Countless people make the New Year’s resolution to quit smoking. While quitting smoking is extremely difficult—six out of ten smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking—preparing a quit-smoking plan can greatly improve a person’s chance for success. Including acupuncture in your quit-smoking plan can aid in managing withdrawal symptoms such as nicotine cravings, irritability and increased appetite.
Tips that can help you give up smoking:
- Talk to your acupuncture physician about the types of holistic therapies that are available to help you quit smoking.
- Take time to plan. According to the American Lung Association, your quit attempt can be more effective if you pick your quit date a few weeks ahead of time and mark it on the calendar. Pick a day when stresses are low and map out how you are going to handle situations that make you want to smoke.
- Exercise on a regular basis to increase energy levels and combat weight gain.
- Eat a nutritional diet and keep regulated sleep patterns.
“Quitting smoking is the single most important step smokers can take to improve their health,” says Norman Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. “The start of a fresh New Year is a great time for smokers to implement their plan to quit smoking—and reap the health benefits of a smokefree lifestyle.”
As a primary or complementary therapy for smoking cessation, acupuncture is a natural, drug-free way to stop smoking and stay nicotine-free. Acupuncture can safely be combined with conventional treatments and pharmaceuticals for smoking cessation.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.