Are you trying to stop smoking or reduce the amount you smoke? Working with National Stop Smoking Centres (NSSC) Jackie believes she may be able to help you.
Jackie is trained in the NADA protocol (National Acupuncture Detox Association) which helps the body cope with the withdrawal symptomsfrom nicotine. National Stop Smoking Centres provide ongoing telephone counselling and recommend acupuncture as a means of calming the nervous system and helping your body cope with nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The NSSC, Jackie and you will work together to help you try to stop smoking.
To this end you will be asked to sign a contract with yourself. Obviously it’s not legally binding, but it is to encourage you to see this process as something you need to play a part in, not to abdicate responsibility and hand things over to the therapist. The contract states that you will play your part in this process by making sure you contact the NSSC on a regular basis, come to three acupuncture treatments within a given time frame and refrain from eating tomatoes for the first 2 weeks of treatment. Why not eat tomatoes? Well the tobacco plant and the tomato are both members of the nightshade family. This doesn’t affect everyone but with some people your body treats tomato as a nicotine substitute which keeps the addiction going. So you will need to undertake to avoid all tomato foods containing tomatoes for a fortnight.
The Acupuncture Treatment
You should allow up to an hour and a half for the first treatment as Jackie will undertake a medical interview with you. Subsequent treatments will take up to an hour. Needles will be inserted in your body and your ears. All needles are sterile, are used only once and are very fine. Once the needles are inserted you will be left to relax for 40 minutes. After the needles are removed Jackie will place small magnets in your ears which will keep certain acupuncture points activated. These can be removed by you if for any reason you dislike them, but patients are usually fine with these.
Why Try Acupuncture?
It is estimated that most smokers will attempt to quit two or three times, or more, before finally kicking the habit. When conventional methods to quit smoking have failed, smokers often look outside mainstream approaches and turn to alternative medicine. Acupuncture is not a panacea or a magic cure in the treatment of any addiction, including smoking. However, acupuncture can be effective in making it easier to quit and remain smoke-free for good.
The treatment costs £185 for which you will receive 3 acupuncture treatments plus telephone counselling from the NSSC.
We are here to support you in your efforts to quit the habit, not to magically do it for you. If you would like to find out more about the treatment or to book please contact Jackie.