Alternative Therapies To Quit Smoking

on Saturday, 01 October 2011. Posted in Combination Cures, Alternative Therapies & Cures Written By: Ishpreet Bindra

It's never too late to let go of that addictive cigarrete in your hand. Try some of the best ayurvedic remedies and stub that butt forever!

Alternative Therapies To Quit Smoking

The fact that smoking affects a person both physically as well as psychologically makes it extremely injurious to health and difficult to quit. Several alternative therapies however, have been proven helpful in dealing nicotine addictions; with minimum side effects. Some of these are:

  • Herbal remedies
  • Acupuncture
  • Meditation

 Herbal remedies

Herbal withdrawal remedies aim at reducing stress in a person while decreasing the urge to smoke. When the nervous system of a chain smoker is learning to adjust to a life minus nicotine, it is bound to get stressed. Herbs used in combination prove to be effective remedies against this.  The following are the herbs that are used in herbal remedies for smoking cessation:

  • Oat straw: This herb is a popular nerve tonic used in combination with other herbs to help quit smoking. It stimulates and strengthens the central nervous system. It can be taken as a tea or as an extract.
  • Lobelia: this herb acts as a substitute for nicotine and is therefore, a very vital constituent of withdrawal remedies. It is a very toxic herb and is therefore, used in restricted amounts only.
  • Valerian: this herb is a good sedative and during withdrawal it helps to induce a calming effect on the patient. It reduces fear and anxiety and acts as an anti-depressant.
  • St. John’s Wort: this herb too is a nervous tonic. It also enhances support to the immune system and is good for the digestive as well as respiratory system. It is therefore, considered to be a whole some herbal remedy for smoke quitters.

However, use of all these herbs is advised under guidance from certified medical practitioners as they prescribe dosage keeping individual requirements in mind. It is also advisable to let your herbalist know of all other medical treatments you are undergoing starting treatment.

Smoking Trivia:

  • Every day 80,000 to 100,000 children start smoking worldwide.
  • One third of the men world over smoke.
  • Smoking kills one in every 10 adults each year.
  • Everyday there is a sale of over 15 billion cigarettes around the globe.
  • Vitamins rich in antioxidants like Vit A, E and C can be used in combination with Vit-B Complex while quitting to smoke

Acupuncture

This is a very common alternative therapy that uses needles, to cure ailments. To help people quit smoking, these needles are inserted at various points in the ear, for 20 minutes. Often several sessions are required before one quits smoking. In between sessions, acupuncturists, use tiny balls taped to the ear puncture points. During cravings patients are advised to apply pressure at these balls, to curb them.

Meditation

Doctors today believe that meditation helps in smoking cessation and advise its use along with other therapies. Research has shown that meditation works by releasing dopamine in the brain. Dopamine helps to trigger a relaxing feeling, much craved by smokers. It therefore works in place of nicotine and prevents relapse among smokers. Smokers are advised to meditate for at least five to 20 minutes everyday. This not just controls carvings but also relaxes the body and relieves stress.

Those who decide to quit smoking need both support and applause from all around them. It is vital to know that secondary smoke is as harmful as smoking a cigarette yourself. Smoking cessation ensures good health and long life for one and all. Also Read Quit Smoking Through Systematic Counseling

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