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News you can use | Can’t quit smoking? Shake it off

News you can use | Can’t quit smoking? Shake it off
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First Published: Mon, Jun 07 2010. 08 46 PM IST

Updated: Mon, Jun 07 2010. 08 46 PM IST
Smokers who have found it difficult to kick the habit may now be shaken out of their craving thanks to a vibratory acupressure technique that is expected to be tried out in two government hospitals in Delhi and its tobacco-cessation clinics.
A German-made bio-resonance (vibration therapy) device works with the body’s own electrical signals to eliminate nicotine craving. Nimesh Desai, director at the state government-run Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Delhi, says: “(It) works by eliminating the craving for your next cigarette. The treatment is non-invasive and pain-free and involves no drugs, chemicals or hypnosis.” All you have to do is place your hands on the machine. “Vibrations from the machine will lead to body vibrations and the resultant nerve impulses will reduce the craving to smoke. The basis of the treatment is acupressure,” Dr Desai adds.
A unit has already been placed at the Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital and Delhi health minister Kiran Walia says the government has set up a committee to look into the scientific evidence behind the manufacturer’s claims. If the committee agrees to introduce the machine, says Walia, it will be tried out in two government hospitals and then in other government tobacco-cessation clinics in the Capital.
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First Published: Mon, Jun 07 2010. 08 46 PM IST