Using Your Ears To Quit Smoking
It is not uncommon to hear “Use your ears!” in the Perry household. However, it rarely has anything to do with acupuncture and never with ear seeds to quit smoking. This article from the Cleveland Clinic explores the use of acupressure ear seeds to quit smoking.
If you are trying to quit smoking, acupuncture is a natural way to help you curb your craving for nicotine. Acupuncture, along with Chinese herbs and hypnotherapy, may not be as well-known as nicotine patches or gum. But they all can offer relief, especially in the acute phase of withdrawal when you’re wrestling with fatigue, irritability and gnawing cravings.
Some people try acupuncture because they cannot tolerate the drugs used for tobacco cessation.. Unlike prescription medications, acupuncture has no side effects. In fact, it is very common to notice side benefits like improvements in sleep or mood. Others use acupuncture as part of an overall strategy to quit.
Listening To Patients
Patients like to be involved in their care. The acupuncturist who wrote this article highlights the role of self care, even in acupuncture:
In between acupuncture treatments, patients at home can use ‘ear seeds,’ a form of acupressure. This involves placing tiny balls on the ear with adhesive tape in targeted areas. This technique allows patients to self-treat by applying pressure to points on the ear to help temper the urge to smoke.
Ear seeds to quit smoking need not exclude acupuncturists. There is room for on-going self care as well as visits to the acupuncturist’s office. Healing, however, must take center stage and accommodate the person’s needs holistically. It can be inconvenient and expensive to visit a clinic for acupuncture. The ear seeds offer a great complement to those visits.
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