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Acupuncture To Quit Smoking

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By Gwenn Canlas Published: August 2, 2020

If you quit smoking for 8 hours, what happens to your body?

By the end of a workday, you’d have half the amount of nicotine and carbon monoxide in your blood. Carbon monoxide, a chemical in cigarettes, crowds out oxygen in your blood, causing problems for your muscles and your brain. As the chemical levels drop, your oxygen goes back to normal. Your pulse and blood pressure start to drop back to normal.


If you quit smoking for 12 hours, what happens to your body?

Halfway through the first day, your carbon monoxide level would be back to normal, which means your heart wouldn’t have to pump so hard to try to get enough oxygen to your body.


If you quit smoking for three days, what happens to your body?

By the end of Day 3, you’d breathe easier and have more energy. Your lungs would start to recover and would keep getting better.


Benefits of Quitting

I could go on and on about the benefits of quitting. But smoking is a strong and complicated addiction.

Quitting is no mean feat. One would have to deal with the physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms.

Acupuncture has been proven to help combat addiction and curb cigarette cravings.

It stops jitters, lessens irritability and restlessness, increases relaxation, and helps detoxify the body.  It can also restore balance and jumpstart the healing process.

Most people who seek out acupuncture to quit smoking may have previously attempted to quit without success, but now feel that they are ready.


Self Motivated to Quit

The reasons for wanting to stop smoking are varied.

Some may have developed health problems from smoking, like shortness of breath, a chronic cough, or an increased frequency of colds and flu; others may not be experiencing adverse health consequences, but want to prevent them from developing and improve their health.

Some decide to quit smoking when a loved one develops a smoking-related illness such as emphysema or lung cancer.

The diseases associated with smoking are widely known. Many no longer want the expense and dependency of tobacco or they feel a social pressure not to smoke.

Ultimately, one has to want to quit smoking for him or herself and not for anyone else. One has to be self-motivated or it won’t work.


Nicotine Has The Power

The acupuncturist can help patients identify triggers for smoking and how to avoid them. Some are social smokers, some smoke for pleasure, some smoke alone or for emotional reasons, or when stressed.

Nicotine is a powerful mood-altering chemical that can be sedating or stimulating, depending on the individual.

While the first month of quitting is probably the most difficult, the acupuncture treatments can ease the patient through this time.

A combination of body and ear acupuncture points is used.

The treatments focus on any physical or emotional withdrawal symptoms that may arise, and also aid in relaxation.

Of course, if one is having difficulty quitting, the treatment may be modified to fit the individual’s needs.

In some cases, the acupuncturist may attach a magnetic bead on a point in the ear and hold it in place with tape. When one feels a craving, pressing on the bead will reduce the craving.

Acupuncture can reduce cravings and help one deal with the withdrawal symptoms, but it can’t change one’s habits. One needs to have a genuine desire to quit smoking.

It’s very important to enlist the support of friends and family.


On To A Life You Deserve

Every individual will respond to the acupuncture treatment differently.

Some may sail through the process with little or no problems, while others may have a harder time with withdrawal.

Acupuncture will not “do it” for you.

But rest assured that, with a strong determination, acupuncture can take you from a lifetime of smoking to a healthy smoke-free life, a life you deserve!

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