Has your attempt to quit smoking failed already? Feeling frustrated that you can’t seem to kick it on your own? Well, you’re not alone. And we 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 now is the right time for you to quit, read on…
Many people have found quitting smoking to be easier when assisted by acupuncture. Tiny points on the ears are often stimulated for their endorphin modulating effects that can ease the frequency and severity of cravings. Acupuncture has been used for many years to help stop smoking. In North America, acupuncture has been included in government initiatives such as the NADA protocol.
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 area 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 31st December 2018 for only $267*. Usual cost is $335.
*Includes 4 acupuncture sessions twice weekly and expert advice with Dr. Daniel Gibbs.
Give us a call on 03 9486 5966 or you can click here to Book Now.
Written by Dr. Daniel Gibbs
Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage
Dr. Daniel Gibbs has been practicing Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage since 2005. He has experience in treating a wide range of conditions and has specialised in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, working both as a independent therapist and adjunctively alongside physiotherapists.
Daniel is one of the most experienced Acupuncturists in Australia for smoking cessation treatments; assisting hundreds of people to quit cigarettes. Daniel also has a thorough understanding of psychology and neuro-chemistry. And extra skills in Cosmetic Acupuncture.
Daniel is a very relaxed person with excellent skills, so is able to help you on many levels. He is also a veteran skateboarder & an enthusiastic snowboarder.
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Deadman, P. et al (2007) A Manual of Acupuncture, 2nd ed., The Journal of Chinese Medicine, Hove;UK