Smoking Cessation Program

Our six-week smoking cessation program supports patients in 4 ways.

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Chinese Medicinal Herbs
Behavioral Modification
Guided Imagery
How the Program Works...

This program includes help in kicking the nicotine addiction with acupuncture and other treatment modalities, as well as behavior modification exercises, and support of body and mind with a variety of Chinese medicine therapies and guided imagery. Included in this program is a skills training component in cognitive and behavioral techniques designed to help the patient cope not only with the cravings to smoke but also with negative mood states frequently associated with quitting and known to promote relapse to smoking.

The treatments help with the physical symptoms of nicotine addiction withdrawal but also aid in the reduction of stress, insomnia, anxiety, and increased hunger that may accompany the patient’s smoking cessation.   Guided imagery and acupuncture can work especially well together to change negative thought patterns.

Ears seeds, which the practitioner applies weekly, help patients to get a similar but milder result as acupuncture to help patients to alleviate cravings, reduce anxiety, and aid in getting to sleep between office treatments .

Treatment may include any combination of the following therapies: acupuncture, electro-stimulation acupuncture; guided meditation, guided imagery, and/or visualizations; ear seeds, Chinese medicinal herbs, cupping, gua sha, tui na (Asian body work), moxibustion.

It all starts with an initial exam to gauge whether acupuncture and Chinese medicine will be helpful to an individual patient.