Smoking is an undeniably unhealthy habit that can be incredibly hard to break.
Can acupuncture aid smokers who want to break free of their nicotine addiction and quit?
The evidence suggests that it can.
Benefits That Last
A University of Oslo study divided smokers into two groups.
The test group received acupuncture intended to support smoking cessation while the control group received acupuncture that did nothing to target their cigarette habit.
Using a combination of blood work and surveys, researchers found that the appropriate acupuncture treatment helped motivated smokers reduce or quit smoking.
In fact, smokers in the test group reduced their smoking at twice the rate of those in the control group.
Five year later, the people in the group that received acupuncture for smoking cessation were still displaying the benefits of the treatment.
How Acupuncture Helps
Cigarettes are loaded with toxins and universally recognized as bad for a person's health.
Unfortunately, many smokers are addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes, making it difficult for them to break the habit.
How can acupuncture help?
For starters, acupuncturists target points known to help with the jitters, craving and irritability that make the withdrawal from nicotine so hard.
It seems to be an effective strategy; participants in the University of Oslo study reported a reduced desire to smoke and a growing dislike for the taste of cigarettes.
In addition, acupuncture can improve sleep and speed detoxification, making the withdrawal period easier to cope with.
Finally, few would deny that stress is a factor in many failed attempts to quit.
Acupuncture's ability to encourage relaxation is widely acknowledged; it can help people deal with the stress that drives them to smoke and with the additional stress that comes from trying to quit.
When it comes to smoking, there are many factors involved, so there is no single cure that works for everyone.
However, the facts are clear.
Acupuncture can be a useful tool that can assist a motivated smoker in their quest to break free of a nicotine addiction and become a nonsmoker.
Make an appointment today, if you’re interested in learning more about acupuncture for smoking cessation.