Natural Remedies And Complementary Therapies That Help You Quit Smoking

Continued From Part Three: The Best Herbs to Help You Quit Smoking.

In addition to diet, nutritional supplements and herbs, other natural aids can be useful in supporting you to quit smoking. Here are a few that have reported success.

Try Acupuncture or Acupressure to Quit Smoking

Acupuncture and acupressure are popular treatments in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Acupuncture involves the placement of very fine needles in energy points that run along energy meridians of the body, acupressure uses the same points but uses, magnets or a blunt tool to stimulate the points.

Auricular acupuncture and acupressure are used for people who are quitting smoking by stimulating points on the ear which are known to assist in overcoming addictions. Acupuncture and acupressure help relieve symptoms of withdrawal, reduce cravings, and relax, balance and detoxify the body.

Acupuncture and acupressure are 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 when they quit smoking. Most extended health plans nowadays even include acupuncture treatment coverage. Treatments can be somewhat expensive if you don’t have coverage, but the financial savings of quitting smoking make up for it.

If you don’t like needles or just want to do treatment on yourself try an acupressure magnet, a simple product that stimulates the acupressure point which helps you quit smoking.

Take Flower Essences to Reduce Stress

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 after you quit 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.

Use Homeopathy to Assist in Quitting Smoking

Homeopathic remedies are another option for those who want an aid to quit smoking. 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.

Get Hypnotized to Quit Smoking

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 to quit smoking. Often people need only one session of hypnotherapy to quit smoking for good. I am a bit partial to this method as my father, a smoker for 40 years, quit after one hypnotherapy session tailored to a group of people who were ready to quit smoking.

You can see a hypnotherapist for an individual session or join a group hypnotherapy session as my father did. 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.

Mindfulness Meditation Helps You Quit

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.

Mindfulness meditation will teach you to accept any thoughts, feelings, and cravings which may arise. Once these are acknowledged, they can be released, and you can focus your energy on other things.

Related: 5 Ways Meditation Helped Me Battle Addiction

Using Nicotine Replacement Therapies

Although certainly not “natural”, another option many smokers choose to quit smoking 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.

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Continued in Part Five: Little Things that Make a Huge Difference in Quitting Smoking Successfully

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Michelle is passionate about holistic health and self-discovery. She received her training in Nutrition, Herbalism, and Bodywork from the International Academy of Natural Health Sciences in Ottawa, ON. She studied Ayurveda and Yoga in India and later continued her Yoga studies on Koh Phangan in Thailand. Michelle truly believes that good health involves body, mind, and spirit. She loves to spend her time in walking in nature, meditating, painting, writing, and learning more about health and wellness.


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