As reported in OK! Magazine on March 19 2007, Page 80
Treatment of the week
GIVE FAGS THE FLICK WITH A TREATMENT THAT ACTUALLY WORKS!
Really want to stop smoking? Laser therapy is a new treatment that uses a low-level laser beam aimed at energy points on the body. It works by stimulating acupressure points for the treatment of nicotine addiction, while stimulating endorphins to aid the effects of withdrawal.
Celebrity fans: Ewan McGregor used LaserQuit to forego the fags, so we sent OK!’s senior designer,Pepita Wilson, to see if it really works.
Our Experience: ‘First up we had a quick chat, to
make sure I was 100 percent sure I wanted to quit and it wasn’t just a whim. I then sat in a reclining chair and put on a pair of dorky protection sunglasses. A little metal pen-shaped tool with a flat head was pressed firmly and slowly onto my skin for about 20 seconds at a time into certain parts of my hand, arm, and face. All I could feel was the pressure from the pen and a slight tingling around my ears and face. The sessions were painless and quick, about half an hour. I even fell asleep towards the end of one session!’
The verdict: Pep hasn’t smoked since – it’s been two and a half months! And she hasn’t had a single craving either.
Where: Pep tried it at LaserQuit, Bondi Junction,
NSW, ph (02) 9389 8855, which charges $660 for four sessions (three appointments and a follow up if necessary).
As reported in Woman's Day on 19 March 2007, Page 80
TRY LASER THERAPY
Ready for a new approach to quitting? Jo ditched her 20-a-day habit using new LaserQuit therapy. It uses a low-level cold laser beam aimed at energy points in your hands, arms, ears and face.
“I’d tried patches, cold turkey, everything. I just couldn’t get past the addiction. I thought, ‘I’ll give it one last go’,” says Jo.
LaserQuit works by stimulating acupressure points for the treatment of nicotine addiction. At the same time it stimulates endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers) to aid the effects of withdrawal.
Jo found that the treatment eradicated her desire for smoking.
“It’s almost like erasing your brain,” she says. “It actually makes you feel like a non-smoker again.”
Jo, 43, hasn’t touched a cigarette for 15 months and her partner has also quit smoking 70 a day on the program.
“I’ve never looked back!” she says. “It was absolutely fantastic.”
As reported in Slimming & Health on February 2007, Page 69
Uses a low-level cold laser beam to target acupressure points which relate to nicotine addiction. This treatment also stimulates endorphins to ease the cravings and stress associated with withdrawal. The company claims an 80% success rate, with 7 out of 10 patients not smoking after the very first session. This procedure CANNOT make you quit if you haven’t first made the firm decision to do so yourself.
TESTER: Kim Buchanan, 35, real-estate office manager
‘I had tried to quit smoking a few times before – I’d tried Zyban tablets and going cold turkey but I always returned to smoking. LaserQuit appealed because it was a quick process and you didn’t have to use any patches or drugs to do it. The treatment happens over three consecutive days. You lie down in a dentist-type chair , they lower you back and a laser pen is pointed on the same areas used for acupuncture, like on the face and in your ears. They apply a little bit of pressure and zap it with a laser – the whole process takes about half an hour and you pretty much almost fall asleep, it’s quite a relaxing environment. After the first session I walked out of the office and I did not feel like a cigarette. But for about the first fortnight after I gave up there was an amount of willpower required, like if I went out and had a few drinks, because smoking while drinking was the hardest thing to stop. On the scale of things, compared to my previous attempts to give up, it was very easy. You have to have it in your head that you want to give up and you hate it, it can’t be because someone’s telling you to do it. I’ve not smoked for 10 months and I’m not tempted to start again.”
Kim had her treatment at LaserQuit, www.laserquit.com.au or call (02) 9389 8855. The program costs $660.
As reported in Sunday Telegraph, Body and Soul on 31 December 2006, page 5
A NEW ALTERNATIVE
Kim Buchanan, 35, has made at least five attempts to quit smoking."I woke up one day and decided I didn’t want to be a slave to nicotine anymore,” she says.
Buchanan, a real estate administrator from Kogarah, NSW, went cold turkey four times as a New Year’s resolution, but each time she only lasted about a week.
In 2006, however, Buchanan heard about LaserQuit. Established in Australia in 2004 after helping thousands of smokers successfully quit in the USA and Europe, it uses a low-level, cold laser beam aimed at acupressure points in the hands, arms, ears and face to treat nicotine addiction.
The program requires four treatment sessions. “The first three are done over three consecutive days,” says Manuel Dovellos, managing director of LaserQuit. “The fourth, which is simply a booster, is done at a later stage, if required.”
Buchanan had three treatments in May 2006 and hasn’t smoked since. She says that LaserQuit is a much cleaner, more natural and quicker approach to quitting and it’s improved her quality of life.
“I wake up brighter, I have more energy, no more headaches and I don’t seem to get as many colds anymore,” she says. “My stress levels have definitely dropped too.”