You’re not stuck with toughing it out, going cold turkey or helpless to stop smoking. Here are 7 more alternatives to help you put down that lighter…
1.Acupuncture and Acupressure
- For some, the desire to smoke disappears in a few short days after the first treatment.
Although acupuncture and acupressure are still considered more as “Eastern medicine” they are readily available today from competent practitioners.
2. Laser Therapy
This is the new kid on the block among the 7 more alternatives to help you put down that lighter.
➡ Just as acupuncturists target the earlobes as a significant pressure point for curbing cravings, for quitting smoking the laser pulse is also aimed at the earlobes.
➡ There’s no pain or burning. It just feels warm, like sitting under a light bulb. After the treatment, you feel relaxed and refreshed.
➡ What actually happens is a release of endorphins – containing the body’s feel-good hormones.
➡ Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
➡ Endorphins act as analgesics. An analgesic or painkiller is any member of the group of drugs used to achieve analgesia, relief from pain. Analgesic drugs act in various ways on the peripheral and central nervous systems.
➡ Endorphins are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.
➡ What makes Laser therapy so successful is that the activation of these receptors by the body’s endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.
There’s no denying that these forms of therapy are more expensive than gums or patches, but you have to weigh the benefits for yourself, and your personal resistance against the cost.
➡ If you can stop smoking in one or two sessions of these treatments, even if you pay $50 to $100 each, you’ll be way ahead financially, compared to the price of supporting the cigarette habit.
➡ When considering your expenses, don’t just figure in the cost in terms of the cigarettes themselves, but also in terms of the high cost of treatment for the nicotine-related health complications you can definitely expect to experience down the line if you continue to smoke.
3. Chewing On Licorice
When you choose to stop smoking, you may decide that using another potentially harmful substance such as a nicotine replacement patches is not for you.
Maybe you think to yourself that since you’ve abused your heart, lungs, brain, and liver for years by smoking,(Yes, it affects all of those and more) it’s time to “go natural.”
The best way to do this is to look at some alternative or homeopathic remedies that take the edge off of your cravings with something that’s all-natural and safe.
Eastern Medicine approaches smoking cessation with herbs. These are taken to reduce cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as emotional unrest and irritability.
Since the improper use of herbal supplements can be harmful to your health, and interfere with the action of some medications, it is recommended that you consult with a medical professional before taking them.
6. Lifestyle Modifications
Lifestyle modifications can greatly affect your ability to quit smoking. Some useful tips include:
➡ Avoid sugar and caffeine since both can increase blood acidity and increase your withdrawal symptoms.
➡ Practice deep breathing or meditation techniques.
➡ Identify environmental triggers that bring on the cravings, for example, drinking alcohol, arguing with your spouse, or going to a party.
➡ Drink, drink and drink plain, unflavored water. Dehydration has been linked to increased cravings, so drinking more water can help prevent backsliding.
Whether you’re searching for traditional or alternative methods to quit smoking, many options are available to help you get through this challenging time
Take the first step: Work with your doctor to create a plan to help you quit for good, and don’t forget I’m here to help, so use this link to ask me any questions. 🙂
Coming UP: Talking About Weight Gain After You Put Down That Lighter (you thought I’d forget that part?)