How to stop smoking – All natural guide
Learn how to quit smoking naturally with our guide. Discover natural methods that will help you kick the habit for good. Start your journey to better health.
Smoking is highly addictive and can be one of the most difficult addictions to get free from. It is therefore understandable that smokers want to look to natural remedies or holistic ways as well as other ways of stopping smoking.
This page covers a variety of methods that do not require any substitute for the nicotine in your cigarettes so you can evaluate the options and the potential for success.
What are the most effective ways to quit smoking naturally?
Your success in quitting smoking, depends very much on the method you decide to use.
Although there are numerous techniques and treatments purporting to help you most of them result in less than one person out of ten actually succeeding.
The table below shows that the overall best method is Allen Carr’s Easyway.
How to stop smoking immediately with Willpower or Cold Turkey
Treatment: This is the method most commonly used by smokers in their attempts to stop. The aim is that by stopping smoking, without any support, and utilising sheer willpower they will overcome their nicotine addiction and be free.
Side Effects: Mood; aggression; anxiety; depression and irritability; weight gain & substitution.
Who can use it: Anyone can try to stop smoking using willpower.
Comment: The big issue with this method is that the smoker is left with a feeling that they have lost or given something up. Over time this normally leads to a yearning and longing desire to return to smoking. It’s caused by a feeling of sacrifice which is based on the belief that smoking provided a pleasure and some benefits. The yearning often leads to substitution (eating or drinking instead of smoking) which in turn, leads to weight gain. The former smoker feels constantly deprived and whenever they think about cigarettes or experience a moment when they might normally smoke, they feel miserable. This is often a recipe for failure.
Not being able to stop smoking by willpower is not an indication that you’re weak-willed. It just means that you chose the wrong method. Ironically, very strong-willed people can find the willpower method particularly difficult. After all, which child will scream longest and loudest when you take away their favourite toy at dinner time, the strong-willed one or the weak-willed one? In fact, succeeding on the willpower method can be very difficult indeed1.
Acupuncture for quitting smoking
Treatment: This is a traditional Chinese therapy in which certain acupunctural points are stimulated by inserting needles into the patient’s body. The aim is to mitigate withdrawal symptoms and hence make it easier to quit.
Side Effects: None
Who can use it: Anyone can try to stop smoking using acupuncture
Comment: There is no scientific proof that the meridians or acupuncture points exist, and it is hard to prove that they either do or do not. It’s quite possible that some conditions might be helped using acupuncture, but acupuncture doesn’t claim to cure smoking – it merely claims to help with feelings of withdrawal. Nicotine withdrawal is actually very mild and as long as the correct method is used to quit smoking, acupuncture is therefore neither helpful nor necessary1.
Hypnosis – hypnotherapy for smoking
Treatment: The smoker is put into a relaxed, altered state of awareness, and suggestions designed to amplify the downsides of smoking, and encourage the enjoyment of freedom, effectively attempt to bolster willpower.
Side Effects: None
Who can use it: Anyone can try to stop using hypnosis
Comment: Although hypnosis can be a very enjoyable and relaxing thing to experience, unless the suggestions made during the process are useful, it doesn’t really add much in terms of re-enforcing the smoker’s efforts. For example, using hypnosis in an attempt to bolster a smoker’s willpower is simply reinforcing an attempt to quit smoking using an inefficient, uncomfortable, and quite unsuccessful method11.
Allen Carr’s Easyway stop smoking method
Treatment: The world’s most popular and successful way to quit smoking with an estimated 30 million people helped worldwide. It is often described as a cognitive behavioural therapy, or “talking therapy” (or self-help in its written form) which engages with smokers and has them correct their understanding of what causes them to smoke. At the live seminars it takes around 5 hours and the smoker carries on smoking until they feel ready to throw their cigarettes away.
There are absolutely no shock or scare tactics, and no uncomfortable discussion of health implications. Smokers know all about those already. Instead, the facilitator helps the smoker dismantle all their arguments and reasons “for” smoking, leaving them to feel happy and relieved to “get rid of smoking” – rather than “giving it up” with a reluctant feeling of sacrifice – they feel genuinely delighted to be free.
Side Effects: None
Who can use it: Anyone
Comment: There are no side effects, it is clinically proven and it is entirely drug-free, with no need to use any nicotine products such as e-cigarettes, patches or gum and no need for any other smoking cessation drugs.
In a recent study, funded by the Irish Government, it was shown to be nearly twice as successful as the Irish stop smoking service (Quit.ie)12 and in another study by the University of Vienna the success rate after a year was seen to be 51% 12. There is also a full money back guarantee.
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