Using Acupuncture To Stop Smoking

Quitting Smoking : Acupuncture

The ancient Chinese art of acupuncture is believed to be 3500 years old. It is based on the belief that an energy force (chi) flows around the body through channels. Within these channels are 365 acupuncture points which, when they become blocked, prevent the smooth flow of chi which can affect a persons health and well being.

The belief is that acupuncture can be an effective way to treat a number of different medical conditions including addictions to alochol and nicotine.

Each treatment lasts approximately 30 minutes and involves the insertion of fine needles into the acupuncture points in the skin. There is a mild discomfort to the patient but this is nothing more than a slight pricking sensation when the needle is first inserted. Acupuncture often leads to a result of endorphins being released into the body which produce a natural high.

Most medical professionals do not believe that acupuncture is a successful smoking cessation method but many people have been able to quit smoking using acupuncture after just 1 or 2 sessions. Ex-smokers who have quit using acupuncture say that they notice a reduction in nicotine withdrawal symptoms very early in the treatment.

Side effects include heavy coughing following the initial treatment as the body starts to remove the tar and phlegm from the lungs. This is not uncommon in other smoking cessation treatments either so should not be considered unusual.

As with most non-NRT treatments, willpower is needed in order for acupuncture to be a successful method of quitting smoking.