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LivingHealthIs this your year to quit smoking?

Is this your year to quit smoking?

Jennifer Fergussonby Dr. Jennifer Fergusson, Chiropractor

Here is one strategy that can help you quit, and the side effects help you combat withdrawal and anxiety symptoms associated with quitting!

This treatment is very relaxing; during each session you sit or lay down in a quiet room, maybe listen to music. It’s quite comfortable, and you may even receive extra benefits such as increased energy, and decreased pain.

Quit Smoking

The treatment I am talking about is acupuncture. Acupuncture is a technique in which very small needles are inserted into specific locations along meridian lines of the body. These specific points stimulate nerve and pain receptors and the mechanisms that help heal the body. They improve circulation and muscle activation and help to normalize nerve communication throughout the entire central nervous system. In short it’s like rewiring a circuit.

Due to its affects on the nervous system it has been used with success to combat cases of addictions, like smoking.

Acupuncture is a safe technique with very few risks or negative side effects. All risks will be explained to you, by your practitioner, prior to your first treatment. Given the costs associated with smoking cessations drugs and over the counter products acupuncture may also be more affordable than you think.

The number of visits required will be assessed on an individual basis. Typically after 6-8 treatments you will see improvement, often sooner but and sometimes it can take longer especially with chronic conditions.

If you are considering leaving your life as a smoker behind for a more health focused lifestyle, consider a consultation with an acupuncture provider. And for those of you who are afraid that if you quit you will gain weight? The fact is that 1 in 5 quitters won’t gain any weight at all. Those that do may gain an average of 5 to 7 lbs, that not much considering the tremendous health gains you will experience from quitting!

If you’re not sold yet, I pulled this information from the Ontario Ministry of Health Website:

Did You Know?

  • 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.
  • 2 days after stopping smoking, your senses of smell and taste begin to return.
  • 1 year after you stop smoking, your risk of heart disease is cut by one-half.
  • Within 3 years after you quit, your risk of heart disease is the same as someone who never smoked.
  • Within 10 years after quitting, your risk of lung cancer is cut in half.”
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For more information, Hands on Healing is hosting a complimentary presentation on Acupuncture and Nutritional Supplementation for smoking cessation.

Presented by Chiropractor and Acupuncture provider, Dr. Jennifer Fergusson with Guest Speaker Christa Lowry, Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

You will learn;

  • How easy it is to naturally combat addictions and anxiety with acupuncture and nutritional supplementation.
  • Which nutrients a smokers’ body is missing and how to replace them.
  • Simple lifestyle strategies to cope with cravings.

Tuesday February 10th, @ 7:30pm at the Hands on Healing Centre, 125 Bridge St. Almonte

If you’d like to attend please register by calling 613-256-0222 or email us at




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