Acupunction Quit Smoking Options

We offer two types of packages to help you quit smoking. However, you can choose to have weekly acupuncture sessions as required. The package options though are only offered in East Dulwich at present.

Option 1: Acupuncture Intensive Package

Your acupuncture session takes one hour and includes a full consultation at the first session. Sterile, disposable needles will be inserted into specific acupuncture points on your body and ears. Mild electrical stimulation is passed through some of these needles to enhance their effectiveness. Press stainless steel or gold beads are taped to the ear and remain in place for a few days to maintain the stimulation.

Number of Treatments

Most average smokers tend to need 4 to 6 one-hour sessions taken over 3 months. This longer time period helps support people to break the psychological habits associated with smoking, such as having a cigarette after a meal and with a drink, which still sometimes occur long after nicotine has been eliminated from the body. The Quit Smoking Programme Option 1 is as follows:

Twice a week for two weeks (one month). These four sessions are aimed at reducing your cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes shorter 45 minute sessions will be recommended

Then booster sessions are given at the beginning of the second and third months.

If you need more help, you can choose to increase the number of sessions, including having regular 30 minute ear acupuncture sessions.

If you can avoid smoking for three months, you are well on the way to being a non-smoker.

These booster sessions reinforce your resolve. You may have gone a couple of months without smoking and forget how much focus and resolve it took. You'll be thinking, "that wasn't so difficult, I can have a cigarette without falling back into the habit..." and the next thing you know, you're a smoker again. This tends to happen during the second month, and again during the third month. That's why we suggest these booster sessions.

These booster sessions are then available as necessary. You may have not smoked for a year and then find yourself in a stressful time in your life and notice you are thinking about having ‘just one cigarette’ to ‘help me relax’. Don’t! This will be a time to take advantage of a booster session.

Option 1: Fees

Pay-as-you-go: Each One Hour Session in East Dulwich = £43

Pay in Advance: 4 x One Hour Sessions in East Dulwich 10% discount on total price.

Option 2: Acupuncture and hynotherapy quit smoking package

If you think you'll need more support, we offer a special combined acupuncture and hypnotherapy quit smoking package: More information.

Case Study

Andrew, 37 had been smoking 20 to 30 cigarettes a day since he was 18 years and had managed to quit for 2 months before coming to see me. He was continuing to experience terrible withdrawal symptoms: facial acne, bleeding gums, depression, tiredness and an intense thirst and hunger. He also had severe cravings and was experiencing mild panic attacks 1 to 2 times a day. He described himself as the “worst form of nicotine addict”. After the third treatment he no longer had any strong cravings or panic attacks and his gums had nearly healed. By his 4th and final treatment, all his other symptoms had either nearly resolved or cleared completely. Two months later he commented that he had “no desire to ever smoke again”.