What if I were to tell you that there is an acupuncture point on the wrist that helps make cigarettes taste bad? Aha! – Now that I have your attention, let me add that acupuncture not only helps with quitting smoking but with other addictions as well.
I like to use points on the ears as well as on the body. Why the ears? In the mid-1970s an auricular (ear) acupuncture protocol was developed in New York to treat many common drug addictions. The protocol is now referred to as the NADA protocol (NADA stands for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) and calls for the insertion of small, stainless steel and disposable acupuncture needles into five points on the outer surface of the ears.
When the auricular points are combined with acupuncture points on the body, the treatment aims to relax the patient, relieve anxiety, regulate the autonomic nervous system, and strengthen the lungs and immune system, among other things. And, yes, to make cigarettes taste bad!