Smoking Cessation And Acupuncture

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released an announcement and draft guidance which will protect consumers from future false and misleading health claims by the tobacco industry about its tobacco products. As a primary or complementary therapy, acupuncture is a natural, drug-free way to stop smoking.

The guidance proposed a rigorous compliance process for the tobacco industry to claim that its products are not as harmful as products currently being sold. Under the Tobacco Control Act it is required that before allowing any modified harm claims be made, scientific research must be conducted to evaluate the validity that these products are truly less harmful, modified risk tobacco products.

Health risks of smoking:

  • Coronary heart disease.
  • Reduced circulation.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Lung, stomach, esophagus cancer.

“The tobacco industry has a long and terrible history of misleading the American public on the health risks associated with its products—including ‘light,’ ‘low-tar’ and ‘mild’ cigarettes,” says Charles Connor, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “Today, FDA has rightly proposed a high standard of scrutiny for any modified risk tobacco product.”

If you feel it’s time to kick the habit, you should consider acupuncture treatment for smoking cessation. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy that can help to manage withdrawal symptoms, including: Increased appetite, sleep disturbances, irritability, restlessness, headaches, anxiety, and concentration difficulties.

Acupuncture for smoking cessation utilizes select acupoints which clear the lungs and product a calming effect. Often, a combination of ear and body acupoints can ease breathing, improve circulation and normalize blood pressure.

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.

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