Addiction and Herbal Therapy: Using Ancient Remedies to Ease Your Journey to Recovery

by deborah on December 3, 2016

in Addiction, Health & Wellness, healthy living, Natural Remedies

Addiction and Herbal Therapy: Using Ancient Remedies to Ease Your Journey to Recovery

Addiction to any type of substance can be a real burden not only to those addicted, but to their

loved ones as well.

Relying on alcohol or drugs to get through the day is a dangerous health hazard that can put lives

and relationships in jeopardy, and getting help can be expensive.

 

The good news is that there are plenty of natural remedies out there that may be able to help.

While seeking professional help is always a good step in the right direction, there are natural

remedies that you or a loved one can try in order to overcome addictions to things like cigarettes

and alcohol and even help diminish the effects of withdrawal symptoms.

If you or someone you love has a drug or alcohol problem, look into some of these natural remedies

for help.

 

As with all natural remedies, you should consult a doctor before beginning treatment.

 

“There are natural remedies that one

can try in order to overcome addictions

to things like cigarettes and alcohol and

even help diminish the effects of

withdrawal symptoms.”

 

Ibogaine

Addiction and Herbal Therapy: Using Ancient Remedies to Ease Your Journey to Recovery

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Ibogaine is derived from bark of the Tabamanthe iboga, a shrub that is native to West Africa.

It has been used for centuries as a tool for spiritual development.

In the 1960s, however, research showed that it can help stop the symptoms of opiate withdrawal.

 

Since then, further research suggests that it can be used as a suitable treatment to interrupt addictions

to many substances, such as cocaine, alcohol, heroin and even nicotine.

Ibogaine works by replacing the addictive substance in the brain’s chemical receptors that are linked

to that substance, which effectively tricks the brain into thinking that it’s receiving the desired chemical.

This helps to defeat cravings for the additive chemical and, as treatment continues, lead to less and less

need of Ibogaine until the addiction is cured.

 

Unlike other chemical blockers, such as methadone, ibogaine is not addictive and can help those who

are addicted quit cold turkey.

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Kudzu

Addiction and Herbal Therapy: Using Ancient Remedies to Ease Your Journey to Recovery

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Kudzu is a climbing vine in the same family as peas.

It was introduced in the United States in the late 1800s as an ornamental plant, but has been used

in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years.

In fact, it is one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese medicine and can be used for a number

of remedies.

 

Some research has shown that kudzu is effective at decreasing the need for alcohol.

Most often taken as an extract or a powder that is added to tea, kudzu increases the circulation

throughout the body and can help alleviate the nervousness and stress caused by alcohol withdrawal.

 

Kudzu may also be able to help with hangovers as well, as the increased circulation helps the body

get rid of the toxins left after a night of drinking.

If used regularly, kudzu may even be able to decrease the desire to drink as well.

 

Lobelia

Addiction and Herbal Therapy: Using Ancient Remedies to Ease Your Journey to Recovery

This herb is also known as “Indian Tobacco” and is one of the most widely used herbs to aid smokers

who .

It is also one of the main ingredients in many over-the-counter stop-smoking aids, so there is a decent

amount of research to back up the claims that it can help fight the urge for nicotine.

 

Much like ibogaine, lobelia mimics the substance — in this case, nicotine — that the brain craves, tricking

it into believing that it has received what it wants.

The herb can be taken in pill form or, for those who don’t like pills, as a powder or even a patch that

distributes lobelia directly through the skin.

 

Also, since some people are additionally addicted to the act of smoking, you can even smoke lobelia in

order to wean yourself off of tobacco.

 

Valerian Root

Addiction and Herbal Therapy: Using Ancient Remedies to Ease Your Journey to Recovery

While valerian root doesn’t necessarily fight addiction, it can help with many of the unpleasant

symptoms that come along with quitting that make doing so such a hard task for most people.

Valerian root is by far the most in the world.

 

Valerian root works a lot like prescription sedatives, the herb is totally non addictive and can

be used as a muscle relaxer and sleep aid to help you or your loved one get through the tough

withdrawal symptoms.

You can take it in pill form, extract form or as a tea.

If you have access to the roots themselves, you can even chew small amounts of it.

 

Quitting an addiction is tough going for anybody, so if you or a loved one are ready to try,

these natural remedies may be able to help.

 

About the Author
David Bowman writes about natural remedies, sharing his knowledge as a herbalist and homeopath. His articles appear on health blogs, as well as natural living blogs.

 

 

Have you or a loved one used natural remedies that you or a loved one can try in order

to overcome addictions to things like cigarettes and alcohol?

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