When all attempts at smoking cessation have all gone kaput, it is then the right time to try acupuncture. Acupuncture Edina is a very effective treatment for chemical addictions such as smoking. Quitting smoking is easier said than done and many people have developed heart problems trying to quit cold turkey from smoking.
Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine and is an ancient Chinese medicinal art practiced by the Chinese for over 4000 years used to treat a wide range of illnesses and disorders. It is a popular form of alternative treatment in the West for removing pain. Studies have been and are being done to further study how acupuncture effectively helps one to quit smoking. Acupuncture is all about the practice of inserting hair thin needles into acupuncture points located throughout the body. Acupuncturists state that these points connect to meridians inside the body, which in turn connect to the major body organs and tissues. These meridians are not part of the western concept of anatomy and are not seen by the eye. Meridians are energy pathways for vital energy, which the Chinese calls Qi or chi. Chi needs to flow unhindered in order to nourish the whole body with energy. Illness develops when chi becomes blocked in the meridians and acupuncture is needed to remove these blockages to allow chi to flow freely once again thereby restoring the body to good health.
Acupuncture for smoking is not a cure that will help the patient stop smoking instantly. Acupuncture helps facilitate the way a person quits smoking by making the body crave less for the substance the body is addicted to. With acupuncture the addiction or craving is diminished or removed, ably helped by the body itself. In order to combat the addiction, needles are inserted in acupuncture points on the ear. The ear has numerous meridians that run and connect to all the major organs of the body including the brain. The organs that are targeted for treatment include the lungs and throat. Sometimes, the acupuncturist will place metallic ear pellets on the ear after treatment. If the patient starts craving tobacco once more, he can tweak or rub the ear pellets to stimulate the release of endorphins that will extinguish the cravings.
Treatments differ per patient. Each patient will be given a unique type of acupuncture treatment depending on the patient’s smoking history and physical examination. Depending on the severity of the addiction, length and number of sessions may differ per person. At the beginning of the treatment, a slight tingling sensation may be felt as the needles are inserted in the skin; however, once the needles are in place, a feeling of comfort and relaxation will envelop the patient for the duration of the treatment.