Calm the Dragon
A 4-week smoking cessation program
using Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine addresses not only the discomfort of the physical withdrawal, but focuses on the psychological underpinnings of the addiction. It is a program that incorporates natural, safe and effective healing modalities which include acupuncture, NADA protocol, massage therapy, Chinese herbs, moxibustion, nutritional therapy, and yoga ujjayi breathing techniques. Patients are treated privately twice a week for four weeks.
Week by Week
Week One “Nurturing the Shen”
Week one focuses on preparing the “Shen” or spirit to quit smoking. This will involve reducing the amount of cigarettes you smoke on a daily basis, establishing a moderate exercise program, practicing yogic breathing and other relaxation techniques, purifying your living space, and making changes to the diet. Treatment will focus primarily on calming the mind and relaxing the body as you prepare for week two.
Week Two “Calming the Dragon”
Week two is the most physically challenging week because you will quit smoking. The primary focus in your treatment is subduing the cravings, detoxing the body, and addressing all of your withdrawal symptoms.
Week Three “Strengthening the Wei Qi”
In Chinese medicine Wei qi, also referred to as defensive qi, is manufactured by the digestive organs and spread to the surface of the body by the lungs. Wei qi protects the body from external pathogens. During week three special attention will be given to strengthening the respiratory and digestive organs.
Week Four “Balancing Yin and Yang”
Yin and yang are complementary opposites that work together to create balance in the body. Week four focuses on tonifying and balancing all of the organ systems, as well as the emotions, in order to send you forward on your journey with a strong and clear-sighted conviction.
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The goals of this program are to:
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) auricular acupuncture protocol is used around the world to help people deal with and recover from substance abuse. This protocol involves the insertion of five acupuncture needles into points on the outside of the ear which correspond to different organ systems in the body. These points include Shen men (a calming point), sympathetic nervous system, lung, liver, and the kidney.