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KMID : 1129720090260040039
Korean Journal ofAcupuncture
2009 Volume.26 No. 4 p.39 ~ p.52
Inhibitory effect of acupuncture at HT7 on the sympathetic activations to smoking-related visual cues during smoking cessation
Chae Youn-Byoung

Lee Jeong-Chan
Park Kyung-Mo
Lee Hye-Jung
Kang O-Seok
Kim Song-Yi
Lee Hwa-Jin
Yin Chang-Shik
Park Hi-Joon
Abstract
Objectives : Cue reactivity is a key factor that modulates motivational goal-directed behavior associated with compulsive drug-taking and relapse. We investigated whether acupuncture attenuated the skin conductance response and the heart rate response to smoking-related visual cues in smokers.

Methods : Twenty-nine smokers were treated with real acupuncture (RA) or sham acupuncture (SA). The stress response inventory was measured on the 5th day after quitting smoking. The skin conductance response and the heart rate were measured to evaluate the autonomic changes to the smoking related visual cues on the same day.

Results : The sympathetic alterations in skin conductance and the heart rate induced by the smoking-related visual cues were significantly lower in the RA group, as compared to the SA group. The stress response inventory, such as somatization and frustration, in the RA group was significantly lower than that of the SA group.

Conclusions : Acupuncture ameliorated the stress symptoms as well as the sympathetic activation to smoking cues during withdrawal. These findings indicate that acupuncture might be a useful tool in smoking cessation by inhibiting smoking cues-induced autonomic responses.
KEYWORD
Acupuncture, Smoking, Skin conductance response, Heart rate, Stress
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