Nicotine addiction (NA) is a physical tie to nicotine. If you stop using nicotine you will have physical symptoms until your body adjusts. Nicotine can be found in cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco, cigars, and pipes. Using these products can lead to health problems, such as cancer, lung conditions, and stroke.

Stopping nicotine slowly over time will help to ease symptoms. Standard treatments include nicotine replacement therapy, counseling, and medication. Setbacks happen.

Natural Therapies

Some people look to natural treatments to help stop smoking.

Likely Effective

  • Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles for symptom relief. It may help some stop smoking. Most found benefits were short term. A1-A4

Possibly Effective

  • Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy. Evidence is limited, but it may increase smoking cessation in the short term. C1-C4
  • Mind-body practices include mindfulness meditation, yoga, and other relaxation tools. Evidence is limited, but it may increase abstinence. D1

Unlikely to Be Effective

The following supplements have been studied for their role in smoking cessation:

  • Lobeline is a chemical in an herb called Lobelia inflata. (Note: Lobelia can be toxic in large doses. It may cause serious side effects.) B3, B5
  • S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe)—supplement (Note: SAMe should not be taken by people with bipolar disorder. It may also interact with medications used to treat Parkinson disease.) B4
  • St. John's Wort—plant-based supplements. (Note: St. John’s wort can weaken the effects of many medications.) B1, B2

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some may get in the way of treatment. They can also make illness worse or cause new problems. Examples include:

  • Lobeline can be toxic in large doses. It may cause serious side effects, such as seizures, rapid heartbeat, coma, and death.
  • SAMe (S-Adenosyl-L-methionine) should not be taken by people with bipolar disorder. It may worsen symptoms. It may also decrease the effectiveness of medications used to treat Parkinson disease. It may also interact with drugs and supplements that increase levels of serotonin, such as anti-depressants.
  • St. John’s Wort can weaken the effects of many medicine. Anti-depressants, birth control pills, blood thinners, and some cancer medicine are most likely to interact.

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