Smoking is one of the hardest addictions to overcome. For many, it takes a multitude of attempts before they are successful. This is, largely, due to the powerful cravings that are brought on when an absence of Nicotine is noticed by the brain.
Nicotine, the addictive substance found in tobacco, stimulates portions of a person’s brain which release a neurotransmitter known as Dopamine. This particular neurotransmitter is responsible for activating the brain’s pleasure center, resulting in increased feelings of well-being such as a noted elevation in one’s mood.
Dependence is as much behavioral as it is physical. Cravings are often exacerbated by associations rooted in particular behaviors that have been ritualized by the individual. These become routines, or habits, which act as triggers for craving a cigarette.
How We Can Help
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been a long-term supportive therapy for those who are trying to quit smoking (as well as the addictions). Acupuncture treatments are designed to intercept the brain’s messaging system that demands more of a particular substance, in this case Nicotine. This results in reduced intensity of cravings and, over time, frequency of cravings.
After a thorough medical review and health history evaluation, the patient will be introduced to the treatment protocol of our Stop Smoking Support Program. Typically, if a patient resists smoking for the 24 hours after their first acupuncture treatment, they have a significantly better chance for success.