A study done at the University of Oslo, Norway found that those who were trying to quit smoking and received acupuncture treatment reported a reduced craving for smoking and a greater distaste for tobacco.
Acupuncture cannot completely eliminate addiction but it is a great aid in the recovery process after quitting. The first and hardest step is to decide to quit, there are many treatments including acupuncture that can help you on your way.
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Six Alternatives To Smoking
Cayenne pepper can lower the respiratory response to tobacco and other chemicals found in cigarettes. Adding the pepper to a glass of water every day can decrease your desire for a smoke.
Herbal cigarettes are often used as an aid to help smokers quit smoking. These cigarettes do not have any tobacco or other harmful chemicals that are found in normal cigarettes. They are not addictive and usually made with herbs such as cornsilk, mint, clover, or lemongrass. When breaking the habit of the physical act of smoking it is still hard, these can be a great short term option.
Manny people who are trying to quit smoking experience anxiety. For smokers who have smoked regularly for years, massage may be and effective optioning reducing anxiety associated with quitting.
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Because fava beans contain l-dopa, which your body converts to dopamine, these beans have been known to reduce nicotine cravings. Nicotine has addictive properties because it also releases dopamine in the brain, but by finding alternatives that have the same effects, your nicotine cravings will be reduced. There are many recipes that can be made with fava beans and are easily available at grocery stores.
Research has shown that Acupuncture not only reduces cravings, but can also reduce symptoms of withdrawal such as irritability and jitters. Acupuncture works by targeting specific points on the body that help return the body back to its natural Qi, resulting in overall better health.
Lime has been known to be a natural alternative to nicotine gum for quitting smoking. Squeeze lime into water through the day to help lower cravings. Lime also has an anti-infective agent to help the body's immune defense.