Can you chew tobacco with homeopathic medicine?

Finally smoke-free

Despite advertising, there is no such thing as "simple" smoking cessation. Nevertheless, there are means and methods to permanently renounce nicotine. Whether swallowing, chewing, sticking or talking, if the motivation to quit smoking is lacking, none of the methods are very promising.

The Federal Non-Smoking Protection Act has been in force since September 1, 2007. Smokers are no longer allowed to reach for cigars or cigarettes in trains, taxis, on ferries and in federal institutions such as authorities. This is intended to provide better protection for passive smokers.

Tobacco advertising in print media, radio and the Internet has been banned in EU countries since July 31, 2005. The same applies to sponsorship of cross-border cultural and sporting events. However, cigarettes can still be advertised in cinemas and on billboards.

In an EU comparison, Germany's total smoking rate is in the upper third. Almost 30 percent of Germans over the age of 15 smoke regularly. Every day they smoke 263 million cigarettes, 11 million cigarillos and cigars, 91 tons of fine-cut tobacco and 2 tons of pipe tobacco.

Nicotine tickles the reward system with dopamine

Nicotine is a potent but legally addictive substance. It reacts with the so-called nicotinic α4β2 acetylcholine receptors. The result is a release of numerous messenger substances. Nicotine has this in common with “hard drugs” like amphetamines and cocaine. The transmitter dopamine is at the center of these drug effects and those of nicotine. He is the "doer" in the reward system. Without him there would be no happiness. It is not uncommon for smokers to enjoy a cigarette as a reward: after work, after a strenuous drive or “after”.

This cigarette rewards the user and gives him a sense of wellbeing. Even those who wish to withdraw will not or cannot do without this. Nicotine alone is only part of the reward concept. Just the ritual of holding a cigarette, lighting it, blowing out the smoke, releases dopamine. (Also) that's why it's SO difficult to get rid of the glowing stick.

The longer the person smokes, the more binding sites he forms for the acetylcholine transmitter. These so-called ACh receptors are responsible for the withdrawal symptoms. Some newer weaning agents block these binding sites.

Germans are quieter

50 to 75% of smokers die as a result of their addiction. In Germany alone, 383 people die every day as a result of smoking, about as many as would be killed if a Jumbo crashed. Life expectancy drops by ten to 23 years.

In a survey of 10,295 smokers in 17 EU countries, only 38% of German smokers came out as willing to quit and thus occupied one of the lower places. "Any adequate drug support doubles the success of a behavior therapy therapy." Thomas Hering, specialist in pulmonology in Berlin in an article in the Deutsche Apothekerzeitung (No. 4/2007). Dopamine is also in focus under the aspect of smoking cessation. The antidepressant bupropion is already used in weaning therapy and acts on the transmitter dopamine.

There are basically different approaches to quitting smoking:

  • Methods
  • Medicines containing nicotine
  • Medicines and food supplements without nicotine
  • Homeopathics
  • Medicines that influence addictive behavior
  • Supporting measures and tips

Smoking cessation methods:

Many smokers can report on their "own" method. In principle, a distinction is made between the immediate abandonment of nicotine and the gentle balancing.

Point-to-point method:

  • Schedule a specific day to stop smoking.
  • Throw away or give away all cigarettes.
  • Put ashtrays out of sight.
  • You should not change your smoking habits before this day.

It is estimated that 80 percent of all smokers use the "point-to-point method" without any other support such as self-help guides, non-smoking seminars or nicotine replacement therapy.

The better the support from friends or family, the higher the chances of success with this inexpensive exit method.

Reduction method:

  • If you have failed the dot-and-stop method, slow weaning can be tried.
  • The steps you take to give up cigarettes are individual.
  • For example, with 20 cigarettes, 5 fewer cigarettes per week.

Medicines for smoking cessation:

It would be too good to be true: just swallow a tablet every morning and you no longer feel the urge to light a cigarette. A ritual that has been trained and lived for a long time, such as smoking, cannot, however, be worked off with immediate effect. Smoking is more than just consuming nicotine. It's a way of life. Opening the pack of cigarettes, looking for a lighter or matches, lighting the cigarette, inhaling the smoke. If you, dear reader, are a smoker, you will now feel the need to pursue your vice, or not ?!

Medicines containing nicotine (nicotine substitute):

Nicotine has been available in Germany as a drug for smoking cessation since 1983. Pharmacologically, today, on the basis of nicotine replacement therapy, in addition to chewing gum and nicotine patches, nicotine spray, nicotine inhaler and sublingual nicotine are also available. The general rule for all of these methods is that the effectiveness has been demonstrated compared to placebo and that the abstinence after 1 year approximately doubles compared to placebo. Depending on additional advice, these values ​​for nicotine replacement are 10-30% abstinence after one year.

