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from the Charack Samhita

Charaka’s advice on how to change a bad habit:
“In the first time period, reduce the amount you engage in the behavior by 1/4, in the second by half by 2/4, in the third by 3/4 and in the fourth you will be free.”

Proper way of treating addictions:

A wise man should gradually bring changes in lifestyle and diet.

One must try to stop eating the food which is not beneficial for the body.

The best way to stop eating any food that you are addicted to is by decrease its quantity gradually.

This way it would be easier to leave it without any withdrawal symptoms.

One must reduce the quantity of up to 1/16th part of the food. Gradually move towards lesser quantity for every three days.

After three days reduce the quantity upto 1/12th part.

For example if someone drinks too much of alcohol one must drink only 75% of the the current capacity. This will make it easy for the body to accept the change.

If you sleep too much then you must gradually reduce the sleeping time. Start by not sleeping during the day time, especially in winters.


Hence,
if you leave an addiction according to a structured quantity reduction plan there are no side effects.

If you suddenly stop eating something that your body is addicted you might suffer from ailments and side effects.
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