Quitting smoking is not an easy feat. Nicotine, the main ingredient in tobacco, is a highly addictive substance, and the act of smoking itself becomes a deeply ingrained habit in most smokers. However, the good news is that the more often you try to quit smoking, the greater your chances are of success. Furthermore, it’s never too late to quit smoking and start reaping the health benefits of kicking the habit.
If you are mentally prepared and motivated to quit smoking, acupuncture can help. Find out how.
How Acupuncture Can Help
Performing acupuncture on the “Tim Mee” acupuncture point, which is located about one finger’s width above the crease of the wrist, alters the taste of cigarettes, so it is less appealing to the smoker being treated.
Also, targeting specific pressure points in the ears helps suppress cravings. Smokers who are trying to quit can practice ear massage at home to stimulate the pressure points there, which releases endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers) and provides a relaxing effect.
Finally, acupuncture helps the body detoxify and helps balance Qi, the life force. All these benefits of acupuncture bolster one’s efforts to quit smoking.
Acupuncture Is One Part of the Equation
Acupuncture is not a magical cure-all. However, undergoing regular acupuncture treatments can help reduce nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, to help strengthen your efforts.
It is important to note that quitting smoking does not simply involve physical addiction. Again, quitting smoking involves breaking a deeply ingrained habit, one that may be tied to emotional triggers.
For the best chance of success, try combining acupuncture treatments with other tools to help you beat both the physical addiction and the habitual aspect of smoking. For example, try learning stress management techniques, joining a support group and practicing energizing exercises. In essence, quitting smoking involves retraining yourself to engage in a productive activity instead of turning to cigarettes when you are bored or are feeling stressed out.
If you are ready to quit smoking and would like to hear more about how acupuncture can help, contact us today.