Quit Smoking Research Articles

Welcome to our collection of research articles regarding quit smoking, addiction, Acupuncture and Laser Acupuncture therapy. Please note that all articles and their opinions are the views of their relative author and are not representative of AcuQuit and/or its practitioners in any way.

July 2014 – Acupuncture Cuts Morphine Addiction

Extract: The investigators proved that acupuncture reduces morphine self-administration at both low and high doses. The laboratory experiment was designed to explore the possibility of using acupuncture on human subjects that are dependent on morphine. The research was prompted by prior human clinical trials demonstrating that acupuncture reduces morphine addiction.

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January 2014 – Quitting smoking unlikely to cause long-term weight gain

Extract: Over the 17-year follow up, the quitters weight returned to the same level as people of similar age who had never smoked in the first place. Furthermore, they gained only a relatively small amount of weight – around 5kg – compared to people who carried on smoking. The findings were the same for both men and women.

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2014 – Acupuncture as an adjunct to methadone for heroin addicts

Acupuncture appears to be a useful adjunct to methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) in heroin addiction. Methadone was reduced by a significantly greater amount with true acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture.

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2014 – Electroacupuncture and auricular acupuncture for methamphetamine withdrawal

Electroacupuncture at the body points and auricular acupuncture play the therapeutic role in the treatment of methamphetamine withdrawal syndrome, anxiety and depression. The longer time the treatment is with electroacupuncture at the body points, the more obvious the efficacy will be on the above symptoms.

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2013 – An Historical Review on the Impact of Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be combined with conventional Western medicine for pain management in patient with cancer to reduce dosages of narcotic medications, side-effects, adverse reactions, and the possibility of narcotic addiction.

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2013 – Auricular acupuncture for drug dependence

Auricular Acupuncture could be beneficial as an adjunct to MMT in managing addiction.

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2012 – Acupuncture inhibits cue-induced heroin craving and brain activation

Acupuncture at the Zusanli point can rapidly suppress the activation of specific brain regions related to craving, supporting its potential as an intervention for drug craving.

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February 2012 – Point specificity in Acupuncture

Recent evidence shows that stimulation of different points on the body causes distinct responses in hemodynamic, fMRI and central neural electrophysiological responses.

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2008 – Low level laser for the stimulation of acupoints for smoking cessation

Extract: The results that emerged from the data indicated that acupoint stimulation using lasers does indeed modify the physical symptoms of withdrawal and make it possible for motivated persons to succeed in overcoming habitual smoking of tobacco

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2008 – Effect of acupuncture on anxiety-like behavior during nicotine withdrawal

Acupuncture may attenuate anxiety-like behavior following nicotine withdrawal by modulating CRF in the amygdala.

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2006 – Endorphins, Exercise, and Addictions

Endorphins are endogenous opioids released from the pituitary gland that are believed to mediate analgesia, induce euphoria, and play a role in the reward system in the brain. It has been suggested that endorphins are responsible for creating the relaxed psychological state known as runner’s high.

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2004 – Use of low-energy laser as adjunct treatment of alcohol addiction

The results from this study suggest that laser therapy can be useful as an adjunct treatment for alcoholism. Improvement in BDI-FS and increase in, beta-endorphin level were observed.

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1983 – Laser-acupuncture reduces cigarette smoking: a preliminary report

Extract: Laser-acupuncture was used in heavy smoking elderly patients with peripheral vascular diseases, as well as in those with lung cancer, to relieve the nicotine abstinence symptoms at the pre-operational management stage. Most of them (71%) stopped smoking completely. The results have proven the high therapeutic value of laser-acupuncture in treating for chronic smoking.

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1982 – Smoking withdrawal and acupuncture

Eighty-five per cent of those who responded in this study reported that acupuncture had eased the symptoms of smoking withdrawal.

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