Drug-free treatments may help smokers quit

More people are turning to acupuncture for weight loss, as it may be the key to reducing certain cravings.

May 7, 2012 2:00:43 PM PDT
Acupuncture and hypnosis have been promoted as drug-free ways to help smokers kick the habit and now, there is some evidence that they work.

Scientists found some studies showed that smokers subjected to acupuncture were more than three times as likely to be tobacco-free six months to a year later, according to research from 14 international studies.

Similarly, across four trials of hypnosis, smokers had a higher success rate with the therapy compared to people who had minimal help.

Researchers whose findings appear in the 'American Journal of Medicine' say there are still plenty of questions including how effective alternative therapies might be and how they measure up against conventional methods to quit.