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How can acupuncture help me quit smoking?

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This might work if you’ve had side effects from other quitting methods. A trained practitioner uses thin metal needles to stimulate pressure points on your body. Spots on your ears, in particular, seem to boost brain chemicals that help curb your desire to smoke. Studies haven’t confirmed that it works for this purpose. You’ll need several sessions, and you’ll want to check on whether your insurance covers it.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Harms of Cigarette Smoking and Health Benefits of Quitting.”

Quit Day: “Quitting Smoking: Effects on the Human Body,” “Quit Smoking for Good -- The Best Quit Smoking Guide.”

American Cancer Society: “Prescription Drugs to Help You Quit Smoking,” “Other Ways to Quit Smoking.”

Stead, LF. Nov. 14, 2012. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

CDC: “Explore Medications.”

SmokeFree.gov: “Explore Quit Methods.”

Medline Plus: “Nicotine Gum,” “Nicotine Oral Inhalation,” “Nicotine Lozenges,” “Nicotine Nasal Spray.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Tobacco Cessation.”

McDonough, M. , published online Aug. 3, 2015. Australian Prescriber

Lancaster, T. 2005. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Counseling About Smoking Cessation.”

UpToDate: “Behavioral approaches to smoking cessation.”

North American Quitline Consortium: “What is a Quitline?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “5 Things To Know About Complementary Health Approaches for Quitting Smoking,” “Acupuncture: In Depth.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Could hypnotherapy help you?”

Hasan, F.M. published online Jan. 27, 2014. Complementary Therapies in Medicine,

Barnes, J. , Oct. 6, 2010. Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group

Civljak, M. published online Jul. 10, 2013. Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group,

Cleveland Clinic: “Want to Quit Smoking? Acupuncture Can Help You With Cravings.”

Cabioglu, M.T. Jul. 7, 2009. International Journal of Neuroscience,

McIvor, A. , July-August 2009. Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Harms of Cigarette Smoking and Health Benefits of Quitting.”

Quit Day: “Quitting Smoking: Effects on the Human Body,” “Quit Smoking for Good -- The Best Quit Smoking Guide.”

American Cancer Society: “Prescription Drugs to Help You Quit Smoking,” “Other Ways to Quit Smoking.”

Stead, LF. Nov. 14, 2012. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

CDC: “Explore Medications.”

SmokeFree.gov: “Explore Quit Methods.”

Medline Plus: “Nicotine Gum,” “Nicotine Oral Inhalation,” “Nicotine Lozenges,” “Nicotine Nasal Spray.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Tobacco Cessation.”

McDonough, M. , published online Aug. 3, 2015. Australian Prescriber

Lancaster, T. 2005. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Counseling About Smoking Cessation.”

UpToDate: “Behavioral approaches to smoking cessation.”

North American Quitline Consortium: “What is a Quitline?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “5 Things To Know About Complementary Health Approaches for Quitting Smoking,” “Acupuncture: In Depth.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Could hypnotherapy help you?”

Hasan, F.M. published online Jan. 27, 2014. Complementary Therapies in Medicine,

Barnes, J. , Oct. 6, 2010. Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group

Civljak, M. published online Jul. 10, 2013. Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group,

Cleveland Clinic: “Want to Quit Smoking? Acupuncture Can Help You With Cravings.”

Cabioglu, M.T. Jul. 7, 2009. International Journal of Neuroscience,

McIvor, A. , July-August 2009. Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

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