Most people know about the bad health effects of smoking, and that after you quit smoking your health almost immediately improves. Just how quickly do we see benefits? Check out the image:
Quitting for a day is one thing, but sticking to it for many years can be hard. Frankly, beyond the usual advice of eating healthy, exercising more, and drinking water, many people who smoke are not exactly sure how to stop and make it last.
What you may not know is that acupuncture has a 30-40 year history of being used in drug rehabilitation programs to help people get away from addictive substances. This includes cigarettes, cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. We also have the research on acupuncture & smoking to prove it. So when I tell you that acupuncture can help you quit smoking, I really mean it.
An acupuncture treatment to quit smoking helps you with the physical effects of detoxification. It can help you sleep better, feel more relaxed, calm your anxiety and edginess, and encourage your lungs & body to heal faster. It can even help you with the weight gain you’re likely to have when you quit. Like any acupuncture treatment, points to needle will be chosen based on your entire health history and any other health goals you have.
What About Herbs?
Herbal medicine can also be used to stop smoking. Chinese herbs are based off the same diagnostic methods as acupuncture, and an herbalist can prescribe them to do the same things that acupuncture does. Specifically, herbs can keep the lungs moist (a factor that prevents cravings), detoxify the organs, and calm irritability and anxiety. Herbs are best suited for patients who are interested in using natural methods to quit smoking but don’t like the idea of needles, or for people who have especially severe anxiety or cravings and need treatment daily.
If you’re one of the many people who’s been considering kicking the habit, now is the time to schedule your consultation and let acupuncture & herbs help you on your way to freedom.