Homeopathy: Quitting smoking; Another way to help patients

Homeopathy: Quitting smoking; Another way to help patients

There is now no doubt that cigarettes kill. In the United States alone, 419,000 people die of smoking-related causes annually. According to the World Health Organization, every year smoking is responsible for the deaths of nearly three million of the world's people. The American Cancer Society estimates that, on average, smokers cut 15 years off their lives.

You've probably talked to your patients about the health risks of tobacco use. However, as most smokers know, kicking the habit for good is one of the hardest challenges they face. To quit smoking successfully, people need a strategy, plenty of patience, and moral support.

Homeopathy can also help.

The right combination of homeopathic compounds will reduce the craving for nicotine, increase will power, and ease withdrawal symptoms.

Nicotine addiction

Approximately 70% of smokers want to quit, according to a 1993 National Health Interview Survey. However, the nicotine in cigarettes is ia powerfully addictive drug. In fact, former heroin addicts have claimed that quitting smoking was more difficult than quitting heroin.

Soon after starting the cigarette habit, the smoker develops a tolerance for nicotine's impact. Like heroin, cocaine, and other dangerous drugs, the smoker becomes increasing dependent. And like any other drug addiction, users experience withdrawal symptoms -- sometimes severe -- when they stop using nicotine.

In 1988, then-Surgeon General C. Everett Koop released a hard-hitting report titled, "The Health Consequences of Smoking: Nicotine Addiction," comprising two decades of research by more than 50 scientists.

Koop stated: "Our nation has mobilized enormous resources to wage a war on drugs. We should also give priority to the one addiction -- tobacco addiction -- that is killing more than 300,000 Americans each year."

Deterrents

Smokers desperate to quit may opt for nicotine patches or other popular smoking deterrents because they don't know they have a better choice. Mainstream smoking deterrents have been linked with difficulty in breathing, cold sweats, faintness, flushing, heart palpitations, and visual disturbances.

Homeopathy offers an effective, gentle alternative for the smoker who's ready to quit. One particular homeopathic complex combines natural ingredients to reduce the craving for nicotine, increase will power, and ease withdrawal symptoms.

The following compounds are especially helpful:

- Tabacum -- Controls the body's desire for tobacco

- Staphysagria -- Increases will power and helps break the smoking habit

- Nux vomica and Lebelia -- Reduce the body's craving for nicotine

Combining these substances increases their therapeutic impact and addresses a broader range of symptoms.

Perhaps the most appealing aspect of homeopathic remedies is that they work without toxicity or side effects.

A forgiving body

If your patients are only, focused on the difficulty of quitting, point out the benefits they'll observe within hours, days, months, and years of putting out that last cigarette:

Within 20 minutes, their blood pressure, pulse rate, and the temperature of their hands and feet all return to normal.
Within eight hours, their blood levels of carbon monoxide decrease as blood levels of oxygen increase.
Within 24 hours, their risk of heart attack decreases.
Within 48 hours, their nerve endings start regrowing, and senses of taste and smell improve.
Within one to nine months, the following symptoms are reduced: coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath. The cilia in the lungs begin to regrow, increasing the body's ability to clean the lungs and ward off infection.
Within one year, the risk of coronary heart disease is one half that of a smoker.
Within 5 to 15 years, stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker. In addition, risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, and esophagus is half that of a smoker's.
As a health care professional, you know how vitally important it is to help patients quit smoking for good. Different people find success with different approaches including going cold turkey, quitting gradually, a smoking-cessation program, support groups or counseling, to name some.

Homeopathy works well in conjunction with a variety of strategies. Give the smokers you know a homeopathic formula that will help them kick the habit and take charge of their health. They'll probably be around a lot longer to thank you for it.)

The Chiropractic Journal.

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By Matthew Schueller

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