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Acupuncture Provides Alternative Options for Smokers Trying to Kick the Habit

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People turn to many methods, like the patch, to help them quit. Unlike other treatments, though, acupuncture doesn’t involve putting chemicals into the body.

Every year, thousands of Canadians pledge to quit smoking. Nicotine patches, gums and pharmaceuticals help many to kick the habit, yet a large percentage of quitters light up again when cravings and other withdrawal symptoms arise. A Vancouver-based doctor is reminding people that the ancient practice of acupuncture is a healthier alternative that will help smokers butt out for good (see http://www.pcucollege.ca).

"Smoking is a very powerful addiction," says Dr. John Yang, Dean and Clinical Director of PCU College of Holistic Medicine. "People turn to many methods, like the patch, to help them quit. Unlike other treatments, though, acupuncture doesn’t involve putting chemicals into the body."

Like any addict, a smoker will experience withdrawal as the body reacts to the missing chemical components attributed to cigarette consumption. These range from insomnia and appetite changes to irritability and restlessness. However, unlike conventional quitting methods that rely on chemicals, acupuncture regulates body systems to help people cope with withdrawal symptoms. It uses natural patterns to return them to a healthy state and resist the urge to smoke.

The duration of the treatment depends on the severity of the addiction. However, most patients require between five and ten sessions. As more people become dissatisfied with conventional treatments for quitting, Dr. Yang has seen an increased number of patients use acupuncture to help them quit and remain smoke-free.

"Most people who come to our clinic to quit smoking are here because they really want to quit," adds Yang. "This determination along with the acupuncture treatments will help them to be successful."

The Acupuncturist program at PCU College of Holistic Medicine is a 2 ¼ year course of studies that is equivalent to four-year programs offered at Traditional Chinese Medicine universities in China. The curriculum prepares graduates to write the licensing exams of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CTCMA) of British Columbia. Candidates must have a minimum of two years of post-secondary education prior to enrollment. The college is currently accepting applications for all programs. More information is available at http://www.pcucollege.ca.

About PCU College of Holistic Medicine

PCU College of Holistic Medicine specializes in teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and alternative health care treatments in Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Since opening in 2002, PCU College has become one of the leading TCM training and clinical institutions in Canada and has built a diverse, multi-cultural faculty from around the world. The college is also home to PCU College Holistic Healing Centre, an on-site training clinic and herbal apothecary that is open to the public.

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