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How Does Acupuncture Help People Quit Smoking?

Acupuncture helps lessen the side effects of withdrawal from nicotine. By placing needles in strategic locations on the body, nerves are stimulated which helps with feelings such as:

  • Agitation

  • Anxiety

  • Irritability

  • Stress

Acupuncture in some cases even transforms that taste of tobacco into an unpleasant experience.Acupuncture in general helps restore balance to the body and aids in detoxification - helping the patient on their path to a healthier life.

For these reasons, Acupuncture has been a regular treatment used for years in drug detox clinics worldwide.

How often are the treatments?

The number and frequency of Acupuncture treatments vary from person to person. For example, if the patient is ‘cutting down’ and working towards a quit date, we’d recommend once a week until the quit date, then twice a week for a few weeks during the actual withdrawal period. If the patient is going to quit ‘cold turkey’, then we recommend two or three times a week for 2 or three weeks, until the symptoms of withdrawal are lessened.

Additional support

The smoker does need the motivation to quit. By evaluating the patient’s history, we can recommend smoke-free ‘replacement’ habits to help end the emotional and physical addiction. For instance, if a person normally has a coffee and a cigarette first thing in the morning, a change would be a ‘go’ coffee and a brisk 10 minute walk.

There are natural herbs we can recommend that also help with the effects of withdrawal.

We further recommend the person trying to quit to get support from their family, friends and co-workers.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss quitting smoking with Acupuncture further, please feel free to call us - 519-258-8544

Help to quit smoking Windsor Essex Acupuncture Scott Colasanti


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