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.

Understanding the Importance of Accreditation When Searching for a Holistic Health School

Individuals researching schools offering holistic education must be wise about some of the statements they see. Remember, anyone can create marketing materials such as a website and put almost anything they want on it to attract students. However, it does not necessarily mean what you think it means.

Legitimate accreditation by governing bodies ensures that the programs the school offers have been reviewed and approved. Keep in mind that there are many types of accreditation and what they mean to you as a student and graduate are very important. The accrediting body must be approved by the Department of Education of Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in order to be able to legitimately accredit schools. Therefore, when you are researching schools, verify their accreditation information with governing bodies such as the ones mentioned above.  However accreditation as a “career school” or only by an accrediting body that accredits a particular career, is not as meaningful or respected as Institutional Accreditation as a nationally recognized regional accreditation.

So, why is accreditation important? There are many benefits to accreditation, but the one of the most important is the ability to transfer credits.  Credits earned at career schools will not be accepted at regionally accredited colleges or universities.  Second, what will you do if the school you are attending closes? If you take the worst case scenario of having wasted thousands of dollars on your education, which now has no presentable value, you will understand the importance of attending an accredited school.  Most accreditation agencies require that accredited institutions only transfer credits to other accredited institutions. If the school you are attending is unaccredited and closes its doors, it is very unlikely that your credits will be accepted by another institution. Additionally, if the school closes and you have paid your tuition up-front, there is no guarantee you will be getting your money back. Accredited institutions, however, are typically required to have a reserve account in the case that the school closes so that the students may get money back that they had paid upfront.

Once you narrow down your list of colleges that appeal to you, verify their accreditation and also be sure to speak to graduates of that institution. If something doesn’t seem right, contact the accreditation agencies and get their feedback on the school.

Earn a Degree in Acupuncture

A career in acupuncture is one that is fulfilling and rewarding. The following reasons will aid you in your decision to join the holistic health care field.

1. Choose a career that helps others naturally relieve their ailments and diseases. The positive impact that you are able to have on countless patients is a huge accomplishment within the world of an acupuncturist. Every day, you are given the tools to improve and impact a patient’s life and future.

2. Work for yourself. As a licensed acupuncturist, you are given the option to open your own small business or work for a larger company…the option is yours. This is a significant benefit in an ever-changing economy. The path of your career is strongly determined by your efforts when you work for yourself.

3. Whether you decide to work for yourself or for a larger company, your acupuncture degree is yours for a lifetime. If you decide to move, take time off, or make a major life change your acupuncture degree is yours for the future.  What does this mean for your career? No matter what path your life takes, you will have a degree that can be used to earn a living regardless of change.


As you consider a degree within the acupuncture field, choose a degree that will be invaluable in the upcoming years, a degree towards your future success.