Kicking the Habit: Quit Smoking with Acupuncture
Want to quit smoking? Fantastic! Quitting opens the door to a whole new world of better health, frees up money in the budget, and even improves your senses of taste and smell. Quitting the habit can be a challenge, but with treatments like acupuncture, it absolutely can be done.
Smoking is associated with a number of unpleasant and even life-threatening medical conditions, as research and public health initiatives make clear. Many people want to quit this expensive habit, only to discover it’s not as simple as throwing away their tobacco products. Nicotine is addictive, and nicotine withdrawal can be difficult to manage through willpower alone. That’s where supportive alternative treatments like acupuncture come in.
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. This ancient treatment is gaining wider acceptance as an effective remedy for a number of health complaints. During an acupuncture session, the trained professional inserts very fine, sterile needles into certain points of the body – in this case, typically the ears. The needles are so small that this is usually painless, and if any discomfort happens the acupuncturist can adjust them. These needles help regulate the flow of energy in the body, addressing a variety of ailments.
How does this help you quit smoking? Acupuncture makes the nicotine withdrawal phase much easier to get through. It soothes the irritated mood and restlessness and combats the sleep disturbances and cravings that tempt many people to take up smoking again. It can also raise energy levels in a healthy way and help the body clear out nicotine residue. Finally, this all-natural treatment has none of the side effects that prescribed or over-the-counter drugs come with.
Although acupuncture is a powerful and effective tool, it’s important to have other supports in place to help you succeed on this journey. Many people have bettered their lives by quitting heavy smoking habits by pairing acupuncture with hypnotherapy and encouragement from their friends and family.
If you’re a smoker and have decided to officially kick the habit, congratulations! We would love to help you on your journey towards a healthier lifestyle. To schedule your appointment for acupuncture treatment, contact Access to Health at (860) 889-1475.