Phyllis Shapiro, L.Ac. | Acupuncture | Columbus Circle | 10019

Acupuncture to Stop Smoking

Welcome to Your New Beginning

As a long-time practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese Herbology in the heart of Manhattan, I’ve seen firsthand the profound impact holistic treatments can have. Today, I want to discuss how acupuncture can be your ally in quitting smoking—a journey many find daunting but wholly achievable with the right support.

Understanding Your Struggle

Quitting smoking is more than just overcoming a physical addiction; it’s about transforming a deeply ingrained routine that touches every part of your day—from your morning coffee to your after-dinner relaxation. Recognizing this multifaceted challenge is the first step toward regaining control.

How Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture is recognized for its ability to reduce cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating. By inserting fine needles into specific points on your body, I aim to restore balance and promote a natural sense of well-being that combats the stress of quitting.

The Treatment Process

Treatments typically begin with a series of three sessions. Fine gauge needles are gently placed at key points to address discomfort, including agitation and sleep disturbances. These sessions are designed to instill a calm, balanced state, making withdrawal less intimidating. Needles remain in place for about 20 minutes, after which I apply small beads on ear points to prolong the therapeutic effects.

Complementary Strategies

Alongside acupuncture, I recommend integrating Chinese herbal teas known for their detoxifying properties and teaching breathing techniques to strengthen the lungs. These practices enhance the body’s ability to heal and maintain energy levels, crucial for anyone committed to quitting smoking.

Personalized Tips for Success

  • Dispose of all cigarettes—out of sight, out of mind.
  • Communicate your goals; let everyone know you’re quitting.
  • Change your routine to avoid old smoking cues and locations.
  • Use the opposite hand for activities you associate with smoking.
  • Keep hydrated, adding a slice of lemon to water for extra refreshment.
  • Engage the ear beads when you feel a craving coming on.

Ready to Quit? Let’s Talk.

Are you ready to take the first step?

Do you need a little more information?

Please reach out to me.

Quitting smoking is a journey you don’t have to take alone.

Let’s explore how acupuncture can support your commitment to a healthier, smoke-free life.

I provide the best treatment I can to every patient.

Please call my office at 212-262-7448 to schedule an appointment.  — Phyllis Shapiro