Acupuncture To Quit Smoking – Does it work?

Smoking is a multifaceted and strong addiction. Quitting is tough. Many smokers try a number of different tactics to quit smoking. One of those tactics is acupuncture to quit smoking. Below we’ll cover if acupuncture can really help you quit smoking.

Acupuncture To QUit Smoking
Can Acupuncture Help You Quit Smoking?

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a centuries old Chinese medicine, which is based on the thought that energy, called chi, flows through the body along certain paths [1]. When the chi is blocked, an imbalance or illness occurs in the body. Acupuncture is a way to correct the chi by putting small needles into your body along certain landmarks that have a high impact on the flow of chi. Even before you ask, Acupuncture does not hurt! The sensation ranges from small pricks to a tingling feeling depending on how deep the needles are placed.

Acupuncture To Quit Smoking

Ok that sounds great, but how does Acupuncture help smokers quit? Acupuncture treatment tries to focus on reducing the cravings, altering the taste of cigarettes, lessening irritability, as well as, increasing overall wellbeing and relaxation. There is also a specific “Quit Smoking” acupuncture point on the body called “Tim Mee”. This point is on the inside of the arm at the wrist crease. This specific point is thought to change the taste of the cigarettes.

In general, the acupuncture practitioner will take into account all your symptoms and design a therapy that takes into account your specific needs.

Does Acupuncture Help You Quit Smoking?

In early 2014, the Cochrane study was published that sought to review all previous studies done on acupuncture and smoking cessation. The study reviewed 38 separate studies in its analysis. Although the study suggested possible short-term effects, there is no consistent, bias-free evidence that acupuncture or acupressure have a sustained effect on smoking cessation for six months or more [2]. However, the study notes that lack of strong evidence suggests that no strong conclusion can be drawn. It concludes by suggesting that more studies into acupuncture should be done.

What’s our take? If you’re thinking about quitting smoking for the first few times stick to proven methods like group support, talking to a free quit counselor, and nicotine replacement therapy. If you’ve already tried a bunch of times and are looking for something new, trying to quit is better than doing nothing, so give acupuncture a shot. You can even use the Quitbit Smart Lighter to track your progress through your different attempts to find out what works best for you!

Sources:

  1. WebMD Acupuncture Overview
  2. White AR, Rampes H, Liu JP, Stead LF, Campbell J. Acupuncture and related interventions for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD000009. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000009.pub4.

One thought on “Acupuncture To Quit Smoking – Does it work?

  1. it is good to see the study that was done, we have a lot of people looking for alternative solutions to quitting smoking, Thank you for the blog it was helpful If you are in the Saint John area look us up would love to meet with you.

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