New Year, New You
The year is still young and with a new year comes an opportunity to make positive changes in your life. For many, this includes a testament to living better by implementing a healthier lifestyle. Of course, quitting smoking tops the list as one of the most commonly sought avenues towards achieving such a goal.
While there is no shortage of “quit smoking” aids on the market, the likelihood of relapse is quite high, and the potential for harmful side effects can be unsettling – particularly with prescription medications. In recent years, many people are looking for an alternative to help them with overcoming their struggle with nicotine addiction. Managing withdrawal symptoms, especially cravings, is more than half of the battle.
Studies have confirmed that an adequate course of acupuncture treatments, specifically tailored to address smoking cessation, has shown to be effective in reducing the severity of symptoms associated with nicotine abstinence. Moreover, the patient’s desire to smoke appears reduced due to a decrease in their perception of taste for tobacco smoke.
It is important to seek out a clinician who is well-versed in utilizing acupuncture for this purpose. They will take the time to properly assess you as an individual and design a regimen of treatments that are likely to produce the greatest benefit to you based on this assessment. This may, or may not, include the use of herbs to help maximize the effects of your treatments and, thereby, making the prospect of recovery more expeditious and thorough.
In return, you as the patient must commit. Without your commitment, positive outcomes will not be possible. This is not only true with the pursuit of alternative methods of care, but also with any form of treatment for addiction – natural or otherwise.
Are you interested in learning more about how we can help you kick your smoking habit? Contact us for a free consultation.