Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Alternative Therapies to Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is a great decision. Not only will you reduce your risk of many life taking diseases such as coronary artery disease, lung cancer and even cataracts, but you will also improve the health of the people around you by reducing their exposure to second-hand smoke. But anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking knows that willpower alone is often not enough to see you through the withdrawal symptoms. One needs effective methods to use to quit smoking. In this article, My Health Guardian runs you through some of well known alternative therapies that have proven their effectiveness in smoking cessation. Read and try them.

  • Hypnosis helps in smoking cessation. Hypnotherapy deals with eliminating the thoughts about the bad habit completely from the subconscious source of mind and thus you will eventually stop smoking. For example, with someone who always smokes in front of the television, a hypnotherapist might try to break that connection and replace it with a healthier habit. However, how well hypnotherapy works is highly dependent on you. So if you are highly motivated to quit and think hypnotherapy sounds like the right choice, try it.
  • Acupuncture is another technique, derived from traditional Chinese medicine that uses tiny needles to stimulate certain points on the body; for smokers, the idea is to help reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms throughout the body. Needle placement varies for each individual, but common points of insertion include the ears, feet, and top of the head. After an evaluation that may include reading the patient’s pulse and the color of his tongue, the acupuncturist can determine a smoker’s physical weaknesses and deploy the needles to address them accordingly. Acupuncture is the most extensively studied among the alternative therapies used to quit smoking.
  • Try following laser therapy. This is similar to acupuncture, so if you prefer to avoid needles, it may be an ideal alternative for you. Cold laser therapy aims to provide relaxation and release endorphins to help reduce cravings. Also like acupuncture, cold laser therapy may help some but not all quitters, as “there is no scientific evidence that shows this helps people stop smoking,” according to the American Cancer Society (see Reference 2).
  • Meditate when you feel a craving for nicotine. Meditation may help release dopamine, a natural chemical that can help alleviate cravings. It may also help you cope with the stress of quitting.
  • Go herbal if nicotine replacement gums and other medicines are not appealing to you. Try curb your cravings by having herbs such as Wild oats (Avena sativa), Alfalfa, Eucalyptus, Gotu Kola, Hops, Licorice, Passionflower, Skullcap and Lobelia. They have been widely promoted for treating addiction. For right dosage suiting to your needs, consult an expert now.
  • Yoga too works as a quit method. As it is made up of a few different elements, including regular breathing, asanas (yoga positions), and meditation, these can improve mood and promote relaxation—both of which have been linked to successfully quitting smoking. Yoga can be a great lifelong practice that will reinforce your smoke-free lifestyle.

Remember, each cigarette you smoke takes 11 minutes off your life. So, whether you decide to quit cold turkey, wear a patch, or visit your alternative therapist for help, let the clock ticking and DO NOT give up!

Priya Singh

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July 29, 2013

Today, I went to the beachfront with my children.

I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and
screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!


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