Smoking cigarettes is a significant obstacle to living a healthy life. Smoking carries a hefty cost, which can span multiple areas of one’s life. Smoking generates costs to financial, physical, and mental well-being. From a financial perspective alone, a smoker in TN who smokes a pack per day will spend $155 per month on cigarettes.
Franklin Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine provides an effective and affordable program for smoking cessation. This program is available for current smokers that are ready to quit and are motivated to do so.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine possess three characteristics that are well suited for smoking cessation. These two treatment modalities work together to reduce cravings for nicotine, detoxify nicotine from the body, and repair the damage to tissues in the body.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine reduce the craving for nicotine by stimulating the same receptors in the brain that nicotine binds to when a cigarette is smoked. While on the smoking cessation program, craving reduction occurs in a variety of ways. A worsening perception of the taste of cigarettes is a very common occurrence. Others may notice that the life triggers that typically cause them to smoke no longer do so. Furthermore, quicker satiation from a lesser quantity of nicotine can occur. Meaning, less cigarettes are needed in order to feel satisfied and not crave another one. Craving frequency will reduce over the course of the program, with the end goal being zero or near zero craving for cigarettes.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine reduce withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking cessation. Common withdrawal symptoms from nicotine include heightened anxiety, irritability, headaches, body aches, gastrointestinal distress, and sleep disturbances. While conventional smoking cessation interventions attempt to lessen withdrawal symptoms by delivering small amounts of nicotine to the individual attempting to quit, our treatments reduce withdrawal symptoms by stimulating nicotinic receptors and promoting the detoxification of nicotine. Optimizing the detoxification of nicotine leads to a shortened time period that withdrawal symptoms are experienced.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine repair the damage inflicted on the lungs and other tissues in the body. Once tobacco is no longer being used and detoxification from nicotine is underway, damaged tissue needs to be repaired. Repairing damage involves removing toxic residue such as tar from the lungs and promoting the regeneration of tissues that have been damaged from smoking. This results in a quicker recovery from many of the health issues related to smoking such as chronic cough, asthma, recurrent viral and bacterial infections, and sinus issues.
Each patient receives a detailed review of their smoking history and general health history. Unique triggers and habits around smoking are identified. Treatments are constructed that are specific to each patient’s distinct clinical presentation. The smoking cessation program consists of twelve treatments over a six week period of time. The frequency of acupuncture treatments encourages the nervous system to adapt to an environment free of nicotine. In addition to twelve acupuncture treatments, custom tailored Chinese herbal formulas will be prescribed over the six week treatment period.
Breaking free from a tobacco addiction requires fortitude. There is no magic pill that relieves the smoker trying to quit of all responsibility. With that being said, Franklin Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine’s treatments provide the necessary tools to make the road to being tobacco free as short and painless as possible.
For more information on our smoking cessation program, call (615) 756-3122. Alternatively, fill out the 10-minute free phone consultation form on this page and you will be contacted to arrange a time for the phone consultation to take place.