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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter  Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2014-11a
Great American Smokeout with Acupuncture

Congratulations!  If you're reading this, you are on your way to kicking the habit and becoming smoke-free and healthier.  Every year, more than 3 million Americans try to quit smoking, but only half of them succeed.  With the help of acupuncture you have a greater chance of success!

Most experts agree that quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health.  More than 25 diseases are associated with tobacco use, including cancer of the lungs, bladder, mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, uterus and cervix.  Smoking also raises the chances of developing emphysema and increases the risk of having a stroke by 30 percent.

There is plenty of incentive to quit, but it isn't easy.  The good news is that acupuncture has helped millions of people to kick the smoking habit. 

How acupuncture can help: 
Some of the largest stumbling blocks to becoming smoke-free are the stress, anxiety and depression associated with quitting. Fortunately, acupuncture treatment is quite successful at calming and relaxing the mind, reducing anxiety and alleviating depressive feelings.  Specific acupoints in the ear and wrist are used to accomplish this.  Additional acupoints may be included to help suppress your appetite, stimulate repair and healing of organ systems, and reduce food and nicotine cravings.

More than just kicking the habit: 
Using acupuncture to quit smoking yields enormous benefits. Aside from taking care of the stumbling blocks that can cause you to resume the habit, acupuncture can help restore your body to a healthy state of balance and well-being.  If you are ready to become smoke-free, acupuncture can provide you with the support you need.

Healthy Tips:  
Here are a few tips to guide you through your acupuncture care:

* Drink plenty of filtered water.
* Eat balanced, healthy meals with a variety of vegetables and
* Refrain from sugar, which can increase sugar cravings and
   unwanted weight gain.
* Manage your cravings. They will actually fade within a few
   minutes. When cravings arise, distract yourself. Before you    
   know it, the craving will have passed.
* Take daily baths or showers and scrub your skin with a dry
    brush or loofa to facilitate the cleansing process and help blood
* Avoid spending time with other smokers so that you are less
   tempted to smoke.
* Take a walk outside and breathe deeply. Upon exhale, gently
   place your teeth together and exhaling with the sound of
   "sssssssss." This sound stimulates the lungs.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can provide a safe, natural, and effective way to quit smoking.  The focus is upon achieving a balance of body and mind, and eliminating cravings so you can become smoke-free and healthier.

Great American Smokeout: 
Annually, on the third Thursday of November the American Cancer Society promotes the Great American Smokeout to encourage smokers to create a plan to quit smoking.  Acupuncture can help with this effort.

 Acupuncture to Stop Smoking


6 Facts to Know When Using Acupuncture to Quit Smoking
Smoking is a strong, complicated addiction. Quitting smoking is no small task and you will need lots of support to be successful. You need the best tools to help with the physical and emotional symptoms, and acupuncture is a great resource to help you succeed.

Here are the 6 things you should know about using acupuncture to quit smoking.

1. Acupuncture is very effective to help stop smoking.
Acupuncture has been used to help combat addiction and curb cigarette cravings for a long time. Many people have had success and now research is supporting these claims.


In a recent study, "Alternative Smoking Cessation Aids: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials," researchers gathered data from 14 different studies to see which alternative techniques helped patients stop smoking. The acupuncture studies examined 823 different patients. The researchers concluded that both acupuncture and hypnotherapy may help patients quit smoking. The scientific world is far from definitively recommending acupuncture for smoking cessation, but more and more research shows that it does help many people.

Acupuncture helps with smoking addiction in many ways. It stops jitters, curbs cravings, lessens irritability and restlessness, increases relaxation and helps detoxify the body. It can also restore balance in your constitution and jumpstart the healing process.

2. There is a "stop smoking" acupuncture point.
There is a point is called "Tim Mee," which is used specifically to stop smoking. It's located one finger's width above your wrist crease, on the inside of your arm. It is used solely to help people stop smoking and it does this by altering the way cigarettes taste.

