Acupuncture works well as a stand-alone treatment for smoke cessation, but also works well in tandem with other interventions. For example, I have had many patients who will use acupuncture in conjunction with the nicotine patch, Chantix, or hypnotherapy, to try to attack the addition from multiple angles.
With most health issues, acupuncture makes highly individualized assessments of the client, their health history, and their symptoms. From this tailored assessment will originate an equally fitted treatment plan. Smoking cessation is slightly different in this regard in that there is an established, time-tested protocol which is always used, which is called NADA. (Read more about this protocol here!) However, an acupuncturist will still modify this by adding extra points in order to help strengthen the overall health of the patient.
In a typical treatment plan, we will set up several appointments per week for the first couple weeks and then reduce the frequency of visits as the withdrawal symptoms recede. Patients are encouraged to contact us, even years after the treatment plan has been completed, if some external stressful event endangers their freedom from cigarettes or tobacco.
Michael A. Sassack is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist serving the northwest suburbs of Chicago.