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by Dave Foreman
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, so I thought it would be appropriate to offer some help for those who are trying to quit. I often get asked why I don't tell people to stop smoking. The answer is very simple: everyone knows that smoking is bad for you! Heck, it's clearly marked on every pack of cigarettes! Check out this quote from the American Lung Association website:
If that isn't enough to wake you up, what is?
So how can I help you stop smoking? There are several approaches we will cover to assist you in quitting this deadly habit. The first approach I recommend is hypnosis. Studies have shown that people who undergo hypnosis smoke fewer cigarettes and abstain from smoking more. About two dozen of my friends and associates utilize this method, and I am unaware of any who has started smoking again. Often, it takes only one session of hypnosis to achieve the benefits. I recommend asking for referrals from others who have gone through hypnosis, or finding a center that focuses solely on hypnosis for smoking cessation. This approach might be expensive, but in the long-term, it may be your best bet.
When we look at supplementing for smoking cessation, there are several things that should be done. First would be to use a supplement to help with the urge to smoke.
Second, address other issues such as stress that might be contributiing to your desire to smoke. And third, combine these supplements with behavior modification - and you are home free.
There are several single and combination products on the market to assist you in your smoking cessation program. The herb Lobelia would be my first choice. Lobelia contains the phytochemical lobeline, which has similar effects in the body as nicotine. This effect would be similar to using a patch or other over-the-counter regimen. Lobelia also provides other benefits, such as being a great expectorant to help the body get rid of any phlegm or chest congestion that is often associated with smoking. To help with your urges, I prefer the liquid extract. Placing a few drops under the tongue for a minute and then swallowing will have almost an immediate effect and help curb your cravings to smoke. There are also combination products (usually containing lobelia) that can be effective at helping you with your urges to smoke. Consult with a natural health consultant in the store to guide you. Lastly, you may wish to try homeopathy. There are several great remedies to help you on your way to stopping smoking. I recommend finding a homeopathic physician to assist you with your selection. This can be a very effective and inexpensive solution to your health challenge.
Many people who smoke do it because of stress and anxiety. Often, addressing the stress will help you to stop smoking. Using herbs like valerian, passion flower, lemon balm, and oat straw can get you on your way to feeling less anxious and stressed. Of course, getting more exercise and eliminating the things that cause you stress are the best long-term solutions. But in the meantime, utilizing these herbs singly or in combination will help take the edge off. These herbs can also be helpful with some of the symptoms you may have while quitting smoking, such as irritability, difficulty sleeping, and headaches – all of which may be relieved by using these herbs as needed.
Finally, behavior modification is critical in any smoking cessation program. Whether you decide to go the modern or natural medicine route, changing your habits is the most important and difficult thing to do. We are all creatures of habit. Most smokers know that they have triggers for when to smoke:
The list is endless. The bottom line here is willpower and commitment to the program.
Do you want to be a statistic or do you want to live a healthier life? The choice is yours. There are tons of ways to get around the habit and too many to list in this article.For more information on changing your habits, turn to the web. Here are a few sites I found that might be helpful:
Regretfully, these sites also recommend modern medicine as the approach, but you can gather helpful tidbits to help you on your way to stopping smoking the natural way, too.