Cigarette smoking is a habit that is difficult to let go of because as soon as we introduce nicotine to the human body, dependency and tolerance take hold, instigating the deadly practice. Besides, cigarette smoking is considered the key to the vulnerability of addiction to other recreational substances like marijuana, cocaine, or heroin. Smoking is acknowledged as a step toward lung cancer, especially if it is a long-term habit, due to the internal acidity that tobacco causes, throwing the human body out of balance.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2011, 43.8 million people, or 19% of all adults in the US, smoke cigarettes.
Tobacco smoking is more familiar among males than with females, and it is the leading cause of preventable death in the US. If this trend continues, smoking will kill one in every six people in 2030.
Acupuncture, along with other modalities like hypnosis and good nutrition, can help patients extend their lifespan. It allows individuals who are ready to quit smoking but have not succeeded or do not want to use other nicotine delivery systems.
Stimulating acupuncture works on the release of endorphins and other brain chemicals to ease symptoms like jitters, irritability, and restlessness and by blotting out nicotine cravings due to nicotine withdrawal. Acupuncture treatment also helps to relax and detoxify the body more efficiently.
The University of Oslo in Norway reported in one study that found acupuncture treatment to reduce the desire to light up significantly.
Also, subjects felt that cigarettes tasted worse than before treatment. Acupuncture treatment had made the taste of cigarettes disagreeable.
Acupuncture treatment is performed with five hair-thin needles shallowly inserted on the ears and body to assist patients who want to quit smoking. After treatment, patients leave the office with small pellets taped on the acupuncture points of the ears. This way, they can stimulate these same points when a craving occurs. Patients gently press the pellets to enable the issues to calm and soothe the desire to smoke.
Usually, acupuncture treatment is based on four to six sessions spaced apart–two the first week and then once a week for the remaining sessions. This will depend on each patient’s readiness for a new life. Some patients may have emotional attachments to quitting. The program is always modified to fit the needs of each individual.
There is an opportunity to help you achieve your goal to quit smoking through acupuncture treatment.
By Consuelo Camarillo de Gonzalez, Lic. Ac