Numerous studies have been conducted to find effective smoking cessation treatments. One form of treatment that appears to hold promise is acupuncture. Acupuncture & Massage College is about to conduct a stop smoking program to determine whether acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can benefit people who want to stop smoking.
Dr. Richard Browne, acupuncture physician and school president, will coordinate the two-month study beginning June 1. The study will be conducted at the campus clinic, located at 10506 N. Kendall Drive, Miami. Call (305) 595-9500 to register for participation in the program.
A total of 100 volunteers will be selected to participate in the study. Participants will receive up to 24 acupuncture treatments free of charge. Participants who choose to enroll in the group receiving Chinese herbs in addition to acupuncture will receive acupuncture free of charge but will have to pay for the cost of Chinese herbs.
The study will utilize the NADA protocol, an auricular acupuncture protocol which has been proven to effectively treat addictions and eliminate withdrawal symptoms. The NADA protocol itself is the insertion of five acupuncture needles into specific locations in the ear that stimulate the lungs, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. The combination of these points aids in detoxification and restoring systemic equilibrium. It is often used in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Among the benefits reported by patients and acupuncture physicians utilizing the NADA protocol are a more optimistic attitude toward the process of recovery and reductions in cravings, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, digestive discomfort, and night sweats. The NADA protocol treatment can also increase energy and reduce stress.
Acupuncture therapy aids in addressing your particular triggers for smoking and how to avoid them. Acupuncture therapy for smoking cessation is customized to each individual’s particular smoking habits and physical and emotional constitution. Because the acupuncture stop smoking program is individualized, it is often successful for those who have been unable to stop smoking through other methods.
Often, the first week of quitting is the most difficult; acupuncture for smoking cessation can ease you through this initial period. Acupuncture treatment focuses on any physical or emotional withdrawal symptoms and also aids in relaxation. Acupoints are chosen which clear the lungs and influence the organs and energetic pathways associated with smoking. Acupuncture produces a calming effect which replaces the short-term calming effect of tobacco smoke.
Program volunteers will be subjected to a medical history, a physical exam and a series of questionnaires on symptoms and lifestyle related to smoking. Participants will be registered into either an acupuncture group or an acupuncture and Chinese herb group.
Volunteers will participate in the study for a total of eight weeks. Call (305) 595-9500 to register today. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso.