Acupuncture and Education To Promote Smoking Cessation

Acupuncture is an ancient holistic therapy, which follows the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Unlike Western physicians, Acupuncturists focus on treating the patient as a whole, taking into consideration the physical, mental, emotional and environmental factors.  Acupuncture has shown to be effective in relieving pain, anxiety, migraines, depression and more. Currently, it is becoming a popular smoking cessation therapy in the United States.

In 2006, a study was performed testing the effectiveness of acupuncture, acupressure, electrostimulation and laser therapy in smoking cessation. The results, however, did not clearly indicate whether acupuncture is effective in helping the participants quit smoking cigarettes. This lack of clear results is largely due to the difficulty of setting up a control group with mock acupuncture.

However, a more recent study showed that acupuncture in addition to education about smoking cessation was four times as effective as acupuncture alone. More indicative of the healing qualities of acupuncture, the study showed that education in addition to placebo acupuncture was only twice as effective as acupuncture alone.

Acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular among smokers. After a treatment the smoker leaves with tiny “seeds” taped to their ear which they can press on if they get the urge to smoke and re-stimulate the acupuncture points. Besides the needling technique, which involves inserting very thin needles into specific points in the body, acupuncturists commonly include other holistic therapies such as yoga. By integrating other holistic therapies into treatment, acupuncturists are able to address the physical, mental, environmental and emotional factors that may be affecting the patient’s behavioral habits such as smoking.

Why Do We Procrastinate and How To Stop

If procrastination were a disease, majority of the world would be infected by it. But why do we do it?

The number ONE cause of procrastination is the fear of failure. We typically put off projects that we are not sure we can complete perfectly and we often do so subconsciously. However, once we complete the task we have been putting off, we usually ask ourselves, “Why didn’t I do it sooner?”

Some of us end up waiting to the last minute because we think that we do our best in a limited amount of time, or under pressure. This may work sometimes, but in reality, there are numerous things that are not under our control that could happen and now our procrastination turns into a poorly-planned catastrophe.

Lack of organization is another major factor that leads to procrastination. Typically, we can work much better when we have some type of organization in place. Each person has their own form of organization that they prefer and work best in.

How do we stop procrastinating?

By getting down to the root of the problem. Whenever you feel like you are putting something off, simply ask yourself, “Why?” In most cases, you will be able to answer the question and move onto doing the thing you have been putting off!

Some people also prefer activities such as running, yoga, massage and meditation which gets them into the right mood to do the work and helps them better understand why they do the things they do.

How to Study Effectively

We all get distracted, but it sure does seem to happen more when we NEED to focus – like when we try to study. So, how do we study effectively?

  1. Don’t force it! The number one mistake most people make is forcing themselves to be in the right mood to study. If you are not happy or have a pressing matter in your life, put off studying and do something relaxing instead. If you absolutely must study, choose your favorite topic to study first and it may take your mind off of other issues.
  2. Choose a good place. Remember, what may be a good place for your best friend to study, may not be the best place for you. Some people study better in the quiet of their rooms or a library, while others must have some foot traffic around them, such as in a coffee shop.
  3. Make a schedule. Time management starts with scheduling everything, from studying to free time. Pick one night during which you plan out the rest of your week, scheduling every aspect of your week, especially study time. Be sure that your schedule is something you can realistically stick to. Even as little as 1/2 hour every night. Powering up with coffee and doing a 24-hour study marathon is most likely not your best bet.
  4. Reward yourself! This may be the most fun tip and also, the most helpful. As humans, we are programmed to work for rewards. So, incorporate your human nature into studying by setting small goals and rewards for accomplishing them. For instance, for every two chapters you complete, you can buy a cookie or a music tune. The goals should be small and the rewards appropriate to your accomplishment.

Enjoy studying!