Acupuncture for Cessation of Smoking

Author

MADAM CHONG FEE LAN
Chief Chinese Physician and Acupuncturist
Nanjing Chinese Medical Centre
Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
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Language

English

Title

Acupuncture for Cessation of Smoking

Proceeding

7th INTRACOM – 2nd ICBWI 2009

Date

26th July 2009

Place Held

PWTC, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

How does it work?

1.  Stimulating the cleansing and purging processes in the body. This helps to eliminate the built-up tar, mucus, and other byproducts of nicotine that are stored within the organs and tissues of the body.
2.  Additional points can be used to treat common withdrawal symptoms such as irritability and appetite control.
3. The needles are retained for 30-45 minutes on each acu-point for each treatment.  A course of treatment consists of 12 times within 2 weeks.  
4. Each patient is treated differently according to his or her specific and unique diagnosis. Usually a combination of body acupuncture points and points on the ear are used.

Commonly points used include:
1. Ear points (Shenmen, Kidney, Sympathetic, Lung Upper and Lung Lower, Hunger or Mouth)
2. Body points  
• Tim Mee point- an extra-meridian point located on the wrist between LU-7 (Lieque) and LI-5 (Yangxi), a specific point to quit smoking.
• The Four Gate Points (LI-4, LV-3)- would be used to circulate energy (Qi) throughout the body and calm the nervous system.

After removing the needles, ear press needles or silver pellets are often applied to stimulate the points between treatments and reduce cravings.

Keywords

Acupuncture, Cessation of Smoking

Session

Workshop W1-D1

Topic

Acupuncture & Moxibustion: Supportive Theraphy Role