Acupuncture is often used in the treatment of addictions. It works by increasing the levels of endorphins and brain neurotransmitters that are integral to the central nervous system. These shifts help to decrease the desire for the addictive substance.
Over the past decade clinical research studies have shown that acupuncture is effective in helping people quit smoking. A 2010 study in the Journal of Neurological Research studied the effects on 29 smokers. They found that the acupuncture group experienced a significant decrease in withdrawal symptoms compared to the placebo group. In addition, they found that the acupuncture group’s attention to smoking cues diminished as well, resulting in a decreased desire to smoke.
Acupuncture is one of a broad range of natural therapies and supplements that support smoking cessation. Your naturopathic doctor can recommend a complete treatment program that meets your individual needs.
To book an appointment with Dr. Tara Andresen, call (416) 923-4325. Acupuncture is included within the scope of practice for licensed Naturopathic Doctors.