Smoking is one of the most difficult addictions to break. Many people try method after method to stop cravings and addiction, only to fail in their efforts. There are several very compelling reasons to quit – from cancer, to stroke, hypertension and lung disease, not to mention the expense of cigarettes.
Acupuncture works by causing the nervous system to release certain chemicals that calm the nerves, ease withdrawal symptoms, and reduce cravings. Six treatments given during the first month of smoking cessation, when withdrawal symptoms and cravings are at their strongest, can serve as a very powerful aid to remaining smoke-free.
The most important thing when entering into Acupuncture treatment to help with smoking cessation is that you be willing to quit. Acupuncture has helped numerous people quit smoking, however, it is not a magic cure. Quitting smoking involves a battle between a person’s desire to quit and a powerful addiction. In order to be successful, a smoker must make the decision to quit and remain dedicated to that decision. By reducing cravings and easing withdrawal symtoms, acupuncture makes that battle easier to win.