Nicotine Withdrawal

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Nicotine Withdrawal


Nicotine withdrawal occurs when you stop inhaling nicotine (addictive substance found in tobacco). Most people experience discomfort and physical side effects when they stop. Withdrawal symptoms in cigarette users include:

Falling blood pressure and heart rate
Fatigue, drowsiness and insomnia
Constipation and diarrhoea
Increased hunger
Difficulty concentrating
Tobacco cravings

Nicotine creates a chemical dependency, so that your body will develop a need for a certain level of nicotine all the time. If the level is not maintained the body will begin to go through withdrawal and the above symptoms will occur. Most people who give up nicotine find that the withdrawal symptoms are not very pleasant, however they are usually completely gone within 6 months. The symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are caused by the body’s response to the removal of the substance on which the body has become dependent.

Dietary Considerations


Taking supplements of Vitamin A, B complex, C and E as well as supplements of valerian, garlic and Echinacea have been found to be successful in helping people recover from smoking.

Personal Care


Most programs will suggest that you analyze your habit and the reasons as to why you smoke. This will prove beneficial as it will offer an insight into the underlying cause of your habit. Another good idea is to pick a specific day to stop smoking, try to make it a couple of weeks in advance and tell all your family and friends of your intention, as they will be invaluable support and you will also feel that you have to give up smoking as you have told everyone of your intentions. Your success does depend on your will to give up and your motivation. Convince yourself of how good you will eventually feel with a healthy body and mind and tell yourself of how much money you will be able to save as a result of not smoking. The money you save can go towards a luxury item that you have been denying yourself.



Not starting to use tobacco and educating your children of the danger of smoking is the best preventative measure.

When to seek further professional advice

If you are a tobacco user and you are concerned about your health for any reason

Alternative/Natural Treatments


There are some alternative therapies that can offer support to tobacco users that are trying to quit their habit. Behavior modification techniques such as guided imagery and meditation can be beneficial in helping you to alleviate the problem. A herbal remedy often used by medical herbalists is Lobelia (Lobelia inflata) which has similar actions to nicotine but are gentler and longer lasting and is often used in conjunction with ephedra (Ephedra sinica), a stimulant, that helps tobacco users quit. A professional should be consulted as these herbs might have side effects that can be serious. The following herbs are also recommended to calm the nervous system during withdrawal - hops (Humulus lupulus), chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Traditional Treatment

A smoking cessation program such as nicotine based chewing gum and nicotine replacement packs may be recommended by your doctor to help you through the withdrawal process. These aids are only provided so that they can help you wean yourself off of smoking and should not be taken as a substitute for nicotine.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 0000-00-00