Why stop smoking?
If you quit smoking, you will live a longer and healthier life.
People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity improves by up to 10% within nine months.
In your 20s and 30s, the effect of smoking on your lung capacity may not be noticeable until you go for a run, but lung capacity naturally diminishes with age.
In later years, having maximum lung capacity can mean the difference between having an active, healthy old age and wheezing when you go for a walk or climb the stairs.
Over a million users quit smoking each year and become healthier as a result. If you stop smoking too, you will have less chance of suffering cancer, heart attacks, and lung diseases and enjoy better blood circulation.
By quitting smoking, you’ll be protecting the health of your non-smoking friends and family, too.
Breathing in secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease, and strokes. In children it doubles the risk of getting chest illnesses, including pneumonia, ear infections, wheezing and asthma.
They also have three times the risk of getting lung cancer in later life compared with children who live with non-smokers.
Why is it hard to quit smoking?
The first few weeks are the hardest and many give up during those first few weeks. Some people who give up smoking have withdrawal symptoms.
One may become grumpy, hungry, thirsty, or tired. One may have headaches, experience depression, insomnia, suffer lapses in concentration, and/or experience weight gain.
Stop smoking using TCM
Nothing can make you stop smoking. However, if you’re ready to quit, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine will make it easier for you to stop smoking. The effectiveness of acupuncture has been proven by acupuncture practitioners in the United States since the early 1960s.
From TCM’s point of view, the withdrawal symptoms as lung and spleen qi (vital energy) deficiency due to long-term damage from the toxins in tobacco.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine provide deep relaxation to patients and calm them down, boost their energy levels and prevent weight gain.
After 1 or 2 treatment sessions, some patients find the taste of tobacco repulsive and discover a reduced desire to smoke.
Most patients find Chinese medicine a great help in managing their withdrawal symptoms.
Treatment period varies from patient to patient and is based on individual smoking history and condition of the patient’s organs (lungs and spleen).
- NHS Choices. 10 health benefits of stopping smoking http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/smoking/Pages/Betterlives.aspx