In this post we explore how to stop smoking naturally and look at the facts, and often ignored impact, around smoking.
Then we discuss the several natural remedies which have been proven to help during the stages of nicotine withdrawal. Discover what helps to ease cravings, aid our detox and then kick the habit for good.
The Facts – How To Stop Smoking Naturally
Cigarette smoking remains one of the leading causes of disease and illness across the globe.
Not only is it a prevalent factor in the development of several forms of cancers (mouth, throat, lung) it also contributes to heart disease, stoke and several other debilitating and terminal illnesses.
There is already a huge amount of, and ever increasing, public information detailing the health risks associated with smoking.
These risks are not only associated with the smoker but also to those who inadvertently are exposed to their”second-hand” smoke. We know these people as passive smokers.
The Often Ignored Impact Of Cigarette Smoking
We probably all know someone whose smoking led to ill health and we should all be aware of the huge personal costs of smoking in a financial sense.
So why are there so many people who continue to smoke and place themselves at risk?
The answer is addiction.
Smoking is highly addictive. Most people have probably tried to give up smoking a number of times. It is hard. Very hard.
What To Expect – How To Stop Smoking Naturally
When someone decides to stop smoking our body goes into a state of craving.
Like any habit we have developed a pattern of dependence. With smoking our body has become accustomed to functioning with, and has become dependent on, a certain level of nicotine. Nicotine is the chemical substance responsible for addiction.
When we stop smoking our body reacts.
It sends signals to our brain telling us that something is not right, something is missing and the cravings we feel is our body telling us “Please fix this…”
In order to eliminate these cravings we need to stop for long enough that the body is able to detoxify naturally and rid itself of all traces of nicotine.
This is the point where most people give up.
The cravings, in some cases, are so bad that people cannot sleep, become depressed and irritable or in extremes can become aggressive.
We need to spend enough time without nicotine for our body to develop a new habit, that being to become dependent on a nicotine free system.
Therefore if we wish to control these cravings and stick to our plans to quit we need to find alternate methods to control cravings and boost our chances for success.
In this guide on how to quit smoking naturally we will look at 3 Eastern practices that are recognized as highly effective in the battle against cravings and smoking cessation.
How To Stop Smoking Naturally With Acupuncture.
Acupuncture originates from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Records of it’s use can be found dating back to 113 B.C.
Based on the meridian system of energy flow Acupuncture is the procedure of having extremely thin needles inserted into particular meridian points on our body.
The needles when inserted into the meridian system stimulate and improve the energy flow.
I seriously doubt anyone likes the sound of needles being placed into their body, but believe it or not the technique is painless.
The use of acupuncture to quit smoking is now widely accepted within modern medical circles.
Research shows the use of acupuncture for smoking cessation to be one of the preferred holistic methods for successfully stopping smoking long term.
Unfortunately a large number of people never consider using acupuncture to quit smoking due to the needles.
If needles are something you are unable to consider, and there are many people that feel the same way, then there is an alternative Acupressure.
Acupressure uses exactly the same ideas as acupuncture. However rather than inserting needles directly into the meridian the technique involves placing direct pressure onto the meridian point.
Studies also show acupressure is an effective technique and achieves similar results to acupuncture.
Therefore if you are looking for treatment options for how to stop smoking naturally both are highly recommended.
The studies from those treated with both acupuncture and acupressure found that over 80% acupuncture and 74% acupressure participants found relief from withdrawal symptoms and the cravings of smoking.
Other recommendations for how to stop smoking naturally come from Eastern medical practice and include the use of herbal supplements.
Herbal Supplements are, like acupuncture and acupressure, used to aid the control of cravings and help with nicotine withdrawal.
Herbal supplements are also recommended because of the additional health benefits they provide.
Adding herbal supplements to your diet helps ease nicotine withdrawal which can lead to irritability, anxiousness and sleep deprivation. The use of supplements also aids tissue repair.
One of the problems faced by long term smokers is premature aging. When we smoke our tissues dry out and become damaged due to the cigarette smoke reducing the amount of oxygen that reaches our skin. Herbal supplements can help aid repair and hydration of our bodies tissues.
As with any herbal treatment, or supplement, if you have existing medical conditions or take prescription medicines it is always advised to seek medical advice from your doctor before embarking on any alternative supplements.
Herbal supplements when used as a treatment option for how to stop smoking naturally are perfectly safe. Those recommended have been tested thoroughly. However any product, natural or not, may interact with pharmaceuticals therefore it is always wise that we seek initial medical advice.
The recommended herbal products for how to stop smoking naturally are very basic and easy to use.
They are 2 off the shelf natural teas.
You may be surprised but both have been used successfully to counteract nicotine withdrawals and counter cravings.
You should sip green tea throughout the day during your detoxification period. Green Tea contains certain elements that are thought to prevent the urge to smoke and block cravings.
Lobelia Tea is known for it’s ability to aid the elimination of toxins from our body and was traditionally used as an antidote for snake bite!
Combine Lobelia and Green Tea and you have an awesome detoxification product that will help control cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Again, a very simple herbal remedy and one that is easy to add to your diet. Cayenne pepper is an excellent remedy for helping to ease the cravings for cigarettes.
Cayenne Pepper desensitizes the respiratory system to tobacco and chemical irritants and this is what eases, and stops, the cravings for cigarettes.
It is important that you add this spice to your diet during your cessation. Use Cayenne spice daily by adding a couple of pinches into a glass of water.
Studies have shown that Ginseng prevents the nicotine induced release of neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is like the “high of smoking” and what makes you feel better after having a cigarette.
This is a big part of the nicotine addiction process.
Add a teaspoon of ginseng powder to your breakfast cereal or a glass of fruit juice in the morning should help alleviate cravings.
St. John’s Wort
Most people will be aware that St Johns Wort is primarily used to treat depression. However some research indicates that this herb also helps people quit smoking.
In one study, a sample group of people who smoked 1 or more cigarettes a day also received St. John’s wort (450 mg capsule 2 times a day) plus smoking cessation guidance.
After 12 weeks, 45% of the target group had successfully managed to quit.
How To Stop Smoking Naturally With Lifestyle Changes
When seeking ways to quit smoking we must look at modifying our lifestyle. Some useful tips include:
- Supplement your vitamin and mineral intake by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid consuming anything that elevates blood acidity such as sugars and highly caffeinated products as they will increase your withdrawal symptoms.
- Practice meditation techniques, you can find a useful guide here.
- Exercise – get plenty as it reduces the stress associated with withdrawal and promotes relaxation.
- Take plenty of water – dehydration is one of the leading factors of increasing cravings.
- Rest – allow your body to detox and eliminate the nicotine from your system.
These techniques for how to stop smoking naturally can be used independently or you may wish to use them all in your quest to stop.
If you do try any of these please do write in and let me know how you got on. Or if you have other methods that work for you please also let me know.
Wishing you the best of health.