There are many different aids to stop smoking apart from those that are popularly advertised and some of them can be more effective than the patches and products that most people resort to when trying to stop.
Just as there is a lot of money to be made through the sale of cigarettes there is also a lot of money to be made from the sale of products such as nicotine patches, pills and gum to help people to quit smoking.
For this reason there have been many scientific studies that have shown the benefits of such products but similar amounts of money haven’t been spent on research to prove the effectiveness of alternative methods such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, hypnosis and various herbal remedies.
There have however been a lot of surveys done that can show success rates that people have had using these methods.
While none of these methods can make you quit they can help you to quit.
Even hypnosis which is widely regarded as one of the best of the alternative methods of smoking cessation can’t make you quit. It can help you IF you have decided that you want to quit.
Hypnosis can help where there are issues of willpower that have been stopping a person from quitting but unfortunately there is still the problem of the addictive nature of smoking that needs to be addressed.
Acupuncture is another method that has helped a lot of people quit smoking and it does so by helping to release endorphins that counter the negative effects that withdrawal has on a person. Acupuncture is usually used in combination with other methods of quitting smoking and most of these ‘alternative’ methods are best when used as an added support for other methods such as pills, patches and gums.
There are various herbal remedies that have proven to be effective however it is often difficult to be assured of the quality and/or potency of herbal products and as such difficult to make recommendations.
Aromatherapy, Meditation, Imagery – These are other forms of help for the person seeking to stop smoking but more often than not they are only effective when used in combination with other mainstream products.