Laser treatment is a new innovation in the treatments used to help people stop smoking. Cold laser therapy is also known as photobiomodulation, laser biostimulation or low-level laser therapy. Laser is capable of stimulating or inhibiting cell functions.
Cold laser therapy is being increasingly used to help people stop smoking. The laser treatment used to stop smoking is similar to acupuncture. The laser light stimulates cells in the same way as an acupuncture needle, but doesn’t leave any scars, as the therapy is non-invasive.
Laser resets the metabolism of the body and helps lessen the withdrawal symptoms. The laser gets absorbed by cells in the body and this triggers physiological responses. Endorphins (natural painkillers) are released in the body; they make the patient more relaxed and stress-free. Moreover, endorphins replace nicotine in the brain receptors. In such a situation, he doesn’t feel like smoking. The treatment reduces irritability and negative feelings that arise when a person is trying to stop smoking. Cold laser treatment also helps in the detoxification of lungs. The treatment provides an overall feeling of wellness.
The success rate of this method is four to five times higher than usual methods. The rate of success is claimed to be over 85%.
However, critics of laser treatment say that its success rate is comparable to that of a placebo treatment and that 20% of the people using this treatment do not receive the desired effect.
Laser treatment does have its advantages. The main advantage of laser treatment over other methods such as patches is that it doesn’t introduce any chemicals into the body.
The treatment involves 3 to 4 sessions of about 20 minutes each. The results depend on the degree of your addiction. During the treatment session, pulses from a cold laser (energy is comparable to a 60-watt light bulb) is applied to the earlobe of the patient. The laser device looks like a pen. It is usually placed on ears, neck and face of the patient.
You must consider the cost before starting laser treatment to stop smoking. It is more expensive than other treatments. A session costs $300 to $450. Most health insurance policies do not cover laser treatment to stop smoking. If you don’t mind spending some money, laser treatment is one of the best ways to stop smoking. It is so effective that you will see the difference from the very first session.