Acupuncture to Quit Smoking

quit smokingQuitting smoking through the use of acupuncture is quickly gaining popularity from around the world. The use of acupuncture to quit smoking is a method where certain areas are targeted through acupuncture which in response helps decrease the desire to smoke. The needles used to help smokers quit by using acupuncture can range in different sizes. The acupuncture needles are quite thin and are placed into the skin by acupuncture professional. Using acupuncture to quite smoking is actually quite painless when done professionally.

The whole process of quitting smoking with acupuncture is a painless and very effective treatment for quitting smoking naturally. The ancient alternative medicine practice of acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in order to help treat those with similar ailments in the past. By pinpointing certain regions or areas of the body, acupuncture to quit smoking can be highly effective as the procedure targets organs such as the lungs, mouth and related air passageways.

When these areas are targeted using acupuncture to stop smoking, the smoker who is quitting will have less sensational desire to light up again. In addition to the lowered desire to smoke, acupuncture also allows patients to relax and helps relieve tension throughout the body. Ultimately, acupuncture will cause the brain to want to quit smoking and relax much more easily than if acupuncture to quit smoking had not been applied.

Most acupuncture needles are not intimidating at all and once the acupuncture needle is inserted, it will not be painful; rather, it will be a sensation of relaxation that engulfs the acupuncture patient’s body.

Acupuncture to quit smoking is not the only reason people will get a professional acupuncture session done on their body. Acupuncture is normally applied to the head and neck areas of the body in addition to the rest of the body. When trying to find a good effective treatment to help quit smoking,  try not to think about needles sticking out of a face or body as this can intimidate anyone. There is virtually no pain and only relaxation normally follows an acupuncture treatment. We have provided here at acu-clinic.com many more sources of information throughout the site to help you further your search for even more information on quitting smoking using the benefits of acupuncture.

Becoming a Non-Smoker

stop smoking acupunctureAcupuncture can be very effective in helping to relieve the withdrawal symptoms experienced by those giving up tobacco. As a result of treatment the craving and other symptoms such as irritability and agitation become less pronounced. However, these symptoms will still often be noticed, so a person’s determination to succeed is still called for and I advise people to prepare for giving up.

As part of this preparation, I recommend reading “The Easy Way To Stop Smoking”, a Penguin book by Allen Carr (available from bookshops or myself). Most people find this book enormously helpful both before and during the giving up process.

Not a sacrifice

Allen Carr argues that giving up smoking is not a sacrifice because smoking as such is not enjoyable. What makes it seem enjoyable is that smoking a cigarette temporarily relieves the withdrawal pangs that stem from nicotine addiction. “The enjoyment that a smoker gets from a cigarette is the pleasure of trying to get back to the state of peace, tranquillity and confidence that his body had before he became hooked in the first place … it is like the pleasure of removing a pair of shoes that are too tight.”

Seeing through the myths

The biggest obstacles to giving up smoking are not the physical cravings for nicotine. (These periodic, empty, insecure or restless feelings disappear after a few days.) The main obstacles are the myths that advertisers and smokers themselves foster about smoking: that, for instance, cigarettes “help you relax”, “relieve stress”, “aid concentration” and “give you confidence”. How can nicotine, a stimulant “help you relax” (except by temporarily reducing the craving for nicotine)? In fact, you can never fully relax if you are a smoker.There is always that hunger for nicotine that must be satisfied.This craving also stops you concentrating, increases stress and decreases confidence.

Treatment

Treatment usually involves two or three sessions of acupuncture at weekly intervals. Apart from reducing withdrawal symptoms acupuncture can help create a general state of relaxation in which the energies of body and mind flow smoothly and freely. The first session includes a full investigation of the person’s health in general and this means that, if appropriate, other health problems can be treated as well as the nicotine addiction. What motivates us best is not fear or guilt but rather enjoyment; the satisfaction and improved quality of life from being a non-smoker. Giving up, of course, considerably enhances one’s self-esteem and gives one a greater sense of control over one’s own life.

Caffeine intake

At the risk of sounding a spoil sport, it is advisable to reduce your coffee, tea, cola and chocolate intake. All of these contain caffeine. Nicotine helps the body eliminate caffeine more quickly. When you cease smoking, caffeine levels in the body will tend to rise (unless you cut consumption considerably) making you feel more tense and agitated.

“Cutting down” – A blind alley

“Cutting down” rarely works. It gives you the worst of both worlds. Considerably reducing your cigarette intake results in a level of withdrawal pangs not much different from that experienced in the first day or so after stopping smoking completely. Not only that but, because you continue to imbibe nicotine, the withdrawal pangs continue indefinitely (whereas if you cut out cigarettes withdrawal pangs continue only for a few days). Living with this constant frustration – with no end in sight – is not possible, so consumption usually soon returns to its original level. Worse still, it reinforces the view that you “need” cigarettes. Cutting down as a prelude to giving up is equally non-viable. It extends the traumatic, uncomfortable period and saps your motivation to give up.

A positive approach

Should you get cravings during the withdrawal period, instead of thinking “I need a cigarette”, say to yourself: “This is my body registering its addiction to nicotine. Very soon I’ll be free. I won’t have to experience these cravings much longer – unlike smokers who, on top of all the other unpleasant aspects of smoking, will have to suffer these cravings for as long as they remain addicts”. With this approach, the cravings become more of an incentive not to have a cigarette than to have one.

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