Smoking Cessation

Quit smoking

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture
and/or Laser-Acupuncture

People who seek out Acupuncture and Laser-Acupuncture for smoking cessation are usually highly motivated to quit smoking. They may have attempted to quit previously without success, but now feel that they are ready. Their reasons for wanting to stop smoking are varied. Ultimately, one has to want to quit smoking for him or herself and not for anyone else.


What does the program involve?

 
In your first appointment,you are asked to answer an extensive questionnaire that gathers information about your smoking history and health background. A physical exam including methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine such as taking the pulse and observing the tongue are employed. The purpose of this interview is to determine the Chinese medical diagnosis for you and the individualized treatment you will receive.


How does it work?

We will include Acupuncture points on the ear and the body, which have shown to be very effective for smoking cessation. Each patient is custom-treated according to his or her specific and unique diagnosis, which means that you’ll also receive an individualized treatment on top of the typical points. Acupuncture can reduce the cravings and lessen the withdrawal symptoms associated with your efforts to quit smoking. The treatments focus on any physical or emotional withdrawal symptoms that may arise, and also aid in relaxation. After the needles are inserted, you will relax for about 25 minutes. Small pellets or semi-permanent Acupuncture needles may be tacked onto specific points on the ear to reduce cravings between your visits.


How much does the program cost?

This depends how many treatments are needed. Often it will take up to 10 session to help you through the most difficult time of withdrawal. My usual treatment fees apply. To find out about the costs of visits, please check here. And don't forget: if you have extended health coverage for Acupuncture, you will be able to get the money back from your insurance! 


Why should you choose this program to quit smoking?

Because the Acupuncture smoking cessation program is individualized and it is often successful for those who have been unable to stop smoking through other methods. Often, patients may have tried Nicorette gum, the nicotine patch or some other type of organized program. If the individual sticks with it, this quit smoking program can lead to permanent cessation.

Acupuncture and Laser-Acupuncture can reduce the stress and difficulty of quitting smoking, and can aid you in your decision to quit smoking.