Przegl Lek. 2005;62(10):1176-9.
Alternative methods of nicotine dependence treatment.
[Article in Polish]
Kolo Studenckiego Towarzystwa Naukowego przy Katedrze Chemii Ogólnej i Analitycznej, Sosnowiec. email@example.com
The methods of tobacco dependency treatment, which are alternative to pharmacological ones, have in recent years increasingly gained popularity.
The most popular include: acupuncture, laser therapy, electrostimulation, hypnosis and autohypnosis, bioresonance, as well as herbalism, aromatherapy and homeopathic methods.
The above mentioned methods have been shortly characterized in this paper.
Their effectiveness and usefulness of application have as well been brought up for discussion on the basis of available specialist literature.
The aspects related to safety of particular methods of therapy for the patient have also been presented.
The analysis showed that effectiveness of the methods is often disputable and the main advantage of those methods is a support effect to patient who wants to give up smoking.
Thus, it seems that alternative methods may be applied in combination with pharmacological ones because they increase the smoker's motivation to stop smoking and at the same time increase the chance to overcome the addiction in general.
PMID: 16521984 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]