A review of 14 studies revealed that Acupuncture and hypnosis can be effective in helping some smokers quit. These approaches may be useful for smokers who can’t stop smoking using standard approaches such as nicotine replacement therapy, medications and behavioral counseling

Talal ZubairTalal Zubair is working as Group Director at Willing Ways Pvt. Ltd. supervising work of two key branches of the organization based in Islamabad and Murree.  Through his keen interest in psychology and human behavior, Mr. Zubair has gained specialization in family counseling and imparting training in areas such as development of key stone habits staging interventions, resolution of marital discords, brat-raising, communication skills and personal development. Over the years, he has developed effective counseling skills that have helped numerous clients in changing their own lives and the lives of their loved ones.

Editor: Samreen Masud

The researchers say they still do not know exactly how effective acupuncture and hypnosis are to quit smoking, and how they compare with conventional treatments. Some studies found that smokers who used acupuncture were more than three times as likely to be smoke free after six months to one year.


One method to quit smoking is with help of hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is defined as an untouched state of consciousness in which you appear to be asleep or in a trance. Clinical hypnosis may be used to treat certain physical or psychological problems. Hypnotherapy to quit smoking is used to help quit smoking by addressing two areas. The practitioner weakens quitter’s desire to smoke and secondly by strengthening his will to quit, or by addressing both at the same time.  Since this therapy is a Trans of an untouched state of consciousness, while a person is in this state may affect parts of the mind that are not normally directly accessible.