[Contributed by Grant N. Mazmanian]
"QUOTE I went to an M.D. specializing in anesthesiology at a local
hospital outside of Philadelphia at the recommendation of a friend. The
doctor gave me references and claimed a 75% success rate. I called
several doctors and nurses at the hospital and they all reported the
same results: they stopped smoking after one or two treatments, minimal
withdrawal symptoms, little or no weight gain and no apparent side
effects. They all had tried to quit several times and failed and were
very enthusiastic about the procedure.
"My visit lasted about an hour. Sterile, disposable acupuncture needles
were inserted along my arms, hands, ears and head. There was little to
no pain. A final needle was placed on the top of my head and an
electrode was connected to a mild electric current. I rested in a chair
during the procedure.
"At the end of treatment, I was given an herb to mix with hot water to
make a tea. I was instructed not to smoke and if I had any cravings, to
drink the tea. If the tea didn't work, the doctor gave me his beeper
"For the first few days I felt a craving but I didn't know what I
wanted; it wasn't for a cigarette but I was at a loss to describe what
the craving was for. I called the doctor about it and he told me that it
was a normal response. I went for a second session because I wanted to
reinforce the first treatment but I honestly didn't think I needed it.
After a week, the craving subsided. The usual cigarette 'triggers were
gone after two weeks."
[N.B. - Grant does not know the herb he was given - ed.]
[Contributed by Tina]
"I was getting discouraged that after sooooo many days without nicotine,
I was still longing to smoke all the time. It didn't seem to make sense
to reintroduce nicotine into my system via gum or patches (though if I'd
planned my quit, I would have used one of them). I went to an
acupuncturist instead, and thought I'd post a report. ...
"After swabbing my ears with alcohol, she used long tweezers to poke a
little ring into the upper arch of my left ear, and another one at the
nest-like hollow in the lower part of my right ear. These rings are less
than 1/8 inch diameter, and though they seem to be laying flat on the
skin, they must have a pointy part facing into the skin because a) I
could feel them being placed as if they were poking my skin (although
this might have been the tweezers) and b) I was instructed to tap the
rings to activate the pressure points in question. Using small pieces of
clear surgical tape, Dr. Lee secured the rings to my ears. She issued
the following instructions: lightly tap the points 20 times each morning
upon awakening; tap them 5-7 times any time I feel the urge for a
I could swim, shower, sleep, etc without fear of disturbing the rings,
but I shouldn't scratch at them. They would help me be free of urges to
smoke, and even if I did have a cigarette, it would taste bad and I
wouldn't want to smoke it. (Junkie thinking ALERT: It did cross my mind
to test this theory....) Because I had already quit for 2 weeks, she
thought a week would do me, and I should drop by (no appointment needed,
because it's so fast) to have the rings removed. The visit cost $50.
"So, how is it, you're asking. From the first, I noticed that tapping
the rings did seem to help get over cravings. The first day, I did this
many many many times. Fewer the second day, and, you guessed it, fewer
each day than the last. Also, I could feel a little soreness, especially
in the left, at the beginning, and this too diminished.
"The experience, especially noticeable with the 20 a.m.-taps, is
sorta... Eastern. That is, the cravings don't feel like they're being
wiped out, as if with a drug, but rather that you are becoming slightly
better balanced, and therefore your need for something to fix you, like
a cigarette, is less. I can't imagine that this subtle effect would be
enough to have made me quit had I still been smoking. And I have not
tried what it would taste like to smoke a cigarette."
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