If you’re looking to quit smoking, the chances are that you’ve noticed the countless drugs and chemical products lining the drug store shelves. People always want to have a “quick and easy” solution to their problems, and drug companies have cashed in on this desire.
These quit smoking products may or may not work, but unfortunately, so many smokers are so eager to quit without a struggle that they tend to overlook natural alternatives. ‘Natural’ is basically defined as anything without man-made chemicals. Quit smoking aids such as the nicotine patch or the nicotine gum all rely on delivering nicotine and other chemicals into the user’s body in an effort to counteract cravings.
This may work for the time being, but as you probably know, nicotine is a dangerous poison whether it’s smoked or taken in through other means.
Here are a couple of natural methods to quit smoking.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is an anti-depressant in herbal form. It works by increasing dopamine levels in the brain, which can help to counteract depression. Incidentally, smokers also lose dopamine after quitting. The loss of these natural chemicals increases cravings and may contribute towards feelings of sadness, loss, and depression.
This treatment will work well if the smoker starts taking St. John’s Wort before, during, and after quitting. It will help to stabilize levels of dopamine in the brain, minimizing cravings and maximizing your chances of success!
The best part of this method is that it is an all-natural quit smoking treatment devoid of any and all chemicals.
Hypnotherapy is another all-natural treatment. Most quit smoking treatments concentrate entirely on the physical addiction. Hypnotherapy works at a deeper level, combating the psychological addiction by tapping into the subconscious mind. Quit smoking aids such as the nicotine patch or nicotine gum only provide temporary relief for cravings, and the underlying causes are never addressed.
Ultimately, it’s the psychological urges that will drive a person to fail in their efforts to quit smoking. Hypnotherapy provides a solution. It’s a process that centers on “auto-suggestion”: making positive affirmations to the subconscious mind during a relaxed, hypnotic state. When in the hypnotic state, your mind is susceptible to suggestion. Sending positive messages about quitting to your subconscious mind will offer you the mental strength to endure quitting.
You can either choose to be hypnotized by a certified hypnotist, or you can do it yourself from the comfort of your own home using self-hypnosis audio tapes or CDs. You’ll want to find a comfortable chair or bed to relax in. Multiple sessions will likely be needed. In fact, you will benefit the most by making this a daily or weekly habit.
St. John’s Wort and Hypnotherapy, when used in conjunction, may greatly increase your chances of success without having to rely on chemically altered, man-made products that may have an overall detrimental effect on your body and mind. These methods may not be well known, but many people have used them with great success. Try them out for yourself and see if your quit smoking efforts improve.