Did you know that, according to the CDC, 68.0% of adult smokers (22.7 million) said that they wanted to quit smoking?
Are you a part of the 68%? Have you ever asked yourself: How can I get rid of smoking naturally?
Have you thought of trying acupuncture?
In this article, we will look at what research there is for acupuncture and aiming to stop smoking, how it works, how many sessions to expect, costs, FAQ, acupuncture points for smoking, and so much more.
Let’s get started . . .
Does Acupuncture Help to Quit Smoking?
Is Acupuncture good for quitting smoking? The short answer? Yes!
How effective is acupuncture to quit smoking? That’s what’s explored next!
Does Acupuncture Work for Smoking?
To explore the effectiveness of acupuncture on smoking cessation, let’s look at a question many people often ask: What is the success rate of acupuncture for quitting smoking?
A Randomized, Sham-Controlled Trial found that “the combination of acupuncture with education demonstrated an effectiveness rate of 40% cessation and 53% posttreatment reduction in total cigarettes smoked.”
Ear Acupuncture to Stop Smoking
Auricular acupuncture, also known as ear acupuncture, has been shown to be helpful and effective in supporting those seeking to stop smoking. The needles are inserted into key points within the ear.
The effectiveness of Auricular acupuncture for smoking cessation was researched through a study with 141 participants concluded that Acupuncture and education, alone and in combination, significantly reduce smoking; however, combined, they show a significantly greater effect, as seen in subjects with a greater pack-year history.’.
How Many Sessions?
Your acupuncture treatments’ frequency for quitting smoking was recommended as eight weeks of weekly sessions.
Now you may find that you benefit from more sessions.
Each person is different, and it is always recommended that you discuss with your acupuncturist the number of sessions and frequency recommended just for you and your health needs.
Costs per acupuncture treatment vary based on your location, possible discounts that the practitioner offers, and if your insurance covers it or not.
For your first acupuncture session, you will most likely have a consultation and medical exam as well as the acupuncture treatment, so it will probably cost about $120 to $240 for that first session. This is an estimate.
Treatments after that may cost around $75 to $160 per session.
Here are some average costs per session based on the city for acupuncture treatments without insurance:
- New York City: $300
- Phoenix: $75
- Los Angeles: $120
- Denver: $125
- Las Vegas: $70
- San Francisco: $150
- Miami: $120
- Chicago: $95
- Houston: $160
Packaged sessions are one way to potentially save on the costs of acupuncture. For example, Many acupuncturists often offer discounts for multiple sessions bought at once, for example, if you paid for six sessions at once and then used them over time.
You may also want to consider community acupuncture as a way to locate a low-cost option for acupuncture in your area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture work for smoking cessation?
Yes, acupuncture does work for smoking cessation based on the studies and trials that have been conducted.
Does Medicare cover TMJ?
How often should I get acupuncture for TMJ?
It is advisable to discuss the frequency of your acupuncture treatments to stop smoking with a professional acupuncturist in your area.
Acupuncture Points for Smoking Cessation
Depending on your personal needs and evaluation by your acupuncturist, many different acupuncture points may be selected when using acupuncture to help you achieve the goal of stop smoking.
To demonstrate the many acupuncture points that have been researched and used to help those working toward the goal of aiming to quit smoking, let’s look at a systematic review and meta-analysis of 24 randomized controlled trials and the types of acupuncture points that were used:
- Body acupuncture: 4 studies
- Auricular acupuncture: 2 studies
- Head acupuncture: 1 study
- Wrist-ankle acupuncture: 1 study
- Body and ear acupuncture: 2 studies
- Head and eye-acupuncture: 1 study
- Body, ear and head acupuncture: 1 study
- Combined body acupuncture and auricular acupressure: 5 studies
- Body acupuncture plus moxibustion: 1 study
- Body acupuncture plus nicotine gum: 1 study
- Body electroacupuncture: 1 study
- Body electroacupuncture plus auricular acupressure with seeds or magnetic beads: 2 studies
- Auricular electroacupuncture plus auricular acupressure with embedding seeds: 1 study
- TCM intervention consisting of pharmacopuncture, plum-blossom needling, and auriculotherapy: 1 study
So with all the variety of acupuncture points used to help those aiming to stop smoking, what might you expect?
A lot of variety that is individualized to you. But for an idea of what points may be used for body acupuncture, the following acupuncture points were used in an observational study:
- Baihui (GV 20)
- Lieque (LU 7)
- Hegu (LI 4)
- Zusanli (ST 36)
- Sanyinjiao (SP 6)
- Taichong (LR 3)
The following two acupuncture points were added if a study participant experienced smoking or nicotine withdrawal symptoms:
Yintang (EX-HN3): For the following withdrawal symptoms —cough, running nose, and dry eyes.
Neiguann (PC 6): For the following withdrawal symptoms of dysphoria, melancholy, insomnia.
Want to know about ear acupuncture points have been shown to be effective for smoking cessation?
Let’s look at that next. . .
Ear Acupuncture Points for TMJ
When using ear acupuncture to stop smoking, the most common Auricular acupuncture points used, according to a study that was published in the Yonsei medical journal, are:
There are many complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies that may help with helping you quit smoking.
with achieving their goal of smoking cessation, including:
- Guided imagery and visualization
- Massage Therapy
- Yoga Therapy
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Tai Chi
Before getting started with acupuncture for smoking cessation, be sure to talk with your physician or medical professional about getting a proper medical diagnosis and what treatment recommendations are appropriate for your lifestyle goal of quitting smoking.
Work with a professional acupuncturist in your area to determine how acupuncture may best help you and the frequency of treatment that’s right for you.
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