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Stop smoking with Homeopathy

Author: Mark O'Sullivan

7th Dec 2011

Stop smoking with Homeopathy

"Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times." ~ Mark Twain

SmokerWe all know the reasons for not smoking - reasons that could fill this entire article. That only goes to show that, when it comes to tobacco, reason is not in charge - otherwise nobody would smoke. You need a little more than a few good reasons for quitting a drug more addictive than Heroin.

What's less spoken about are the reasons for smoking. We make cigarettes our little friends, our reward, time out, the thing that we like to complain about, our excuse to flirt with the other smokers outside the pub. Something to do when we want to do nothing. A comforting habit. These reasons often weigh heavily against our better angels telling us to stop.

Commit to Health & Stay Positive

The fact is, leaving cigarettes behind can't be achieved if you think you're "giving something up" as that implies that the habit has some positive value to begin with. This is the genius behind Alan Carr's "Easy Way" of giving up smoking. The mindset most likely to succeed is one where you consider that you're doing yourself a favour in freeing yourself from tobacco, that each breath and each wave of craving brings you closer to freedom, rather than as something traumatic to be endured.

 The positive mindset is key in successfully quitting. Ultimately you stay off tobacco by committing to your own health as a life-enhancing choice. This is intrinsic to the Homeopathic approach were we do not "oppose" or suppress symptoms but work with the body & system towards health, postively.

So, why this preamble? Why not just tell you the helpful Homeopathic remedies that will magically remove all desire for smoking forevermore? Well, great and all as Homeopathy is as a system of medicine, it cannot override your volition. If you choose to smoke, deep down, there's nothing and nobody that'll stop you from relapsing no matter how many patches, hypnosis sessions, remedies, drugs or therapy you throw at it. 

Decide first to commit to health, then you'll find that the technicalities of de-addiction will all fall into place.

Help from Homeopathy - getting through the first week is most of it

Once you've truly made the decision to quit, Homeopathy can be very useful in the process of giving up cigarettes both when it comes to the hurdle of the first few craving days as the physical habit breaks and later, for breaking the psychological habit and addressing the underlying reasons for why you're smoking in the first place. For those of you who think that getting through the first week is an impossibly daunting task, let me assure you that what you think about it now is far, far worse than actually doing it will ever be. You can do it.

Here's how:

  • Avena Sativa
    Taken in tincture form or in a low X homeopathic potency such as 6x, Tincture of Oats has a calming and balancing effect on the nervous sytem, without sedating you. It has a repuation as a calming ally to those grappling with addition. With its moderating effect on the nerves it should temper any sudden cravings or nervousness that arise duirng the process of quitting. Suggestion - 5 drops of the tincture in 30ml of water, 4 times per day for a week during quitting. Start 2 days before your quit date.

  • Nux Vomica
    The "homeopathic hangover cure" remedy has great affinity for the liver and nervous system and assists in the detox process not just physiologically but also for those of you who would get very cranky and short tempered without their smokes. It is, for most people, a crucial remedy in maintaining equilibrium while having an initial tobacco-free week without stress or cravings.
    Suggestion- Get a phial of Nux Vomica 200c pills and take two per day for the first two days, one per day for three days after that. Take one whenever you feel a strong, stubborn craving or when you notice yourself getting impatient and short-tempered. No more than 4 per day.

  • Calladium
    If the first two remedies suggested here require even more support in their action, consider getting this remedy and taking it in a 6c, three times per day. This remedy suppresses the desire to smoke but may lengthen the more difficult physical quitting phase.
    Other helpful measures would be to eat liquorice during the first week. It has the effect of reducing tobacco cravings. After the first week, you could take a dose of Homeopathic Sulphur 200c as an additional cleanse and to reverse some of the negative effects of smoking.

What to expect

Cigarette SmokerThe physical addiction to nicotine is overcome after just four days. After that you're looking at unwinding the psychological habit for up to 4 weeks - as it generally takes 4 weeks to change any habit. The craving arises from the dying mental habit rather than physiologically during that time.

After the initial physical addiction is broken some find that old emotions surface. This happens because smoking can have a dulling effect on the emotions and some people use it to numb feelings that they're uncomfortable with. This can even send some people back to smoking again. These can be important clues as to the deeper reasons you were smoking in the first place - see below for advice on constitutional Homeopathic treatment to address these.

There's another danger point at between three to four months after quitting where there can be the tendency to say "ah, sure I'll just have one with my pint, haven't I given up already?". Be careful. Lots of people go back after three to four months because of this and the habit tends to come back with a vengeance.

Sustaining and deepening the benefits with Homeopathy

It's during this time - after the first week that constitutional Homeoapthic treatment can be of benefit to address the underlying reasons for why you maintained your smoking habit. This will assist in further detoxification, speed the body's recovery process from the effects of tobacco and reach deeper into the psyche to address any emotional dynamics which could drive you back to cigarettes again.

Call me on 087 2380720 if you'd like to know more.

Mark O'Sullivan is a Homeopath practicing at the Dublin Holistic Centre

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