Smoking causes about 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all lung cancer deaths in men and women. About 80% (or 8 out of 10) of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are caused by smoking. Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease). Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and affects a person’s overall health.
The statistics show that one out of three people over the age of 18 are smokers globally. The tobacco addiction is a powerful addiction. For some people, nicotine can be as addictive as heroin or cocaine.
Every year millions people try to quit smoking with varies methods. More and more people choose acupuncture for smoking cessation, because acupuncture can reduce cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety and difficulty concentrating. Acupuncture has no side effects; in fact, it is very common to notice side benefits like aiding in relaxation and detoxification.
The acupuncture needles used are hair-thin. Most of time they only create a minor prick or no pain at all. In between treatments, small pellets of herbal seeds are often taped to the acupuncture points on the ear. When a cigarette craving hits, pressing on the pellets stimulates the acupuncture points to calm the mind and eliminate the craving.
Scientific study shows body start to increase produces natural opioid peptides after acupuncture treatment, which will assist in reduce the craving for the chemical (nicotine) dependence and for some people they will even notice the taste of cigarettes become unpleasant or awful.