We selected bilateral otopoints as follows:
Shenmen, Xin, Fei and Ke-point.
After inserting needles, the otopoints are stimulated with
electric pulses simulator with the intensity being stronger and stronger gradually but
within patients tolerability.
Among 52 cases, 37 smokers quit smoking after 3 to 5
acupuncture treatment sessions; 10 smokers reduce smoking after 4 to 5 treatments; only 5
smokers keep smoking even after 2 courses (about 6 sessions) of treatment.
Effects of the above mentioned otopoints: Shenmen, main
otopoint, can regulate the processes of excitation and suppression of the cerebral cortex
and tranquilize the mind. Xin can relieve mental stress, induce sedation and eliminate
dysphoria. Fei can promote the smoker to produce a detest feeling to cigarette smell.
Ke-point can relieve thirsty and remove the smoker's polydipsia.