smoking yields enormous benefits. Aside from taking care of the stumbling blocks that can cause you to resume smoking, acupuncture can help to restore your body to a healthy state of balance and well-being.

Q: How many treatments do I need?

A: Unfortunately, one treatment is not enough to help with withdrawal. Optimally, patients receive daily treatments for the first week, then two to three treatments per week for the next two weeks. After that once per week is usually enough for about one month. After that time, you may need an occasional Òtune-upÓ, but most people do quite well beyond this point.

Q: Is acupuncture safe?

A: Yes. Acupuncturists use only sterile needles which are discarded after each use. All practitioners are trained in administering treatment according to OSHA standards.

Q: Are there adjunct therapies that might be recommended?

A: Yes, often times herbal therapies will be prescribed that can help with the withdrawal process. Also, it is important to have the support of family, friends and co-workers. If a 12 step program is available to you, use it. Other lifestyle information will be provided by your practitioner.

Below are a few tips to help ease your withdrawal symptoms:

  • Drink plenty of water to flush the toxins and ease withdrawal symptoms.
  • Drink through a straw. This will help satisfy the need for puffing on a cigarette.
  • Cut your caffeine consumption in half so that you won't be as nervous.
  • Refrain from eating sugar which can cause further sugar cravings and unwanted weight gain.
  • Eat lots of carrots, celery and other vegetables. They will satiate your appetite, as well as provide your body with the nutrients it needs to regain health and vitality.
  • When you get the urge to smoke, delay it. The urge will most likely subside in about 5 minutes.
  • Practice deep-breathing exercises for tough moments of cravings. Breathe deep into your belly on the inhale and upon exhale, gently place your teeth together and exhale with the sound of Òsssssss.Ó This sound stimulates the lungs.
  • Do not sit in the same chair or place at the dining table where you use to smoke.
  • Surround yourself with friends who do not smoke.