People smoke with few reasons, one is addict to it, some are for de-stress and relaxation. some are just habits.
As long as you want to quite smoking, acupuncture treatment supports you with deep relaxation and detoxification. So you are not depending on smoking.
After treatment you may find out the cigarette smoke different which is not as present.
That is why people use acupuncture to quite smoking.
Hope you can quite it successfully soon
Jonathan Fang Lic. Ac.
First, you need to want to be a non-smoker. You have to embrace the idea that you never want to smoke again. Smoking is a habit, but also a lifestyle and for some people a social event or a coping mechanism. To quit forever, you have to decide and choose this to happen. In other words, acupuncture can help you quit, but if you don't want to acupuncture can't "make you" quit. The choice is always in your hands to buy a pack, bum a cig, etc. We have no control over your free will.
Because it is an addictive substance, nicotine can easily pull people back into the habit if they slip back into usage. To quit because someone else wants you to or you think it's a good idea might have you quit for a while, but if you really like smoking and take a few now and again, you will most likely become a smoker again. This is a repeat of paragraph one, which is the most important concept and trickles to this paragraph.
So, for the very end of your question "how will it get me to quit for good" isn't up to the treatment only, but up to you. It's like eating healthy, we can start you on the right track, but you have to stay on it.
What happens during a session varies with each practitioner and with each patient. The treatment will usually involve some needles on your ears (for the addiction) and some body points (to regulate body functions, emotional components, etc) and may or may not include an herbal formula. Some patients can quit right away, most after 3 days (I generally require a 5-day in a row strategy, but not all practitioners do) some need a repeat but most can be done in 3-5 days. Of course, this is dependent on paragraph one above - if you keep sneaking cigs or just don't care, we cannot force you to quit. We can only help your body regulate itself to clear out and help the organs function more adequately. There is an ear point that can help you be repulsed by the smell, so that can help too, but I had a patient rip it out b/c they hated the taste of the cigs (obviously they cared more about smoking than quitting if they rip out the needle to smoke).
The treatments will help you feel calmer, help you feel more settled, help your body process the toxins and function more smoothly without the habit, etc. Always be honest with your practitioner of your progress and be sure to get a licensed practitioner and someone who has done this in the past with success. Not all practitioners are well versed in an appropriate process.
Acupuncture sessions can be somewhat divided between initial intake and follow-up. During an initial intake you're going to spend anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes with a practitioner asking you a lot of questions - many of which will seem like they don't have anything to do with your core issue. After the questioning, they'll probably look at your tongue and check the pulses at both wrists. After that, they should explain their findings and provide your initial treatment (which can be a variety of things depending on the practitioner). In a follow-up they're going to ask a few questions, check your tongue and pulse and then provide a treatment (which, again, can be a variety of things depending on the practitioner). Ear points in addiction are often not stimulated with needles, sometimes we use a seed on a sticky backing. These are put at various points on the ear and can remain in place for several days providing longer treatment.
Multiple studies have confirmed the effectiveness of the NADA ear protocol, named after the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association where it was developed. Clients report reductions in cravings, stress, anxiety, minimized withdrawal symptoms, better sleep, and less desire to continue the addictive behavior. Check out the website acudetox.com to learn more about this successful treatment.
If you have smoked for a long time the trick isn't dealing with the cravings. With acupuncture that's the easy part; it's figuring out what to do with your hands that's the biggest obstacle and reason may fail to quit. Finding new habits while driving, when stressed, after meals, while on the phone, etc. is the challenge. So, when trying acupuncture keep in mind that it will likely be very helpful with cravings, but you'll need to have some sort of plan to tackle the habits that have taken years to establish.
So, with this understanding, let's revisit your questions:
Q: CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP ME QUIT
Q: WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ACUPUNCTURE SESSION:
A. Thin, hair-like needles will be inserted most likely into your ear and sometimes into points on the hands, arms or legs. However, for smoking cessation the needles usually go on the ears.
Q: HOW WILL ACUPUNCTURE HELP ME QUIT FOR GOOD
A: As I mentioned above, acupuncture can help reduce and even stop the cravings, help the lungs recover, ease stress and irritability (and more.) However, the desire to quit is important, as is the need to make new and healthier habits and acupuncture cannot help with those things.
In my experience, those quitting because loved ones are pressuring them to to quit has a high rate of failure. So please keep in mind that if you feel forced into giving up smoking, quitting will be difficult without changing the mindset.
I've helped many quit smoking for good, but I've only ever had one success case where a patient was able to quit with only a few sessions when pressured into and that was because his doctor told him his life depended on it.
I hop this helps.
Yes, acupuncture can be very beneficial and effective in helping you quit smoking. However, it may take more than one session and your willingness of quitting.
Danny Khounh, LOM.