Smoking is bad for health of the smoker as well as those surrounding him. The cigarette is said to have over 600 ingredients in them which includes harmful substances such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, lead, acetone and tar, etc. Since smoking is known to cause serious health ailments like cancer, kicking this habit is a must and something that cannot be ignored or neglected. But eliminating smoking from the daily regimen can be tough for majority of the smokers. But there are ayurvedic methods present which when followed properly can help kick out that habit permanently and without any side effects. Nicotine is highly addictive and dangerous. Pills, gum and patches are used commonly in the Western countries to ensure people avoid using such cancer causing substances.
One can refer to Ayurvedic medicinal system, which is known to take a different approach towards quitting. Besides treating acute problems related to nicotine dependence, the patient is provided treatment of his entire body, mind and spirit. Addictions as per Ayurveda is viewed as malady of mind, which is caused due to the decision taken to rely upon external substances rather than avail holistic remedies such as yoga, diet, exercise, acupuncture and herbal treatments. This can help ease anxiety, stress and other related problems in life.
Unbalanced doshas are created by smoking. Hence, there will be required to make continuous, sincere and conscious effort to quit smoking. Also, there is a need to lead healthy life. It is possible balance the doshas in numerous ways to derive the healthy path of life.
Ayurvedic approach to stop smoking
- Consuming plenty of water can help flush toxins from the body system expeditiously.
- Practice regularly bhastrika pranayama for cleansing the respiratory system having contaminants. This breathing exercise is called ‘Bellows Breath’ which should be performed every morning and night.
- Use neti pot at night and morning.
- Change present lifestyle and diet. Try cleansing, juice fast or simply switching over to light and whole foods. Consume only in small portions. Do not take fatty foods, alcohol, coffee and sugar until reduction of cravings. Such substances can trigger nicotine cravings. On quitting, the food is likely to taste much better, since taste buds will get restored.
- Ayurvedic herbal supplements & herbs: They will help curb cravings and also are quite safe when compared to prescription pills. The popular ayurvedic supplements are Ginseng, Bala, Shatavari, Ashwagandha and Triphala. Ayurvedic practitioners prepare rasayanas that are ayurvedic tonics and jams. One such example of Rasayana that can help smokers to quit smoking is Chyavanprash.
- Practice light exercise or hatha yoga regularly. If craving is experienced, then perform some sun salutations, until the mind resets as well as gets free from that desperate urge to smoke. Meditate every day and set clearly the intention to enjoy a life that is free from nicotine addiction.
With proper Ayurvedic supplements and guidance, quitting smoking becomes a reality and the person can enjoy life without requiring that harmful nicotine.