A Breath of Fresh Air: Stop Smoking with Acupuncture

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 in Health and Wellness | Comments Off on A Breath of Fresh Air: Stop Smoking with Acupuncture

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As you all know by now, tobacco is a big killer. More than 50 million Americans smoke. According to the Center for Disease Control, it kills more than 440,000 people every year in the U.S. If you are a current smoker, quitting is the biggest favor you can do for yourself. You might have already tried to do so and failed several times before. Please realize that your past failures do not mean you are unable to quit smoking this time. Instead, view them as part of the process of successfully quitting for good.

Acupuncture can relieve the craving for nicotine and stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin- the feel good mood hormones. Studies suggest it’s the most effective intervention for Addictions.  Generally speaking you will be more successful with a short course of daily Acupuncture treatments followed by regular booster treatments until you are on firm footing as a non-smoker.  Many of my patients report that they found it easier to stop smoking and felt calmer after each session.

Becoming a non-smoker is a process, so if at first you don’t succeed don’t give up, you will get there.

Be prepared by eliminating temptation, throw out the cigarettes, clean your environment, wash all linens and fabrics to get the smell out.  Make a list of all the benefits to you of letting go of this habit.  Reward yourself with a special gift out of the money you will be saving on cigarettes and future medical bills.

Learn a breathing technique such as Chi Gong cleansing breathing which will assist you to get through the 20 seconds to five minutes of craving.

Increase your favorite exercise.

Use a few drops essential oils such as citrus, bay laurel, peppermint, holy basil or other favorite on a tissue and inhale.

Change up your diet with more fresh vegetables and fruits or consider doing a supervised cleansing program.  We can help you with an individualized program.  Adding more herbs and spices will also satisfy some of the cravings, try sucking on a cinnamon stick or chewing a flavorful gum like cinnamon.

 

 

 

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