Acupuncture May Help You Quit Smoking. That’s the thinking. Acupuncture is a facet of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). One of TCM’s core philosophies is the notion of energy flow within the body. It is believed that this energy flow can be blocked or thwarted, and through methods such as acupuncture, the energy is said to be released to flow freely.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles into your skin. The location of the needle insertion is key – acupuncturists apply the needles along “meridians,” paths along which energy is said to flow.
Acupuncture May Help You Quit Smoking, so how does this help someone who wants to quit smoking?
When someone undergoes acupuncture for reasons other than smoking cessation, it’s often to relieve a health problem such as chronic pain or discomfort, or to induce relaxation. For a smoker wanting to quit, acupuncture may relieve some of the physical discomforts of quitting, and help the nervous tension that accompanies some smokers’ quitting efforts. Here are some of the issues smokers may face when quitting, and how acupuncture may help relieve those issues.
Some smokers experience nausea and digestive disturbances when they quit. Acupuncture can be used to relieve digestive discomforts – the practitioner chooses the correct meridian that corresponds with the digestive system, and inserts needles accordingly. If the acupuncture does what it is said to do, then your body’s energy will be released to flow freely and relieve your digestive troubles.
Acupuncture is sought out by individuals seeking relief from tension, whether they are smokers or not. For those who are in the process of quitting smoking, tension may be a problem. Muscles may be tight and nerves “on edge.” Acupuncturists believe that the tension itself is the result of blocked energy flow, and therefore the energy release that acupuncture is said to induce may bring relief from bodily tension.
When you stop smoking, your body begins to repair and heal itself. The poisons that have accumulated in your system will need to find their way out of your body, and acupuncture may help. Stagnant energy is said to cause toxins to accumulate, and moving the energy through therefore helps flush out toxins.
The pain of a headache can be very debilitating, and some people suffer from headaches when they try to quit smoking. The World Health Organization recognizes headaches as one of the conditions acupuncture helps. So if headaches hinder your quitting efforts, acupuncture may help you stick with your decision to quit.
Unfortunately, some people experience depression when they stop smoking. Once again, the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as a viable treatment for depression. For some smokers trying to quit, relieving depression may give them the boost they need to get through the transition period.