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Int J Neurosci. 2007 May;117(5):571-8.

Smoking cessation after acupuncture treatment.

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Department of Physiology, Sel├žuk University, Faculty of Meram Medical, Konya, Turkey. tugcab@yahoo.com

Abstract

Acupuncture is applied, especially in treatment of pain, hemiplegia, obesity, and psychological illnesses including addiction. Recently, ear and body acupuncture have been frequently used in the treatment of smoking. An increase in levels of endorphin, enkephalin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine in the central nervous system and plasma has been reported as the most important mechanism of acupuncture. That is, acupuncture application may increase the levels of endorphin, enkephalin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine in the central nervous system and plasma. The authors think that acupuncture application provides the patients with deterioration in the taste of smoking, decrease in desire of smoking, and the obstruction of psychological symptoms that appear as a result of smoking cessation. Because of these effects it is presumed that acupuncture application may be used as an important method for smoking cessation treatment.

PMID:
17464775
DOI:
10.1080/00207450500535289
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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