Laser treatments to stop smoking

If you are a smoker and are looking to quit you may have tried everything under the sun to help you achieve your goals. Although smoking has been proven to be extremely hazardous to our health, many people continue to do it. Smoking is addicting thanks to the additive nicotine that makes our bodies crave the taste and feel of a cigarette. Not only is the nicotine addicting but a lot of people are addicted to the act of smoking itself. When you get used to a pattern it becomes hard to break. Many people smoke when they wake up, when they drive to work, after a meal, when they are in social situations, or when they are bored. People who smoke often feel they will gain weight if they quit smoking or make up other excuses as to why they cannot quit.

There are so many things designed to help people quit smoking including chewing gums, nicotine patches, therapies, hypnosis, and many others. Now there is a new treatment people are turning to in order to help them quit smoking and it is laser treatment. I bet you are wondering how a laser can possibly help you quit smoking. After all, smoking is an addictive habit not a skin condition.

The way this laser treatment is designed is to deliver pulses of light from the laser to special acupuncture points on the body. When the skin and cells around these points absorb the light it stimulates endorphins in the body. These endorphins block out cravings for cigarettes and cause you to feel content. The spots that are typically treated are the ears, sides of the nose, hands, wrists, and arms. One session usually lasts about a half an hour and is painless for patients. The price of the treatment is different depending on where you go, but the average price is between $275 to $400. Success rates are pretty high with nearly 85% of patients claiming it helped them lose their cravings for cigarettes.

Although, these treatments claim to help you lose the cravings for cigarettes after just one session, it is the habit of smoking that makes the results unsuccessful for some. Before getting laser treatment to kick your smoking habit you must first learn to live your life as a non smoker. You have to find ways to occupy your time or find things to keep you and your hands busy during times that you may be used to smoking. This is most often the hardest challenge for those that have been smoking for a long time. You need to find healthy habits to replace your old ones and know how to not substitute food for smoking. Smoking can be considered an oral fixation so therefore overeating can become common in people who have quit.

If you are tired of being a smoker and are ready to give up the habit then maybe laser treatment is the option for you. Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for yourself and those around you. Not only do cigarettes hurt you but second hand smoke is very toxic to those who come in contact with it. Not to mention, the smell is awful! By quitting now you can start reversing the damage done to your body and increase you chances for living a longer healthier life. Within one year of quitting smoking the chances of suffering from a coronary disease drops to nearly half of that of a smoker. The best news is the body starts to heal itself from smoking as soon as you quit. So start making some phone calls and see if this is the right choice for you.

Last updated on Jun 3rd, 2010 and filed under Alternative Medicine. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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