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Quit Smoking

Research shows that people try at least three or four times before they eventually quit smoking. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture helps you to feel better and makes it easier to stop smoking. Acupuncture needles are much finer than used are ultra-thin and are superficially inserted into various points in the ears and body to assist with smoking cessation. In between treatments, small pellets are often taped to the acupuncture points on the ear. When a cigarette craving hits, gently pressing on the pellets stimulates the acupuncture points to calm the mind and eliminate the urge. Acupuncture has encouraged a growing number of cigarette smokers into permanent ex-smokers.  The treatment stimulates the liver and produces endorphins. Treatment with Acupuncture helps to boost the livers the energy, lifting dopamine levels. Treatments also focus on the withdrawal symptoms, helping with cravings, irritability and restlessness. Acupuncture is helpful as emotional support and aids in relaxation and detoxification.  Acupuncture is thoughtful and holistic; every patient is treated according to his or her specific needs. 

Acupuncture Making it Easier to Quit?

Acupuncture is not a panacea or a magic cure for any addiction, including smoking or weight loss. But, Acupuncture is effective in making it easier to quit by stimulating and re-energising the liver. Acupuncture works by rebalancing your liver function, increasing its energy back to normal levels and helping the body to function correctly again without the need for cigarettes. When a smoker attempts to quit, they often will experience nicotine withdrawal symptoms. These cravings may manifest as anxiety, irritability, restlessness and problems sleeping. Acupuncture helps to bring the liver energy back to a more normal level.  In short, it encourages your liver to function correctly again without the need for tobacco, improving liver function and easing your cigarette withdrawal symptoms, helping to bring the body back to normal levels.


Scientific Studies on Acupuncture

In one study conducted at the University of Oslo, Norway, acupuncture significantly reduced the desire to smoke up to five years after the initial treatment. The study subjects also reported that cigarettes tasted worse than before treatment and that the treatments had effectively reduced their taste for tobacco. Acupuncture has helped turn a growing number of cigarette smokers into permanent ex-smokers. Our treatments take all of your symptoms into account and aim at balancing the energy/dopamine within the body to optimise health and emotional stability.


Lifestyle and Dietary Changes Can Help

  • Make time to exercise more. Getting moving is a great way to remind yourself why you shouldn’t smoke. Exercise can reduce your stress and help you relax.
  • Get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Fresh products help to neutralise and clear the blood of nicotinic acid and fortify blood sugar.
  • Foods such as carrots, Carrot juice, celery, leafy green salads and citrus fruits promote body alkalinity and help decrease cravings.
  • Try to avoid junk foods, steer clear of sugar and coffee. Stimulating foods can upset blood sugar levels and increase blood acidity, aggravating the smoking withdrawal symptoms.
  • Lobelia Tea or Green Tea, sipped daily during the detox period, keeps tissues flooded with natural ingredients that discourage nicotine cravings. Traditionally  Lobelia helps to rid the body of potent toxins and helps to stimulate and calm the respiratory system.
  • Drink plenty of water. Research shows that dryness causes cravings. Sip water as frequently as you can throughout the day.
  • Practice deep breathing exercises to increase body oxygen and keep calm.
  • Call the Hatfield Practice for advice or further information. Schedule your Acupuncture quit smoking treatment.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Our typical treatments last about an hour, and the patient being treated once a week. Some withdrawal symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while some heavy or long term smokers may require multiple treatments. The Acupuncture Stop smoking program will often consist of 1 – 6 treatments scheduled in the first few weeks, followed occasionally by monthly treatments if you need them. If you are ready to quit, call the Hatfield Practice on 01707 888229  for a consultation. Acupuncture can empower your body and mind helping you to take control and begin a healthy and smoke-free life!



Preventive Medicine. Volume 33, Issue 5, November 2001, Pages 364-372.