Each year, hundreds of people try unsuccessfully to stop smoking with the help of hypnosis, nicotine gum, medications, and/or counseling. However, this strong addiction can be successfully overcome with the help of acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is used as the primary mode of treatment in the most successful detoxification program in the United States for drug, alcohol, and nicotine addictions. Researchers in Norway reported: "Smokers who want to kick the habit can indeed find success with the help of acupuncture." (Reuters Health)
The key to beating a nicotine addiction is conquering the high feeling cigarettes deliver to its users. AcupunctChi is the only clinic in the state of Ohio to use three distinct techniques to aid with smoking cessation. They include:
- Guided imagery/hypnosis
- General acupuncture to detoxify the body and control enzyme levels
- Auricular acupuncture (pressure points on the ear) with seeds, needles, or small metal balls
We use these procedures in concert to produce results in as little as two sessions, without any medication. Once needles are applied to the skin, the body produces natural endorphins, freeing you from addiction and steering you toward a smoke-free lifestyle.
How does acupuncture help you stop smoking?
Acupuncture can detoxify the body of nicotine.
Modern science has confirmed that smokers develop higher levels of nicotine-induced endorphins, and acupuncture stimulated the nervous system naturally to regulate the amount of endorphins in the body and helps clear away nicotine buildup. Unlike the patch, acupuncture actually rids the body of nicotine instead of adding more to it.
Acupuncture helps to eliminate the mental and physical symptoms of withdrawal.
Acupuncture is highly effective in calming and relaxing the mind, enhancing the ability to concentrate, minimizing anxiety and alleviating feelings of depression. In additional, acupuncture successfully suppresses appetite and diminishes food cravings.
How many treatments will I need?
Generally 2-3, one-hour sessions are necessary within a 14-21 day period. Of course, the number of treatments depends on how many years and how heavily you smoke. Based on L. Melamed's year's of experience, over 90% of people successfully quit smoking after 2-3 sessions of acupuncture.
What is the treatment procedure?
Treatment involves the insertion of sterile, disposable needles into specific acupuncture points on the hand, wrist, and ear. Mild electrical stimulation is passed through some of these needles if needed to augment their effectiveness as well as powerful hypnotic suggestion, given during each session. After treatment, beads/small metal balls are taped to the ear and remain in place for a few days to maintain the stimulation.
What changes can I expect during sessions?
One of the possible contributions to smoking cessation is a change in the taste and smell of food after one or two sessions of acupuncture. Many people come to realize that cigarettes smell like burning ash, and generally seem unpleasant and distasteful. They are able to not pick up "this one cigarette," and completely lose their urge to smoke. About 90% of people are willing to stop their cigarette consumption after their first session. In addition, most people experience a sense of calm and relaxation; a reduction in cravings and appetite; clear-headedness' greater energy, and the ability to breathe easier.