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Acupuncture and Smoking Cessation

Happy New Year friends!  I hope you are all recovered (or at least recovering) from the holiday hustle and bustle!  Remember, we are here for you to help with any residual stress, aches and pains, tummy issues, etc, etc.  We are also here to support any New Year's resolutions that may be floating around - to lose weight (see our previous post), stay healthy, exercise more, relax...

Another common resolution is to stop smoking. As we all know by now, smoking is a significant health risk and quitting the habit is probably the best thing you can do for yourself if you are a smoker.  We know it's hard, and it can be a journey that can take some time.  But we want you to know that acupuncture can help - and we want to be here to support our patients who are trying to quit. 

Smoking requires a choice on your part. A choice you make the first time you don’t pick up a cigarette and the choices you continue to make in filling the space that used to be occupied by a cigarette. Can acupuncture make you do something you don’t want to do? Not necessarily, there is not much that can deter any of us from that upon which we have set our mind. That being said, acupuncture is vastly helpful in the helping you through the journey of becoming a non-smoker.  Quitting tobacco is a process that requires thoughtful preparation and dedicated follow-through.

Acupuncture is helpful in smoking cessation for a number of reasons:
  • Acupuncture helps your body to detox from nicotine
  • Acupuncture aids in smoothing out cravings
  • Acupuncture calms jittery nerves, treats insomnia, and alleviates feelings of discomfort that come along with withdraw
  • Acupuncture provides a natural release of endorphins, your body's "feel good" chemicals, making it an easier and less stressful transition
After the nicotine is out of your system (sources say it takes 2-3 days for withdrawal symptoms to resolve), it is the empty spaces that used to be filled with cigarettes that now become a source of anxiety and longing. Here too, acupuncture is excellent at calming cravings, relieving anxiety, and helping you to find that place within where all is well.

Although we always treat each patient according to his or her unique Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pattern, for those going through smoking cessation, we also incorporate a specific group of points in the ear (called the NADA - National Acupuncture Detoxification Association - protocol). This protocol has been used to treat any type of withdrawal symptoms.  Among the benefits reported by those treated with the NADA protocol are more optimistic and cooperative attitudes toward the process of cessation, as well as reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and need for pharmaceuticals.

If you are a smoker, and you are looking to quit (or even just decrease the amount you smoke), we highly recommend acupuncture to help.  If you know a family member, friend, or, colleague who has resolved to quit, please forward this post along!

Yours in good health,
Bethany & Marcie

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