One of the approaches to quitting smoking I found recently was acupuncture. Could acupuncture really help you to stop smoking?
Acupuncture as an alternative method to smoking cessation has grown over the last few years. In fact, acupuncture is sometimes mandated by courts has a treatment for drug addicts because of its ability to reduce cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
How Does Acupuncture help you stop smoking?
The acupuncture needles that are used are hair-thin. They are superficially inserted into various points in the ears and body to help with smoking cessation. In between treatments, small pellets are often taped to the acupuncture points on the ear. When a cigarette craving hits, gently pressing on the pellets stimulates the acupuncture points to hopefully calm the mind and eliminate the craving to smoke.
I don’t think acupuncture on its own will cure you of your addition. But used in conjunction with other methods such as nicotine patches and gum, or even the stop smoking drugs should help with some of the stress involved in quitting smoking.
Researchers, whose findings appeared in the American Journal of Medicine, said that there are still plenty of questions, including exactly how effective alternative therapies might be and how they measure up against conventional methods to quit smoking.
A 2008 study that ran a few sessions of laser acupuncture on 258 smokers found that 55 percent who’d received the treatment quit the habit in six months, compared with four percent who were not given the treatment.
But a 2007 study from Taiwan that looked at needle acupuncture around the ear, the area typically targeted for smoking cessation, reported a lower success rate.
Only nine percent of those who were given acupuncture had quit after six months compared with six percent who stopped smoking without the treatment.
Is acupuncture right for you?
So I guess if you have tried all the current traditional method to quit smoking and kick the nicotine addiction, you could give acupuncture a try. I’m sure for some people it does work and they are able to quit smoking, and for other it may be good to use alongside other treatment methods.
If you have tried acupuncture, leave a comment with your experience, so we can all benefits from your knowledge of the treatment.