Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs known. When you combine this chemical with the flavor of tobacco smoke and the oral satisfaction of a cigarette, you get an addiction that is very difficult to break.
Conventional treatment for smoking addiction focuses primarily on methods to separate nicotine addiction from the other habit-forming features of cigarettes. These include the nicotine patch and the nicotine inhaler. In addition, the drugs varencicline and bupropion (Zyban) have shown benefit.
Proposed Natural Treatments
There are no proven natural aids for treating cigarette addiction.
The herb lobelia
The substance cysticine is a toxic compound found in the seeds of
and related plants. Weak evidence, mostly from Eastern Europe, hints that careful use of this substance might aid smoking cessation.
Smoking is believed to cause increased need for a variety of nutrients, including
Consumption of almonds has also shown potential for slightly reducing some of the harmful effects of cigarette smoking.
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