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Quit Smoking

Curb cravings naturally with Acupuncture

Quit Smoking

Quitting tobacco is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. Research shows that people try at least three or four times before they quit smoking. Acupuncture helps ease cravings and withdrawal associated with stopping smoking. Acupuncture calms the addiction areas of the brain, making it much easier to stop smoking.
During treatment, ultra-thin Acupuncture needles are gently inserted into various points in the ears and body. In between treatments, small pellets are often placed at specific Acupuncture points on the ears. When a cigarette craving hits, gently pressing on the ear seeds stimulates the Acupuncture points calming the mind and eliminating the urge to smoke. Acupuncture has encouraged a growing number of cigarette smokers into permanent ex-smokers.
Acupuncture treatments stimulate the liver and encourage the body to produce relaxing, feel-good endorphins. Treatment helps boost the liver’s energy, lifting mood and dopamine levels. Treatments also focus on the withdrawal symptoms, helping with cravings, irritability and restlessness. Acupuncture is helpful as emotional support and aids in relaxation and detoxification. Acupuncture is individual,  thoughtful and holistic. At the Practice, every patient is treated according to their specific needs.

Does Acupuncture Make it Easier to Quit?

Acupuncture is a very effective way to help stop smoking. Acupuncture has been used to help combat addiction and curb cigarette cravings for a long time. Many people have had success, and now research is supporting these claims people try Acupuncture after reading the positive press or because they react badly to the drugs prescribed for tobacco cessation. Unlike prescription medications, Acupuncture has no adverse side effects; benefits like improvements in sleep or mood are a welcome relief. Acupuncture to stop smoking is not a panacea. Still, Acupuncture effectively makes it easier to quit by stimulating endorphins, calming nerve centres and re-energising a liver fatigued after years of smoking.
In short, Acupuncture encourages your liver to function correctly again without the need for tobacco, improving health and easing cigarette withdrawal symptoms. Acupuncture treatment helps bring the mind and body stress hormones back to normal. It also helps the body readjust after smoking and reduces cravings without needing cigarettes. These cravings may manifest as anxiety, irritability, restlessness and problems with sleeping.
Generally, we ask patients to be tobacco-free for at least 24 hours before their first Acupuncture session. Although it is not essential, taking that first step may help you to develop the mindset of a non-smoker. Being mentally ready to stop is vital, which means being prepared to throw away cigarettes. 

Chinese Herbs Can Help

Chinese Herbal Granules can help with cravings. Many herbs help with cravings, irritability, detoxification and tissue repair. Call us to discuss which ones would be best for you.

Scientific Studies on Acupuncture

One study conducted at the University of Oslo, Norway, found that Acupuncture significantly reduced the desire to smoke five years after the initial treatment. The study subjects reported that cigarettes tasted worse than before and that the treatments had effectively reduced their taste for tobacco.

Acupuncture has helped turn a growing number of cigarette smokers into permanent ex-smokers. Our treatments consider all your symptoms and balance the energy/dopamine within the body to optimise health and emotional stability.

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Lifestyle and Dietary Changes Can Help

  • Make time to exercise more. Getting moving is a great way to remind yourself why you shouldn’t smoke. Exercise can reduce your stress and help you relax.
  • Get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Fresh food products help neutralise and clear the blood of nicotinic acid and fortify blood sugar.
  • Foods such as carrots, Carrot juice, celery, leafy green salads and citrus fruits promote body alkalinity and help decrease cravings.
  • Try to avoid junk foods if you can and steer clear of excess sugar and coffee. Stimulating foods can upset blood sugar levels and increase blood acidity, aggravating the smoking withdrawal symptoms.
  • Green tea or Lobelia tea is sipped daily during nicotine detox and keeps tissues flooded with natural ingredients discouraging nicotine cravings. Traditionally  Lobelia helps to rid the body of potent toxins and helps to stimulate and calm the respiratory system.
  • Drink plenty of water. Research shows that dryness causes cravings. Sip water as frequently as you can throughout the day.
  • Practice deep breathing exercises to increase body oxygen and keep calm.
  • Call the Hatfield Practice for advice or further information. Schedule your Acupuncture quit smoking treatment.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The length, number, and frequency of Acupuncture treatments needed will vary from person to person. Our typical treatments last 45 – 60mins with the patient being treated once a week.

Some withdrawal symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while some heavy or long-term smokers may require multiple treatments. The Acupuncture Stop smoking program will often consist of 1 – 6 treatments scheduled in the first few weeks, followed occasionally by monthly treatments if you need them. Acupuncture can empower your body and mind, helping you take control and begin a healthy and smoke-free life.

Whether you’re on the search for traditional Acupuncture or complementary methods to help quit smoking, there are many options available. Quitting tobacco can be a challenging time. Whether you work with your Acupuncturist or GP to stop smoking, let them create a plan to help you quit smoking.

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