Always consult your doctor or a qualified practitioner before embarking upon
a quitting therapy.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
NRT can be very useful during the first few weeks because it can help you to
control your body’s withdrawal symptoms. Once you get used to being a
non-smoker you can wean yourself off the NRT all together. This therapy is much
less addictive and much safer (no tar, no carbon monoxide etc.) than smoking
cigarettes but it’s not a magic cure, you need to be committed to quitting.
Research has shown that, if you’re ready to quit, NRT patches, gum and
inhalators can double your chances of quitting smoking successfully. Always ask
your doctor or chemist for advice on which one would suit you best and be sure
to follow the instructions on the packet carefully.
Be aware that NRT does not give you any more commitment to stop smoking, this
has to come from you. It does not get rid of the withdrawal symptoms completely
and it does not work equally well for everyone. That said, it does boost your
confidence and give you room to concentrate on kicking the psychological part of
your smoking addiction before you deal with the physical nicotine addiction.
St John’s Wort has sometimes been called the Poor Man’s NRT. It does not
contain nicotine but it does help to combat the effects of nicotine withdrawal
by alleviating some of the anxiety. If you're interested in finding out more about it call the St. John's Wort Information Centre on 01280
709877. Skullcap, Valerian and Vervain have also
been recommended as suitable herbal remedies for people who are trying to stop
smoking. Your best bet would be to go into your local chemists and ask about
these herbal therapies by name. You should always consult a professional
practitioner for recommended doses on any medicinal herbal remedy.
Important note: A recent report in the
Lancet medical journal warns that mixing St John's Wort with other medicines may
be bad for your health. St John's Wort can interact dangerously with some
The Hypoglycemic diet
The best withdrawal diet is one which keeps your blood sugar level constant
and so doing stops you from developing lots of food cravings. In order to follow
this diet you will need to cut out sugar and highly processed foods and you will
need to eat six meals a day (complex carbohydrates, proteins, vegetables) and
lots of fresh fruits.
Other alternative therapies
Acupuncture and hypnosis are also available to help deal with smoking
addiction and, if you are interested in these, you should contact a clinic near