It is the aim of this article to describe why people want to quit smoking, and why they find it so difficult. The effect of nicotine on the body will also be described. The effects on the body of nicotine addiction and smoking will be outlined briefly. Then the use of pharmaceuticals or natural remedies to help make less daunting the transition from smoker to non-smoker will be discussed. By the end of this article the person wanting to quit smoking will be better informed and able to make objective decisions as to any help they feel they need to help with their nicotine withdrawal.
Why Do You Want To Quit Smoking?
If you are serious about quitting smoking, you really need to think about why. Once you have decided write the reasons down and think about them. Here are some reasons you may have already thought of. Smoking is a major cause of cancer and heart disease. Smokers suffer more than their fair share of persistent coughs. Smoking also makes you, your hair, your mouth, smell and taste like an old ashtray. Those four reasons alone should really make you want to stop.
The Effects Of Nicotine Addiction And Smoking On The Body
Nicotine is highly addictive. Some researchers believe even more addictive than heroin. Nicotine binds to certain receptors in the brain that are activated by nicotonic agents found in the nicotine. Responses to nicotine vary, and are dependable on the amount of nicotine in the body. Common effects of nicotine can include: an increase or decrease in heart rate and the disturbance of it’s natural rhythm, high blood pressure because of the constriction of blood vessels. Although people chew tobacco and take snuff, most people become addicted to nicotine by smoking cigarettes. Nicotine causes changes in mood. That is why smokers trying to quit experience withdrawal symptoms such as nervousness, irritability, insomnia, and even depression. No wonder it seems so hard to stop smoking. Because of the difficulty in stopping there are several drugs that have been developed to help with nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
Pharmaceuticals To Help With Nicotine Withdrawal
Nicotine Supplements: Transdermal patches (patches stuck to the skin that slowly release a small amount of nicotine into the blood stream), nicotine chewing gum. Functions: are to alleviate symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Patch side effects: include insomnia, headache, nausea, vertigo, muscle aches, stomach upset, skin irritation. Gum side effects: include mouth irritation, hiccups, excess saliva. Anyone who consults a Doctor may also be prescribed anti anxiety drugs, adrenergic blockers, and anti depressants. These will not be described in this article.
The new non-smoker may also find an increase in coughing and mucus production that can last for a few weeks up to several months. There are many proprietary expectorants available to ease these symptoms.
Herbal Remedies To Help With Nicotine Withdrawal
Coltsfoot: helps to soothe inflammation of lung tissue, loosen secretions and tone the lungs.
Kava-Kava: relieves anxiety without causing drowsiness or decreasing mental function.
Lobelia: relaxes bronchial muscles and the entire nervous system. It has also been shown to have some binding action on nicotine receptors and therefore may reduce cravings.
Mullein: tones the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, soothes irritated lungs, and speeds healing of damaged tissue. Can also help thin mucus secretions to enable them to be coughed up more easily.
Abies Nigra (Black Spruce): made from tincture of the gum of the Black Spruce, Abies Nigra relieves hard cough, upset stomach (particularly after eating) and headache. Also useful for wakeful restlessness and nightly hunger pangs. vape juice
Aconitum Napellus: is a genus of plant belonging to the buttercup family, Aconitum is an herbaceous perennial found in mountain meadows of the Northern Hemisphere. Calms anguish of mind and body, physical and mental restlessness, and has been used for dry, croupy cough, tickling in the throat and chest pain brought on with coughing.
Arsenicum Iodatum: relieves dry cough, bronchitis symptoms and burning sensation in nose and throat.
Avena: creates a soothing action on the nerves. Alcoholic extraction has been used as a nerve tonic and to treat symptoms associated with opium addiction.
Ignatia Amara: also called “St. Ignatius Bean”, Ignatia has long been used as a homeopathic remedy. Derived from the beans of a small tree belonging to the Loganiaceae family (indigenous to the Philippines) with long, twining, smooth branches and pear-sized fruit with almond shaped seeds. Named for a Spanish Jesuit who brought the beans to Europe in the 17th century, Ignatta was once a remedy for mental hysteria and the fever and joint pains associate with plague. Relieves the physical manifestations of stress, such as cramping pains in the abdomen, neck or back, as well as sharp-pain headaches and heavy sensation in the chest.