If you use tobacco, then you already know that quitting is one the best things you can do for your health. But we’re all different. That means our reasons for smoking – and quitting – may not be the same. That also means the methods we choose to help us quit will also be different. What works for your coworker or your cousin might not be right for you.
The good news is that traditional methods are proven to work, like nicotine replacement therapy, medication and behavioral therapy. But there are also alternative therapies you may not know too much about. We’ll take a look at a few to see if they might be able to help you kick your tobacco habit.
Hypnosis sessions will vary based on the practitioner. You’ll likely be guided through some, possibly unpleasant, scenarios that are designed to lessen your desire for tobacco. Hypnosis will also help you feel deeply relaxed so that you are able to focus on quitting. While not all researchers agree on it’s effectiveness, many tobacco users have successfully used hypnosis to help them quit. If you think it might be a good method for you, then your doctor can recommend a licensed hypnotherapist.
Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles through the skin (often the outer ear) to stimulate specific points on the body. This can help lessen the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. While inserting needles doesn’t sound like a logical way to ease discomfort, acupuncture is usually painless (many people don’t even feel the needles being inserted or removed) and can be a very relaxing experience.
Similar to acupuncture (but without the needles), low-intensity light beams are used on certain parts of the body to help lessen tobacco cravings. As with other alternative methods, laser therapy may work for some people but hasn’t been scientifically proven yet.
ON THE HORIZON: a nicotine vaccine
A number of nicotine vaccines are being developed in countries around the world, with the goal of ending tobacco users’ cravings – and preventing others from picking up the habit. No vaccines are available for use yet, but clinical testing in humans is expected to begin soon.
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