Congratulations on your decision, because it takes a highly courageous and motivated person to quit a lifelong habit, especially one that is arguably more addictive than drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and even heroin. You have your own reasons for quitting, but what is probably true is that this habit no longer serves you. It did when you started it, but it outgrew its purposefulness.
No only that, but it also adversely affects your health, and restricts your family and social life. You probably know better than anyone that smoking is bad for you, but you didn’t quit when you first learned this.
Because when a habit is so addictive, it creates brain patterns that trigger the unwanted behavior, causing anxiety when you don’t get it, satisfaction when you do. You rationalize the need to light up and do it all again, often feeling guilty after each cigarette. Those feelings are not just in your mind, they are hard-wired into your brain. Sounds bad, doesn’t it? Well, there are some encouraging news. Acupuncture, combined with some basic diet and lifestyle modifications, can help you quit smoking once and for all.
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE DO?
Acupuncture is amazing at changing the way the brain works. It is most efficient and effective at shifting neurological pathways away from smoking and dependence, and establishing new, healthy habits in their place. Acupuncture suppresses cravings for nicotine or food, for example, as well as withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, irritability, jitters, restlessness and insomnia. It improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the lungs, mouth and brain to help the body to regenerate those organs at the quickest possible rate. Acupuncture also helps to calm the nervous system, decrease the production of stress hormones like cortisol, and increase the concentration of natural feel-good hormones called endorphins and growth factors that normalise body functioning. Acupuncture can even improve your resolve and strengthen your will power.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
During your first visit, you will be asked about your health, history of smoking and your feeling on quitting, then have a physical examination. This includes pulse, blood pressure and tongue observation, followed by an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is performed using extremely fine, sterile needles inserted in specific points on the body and ear. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt.
Acupuncture is safe, effective, and natural, it has been used very effectively for thousands of years by literally billions of people worldwide for a variety of disorders.