Most experts agree that quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health. More than 25 diseases are associated with tobacco use. It also raises the chances of developing emphysema or increases the risks of having a stroke by 30 percent. There is plenty of incentive to quit, but it isn’t necessarily easy. The good news is that acupuncture has helped millions of people to overcome their addictions and stay smoke-free.
The acupuncture treatment to quit smoking involves the insertion of needles on ear and body points that are related with the cranial nerve of the central nervous system. This induces the production of endorphins (a brain chemical involved in producing pain relief and pleasure). These agents are believed to block your “pleasure response” to tobacco, stopping the addiction and the withdrawal syndrome.
Many people are able to greatly reduce or quit after only one treatment, but our experience is that it is very easy to pick up the habit again within a couple of weeks. This is why we recommend a minimum of three treatments.
In addition, using acupuncture to quit smoking yields enormous benefits. Aside from addressing the key problems that can cause you to resume the habit, acupuncture can help restore your body and its systems to a healthy balance. If you are ready to become smoke-free, acupuncture can provide you with the support you need. Also it helps people recover from drugs and alcohol problems.