Natural Ways To Quit Smoking
There are many options available for those who wish to stop smoking. Some may find natural remedies most effective, particularly if they aim to maintain an otherwise natural lifestyle. One option available is hypnosis, which reportedly can alter cognitive responses and so end the patient’s cravings and thoughts regarding smoking. However, this particular method has not been proven to be effective in clinical trials as of yet.
Other natural quit smoking options include:
- Herbal remedies and substitutes.
- Kava Kava is a herb found in areas such as Fiji, and can reduce the stress involved in nicotine withdrawal. It is also believed to have anti-cancer properties, though it is banned from import into European Union countries.
- Chamomile is also effective in aiding patients quit smoking.
- While nicotine is believed to be an appetite suppressant, fasting is argued by many quitters to have been of great assistance, as they say it makes the process easier. Scientists believe that the craving mechanism which drives smokers to need their cigarettes may be reset when the part of the brain which regulates hunger and thirst is stimulated by a real (though certainly not dangerous) need, blocking its messages of a desire for nicotine.
- In a related technique, nicotine detoxification is a process by which the nicotine from smoking is driven out of the system. This is, basically, quitting cold turkey. However, as Nicotine has a half life of around two hours, smokers detox quite well over a period of sleep. This leads to many dependent smokers suffering a drastic need for a cigarette very soon after waking up. Detoxification treatments require tremendous willpower and are difficult to accomplish without other measures.
- Acupuncture has been suggested as an aid to smoking cessation, but clinical trials have shown at best only a placebo effect is at work.
- Similarly, laser therapy working under the same principles as acupuncture to target specific nodes in the body for therapeutic effect, using a light rather than needles, has not been found to offer any assistance.
- Self help measures can also be simple, inexpensive, yet effective.
- One such measure available is the concept of self-help meters or ‘Quit Meters’. These small computer programs track various statistics over the course of an attempted withdrawal from smoking. Their advantage is that they provide positive feedback and encouragement that quitting is making a difference, such as by displaying the cigarettes not smoked since quitting began, and the money saved.
- Self-help books and groups are also available for support. Books can be useful for teaching positive thinking, but it is believed that peer-support is far more effective in leading to a more permanent end to smoking, as feedback in a group provides much greater encouragement.
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