Auriculotherapy is similar to acupuncture, but uses a micro-current stimulator instead of needles to contact specific areas on the ear in order to directly stimulate nerve pathways. Stimulation of these points sends a message to the brain based on the location of the reflex point being treated. This works to normalize the cascade of substances released by the brain, called neurotransmitters, which are responsible for our cravings, appetites, mood, and overall sense of well-being. The treatment feels like a pinpoint tingling or pulsing sensation which lasts for 30-60 seconds on each point being treated.
“Imagine your brain as a computer. Inside this computer is a map of the entire body. This map is projected onto the ear through the body’s nervous system. Accessing the points on the map is like using a computer’s keyboard or mouse to gain entrance into the system. With this system we are able to directly treat a number of problems & conditions through the ‘brain’s computer’.”
– American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders
Dr. O’Maley offers holistic cigarette smoking cessation programs using auriculotherapy, nutritional supplementation, and chiropractic care to ease cravings and promote detoxification in order to make quitting smoking a more comfortable experience with a vastly increased likelihood of long-term success.
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20 Minutes After Your Last Cigarette, Your Body Begins a Series of Changes:
20 MINUTES: Blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal
8 HOURS: Carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal and oxygen level increases to normal
24 HOURS: Chance of a heart attack decreases
48 HOURS: Nerve endings begin to regrow, and ability to taste and smell is enhanced.
2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS: Circulation improves, and lung function increases up to 30%.
1 TO 9 MONTHS: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia begin to regrow in the lungs increasing the body’s ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection. Your body’s overall energy is increased.
1 YEAR: Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
5 YEARS: Lung cancer death rate for average former smokers decreases by almost half. Risk of stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker. The risk of cancer to the mouth, throat, and esophagus is half that of a smoker.