How Can Acupuncture Help Acupuncture calms the nervous sytem and reduces the agitation and tension commonly felt when giving up smoking. It reduces cravings by intercepting messages sent by the brain to the body demanding more nicotine, and hence disrupts the addictive process. Generally acupuncture treament reduces the craving from 20 plus to only 3 -5 per day or less.
Acupuncture can only work if you are ready to stop smoking and willing to commit to the process. Many people have been helped to stop smoking and have found it much easier than previous attemps with willpower alone.
Who would benefit? Any smoker who have decided they wish to stop smoking but cannot manage this by themselves. However, if you are under undue stress at the moment, for instance have suffered a shock, bereavement or in a stressful working/home environment then cigarettes can act as a safety valve. Without specific help to come to terms with and reduce the levels of stress, it may be difficult to give up successfully. In such instances treament could first be directed towards dealing with the stress.
What does it involve?
Fine sterile, disposable needles are inserted into points on the ear and on the limbs. The needles are left in place for 30 minutes. Most people find the treat ment very relaxing. Tiny adhesive stainless steel pellets or tourmaline crystals are placed in the ear for patients to actively press between treaments.
Requirement from Patients Having made the decision to have acupuncture treatment to help you stop smoking, you are expected to have your last cigarette on the night prior to treatment. To show committment you should be prepared to throw/give away all trappings of this addiction, i.e. ashtrays, cigarettes, lighter etc. During the next two weeks you are requested to keep away from smoker friends and to refrain from alcohol as much as realistically possble.
Smoking is often more than just a physical addiction, it is commonly used to suppress or calm emotions and what used to be a social habit has now become an antisocial habit.