Call It Quits

Call It Quits

People with diabetes who smoke have higher blood sugar levels and less control over themselves than the non-smokers with diabetes. Young or adult smokers with diabetes are two to three times more likely to be sick than their non-smoking counterparts. Smoking affects circulation by increasing heart rate and blood pressure, and by making small blood vessels narrower. It also makes blood cells and blood vessel walls sticky, allowing dangerous fatty material to build up. This can lead to a heart attack. Poorly controlled diabetes among smokers also causes an eye condition called diabetic retinopathy. In some conditions, smoking may double the likelihood of these conditions as well as the chances of suffering from kidney problems and erectile dysfunction. 

The acupuncture way 

Acupuncture has caught on like wildfire as a reliable alternative to help quit smoking. It has turned many cigarette smokers into permanent ex-smokers. In a couple of sessions, some people respond to the treatment much better than others. The acupuncture needles are inserted in specific areas that affect energy flow to your mouth, lungs and respiratory system as well as parts of your brain that generate cravings for tobacco smoke. It tends to transform the taste of tobacco into a bad experience, which makes smoking cessation less difficult. Another added factor is that acupuncture alleviates nervousness, agitation and other signs of mental distress. This calming effect may also make smoking cessation experience less stressful. 

The treatment of acupuncture works by stimulating the functioning of your liver, i.e, by increasing its energy back to a normal level, and this then eases your tobacco withdrawal symptoms. The liver, then, functions properly without the need for tobacco. When this happens, you will be able to feel well but will have achieved this without having to smoke. Between treatments, this boosting of your liver’s energy will initially wear off, as the liver returns to the state that it has become accustomed to over many years.


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