Alternative Systems of Healing for Smoking Cessation

There are some healing traditions that offer therapies specifically for curbing the cravings associated with nicotine and reducing the stress and tension that smokers feel they are managing with nicotine. Ask your doctor for a recommended practitioner or talk to friends and family for recommendations.


Ayurveda is a comprehensive system of healing that comes from India. In Ayurveda, diet, movement, herbal supplements, spa treatments and body cleansing practices are all used to address any concern.



Who doesn’t need a good massage. Massage can help to release muscle tension which cause feelings of anxiety. It can also induce a feeling of calm and relaxation which makes it easier to stop smoking.



Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) “originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems.” Specifically, acupuncture may help curb nicotine cravings on a short-term basis. This form of healing is very holistic and may see nicotine as a symptom of deeper concerns in energy flow throughout the body.  Follow the links below to learn more about this therapy.

Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine

Cochrane Report on Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation