Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of treatment are we talking about?
The treatment is based on auriculotherapy. This therapeutic method derived from acupuncture consists in the stimulation of certain points on the external part of the ears. Every point is in a nervous reflex relation with an organ or a gland of the body. This treatment uses the same principles as of those of acupuncture but without using needles.
It is a soft electro stimulation which does the work and it is very effective.
Why the ear?
Because all parts of the body are found in the external ear at very precise points. All the corresponding points form a true atlas of the human body.
The therapeutic method elaborated by the researcher Doctor Paul F.M. Nogier consists of exciting certains points in the ear by mechanical or electromagnetic stimulations having as a goal the correction of functional or organic problems.
Electro stimulation, exactly what is it?
It is a soft current of which the function is to stimulate the nerve plexus in precise points by microvibrations that excite the nerve endings without missing one as may occur with the use of needles in acupuncture. The concentrated light vibrates at an almost identical frequency as that of the human cells and creates a tuning fork effect which excites the targeted nerve endings without pain.
Does it help to quit smoking?
The auriculotherapy treatment has been applied and perfected in order to provide an optimal result for those who want to quit smoking. The treatment requires about 45 minutes WITHOUT PAIN AND WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS. This treatment will literally take away your craving to smoke while controlling your stress. Moreover, it will also help control your appetite during the cessation phase, so there should be no weight gain.
So is it 100% effective?
Not totally but no system is! It is true that the treatment delivers the physical relief which is very important but you will have a small amount of work to do to control your old habits. So you have to really want to quit smoking. However, the results are far superior to currently existing methods.
So the treatment method is incomplete?
The method will always be incomplete if the smoker has not really decided to quit. After the treatment, the IQS Centres offer a follow-up support service 6 days a week and also some support products. Further, support treatments are available at no cost if required under some conditions which are indicated in the written guarantee given at the end of the treatment session. Less than 10% of the patients will require the support treatment.
How do I know that it works?
The treatment protocol of the IQS Centres has been developed and improved over a 6 year period and the statistics show that 90% of smokers quit permanently and never light up again. The urge and desire to smoke ceases which is what all smokers and their families want.
And what about those who start smoking again?
There are some and they are divided into three categories :
A) Employees forced by their employer to be treated to quit ( 60% remain non-smokers with the first treatment ).
B) Patients who live through situations of great stress in the first year following their treatment (death of a spouse, bankruptcy, loss of employment, painful separations, etc.) and who do not phone to get a support treatment.
C) Those using medicine that reduces or controls hormone production or endorphine specifically.
- 70% of the patients get an immediate result.
- 20% of the patients must have a good night's sleep to get the results.
- The less fortunate 10% (because of slower glands, medication delaying the full effect of the treatment, menstrual cycle) will obtain the maximum results in 3 to 5 days.
Are there other clinics around like yours?
Not really! Certain clinics provide laser treatments, but they do not offer a global treatment and are not specialised in nicotine addiction. This is a UNIQUE TREATMENT with free support treatments for 6 months, IF REQUIRED, the whole of which is supervised by certified therapists The IQS Network is the only one who specializes in quitting smoking.
What about the other kinds of treatment available?
We have prepared a comparative list of some methods available on the market.
Rate of success after one year
- Acupuncture (laser or needles) 25%
- Zyban ™, with medical follow-up 30.3%
- Patches with medical follow-up 16,4%(2)
- Medical follow-up without any medication (cold turkey) 15.6%