Every year, thousands of people attempt to quit smoking without success. This unhealthy habit, which causes oral decay, lung damage, and cancer, can be very difficult to stop cold-turkey. Rather than use chemically-treated patches and gums, many people are starting to use alternative medicine to help them quit smoking. Acupuncture has been proven to help people transition out of smoking cigarettes. Here are some of the ways that acupuncture can help you kick the habit once and for all.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice which involves the insertion of thin needles into the body. The needles are placed in certain key areas based on the medical issue that the acupuncture is addressing. For smoking, these points are generally located in the ear. Acupuncture targets the symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawal, such as irritability, physical jitteriness, anxiety, and loss of concentration. By relieving the pain caused by these symptoms, acupuncture helps to reduce cigarette cravings.
These acupuncture treatments generally last anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. Sometimes after these sessions, ear press needles or silver clips are placed in the ears to stimulate the area in between treatments.
A Personalized and Holistic Approach
Acupuncture is a part of a holistic health care routine. Along with acupuncture, changes in your lifestyle such asleep patterns and diet will help you to quit smoking once and for all. Some things you can do to curb your addiction include regular exercise, drink plenty of water, and eat carrots, celery, leafy greens to increase your alkalinity levels and decrease cravings.
The length and number of acupuncture treatments you need will vary from person to person, depending on the severity of your addiction and other habits such as age and size. Your experienced acupuncturists will work with you to develop a treatment plan that makes the most sense for your lifestyle. To find out more about how acupuncture can help you end your nicotine addiction and to book an appointment with one of our professional acupuncturists, contact us today at Mantra Wellness Centre.