Is There Real Hope, or Is It Quackery, Using Acupuncture to Quit Smoking?
Not everyone uses orthodox methods to stop smoking. Some are more interested in herbal or alternative therapies such as hypnosis or acupuncture. Acupuncture is probably not something you would consider if you had a phobia or fear of needles. That said many people use acupuncture with their smoking addiction, with successful results. Acupuncture is used to help alleviate a range of differing bodily conditions, and smoking is one of them. Acupuncture consists of small needles being inserted into different chi points of energy on the body. This is said to interrupt the flow of energy and disrupt the pattern, thus allowing the smoking habit to be stopped. The Cochrane Collaboration is heavily involved in checking the voracity of alternative health treatments in a way that makes them scientifically valid or not. Their headquarters are based in Oxford, the south of England and they are a volunteer corporation.
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and has been used in different capacity to treat a wide range of conditions, usually pain-based. However, successful results have been obtained when treating smoking addiction. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the cravings associated with nicotine withdrawal. As with all other treatments, it does not suit everyone and will not work for all that participate. The needles inserted into the energy meridians can help to interrupt the flow of chi and allow the body to re-align itself to its proper energy source. Introducing acupuncture to the boys’ system can help it to repair itself and strengthen its natural energy rhythms, thus removing the nicotine energy cravings.
Acupuncture can be given in groups or individual appointments. Clearly it is most cost-effective if you partake in a group therapy session. The acupuncturist will administer the needles and will stimulate them periodically. The chosen points to place the needle are usually in the ear as this is the designated area that helps the body to naturally detoxify itself. The Cochrane Collaboration is looking into the benefits and ethics of acupuncture and currently does not feel that acupuncture helps at all, regardless of the fact that this therapy has been helpful for so many people. However, as willpower and belief play a part in quitting smoking, this is thought to be attributed to the acupuncture procedure and it is why some people respond favourable. However, any tests conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration have shown that people have responded equally whether using acupuncture or using nothing at all. That said people are mainly subjective and whether they believe in the procedure or not goes some way to allowing success, regardless of what scientific evidence says. The power of the mind is huge and even if acupuncture is a placebo, it is very helpful to many.
It does not matter whether scientific opinion holds up or not, what doe smatter is a person’s belief in what they are doing. This far outweighs any expert tests and is essential when trying to stop smoking, or any other habit. If you believe something works – it will, although I can think of better therapies than ones involving needles!