Cigarettes are one of the leading causes of preventable death in the US. In fact, it was estimated that more than 480,000 deaths in 2014 was due to smoking cigarettes. 1 It is also one of the most difficult habits to break. As it turns out, nicotine is one of the most addictive substances out there. While the research is not definitive yet, the trend is that acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help you quit. The key to this is that you MUST be ready to quit. There is no magic acupuncture point that makes you quit although there are many that help the process along.
From what we know of current research it appears that acupuncture and Chinese herbs help the process in several ways.
- Reduces your body’s craving for cigarettes. Acupuncture, and specifically ear acupuncture has been used successfully for many years to break the physical addiction to many chemical substances.
- Reduces stress and strengthens your resolve to quit. Acupuncture is well known in treating stress and anxiety.
- Can alter the taste of the cigarettes. People often report that the acupuncture makes the cigarettes taste bad after a few treatments and they no longer can tolerate the taste of them.
- Can boost your metabolism so you minimize the weight gain so common when you quit smoking.
- Heals your lungs. Both the acupuncture and Chinese herbs will help your lungs to heal the damage done to them from years of smoking. They speed up the process which in turn helps you to feel better quicker.
- 5 personalized acupuncture sessions(day 1, day 3, weekly after)
- Unlimited ear seeds, tacks or auricular acupuncture week 1
- Bi weekly sessions of ear seeds, tacks or auricular acupuncture weeks 2-4
- 30 days of herbs and herbal tea
- Qigong instruction to improve function of lungs
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014 [accessed 2016 Nov 14].