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Acupuncture Stop Smoking Program

Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking!

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be very useful in helping you to achieve your goals. These therapies work to reduce stress, anxiety and tension. Acu-points are chosen to lessen cravings, strengthen will power and facilitate the detoxification process. Our Acupuncture Stop Smoking Program has 2 phases.

Phase One

A 4 week intensive designed to; help you through the intensity of the initial stage of smoking cessation, stimulate major detoxification organs and rebuild deficiencies so that your renewed health and vitality will offset a relapse.

Week one: 2- 3 treatments
Week two: 2 treatments
Week three: 1- 2 treatments
Week four: 1- 2 treatments

Phase Two

Designed for maintenance and support. Consists of Acupuncture treatments 1 time per month for 4-6 months.

Frequency of acupuncture visits may vary depending on individual need for support. Many people need additional support between weeks 3 & 5. This is when the body’s fat cells release stored nicotine into the bloodstream, causing major cravings and may be a relapse period for some people.

Other Tips

There is a lot you can do to minimize cravings and the intensity of nicotine addiction withdrawal symptoms. Below is a list of some ideas that have worked for others and may be helpful to you.

  • I can provide you with Quit Smoking tea or customize an herbal formula for you to consume daily that can help with stress, detoxification and energy.
  • Create a positive support team around you by letting the people in your life know of your decision to stop smoking. Let them know if encouragement and recognition may be helpful to you.
  • Exercise! This will greatly reduce stress, cravings and enhance tissue oxygenation.
  • Drink plenty of fresh water to help flush out toxins.
  • As part of the detoxification process, very uncomfortable emotions and physical symptoms may arise. Know that they will pass! Please be patient with yourself.
  • During weeks 3 to 5 increase your water intake, take a sauna or steam, and plan something special!
  • Increase a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. Take a multivitamin and mineral supplement daily that contains antioxidants such as; vitamins A, C, and E, bioflavonoids and zinc.
  • Avoiding caffeine and other stimulants will give your adrenal glands a chance to restore.
  • Avoid nightshade plants such as potatoes (except for sweet) peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and paprika.
  • For an oral substitute chew on gum, fresh ginger root, toothpicks and sunflower seeds. Or take up a wind instrument!
  • When you have a strong craving, wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it, or smell a cloth with a few drops of the essential oils of lavender, orange and peppermint.
  • When you feel you may want a cigarette, take a focused and very deep breath in- through pursed lips, hold it……….then exhale all of the air out of your lungs. Repeat these steps a few more times until you feel a sense of calm.
  • Know your triggers and try to avoid them. If you can’t avoid them, have a back-up plan around them. Know you will initiate your back-up plan when cravings come up in trigger situations. Some common triggers are: alcohol, stress, driving, paying bills, being alone, being with certain people, the news, movies, other smokers, meals, work breaks, hunger and fatigue.