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Acupuncture to quit smoking.
« on: June 01, 2016, 12:06:18 pm »

How Does Acupuncture Work to Quit Smoking?

Research on acupuncture has always produced inconclusive results but more recent findings, instead of trying to explain the complex workings of acupuncture, have been more successful in showing the effects of acupuncture. Acupuncture has been shown to influence aspects of the nervous system and its ability to regulate things like stress, heart rate and mood.

Acupuncture, in general, is a technique that can work on virtually any addiction and not only tobacco addiction but when acupuncture is meant to quit smoking, there are some procedures that are tailored for it. Addiction can take several forms including mental, emotional and physical and thus the addiction has to be fought on all fronts. One of the most common acupuncture techniques, called auricular acupuncture, involves inserting fine needles into acupuncture points in the ear. These pressure points are shen men, liver, lung, kidney and sympathetic points. Sometimes, tiny beads are held in place with tape around these points in the ear as a way of self-medication. When these points are stimulated, they can lead to reduced cravings and reduction of other withdrawal symptoms.Tim Mee Zone acupuncture.

There is another point, located on the inside arm, above the wrist crease, called the "Tim Mee" which is used specifically to curb smoking. It achieves this by altering the way cigarettes taste. This can make smoking a lot less desirable to the smoker.

Is It Enough to Use Acupuncture to Stop Smoking?

Unfortunately, the answer to this is no. Acupuncture alone is not likely to be enough to kick the habit of smoking. Nicotine addiction is a very complicated addiction and overcoming it is not easy but one needs all the help that one can get. Acupuncture is one of such bits of help as it can greatly reduce the cravings and the physiological effects that come with the territory of quitting smoking. Of course, the individual must have a strong desire to quit in the first place, otherwise, acupuncture will have little effect.

Acupuncture works best when it is used in conjunction with other alternative methods like herbs and hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a treatment of the mind where one is trained to say no to smoking. Acupuncture addresses mostly the physical element of the addiction. Acupuncture as a tool to quit smoking is one that is very viable and should be explored as an alternative to other more conventional means of quitting tobacco smoking.
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Re: Acupuncture to quit smoking.
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2016, 03:24:51 pm »
Twenty one years ago I tried it. It failed for me and it put me off acupuncture for quite some time, too.
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