If you are trying to stop smoking, acupuncture is a natural way to help you curb your craving for nicotine. Acupuncture, along with other aids and hypnotherapy, may not be as well-known as nicotine patches or gum. But they all can offer relief, especially in the acute phase of withdrawal when you’re wrestling with fatigue, irritability and gnawing cravings.
Robina 7 Day Doctors recommends this video on acupuncture for stop smoking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6l3aWKKbpM
Some people try acupuncture because they cannot tolerate the drugs used for tobacco cessation.. Unlike prescription medications, acupuncture has no side effects. In fact, it is very common to notice side benefits like improvements in sleep or mood. Others use acupuncture as part of an overall strategy to stop.
Studies show that acupuncture promotes the brain to pump out endorphins, our feel-good hormones. We’re really manipulating the body using needles and targeted pressure to help support people as they work through withdrawal symptoms.
Once patients are committed, it’s best to come two or three times per week in the beginning. Then the visits taper to once a week as withdrawal symptoms fade. Eventually, visits are discontinued altogether when they are tobacco-free.
Acupuncture is even more effective as part of a multidisciplinary approach that involves other aspects of integrative medicine. You may include the use of nicotine patches or chewing gum, or Champix, or hypotherapy or other aids.