How To Stop Smoking Naturally!

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How to Stop Smoking Naturally

How to stop smoking naturally – Introduction

Smoking remains as 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 are high levels of publicity about the risks of smoking, not only to the smoker but those around them (passive smoking), we probably all know someone whose smoking has 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.  

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How to stop smoking Naturally –  Methods

When someone decides to stop smoking their body goes into a state of craving.  Like any habit or dependence our body is used to functioning with a certain level of nicotine, 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 I want some more”

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.  

Therefore if we wish to control these cravings and stick to our plans to quit we need to find alternate ways.  In this guide on how to stop 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 – Acupuncture to Stop Smoking

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Acupuncture to Quit Smoking

Acupuncture originates from traditional Chinese medicine and records of it’s use can be found dating back to 113 B.C.  Based on the meridian system of energy flow Acupuncture consists 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.

Believe it or not, no one like the sound of needles being placed into their body, the technique is painless.

The use of acupuncture to quit smoking is now widely accepted within modern medical circles and there has been a great deal of research done that shows the use of acupuncture to quit smoking being one of the leading methods in terms of successful long term cessation.

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, 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.  

There have also been studies that show acupressure is an effective technique and achieves similar results to acupuncture.  Therefore in our search for how to stop smoking naturally it is 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.

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Herbal Treatments

In Eastern medicine another recommendation for how to stop smoking naturally includes the use of herbal supplements.

Herbal Supplements are, like acupuncture and acupressure, used to aid in the control of cravings and nicotine withdrawal.

One of the main reasons that herbal supplements are recommended is the additional health benefit provided.  As well as helping prevent the nicotine withdrawal that can lead to irritability, anxiousness and sleep deprivation the use of herbal supplements also aids in tissue repair.  As you smoke your tissues dry out and become damaged. Herbal supplements aid the repair and hydration of your bodies tissues.

As with any herbal treatment of supplement if you have ill health or take prescription medicines it is always advised to seek medical advice from your doctor before embarking on any alternative supplements.  How to stop smoking naturally herbal supplements are perfectly safe and those recommended have been tested thoroughly however like any medicinal product some can interact with pharmaceuticals and so seeking medical advice initially is always the way to go.

For those of us seeking methods for how to stop smoking naturally there are 2 off the shelf natural teas that are safe to use now without any advice needed.  You may be surprised but both have been used successfully to counteract nicotine withdrawals and counter cravings.

Green Tea

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

Lobelia Tea is long known for it’s ability to aid the elimination of toxins from the 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.

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Lifestyle Changes

When seeking how to stop smoking naturally 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.

36 Responses to How To Stop Smoking Naturally!

  1. HI there my friend,

    Great site, healing naturally and natural health. I wish there was more sites like it. Stopping smoking is said to be one of the most difficult things to do. Doing it naturally perhaps even more difficult.

    No idea myself as I never started. I had no idea acupuncture could work with smoking or herbal teas.

    • Hi Derek

      Thank you for your comments. I’m delighted you enjoy the site and hope to hear from you again. Great decision never to start smoking. It is a very difficult addiction to stop. Teas and acupuncture definitely help and I recommend them fully…however it is still a battle for people and requires great will power.

      Wishing you the best health

      Jason

  2. As someone that has quit a 30 year habit, I appreciate the alternative methods to stopping smoking that you discuss in this great post. For the majority of my lifetime, the dangers of smoking have been both denied and covered-up. Today we are much more aware of the risk that smoking causes, but the methods to quit, in my opinion, are sadly disquised by means that are designed to keep a person smoking. The nicotine replacement products do not remove the nicotine from your system and do not help in breaking your addiction. In the end a person has to withdraw from nicotine and your methods are based on traditional medicine and ways to detox that a person can benefit from. I’ve always questioned if the tobacco growers are actually the ones that produce the stop smoking means that are marketed so heavily to smokers and appluad the infomation that this post provides.

    • Hi Erin

      Thank you for your comments. I like you have always wondered how replacing a nicotine cigarette with a nicotine patch could ever help anyone give up. I realize that the patch is healthier than the cigarette as you don’t get the tar and other chemicals…however as nicotine is the addictive element it seems a strange way to give up….

      I do believe that the only way to stop smoking is to stop the intake of nicotine and the holistic remedies I list here are useful in supporting the person to do that and to stop the cravings.

      Thanks again for your comments.

      Jason

  3. Acupuncture is so ancient that just for this you should try it .
    Very nice article, i wish i red it while i was quitting smoking.

    I managed it though , as you write i did change my diet, meditate, visualized and create a special inner section in my mind reminding me that my new baby born would be affected by it, so i did quit!! .

    Sometimes we really need a powerful stimulation in order to break long term bad habits.

