Acupuncture is used with good success to help people stop smoking. Acupuncture works to adjust cravings by balancing your body’s brain chemistry and to help heal the damage caused by smoking. It focuses on reducing jitters, cravings, irritability, and restlessness; all symptoms that people commonly complain about when they quit. It also aids in relaxation and detoxification.
Auricular (ear) acupuncture is used in the treatment of addictions alone or along with other body points. The combination of these points will help to balance the persons overall pattern. Typical treatments last from 30 to 45 minutes, once or twice per week.
After removing the needles, a seed sized bead is often applied to stimulate the points between treatments to reduce cravings and calm the mind. Acupuncture is not a magic cure in the treatment of any addiction, including smoking, but it can be effective in making it easier to quit and remain smoke-free!
The beauty of Acupuncture is that each treatment caters to the needs of the individual patient. Acupuncture points on the body are chose for the overall well-being with the objection of creating emotional balance, calming the nervous system, and to reducie cravings.
These treatments can include a combination of Auricular (ear) and body acupuncture, Cupping (to help release toxic build up), electro-stimulation (to increase endorphin release) and ear seeds to leave on between treatments. Generally, treatments are scheduled once or twice a week, until your goals have been reached.
Herbal, supplements, breathing exercises, food and lifestyle recommendations are included. An intensive intake and detailed evaluation is required for the first time. Initial treatment usually lasts approximately 1-½ hours with consecutive treatments lasting 1 hour