Intake of nicotine as

  • 2 and 4 mg nicotine chewing gum
  • Nicotine patches in three strengths, equivalent to the daily cigarette consumption of 10, 20 and 30 cigarettes as dosage forms over a period of 16 and 24 hours
  • Nicotine inhaler (approved in Germany, but not on the market)
  • Nicotine sublingual tablet (approved in Germany, but not commercially available)
  • Nicotine nasal spray (approved in Germany, but no longer available in stores)

Nicotine chewing gums:

When using nicotine chewing gum, the patient should press the gum against the inside of the cheek after chewing in order to enable optimal absorption through the cheek mucosa with a prolonged release of nicotine. 15 minutes before and after using the chewing gum, he should neither eat nor drink coffee or juices in order not to reduce the absorption of nicotine. If the smoker is heavily dependent, at least initially chewing gum with a dose of 4 mg nicotine is preferable to that with a dose of 2 mg. Nicotine sublingual tablets are a sensible alternative, especially for denture wearers.

Users sometimes complain of burning mouths, bad taste, problems wearing prostheses and pain in the masticatory muscles.

Chewing gum is useful for smoking cessation with a low to moderate nicotine dependence (FTND <5), especially if a moderate daily consumption of cigarettes (about 5 to 15 cigarettes per day) is carried out, if also smoked at uneven intervals or if a so-called conflict smoking occurs stressful situations. In the case of a patch allergy, nicotine chewing gum is usually the best alternative.

Nicotine patch:

The active ingredient patch releases the nicotine slowly and very evenly. The result is a nicotine level that is subject to only minor fluctuations. A sufficient nicotine level is reached at the earliest 30 to 60 minutes after applying the patch. The patch is therefore not suitable for "emergency" use. The patch is changed daily and should then be put on another dry and hairless area of ​​skin. The patch is applied “gradually”. The highest patch dose can be used for four to six weeks, the medium and lowest dose levels for two weeks each.

The nicotine patches are offered in three strengths and are intended to replace the equivalent of 10, 20 or 30 cigarettes smoked daily in 16 or 24 hours. Very heavy smokers (with a daily cigarette consumption of more than 40 cigarettes) with severe withdrawal symptoms can also achieve higher nicotine levels by combining two patches. If necessary, the combination of different nicotine replacement products should be considered here. So far, no differences in the effectiveness of the 16-hour or 24-hour patch have been demonstrated.

Smokers who have a relatively high daily consumption of cigarettes (10 to 40 cigarettes / die) and who also consume relatively evenly throughout the day should use the nicotine patch to quit.

Nicotine replacement therapy is well tolerated, but its use should be carefully considered in patients with recent myocardial infarction, severe cardiac arrhythmias, unstable or worsening angina pectoris and acute stroke. In addition, it must be taken into account that skin reactions can occur (daily change of the glued joint protects). If you have trouble sleeping, use patches that are effective for 16 hours or remove the 24-hour patch at night. Patches should not be used in patients with chronic skin conditions.

In pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as in children and adolescents under 18 years of age, the doctor will indicate the need for nicotine replacement therapy after special clarification of the necessity.

The costs that arise from this therapy are around € 3 per day or around € 6 per day for the combination therapy and thus roughly correspond to the expenses that would otherwise arise from smoking cigarettes.

Medicines without nicotine and dietary supplements

Herbal cigarettes

“Herbalettes” are nicotine-free “cigarettes” with a low tar content that are smoked like cigarettes. They contain an "tobacco imitation" that enables the smoker to get rid of tobacco cigarettes without abruptly giving up the usual smoking ceremonies. The duration of the application is to be determined individually. In general, a course of 4 to 6 weeks is recommended. Tobacco and nicotine consumption should be stopped in the first week.

The herbal mixture contains: hazelnut 63%, papaya 24%, eucalyptus 6.5%, peppermint 6.5%. The smoke from a herb rescue contains: Ø 0.0 mg nicotine and Ø 3.0 mg condensate (tar).

Homeopathics

Homeopathy can also support smoking cessation. A corresponding combination preparation (Tabarel ®) contains unfermented Virginian tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum), Indian tobacco (Lobelia inflata) and Robinia (Robinia pseudoacacia).

Nicotiona tabacum With its most important ingredient nicotine, in non-homeopathic doses it mainly affects the vegetative and central nervous system.

This causes the blood vessels to constrict and the heartbeat to accelerate.

Homeopathic dilutions of the basic medicinal product are preferred for spasmodic conditions in the arterial vascular system, associated with dizziness and nausea, for cerebral sclerosis with vascular spasms and for angina pectoris vasomotorica. The gastrointestinal system and the arterial vascular system are considered to be the preferred general directions of action. Nicotiana tabacum has proven to be particularly effective in combating the harmful effects of smoking and inhaling tobacco smoke. In such cases it helps against nausea, heart problems and burning eyes. For this application, however, potencies should not be selected under D12.

Lobelia inflata strengthens all vegetative functions. The plant contains a number of chemically closely related alkaloids, above all the main active ingredient lobeline, which is very similar to nicotine. Lobelin provokes an excitement of the respiratory center, it deepens and increases the breaths in this way. In homeopathy, Lobelia inflata is used primarily for the main symptoms of nausea with vomiting, spasms in the esophagus, stomach and bronchi, accompanied by belching, nausea and nausea. Clinical use in smokers has proven particularly successful.

in theHomeopathic table contains Lobelia inflata with its main active ingredient lobeline in the potency D30. In homeopathic dilution, the bark of the black locust (Robinia peseudocacia) has a relaxing effect and alleviates gastrointestinal problems such as colic, flatulence or heartburn. Symptoms that are also and especially common in smokers because nicotine is responsible for reducing blood flow to the stomach.

