Homeopathic Remedies for
Alcohol Withdrawal



Homeopathic Remedies For Alcohol Withdrawal
Homeopathy, if overseen by a qualified practitioner, can alleviate many of the symptoms associated with alcoholism detoxification




Why look at homeopathic remedies for alcohol withdrawal when you can get some diazepam from your physician and fight through the delirium tremens (DT's) or sign yourself into a detox clinic or begin to attend a support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Smart Recovery? These are the options open to most who want to quit drinking.

What you don't hear much about is a homeopathic detox option. Is this a viable option for alcohol withdrawal? Is there hope in a self-tailored holistic alcohol treatment regime?


What Is Homeopathy Exactly?

First let's get a firm understanding on what is meant by the term homeopathy. Homeopathy is a treatment system developed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). The whole system of homeopathy rests on the belief that "like cures like" In other words, homeopathy suggests that that which causes the symptoms in a person of health will heal the same symptoms in an ill person.

This, of course, does not mean that the homeopathic remedy for alcohol withdrawal is to drink alcohol. What it does mean is that each symptom of alcohol withdrawal needs to be treated by using minuscule amounts of a substance, that in larger amounts of the substance WOULD CAUSE the symptom in someone not going through alcohol withdrawal.


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The Specific Homeopathic Remedies For Alcohol Withdrawal

Has anyone developed a treatment plan that embraces homeopathic remedies for alcohol withdrawal? Quickly looking at the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, the alcoholic is often faced with some, or all of the following symptoms:

  • blackouts,
  • nightmare & terrors,
  • tremors,
  • Epileptiform seizures,
  • hallucinations,
  • the DT's (Delirium Tremens),
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • cold sweats,
  • unpredictable behavior.

Each of these symptoms is treated separately by the homeopathic physician. Some homeopathic remedies for the withdrawal symptoms above are:

  • Arsenicum for anxiety and compulsiveness,
  • Nux vomica for nausea, vomiting, or bowel discomfort,
  • and/or Staphysagria to help suppress emotions.

It is essential you contact a homeopathic physician prior to attempting to withdraw from alcohol. It is incredibly dangerous to attempt to stop drinking while not under medical supervision. Alcoholism detox is not just unpleasant, it can be fatal.



Statistics 
Effectiveness Of Homeopathic Remedies For Alcohol Withdrawal

Although not many studies have been done on the efficaciousness of homeopathic remedies for alcohol withdrawal, those that have show that homeopathy does indeed have a place in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal:

  1. In 1993 S. Garcia-Swain from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, Albany, California, conducted a double-blind placebo-controlled trial which applied homeopathy to chemical and alcohol dependency. Results showed that those who took the homeopathic remedies had lower relapse rates than those who did not.
  2. A study undertaken by the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH) at its Clinical Research Unit, Varanasi, India , administered homeopathic remedies to addicts undergoing withdrawal. The study found that with 241 cases; 209 cases showed improvement with homeopathic treatments whereas 32 cases did not.

There is a paucity of research when it comes to the use of homeopathy and alcohol withdrawal and more needs to be done to convince a skeptical majority.




Conventional medicine offers little in terms of pharmacology to help patients overcome alcoholism, homeopathy offers over a 100 remedies for alcoholism alone.

Taking the statistical evidence above into account and the "treat the entire person" mentality together, multiple approaches to treatment are perhaps the best answer.

Psychotherapy, good nutrition, exercise, support group attendance, and a sound homeopathic alcohol detox plan are not mutually exclusive of each other.

All of these approaches can be performed simultaneously with great success if a strong commitment to treatment can be created.






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