Acupuncture to quit smoking is a revolutionary and alternative method to cease one’s smoking habit. It has since attracted an ever growing numbers of believers that this method of acupuncture helps an individual kick this unhealthy vice of smoking. Acupuncture to quit smoking has the ability to curve and reduce withdrawal symptoms associated with people quitting smoking. It lessens the feeling of stress, anxiety, irritability and lack of concentration therefore making the cessation of smoking easier.

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In a survey conducted by the Surgeon General’s Office in the United States, a total of 70% of the country’s smoking population are trying to quit smoking but are having difficulty dealing with the withdrawal symptoms that comes after when someone quickly stopped smoking. Nicotine in cigarettes is a powerful addiction and as various researches suggests, is as addictive as other addicting chemicals and drugs like alcohol, heroin and cocaine.
Quitting smoking is really important as cigarettes consists of more than 4,000 chemicals which include more than 40 known cancer causing compounds and more than 400 toxins that are bad for one’s health. These include tar, carbon monoxide, nicotine, ammonia, formaldehyde, arsenic, DDT and hydrogen cyanide. Tobacco is the leading cause of cancer in the lungs, chronic cough, high blood pressure, fatigue and flu. This health dangers caused by smoking makes it very important for anyone afflicted with this vice to quit smoking and acupuncture to quit smoking is one way of doing it.

Acupuncture focuses on cutting the cravings, jitters, restlessness and irritability of individuals who ceased smoking.  The treatment of all these withdrawal symptoms makes it easier for anyone to get rid of smoking addiction. Acupuncture to quit smoking also helps in the relaxation of one’s senses and detoxification from all the unwanted and hurtful chemicals that cigarettes have brought into one’s body system.

Acupuncture needles are thin like hair strands and are inserted superficially into the different parts of the body and ears. These needles touch important nerves and body points that help the body relax and get rid of withdrawal symptoms therefore assisting greatly in quitting smoking. In between acupuncture session, small pellets are taped near the acupuncture points around the ear. This are pressed gently when the craving for smoking arises, the points on where the pellets are taped into helps the nerves to calm and cease all forms of smoking cravings.

Here are some commonly used acupuncture points involve in acupuncture to quit smoking:
Ear points:
* Shenmen
* Kidney
* Sympathetic
* Lower and Upper lung
* Hunger or Mouth

Body points:

* Tim Mee- a point on the wrist between the LI-5 (Yangxi) and LU-7 (Lieque), a point that helps in quitting smoking.
* The Four Gate Points (LI-4, LV-3)-  is tapped to create a calming effect and proper circulation of energy throughout the whole body and soothes the nervous system.

Acupuncture to quit smoking lasts only from 5 minutes to 25 minutes, with the patient undergoing treatment one to three times a week.  Acupuncture has been proven in helping people quit smoking and it’s time that you try it if you’re really intent of ditching your smoking habit.