Home Remedies and Tips to Quit Smoking: Managing Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms with Herbs Naturally

Smoking is a dreaded self induced trauma having effects not only on the respiratory system but tends to affect the cardiovascular and gastro-intestinal system. In addition smoking is associated with premature aging which results in the premature formation of wrinkles, crowfeet, etc. in addition studies have shown a correlation between smoking and hair loss in males. Estimates suggest that cigarette smoking is responsible for one third of all cancer fatalities in the United States and responsible for about one fourth of all heart attack deaths. Smoking is a high risk behavior but can be effectively managed with natural remedies and certain life style modifications.

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Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms: Quit Smoking Symptoms

Cigarette smoke contains approximately 4000 different harmful chemicals and toxins which result in an onslaught on health. More than 50 of the chemicals found in cigarette smoke are directly linked to the development of cancer. Studies have shown that nicotine (the primary component of cigarette smoke) is responsible for release of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. Serotonin and dopamine are associated are ‘feel good’ hormones, which is the feeling associated with cigarette smoking, often resulting in addiction.

 On attempting to quit smoking individuals face a wide range of symptoms which include, 
  • Mental symptoms like anger, apprehension, irritability, frustration and anxiety
  • Inability of concentrate and reduced interest in hobbies is another essential symptom
  • Headaches associated with a consistent feeling of restlessness is another common symptom
  • May individuals may complain of increase in appetite. Smoking tends to suppress appetite and the condition improves after an individual quits smoking

Simple Home Remedies to Quit Smoking: Herbs that help in management of Nicotine Withdrawal

St John's Wort
helps manage depression
and withdrawal symptoms
Some herbs have been found to be effective in the management of withdrawal symptoms associated with quit smoking. It should be noted that the severity of the withdrawal symptoms tend to reduce with reduced frequency of consumption of cigarette smoke,
  • St John’s Wort or Hypericum perforatum is a herb which is used to treat depression and is found to be beneficial in the management of people attempting to quit smoking. In a study conducted, supplements of St John’s Wort (about 450 mg twice a day), was useful in helping about 40% of the patients to quit smoking.
  • Ginseng is another herb which is found to prevent the release of dopamine which in turn induces the addiction for the condition. Controlling the production of dopamine helps in reducing the craving associated with smoking observed in individuals attempting to quit smoking
  • Saffron is another herb which is known to enhance mental functions, improve concentration and fight irritability. Mix a few string of saffron in milk and consume them regularly. Milk is another mood food which helps fight addiction and craving associated with smoking.
  • Increase the intake of Vitamin C. Increase intake of citrus fruits like lemon, lime, oranges, strawberry, etc. An ideal dietary intake of Vitamin C is 40 mg per day, however smokers or individuals quitting smoking might require as high as 80 mg of Vitamin C. Nicotine Dioxide from cigarette smoke reduces the uptake of Vitamin C which is also responsible for premature aging and reduces the immunity and ability of an individual to fight infections.
  • A detox diet may be beneficial. Detox diet helps in elimination of toxins from the body. A lemon detox diet is recommended.

 Quit Smoking Tips: Lifestyle Tips to reduce carving for Smoking

An acute craving for cigarette smoking doesn’t last for more than five minutes. Here are some simple tips to fight smoke craving,
  • Exercising or taking a walk when there is a craving to smoke helps manage the craving
  • Increase the intake of fluids. A minimum consumption of three liters of water each day is recommended
  • Eliminate processed and refined foods from your diet. Instead increase the intake of fresh fruits, vegetables and grains rich in dietary fiber
  • Yoga and meditation can help fight stress and enhance self confidence. Regular practice of yoga techniques can help enhance the production of dopamine and serotonin naturally

Quitting smoking will reenergize your lungs and enhance your energy levels. Smoking is not only harmful to your body, but can cause harm to others around you, including your family and friends.