Acupuncture is an alternative approach to smoking cessation and has a growing body of research suggesting positive outcomes.
How it works:
Acupuncture can help people overcome addiction because of its ability to reduce cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety and difficulty concentrating.
The concept of acupuncture for smoking cessation is that when a person is addicted to nicotine they have higher endorphin levels, and when they give up, these levels of endorphins drop. Acupuncture helps maintain the levels of endorphins and stabilises their release. Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments take all of your symptoms into account and aim at balancing the energy within the body to optimise health.
Within a treatment needles are inserted into various points in the body and ears (Auricular therapy) to assist 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 calm the mind and eliminate the craving.
Three different areas are worked on; treating points for the addiction to nicotine to help block the bodies need for the drug. Treating diet points to control appetite and avoid weight gain and stress and relaxation points to help avoid withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety and irritability.
In one study conducted at the University of Oslo, Norway, acupuncture was found to significantly reduce the desire to smoke up to five years after the initial treatment. Subjects of the study also reported that cigarettes tasted worse than before treatment and that the treatments had effectively reduced their taste for tobacco.
Acupuncture is not a panacea or a magic cure in the treatment of any addiction, including smoking. But, acupuncture is effective in making it easier to quit and remain smoke-free for good.
What Points Are Used?
Each patient is custom-treated according to his or her specific and unique diagnosis. Usually a combination of body acupuncture points and points on the ear are used that are believed to influence the organs and energetic pathways associated with smoking.
Give Acupuncture a try and you will be amazed at the many benefits it can provide. Best of all acupuncture is covered under most health funds. Visit to make an appointment at Suite 27 Karratha Village Shopping Centre, Karratha or telephone (08) 9842 3020. To make an appointment in Biloela please contact (07) 4992 5037.