A practical guide for nutritional and traditional health care.
Alcoholism is a chronic condition where a person becomes psychologically and physically dependent on alcohol, the affected person is unable to face life without the aid of an alcohol induced euphoria, the substance becomes a crutch on which the person is dependant, and therefore alcoholism as such is considered a debilitating condition; since the dependence can often be very intense and life altering. It is similar to diseases like diabetes or hypertension in the way it affects human health, and many consider it to be so, as the long-term effects on health are often very serious. An excessive consumption of alcohol can alter the normal functioning of vital organs such as that of the pancreas, the liver, the intestines, and the brain, even though in small amounts it is often said to be good for cardiac function, it is debatable point as it is difficult to say, what would constitute a moderate amount. Alcohol itself is full of empty calories and has no nutritional benefits and contributes to poor health, physical deterioration is often the first and usual manifestation of alcoholism.
The very act of drinking or consumption of alcohol can act as an icebreaker in social situation as people, who drink usually feel talkative and become much more convivial and sociable, in that it relaxes people and thus can act as a stimulant. The exact reasons behind the addiction of some people to alcohol is unknown, and there are very many scientific reasons why this could be so. The mystery may be that it is largely psychological, and there are more mental factors behind alcoholism and dependence, scientifically looking at alcoholism, it does seem to have a genetic basis and could be hereditary in that children of alcoholics are known to be a lot more prone to be alcoholics themselves late in life, this seems to be true, even when they are raised in households that are alcohol free, and therefore it is believed that genetic and psychological reasons are the best bet on why people become alcoholics.
Supplements and herbs
Supplements are recommended for alcoholics in cases where, it's use is necessary for minimizing the desire for alcohol that a recently reformed drinker may feel, multi supplements can be used together and they will play their role as effective substances particularly in cases where an alcoholic has to be weaned away from the substance. These supplements will also help the person in an indirect way-while he is recovering-by boosting his immune system and this is very important as recovery periods for severe addictions to alcohol may range in periods from weeks to months. During this recovery period, all alcoholics feel intense and painful withdrawal symptoms and along and thus prescription medication from a qualified medical practitioner are recommended along with the supplements for a full and safe recovery.
Nutrient deficiency is a very common health problem among almost all alcoholics, as diets are usually poor with heavy drinkers. These deficiencies range from low levels of the B complex vitamins, to low levels of vitamin C, and most essential amino acids –this is because protein is usually lacking in the very poor diet of drinkers. The desire to eat may be hampered in many alcoholics and there are of course other reasons such as the toxic effects of alcohol- that can be blamed for contributing to the absence of a healthy and balanced diet. Restoring the balance and supply of essential nutrients therefore assumes priority and it is vital to increase the depleted substances in the body, over a very long time and it is best to stick with therapy and recovery for a period of several months for this reason alone, as getting the body health is also vitally necessary to help the person cope with the withdrawal symptoms. In the reduction of the milder withdrawal symptoms and in the removal of alcohol from the tissues vitamin C can be used, this vitamin is also very important in strengthening the body, as a strong body is necessary to fight back. Vitamin C is extremely effective in this health restoration action when used along with tocopherol or vitamin E, as they both complement each other during the recovery process. Withdrawal symptoms and the intense craving for alcohol can be sated effectively using a combination of the B-complex vitamins, along with the amino acid glutamine, and kudzu vine extracts. In easing the symptoms of withdrawal thiamine is effective and should be taken in extra doses along with the other supplements. Detoxification of the body is essential and the liver of alcoholics has usually suffered some injury, in order to strengthen and restore the liver function while detoxifying the body a combination of a herbal extract of the herb milk thistle, can be used along with the amino acid NAC (N-acetylcysteine), and phosphatidylcholine, these can be taken in 500 mg tablets thrice daily.
Minerals also need to be replenished in the body and can help in many ways, for example the essential mineral chromium can be used for minimizing fatigue, which is a very common symptom among alcoholics because they usually suffer from a low glucose level in the blood- hypoglycemia. The oil of evening primrose is very rich in the fatty acid GLA or gamma-linolenic acid. GLA is an essential component in the production of prostaglandin E, which is a brain chemical necessary to effectively fight the withdrawal symptoms, including seizures and depression which are faced by recovering alcoholics. Liver and nervous system function are also aided by prostaglandin E. Sleeping becomes a big problem with recovering alcoholics, the sedative like herb kava can be used to induce sleepiness.
Commonly used essential oils for alcoholism:
Quirke's is recommended once or twice a day, and should be used either in a tincture form or in a low potent form, in combination with the recommended substances in for several months, in 30c. Hourly dosage can also be used to prevent hangover, and in for the prevention of acute intoxication due to alcohol consumption.
Additional things you may do
Acupuncture may reduce the craving for alcohol. Join a support group.
Other beneficial herbs
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