Nico Bloxx (Kudzu capsules)

Kudzu has long been used as a natural remedy in Asian countries such as China and Korea. There is a close relationship to our domestic bean family.

Kudzu contains the isoflavonoids daidzin and daidzein. The ingredients are said to greatly reduce the desire for cigarettes. When the smoker has stopped, the nicotine receptors are no longer occupied by nicotine and withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, irritability and increased craving for nicotine can occur. The kudzu ingredients attach to the receptors and prevent restlessness and irritability.

Medicines that affect addictive behavior

Medicines that do not contain nicotine are bupropion and varenicline. Both require a prescription and can therefore only be prescribed by a doctor.

Supporting measures and tips

Autogenic training, muscle relaxation, acupuncture, teas; the list of supportive measures, tips and behavioral training is long.

acupuncture

In the tried and tested Chinese procedure, the acupuncturist usually sticks three needles into the "addiction points" of the ear. They stay there for a while. They are supposed to dampen the smoker's craving for the cigarette and at the same time alleviate the withdrawal symptoms. In most cases the procedure is repeated several times. The success rate is extremely individual.

glucose

According to a study by British doctors, glucose can reduce withdrawal symptoms in smokers. If the nicotine level drops, the need for carbohydrates increases. Dextrose can stop this often fatal craving (result: strong weight gain). It is recommended to take around twelve grams of glucose with water.

Horsetail tea

In folk medicine, horsetail tea is a true balm for the lungs. Mix three teaspoons of cabbage per cup with cold (!) Water, then boil for one minute and let it steep for the same amount of time. Drink three cups a day for three weeks. Since the horsetail contains small amounts of nicotine, it may also suppress the craving for a cigarette.

Calamus root

Calamus is primarily a useful remedy for disorders of the digestive system, but by chewing pieces of calamus root, the bitter substances in the plant can downright resent cigarette consumption.

Tips for future ex-smokers

Prevent weight gain

Cigarette gone, pounds up, it doesn't have to be. In the initial phase of weaning, there may be a weight gain of 2 to 5 kilograms. Anyone who can get by without cigarettes lowers metabolic activity and eats more and more often for substitute satisfaction. The extra kilos are declared war with additional exercise. When nibbling, it is as fat-free as possible. Also important: drinking a lot, fluids fill the stomach.

Fight the stress

For some smokers, stress at work is the trigger for reaching for a cigarette. These should ban all smoking paraphernalia from the workplace. At the beginning of the weaning process, the person wishing to withdraw should take short breaks with movement in the fresh air more frequently. Sugar-free chewing gum can also help.

No excuses!

Neither crisis nor good news is an excuse to “just smoke that one cigarette”.

All or nothing

Most smokers who have managed to quit their addiction quit overnight, rather than one step at a time.

Strengthen motivation

The smoker should make himself aware every day that he went through "without" that he is better off without nicotine. No morning cough, no bad breath. These positive aspects help motivate.

Bet that….

Some ex-smokers have had good betting experiences. On the one hand you come out publicly that you want to stop the vice, on the other hand you are usually supported by friends and colleagues.

Party ban

Especially in the initial phase, places where people smoke a lot can put your own will to the test. Therefore, the person concerned should avoid seduction situations such as parties etc. in the first time.

Sport is good

Physical activity makes you calmer, kills stress and burns calories.

Destroy smoking paraphernalia

All ashtrays, lighters and cigarettes represent a constant confrontation with stimulating situations. Everything that reminds of the vice must be banned. If you have to get hold of cigarettes first, the inhibition threshold is greater.

Learn from relapses

Relapse is not to be equated with failure! After a puff or a cigarette, you don't start over. The person affected should analyze exactly how the relapse occurred. A similar situation can thus be avoided later.

The patient wishing to withdraw should be convinced and not persuaded to start and persevere with his project. The following facts can serve as an argumentation aid:

This is what smokers get when they quit:

  • 20 minutes after the last cigarette, the heart rate and body temperature equalize that of a non-smoker
  • Eight hours after the last cigarette, the carbon monoxide is eliminated from the blood and has been replaced by oxygen
  • After just one day of “without” the risk of a heart attack decreases
  • Two days after quitting smoking, smell and taste become more sensitive
  • Breathing improves three days after the last cigarette
  • After 3 months, the lung capacity can increase by up to 30%
  • One year after quitting smoking, the risk of coronary artery disease is reduced by 50%
  • After two years, the risk of myocardial infarction has dropped to almost normal values
  • After 10 years without nicotine, the risk of lung cancer is almost the same as that of a real non-smoker
  • 15 years after quitting smoking, the risk of cardiovascular disease is as if you had never smoked