How Acupuncture Can Help You Quit Smoking
Despite the fact that smoking is known to cause a host of health issues, it’s no easy task to curb the cravings. Did you know that acupuncture is a proven and effective method for quitting smoking? Here is how it can help.
Corresponding areas of the body
Acupuncture points on the ears are the most effective areas on the body when it comes to addressing cravings for cigarettes. The protocol in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is to use this set of acupuncture points to relieve tension build up that can contribute to cigarette cravings. The ear is a whole microsystem reflecting the entire body which includes the central nervous system. Many believe the cranial nerves, which are accessed through these points, stimulate the nervous system in a way that calms the cravings.
The relaxation response that comes from acupuncture is a main aspect of this idea. Similarly, the relaxation response that comes from working with the cranial nerves helps to address sleep and fatigue issues along with headaches – all of which are connected to smoking withdrawal. Headaches and sleep issues are all symptoms of an unstable nervous system, which is in need of relaxation. This is likely why a person feels they need a cigarette to relax.
Endorphins play a huge role in making us feel good. Using acupuncture to cultivate endorphins also eases cravings since you get that ‘rush’ from something other than cigarettes. This really helps with withdrawal periods and allows a person to overcome smoking more smoothly.
Acupuncture can be combined with Chinese herbs put together by a certified herbalist. Herbs can also help to support different areas of the body that may be in flux while you’re trying to quit smoking. It can decrease urges, help withdrawal symptoms, and stabilize the body in this transition.
Your dedication to acupuncture sessions along with other healthy initiatives will be significant in your journey to quit smoking. Each person takes their own time but an acupuncturist will work with you to develop a set plan that makes the most sense for your needs. Get in touch with us today to book an appointment.
About the Author
Tammy Lalonde is the Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist at Red Leaf Wellness in Edmonton, Alberta and has deep expertise in both ancient Eastern healing techniques as well as modern Western medicine. She is also a Critical Care Paramedic. Tammy earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Oriental Medicine from California’s prestigious South Baylo University and her diploma in Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedicine) from Augustana University. She holds active licensure with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the College of Acupuncture and Associates of Alberta (CAAA), the California Acupuncture Board and the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP).