“Quit smoking” is a popular New Year’s resolution. Arlington Heights acupuncturist Dr. Yu Zhu, LAc, MD(China) helps to kick the habit through acupuncture.
As the new year rolls in with its resolutions, “quit smoking” can top the list. As the word implies, “resolve” is key to successfully keeping those resolutions. But finding ways to give yourself an edge makes a difference. Through acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), those who seek to kick the habit have an ally.
ACUPUNCTURE CAN HELP YOU QUIT SMOKING
Unlike prescription medicines or nicotine aids, acupuncture provides a non-pharmaceutical alternative means for relief from withdrawal, as well as an overall boost to your sense of wellbeing.
A series of acupuncture treatments takes all the symptoms common to smoking cessation – restlessness, irritability, cravings, anxiety and even depression – and focuses on areas of the body TCM associates with each issue. In addition, acupuncture brings balance to energy in the body to improve relaxation, facilitate detoxification and optimize overall health.
Targeting specific areas of the body, acupuncture techniques promote the release of endorphins that help us feel good, while stimulating the suppression of signals that create cravings for cigarettes. Add to that the benefits of improved mood with increased relaxation, and acupuncture gives you another tool in your “quit kit.”
ACUPUNCTURE HAS NO NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS
For those seeking to quit smoking and who prefer an alternative to nicotine patches and gum or whose bodies do not tolerate smoking cessation aids, acupuncture doesn’t come with negative side effects. In fact, it can often result in side benefits such as improved sleep and concentration.
Besides the health benefits, cutting out the habit of smoking cigarettes can provide financial and social gains as well.
In conclusion, breaking the cycle of any addiction requires ongoing personal commitment. A customized, individual course of acupuncture treatment from an experienced practitioner can be an important part of your strategy to live smoke-free for good.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines. Our Arlington Heights acupuncturist is rated one of the best in the Chicagoland area. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.
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