Acupuncture to Help You Quit Smoking
Some studies suggest that acupuncture may help people quit smoking. Could it help you?
Acupuncture has been used to treat various addictions, including opium and
A meta-analysis done in 2000 and another done in 2006 did not support the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for tobacco use. The results of these reviews suggested that any effect of acupuncture may be due to other factors such as positive expectations of the treatment.
It is not clear exactly how acupuncture can help some people quit smoking. It has been suggested that the insertion of acupuncture needles causes the release of certain neurotransmitters that play a role in nicotine addiction and withdrawal.
Acupuncture may be most helpful when combined with other methods of smoking cessation. If you decide to try this therapy, ask your doctor for a referral to an acupuncturist, or contact the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
American Lung Association
A meta-analysis of acupuncture techniques for smoking cessation. Tobacco Control. Winter 1999.
Fiore MC, Jaen CR, Baker TB, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Clinical Practice Guideline. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. May 2008.
White A, Moody R. The effects of auricular acupuncture on smoking cessation may not depend on the point chosen—an exploratory meta-analysis. Acupuncture Med. 2006;24:149-56.
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