Bad habits die hard. Smoking is no exception. To all those who wish kick the habit and make 2006 a milestone year, here is some mind-blowing news. Smokers world over are swearing by Laser therapy that helps in zapping the habit.
Cold laser therapy, likened to a modern form of acupuncture has recorded higher success rates almost four to five times than that of most other smoking cessation programmes. For the first time, residents of Philadelphia region will have the opportunity of using this novel and effective therapy to bid farewell to smoking. The Anne Penman Laser Therapy Center opened in Exton, PA, has been offering this therapy to the Philadelphia region, since September of 2005. The center has since been receiving more than 5000 enquiries and successfully treating almost 12 clients on a daily basis. Stephanie Stahl, Medical Reporter for CBS3 in Philadelphia, while featuring this technology said, "Other than the treatment not working for everyone, there are no downsides to the laser, as long as it is used by a trained technician".
The Anne Penman organization is presently the most established organization in the United States that offers laser therapy for smoking cessation. Infact, over the last 13 years, the Anne Penman organization has treated close to 40,000 clients. ""Good Morning America" featured a programme on the Anne Penman organization, in August of 2005 where Anne Penman declared a 64% success rate in helping people quit smoking.
The Anne Penman Method, accessible via a 24-hour hotline, stipulates a combination of laser therapy with customized guidance. The laser technician targets energy points on the body using a "cold" laser beam, releasing natural chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are known to have a calming, relaxing effect on the body that consequently helps in reducing nicotine craving and withdrawal symptoms. The laser doubly benefits clients by stimulating the body's natural ability to detoxify the nicotine, thus expediting the ex-smoker's withdrawal process. Additionally, some laser therapy clients report a feeling of elation following a smoking cessation treatment with the laser.
In the absence of formal studies to substantiate the effectiveness of laser therapy to quit smoking, the low-level laser therapy is presently under clinical trials and awaiting FDA approval.