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.

Resources After Graduation

Before completing your degree from an accredited institution, it is a great idea to take advantage of two major resources.


Many accredited colleges provide students with assistance for job placement after graduation. A college’s career services office can help students find a job in the field of their degree using resources that are available to the academic world. A career services office can also evaluate a student’s past experience and suggest how to add that to their new training to present a highly employable candidate.

A career services office can also suggest appropriate career opportunities to students that can help them on their way to starting a successful career. This office can also connect students with alumni in their area to talk about life after graduation.


Alumni are always more than happy to speak with students that are about to complete their degree. What better way to interact with a professional in the field that you are about to enter than to speak with an alum from your college?

Speaking with alumni is a great way to make connections with professionals that are out there in the holistic health care field. You can LEARN from the alumni of your college.

Ask them questions about their experiences after graduation. Did they work in one location and then switch to another? Perhaps they started working at a spa, but then decided to open their own business or vice versa.

Alumni are a resource that is invaluable to students that are about to graduate. Ask your college how to get in touch with recent graduates to learn how they adjusted to life after graduation.

Taking advantage of these resources will provide you with the necessary information to begin applying to jobs and starting your career as a licensed health care professional!


First Impressions in the Health Care Field

As a trained health care professional, the first impression you make with a new client is one of the most important aspects of your appointment. During your initial moments with your patient, it is important to gain your patient’s trust by making them feel relaxed. Patients are often nervous about their appointment with a new therapist and making your client feel comfortable is the first step in a successful patient visit.

Building an initial trust and dialogue with your patient will lead to a stronger relationship for the future. Providing your client with the sense that you are caring and knowledgeable will put them at ease, allowing them to trust you during their appointment.

Start off your appointment right, with a handshake, smile, and a few friendly words of greeting. Be sure to let the patient explain why they are there, and you should explain your plan for the course of treatment. All of these will give your patient the level of comfort that is sure make them return for a second visit. 

Building successful client relationships is the first step in laying down the foundation for your career for years to come.

To find out more about our treatment plans offered to patients, please visit New York College’s Teaching Clinics. New York College of Health Professions has been a leader in the holistic healthcare field for more than thirty years. Visit our Facebook page to hear what other patients are saying about us!