Smoking is one of the most addictive substances. Their are many benefits to stop smoking. Here are some interesting facts.
Fertility – increase chances of fertility. Stop smoking will improve the blood flow to the body including the reproductive organs. The uterus lining will be improved.
Longer life – Half of all long term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, cancer and chronic bronchitis. Men who quit smoking by 30 add 10 years to their life, quitting by 60 add 3 years to their life. It is never to late to quit.
Better Skin – smoking causes free radicals that damages the skin.
- In 20 minutes: Your blood pressure and heart rate will return to normal. This immediately lowers your risk of having a heart attack. Your circulation will also improve, bringing fresh blood to your fingers and toes, so they may start to tingle.
- In eight hours: The nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood reduce by half. Carbon monoxide is the same fume pumped out by a car exhaust! In high doses it can be fatal, but at low levels – such as those found in cigarettes – it causes shortness of breath and increased heart rate. Your oxygen levels will also have returned to normal, helping replenish dried-out skin and hair caused by smoking.
- In 24 hours: Carbon monoxide will be completely eliminated from your body and your lungs will start to clear out excess mucus and any other smoking ‘debris’. You may notice you have a cough or sore throat as new lung tissue starts to grow.
- In 48 hours: There is no nicotine left in your system and your sense of taste and smell will also greatly improve. One side-effect you may experience within the first 48 hours is light-headedness as the carbon monoxide leaves your system.
- In three days: Your breathing will become easier as the bronchial tubes in your lungs begin to relax. Your concentration may be starting to waver as the withdrawal symptoms from the nicotine kick in, but your energy levels will start to increase, giving you a boost.
- Within three to nine months: Your lung function will improve by up to 10 per cent as new cells lining the lungs develop. This will help any coughs, wheezes and breathing problems you had whilst smoking.
- In one year: Your risk of having a heart attack falls to roughly half that of someone who is still smoking. The stroke risk caused by lack of oxygen and narrowed blood vessels in the brain will drop to that of a non-smoker five years after you quit.
- In 10 years: Your risk of developing lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.
- In 15 years: Your risk of having a heart attack returns to the same level as someone who has never smoked. Your skin should also have completely recovered from the damage associated with smoking.
How can I stop smoking?
Acupuncture treatment is very effective in assisting to stop smoking. In my experience the best results are when the person has made a commitment to want to stop. Stop smoking involves a mental and emotional approach. Acupuncture treatment consists of putting needles into the ear – this is known as Auricular acupuncture. We also address other imbalances and treat this with body acupuncture at the same time.
The following may be a concern for some patients to stop smoking. Increase weight, Moodiness and aggression. The loss of stopping smoking can be linked to emotional reaction for e.g. how will my friends react. In your acupuncture session all of these concerns will be addressed.
Acupuncture treatments: 1 x a week for 4 treatments.
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