Our Quit Smoking Programme
"...I had been smoking heavily 20-30 a day. After a 3 month course I progressed to no desire ever to smoke again."
Are you still smoking? This is the question often asked to people who smoke. It’s not easy to stop when you are dealing with a nicotine addiction that is fed often ten, if not twenty times a day. Smokers know the harm that it does them and most have tried numerous times to stop smoking without success. For some smokers even just the thought of not being able to smoke makes them feel extremely anxious. So how can you stop smoking without experiencing the withdrawal symptoms, the increase in eating, the constant desire to "light up" and the feeling of anxiety, even fear?
Acupuncture works by reducing the desire and the need to smoke. Withdrawal symptoms are reduced because the effects of acupuncture counteract the effects of nicotine withdrawal. Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to regulate levels of our bodies own 'feelgood' bioactive chemcials such as serotonin and endorphins. This helps the body detox and clear away nicotine build-up. Unlike the nicotine patch, acupuncture stimulates our bodies to actually get rid of nicotine instead of adding more to it.
Acupuncture also helps to reduce the mental and physical symptoms of withdrawal. Acupuncture is highly effective in calming and relaxing the mind, enhancing the ability to concentrate, minimizing anxiety and alleviating feelings of depression. The patient feels a sense of calm and tranquillity after the treatment, and this feeling lasts between treatments. This means that the need to eat comfort food as a substitute for smoking is significantly reduced.
For those needing more support, we offer a special combined hypnotherapy and acupuncture quit smoking package: More information.