Quit Smoking

Each year, hundreds of people try unsuccessfully to stop smoking with the help of hypnosis, nicotine gum, and/or counseling. However, this strong addiction can be successfully overcome with the help of acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is used as the primary mode of treatment in the most successful detoxification program in the United States for drug, alcohol and nicotine addictions. Researchers in Norway reported: “Smokers who want to kick the habit can indeed find success with the help of acupuncture” (Reuters Health).

How does acupuncture help you stop smoking?

Acupuncture can detoxify the body of nicotine Modern science has confirmed that smokers develop higher levels of nicotine-induced endorphins, and acupuncture stimulates the nervous system naturally to regulate the amount of endorphins in the body and helps clear away nicotine buildup. Unlike the patch, acupuncture actually rids the body of nicotine instead of adding more to it.

Acupuncture helps to eliminate the mental and physical symptoms of withdrawal Acupuncture is highly effective in calming, and relaxing the mind, enhancing the ability to concentrate, minimizing anxiety and alleviating feelings of depression. In addition, acupuncture successfully suppresses appetite and diminishes food cravings.

How many treatments will I need?

Generally four, one-hour sessions are necessary within a ten day period. Of course, the number of treatments depends on how many years and how heavily you smoke. Based on Dr. Gurciullo's years of experience, over 90% of people successfully quit smoking after four sessions of acupuncture.

What is the treatment procedure?

Treatment involves the insertion of sterile, disposable needles into specific acupuncture points on the hand, wrist and ear. Mild electrical stimulation is passed through some of these needles to augment their effectiveness. After treatment, press beads are taped to the ear and remain in place for a few days to maintain the stimulation.

What changes can I expect during sessions?

One of the possible contributions to smoking cessation is a change in the taste of smoke after one or two sessions of acupuncture. Many people come to realize that cigarettes taste like burning ash, are too weak or too strong and/or generally seem unpleasant and distasteful. They are unable to finish the whole length of a cigarette, and completely lose the urge to smoke. About 90% of people are willing to reduce their cigarette consumption by 50% after their first session. In addition, most people experience a sense of calm and relaxation; a reduction in cravings and appetite; clear-headedness; greater energy and find they can breathe easier.

Acupuncture is a safe, natural, fast, inexpensive, painless, drug-free and effective way to kick the habit and stay nicotine free. Try this alternative therapy today, and make your life healthier!