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Acupuncture For Quit Smoking - How It Works

Updated on August 21, 2012

What exactly accupuncure is...

Ancient Chinese healing system believes that every living creature on earth has a universal life force/energy, called Chi or Qi. This energy circulate through out the body through a specific pathways called "Meridians". Freely flowing energy through this pathways gives a living being the perfect and balanced health and any disturbance or obstruction to this energy flow causes the illness. Acupuncture stimulate some specific points in the "meridian" and restore the free movement of "Chi" (vital force) which ultimately brings back the cure from disease.

Addiction is a neuro-biological disorder that develops very slowly and cures if some one has that strength to resist the craving for a time span. Intense desire for the stuff a man addicted to starts in brain along some chemical change. This is also applicable to smoking and as addiction is an induced disorder and may be cause obstruction of Chi energy so there is a high probability that acupuncture may be suitable for smoking cessation.


Accunucture procedure

Acupuncture is nothing but to insertion of fine needles on the body surface that stimulate some specific point of "meridian", that opens the blockages so that energy flows uninterrupted. Some time electrical stimulus is given through the needles. Occasionally acupuncture is carried out with heat produced by burning some specific herbs, this process called "Moxibustion". Frequently , another method called acupressure has been employed effectively along with acupuncture. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture but a noninvasive method where pressure is produced with figure on some specific body surfaces.

Does acupuncture really works - Findings from latest research

Quite a few mechanism has been proposed to explain acupuncture's effect most of these are on pain relieves. Acupuncture points are believed to excite CNS ( central nervous system), therefore, release chemicals to brain, muscle, spinal cord which in turns activate release other chemicals like hormones or reduce pain sensation. This total cascade type bio-mechanical and biochemical process stimulates body's natural healing capacity to its optimal limit.
Latest research has found that activating acupuncture points enables electromagnetic signals to be relayed at a greater rate then the normal. Other findings showed during acupuncture process several type of opioid are released in CNS and reduces the pain sensation.
Recent studies have been hinted that acupuncture may alter brain biochemistry and thereby increases or change the level neurotransmitters and neurohormones.

How Can Acupuncture Help Cessation of Smoking

To anyone trying to quit nicotine, acupuncture really is an option to take a close look at. The use of acupuncture to quit smoking has reputedly been quite successful in the past. In fact, as some self-styled experts have discovered, acupuncture often proves itself quite useful in every kind of addiction.
This particular smoking cessation method succeeds because it can directly tap your nerves and help you right any imbalances in your brain chemistry. What is more, acupuncture is also able to heal any damage to your health that smoking may cause.

While you might think of it as just picking places in the body to stick into, acupuncture, to practitioners of skill, can be about much more than that. They have many kinds of protocol in place that that they use to help you achieve a medical aim.

The evidence to do with how effective acupuncture to quit smoking may be sparse. But the niche that it does serve tends to be extremely enthusiastic about it.

Only 3% of people who try to quit each year actually manage it. In other words, you certainly have your job cut out for you. The withdrawal symptoms can be very hard to take for instance. Acupuncture can help because it directly taps your nerves to kill some of the side effects that are to be expected when you try to quit.

For instance, most people who try to quit smoking quickly find that they are on edge all the time. With acupuncture, the irritability is quickly seen off. There are some who say that it helps detoxify the body as well.

The problem though, is that there's no real evidence of a scientific nature that shows acupuncture is actually able to help achieve results. For instance, there are no tests that show how smokers who use acupuncture enjoy a better success rate.

It's not that there are no studies on how acupuncture to quit smoking works. It's that the studies, when they are done, are found to not be entirely scientific in the way they are done. Some studies actually succeed at proving that the benefits that smokers c claim for acupuncture may entirely be in their imagination.

Basically, with as little evidence as there is to show what exactly acupuncture does for those are try to quit, no doctor will actually send you that way. But if you find a good practitioner, it couldn't hurt to try.

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