Quit Smoking with Auriculotherapy - Smoking Cessation
Auriculotherapy is an alternative form of treatment
that has been receiving a lot of attention lately. Auriculotherapy is
stimulation of the external ear to treat health problems in other parts of the
Auriculotherapy has been around for a long time. The earliest records date it
back to 500 BC in China. Records of using auriculotherapy also have been found
in Europe and date back to medieval times. In the 1950's, Dr. Nogier, a French
physician, noticed a scar in a particular place on the ear in several of his
patients. When he questioned his patients about the scar, they all told him
they had been treated for sciatica by a local natural healer. From there, Dr.
Nogier began conducting research to determine if other problems could be
treated by stimulating the external ear. His research lead to the development
of the more complete system of auriculotherapy that is used today.
How Auriculotherapy Works
Auriculotherapy is a microsystem. This means that a larger system, the whole
body, is represented on a smaller scale, on the external ear. The map of the
body on the ear is shaped like an upside down man with the head at the lobe and
the feet at the top. By stimulating specific points on the ear, you are able to
relieve pain in the corresponding area of the body. Auriculotherapy is thought
to work through neurological reflexes. Stimulation of the external ear gives
information into the brain. This information is then relayed through the
nervous system to the corresponding body part. Therefore, auriculotherapy can
be used to treat pain in most parts of the body.
Auriculotherapy for Smoking
However, auriculotherapy is most commonly known for its use in smoking
cessation. Auriculotherapy for smoking cessation was first used in the 1970's
and has recently grown in popularity. Smoking is difficult to quit because the
body becomes addicted to the nicotine found in cigarettes. Nicotine is highly
addictive because it stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain. However,
smokers also become psychologically dependant on smoking because of the habits
they develop. Both physical addiction and habit must be overcome to
successfully stop smoking.
Quit Smoking - Reduce Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal
Auriculotherapy is used to reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. While it
does not eliminate the symptoms completely, it does reduce the severity of the
withdrawal symptoms that range from irritability to headache and feelings of
frustration. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms peak at about 48-72 hours after the
last cigarette and less severe symptoms can last for two weeks to one month.
Auriculotherapy can help to reduce the cravings to smoke and gives the person a
higher chance of quitting than going cold turkey. However, the person must want
to quit and be ready for a lifestyle change to have the best chances for
success. This is because not only does a physical addiction to nicotine have to
be broken, but old habits must be changed to lessen the chances of smoking
again. When auriculotherapy is used on someone who is ready to quit, the
success rate can be quite high.
Smoking Cessation Appointments in the Edwardsville Area
For more information on auriculotherapy, or to make an appointment with a chiropractor in the Edwardsville area for auriculotherapy treatment, call Dr. Emily Brueggeman at 692-0000.
Ask about the Smoking Cessation Package that includes a consultation,
treatment, counseling to help you quit for good, and up to 2 booster treatments
within 30 days of the initial treatment.
Best of Health,
Emily Brueggeman, D.C.
Brueggeman Chiropractic Center LLC