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Incorporating Acupuncture Into A Smoking Cessation Programme

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You can succeed - quit smoking

You can succeed - quit smoking

Incorporating Acupuncture Into A Smoking Cessation Programme

Whilst acupuncture and ear acupuncture may help smokers stop, the general consensus seems to be that it’s good to include it as part of a stop smoking programme, not rely on it alone to magically make you stop!

The links at the bottom give some resources for organisations that help smokers find help to quit. In the meantime, here are some tips that people have used:

  • Joining a quitters programme – there are many programmes specialising in stopping smoking, using varying methodologies but you may find it easier to do it if you have encouragement from a coach, mentor, and/or stop smoking group. There are online groups too; however this may mean you don’t get the benefit of face to face interaction with a trained mentor or coach.
  • Encourage those around you to be supportive of your quitting time
  • Speak to your primary healthcare physician – you may be able to get free help, depending on which schemes are available where you live
  • Eat a healthy diet. AS diet consisting of high sugar, high fat junk food is going to make you feel lousy in any case and it’s not a great idea while your body is trying to detoxify itself. Try instead to eat a balanced diet including fruit, vegetables, and drink water and herbal teas to help you as you detoxify.
  • Beware of expensive, so-called ‘miracle products’ – laws on over-the-counter products vary by countries and states, but a little bit like diet miracle pills, if there was a product that did all the work for you, wouldn’t everyone be using it? The question of what is in the product and is it safe is also an alarming factor to consider.
  • There are of course, nicotine replacement therapy (the ones that contain nicotine) products available over the counter in many countries – although some programmes don’t advocate their use, claiming they switch the dependency to another addiction to an unnecessary product.
  • Hypnotherapy, when practiced ONLY by a qualified, ethical practitioner is one popular way to go. The key to it is the above statement – qualified and ethical practitioner. Good hypnotherapists point out the ‘therapist’ ion their titles – it requires proper training to be both safe and effective. There are some products on the market which are for home use, again, at the very least, check the credentials of the hypnotherapist involved carefully.
  • Exercise is great for helping you feel better, even simple inexpensive things like dancing to your favourite songs at home. One often repeated piece of advice is to always check with your physician before embarking on an exercise regime.

Posted by: Kaz Strom

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Here’s a few links to FREE resources for USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and online free websites you can join.

UK

The NHS’s smoking cessation online presence:

http://smokefree.nhs.uk/

QUIT, a charity devoted to people escaping smoking:

http://www.quit.org.uk/

ASH (Action On Smoking And Health), another charity, with a whole page of help lines:

http://www.ash.org.uk/ash_210bby6l.htm

ASH’s Essential Information page:

http://www.ash.org.uk/ash_xwu8d7wa.htm

USA

The CDC has a number you can call to get free help )perhaps even free coaching):

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/

Canada

Free resources including phone line from Health Canada:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/tobac-tabac/quit-cesser/now-maintenant/index-eng.php

Australia

ASH (Action on Smoking And Health) – may be able to pinpoint resources in your area

http://www.ashaust.org.au/default.htm

For moms to be and new parents

http://www.smokefreebaby.org.au/quitting_during_pregnancy.php

New Zealand:

ASH (Action on Smoking And Health) – may be able to pinpoint resources in your area

http://www.ash.org.nz/index.php?pa_id=117

Free To Join Online Quit Smoking Websites

http://www.quit4good.com/

http://www.neversmokeagain.com/

www.quitnet.com (although there is also a level of membership you are required to pay for, there is a free level too)

DISCLAIMER: Please only consult you primary healthcare physician for medical advice, the information here is not medical advice. Also please be aware www.acupunctureandsmokingguide.com cannot be responsible for the content of external links, nor do we automatically endorse and we don’t receive any sponsorship from them! Every quitter is different, and these links are posted here in good faith. Many thanks.