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Every season offers an opportunity to focus on the health of a paired set of organs. In springtime, we can focus on the health of your liver and gallbladder, taking into account your main health concern. In springtime, many people have seasonal allergies, and I can offer you herbal and dietary advise, as well as acupuncture and moxabustion to minimize allergy symptoms. Since the sensory organ, the eyes, is associated with the liver, springtime is a good way to address the health of your eyes and vision. Since the liver and gall bladder are associated with the tendons, ligaments, and fascia, why not simply enjoy some therapeutic bodywork with your acupuncture to reduce stress from liver qi stagnation, and the tendonitis and back pain that often occurs with the activities of springtime?

As we move into summer, staying hydrating, reducing the risk of sun stroke or “summerheat,” and focusing on the heart, coronary arteries, small intestine and triple warmer meridians are all important aspects of your health that I can help you focus on with acupuncture, bodywork and herbs.

On smoking, I no longer care to offer smoke-able herbs to help you stop smoking; with acupuncture we can strengthen your will to stop smoking and use different auricular acupuncture points to help stimulate your body's own endorphin response as a substitute for the response you crave from nicotine. If you insist on trying smoke-able herbs that you've heard about, just know that any smoke you bring into your lungs, organic or otherwise, still causes damage to your lungs. Some practitioners may claim that the smoke-able herbs are protective to your lungs; nonetheless, this is not evidence-based. If you need to smoke something less addictive than nicotine while giving up cigarettes, and if you don't want the high of organic marijuana from a pipe or bong, in that case, my esteemed professor from years past will be happy to help you. As for my opinion, I understand it is a difficult addiction to stop and I will do my best to help you with natural methods, though ultimately, the responsibility lies with you. Studies have shown that the nicotine gum can be an effective tool to use while stopping nicotine cigarettes. Acupuncture is not like a magic wand that will instantly stop your cravings and habit but it can help with detoxing your lungs and liver to stop nicotine cravings and calming your mind through the release of endorphins and other neurotransmitters.

Acupuncture can help quitting smoking

Donna Call follows the stop smoking treatment plan of Dr. Portia Zheng, which uses both acupuncture and herbs.

Here's a testimonial from one of Dr. Zheng's patients:

Dearest Portia (Dr. Zheng),

I happily write this letter today to share with many of you who are thinking about quitting smoking or have difficult time overcoming the desire to light up.

I have smoked about 10-15 cigarettes per day for nearly 16 yrs, since I was about 17 years-old. In August 2008, I started once a week acupuncture treatments comwith Dr. Zheng's herbal smokes for 6 weeks. During this 6 week period, I cut down from 10-15 nicotine cigarettes per day to 3 nicotine cigarettes per day in 3-4weeks time and maintained at 1 cigarette per day for 2 weeks and 0 cigarette for 3 months as of Jan. 21, 2009. This is wonderful that I have never like it before.

In spite of many relapses during the early phase of my treatment, Dr. Portia's treatment and her words of encouragement helped me to get through the difficult time. She was always available to counsel and provide treatments as needed.

I find Dr. Zheng's method non-addictive and affordable. Her method is effective and has many advantages in helping one to become rehabilitated from the nicotine addiction. In conjunction with the acupuncture treatment, Dr. Zheng's method has successfully

  1. Suppressed nicotine cigarette craving
  2. Controlled weight gain normally associated with quitting smoking, i.e. appetite suppressant
  3. Induced mood enhancement and relaxation
  4. Helped to get better sleep at night

I feel stronger, happier, and healthier. I can breathe better and have more time to do other things. My hair and my clothes smell nice all the time. I also feel like I have more control over my own emotions and stress management. I never thought I can live a day without having a cigarette, especially when I am happy or upset. Instead of reaching for a cigarette, I have learned to breathe—this was one of Dr. Zheng's teachings: close eyes, breathe-in, let whole body relax, and breathe-out gently. Now that I have quit, the tightness around my chest and crabbiness just sort of melted away.

I strongly recommend Dr. Zheng's method for anyone who has the desire to quit cigarettes but cannot over come the physical and psychological craving. Dr. Zheng's stop smoking method has helped me to become smoke-free while proving means of weight control during the quitting process.

Thank You, Dr. Portia. You are a beautiful person. I absolutely could not have done this with out you.

    Your Anonymous & Grateful Patient

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Donna M. Call, L.Ac DAOM
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