Quitting smoking must be one of the top two resolutions people make every new year’s, sometimes even year after year. Why is that? Smoking is a very powerful habit that reaches deeply into many levels of our lives (personal image, physical fixation, sub-conscious triggers). Add to this the addictive nature of the nicotine itself and you’ve got a durable dependence.
Working against this of course we have a multitude of good reasons to quit: we know that cigarettes are highly toxic, significant cost, and high risk of associated illnesses such as lung cancer, emphysema, chronic coughing, asthma, high blood pressure, shortness of breath and a weakened immune system to name a few.
Off the shelf treatments like gums and patches tend to only lessen the symptoms of the physical dependence, but do not treat the addiction. Effective smoking cessation can only come with the treatment of the entire habit including the physical pattern and the psychological aspects. My work in an addictions clinic and research for my thesis have allowed me to develop a comprehensive and effective system for smoking cessation that does not just leave you hanging. It includes a specific acupuncture protocol and herbal teas as well as other techniques. This together with the understanding that ceasing any true addiction will be an iterative process, opens the possibility for real and permanent smoking cessation.