Smoking Cessation

Acupuncture has been proven to help patients quit smoking. New clinical research from Shanghai Shu Guang Hospital has approved five acupuncture points to stop smoking in three days. These five points are more sensitive than regular points used for smoking cessation. Located on the face, arm, and hands, these acupuncture points are gently stimulated for 30 minutes. The effects of the treatment relax the patient, decrease cravings for tobacco, alleviate anxiety and uneasiness, and reduce physical withdrawal symptoms.

Initially treatments are necessary for three consecutive days. After each treatment, the habitual smoker will feel considerable discomfort on exposure to the smell of tobacco, he or she may not want to smoke again. After three consecutive treatments, most patients can either quit smoking or cut down to one to two cigarettes a day depending on the individual's smoking habits. Long time and heavy smokers may need one or two additional treatments. Patients may require weekly maintenance treatments afterwards.

Weekly maintenance focuses on:

Nicotine detoxification: Acupuncture is effective in reducing bronchial spasms, muscle cramping, mood changes, perspiration, nausea, irritability, insomnia and fatigue. It can also help improve blood circulation to filter out stored toxins.

Prevention of weight gain: Acupuncture can reduce cravings by enhancing metabolism, clearing the mind and establishing a sense of well-being.

Immune system restoration: Smoking damages the lungs by creating heat and dryness. Acupuncture will help improve the lung function and smoker's breath after quitting smoking.