Smoking habit is strongly influenced by emotion, so it is very hard to stop smoking, every smoker has considered quitting at one time or another, whether it's for health reasons or because of the heavy price associated with smoking, dedicated smoker has considered quitting because of the nicotine addict.
However, from medical view of point, smoking itself is chemical processes that occur in the brain, when Nicotine enters the body, it is distributed quickly through the bloodstream and crosses the blood-brain barrier, Nicotine binds to nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors increases the levels of dopamine neurotransmitter, causes pleasant feeling, alertness, relaxation, stop smoking means less dopamine supplied, causes feelings of difficult concentration, easily angry, insomnia, become restless, feeling depressive, these negative effects cause difficult to make smokers stop their habit, consuming herbs to stop smoking is a way to clean the body against nicotine withdrawal (cravings), different people take different herbs to help stop smoking, there many herbs to be chosen for stop smoking (smoking cessation).
Mentha piperita, well-known called as Peppermint belongs to familia Labiatae, grows to 1 m tall and spikes of lilac-pink flowers are produced in mid-summer. stems are usually slightly hairy with purple color and leaves can also be purple-tinged, the flowers are purple, 6–8 mm long, with a four-lobed corolla about 5 mm diameter; they are produced in one turn of a spiral around the stem, forming thick, blunt spikes.
Peppermint is an inexpensive herb that can help people to quit smoking who light up in order to settle an upset stomach brought on by physical nicotine cravings. Dried peppermint leaf is used in herb teas, either on its own or in mixtures. Peppermint tea is regarded as a stimulant, a cure for flatulence and has antiseptic properties. It is used in treating indigestion (digestive symptoms), including bloating, gas, and nausea, sore throats, colds and toothache, in a modern aromatherapy, peppermint oil is used for energy & brighter mood, reducing pains, to help breathing, improve mental clarity & memory. A steaming glass of Peppermint tea can also reduce tension and stress. Many people take a piece of peppermint chewing gum to prevent smoking, after taking the peppermint chewing gum, the mouth becomes full with strong peppermint aroma (peppermint odorant particles) causes smoking does not give a pleasant feeling anymore, peppermint aroma can abate and refresh mouth malodor.
Peppermint has a high Menthol content, and is often used as a flavouring in tea, ice cream, confectionery, chewing gum, and toothpaste, the other active constituents of Peppermint are menthone, iso-menthone, menthofuran, ά,ß-pinene, limonene, phelladrene, camphene, ß-caryophyllene, 1,8-cineole, methyl-acetate.
Lobelia inflata Herb
Lobelia inflata, familia Campanulaceae, popularly known in
Lobelia inflata is used for treatment of asthma, the plant material is burned as a natural bug repellent to keep away insects such as mosquitoes.
Smoking cessation with Lobelia tea:
Lobelia Tea, a non-addictive herb, its benefits have been known for centuries among various native American communities as being effective for respiratory and viral disorders. Lobelia is a potent emetic (able to induce vomiting) and possesses relaxant, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, diuretic and sedative properties.
Lobelia is used alone or in combination with other products for smoking cessation, muscle relaxation, nausea, vomiting, and various respiratory illnesses.
Lobelia inflata herbal tea drive away the work of nicotine addicted, with a mechanism similar to that of Varenicline or Buspropion, which inhibit binding of nicotine with nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors, increase the level of neurotransmitter dopamine hormone, causes the body does not feel pleasant again, finally the body will stop charging nicotine, in other words not addicted nicotine anymore. the empirical use of this herbal has no side effects such as feeling of suicide desire, the desire to harm his or herself, like the side effects caused by the anti-smoking drugs. Lobelia tea can be sipped daily during detoxification period to keep tissues flooded with elements that discourage nicotine cravings. The main constituent of lobelia is lobeline which is a chemical compound said to help relax the muscles and reduce a person's craving for nicotine, lobelia is widely used in many smoking cessation programs.
It should be noted, that Lobelia inflata is considered a potentially toxic herb, an active ingredient in the lobelia plant, alkaloid lobeline, is similar to nicotine in its effect on the body. Like nicotine, it stimulates nerves in the central nervous system. For this reason, lobeline was used as a nicotine substitute in many anti-smoking products and preparations designed to break the smoking habit, lobeline bind to nicotine receptors in the nervous system and can cause serious symptoms, such as large quantity of sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, rapid heartbeat, mental confusion, convulsions, hypothermia, coma, and even death, the maximum amount should not exceed a total daily dosage of 20 mg lobelia, doses higher than 500 mg are highly toxic and could be fatal, people with high blood pressure, heart disease, tobacco sensitivity, paralysis, seizure disorder, and shortness of breath, and those recovering from shock should not take lobelia. Pregnant and breast-feeding women should also avoid this herb. Other alkaloid compounds in Lobelia inflata are alpha-Lobeline, beta-Lobeline, gamma-Lobeline, Lobelamine and Lobelamidine.
In 1993, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibited the sale of lobeline-containing smoking products. The FDA reported that such products lacked effectiveness in helping people quit or reduce smoking.
There are many other herbs used as smoking cessation, such as
- Chamomile (Matricaria recutita, familia Asteraceae),
- Kava (Piper methysticum, familia Piperaceae),
Wort (Hypericum perforatum, familia Clusiaceae), St. John’s
- Melein (Verbascum sinuatum, familia Scrophulariaceae),
- Indian Pennywort (Centella asiatica, familia Mackinlayaceae),
- Mimosa (Mimosa pudica, familia Fabaceae)
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