Does "laser therapy" help you quit smoking?
August 26, 2006 1:03 AM Subscribe
My mother's paying $300 for "laser therapy" to quit smoking. Is she getting ripped off?
posted by molybdenum to Health & Fitness (19 answers total)
My mom is going here
for something called "laser therapy" to help her quit smoking. Apprently they shoot a low-power laser beam at your ears, nose, hands, wrists and forearms and this (somehow) removes your desire to smoke. It sure sounds like snake oil to me, but does anyone know for sure?
The web site itself is pretty useless, with a total of three paragraphs explaining how it works. It claims that pointing low-energy lasers at the body accelerates the healing process. Which, even if true, doesn't seem to have anything to do with smoking. Another site
says it has to do with the body's endorphin release schedule, but doesn't say how it corrects this.
My mom says she has friends who tried it and claim it worked wonders for them. So I suppose it could be an effective placebo at least. Anyone have any reliable information about this?