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Acupuncture for addiction treatment has been used to help in many different factors of addiction, that which has been recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association.
We have all heard of nicotine patches, gum, and even vaping to quit smoking. Acupuncture to quit smoking is a natural way to quit that offers relief during the acute phase of withdrawal and helps you quit for good. Since smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States, and you have tried just about everything to quit, acupuncture is one of your best answer.
Through using acupuncture for addiction treatment, addicts and alcoholics can find themselves in a state of peace and ease, or begin to experience lessened anxiety.
Through using acupuncture for addiction treatment, a smoker can find themselves in a state of peace and ease, or begin to experience lessened anxiety and craving.
Acupuncture focuses on curbing symptoms of withdrawal such as:
- Lack of sleep
- Toxins in the body from smoking
- Stress & tension
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.
In a recent study, “Alternative Smoking Cessation Aids: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials,” researchers gathered data from 14 different studies to see which alternative techniques helped patients stop smoking. The acupuncture studies examined 823 different patients. The researchers concluded that acupuncture help patients quit smoking. More and more research shows that it does help many people.
Acupuncture helps with smoking addiction in many ways. It stops jitters, curbs cravings, lessens irritability and restlessness, increases relaxation and helps detoxify the body. It can also restore balance in your constitution and jumpstart the healing process.
On average, it is normal to see your acupuncturist from 2 to 3 times a week in the beginning of your journey to being smoke-free, and later on once a week as withdrawal symptoms subside. At acupuncture specialists we will go through an in-depth consultation to determine the best fit treatment plan for you to quit.
No, however, we recommend to keep coming for regular treatments to stay in optimal health going forward. Many patients want to keep coming when they see how great they feel!
When it comes to quitting smoking, auricular (ear) acupuncture is often used which are very effective in suppressing cravings. Ear acupuncture works for quitting smoking because the nerves in the head stimulate the nervous system therefore suppress the urge to smoke. As always, the specific points used by our acupuncturist will be determined by your individual history & needs based on your initial consultation. Acupuncture is a very individualized treatment.
Acupuncture treatment alone to quit smoking is a wonderful step forward to optimal health. Our acupuncturist will also likely recommend some lifestyle changes to incorporate along with treatment sessions for the best, and most sustainable results.
Lifestyle changes along with acupuncture sessions:
- Working in good nutrition habits
- Drink plenty of water – this one is especially important as intense cravings have been linked to dehydration, so drinking water will help to avoid relapse.
- Get plenty of rest
- Avoid caffeine & sugar – both of these can intensify withdrawal symptoms
It is indeed helpful when herbal formulas are incorporated into the treatment plan, but aren’t always necessary. Herbs can aid in curbing cravings while at home, as well as other withdrawal symptoms and irritability. Additionally, certain herbs can repair damaged tissues created from smoking. Our acupuncturist will determine what, if any, herbs would be needed to give you the most success in quitting smoking.
Of course! We have excellent success rates. We understand that giving up any addiction is very difficult, but quitting is possible. Acupuncture to quit smoking makes this a reality providing a natural way of taking back your health, and living a smoke-free life.
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