If you’re struggling to quit smoking then you may have already tried some of the many smoking cessation devices that have flooded the market in recent times. However, many quit smoking aids still contain a dose of nicotine.
If you want to try a more natural approach then it’s worth considering acupuncture. Acupuncture is known to be particularly helpful in the earlier, more acute stages of nicotine withdrawal.
Here’s an overview of how acupuncture can help you in the battle to quit smoking.
To understand how acupuncture works, you also need to be aware of the initial symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. In the first few days of quitting, you may experience the following unpleasant side effects:
- Sleep problems
Acupuncture itself has no side effects. As it’s a natural therapy, you won’t be replacing cigarettes with other nicotine products.
How Acupuncture Helps
Acupuncture is not a magical cure. If you’re serious about giving up smoking, you’ll still need a degree of willpower and determination to be successful.
However, acupuncture is very effective in helping to curb your nicotine cravings, especially in the early stages when symptoms are more acute. It frees blocked energy paths and stimulates the body’s natural healing response.
Acupuncture is even more effective if used in conjunction with other TCM techniques such as Tuina massage. Chinese herbs are also beneficial in helping to control your liver and kidney function, and to aid the detox process by eliminating the poisonous chemicals associated with tobacco smoke and tar.
Acupuncture not only helps beat cravings, it has a positive effect on your overall sense of wellbeing. You’ll feel calmer and you’ll sleep better.