    I will anyways keep the herbal teas on the go in case of possible craving.
    As well i found out that it is much effective saying that you don’t smoke instead saying that you quit, it’s a bit as tricking the brain, after many times repeating that you don’t smoke your mind and body will act upon it.
    Thanks a lot for the tips
    Wish you endless health

    • thank you my friend. I absolutely agree with using positive mental conditioning and seeing yourself as a non smoker compared to an ex smoker. Saying you don’t smoke helps manifest that exact state.

      Best health always

      J

  4. Well I must say to you that from the word go I was really happy to be commenting on this site as I have a natural weight loss site and so it sparked my curiosity. I was not disappointed when I began to read it either. I laid out very nicely if we read into it properly, the reasons why one should quit smoking in the first place and then it went on to the natural approaches of how to quit. As a smoker I was really interested in this part. I found that your tips on lifestyle changes to make complete sense and I will try to adjust my life accordingly.
    Thank you
    Si

    • Hi Si

      Glad you found the post useful.

      Good luck with the stopping smoking. It’s one of the hardest addictions to break but is well worth it for health and financial reasons.

      Best wishes

      Jason

  5. Hi there,
    thanks for the advice. I’ve been smoking for a few years now and know how difficult it can be to stop smoking. I’ve stopped in the past for a few weeks at a time but always end up starting again. Not sure if acupuncture is for me but will definitely try green tea and changing some lifestyle habits.

    • Glad you enjoyed the post Adam. And if you can do try the acupuncture. I have a hatred of needles so was pretty worried the first time I had it done…but the truth is you dont feel them and it works really well.

      If you feel the needle…ask the practitioner to stop…and go elsewhere!

      Best of health to you

      Jason

  6. Useful tidbit of information and some very useful tips. I myself am a smoker, and could use some cutting back at least, if not full-on quitting. This way I can stay alive for my kids that much longer. And as it is now, my family is dyin off fast from cancer.
    Hopefully these tips will help what medicine and doctors could not accomplish. Hopefully this can get ME quit from nicotine for good!
    Thank You!

    • Thank you for your comments

      I do encourage you to give these suggestions a go as they have been successful for many.

      I am aware of the difficulty in quiting but as you point out there are many very good reasons for doing so.

      I wish you much luck and hope to hear how you get on should you try any recommendations in the post.

      Jason

  7. This was a well informative site that offered many alternatives on how to stop smoking. By allowing others to comment helps to bring authenticity to the theme. You had more than enough them-based content built into the site. I think that this site is working for you. I could not help but share in the comment section myself.

    • Thank you for your comments. I’m very pleased that you felt the information in the post contained the relevance needed. I hope, that like you, others will see the benefit of using holistic and natural remedies for greater health and well being

      Jason

  8. I have not smoked in over twenty three years. I started smoking in the military. Everyone was doing it and it seemed like a nice way to relax. I smoked for about Ten years and actually quit cold turkey. it was tough but I endured. A few years passed and I started back. It was even harder to stop this time. I read some where that hospitals were having success in telling there patients to pray and that this caused a lot of their patients to heal faster. So my thing was why could it not work to stop smoking? I tried that and it worked. It does not matter if you are religious or not, just pray.

    • Hi,
      I absolutely agree. The power of prayer resides in the affirmation to self…my personal belief. The Laws of Attraction or whatever you want to call it are always answering and will give us what we truly believe and internally seek…positive or negative. Thank you for your comments here. I am sure they will be of help to many.
      Jason

  9. Hi There,

    I do fully believe that there are far healthier methods and alternatives to modern chemical solutions to many problems in life such as quitting smoking. Nicotine patches, really replacing nicotine with…nicotine.
    (begs the question whoy would nt cutting back on the number of cigarette’s be just as effective?)

  10. Hi Jason,
    Great post. I smoked for a long time, and the only thing that actually worked for me was Allen Carr’s ‘Easy Way To Quit Smoking’ book. It has been 5 years since I had my last puff!

  11. I found this really interesting, because (even though I don’t admit this to many people….) I do smoke occasionally. I’m talking a few a week, and I do enjoy doing it- despite all the associated risks.
    Recently, though, I’ve started eating really healthily, and I’ve noticed that I have no desire to smoke whatsoever, so clearly the healthy diet approach has something to it.
    I’d not heard of using acupuncture to stop smoking, but sure, it’s something I’d give a try!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Chloe

    • Hi Chloe,

      Don’t tell anyone, but I am also one of those occasional sneaky ciggie smokers…always regret it the next day and hate the smell and associated health costs…but just occasionally its a little naughty treat. I think there are probably many of us in this situation and i don’t advocate it but….healthy eating and lifestyle certainly will make the smoking seem worse or as you say in your case youre just not interested …acupuncture works a charm…so its a decision at the of the day and up to the individual…many smokers live to ripe old ages…many dont….for me I think im better off with the healthy foods and natural living….lol

  12. Hi, I think your information about acupuncture is great. It really is an amazing thing. There are even courses for Physical therapists to get certified in acupuncture and it is helping with spasms and other ailments. Really interesting stuff. I’m not a smoker, but I am interested in trying it for other purposes. I think a post on acupuncture would be great. Thanks for the interesting article.

