Our traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturist, Ruth Irving has supported many smokers in stopping smoking. She uses a specialist ear acupuncture technique called the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol. The N.A.D.A protocol is used succesfully in U.S. and U.K. drug rehabilitation.

As smoking is a powerful addiction, acupuncture may help:

  • reduce cravings
  • manage anxiety and stress
  • control appetitie
  • clear cough and phlegm
  • increase will power

Ruth uses both ear and body acupuncture as often energetic imbalances make it difficult for people to give up smoking.  This combination also supports your body's recovery to good health.  She will discuss your smoking habit with you in detail to identify your smoking triggers and help to devise short-term coping strategies.

Acupuncture is not a 'magic bullet' for stopping smoking.  At least 3 treatments are recommended initially.  As people respond differently to acupuncture, you may need more or less than 3 treatments.  For more information and advice about stopping smoking visit the NHS website here.


Dear Ruth, It is 10 weeks come Saturday when I had acupuncture treatment from when I was stopping smoking.  I am delighted to tell you I am now a non-smoker and I would like to thank you for your treatment but most of all your chat with me explaining that acupuncture could only help if I had a desire to stop smoking.  I had that desire and I am delighted to say I am a non-smoker.

I would recommend you to any one who has a desire to stop smoking to give you a try I would say it is the best money I have spent for a long time a great investment. Thanking you again.

M.M.  (age 72) Aspatria