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Kick the Habit: Acupuncture to Quit Smoking

written by: MandaSpring • edited by: Lisa Lambson • updated: 6/28/2011

The statistics are alarming as to how many smoking related deaths people suffer every year. If you are ready to live a better, healthier and happier life and want to kick the habit, acupuncture for smoking can help you achieve success.

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    Smoking is bad for our health. We already know this. But the problem is that this particular habit is very hard to break. It can take many times before a person can break this vicious trap of addiction. While some people prefer to quit cold turkey others fight and fight to finally give up the addiction but it can prove to be unsuccessful.

    More and more individuals are turning to acupuncture to quit smoking. This is a method that encompasses many attributes to the cause of the addiction. But what can you expect? How much does it cost? What are the advantages and disadvantages of acupuncture for smoking? It is time to discover the answers.

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    Smoking Statistics

    The following statistics have been provided by the American Lung Association:

    • More than 430,000 Americans die every year from smoking related diseases.

    • Cigarettes contain at least 43 cancer-causing chemicals.

    • Secondhand smoke causes between 150,000 and 300,000 cases of lower respiratory infections in children every year.

    • More American women die annually from lung cancer than from breast cancer.

    • In addition to cancer and heart disease, smoking can also cause infertility, slow wound healing, and stomach ulcers.

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    Things to Expect When Committing to Acupuncture to Quit Smoking

    When you decide on using acupuncture for smoking to empower your body to kick the habit, you’ll need to understand a few things. First, your history depends greatly on the individualized process that it will take in order for you to successfully quit. There are triggers that need to be addressed. By a trigger I mean a thing that can make you desire a cigarette. These temptations in your life are not all going to go away. Finding them will enable you to understand the focus points of your addictions.

    An exam will need to take place. This will incorporate all aspects of your needed treatment; from physical shape to emotional and mental state. Acupuncture for smoking will address all issues in order to ease you through the process. It is important to be honest and straight forward. By presenting all information necessary the right acupuncture areas will be stimulated.

    Don’t be surprised if your acupuncturist also uses some herbal remedies or nutritional supplements to enhance support during this tough time. The natural additions are usually to curb cravings and help to significantly reduce or eliminate the intense cravings.

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    The Pros and Cons

    The disadvantage to using acupuncture for smoking is primarily the cost and the time needed for success. Of course, if you look at some of the help systems on the market today for quitting smoking you can see that the money is not really different than that of acupuncture for smoking. The total cost of the entire process is usually under $500.00. Acupuncturists commonly accept payments and of course there are some insurance plans that will cover the cost.

    One of the biggest advantages is the fact that you can enjoy a smoke free lifestyle. Regardless of your reasons for quitting, using acupuncture to stop smoking can have a very positive influence on your ability to conquer the addiction. By correcting all of the problems that force you to hang on to this dangerous addiction, you can overcome the cravings and learn to embrace your life instead of the temptations of a silent killer.

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