ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT FOR SMOKING CESSATION, IN 190 CASES

Apostolopoulos Apostolos M.D.,PhD,Dip.Ac.

During the time period from 1993 to 1995 , acupuncture treatment was performed in 190 smokers , who came to an Acupuncture Medical Center , intending to abort smoking.

104 of them were men (54,7%) and 86 were women (45,3%) between 19 to 73 years old. The mean age of the participants was (XSD) 4010,8 years old and the starting smoking age was 19,64,4. The number of cigarettes per day was 35,715,6 and the pack/years were 29,818,8. In every participant was performed an acupuncture protocol concerning the application of the needles in 11 - 15 ear and body acupuncture points , for 3 -5 sessions , 20 minutes duration each , every second or third day. The participants were supplied with informative leaflets , psychological consultation and instructions for a healthier way of living.

75,8% of the participants reported a beneficial effect , identified as lack of withdrawal symptoms in 72,9% of them and obnoxious symptoms (such as changes in taste and smell , nausea e.t.c) in 53,6%. 130 of the participants (68,4%) , 76 men (73,1%) and 54 women (62,8%) , discontinued smoking at least for a month. The results were followed up for a period of one year. 61 persons restarted smoking , 47 of them during the first trimester and 14 later. The long term , further than a trimester , smoking cessation period , concerned 83 persons , 48 men (46,2%) and 35 women (40,7%).

CONCLUSION : Acupuncture treatment is effective in persons who wish to discontinue smoking. The above described initial and long term ( further than a trimester ) smoking cessation period , is one of the higher reported in the international literature , compared to other acupuncture protocols and other specific methods of therapeutic intervention for smoking cessation.


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