If you are struggling with quitting smoking, then you understand how frustrating it can be to try and find a way to put down the cigarettes for good. The physical and psychological urge to reach for another cigarette can be overwhelming. If you've been unable to go cold turkey and the nicotine replacement gum just doesn't cut it, then you should consider an alternative therapy. Below are two non-traditional methods that you should look into.
While the physical dependence on nicotine is real, and very strong, there is also a very powerful psychological dependence. One way to combat this urge is to visit a clinical hypnotist that specializes in addiction treatment. It's important to narrow your search to addiction specialists. Some hypnotists focus on personal growth, or anxiety issues, or other areas. You want one who has experience dealing with addiction (food, sex, drugs).
The hypnotist will place you under hypnosis and implant suggestions that deter smoking. For instance, they might assign a negative connotation to the taste of tobacco, such that you taste garbage when you inhale a cigarette. You can discuss the particular suggestions that they will use ahead of time and decide which is appropriate for your needs. Of course, not all people can be hypnotized, but for those that can, there is scientific evidence that it can help with quitting smoking.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian method of healing. It looks to treat the health of the entire body by addressing the different doshas. If your doshas are out of balance, it could be a reason that you are unable to quit smoking. An ayurvedic practitioner will speak with you and discuss your sleeping habits, what you eat, and your feelings when you smoke, and also look at your skin and body. They will then decide on the proper treatment. The treatment depends on what aspect of your body's doshas are out of alignment.
One popular treatment is a very simple ayurvedic massage. This is done using special oils. The oils are chosen for their relation to the dosha that needs to be placed back into harmony. Also, there is a practice called Dhumapana that involves inhaling medicinal smoke. The ayurvedic practitioner will decide what medicinal herbs should be burnt. The herbs are placed in a metal smoke pot and burnt in front of the patient who then breathes the smoke in through their nostrils. The herbs never contain nicotine, so you don't have to worry that you are relapsing if you have managed to quit tobacco for a day or two before seeing the practitioner.
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9 June 2016
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