Natural Approaches for Quitting Smoking
Smokers have been trying to find the easiest and most effective ways to quit their dangerous habit for a long time, but although there are more products available to help people stop smoking, the statistics of smokers in the country are still staggering. Either the products are not helping, or people are not using them! Despite all of the things that society has done to discourage smokers from lighting up their next cigarette, quitting continues to be a problem. These tips are designed to offer a better, safer, and more natural way to stop.
The Will to Quit
Too many of the products that smokers use to quit smoking rely heavily on a loss of responsibility. Whenever someone uses a patch or drug, it removes the burden of the addiction. But while temporarily, it might seem easier for some smokers, over time, their dependence will likely continue because the decision to quit was not actively being made by them. The human mind is incredibly strong and its full potential is rarely realized. Focusing on a goal or losing sight of it is the difference between success and failure. That philosophy can be applied to smoking or any other addiction.
In order to stop, you have to want to stop. It is not about what others are telling you or what people think about your habit; it's up to you. The best way to end the smoking addiction for good is to take responsibility for your own life. Instead of depending on the latest quit-smoking method, place your well-being in your hands and in your own mind. There are ways to help if you are ready to finally become smoke free for the right reasons.
Confidence and Replacement
Once you have decided to quit smoking and that it is something you really want, the next step is to understand what will make that goal possible. Do not just throw all of your cigarettes out in an attempt to avoid the problem. Your addiction is inside of you and that is where the solution to it is as well. When you have confidence in yourself, any task becomes easier.
Build Confidence: Take the package of cigarettes with you and leave a couple of cigarettes in it. Then, every time you resist the urge to smoke, you will know that it is because you made the choice. Eventually, your confidence builds and builds until you reach a point where you can make the choice not to smoke whether you are around cigarettes or not, which is extremely important.
Find a Replacement Habit: Often times, when one habit is abandoned, another takes its place. Be proactive and select the new habit or activity that will replace smoking. Ideally, it should be something healthy. Try exercising, playing a sport, writing, or any other activity that you think you would enjoy. If you resort to eating more, stick with fruits, nuts, and vegetables as snacks in between balanced meals. As a last resort, candy and sugarless gum can also work.
Various natural supplements for quitting smoking have been used:
- Acupuncture: "study confirms that adequate acupuncture treatment may help motivated smokers to reduce their smoking, or even quit smoking completely, and the effect may last for at least 5 years. Acupuncture may affect the subjects' smoking by reducing their taste of tobacco and their desire to smoke. Different acupoints have different effects on smoking cessation." Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11676576
- lobelia: "Lobelia dilates the bronchials and relaxes muscle spasms in the lungs. This makes it one of our most valuable remedies for asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough and spastic cough....Because lobeline has a similar chemical structure to nictotine, lobelia has been used to help people quit smoking...Lobelia can be taken (preferably in liquid form) three to four times per day, plus anytime smokers have the urge to smoke. It eases craving for nicotine, counteracts some of the harmful effects of smoking and aids the lungs of smokers." Source: http://www.treelite.com/articles/articles/lobelia-%28lobelia-inflata%29.html
- Ginseng: "Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (P. quinquefolius) can help smokers adapt to stress. In fact, ginseng is known as an adaptogen and has long been used as a tonic to help increase overall physical and mental performance...Purchase whole roots of either Asian or American ginseng at most large natural and health– food stores. The whole roots are hard and tough, but nibbling on the end of one, ingesting 1 or 2 g of the root per day, will not only deliver a standard daily dose of ginseng, but will also provide an alternative to the habit of taking something to the mouth. I keep a piece of ginseng root in the car to nibble on when the urge strikes." Source: http://www.motherearthliving.com/health-and-wellness/herbs-that-help-smokers-quit-three-herbal-friends-that-help.aspx
- Hypnotherapy: "A new study* shows that smoking patients who participated in one hypnotherapy session were more likely to be nonsmokers at 6 months compared with patients using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) alone or patients who quit "cold turkey"." Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071022124741.htm
They can be helpful for some people and ineffective for others. Again, the absolute best way to quit smoking is to take control of the situation yourself. The above supplements should only be considered in certain circumstances. Check with your doctor to see if any would be appropriate, and remember that the power of the mind and a concentrated effort outweighs all of them combined.