Laser Treatment to Stop Smoking: 6 Facts You Should Know

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

Dr. Howell

If you’re like most Americans, quitting smoking is probably one of your New Year’s resolutions. So how is it going? If you’re like most smokers who try to quit, you probably have gone through several attempts and failed. Well, there are several smoking cessation treatments that you can try to ward off the habit. One of which is laser therapy. But what is it and in what ways can this kind of treatment help you quit?

Here are 6 facts you should know about laser treatment to stop smoking:

Laser Therapy

  • There is less evidence suggesting that laser treatment to stop smoking is effective. However, studies conducted to assess this form of smoking cessation method show that majority of smokers who used it were able to successfully quit.
  • This treatment involves lower levels of laser (also called cold laser therapy) and it works like acupuncture, only that the modern technology laser is used instead of needles. It targets areas in the body that cause the release of endorphins – the natural chemicals which have mood-enhancing, relaxing and calming effects. Some smokers who tried this treatment report experiencing feelings of euphoria.
  • In addition to stimulating the release of endorphins, the laser treatment to stop smoking also induces the body’s natural ability to eliminate nicotine. This effect eases the withdrawal symptoms felt by the smoker.
  • Laser therapy is considered safe and effective. Unlike some smoking cessation methods, this treatment doesn’t have side effects. Generally, one session just takes 37 minutes. The smoker may need several sessions to quit smoking successfully, depending on their level of nicotine dependence and some other factors. Sometimes, it just takes a single session to eliminate the habit.
  • During the session, the trained therapist conducts laser stimulation of the acupressure points on the nose, ears, fingers and wrists to trigger the body to release endorphins that calm and relax the body, reducing the smoker’s nicotine cravings. After this, the therapist provides the smoker tips, as well as handouts and other materials that contain additional information about quitting smoking. The smoker also undergoes a detoxification program wherein the toxic compounds obtained from smoking are eliminated quickly and safely.
  • Cold laser therapy is also used by people looking to stop other unhealthy habits like alcohol and drug abuse, and lose weight. This therapy may be used for other health conditions because it has the ability to heal and repair damaged tissues.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Laser therapy’s goal is to cause laser stimulation of the acupressure points on the nose, ears, fingers and wrists to trigger the body to release endorphins that calm and relax the body, reducing the smoker’s nicotine cravings.

    Laser therapy is well-recommended for people who have tried other smoking cessation treatments but failed to obtain positive results. While it helps reduce the symptoms of withdrawal, like any other methods, it doesn’t work for everybody. And despite claims of success by some providers of cold laser therapy, there is not enough evidence showing that it can indeed help people quit smoking.

    Whichever smoking cessation method you use, it only works when you are ready to quit. If you don’t want to quit, nothing will make you quit, even if you spend a fortune buying gums, patches and pills. All quit smoking methods, including laser treatment, is only there to assist you to a certain point. But it’s totally up to you. If you want to quit and you’re ready, nothing can stop you and any method you use will work.

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