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Painless Laser Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation

Abstract

Objective:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in healthcare is based on the holistic concept of smooth energy flow. The energy helps maintain the circulation of Blood and bodily processes. An efficient supply of consistent energy and good circulation helps support the body’s homeostasis. In therapeutics, low-level laser energy can be transferred to the body (via the auricle) to activate or maintain homeostasis through specifically appropriate auricular sites. The goal of this research was to track the effects of painless laser acupuncture (PLA) on a group of highly motivated patients who wanted to quit smoking.

Materials and Methods:
Executives in their early 30s-50s, who were highly motivated and stressed individuals were treated. Most of these 175 patients smoked 1 pack of cigarettes per day (20 cigarettes), with a few patients smoking more than 1 pack per day. The treatment consisted of PLA applied to both auricular and body acupuncture points in a total of 7 sessions.

Results:
There was general satisfaction among the patients about the treatment. Of 24 females (13.72%), 21 (87.50%) did not smoke after completing the 7 sessions. Two women reported that despite not having real cravings to smoke, they smoked 1-2 cigarettes per day. One woman (4.12%) reported that she smoked 2-3 cigarettes.

Conclusions:
The PLA technique for smoking cessation, combined with the principles of TCM, not only helps smokers stop smoking but also restores their homeostasis and good health. By selecting the optimal auricular and body acupuncture points and meridian channels and applying laser energy dosages, the homeostatic hence healing process can be synergized

Autor: Lim RCH

Publiziert in: Med Acupunct. 2018 Jun 1;30(3):159-162. doi: 10.1089/acu.2018.1295

Quelle: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29937971

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