Acupuncture has been proven to be a safe drug-free way to help smokers kick the habit, according to studies that looked at long-term effects of smoking cessation or reduction. Several studies confirmed that proper acupuncture treatment could assist motivated smokers to reduce smoking or quit altogether.
Acupuncture is a proven effective tool for addictive habits
A study from the McGill University in Montreal, Canada showed that acupuncture reduces the taste for tobacco and eliminates the desire to smoke. Researchers found that smokers who had acupuncture treatments were more than three times as likely to stop smoking six months to a year later.
Another study, “Alternative Smoking Cessation Aids: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials,” gathered data from 14 different studies on alternative techniques that help smokers kick quit. The researchers examined 823 patients and concluded that both acupuncture and hypnotherapy may help patients quit smoking.
Acupuncture has also been found effective in stopping many other addictive substances. A Yale University study team showed success using auricular (ear) points in the treatment of addiction to cocaine. The results show that fully 54.8% of test subjects were tested free of cocaine after the last seven days of treatment, this is much higher than just 23.5% and 9.1% in the 2 control test groups. Subjects who finished all acupuncture treatments stayed drug free longer than test subjects in the control test groups.
Acupuncture treatment for recovery from addiction alleviates irritability, cravings, restlessness and jitters. These are common problems reported by people quitting addictions. Acupuncture also detoxifies the system and provides a relaxing effect.
A Stop Smoking Acupuncture Point Just For You
There is an acupuncture point called Tim Mee, located on the wrist that is used exclusively for smoking cessation. It’s located one finger’s width above your wrist crease and is used to alter the way cigarettes taste. Tim Mee is a powerful acupuncture point but it cannot be used alone. Other points need stimulation to combat cravings, rebalance and help your body heal.
How does will power affect your efforts to stop smoking
Is will power in the body or the mind? Oriental medicine and Acupuncture believe that we are one whole and that will power is both. “Zhi” or Will power is purported to come from the kidney organ system, hence the state of your Kidney Qi is related to the strength of your willpower.
Oriental medicine states that each person has a protective layer on the outside of their body referred to as Wei Qi, also known as defensive energy. Enhancing Qi will significantly improve your body’s ability to withstand stress and can even enhance vitality, speed healing, immune function and recovery, and increase vitality. Replenishing your body’s natural energy production of Qi, can help you feel, look and live your very best!
If you are working to overcome an addiction, please contact us and see just how Laurie Binder can help you. We will put together a treatment plan so you can quit with as little discomfort as possible.
SEVEN TIPS TO QUIT SMOKING
1. Exercise more.
2. Get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable juices
3. Avoid junk food
4. Drink plenty of Lobelia Tea or Green Tea
5. Drink water.
6. Practice deep breathing exercises
7. Come in for your acupuncture treatment.