Smoking Cessation – Quit Smoking with Acupuncture in Red Bank

Our Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation Medical practice offers a new way to quit smoking—with a success rate of approximately 75%.

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture in NJ

To learn more about how to Quit Smoking with Acupuncture call us today at 732-345-1377.

For many people, smoking cessation is an extremely difficult process. So difficult, in fact, that only 4%-7% of smokers are able to quit without any form of intervention such as nicotine replacement products or prescription medications. With assistance from these methods, there is a success rate of about 30%.

Many smokers do not realize that there is a healthy, holistic option for smoking cessation that has a much higher success rate—Acupuncture. Acupuncture is successful because it addresses both the physical and emotional aspects of withdrawal.

Before beginning any smoking cessation program, it’s important to understand why it is so hard to quit smoking. The answer to this question lies in the very reason why cigarette addicts must smoke in the first place—to avoid withdrawal symptoms. A smoking habit is essentially the process of experiencing constant withdrawal symptoms and attempting to avoid these unpleasant sensations by continuing to smoke. Smokers often underestimate the unpleasantness of withdrawal symptoms, which can quickly lead them back to cigarettes in order to feel ‘normal.’

Smokers also tend to place an unwarranted amount of faith in nicotine replacement products. Using these products places the burden on the products themselves, instead of on the smoker’s personal responsibility during the quitting process. They also fail to address the emotional needs of smoking cessation.

How to Quit Smoking with Acupuncture

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture NJ

The Problem with Quitting: Withdrawal

Smoking cessation can lead to withdrawal symptoms that are extremely unpleasant. Starting within a few hours of smoking a final cigarette, the withdrawal process peaks about two to three days later, when the majority of the nicotine has left the body. The process continues for at least another few days but can last up to several weeks.

The usual withdrawal symptoms experienced while trying to quit smoking include sleep disturbances, cough and sore throat, increased appetite and weight gain, sweating, headache, digestive problems, and trouble concentrating. Emotional symptoms will also be present. Some smokers may feel depressed, anxious, and/or irritable.

Acupuncture is helpful on a number of ways. By using Acupuncture to help with quitting smoking with both the the mental and bodily distress of smoking cessation, but also speeds up the detoxification process so that the body can return to a more natural state of balance.

From the perspective of Western medicine, Acupuncture is successful in treating addiction because it prompts the release of certain naturally-occurring substances in the brain that regulate both pain and mood. For example, acupuncture stimulates the production of endorphins, which can promote relaxation while easing physical discomfort. Endorphins are the body’s natural opiates. This is particularly relevant for smokers because the act of smoking produces a similar endorphin release.

Alleviating the Symptoms of Withdrawal with Acupuncture

Withdrawal symptoms are the main reason that a number of people fail to quit smoking. It is an intuitive decision, then, to find the best possible treatment to lessen the unpleasantness of smoking cessation.

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation offers Acupuncture treatments to quit smoking in Red Bank, NJ.  Our unique Quit-Smoking treatment program includes acupuncture and has a success rate of approximately 75%. In contrast, smokers who used a combination of counseling and the drug Bupropion (Wellbutrin) had a success rate of only 30.5%. Even worse, just seven percent of people who used the nnicotine patch or gum were successful after six months.

Acupuncture helps quitters avoid the irritability, restlessness, and headaches that accompany the cessation process. It also helps the body return to a more natural balance by speeding up the detoxification process. To learn more about quitting smoking with Acupuncture visit our Quit Smoking with Acupuncture Page.