Dr. Olga can help you stop smoking and/or chewing tobacco in just 8 days. Four acupuncture treatments given in close proximity (approximately 1 acupuncture treatment every other day) is part of a proven therapy for the cessation of smoking no matter how long or how much you have smoked. Needles are inserted in the ear and a small amount of current is attached to the needles. These points access endorphins and encephalins (neuro transmitters) which help reduce cravings and elevate moods. Some patients, upon completion of the treatment, tell Dr. Olga that they have absolutely no cravings and can’t even remember why they smoked. A small number of individuals are a bit more reticent in their giving up of the addiction and might need a couple of more treatments and/or an herbal supplement to help with the remaining craving. Acupuncture for tobacco cessation is widely recognized as a 90% effective treatment program.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, tobacco is the cause of almost 500,000 preventable deaths per year due to emphysema, lung cancer, and hypertension. Other side effects of cigarette smoking include shortness of breath, chronic cough, lowered immune system, and frequent colds to name a few.
Tobacco, of course, is known to be carcinogenic, but cigarettes are not just tobacco leaves. In addition to nicotine, several chemicals are added by cigarette manufacturers such as tar, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, ammonia, and other toxins; and yet research shows that over 50 million Americans still smoke.
We know you want to quit so we want you to also know that acupuncture is a very effective alternative approach to stop smoking, as well as to stop the chewing of tobacco.