Dr Gorav Gupta
What if you could conquer smoking addiction without medication or surgery? Thanks to a groundbreaking treatment called Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Deep TMS), this possibility is becoming a reality. Deep TMS is revolutionizing the fields of psychiatry, neurology and pain medicine, offering a safe and effective alternative to traditional therapies. In this article, we explore the science behind Deep TMS and its potential to help individuals overcome smoking addiction.
Understanding Deep TMS
Deep TMS is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes magnetic waves to stimulate specific areas of the brain for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. By repairing neurons in targeted brain regions, Deep TMS has shown promising results in treating depression and other mental illnesses. Studies indicate that around 75 percent of patients who underwent Deep TMS saw some level of improvement, with about half of them achieving complete remission.
The Distinction from Standard TMS
Compared to standard TMS, Deep TMS boasts the ability to penetrate deeper into the brain’s targeted areas. This is achieved through the use of specialized coils that stimulate wider and deeper regions of the brain. The FDA has even approved deep TMS coils for smoking cessation in addition to treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
The Mechanics of Deep TMS
Deep TMS induces an electric current in specific brain regions through electromagnetic induction. During the procedure, a magnetic coil is connected to the scalp, which is then linked to an electric pulse generator or stimulator. As a result, a changing electric current is generated in the coil, creating a varying magnetic field that induces a current within the targeted brain region.
The Experience of Deep TMS Treatment
Deep TMS is a quick, comfortable, and safe method for patients. The treatment session involves wearing a helmet that delivers targeted magnetic waves to the brain area of interest. Patients typically experience little to no discomfort during the procedure, likened to a light tapping sensation on the side of the head.
Neuroscience behind Deep TMS
Deep TMS targets the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain that is more active in individuals with depression than in healthy individuals. By stimulating this region, Deep TMS aims to enhance cognitive control and reduce depressive symptoms.
Advantages of Deep TMS over Other Therapies
Compared to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), Deep TMS is non-invasive, does not involve anesthesia or seizures, and requires minimal downtime. It can be performed as a walk-in procedure. Additionally, Deep TMS offers an alternative to deep brain stimulation, as it does not require surgical electrode implantation.
Deep TMS for Smoking Cessation
Deep TMS has gained FDA approval as the only non-invasive medical device for temporary smoking cessation. The treatment reduces tobacco cravings and enhances cognitive control by stimulating neurons in the prefrontal cortex and bilateral insula through electromagnetic pulses. It is well-tolerated by patients and is easily incorporated into their daily routines, with minimal systemic side effects.
Deep TMS is a revolutionary treatment that shows great promise in helping individuals overcome smoking addiction. With its non-invasive nature, minimal side effects, and proven effectiveness, Deep TMS offers hope to those seeking an alternative to traditional therapies. If you or a loved one is struggling with smoking addiction or other mental health challenges, consider consulting with experts at Tulasi Healthcare, where they offer high-standard Deep TMS treatments tailored to individual needs.
(The author is Founder & Director – Tulasi Healthcare)