Homoeopathy can deal with your withdrawal symptoms effectively if you are trying to give up SMOKING.
Smoking kills. YOU are not smoking cigarettes, it’s eventually the CIGARETTE that is smoking YOU! The habit is dangerous not only for the smoker but also for all the passive inhalers (family and friends) around.
A cigarette, cigar, pipe, or a hookah, no matter how you smoke it, tobacco is dangerous to your health. There are no safe substances in any tobacco products, from acetone and tar to nicotine and carbon monoxide. Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients, many of which can also be found in cigars and hookahs. When these ingredients burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals. Many of these chemicals are poisonous and at least 69 of them are linked to cancer.
The substances you inhale don’t just affect your lungs. They can affect your entire body. Smoking can eventually turn your life to ashes. It is known to be –
# a major cause of stroke
# raises blood pressure
# may cause fatal heart attacks
# suppresses immune function making you prone to catch infections
# reduces stamina
# wrinkle your skin
# very addictive and leads to depression and fatigue
# may cause emphysema (destruction of the air sacs in your lungs), chronic bronchitis or chronic obstructive disease of the lungs (COPD)
# may cause gum disease
# may cause cancer (mouth, throat, larynx or voice box, food pipe, pancreas, skin)
# type 2 diabetes
# diminish sexual function
Children whose parents smoke are more prone to coughing, wheezing, and asthma attacks than children whose parents don’t. They also tend to have higher rates of pneumonia and bronchitis.
There are a few homoeopathic medicines that can help if YOU are willing to kick that butt away. Those of you who want to take the plunge and quit the deadly addiction can try these medicines but only after a consultation with your Homoeopathic Physician.
Homoeopathic medicines Caladium and Tabacum help you to develop an aversion to tobacco. They are the best-known Tobacco-Craving-killers. In addition, Tabacum helps to eliminate the toxins given out by tobacco.
Daphne Indica is the remedy for you in case you crave for smoking and chew tobacco as well.
Lobelia is useful in clearing up a majority of withdrawal symptoms in a smoker such as a weak stomach with indigestion, vomiting, intense nausea, and a lot of saliva, vertigo, cold sweats, and respiratory complications like asthma and emphysema.
If smoking is leaving you with a bad taste in the mouth or indigestion or if you feel you just can’t have a good bowel movement without a fag, Nux Vomica is the medicine for you. Your chronic constipation can become a thing of the past in just a couple of weeks.
Kali Phos takes care of the urge especially if it’s making you anxious, restless, or giving you sleepless nights.
If you experience a wave of early morning nausea and a sense of constriction in your chest, it is Tabaccum for you.
If you’re experiencing headaches as a withdrawal symptom or you smoke because it alleviates your headache, Aranea Diadema should help you. Ignatia is the remedy for you if the reverse is true, coupled with anxiety.
What Else Can You Do?
Giving your mouth something to do like chewing on a menthol tablet, a sugarless gum or hard candy, or munching on a raw carrot/celery/nut also help in fighting your craving. In addition, here are a few more small yet effective steps to help you quit smoking. The best way is to question yourself each time you light a cigarette as to why are you doing so. To avoid the temptation, try spending more time with non-smokers. Don’t smoke with friends while standing or chit-chatting just for the heck of it. Physical activity can help distract you from tobacco craving and reduce its intensity. Even short burst of physical activity — such as running up and down the stairs a few times — can make a tobacco craving go away. Get out for a walk or jog. Never buy a whole packet. Instead, buy only one cigarette at a time — making sure smoking becomes a tiresome effort for you, every time you get the deadly urge.
Hurdles In Quitting
Withdrawal from tobacco products can cause temporary congestion and respiratory discomfort as your lungs and airways begin to heal. Increased mucus production right after quitting smoking is a positive sign.
You might, in addition, experience other withdrawal symptoms like nausea, headaches, anxiety, trembling, nervousness, irritability, frustration, anger, lack of concentration, depression, fatigue, increased appetite with weight gain, abdominal distension, constipation, excessive salivation or an absolutely dry mouth, sleep disturbance, tingling in hands and feet, cough and sore throat, variations in BP and pulse rate, intense craving for nicotine, etc. but these will last only for a short while. With medication under the guidance of your homoeopathic physician, you can overcome them all with ease eventually.
Benefits Of Giving Up
After you’ve left smoking, certain positive changes start to take place in your body.
As soon as 20 minutes after your last cigarette your BP and heartbeat begin to drop to normal. In about 8-12 hours of quitting, your body ejects all the Carbon monoxide which is the main cause of shortness of breath due to less oxygen. After 48 hours, your body will become nicotine-free. Your sense of smell and taste will improve since the nerve endings damaged by smoking begin to regrow.
In about 12 weeks, the blood circulation will improve and your lungs will start to function more efficiently. 1-9 months down the line, you will seize to have any respiratory issues.
A year later, the risk of developing any heart disease will be cut in half. 5 years later, your risk of stroke decreases. After 10 years, the risk of lung cancer will drop to that of someone who’s never smoked. 15 years after quitting, you risk of heart disease becomes the same as someone who’s never smoked. You’ll have lower cholesterol, thinner blood (which reduces your risk of formation of blood clots), and lower blood pressure.
Quit Smoking – Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, Stay Nicotine-Free!!