Acupuncture and hypnosis has been promoted as a drug-free way to help smokers leave the habit, and there is evidence both ways successfully, the research studies on 14 international study released by Reuters.
But the researchers, whose findings are published in the American Journal of Medicine, said there are still many questions, including how effective alternative therapies and how they compare with the conventional methods to quit smoking.
Nevertheless, alternative methods could still be an option for smokers who want to stop their habit.
According to the researchers, led by Mehdi Tahiri from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in general, smokers who want to quit should first try a standard approach that includes nicotine replacement therapy, medication and behavioral counseling, Tahiri said.
“But some people are not interested in treatment,” Tahiri said, as quoted from Reuters Oktomagazine. He added that in many cases, standard therapy failed. “Then I think we should strongly suggest acupuncture and hypnosis as an option.”
The researchers found that most studies show smokers who underwent acupuncture three times more likely to be free of tobacco six months or a year later. Something similar occurred in four experiments using hypnosis, smokers have a higher success rate with treatment were compared with those who got little help.
But there are some drawbacks, namely the success rate is not always the same in all the experiments conducted, despite widespread tendency to refer to the benefits of alternative medicine.
One study in 2008 which implemented several programs laser acupuncture on 258 smokers, found that 55 percent of smokers who received treatment had to forgo them in six months. While they were not given the treatment it only amounted to four percent.
However, a study in 2007 in Taiwan to examine the acupuncture needles around the ears, areas specifically targeted for people who want to quit smoking, reported a lower success rate. Only nine percent of those who underwent acupuncture was stopped after six months compared to six percent of people who quit without treatment.
His condition is also common in all experimental hypnosis. Two studies showed a striking impact. 20 to 45 percent of patients are non-smoking hypnosis six months or a year later. Two other experiments showed a smaller impact. Even so, Tahiri said, there is a “trend” toward benefit in the entire study of acupuncture and hypnosis.
But still there is a question, he said, about how many innings acupuncture or hypnosis may be required, or specifically what is the best technique. Meanwhile, several other studies have concluded the jury is still seeking alternative therapies for people who want to quit smoking.