Asking Clinical Questions

AskingClinical Questions

Incases that involve long-term smoking addicts, can acupuncture providethe help that will help these patients quit the habit especiallyafter previous failed attempts to stop?

Nicotineis known as one of the most addictive drugs. Once a person becomes anaddict, they usually have cravings that make them want to light acigarette. Since the harmful effects of cigarettes are well known,most of these smokers want to stop, but usually, it is a dauntingtask. This fact is apparent in Jeff’s situation. Having smoked formore than 30 years, every attempt that he has made to try and stopfailed. However, he now has an alternative option that he can try.This treatment method involves acupuncture. The reason why Jeff isconsidering acupuncture is that a friend of his tried it and was ableto quit. Acupuncture has been known to cure smokers of their habit.The treatment, first initiated in ancient China, involves attemptingto balance the energy within one’s body by accessing various energypoints. This therapeutic technique helps most of the smokers dealwith their nicotine cravings by altering the taste of a cigarette intheir mouths (Leung et al., 2013). Thus, with time, the patientbegins to have reduced need for nicotine. Although acupuncture is yetto be completely accepted by the medical sector as a means of curingsmokers, recent studies continue to show that more and more peopleare benefiting from it. Nevertheless, some smokers have a chronicaddiction that makes them smoke, not because they crave it, butbecause it is part of their schedule. Such addicts can only find helpby joining a support group or through family and friends.

Thestudy, “Alternative Smoking Cessation Aids: A Meta-analysis ofRandomized Controlled Trials,” is the best one that can answer thisclinical question. Results from 14 different studies were collectedand assessed for the different treatments that have been seen to curesmoking addiction. 823 different subjects were tested using theacupuncture method and the results showed that it was a viable methodfor curing smoking addiction (Tahiri et al., 2012).


Leung,P. C., Pang, E. S., Zhang, L., &amp Wong, E. L. (2013). ACUPUNCTURETREATMENT FOR ADDICTION. Acupuncture:Theories and Evidence,155.

Tahiri,M., Mottillo, S., Joseph, L., Pilote, L., &amp Eisenberg, M. J.(2012). Alternative smoking cessation aids: a meta-analysis ofrandomized controlled trials. TheAmerican journal of medicine,125(6),576-584.