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Smoking Cessation and Acupuncture

Tobacco smoking is one of the most common forms of substance addiction today. Inhaling the vaporized form of tobacco into the lungs is the quickest way to feel the effects of smoking. The nicotine hits the blood stream in less than a second after the first inhalation. Once in the blood stream, the gas diffuses directly into the heart and then the brain. On reaching the brain, the tobacco triggers a chemical reaction in nerve endings similar to those caused by endorphins. These chemical reactions can make a person relax quickly relieving anxiety, grief, tension or stress. While endorphins are naturally occurring and have lasting positive effects, tobacco does not. Smoking results in what is a temporary ‘high’.
With the awareness that surrounds us today, most of us know the consequences of smoking. It is said to be the leading cause of numerous diseases – lung cancer, heart attacks, COPD to name a few. As well, smoking tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in North America.
There are many tools available today to aid smoking cessation, however most will find that quitting this habit is one of the hardest things to do. This is where Acupuncture steps in and can be a wonderful aid. Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing and carries with it a time tested wisdom. It works eloquently and in total harmony with the body. It is a non-invasive method and the effects are lasting. As with any other method, yes – there may be recurrence. However, it is an alternative when other methods may have failed. And the numerous benefits are compelling to say the least.

Acupuncture can help with smoking cessation on various levels. Some are listed below:

  • Reducing cravings for nicotine by stimulating receptors in our brains that nicotine usually binds to.
  • Helping to physically reduce the smoking related toxin accumulation from the body.
  • Stimulate the release of endorphins that bring about a sense of well-being and happiness.
  • Positive effects of acupuncture on the discomforts during the withdrawal process.
  • Most importantly, calming the mind and reducing anxiety. The anxiety and stress are strong impulses that lead to substance abuse.

Chinese medicine offers a protocol for smoking addiction. The ideal treatment plan will include a treatment twice per week for 5 weeks. A customized plan can be made as well keeping the individual situation in mind. After the first 2-3 treatments, the smoker will be able to tell if there is a change in the taste of smoke and if it is any less desirable. Both short-term and long-term success rates are higher when using Acupuncture by itself or even alongside another therapy.

For more information contact Vedalift Natural Health Clinic  905-875-4114