Smoking Addiction


In the initial stages, it can be quite difficult to overcome your body’s cravings for a smoke. And the key to stick to your aim of ‘no-smoking’ is to hold out against the impulse for a nicotine fix.

The nicotine content in the tobacco is so addictive that the users find it very difficult to quit once you get into the habit even if the users want to stop smoking.

Apart from changing lifestyle and food habit, Ayurveda helps to clean and do away with the root cause of any form of tobacco addiction.

In the initial stages, it can be quite difficult to overcome your body’s cravings for a smoke. And the key to stick to your aim of ‘no-smoking’ is to hold out against the impulse for a nicotine fix.

Ayurvedic Treatment

  1. Flush out toxins (due to smoking) from your body by natural therapy
  2. Get sufficient nourishment therapy (rasayana kriya)
  3. Yogic kriya
  4. Make changes to your diet
  5. Life style modification program

Tips to avoid Smoking

  1. Drink plenty of water, better yet if it is kept in a container made of copper, which scrapes away ama (toxic deposits).
  2. Perform Neti kriya
  3. For nicotine, tar and other toxic compounds already deposited in the dhatus: take three tablets or one tablespoon of triphala every night, before bedtime.
  4. Do your very best to stay away from alcohol, sugar and coffee the first week or longer, as these tend to stimulate the desire for a cigarette.
  5. Avoid fatty foods, as your metabolism will slow down a bit without the nicotine, and you may gain weight even if you eat the same amount as before quitting.
  6. Take vegetarian low fat diet to increase the Sattvic quality of mind. Nibble on low calorie foods like celery, apples and carrots.
  7. Exercise and Yoga is a form of relaxation and exercise that incorporates stretching, meditation and the knowledge of the body's full potential.
  8. Avoid eating acidic foods such as meat, dairy products, tea, coffee, pasta and breads.
  9. Intake of alkaline food such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, sprouts etc are highly beneficial.
  10. Intake of raisins, beets, lima beans, dandelion, etc can really help you to quit smoking habit.
  11. Increase the amount of vitamin C in your eating habits. Fruits rich in vitamin C such as lemon, oranges and grapefruits very useful.
  12. Sweet foods reduce the urge of smoking. In addition to that add a small quantity of honey in whatever sweet dishes you consume.
  13. When you feel excessive urge of smoking it is suggest to eat something salty. Or you can lick a little salt at that time.
  14. Juice of radish along with honey twice a day is very beneficial to quit smoking.
  15. Chewing liquorice (mulethi) is a good alternative to cigarette. It helps you to suppress the urge of smoking when you feel so.
  16. An ayurvedic massage with aromatic oils is also very effective to relax you mind and suppress the urge for smoking.
  17. Herbal extracts of cedar, lavender, lemon, orange, and tea tree along with water should be sprayed in the atmosphere to avoid the fragrance of smoking to enter your surrounding that can stimulate your urge to smoke.
  18. Keep yourself busy in some sorts of work that can keep you away from smoking.

Foods to help you while you stop Smoking

  1. Ajwain - Take few seeds of ajwain and chew them whenever you get the craving for tobacco. Initially it might be difficult but chewing them regularly will help do away with the habit of tobacco addiction.
  2. Cinnamon - Cinnamon helps do away with tobacco addiction. Whenever you have the craving for smoking or other forms of tobacco, take a piece of cinnamon and keep sucking for a while. It helps.
  3. Water Kept In Copper Container - Copper scrap off the toxic deposits. Drinking lot of water kept in copper container helps to remove the toxic deposits and lessen the craving for tobacco use over a period of time.
  4. Triphala - Triphala can clear the toxic elements and in turn reduce the craving for toxic tobacco use further. Taking one tablespoon of triphala every night helps.
  5. Basil Leaves - Chewing basil leaves helps reduce the craving for tobacco usage and also it cures the problems caused by its usage earlier. Every morning and evening take about 2-3 basil leaves, chew and eat them.
  6. Calamus - A well known herb calamus is helpful to do away with smoking addiction. Add small quantity of calamus in the form of powder with ghee and have it or it can be consumed just in the form of powder.
  7. Ginger, Amla, Turmeric - A ball prepared out of ginger, amla and turmeric powder respectively is said to help reduce the craving for tobacco usage. The ball can be used as sweets, put it in the mouth and suck it.
  8. Ashwagandha - Ashwagandha help the body to get rid of toxins. It helps to alleviate the level of anxiety and also various forms of tobacco addiction. The powder (450 mg to 2 g) prepared out of ashwagandha roots has to be taken for best results.

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