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Acupuncture: A holistic method to quitting smoking

Smoking Cessation programs help smokers overcome their addiction utilizing different methods and employing a variety of tools. Many also offer useful information and extend support to people quitting smoking.

The US Surgeon General has stated, "Smoking cessation (stopping smoking) represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.

Numerous studies have been done on effect of smoking on health and a person life span. What they found was that people who smoked had a higher incidence of heart disease, strokes and lung cancer. Smoking while pregnant caused health issues for the fetus and children growing up with smokers were equally affected.

Smoking has been identified as the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.
• Cigarettes currently cause approximately 20% of all deaths in the U.S.
• According to the American Heart Association in the United States, an estimated 25.1 million men (23.4 percent) and 20.9 million women (18.5 percent) are smokers
• According to WHO (World Health Organization)
• About a third of the male adult global population smokes.
• Smoking related-diseases kill one in 10 adults globally, or cause four million deaths. By 2030, if current trends continue, smoking will kill one in six people.
• Every eight seconds, someone dies from tobacco use.

Conventional methods for smoking cessations utilize medications to curb nicotine cravings and symptoms of withdrawal. In fact the FDA approved an antidepressant as an adjunct treatment to nicotine patches. Recently a new drug has been introduced to assist in quitting smoking that works by interfering with nicotine receptors in the brain. They also use different types of nicotine replacement products such as nicotine gum, nicotine patches and nasal sprays.

Alternative modes of treatment for quitting smoking consist of hypnosis, meditation, herbal supplements, cognitive behavior therapy and acupuncture.

Traditional Chinese Medical theory asserts that smoking harms the lungs and their ability to control the overall movement and flow of QI, thereby causing stagnation in key organ systems such as the Liver. In addition, smoking creates heat in the lungs and stomach organs which bring about fire in the heart. The theory behind the effectiveness of acupuncture on nicotine addiction is its ability to return the Qi flow balance smoking has damaged. It has also been theorized that acupuncture works by interrupting brain messages demanding more nicotine, thereby eliminating nearly all cravings. Auricular Acupuncture has also been successfully used. The theory behind the positive results of this modality is that influences the levels of endorphins in the blood. When a person decides to quit smoking his endorphins drop and withdrawal symptoms ensue. Auricular acupuncture helps stabilize the release of endorphins thereby compensating for the drop caused by smoking cessation.

Originally studies done on acupuncture and smoking cessation had many limitations including small sample size, poor acupuncture protocols done by inexperienced practitioners and poorly defined and chosen control groups. A recent study involved a much larger sample and was significantly more tightly controlled showed that those participants who received acupuncture and education had a much higher cessation rate than those who received sham acupuncture. Another study showed that acupuncture with education had a much greater affect than acupuncture alone.

Dr. Elisha expertly utilizes acupuncture as part of a comprehensive program for smoking cessation. The holistic approach includes herbal and homeopathic remedies as well as relaxation techniques. Let Dr Elisha assist you in reaching your wellness goals.


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