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Natural Ways to Treat Quit Smoking Symptoms

Using herbs to stop smoking requires knowledge of the various nicotine withdrawal symptoms and the herbs that are available to treat them. You may need different types of herbs to quit smoking depending on the types of discomforts you feel and how your body reacts to the nicotine withdrawal.

Lobelia Inflata is one of the few herbs to help quit smoking that specifically targets the nicotine receptors in the brain. Most other herbs used in remedies to help stop smoking cigarettes are there to help with the unpleasant effects of nicotine withdrawal, low blood sugar, mood changes, and other quit smoking symptoms.

Nature does provide you with some tools that you can use to stop smoking naturally. Remember though that tobacco is also a plant that grows in nature. There are many substances in nature that are not necessarily harmless or beneficial to humans, so approach the use of herbs to quit smoking naturally with education and knowledge about their proper use.

Just like tobacco, other plants have been used by humans for centuries to treat all kinds of ailments including quit smoking symptoms, the effects of nicotine withdrawal and other drug withdrawals too.

For These Quit Smoking Symptoms Try These Herbs to Stop Smoking Cigarettes
Digestive symptoms such as upset stomach, nausea, flatulence Ginger, Peppermint, Slippery Elm, Catnip
Respiratory congestion, coughing and sputum production Hyssop, Lobelia Inflata
Mood changes, irritability Blue Vervain, St John's Wort, Skull Cap, Motherwort, Oat Straw or Oat Seed, Valerian, Lobelia, Black Cohosh
headaches peppermint
fatigue Korean Ginseng

Of the many helpful herbs to stop smoking Lobelia Inflata is the only one that specifically targets the nicotine receptors in the brain. This is why it is included in most herbal remedies to quit smoking. Users report that it helps to reduce cravings. It is even named "Indian Tobacco".

In addition you may choose to take some herbs to help with the full body detox that causes some of the unpleasant quit smoking symptoms. Remember that nicotine leaves your system as quickly as 72 hours after the last cigarette, so if unpleasant symptoms continue it is probably due to the many chemicals in cigarettes that have been stored in your body and are now being dumped out of your cells and into your general circulation.

This is a good thing. You definitely want these stored chemicals to leave your body. This might mean that you may have to use some botanical medicine that will support the organs in your body that help to detoxify your system.

Dandelion root and burdock root are two of the best overall cleansing herbs to use when you quit smoking or anytime you want to assist in a body detox process. They are generally packaged in cleansing formulas and are safe for most people to take.

By taking cleansing herbs and drinking lots of water, you can support your body's liver, kidneys, lungs, and lymphatic system, as these various chemicals are processed for excretion.

Get lots of rest too. This is a time for transition and healing.

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by Beverly OMalley

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