Smoking Cessation

Point Selection Based On Disharmony Patterns

 

The selection of acupuncture insertion points is based on syndrome differentiation — a unique method of identifying disharmony patterns in the body based on TCM theory, e.g. lung yin deficiency, phlegm-heat, liver qi stagnation, heart qi deficiency, etc. 

 

For example, those who are easily irritated or annoyed, and have headaches, dream-disturbed sleep, thirst and bitter taste in the mouth, a red tongue with yellow coating, wiry and rapid pulse, is identified as liver fire disharmony pattern. As such, acupoints along the liver meridian such as LR2 (行间) and LR3 (太冲) are often selected to purge the liver fire.

 

Heart and Lung qi deficiency is another commonly seen disharmony pattern of nicotine addiction. Symptoms include cough, sore throat, clear phlegm and nasal drip, shortness of breath, excessive sweating, palpitations, chest tightness, pale tongue and weak pulse.

 

Having said that, there is a particular acupoint called Tim Mee (甜美穴) that is specially chosen for smoking cessation. It’s located on the wrist and was accidentally discovered by the American doctor James S. Olms.

 

Chinese Medicine & Tui-Na (Chinese Therapeutic Massage)

 

Tuina complements acupuncture treatment to restore the yin and yang balance of the body, to promote circulation of qi (life energy) and blood along the meridians, and to regulate the internal organs. Tuina has a very good calming effect. It promotes relaxation and alleviates fatigue, anxiety, restlessness and irritability. Sometimes Chinese herbs that help to nourish the lung qi and yin are being prescribed.

Programme Details

 

Nicotine addiction is one of the main reasons why quitting smoking is so difficult as it changes the levels of chemicals in our brain and triggers a “feel good” effect. Stimulation of certain points in our body often help easing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and restoring balance in the body, with a focus on relieving restlessness, headaches, fatigue, insomnia and digestive problems. 

Benefits Of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is simple, safe, effective, and comes with little or no side-effects. Almost all who undergo acupuncture treatments become relaxed, more focused and positive, and are more ready to go through the trying period of withdrawing from the addiction. For nicotine addiction, acupuncture often causes a decreased in desire to smoke a cigarette. Some people even find the odour of the cigarette smoke unpleasant. The frequency and number of treatments required are different for each individual. Usually 10 to 15 needles are used during each acupuncture session, it can be more or less depending on the person's specific conditions. A typical smoking cessation programme aims to help you stay smoke-free for at least 28 days, requiring you to be treated at least twice a week initially. The frequency can be reduced to once a week when the symptoms are relieved and cravings curbed.

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Alternative Medicine Supplies

STANDARD  Smoking Cessation Package

Number of Sessions: 8

Each Session includes:

  • TCM Consultation 

  • Acupuncture

  • Auricular pellets if necessary

Estimated Duration Per Treatment Session: 20 minutes

Fee: $400 for 8 sessions. Single session is available at $70.

 

PREMIUM  Smoking Cessation Package

Number of Sessions: 8

Each Session includes:

  • TCM Consultation

  • Acupuncture 

  • Therapeutic Tui-Na

  • Auricular pellets if necessary

Estimated Duration Per Treatment Session: 40 minutes

Fee: $688 for 8 sessions. Single session is available at $120.

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