Smoking cessation, or, to put it simply, quitting smoking, is the process in which a person discontinues the habit of inhaling smoking substances. In most cases, the substance in question is tobacco. There are many different methods that are offered to smokers to help them abandon this unhealthy habit, and auriculotherapy is one of them.
Some people can simply decide to quit smoking and they do it successfully, without ever going back to the habit. However, since smoking is an addiction, most people have trouble quitting and they need help in order to do so.
There are many different methods and approaches to smoking cessation. Some of them are offered by the health care system and they may include medication in form of nicotine replacement therapy and varenicline, individual or group counseling, hypnosis, life coaching, church counselling, books, web programs and many more.
Many factors contribute to the process of smoking cessation. For example, it was found that persons with injured insula are able to quit smoking much easier than others. Also, quitting can be more difficult for people with dark skin, compared with those of fair complexion. Social factors also play an important role. It is much easier to quit in a society that does not condone of smoking.
Lately there has been much talk of auriculotherapy as one of the efficient methods for smoking cessation.
Auriculotherapy for smoking cessation
Auriculotherapy was developed in 1940’s by a French neurologist called Dr. Paul Nogier. This method is based on the principles of acupuncture and acupressure, combined with the modern scientific notions. This non-invasive treatment has been approved by the World Health Organization.
In auriculotherapy, a special device is used to locate points called Meridians by stimulating the surface of the outer ear. Different zones of the ear are stimulated with different frequency-specific patterns, which is not painful and lasts from 30 to 60 minutes, during which time endorfins are released.
This results in elimination of nicotine cravings and it generally requires a few sessions for the results to be complete. Auriculotherapy has an 80% success rate in smoking cessation.
Auriculotherapy has no side effects, at least none were reported as of yet. In fact, this treatment reduces tension, improves blood circulation, has a relaxing effect and promotes the overall well-being.
Those who want to try this option for smoking cessation should look for a certified and reliable auriculotherapy practitioner, because there are some who work without a certificate.