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Want to quit smoking? Try acupuncture or hypnosis
想戒菸嗎?試試針灸或催眠吧

A protestor smokes a cigarette as he prepares to march in a rally against police brutality in Chicago, Illinois on Monday.
一位抗議者週一在伊利諾州的芝加哥市的抗議警察暴力遊行前吸菸。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

Acupuncture and hypnosis have been promoted as drug-free ways to help smokers kick the habit, and there is some evidence that they work, according to a research review that looked at 14 international studies.

Researchers, whose findings appeared in the American Journal of Medicine, said that there are still plenty of questions, including exactly how effective alternative therapies might be and how they measure up against conventional methods to quit smoking.

But the alternatives should still stand as options for smokers determined to break the habit. In general, smokers who want to quit should first try the standard approaches, which include nicotine-replacement therapy, medications and behavioral counseling.

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

But there were some caveats, researchers said. The success rate was not consistent in all the tests conducted, although the broad trends pointed to the benefits of alternate treatment.(Reuters)

一項針對十四份國際研究的文獻探討指出,針灸或催眠一向被推廣為不需用藥且能幫助吸菸者戒菸的方法,而且若干證據證實有效。

在《美國醫學期刊》發表報告的研究人員表示,這種說法仍有許多疑問,包括這些另類療法到底多有效以及和傳統戒菸方法的比較。

不過這些另類療法仍可做為決心戒菸者的選擇。一般而言,想戒菸的人應該先嘗試標準戒菸法,包括尼古丁替代療法、藥物治療、行為諮商。

研究學者發現,有些研究顯示,接受針灸的吸菸者,六個月至一年後不抽菸的機率可達三倍以上。同樣的,經過四次催眠,接受催眠治療的吸菸者,戒菸成功的機率比只受到最少幫助的人更高。

不過研究人員說,有幾點要警告,儘管主要趨勢指出另類療法的好處,但以全部的實驗來看,成功率並不一致。

(路透/編譯:陳維真)

Warning: Smoking can damage your health.

吸菸有害健康

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. kick the habit v. phr.

戒除 (jie4 chu2)

例: No coffee for me, thanks. I’m trying to kick the habit.

(我不用咖啡,謝謝。我正試著戒掉喝咖啡的習慣。)

2. measure up against v. phr.

擺在一起比較 (bai3 zai4 yi4 qi3 bi3 jiao4)

例: Please measure Fred up against Tom and see who has the best qualifications.

(請將弗烈德和湯姆擺在一起比較,看誰的條件最好。)

3. caveat n.

警告 (jing3 gao4)

例: The look of doubt on his face prompted me to repeat the caveat.

(他臉上疑惑的表情讓我再重複說一次警告。)


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