The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that smoking leads to nearly three million deaths across the globe, every year. While everyone talks about the dangers of tobacco use, for most smokers kicking the habit for the good is the hardest challenge they face. To quit smoking successfully, one needs more than just a ‘to-do-come-what-may’ strategy, tons of patience, and psychosocial support.
The walls of our airway (windpipe) secrete mucous. This keeps the air moist and warm. The surface of the walls is lined with tiny hair; these move like grass on a meadow. They help to ‘stir’ dust and foreign bodies away from the lungs to be coughed, or sneezed out of the airway. In smokers, the ‘hair filter’ becomes paralysed by nicotine — as a result, the particles remain in the lungs. This creates the fertile ‘soil’ for viruses and bacteria to cause infection and produce excessive amounts of mucous and, subsequently, smokers’ cough.
Tobacco is a powerfully habit-forming substance — the smoker promptly develops a tolerance for its addictive chemical, nicotine. Like any other addiction, therefore, users experience withdrawal symptoms — sometimes severe — when they try or stop using nicotine. This includes sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety, and depression. This is the bugbear for any remedial measure and/or intervention too.
Homeopathy can help increase one’s will power, ease and help ‘beat’ one’s craving for nicotine and also relieve withdrawal symptoms, safely and effectively — without the dangerous side-effects of anti-smoking conventional medications, or nicotine patches, or other popular smoking deterrents. What’s more, most conventional anti-smoking interventions have been linked with difficulty in breathing, cold sweat, fainting, flushing, sleep disorders, heart palpitations, and visual disturbances.
Two homeopathic remedies that are most often used to ‘kick’ the tobacco habit are Tabacum and Caladium. Tabacum is primarily ‘homeopathic’ tobacco. It is, in other words, ‘diluted,’ or ‘micro-dosaged’ tobacco. It relates to the ‘likes cure likes’ principle — the motto of homeopathy — ‘what can cause can cure, and vice versa.’ Tabacum reduces the craving for nicotine, while Caladium ‘destroys’ the yearning for it.
Nux Vomica is also used, especially in the ‘go-getter’ types who are ‘over the top’ with everything in their lives. They are as much addicted to tobacco as socialising, eating, and binging. Nux Vomica can ease irritability and sleeplessness during tobacco withdrawal too. Lobelia Inflata is yet another handy remedy. It eliminates the craving for nicotine and detoxifies the body from tobacco overuse. Other useful remedies are Plantago for easing withdrawal symptoms and Euphorbium for detoxifing the mucous membranes and reducing stressed ‘withdrawal’ breathing.
The unique benefits that homeopathic remedies provide are they strengthen the person's overall mindset and constitution, so that they are not only physically less addicted to tobacco, but they also feel stronger emotionally and socially less obsessed with what smoking represents for them. Besides, homeopathy is keyed to the individualised, personalised, or customised approach, where a remedy is selected on the basis of one’s personality, temperament, sensitivities, sensibilities, and idiosyncrasies — to reinforcing one physically, emotionally and psychologically, while helping them to tide over the smoking habit for the good.
All the same, it is imperative that homeopathic de-addiction treatment is sought from a professional homeopathic physician, given the subtle, yet wacky, nature of tobacco craving and also one’s unique, individual needs.
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