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by Dr. Stephen Lee DOM/TCM LAc

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture

Many of us have friends who have, more than once, determined to quit smoking.  Most of them do not succeed. Although we all know that smoking is harmful to health and want to quit, quitting makes us prone to nicotine withdrawal syndrome which hampers our ability to succeed.


Nicotine Withdrawal Syndrome is when, under a sudden loss of nicotine, the body of a smoker develops endocrine imbalance. This leads to irritability, stress, anxiety, heart palpitation, loss of focus or severe joint pain.  Also often gastrointestinal discomfort will occur. These pains prevent many from being able to stick to their non-smoking resolutions.  Very few people are able to persevere, and it is also very easy to relapse later.

Smokers should make effort to maintain good habits for life, including proper exercise and adequate sleep. Here are some tips!

  • Avoid drinking coffee, tea or cola and alcoholic beverages to reduce the mental excitement of caffeine.
  • Eat more fruit
  • Maltose, which is available in cooked sweet potato, or molasses, helps
  • Vitamin B complex can stabilize the nerves which help fight the addiction

To ensure the success of smoking cessation, consider that in addition to the will and determination of the smokers themselves, family and social group concern and support of the public is also very important. Also, seek the help of professional medical staff, sometimes supplemented by drug treatment, which can not only can reduce the withdrawal symptoms of discomfort but can also improve the success rate of smoking cessation.

Acupuncture helps patients through “withdrawal syndrome” symptoms such as: physical weakness, irritability, repeated yawning, slow flu and other symptoms. In smokers, the body will increase the brain endorphins effect of sedation. Upon cessation of smoking, the amount of brain endorphin decreases, causing anxiety, fear and other discomfort. Acupuncture treatment, through the function of the meridians to reconcile organs, increases the amount of endorphins in a patient which balances the nervous and endocrine systems to improve the success rate of smoking cessation.

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