Deciding to quit smoking can be a very healthy choice that can increase your life span, decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke and improve your stamina and immune system. However; actually quitting can be very difficult. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and if you have been smoking for any length of time, chances are you don’t really want to quit. Many people turn to nicotine patches, gums and pills that, while relieving the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, merely prolong the nicotine addiction. If you want to quit in a healthy, safe and natural way, these effective and natural methods of quitting smoking are for you.
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|Mattingly Chiropractic||314-635-1008||Central County|
Lobelia: Lobelia is probably the most effective natural method of quitting smoking. The herb has a powerful effect on the nervous system that induces a calm and relaxed state. Lobelia should be taken with care as it can be toxic in large quantities. Lobelia produces a chemical reaction in the brain that is similar to the effect of cigarettes. This means that careful doses of the herbs can replace your cravings for nicotine while you are suffering withdrawal from the chemical. The FDA restricts some uses of Lobelia due to it being toxic.
St. Johns Wort: St. Johns wort is an herb that is often used to treat depression in patients. This herb has been studied and found to be an effective aid in helping patients to quit smoking. One study showed that 37% quit smoking when taking St. Johns Wort then when not taking the herb. However studies also show that the effects of St. Johns wort do not last long term, should you quit smoking using the herb, you might have some return of cravings when you stop taking the supplement. St. Johns wort should not be taken with prescription or over the counter medicine. St. Johns wort is also not recommended for long term use, for women who are pregnant or nursing or for those who suffer from bipolar disorders.
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Ginseng: Ginseng has been used as an effective natural cure by the Middle East for hundreds of years. The root releases chemicals that help to prevent the release of the chemical dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is the sensation of ‘high’ that smokers get after receiving a nicotine rush. Taking ginseng will not lessen your nicotine addiction however; you can take ginseng so that if you do break down and smoke, you are not rewarded by the calming rush of nicotine. This helps to prevent you from craving the rush and therefore helps you to stop smoking.
Herbs & Tinctures: There are many herbs and tinctures that can be used in combination to alleviate the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Valerian can help you to sleep and overcome insomnia, Lemon Balm and Chamomile can help you to relax, give your body a soothing rush and can help to calm irritability and mood swings. There are many herbs that you can use. Try drinking them in teas for the fastest results or taking pills or supplements forlong term use.
Smoking is one of the most addictive habits, yet nearly half of Americans who once smoked eventually quit. To help you quit smoking, visit the Quitting Smoking section of WebMD and you’ll find in-depth information here on successful smoking cessation techniques, nicotine patches, and other products.