Will this point be enough? Of course not. Smoking is a complicated addiction. Tim Mee is a powerful acupuncture point, but it must be used in conjunction with other points to combat cravings, rebalance your body and heal.

3. Acupuncture can reduce cravings, but it can't change habits.
Physical cravings are only one aspect of cigarette addiction. Many times, the habit of smoking is harder to stop than the physical addiction.

If smoking helps you cope during difficult emotional situations, not smoking can make you feel naked and vulnerable. If smoking is part of a daily ritual, not smoking can make your day feel "off." All of this is normal and challenging.

I recommend that people use all the support systems they have available. Get help from family and friends. Join a support group. Exercise. Find new smoke-free activities.

Stopping a smoking addiction requires support-physically, emotionally and socially.

4. There are simple acupressure techniques to cope with cravings.
Ear massage is one way you can cope with cravings at home. It releases endorphins and these chemicals are natural painkillers. It also stimulates acupuncture points which help balance Qi.

There are many ear massage techniques. You can place your thumbs in the widest upper part of your ears and massage in circular motions. You can massage the small inner crevices and the front of your ear where it attaches to your head. And you can massage your earlobes, with gentle pulls and circular motions.

To be even more effective, I recommend that you call me to learn the specific points that are best for you and your body. In some cases, I can place a small bead on the point and hold it in place with tape. When you feel a craving, you just press on the bead for relief.

5. Herbs can help with cravings
There are many herbs which help with cravings, irritability, detoxification and tissue repair. Make an appointment with me and I can discuss which ones would be best for you.

6. The Third Thursday in November is the Great American Smokeout.
The American Cancer Society has designated the third 

Thursday of November (November 20, 2014) as the Great American Smokeout. 


This is a day to quit smoking-for good. If you have "thought" about quitting, the Great American Smokeout is a great day to actually do it.

I am available to help you quit. Call me before the Smokeout and we'll make a "Quit Smoking" treatment plan so you can quit with as little discomfort as possible.


The information contained within the newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions
Toni Eatros, Acupuncture Physician

Monthly Acupuncture Column Featured in SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine 

Toni Eatros, AP,

Acupuncture Physician, 
is the  featured acupuncture columnist in the popular SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine.
Be sure to check out November's  issue, on stands now, which discusses the benefits of acupuncture in boosting the immune system and preventing cold/flu.
 about headaches and migraines.

Acupressure Points

Rubbing acupuncture points with your finger for 30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body, restoring health and well-being.



Tim Mee (extra pt.): 


Yes, a stop smoking acupuncture point.   This point is used to alter the way 

cigarettes taste.  



On the thumb side of the wrist approximately one fingers breadth above the transverse crease of the wrist.  



Assists with stopping smoking.  It changes the taste of cigarettes, making them less desirable. 


Nasal Irrigation

Nasal cleansing is an ancient practice that has been used throughout India for thousands of years. 

There are various techniques using certain oils and herbs, but the simplest technique uses water for the irrigation process. 

Lukewarm water is used to gently cleanse the nasal passages.  A soothing, gentle stream of salt water, the same concentration as tears, flows through your nose, washing away pollens, mucus, viruses and bacteria.

Use of a Neti Pot is recommended to help detoxify when stopping smoking, ease allergies and open up the sinus passages.  

The Nasopure nasal rinse system is a very comfortable alternative to the Neti Pot.  This kid and family friendly nasal rinse system is available online or in my office.

Check out the links below for more information:

Helpful Tips
Helpful Aromatherapy to 
Quit Smoking

Use aromatherapy when you feel a craving coming on. You can either wear it on your body, or place a drop or two under your nose or on a 
piece of cloth. 

When your craving comes on, take a whiff of the scent, inhaling it deeply into your chest. 

See the list below for different varieties
 of scents that may 
help you.

  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Cypress
  • Cedar
  • Lavender
  • Orange
  • Tea Tree

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