Acupuncture and Massage to Quit Smoking
Acupuncture & Herbs
Many people turn to acupuncture when they want to quit smoking. This is because acupuncture can be a gentle and effective way to
Auricular Therapy, which is Acupuncture needles inserted into special points in and around the ear, is a powerful treatment for over 185 symptoms and diseases. We use this extensively to help quit smoking because it is known to work so well.
On a biochemical level, addiction to cigarettes creates an imbalance in the way that serotonin and dopamine are regulated in the brain. You need a constant fix of nicotine in order to keep a relative balance in the neurotransmitter levels. When nicotine is removed, then serotonin levels plummet which causes irritability, fatigue, anxiety, and sometimes depression. Acupuncture has been clinically shown to regulate these vital brain chemicals without causing unwanted side effects.
How Treatment Works:
It’s best to get a full assessment intake with a special “Clearing Treatment” first. Needles are inserted into very strong points along your spine. This helps clean and balance your Qi before specific treatment begins.
We recommend coming in more frequently at first, such as 2-3 times per week, and then taper off as you change and cravings are decreased and much easier to get over.
- It is always important to Not Smoke for at least 1-2 hours before you come in. Auricular Therapy works best when you are actually craving a cigarette – not after you’ve just had one and the craving is satisfied. Don’t worry, though. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well the needles stop the craving.
main reception: 907-279-0135
community acupuncture clinic: 907-929-4525