Acupuncture Against Smoking True Salvation or PlaceboSometimes, in their desire for giving up smoking people resort to many exotic methods, one of them is acupuncture. It is a part of traditional Chinese medicine, which has emerged more than 5000 years ago. Ancient Chinese believed that human body pierced by energy canals and points. They are over 600, and every point is connected with a certain part of nervous system. By influencing on these points with thin needles one can turn energy flow to the needed direction and therefore block acute pain or treat chronic disorders.

World Health Organization numbers around 40 disorders that can be positively influenced by acupuncture. To them belong the following problems:

  • Chronic pains
  • Pain after back and neck traumas
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension
  • Digestion disorders

And yes, acupuncture is one of the methods to give up smoking. Specialists use needles to block zones in your brain that are “responsible” for nicotine addiction. So we can agree that acupuncture blocks physiological constituent of addiction and removes “nicotine hunger”. It reduces physical bent for smoking and symptoms after you give up your habit, has sedative effect on nervous system. Therefore, if you are a smoker without psychological addiction, i.e., you don’t think smoking is pleasant, that cigarette helps you to relax, or deal with stress, or concentrate, etc., acupuncture will then really help you to give up smoking.

But that’s where the catch is: if you don’t have psychological addiction from smoking, you can give up with the help of any other method! As well as without any methods at all.

Scientists have proven that smoking is not a physiological necessity of our body, it is psychological habit. If we ask any smoker who tried to give up his addiction, what he felt, we will hear a common description: increased irritability, lack of concentration, anger, apathy… All these indications are the symptoms of psychological disorder. Therefore, the root of the problem should be looked for in the smoker’s head. Smoking is addiction which is based on beliefs and ideas of a smoker. Unfortunately, acupuncture cannot change your conceptions of smoking. You can just persuade yourself that you will not want to smoke after shots. Well, actually that is a positive effect of acupuncture: many of those who believe it will help, really give up smoking.

And only few people out of all smokers feel real physiological need for nicotine: if they do not smoke, they feel headaches, dizziness, digestion disorders, etc. For such people acupuncture is really helpful. Specialists in acupuncture promise total liberation from physical addiction after around 6 sessions (depending on individual features).

How does it look like? After general check-up acupuncture specialist prescribes a course of treatment (number of visits, time of procedure). Then, you will be offered to lie down and relax, after that a specialist will stick needles under your skin. Most number will be placed on your auricle, few on the nose, hands and legs. Relaxation is very important part of acupuncture. After all needles are placed, the doctor will ask you to relax, think of something pleasant and try to doze.

Often, patients are offered to combine acupuncture with herbal therapy. Specific herbal tea, inhalations, herbal drugs and antidepressants can help to restore palatability, sense of smell, ease withdrawal symptoms.

If you decided to try acupuncture to give up smoking, here are some tips for you:

  1. Reputation matters. Try to find a specialist under advice of those who tried this method, or maybe those who are somehow familiar with Eastern medicine. Unfortunately, there are many charlatans on the market, so apply to specialized centers only. It is important to have a possibility of emergency help if something goes wrong.
  2. Visiting a center, evaluate general hygiene of the place, pay attention on the specialists’ tools, conditions of their storage and sterilization.
  3. A good idea is to combine acupuncture procedures with psychotherapy to give up psychological addiction.

Remember, the main factor of success is your desire to stop smoking, and acupuncture, like any other method, is only a tool which helps you to move to the healthy life-style.

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