Quitting Smoking with Acupuncture
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, but it can also be one of the hardest. Cravings,withdrawal symptoms, and the temptation to relapse can all make it difficult to stick to your quit plan.
That's where acupuncture can help. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of conditions, including smoking addiction.
How does acupuncture work for smoking cessation?
Acupuncture is thought to work for smoking cessation by affecting the brain's reward system and reducing the body's stress response. When you smoke, nicotine releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in reward and learning.This is why smoking feels good and can be so addictive.
Acupuncture can help to reduce cravings by stimulating the release of other neurotransmitters, such as endorphins and oxytocin, which have mood-boosting and stress-relieving effects. Acupuncture can also help to reduce the body's production of cortisol, a stress hormone that can increase cravings for cigarettes.
In addition, acupuncture can help to relieve withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, and fatigue. This can make it easier to stick to your quit plan and avoid relapse.
What to expect during an acupuncture treatment for smoking cessation
During an acupuncture treatment for smoking cessation, your acupuncturist will insert thin, sterile needles into specific points on your body. These points are thought to be connected to the brain's reward system and other areas of the body that are involved in smoking addiction.
The needles will be inserted at a depth of about 1/4 to 1 inch. You may feel a slight pinch or prick when the needles are inserted, but most people find acupuncture treatments to be very relaxing.
The needles will typically be left in place for 20 to 30 minutes. During this time, you will be able to lie down and relax.Your acupuncturist may also use other techniques, such as heat or massage, to enhance the effects of the acupuncture treatment.
How many acupuncture treatments do I need?
The number of acupuncture treatments you need will vary depending on your individual needs. Some people may benefit from just a few treatments, while others may need more. Your acupuncturist will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan.
Is acupuncture safe and effective for smoking cessation?
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for smoking cessation. It is well-tolerated by most people and has few side effects.
Studies have shown that acupuncture can help people to quit smoking more successfully than other treatments, such as nicotine replacement therapy and counseling. For example, a study published in the journal Addiction found that people who received acupuncture were 2.5 times more likely to quit smoking than those who did not receive acupuncture.
Ready to quit smoking?
If you are ready to quit smoking, acupuncture can help. Contact the Point today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced acupuncturists.
Benefits of acupuncture for smoking cessation
Relieves withdrawal symptoms
Improves mood and reduces stress
Boosts energy levels
Promotes relaxation and overall well-being
Why choose the Point for your acupuncture treatments?
Our acupuncturists are licensed and experienced in treating smoking addiction
We offer a personalized approach to treatment
We use only the highest quality sterile needles
Our treatments are affordable and convenient
Contact us today to learn more about how acupuncture can help you quit smoking.