Smoking, Quit with Herbs and Natural Remedies
Lobelia and other herbs can help you to ease off nicotine and stop smoking tobacco. The lobeline in Lobelia , commonly known as Indian tobacco, acts much like nicotine although it is less potent the herb can help fool the body into thinking it has nicotine in the system. (Duke,James, Ph.D.) The older Soviet era drug Tabex is a stop smoking supplement similar to nicotine replacement patches and gums, but at a much lower price. It was proved effective in a new trial published this month in the NEJOM. It is based on the alkaloid cytisine extracted from the Cytisus laborinum L. (Golden Rain acacia) plant. Not FDA approved. 1<
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Healing the damage: The human body has an amazing resiliency, and will start to rebuild damaged lung cells as soon as you stop destroying them with cigarettes.
Herbal smoking mixtures Coltsfoot is also one of the traditional smoking herbs that formed the basis of many smoking mixtures. Smoking herbs may help ease the transistion to becomming tobacco free by providing a healthier subsitute that does not contain the tar and additives of commerically produced tobacco. Coltsfoot helps soothe inflamed lung tissue, loosen secretions, and tones the lungs. White, Linda B. M.D.
Herbal strategies for speeding the healing Mullein tones the mucus membranes of the respiratory tract, soothes irritated lungs and speeds healing of damaged tissues. Licorice is helpful in quitting smoking in 2 ways, as an adrenal tonic it helps restore energy while it soothes the lungs. Turmeric This common, yellow, kitchen spice has been shown to help remove the carcinogens that smoking puts into your lungs. Garlic helps counteract the addictive properties of nicotine and relaxes the blood vessels counteracting the effect of smoking on blood pressure
Ease the Nerves: Mildly sedating herbs can help to ease the nerves as well as quell nicotine withdrawal. Green oats are thought to have a sedative effect as well as a tonic effect on the nervous system. Passion Flower is another calming herb known for fighting anxiety and panic attacks that can be brought on by smoking cessation. Kava kava works as an antidote to the depression and mood swings that often occur when you stop smoking. Skullcap is a sedative herb that can help alleviate the anxiety that sometimes accompanies giving up cigarettes. Skullcap can be taken alone during the day, and combined with valerian at night to aid sleep. Valerian relaxes tense muscles, it can be used as a sleep aid if insomnia is one of your quitters symptoms.
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