Alternative Methods to Quit Smoking

Alternative Methods to Quit Smoking

It is estimated that 70 percent of smokers want to quit, it’s no wonder that there are many quit smoking products and programs out that are designed for these individuals. These are scientifically-proven quit smoking programs that have gotten the nod of many health professionals. However, using these products may not be that effective and may bring side-effects. For this reason, many alternative therapies are out to help many individuals in their desire to be nicotine-free. These alternative methods are considered by many as safe and effective way of quitting smoking. Acupuncture Medical studies show that acupuncture may increase the levels of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are opiate-like substances in the body that are known elevate the mood and bring moments of relaxation. These factors may lower the cravings for that stick or pack of cigarette. Many health professionals recommend at least four sessions of acupuncture during the first month of quitting. Herbal remedies There are no herbs that contain nicotine. However, there are herbs like chamomile that has a calming effect that may help one’s transition to life as a non-smoker. The calming effect of this herb may help one cope with stressful situations that may lead one to light a cigarette. However, individuals who want to try this herb should seek the approval of a health professional because it might produce an allergic reaction…

Quit Smoking Methods – An Alternative Perspective

‘A cigarette is a pipe with a fire at one end and a fool at the other’ said Dr. Johnson in his sarcastic comment on cigarettes and smoking. Smoking is in fact a pernicious craving for tobacco products, especially cigarettes and cigars. An organic compound, nicotine, which is richly found in tobacco smoke, is very detrimental to your health. It is linked with various health risks. It can cause diseases of the cardiovascular system, myocardial infarction (heart attack), stroke, diseases of the respiratory tract such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) chronic bronchitis and emphysema, cancer (particularly lung cancer and cancers of the larynx and tongue), peripheral vascular disease, birth defects of pregnant smokers’ offspring, Buerger’s disease (thromboangiitis obliterans), impotence, and in some cases it may develop cataracts that may cause blindness. The statement ‘One thousand Americans stop smoking every day – by dying’ ironically expresses the risks of smoking. “Sooner or later, everyone stops smoking.” Major health risks can be minimized by cessation smoking. Smoking cessation means to quit smoking, but the cardinal point is how to quit smoking. Smoking can be quitted by using nicotine-containing tobacco substitutes. Nicotine replacement therapy has been quite an effective treatment. It uses various other nicotine delivery methods to replace nicotine obtained from smoking or other tobacco usage. The nicotine patch, inhaler, nasal spray, gum, gel, and lozenge are some…

Safe Alternative Methods to Quit Smoking

With countless individuals hooked to cigarette smoking, it’s no wonder many are overwhelmed with products and programs that would supposedly help smokers quit their addiction. It’s no surprise that many smokers who want to kick the habit are also trying alternative methods to help them achieve their goal. Acupuncture and aromatherapy are some of some forms of alternative medicine that are used by many individuals who want to quit cigarette smoking. Understanding these methods are essential in a smoker’s goal to quit the habit. Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine which is commonly used to beat addictions which may include smoking. It is said that acupuncturists use thin needles to activate the body’s “qi” or health energy. Nourishing the “qi” which supposedly flows through the body through defined pathways called meridians is the main focus of acupuncture. According to Chinese medicine, addiction like smoking may hamper the flow of the “qi” and lead to illness. Recent medical studies suggest that this form of ancient treatment may indeed help an individual quit smoking. Acupuncture has been shown to increase the levels of endorphins in the body. Endorphins or endogenous morphins are the body’s natural pain killer which may also soothe nicotine cravings. Many medical experts recommend this method for individuals who want to quit cigarette smoking. Aromatherapy is also an ancient form of medicine that originated…

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