If you have decided that you are ready to stop smoking and are seeking help in getting through the cravings and side effects of nicotine withdrawal, then acupuncture and Chinese herbs might be right for you.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can reduce cravings, but it can’t change habits.
Physical cravings are only one aspect of cigarette addiction. Many times, the habit of smoking is harder to stop than the physical addiction.
If smoking helps you cope during difficult emotional situations, not smoking can make you feel vulnerable. If smoking is part of a daily ritual, not smoking can make your day feel “off.” All of this is normal and challenging.
You must want to quit smoking for you, not for your spouse, friend or family.
Stopping a smoking addiction requires support—physically, emotionally and socially.
Research shows it takes 21 days to form a new habit. If you have a cigarette after dinner then creating a new habit after dinner will be vital in resetting your brain from that habit to create a new, go for a walk after dinner. Do something that you wouldn’t normally do when smoking. After 21days you will be surprised on how your brain has formed this new habit.
To learn more, check out these three different independent articles and studies that discuss acupuncture for quitting smoking.