Have you ever wondered how much training acupuncturists receive? The answer may surprise you. Acupuncturists in the U.S. spend several years learning the techniques that help reduce pain, lower ...View Article
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At-Home Ear Massage to Help You Quit Smoking
If you are trying to quit smoking and feel a craving or withdrawal symptom coming on, try to massage your ears, to, gain, release endorphins and relax you. This will help you control your cravings.
There are many massage techniques you can try on your ears, but one involves placing your thumbs on the widest, upper section of your ears. With your thumbs, massage this area using circular motions. Then, massage the front part of your ears, where they attach to the sides of your face. You can also massage the small inner crevices. Finally, use circular motions as well as a gentle pulling motion to massage your earlobes.
For more information, please contact us. We can evaluate your anatomy and recommend specific pressure points that are most appropriate for your individual needs.
Quitting smoking is not an easy feat. Nicotine, the main ingredient in tobacco, is a highly addictive substance, and the act of smoking itself becomes a deeply ingrained habit in most smokers. However, the good news is that the more often you try to quit smoking, the greater your chances are of success. Furthermore, it’s never too late to quit smoking and start reaping the health benefits of kicking the habit.
If you are mentally prepared and motivated to quit smoking, acupuncture can help. Find out how.
How Acupuncture Can Help
Performing acupuncture on the “Tim Mee” acupuncture point, which is located about one finger’s width above the crease of the wrist, alters the taste of cigarettes, so it is less appealing to the smoker being treated.
Also, targeting specific pressure points in the ears helps suppress cravings. Smokers who are trying to quit can practice ear massage at home to stimulate the pressure points there, which releases endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers) and provides a relaxing effect.
Finally, acupuncture helps the body detoxify and helps balance Qi, the life force. All these benefits of acupuncture bolster one’s efforts to quit smoking.
Acupuncture Is One Part of the Equation
Acupuncture is not a magical cure-all. However, undergoing regular acupuncture treatments can help reduce nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, to help strengthen your efforts.
It is important to note that quitting smoking does not simply involve physical addiction. Again, quitting smoking involves breaking a deeply ingrained habit, one that may be tied to emotional triggers.
For the best chance of success, try combining acupuncture treatments with other tools to help you beat both the physical addiction and the habitual aspect of smoking. For example, try learning stress management techniques, joining a support group and practicing energizing exercises. In essence, quitting smoking involves retraining yourself to engage in a productive activity instead of turning to cigarettes when you are bored or are feeling stressed out.
If you are ready to quit smoking and would like to hear more about how acupuncture can help, contact us today.