Chantix for smoking cessation: Side effects and Acupuncture as a safe option

Are you trying to quit smoking? Chantix is a drug prescribed often for smoking cessation.  While it was approved by the FDA in May 2006, the active ingredient in Chantix has been linked suicide, and suicidal thoughts.  Because of these serious side effects, smokers who want to quit are interested in other safer options.

One safe option is acupuncture.  Acupuncture, a 2000 year old form of medicine from China, involves the simulation of body points to promote health.  When it comes to smoking, acupuncture involves the stimulation of ear points to trick the smoker’s brain into thinking that they have had a cigarette. The ear stimulation can be performed with needles or with non needle devices such as lasers and electrical machines.  The ear stimulation results in the production of various brain chemicals such as endorphins which help smokers deal with the withdrawal symptoms and decreases the smokers cravings for a cigarette decreases.  The number of treatments will vary.  But quiting smoking ultimately depends on the desire of the smoker.  If the smoker wants to quit, he/she will.  The nice thing about acupuncture is that there are no negative side effects such as suicidal ideation like with Chantix.

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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