Monday, April 27, 2009Did
you know that after only 8 hours of quitting smoking, your blood
pressure drops by 5 to 10 points? After one month, your immune system
will have begun to recover from the effects of cigarette smoke, and
your energy is likely to improve. After only one year of quitting
smoking, your risk of dying as a result of a heart attack will be half
that of someone who still smokes.
smoking isn’t easy. There are 3 reasons you or someone you know may
have trouble kicking the habit: 1) Nicotine is powerfully addictive.
Withdrawal symptoms can be challenging to overcome, and physical
nicotine cravings, although typically only 1-2 minutes in duration, can
be quite strong. 2) Smoking cigarettes can become a habitual part of
your life; you may smoke every time you have a cup of coffee, when you
are driving to work, or while on the phone. If you are used to having a
cigarette at certain times of day or during certain situations, it can
be a challenge to change these habits. 3) People smoke for a reason.
Whether it is the stress of a hard day at work, a difficult
relationship, or small worries that add up to a stressful day, there is
often an emotional aspect to a person’s smoking addiction. In order to
quit smoking for good, this underlying emotional element must be
these challenges, you can break your smoking habit, and you can do it
naturally. The first step is to become more aware of the reasons you
smoke. By identifying your smoking triggers, you can take control of
your habits and turn them around. Quitting smoking is more than just
giving up cigarettes; it is an opportunity to transform your life and
the way that you react to situations. It is a chance for you to start
thinking and living in a healthier way, for the benefit of not only
yourself, but for everyone in your life.
There are several safe and natural therapies that can help you quit smoking. Acupuncture
is one of these natural options for reducing nicotine cravings,
promoting better mood and energy, and improving overall health.
Acupuncture has been shown to be more effective than most conventional
anti-smoking medications, and has twice the success rate of nicotine
replacement medications for smoking cessation. There are botanical formulations
that act by the same mechanism as the anti-smoking medication Chantix,
without causing as many side effects. These herbal supplements can be
used in combination with other therapies to increase your success rates
of quitting smoking.
you want to permanently end your dependence on cigarettes, your
greatest chance of success is with a program that addresses all three
elements of your smoking addiction. You may be able to do this on your
own, depending on the extent of your addiction. Professional assistance
ensures a greater likelihood of long term success.
Tara Peyman, Naturopathic Physician
"Feel Like Yourself Again With Natural Medicine"