Has your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking failed already? Feeling frustrated that you can’t seem to kick it on your own? Well, you’re not alone. And Dr. Daniel Gibbs can help you.
First of all, don’t give yourself a hard time. Most people find quitting smoking to be a difficult endeavour. It is common to resume smoking several times before the time is right. If you feel that 2017 is the right for you to quit, read on…’
Yes, you may have tried every method under the sun so far. You may have already tried acupuncture even. But have you had help from one of the most experienced acupuncturists in Australia for smoking cessation? Someone who also has a thorough understanding of psychology and neuro-chemistry?
Dr. Daniel Gibbs has this unique skill set and works here at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. He talks about the fact that smoking can be a multifaceted and personalised habit often interwoven into various aspects of life such as socialisation, solitude, work breaks and stress/anxiety management. Although people can differ in regard to the reasons why they smoke, there are several principles and actions that usually provide for an easier quitting process. Here is one of them. Daniel says that:
Most people find that quitting is easier if they make a plan. Ideally it is best to choose a time that is not too stressful and that allows you to get away from your usual routines that involve smoking: If you don’t have this luxury then simply thinking of the typical times when you smoke and coming up with some strategies or alternative activities can go a long way.
An important thing to appreciate is that cigarettes and nicotine have key functions in people’s lives and these often need to be accounted for via some technique or replacement: For example brief periods of deep breathing or meditation can alter brain chemistry in a way that is similar to smoking when it is used to manage stress or anxiety, and similarly, any brief activity that you find pleasurable can be done routinely on your breaks from work or other key times.
How Acupuncture Can Help in Smoking Cessation
Acupuncture assists people to quit by helping to regulate the actions of endorphin and other neurotransmitters that are thrown into disarray when one stops smoking; it is in this way that it can assist with lessening the frequency and duration of physical cravings; Generally acupuncture is given every 2-5 days, depending on the level of addiction, over the first 2 weeks after ceasing the consumption of nicotine. Dr. Daniel Gibbs has many years of experience in this arears and has helped hundreds of people to quit. Are you ready for some expert help to quit?
Flash special: Start a smoking cessation program by the 28th February 2017 for only $267*. Usual cost is $335.
*Includes 4 acupuncture sessions twice weekly and expert advice with Dr. Daniel Gibbs.
Can’t afford it? We also offer Open Room/ Community Acupuncture sessions for $40 (or $30 concession). You’d just need an initial session with Daniel first so he can make the best treatment plan for you. Please give us a call on 03 9486 5966. For private/ closed room sessions you can click the Book Now icon below:
Written by Dr. Daniel Gibbs
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