    • Hi Jeff

      Thanks for your comments and my apologies for the length of time taken to respond. I’m glad you found the post useful. Acupuncture is a tremendous treatment for many ailments and health related issues. Ive used it for both a dislocated vertebrae and also for migraine…successful and wonderful in both instances. Thanks again for writing in.

      Jason

  13. Hi Jason,
    What good would that quitting smoking is as easy as you start using it, for some, nice vice; personally I hadn’t difficulty; I woke up one day when I went to catch my usual cigarette asked myself: What is the benefit I am getting from smoking this drug? 13 years later I think the answer was correct, after I quit so left 95% of smokers in my family and I think that is a good result. Obviously the circumstances are individual so I congratulate you on your work to help people quit using cigarettes.
    renan

  14. Hello Jason, you couldn’t be more right. smoking is a very big problem in our society today. Myself i use to smoke quiet a lot in the past. it was a habit i found very difficult to stop. But what really saved me from this smoking habit was herbal treatments which you have recommended in your article. After weeks of the herbal treatments i had to stop smoking and i have been smoke free for 4 years now and counting

    • Hi Fru!

      Thanks for writing in. I’m so pleased to hear you managed to stop. 4 years is awesome! and proof that the natural way works! Thanks for giving inspiration to many others still trying to quit!

      Best health to you!

      Jason

  15. Smoking is something I really hate. However, I disagree with you about calling it an addiction, It isn’t. It’s more a habit than addiction. I have talked with many smokers and tried my best to understand them and my conclusion is that smoking is a habit, not addiction.
    Nicotine isn’t that addictive and it can found in other natural food and other things. And those things is addictive. I heard that honey contains nicotine and it doesn’t cause any addiction.
    That’s what I thought 🙂

    • Hi Mahmood.

      Glad you wrote in.

      You are right that habit and addiction go hand in hand, however I disagree with you entirely in regard that smoking is purely a habit. While habits are hard to break they do not cause chemical imbalance within the body. Deprive the body of its usual state of nicotine and you have a chemical reaction, the same way as if you suddenly deprived the body of oxygen. When the body becomes “addicted” or “used to something” there is an extreme reaction when you take it away and the system craves for it and begins to shut down.

      The same way coffee drinkers get headaches when they don’t have their morning fix!

      A habit is similar, but no habit causes chemical imbalance. We may crave to continue a habit out of sheer routine…but addiction is a gripping vice that needs to be properly managed because the chemical composition within the body relies on remaining at a certain level to function…take that away and functioning stops.

      If you still disagree that is your choice…and I’m very pleased you never faced the turmoil of breaking an addiction compared to a habit.

      Best health to you

      Jason

  16. Awesome tips on how to stop smoking naturally ! I’ve been smoking for 20 years now and reading about the possibilities of cancer and all that is really scary. I’ve tried to quit smoking before by just trying not to smoke, but I couldn’t do it. These natural ways seem to be good so I might be looking into at least one of them ! Thanks for the information.

    • Hi Rolandas

      Glad you found the information useful. I probably shouldn’t admit to having had a 40 a day addiction!

      The acupuncture worked for me! And I HATE needles…..

      Plus the teas to keep the cravings at bay.

      Good luck with it, and if you do try please let us know how you got on!

  17. Smoking is a nasty habit and I am glad that it’s something I’ve never picked up, so I don’t know anything about quitting. However, I do agree with you that doing anything naturally is the way to go. My family and I try to keep things natural in our home such as using homemade soaps and cleaning supplies instead of the chemical filled products you find on the store shelves. The tips you shared are wonderful tips not only for quitting smoking but also for making you body a cleaner environment altogether. Thanks for the great information!

    • Hi Ben,

      Thank you very much for your comments!

      Totally agree with you. There are many options rather than chemical laden products which harm us and our environment.

      If anything adds better health, longer life and a clean environment for our future generations its got to be good!

      Wishing you best health and my thanks

      Jason

  18. Great content, and fantastic tips on natural ways to stop smoking. I think when people talk about wanting to give up smoking, they focus only on what they’re “losing” – almost like fighting a battle. Instead of pushing e-cigarettes, patches and gum, wouldn’t it be nice to see the promotion of alternative, natural methods that will not only lead to an end to smoking, but benefits in every area of life.

    • Hi Hindy,

      Thanks for your comments.

      I agree, people need to change the mindset of loss to one of what they gain…good health and longer life!

      While I have no problem with the gums and patches…they can become another addiction (although a better one than smoking) and that’s why I would always recommed they try natural first…it works!

      Best health to you!

      Jason

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