Only those who are smokers or ex-smokers know how difficult it is to quit smoking. For this reason, it is very common for people to return to smoking after an attempt to quit. But there are remedies, even natural ones, that can greatly help people to remain firm in their intentions to say goodbye to that expensive and useless vice, called cigarettes.
Smoking has been proven to be detrimental to the health of both the smoker and those around him, passive smokers.
As tobacco is a socially accepted and legalized drug, it is even more difficult to stop smoking, since the cigarette is easily found for the consumption of tobacco addiction.
Thinking of quitting? We know that the task is not as simple as we would like it to be, especially if you have been a smoker for several years.
Quitting smoking is not only a physical dependence, but also a problem that can be psychological.
Quitting smoking requires focus, persistence, and changing habits. There are some natural remedies that help a lot to make this bad habit disappear like smoke.
Learn about 10 natural remedies and methods that can help you quit smoking, without resorting to strong medications, which sometimes cause serious side effects
- Valerian or Chamomile
Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis. Among the problems that could be solved using this method is smoking. During the hypnotherapy session, the patient gets the idea that cigarettes poisons the body, that the patient needs the body to live and therefore must respect it. The hypnotherapist may suggest that cigarette smoke is like truck exhaust or that the smoke leaves the patient's mouth extremely dry and tasteless.
Some studies are needed to determine whether hypnosis is actually capable of helping smokers to quit, but researchers say hypnosis has a hopeful approach and has many other benefits.
The one who has already experimented says it works. In addition, there are studies like this one, which confirm that adequate treatment with acupuncture can even help smokers to reduce or stop smoking from time to time, and that this effect can last for at least 5 years. Acupuncture interferes with the sense of the taste of tobacco and the desire to smoke. It's worth a try!
It is a specific acupuncture, which acts on the ear. This treatment seeks to reduce anxiety, the most difficult part to overcome in any addiction treatment. It is also ideal to help improve the health of the lungs, one of the organs most affected by tobacco use.
It is one of the most effective known plants in the treatment of smoking. Ginseng inhibits the release of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter responsible for offering a sensation of pleasure and well-being, stimulated by nicotine.
This is one of the most used tricks in treatments to quit smoking. It is believed that by keeping your mind and mouth occupied, it is possible to gain a sense of well-being, facilitating the process of quitting smoking. In most cases, the majority of people who suffer from depression, who do not feel as if it were a health problem, because it is not known how long it takes to decompose, it is best to chew leaves, for example mint , rosemary, boldo, etc.
6. Valerian or Chamomile
Consuming valerian root infusion - especially a little before bedtime - reduces anxiety, stress and nervousness, states that induce smoking. Chamomile also provides the same relaxing effects against stress and craving.
Lobelia is a genus of plants that has more than 400 species. It has been known since ancient times in the cure of various diseases, including in the treatment of relaxation and respiratory problems. It is another effective plant to help with nicotine withdrawal problems. It is very common to find this type of plant as the main ingredient in many products to stop smoking, but it is also possible to consume it in other ways. One of them is preparing infusions. However, it is extremely important to inform yourself before using this plant and always consume the indicated dose, since, in large quantities, it can be toxic.
Oatmeal is an excellent food for the diet of people who want to quit smoking, as it can help reduce anxiety. Its consumption is not a specific treatment, but the change in diet is a stimulus to reach the goal of quitting smoking.
That is, the change of diet alone and neither the use of homeopathic or natural treatments, without changing eating habits.
Ginger root is effective in treating nausea and anxiety that can arise as soon as the patient stops smoking, as well as helping to detoxify the body.
10. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper can be used especially when the urge to smoke becomes uncontrollable, it can also help alleviate and prevent the harmful effects that smoking causes on the lungs.
Remember that these remedies do not work miracles. They help those who are dedicated to quitting smoking, which requires rigor and willpower to reach that difficult goal, but one that brings so much good to health.
By Gisella Meneguelli
Original article (in Portuguese)