Acupuncture is an excellent tool for smoking cessation by reducing cravings and increasing willpower. The treatment itself is gentle, using needle-less methods to stimulate specific points on the body to help you stop smoking. Acupuncture treatments for smoking will intercept the signals from the brain demanding nicotine and disrupt the message, thereby reducing the craving. Most patients state the effect is significant, decreasing their cravings from 20 times each day down to about 4 times. With that drastic of a change, it can be possible to finally quit smoking.
Our Overland Park chiropractor and acupuncturist has helped many stop smoking. The key, according to Dr. Tyler Nigus, is how you handle the remaining cravings, “Acupuncture does not make the addiction go away completely, but it reduces the cravings and gives the patient a strong opportunity to end the habit. It takes about 21 days to make or break a habit, and our patients’ success is our goal. We support our patients through the process with needle-less acupuncture and other tools to stop smoking completely.”
Dr. Nigus has recommendations for patients when they are fighting the remaining cravings, and has provided a short list of the most-used strategies. Acupuncture for smoking cessation is important, and these other strategies supplement the treatment to stop smoking.
Lack of water and dryness have been shown to cause an increase in cravings. This is true for other addictions such as food. In fact, hunger can be a sign that you are actually thirsty. Take sips of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and reduce cravings.
This point is sacred ground for many people (we are a caffeine nation), but it goes along with dehydration. Coffee actively causes dehydration and increases the cravings to smoke cigarettes. If you typically smoke while drinking coffee, then removing coffee intake can help you avoid the temptation to smoke.
Part of this instruction comes from roots in meditation and a traditional Chinese movement known as Qi-Gong. Our thoughts have energy and can have effects on the body. This is why they say laughter is the best medicine—thoughts will influence your body’s processes such as the immune system. Repeat a positive affirmation such as “I am a non-smoker”, “I am making good choices for my health”, or “I do not need or want this cigarette”. Affirmations can be done silently, and are important for when a craving strikes. Even without cravings, positive affirmations can be said throughout the day.
Here is the good news about cravings: they typically last a short time. Most cravings will only last a few minutes, but because of the addiction it can feel like a long time. Create a strategy for when a craving develops such as saying an affirmation, meditation, or distracting yourself by walking or doing a new activity. Sometimes it helps to have a friend for support that you can call when a craving strikes. They will help you stop smoking by talking to you until the craving fades away.
When someone wants to quit smoking, acupuncture provides that extra tool. Dr. Nigus’s Overland Park chiropractic and acupuncture office always accepts new patients for smoking cessation since this treatment is vital for health. If you or a loved one needs help to stop smoking, call our office for a free consultation and see if acupuncture is a fit.
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