Updated: Sep 14, 2022
Acupuncture has been used to treat addiction for many years. Curbing addiction, specifically when it comes to smoking, is not typically something that can be done overnight.
During the journey of quitting, there will be times when it feels like you won’t be able to stay smoke-free and want to give up. Instead of going it alone, considering acupuncture treatment when you are trying to quit can have great effects on helping you complete your goal and improve your health!
Read below to learn how Acupuncture and 4 other tips can help you or someone you know stay smoke-free for a healthier body, mind, and spirit!
5 Alternative treatments Used to Quit Smoking
1. CAYENNE PEPPER
Cayenne pepper can lower cravings for cigarettes by lowering the respiratory response to tobacco and other chemicals found in cigarettes. Adding the pepper to a glass of water every day can help decrease your desire for a smoke.
Lime has been known to be a natural alternative to nicotine gum for quitting smoking. Squeeze lime into your water throughout the day to help lower cravings. Lime also has an anti-infective agent to help the body’s immune defense.
3. FAVA BEANS
Fava beans contain L-dopa, which your body converts dopamine; these beans have been known to reduce nicotine cravings. Nicotine has addictive properties because it also releases dopamine in the brain, so by finding alternatives that have the same effects, your nicotine cravings will be reduced.
Many people who are trying to quit smoking experience anxiety. For smokers who have smoked regularly for years, massage may be an effective option in reducing anxiety associated with quitting.
Research has shown that acupuncture not only reduces cravings but can also reduce symptoms of withdrawal such as irritability and jitters. Acupuncture works by targeting specific acupuncture points on the body and ears that help return the body back to its natural energy flow, resulting in better overall health. An acupuncture point specifically used to help the incessant urge to smoke is called “Tim Mee” and is located on the inside of the arm. This point helps change the body’s perception of how cigarettes taste.
Yours in health & wellness,