- Alcoholism Cure - Herbs and Ayurvedic
Remedies, Alcoholism Treatment
- By: Tom Alter
Alcoholism is defined as an irresistible
urge to consume alcohol. People suffering from alcoholism are
very well aware of the dangerous effects alcohol could have on
their bodies, but still they are unable to resist the urge to
consume it. They will usually drink beyond acceptable limits
and will be in an inebriated state most often, causing embarrassment
and inconvenience to the people with them.
Most people who consume alcohol
have more than they can manage. This is seen in alcohol drinkers
who lose control of their senses when they have one drink too
many. Such an overstepping of limits is called as alcohol abuse.
People who abuse alcohol are having more alcohol than their body
allows them, but they have not yet come totally under the control
of their alcohol habit. However, if they continue drinking for
long, then they will not be able to resist alcohol and will become
totally addicted to it. This situation is called as alcoholism.
It's a condition that may eventually require inpatient
treatment on the part of the sufferer.
Constant alcoholism will interfere
with the functioning of all the vital organs of the body. The
major organs affected are the liver, brain, heart and kidneys.
Liver is perhaps the most seriously
affected in the long run. With prolonged alcoholism, the liver
may develop cirrhosis, which is scarring of the liver tissue.
Once cirrhosis sets in, it is very difficult to return the health
back to normal.
In the stomach, alcohol can cause
several gastric problems which may interfere with digestion.
At the same time, each time a person has alcohol, it numbs his/her
nervous system. In due course, the person may lose some or all
of the fundamental senses.
(1) Useful Herbs in the Treatment
1. Aloe vera (Aloe vera)
Aloe vera helps to strengthen the liver which is the first organ
to be affected by the habit of alcoholism. Aloe vera can improve
the functions and strength of the liver, and can prevent cirrhosis
which is developed due to continuous intake of alcohol.
2. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is an herb that is taken to reduce vata vitiations.
This is important since vata plays and important role in strengthening
the brain and nervous coordination. Use of ashwagandha can make
the alcoholic person stronger.
3. Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
The gotu kola herb revitalizes the brain. This is essential in
people who want to overcome the withdrawal symptoms accompanied
4. Musk (Nardostachys jatamansi)
Known commonly in Ayurveda as Jatamansi, musk is a nervine for
the vata vitiation. Its cooling effect helps the body to fight
against then effects of alcoholism.
(2) Ayurvedic Treatment for
Ayurvedic treatments for mada
work on various levels. There are different kinds of treatments
for people with different degrees of alcoholism. Common therapies
employed are cold irrigations on the head, providing a cold diet
and applying cold mud packs on the body.
However these therapies work
only for people who are not habitual alcoholics. These are the
people who are beginners to drinking and hence get intoxicated
easily. Ayurvedic medicines like Brihat vata chintamani rasa,
Vata Vidhwansa rasa, Brahmi ghritam and Sarvatha choorna can
be given to the alcoholics.
But if the person is a habitual
alcoholic, then severe treatments are necessary. The medication
is done based on the doshic constitution of the person.
1. For people with a vata constitution,
the prescribed Ayurvedic treatments are Suvarachala choorna,
Shuktapana and Amla Snigdhaadi yoga.
2. For people with a pitta constitution,
the prescribed Ayurvedic treatments are Vata Srugadi pana and
3. For people with a kapha constitution,
the prescribed Ayurvedic treatments are to induce vomiting, fasting
and to provide digestive medicines.
(3) Home Medications
Fruit juices are very effective
in lowering the effects of alcoholism. For removing the effects
of a hangover, the juice of a lemon or orange will be very effective.
Eating an apple or banana helps to flush out the toxins from
the body which collect due to alcoholism.
Both grapes and dates are very
beneficial in reducing the urge to consume alcohol. If alcoholics
are kept on a diet of only grapes for a couple of weeks, then
most likely the temptation to drink will be totally gone.
Introduce many other drinks in
the person's diets so that the craving for the alcoholic drink
When the person feels the urge
to consume alcohol, having a glass of carrot juice will help
to reduce the temptation.
For an alcoholic, avoiding alcohol
could be a very difficult task. The withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism
may be very severe. So it is not advisable for a hardcore alcohol
to stop drinking entirely. Instead, the alcohol should be carefully
The following steps can be
taken to reduce alcohol intake
1. The person must be made to
take interest in constructive hobbies and sports.
2. Love and affection from family
members and friends could strengthen the resolve of the person
to give up alcoholism.
3. Attending meetings of Alcoholics
Anonymous will show the alcoholic how people have managed to
kick their boozing habits. This will create a very positive outlook
in the alcoholic.
4. Instead of alcohol, other
drinks with less alcohol in them can be used, such as wine and
cocktails. Eventually even these can be stopped.