As a smoker you may never have thought about trying acupuncture or Chinese Medicine to assist in trying to quit smoking. However many smokers have tried conventional methods several times in the past which may not have worked. Acupuncture can be included as part of a treatment plan in quitting smoking.
As smoking is a form of addiction, acupuncture can assist in reducing the cravings and withdrawals often associated with attempting to quit smoking. By focusing on these symptoms, acupuncture aims to balance energies within the body to bring them back into harmony. Many smokers attempting to quit smoking often complain of feeling unable to concentrate as well as experiencing anxiety and restlessness. Acupuncture is utilised to assist in reducing these symptoms as well as aiding relaxation.
During acupuncture treatment, hair-thin needles are superficially inserted into pressure points on the body, this also includes the ears specifically for quitting smoking. Some treatments may include small pellets being taped to the pressure points on the ear, which are gently pressed when cravings hit. This can assist in eliminating the craving as well as calming the mind.
Whilst acupuncture is not a magic cure for the treatment of addictions, it can certainly assist as part of a complete treatment plan to quit smoking. There are many simple steps you can also take to assist in the quitting process. These including keeping your mind busy during cravings as well as eating healthy and regular exercise.
As with any health care treatment please consult a professional, qualified acupuncture therapist for any treatments. This includes ensuring that they are registered within your region with Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.