If you don’t smoke, you likely know someone who does. LGBT people smoke at rates up to 70% higher than the general population, one of the highest smoking rates of all disproportionately affected subpopulations.
If you do smoke, you’ve probably tried to quit at least once. The average person tries to quit 7 or 8 times before they are successful. The decision to quit is often accompanied by a range of emotions and physical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Acupuncture for smoking cessation can be a very effective tool to help calm nerves, reduce nicotine dependence, and improve overall health and wellbeing.
You may be asking yourself, “Can acupuncture really help me quit smoking?” The answer is yes. Fenway Health’s acupuncture team has been helping people to quit smoking for years. Acupuncture for smoking cessation works to reduce cravings and triggers such as anxiety, nervousness, and depression. It has a calming effect on the mind and body which allows you to gain control of your addiction.
Many people assume that acupuncture must be painful. It’s not. The sensation has been likened to a mosquito bite, but without the itch. We use acupuncture points in the ear and hands. Generally, people feel relaxed, quiet, and calm during their treatment. Some people even fall asleep. Afterwards, people report greater resiliency; they have the strength to get through situations that may have in the past triggered them to light up.
Not sure acupuncture is the right tool to help you stop smoking? The best way to find out is to come and try it for yourself! Each session lasts 45 minutes. The more frequently you can attend, the more likely you are to successfully quit. Monthly unlimited treatments are available, and all sessions are drop-in, no appointments are needed. This service is offered twice a day Monday to Friday from 8-10a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9-11 a.m.
All treatments take place in the Acupuncture Room on the 7th Floor at 1340 Boylston Street near Fenway Park in Boston. Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the end of the clinic, so that you will have time to receive a full treatment. Think of what you can do with all the money you will save from quitting smoking!
Acupuncture for smoking cessation is a fee-for-service program that may or may not be covered by your health insurance. Acupuncture is covered by healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts. For the months of September, October and November, 2013, you can get an unlimited monthly pass for acupuncture smoking cessation for just $99. Just think of all the money you’ll save in the long-term once you’ve kicked the habit, not to mention how much happier and healthier you will feel.
To find out more or to purchase a pass, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.