Auriculotherapy to Quit Smoking
By: Lauren Keith
Jody hopes this form of auriculotherapy will work for her. She's smoked cigarrettes for more than 30 years, but says now that she has grandkids, it's time to give up the habit. "I'm definitely motivated," she says.
Here's how this supposedly works. Tina applies a series of high-level electrical impulses to different areas of Jody's ear, it's not a laser. "We have receptors that close down because of nicotine, so this is stimulating those nerve endings and the body will start to think of itself as a nonsmoker again," says Schlosser.
People with pacemakers cannot have this procedure done because of the electricty involved. The whole process takes about 12 minutes for each ear. "It's not uncomfortable, but you know it's there. It feels like a push pin pricking you quickly," says Jody as the procedure's being done on her left ear.
She breezes right through the treatment. "Not bad at all! Just a little tingling in my ears," she says. Now, she hopes this will be the end of her nicotine cravings and lighting up. "Take deep breaths when you have a craving. Chew gum. You just do whatever it takes to get through those moments," instructs Jody.
These directions are especially important during the first two weeks after treatment. Tina says most clients don't need a second $100 treatment, but if they do, it's usually within the first two weeks. She also says the key to success here is having a support system. Quitting smoking truly is quitting a habit. "Everybody in the office knows they have to stop," notes Jody.