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Acupuncture To Quit Smoking

Acupuncture To Quit Smoking

Smoking addiction is due to the nicotine inhaled into the bloodstream, which then occupies the brain endorphin receptor sites. Endorphins are natural opium-like chemicals released by the brain that make us feel good. Its release is stimulated mainly by physical exercise and spiritual activities such as praying or meditation.

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Nicotine suppresses the brain’s production of endorphins and occupies the receptor sites in the brain, making the smoker feel good as long as he continues smoking. When a smoker stops smoking, the endorphin receptor sites remain empty and unstimulated, making the smoker feel the familiar uncontrollable withdrawal symptoms and the intense craving to smoke. The problem is that nicotine suppresses natural endorphin production to such a low level that takes many weeks or months to recover. Acupuncture stimulate natural brain endorphin release, bypassing the long wait for natural endorphin production, thus removing the craving for smoking. Please be aware that with any wellness program, individual results may very.

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What does the treatment involve?

The acupuncture program for smoking cessation at the Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa consists of five visits. Before your first appointment, you are sent a detailed questionnaire that gathers information about your history and health background. The form helps us to identify the behaviors, habits and triggers that lead to smoking.

At the first appointment, your questionnaire is reviewed and discussed, and a physical exam including blood pressure, lung exam, and techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) such as pulse palpation and tongue observation are performed. Every patient’s acupuncture treatment is tailor-made and designed especially for you. You will learn to identify your triggers for smoking and how to avoid them. Acupuncture can reduce the cravings and lessen the withdrawal symptoms associated with your efforts to quit smoking. The five acupuncture treatments for the quit smoking program are spaced out over three to four weeks, usually two treatments the first week, and then one treatment a week thereafter. The treatments focus on any physical or emotional withdrawal symptoms that may arise.

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