Quit Smoking with Acupuncture

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 31, 2013

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture

All of us know that smoking is injurious to health and there are several health benefits of quitting smoking.


The risk several diseases like including mouth cancer, lung cancer, other cancers, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) are increased in people who smoke. Diseases like heart attacks and strokes are also much more common in smokers as compared to non-smokers.


But do you know that quitting smoking at any time has several health benefits---even after years of smoking. According to experts after several months of quitting smoking, the lung functioning gradually starts to improve. And after several years of quitting smoking, your risks of diseases that are related to smoking is also decreased significantly.


[Read: Tips to Quit Smoking]


Can Acupuncture Help you stop, and Eventually Quit Smoking?


Quitting smoking can be difficult---many people try to stop smoking several times but are not successful. There are several methods of treatment to help quit smoking like hypnosis, herbal medicine, counseling and acupuncture.


According to acupuncture experts by incorporating acupuncture with other treatments such as hypnosis, herbal medicine and counseling---the chance that you will quit smoking for good is very good. In addition your risk of depression and weight gain is also reduced. Experts say that if a person can quit smoking for six months, the chances are high that he or she will start smoking again are very low.


Studies on Acupuncture and Smoking


Studies have shown that acupuncture can help people to quit smoking. In a recent study 40% of smokers who were given acupuncture along with anti-smoking counseling successfully quit smoking.


Acupuncture points that are used to help people to quit smoking are usually combinations of body acupuncture and auricular (ear) acupuncture. Your acupuncturist may recommend use of herbs along with acupuncture.


[Read: Innovative Ways to Quit Smoking]


Acupuncture treatment has several beneficial effects that help you to stop smoking:

  • Acupuncture help you relax and relieve stress ---both these help to quit smoking.
  • Acupuncture improves the overall functioning of the body, corrects the imbalances in your body, and helps to detoxify after you quit smoking.
  • Nicotine craving can be significantly reduced by acupuncture---this makes it easier to quit smoking.

If you start acupuncture to quit smoking go regularly for your treatment sessions. Missing appointments will make it harder for you to quit smoking. When you are trying to quit smoking avoid being around other smokers. You may try new activities to help you keep your mind off smoking.



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