Acupuncture for smoking cessation

Smoking is a healthy, complicated addiction.  Quitting smoking is no small task, and you will need lots of support to be successful.  You need the best tools to help with the physical and emotional symptoms, and acupuncture is a great resource to succeed.

Here are the six things you should know about using acupuncture to quit smoking. 

1. Acupuncture is beneficial to help stop smoking.

Acupuncture has been used to help combat addiction and curb cigarette cravings for a long time.  Many people have had success, and now research is supporting these claims.

In a recent study, “Alternative Smoking Cessation Aids: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials,” researchers gathered data from 14 different studies to see which alternative techniques helped patients stop smoking.  Acupuncture studies examined 823 other patients.   The researchers concluded that both acupuncture and hypnotherapy might help patients quit smoking.  The scientific world is far from definitively recommending acupuncture for smoking cessation, but more and more research shows that it does help many people.

Acupuncture helps with smoking addiction in many ways.  It stops jitters, curbs cravings, lessens irritability and restlessness, increases relaxation, and detoxifies the body.  It can also restore balance in your constitution and jumpstart the healing process.

2. There is a “stop smoking” acupuncture point.

There is a point called “Tim Mee,” which is explicitly used to stop smoking.  It’s located one finger’s width above your wrist crease, on the inside of your arm.  It is used solely to help people quit smoking, and it does this by altering the way cigarettes taste.

Will this point be enough?  Of course not.  Smoking is a complicated addiction.  Tim Mee is a powerful acupuncture point, but it must be used in conjunction with other issues to combat cravings, rebalance your body and heal.

3. Acupuncture can reduce cravings, but it can’t change habits.

Physical cravings are only one aspect of cigarette addiction.  Many times, the habit of smoking is more challenging to stop than physical dependence.

If smoking helps you cope during difficult emotional situations, not smoking can make you feel naked and vulnerable.  If smoking is part of a daily ritual, not smoking can make your day feel “off.”  All of this is normal and challenging.

I recommend that people use all the support systems they have available.  Get help from family and friends.  Join a support group.  Exercise.  Find new smoke-free activities.

Stopping a smoking addiction requires support—physically, emotionally and socially.

4. There are simple acupressure techniques to cope with cravings.

Ear massage is one way you can cope with cravings at home.  It releases endorphins, and these chemicals are natural painkillers.  It also stimulates acupuncture points which help balance Qi.

There are many ear massage techniques.  You can place your thumbs in the widest upper part of your ears and massage in circular motions.  You can massage the small inner crevices and your ear's front where it attaches to your head.  And you can massage your earlobes with gentle pulls and circular motions.

To be even more effective, I recommend that you call me to learn the specific points that are best for you and your body.  I can place a small bead on the point and hold it in place with tape in some cases. When you feel a craving, you press on the dot for relief.

5. Herbs can help with cravings.

Many herbs help with cravings, irritability, detoxification and tissue repair.  Make an appointment with me, and I can discuss which ones would be best for you.

I am available to help you quit.  Call me at (08) 8221 5880 before the Smokeout, and we’ll make a “Quit Smoking” treatment plan so you can stop with as little discomfort as possible.

How Can We Help

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Since 1996, we have led the effort to promote painless acupuncture as a safe and effective natural treatment to tens of thousands of Australian.

Adelaide City Acupuncture offers the best acupuncture and Chinese medicine service in town. We are registered acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner. We have HICAPS facilities onsite, and you can claim a private health insurance rebate, such as Medibank Private, in the clinic and only pay the gap. In your first visit, we start working with your pulse taking, tongue checking, physical palpation, and examination. Then we will collect all related information about your diet, your overall lifestyle, exposure to toxins, hereditary factors and medications taking. Consequently, by working with both the symptoms and cause, we will form a treatment plan for your approval and treatments to follow. By doing so, we can provide the most personalised effective therapy with minimal side effects.

Your acupuncture treatment may combine with other alternative medicine, such as Chinese herbs, Tui-Na massage, cupping and laser acupuncture. It can also use in conjunction with your other routine care and prescription medications. The treatments are painless and non-invasive; they will not affect your daily lifestyle during the treatment plan.

Our acupuncture treatments are based on clinical evidence and will also improve your general health. Balancing the hormonal level and reducing stress can also help you feel and function better overall.

Our mission is to help you enjoyably regain your balanced health. At Adelaide City Acupuncture Clinic, We will work with you to find the best treatment solution for your healthcare needs, therefore achieve your quick and lasting pain relief. We are conveniently located in the CBD and easily accessible through both private and public transport. Email or Call Us at (08) 8221 5880 today to learn more about our natural Healthcare Programme options or schedule your consultation online.