For centuries, Traditional Chinese Medicine has utilized acupuncture to help aid in bringing the body back to equilibrium and help facilitate the flow of energy throughout the body. Acupuncture is best known for its use and success in reducing pain and distress within the body. But, more and more Western doctors are endorsing acupuncture as a supplemental treatment for various medical conditions and behavioural modifications, including quitting smoking and losing weight.
It’s 2011, virtually everyone now understands the extreme damage that smoking causes to the human body, yet smoking is still a relatively common habit. In the United States alone, smoking is estimated to kill around 400,000 people every year! You would think that that statistic alone would cause people to quit smoking, but tobacco is a powerful habit and extremely addictive.
Though smoking is highly addictive and one of the hardest habits to kick, quitting smoking really is one of the most important life decisions a smoker can make! As corny as it sounds, quitting smoking really will save your life.
Now, for those serious about kicking the smoking habit and adding years to their life, the question becomes “How should I do it?”
Today there are a myriad of options for those looking to quit smoking. From nicotine patches and gum to hypnosis, from going “cold-turkey” to acupuncture, the choices are many.
Many people choose to add acupuncture to their arsenal of weapons to help ensure they are successful in their quest to quit smoking. Including acupuncture as a complement to over-the-counter nicotine gums and patches or other techniques, really is attacking the habit from all angles!
The inclusion of acupuncture while quitting smoking can help reopen pathways within the body and help to stimulate the flow of energy and circulation of blood. This can help to reduce cravings and decrease the effects of withdrawal symptoms on the body during the quitting process. This can increase the chances you are successful in quitting smoking once and for all!
Dr. Jeda Boughton is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Registered Acupuncturist in Vancouver. She is also a Registered Herbologist and the founder of BodaHealth.