Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Can acupuncture stop someone from smoking? How many treatments would it take?
A: Addictions are difficult to treat because of the biochemical dependencies our bodies have made to the addicting substance. I commend you on your decision to quit. I recommend that you look at a combined treatment that includes a variety of tools to help you quit. Acupuncture does help with cravings, so it should definitely be part of the overall approach. Patience and commitment are the most important tools. Depending on the circumstances, treatment protocols may take from weeks to months. A licensed practitioner will be able to determine this for you.