A fundamental belief of TCM is that we live in a universe where everything is interconnected, and so we cannot separate the internal from the external, or, the mind from the body. Whatever affects one part of the body will automatically affect the other. Likewise, mental and emotional health is directly connected to physical health and visa versa. This foundation of TCM makes it highly effective for ailments that are both physical and mental, such as the addiction to nicotine. Acupuncture for smoking cessation is a natural, effective approach to this common addiction.
Acupuncture is based on the theory that there are channels throughout the body. It is believed that energy, known as “qi”, flows throughout these channels in the psychophysical system in a certain pattern, affecting the essential well-being of a person. Any disruption in this flow of energy will cause malfunctions in the body. Healing begins as acupuncture restores the flow of energy. In an acupuncture treatment, a practitioner will insert small disposable needles into the skin at strategic points situated along the meridians, where energy is thought to be blocked, depending on the person’s ailment. By putting these needles in place at carefully selected acupoints, the energy flow is released to stimulate specific blocked points.