(INDIANAPOLIS) - Could just five minutes and a few zaps of a laser light help you quit a decades-old habit of smoking? A new, pain-free laser is being used to do just that.
Rapid Heal System, a low-level laser stimulates pain receptors, causing the body to release endorphins.
There was a tremendous amount of research in the acupuncture literature that discovered that there were specific nicotine-receptor sites located on the ear and the hand," Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery's Dr. Gregory Chernoff said.
Dr. Chernoff said stimulating those areas with the laser blocks the nicotine receptors in the brain, decreasing cravings and withdrawal.
Although a skeptic himself at first, he's seen huge success clinically saying patients who were smoking two to three packs a day for 10 (or) 20 years who, within two weeks, just lost the desire to smoke.
Three treatments are typical, but occasionally a fourth is needed for those patients who are still having cravings.
Dr. Chernoff said like any therapy, you have to want to quit for it to work. A package of up to four treatments will cost several hundred dollars. Sales have been up since the new year.
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