No, there is no pain with this procedure. You may feel a tiny sensation in the ear where the point is being treated, but otherwise there is no discomfort at all.
How Many Treatments Will I Need To Stop Smoking?
For the majority of smokers, only one treatment is needed to break the physical addiction to nicotine. Some will require a second “booster” treatment. If a booster is required, it will be provided free of charge if within a few days of the original treatment. For the average smoker, the treatment eliminates the extreme cravings and agonizing symptoms associated with withdrawal. The majority of the patients state, without hesitation, that they are amazed at how little they even want to use tobacco in any form… and how easy it is to stop.
How Is Auriculotherapy Performed?
The doctor will place a hand held probe to specific acupuncture points in the ear to apply a very light electrical stimulation to the acu-points. By stimulating these acu-points we get in the way of messages sent to the body by the brain that want more nicotine. By blocking these signals, we disrupt the addictive process. Virtually everyone will experience relief of cravings immediately after just ONE treatment. But just in case you do experience an occasional craving, we place a small bead on a Master Point in your ear. It will relieve the craving by simply pressing on it a few times each time you get one. The treatment takes approximately 20 minutes, and is remarkably effective for most people.
How Does It Work?
Auriculotherapy tricks the body into thinking it is still receiving nicotine when it is not. It does this is by stimulating natural chemicals in the nervous system called “Endorphins”. The brain has specific neuroreceptors that bind to the nicotine when the substance is ingested. The endorphins also fit these receptors. The body thinks it has nicotine so there are no withdrawal symptoms. Without the exposure to nicotine the body will slowly lose its addictive neurological pathways and the body will no longer crave the substance. Auriculotherapy creates crucial time for the addiction to pass.
Are There Any Side Effects?
No, there are no side effects. The only “side effect” you will have is the desire to smoke will be completely eliminated! The amazing result of this treatment is the fact that there are no nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Physically, you will feel like you never smoked at all, and you will most likely feel nauseous if you try.
Is it Guaranteed That I Will Quit?
There is no method that absolutely guarantees that you will quit, however 80% of people quit with only one treatment. Overall 4-out-of-5 people will quit with this method of Auriculotherapy. This procedure deals with the hardest part of the addiction which is the physical addiction, or rather the body’s craving for the substance. We know that nicotine is even more addictive that heroin, so you can see why so many people have a hard time quitting! The psychological portion of the addiction will still remain, but with the body’s physical need for the substance gone, it is much easier to quit.
IMPORTANT: Auriculotherapy is contraindicated and not recommended in patients that are pregnant in the first trimester, and for those patients who have certain types of pacemakers.