Overcoming the addictions associated with cigarette smoking can be
overwhelming. However, my clinical experience proves that it can be
done, and it can be done naturally. Cigarette smoking has been clearly
identified as the chief, preventable cause of death in our society.
Below are selections of questions that I have received from readers of Alternatively Speaking
dealing with both the emotional and physical struggles of breaking the
habit. Please feel free to pass this information along to those smokers
that you care about and let us not let habit become stronger than
Q. Hi Natalie, I have
recently stopped smoking after 12 years and want to know how I can
replenish my body again with the nutrients it needs. Thank you so much.
A healthy diet will help restore the body with nutrients robbed by
cigarette smoke, however supplements provide higher doses and faster
replenishment when you stop smoking. Cigarette smoke contains chemicals
that produce free radicals to cause cell mutation. Vitamins C and E act
as excellent antioxidants to protect the cells damaged by cigarette
smoke. The fatigue that you experience once you quit smoking may be due
to the Vitamin C deficiency since it can cause fatigue and weakness.
According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University,
Vitamin E disappears faster in smokers than in non-smokers. Vitamin E
plays a crucial role in protecting lung tissue. Both vitamins C and E
work more effectively together as antioxidants to fight disease. To
improve your lung functioning, I recommend folic acid, an important B
complex vitamin and selenium supplements. Cigarette smoke also destroys
vitamin A, which protects lung tissue cells that guard against bacteria.
Include a vitamin A supplement in order to return this protection.
Please help me, I would like desperately to quit smoking. Can you
recommend any homeopathic remedies or herbs that can help me in this
Homeopathic medicines can be an excellent aid in
overcoming tobacco addiction. Homeopathic remedies are safe, gentle and
effective, and help strengthen immunity. The homeopathic remedy
Caladium both influences and modifies the craving for tobacco. It
especially assists to counter the symptoms of respiratory problems
associated with smoking. I almost always prescribe those who want to
quit smoking the homeopathic remedy Nux vomica. This helps smokers from
becoming too irritable when trying to quit. Finally, the Plantago remedy
helps to lessen the tobacco addiction. It will increase the disgusted
feeling you get with smoking the cigarette. If you don't manage to
consult or find a homeopathic doctor, I suggest you take the single
remedies that most closely resemble your symptoms. Start with a 6X
potency for any of these and take one tablet five times a day.
herbal medicine, Hypericum perforatum is another wonderful herb that
smokers use to beat the habit. This herb aids the weakened respiratory
system and strengthens the immune system. If you are suffering from any
anxiety or depression whilst quitting then you will find hypericum
useful when dealing with the emotional effects of giving up smoking.
I am suffering from a terrible smokers cough. Not only does it sound
unpleasant, it is beginning to be painful. My doctor has of course
advised me to stop smoking. Can you suggest any tips for getting rid of
my smokers cough?
First of all make sure you are drinking
plenty of water; between seven to eight cups a day. As well as flushing
out toxins from your body, water works to loosen the phlegm by thinning
the mucus. If you find it hard to drink plain water, you can alternate
with herbal teas.
I also suggest taking a liquorice root extract
supplement. Just as the liquorice root assists to break up the phlegm in
your respiratory tract, it should also ease any discomfort caused by
coughing. To loosen the mucus and to ease your cough try using
inhalation therapy with eucalyptus essential oil. Simply add a few drops
of the oil to a pot of boiling water. Once you remove from the boil,
cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapours for 15 minutes.
University of Maryland Medical Center states that eucalyptus oil is an
expectorant that can soothe your cough and sore throat. Garlic is
nature’s antibiotic and can most certainly help in helping to clean the
lungs of infection. Eat as much as you like; odorless garlic supplements
can be found in all good health stores.
Finally, as a yoga
practitioner I have seen the benefits that yoga can have to strengthen
lung capacity. The poses in Yoga are designed to strengthen, clear and
open the lungs. Each pose is done with specific breathing patterns. Try
the cat posture. Begin by kneeling on all fours and as you inhale, arch
your spine and look upwards, then as you exhale, arch your back so that
you are looking down. The cat position opens up your chest, increasing
Alternatively you can simply practice slow, deep
breathing exercises. Not only will this increase lung capacity but it
will help to relax and relieve any stress that comes alongside giving up
I am trying to give up smoking but I am finding it hard since I smoke
mainly when I am stressed or unhappy. Do you have any natural remedies
to help me deal with difficult situations instead of lighting up a
cigarette? Thank you in advance for your help!
A. I have
selected two flower essences which are strongly indicated for those who
are dealing with their addiction to tobacco. Take these remedies when
you feel cravings to help ease stressful emotions associated with
Nicotiana helps greatly to alleviate the emotional
irritability that may accompany cigarette cravings. Use Yarrow or Golden
Seal when you feel overwhelmed by stressful situations. It aids by
helping you feel more confident and protected.
This column is brought to you as general information only and unless stated otherwise is not medical advice nor is it based on medical experiments.
This column is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. For more information about specific problems, please contact a doctor.
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Someone Once Said: "To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be
able to keep our mind strong and clear."
- Gautama the Buddha, 563 BC