Quit Smoking

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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 eventually quit smoking. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture helps you feel better and makes it easier to stop smoking. Acupuncture needles are much finer than used, are ultra-thin and are superficially inserted into various points in the ears and body to assist with smoking cessation. In between treatments, small pellets are often taped to the acupuncture points on the ear. When a cigarette craving hits, gently pressing on the ear seeds stimulates the acupuncture points to calm the mind and eliminate the urge. Acupuncture has encouraged a growing number of cigarette smokers into permanent ex-smokers. The treatment stimulates the liver and produces endorphins. Treatment with Acupuncture helps boost the liver’s energy, lifting 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 thoughtful and holistic; every patient is treated according to their specific needs. 

Does Acupuncture Make it Easier to Quit?

Some people try Acupuncture 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 or a magic cure for addiction, including smoking or weight loss. But, 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 liver function and easing your cigarette withdrawal symptoms, helping to bring the body back to normal levels. It also helps the body readjust and reduce cravings without the need for 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. It’s vital to be mentally ready to stop, which means being prepared to throw away the cigarettes. 

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 also reported that cigarettes tasted worse than before treatment 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 take all of your symptoms into account 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 steer clear of sugar and coffee. Stimulating foods can upset blood sugar levels and increase blood acidity, aggravating the smoking withdrawal symptoms.
  • Lobelia Tea or Green Tea sipped daily during the detox period, keeps tissues flooded with natural ingredients that discourage 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 will vary to stop smoking. Our typical treatments last about an hour, 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. Call the Hatfield Practice on 01707 888229  for a Quit Smoking Acupuncture advice and consultation. 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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