How does acupuncture assist you to stop smoking?
Acupuncture can be extremely effective in assisting patients to stop smoking, even in the case of long term, heavy smokers. This is due to its abilities to:
- reduce cravings
- alleviate withdrawal symptoms (such as anxiety and irritability)
- detoxify the body of nicotine
Acupuncture is a safe, drug free alternative to many of the mainstream options currently available for those wishing to stop smoking. It works on resolving the addiction and managing the associated withdrawal symptoms. A study conducted at the University of Oslo in 1996 shows how effective acupuncture is in this regard. It found that cigarette consumption reduced with acupuncture treatment and 31% of the participants had quit smoking by the end of the treatment. The participants reported that cigarettes tasted worse than before the treatment and that their desire for cigarettes significantly reduced after treatment.
How many treatments are required?
It is difficult to estimate how many acupuncture treatments an individual will require to stop smoking. It depends on many factors, including the severity of the addiction and the level of desire the patient has to quit. Some patients can stop after one session, however most need multiple sessions and ongoing support. It is dependent on the individual and their motivation and desire.
Acupuncture is by no means a magic cure or a guaranteed solution for those addicted to smoking. However, it definitely does make it easier for one to stop smoking and remain smoke-free indefinitely.