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Success with Acupuncture for Quitting Smoking

  • Medication – there are two FDA approved smoking cessation medicines that do not contain nicotine and a prescription is needed for.

    • Bupropion hydrochloride

    • Varenicline tartrate

  • Nicotine Products – these products contain nicotine and also need a prescription from a doctor.

    • Nicotine inhaler

    • Nicotine spray

  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy – these are designed to aid in quitting smoking by providing the smoker with small does of nicotine slowly decreasing over time. These can be obtained over the counter.

    • Gum

    • Skin patches

    • Lozenges

            Acupuncture is progressively being used for addiction treatment not only for its beneficial results, but also for its safe and side-effect free nature. In particular, auricular acupuncture, or ear acupuncture, is extremely effective for the treatment of various types of withdrawal symptoms from addiction including tobacco.

  • Decrease cravings – acupuncture treatment slows the body’s stress response, activating the parasympathetic nervous system promoting relaxation and restoration responses in the body. Activating this will help curb cravings for nicotine while also helping mitigate feelings of fatigue and irritability.

  • Increasing health and well-being – when the smoke clears, and the worst of the withdrawals have subsided, you will feel physically better making way for other healthier habits in your day to day life.

  • Releasing endorphins – endorphins are the “feel-good” hormones that are released during acupuncture treatment. These hormones help to stabilize your mood during those hard times of withdrawal.
  • Cravings

  • Jitters

  • Detoxification

  • Irritability

  • Increased sleep

  • Restlessness

  • Relaxation
  • Shen Men

  • Kidney

  • Lung

  • Liver

  • Sympathetic
  • Lavender oil

  • Black pepper

  • St. John’s Wort

  • V.Cinerea

  • Lime

  • Green Tea

  • Lobelia Tea

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