Continued From Part Three: The Best Herbs to Help You Quit Smoking
Acupuncture is a popular treatment in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) which involves the placement of very fine needles in energy points that run along energy meridians of the body. A common form of acupuncture used on people who are quitting smoking is auricular ear acupuncture. This type involves the insertion of needles in points of the ear which are known to assist in the detoxification of addictions.
Acupuncture helps to relieve symptoms of withdrawal, reduce cravings, and relax, balance and detoxify the body.
Acupuncture is gaining credit and popularity in smoking cessation programs as more and more people are choosing to utilize complementary methods to increase their chances of success. Most extended health plans nowadays even include acupuncture treatment coverage. Treatments can be somewhat expensive if you do not have coverage, but the financial savings of quitting smoking make up for it.
Bach Rescue Remedy, a combination of flower essences, is well known for its effect of bringing a calm state in times of stress and anxiety. A few sprays or drops of Rescue Remedy when you are experiencing stress while quitting smoking can help you to relax and put you in a positive state of mind. Bach Rescue Remedy does not cause drowsiness, so it can be used at any time of day.
Homeopathic remedies are another option for those wanting to quit. There are pre-made formulas on the market such as Smoke-Free and Stop-it Smoking. Alternatively, you can try a full assessment with a Homeopath where the Homeopath will determine which single remedy best fits your individual constitution and peculiarities.
Homeopathic remedies seem to have mixed reviews. Some people swear by them; others do not feel any effects. Since homeopathic remedies are non-toxic and do not have any side effects or adverse reactions whatsoever, they are always worth a try. Do keep in mind, however, that homeopathic remedies can lose their potency if they are exposed to radiation or strong scents. While taking homeopathic remedies avoid ingesting or smelling substances such as coffee, mint, bergamot, menthol, camphor, tea tree, and eucalyptus, as these may cancel the delicate vibrational effects of the medicine. Also, avoid storing your homeopathic remedies near your microwave, cell phone, or other devices which give off radiation or have an electromagnetic field.
Hypnotherapy works on the deep subconscious levels of the mind. It is a very effective method for removing the psychological reasons for smoking and the deep-seated subconscious patterns.
Through hypnotherapy, you can re-program your mind and set healthy patterns. A hypnotherapist will give suggestions to you while you are in a trance-like state and re-program your subconscious, so you are more likely to stick with the decision of quitting. Often people need only one session of hypnotherapy to quit smoking for good.
You can see a hypnotherapist for an individual session or even join a group hypnotherapy session focused on quitting smoking. Another option is to try self-hypnosis or to use one of the many hypnosis audios on the market which are geared towards quitting smoking.
Meditation can decrease the likelihood of relapse and improve the chances of successfully quitting.
Mindfulness meditation teaches how to be aware of the present moment – which includes whatever is going on in the body, as well as any thoughts or feelings that may surface. This type of meditation will also teach you to observe and accept thoughts as they arise while not identifying with them. This is more helpful than denying or ignoring thoughts and will lessen feelings of guilt, inferiority, blame and other negative emotions which may arise during the quitting process.
Sit in a comfortable position, either in a chair or in a cross-legged position on the floor. Keep your back straight. Make sure you are in a quiet place without distraction, close your eyes and become aware of any bodily sensations, thoughts, or feelings. Witness the experiences in the body and mind without judgment, identification, or other reactions.
Begin with 20 minutes a day and slowly work up to longer meditations.
Nicotine Replacement Therapies
Although certainly not “natural”, another option many smokers choose to quit are nicotine-replacement therapies. I included NRT in this article because nicotine patches and gums have been around for a long time, and have shown to be effective for some people. Such tools can be beneficial for those who want to wean themselves off of nicotine rather than quit cold turkey.
A relatively new nicotine-replacement therapy is the electronic cigarette. While these are slightly less harmful than traditional cigarettes, they still pose health risks, and they may not be as effective for quitting as they allow you to keep the habitual routine of smoking. Many people start smoking electronic cigarettes with the intention to quit smoking but end up just replacing regular cigarettes with the electronic version.
Nicotine-replacement therapies can be used alongside many of the other aids mentioned in this article. If you are already using NRT or are planning to, you will achieve better success by incorporating at least a few of the natural aids in addition to using NRT.
Continued in Part Five: Little Things that Make a Huge Difference in Quitting Smoking Successfully