Can De-addiction be treated with natural herbs?
ayurvedic treatment of de addiction
Ayurveda can treat de addiction of alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco or any kind of drugs. We are all well aware that addiction of any kind is bound to leave its own negative impacts on those who may knowingly or unknowingly get addicted to them. Such addiction not only affects the individual’s family alone, but the society as a whole. It is generally believed that addiction or intoxication of any kind is a social and psychological problem, which would require a holistic approach, keeping in mind the affected person’s socio-economic condition and atmosphere in mind. Ayurveda philosophy adopts a systematic approach in treatment of such cases and recommends herbal medicines, personal counseling, exercises and meditation, as part of the therapy programme. Many herbs like NUX-Vomica when purified and thereafter used in various addictions are found to be highly useful.
How Addiction is diagnosed through ayurvedic treatment ?
The Ayurvedic way of diagnosis involves detailed understanding of the individual’s characteristics, habits, sleep patterns, body type, hereditary traits, as a first step. This is followed by understanding of tridoshas within an individual. Diagnosis may also include clinical tests. Other techniques used for diagnosis in Ayurveda are examining of tongue, nails, eye diagnosis and diagnosing the pulse. These provide vital clues about nature and tendencies of the individual.
The de-addiction treatments in ayurveda include:Purification Therapies
The popular Panchakarma therapy is used to target the uprooting toxins in the patient’s body. These are potent therapies generally performed under expert supervision.Virechanam
Virechanam therapy involves intake of a mixture containing medicinal plants and their parts. It helps eliminate the toxic substances from the body through rectum. The procedure involves use of herbs such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and Embelia and others.Vamanam
Vamanam therapy is also a popular cleansing therapy which involves use of the upper track leading to the mouth to cleanse the toxins caused due to indigestion of food.Medications
A range of herbal medicines and combinations are used as part of de-addiction treatment, which needs oral administration. Chamomile and Ashwagandha are two main herbs used in healing the lungs. They help in clearing the lungs and healing the internal tissues. Also, congestion relieving herbs such as ginger and pepper, honey or lemon are also prescribed. To reduce further dependency and craving for alcoholic drinks, herbal substitutes are advised, which are prepared using herbal elements such as barberry, turmeric and dry ginger.At our centre we give certain combinations of herbs which reduce craving for any kind of addiction completely.Dietary modifications
The ayurvedic type of treatment involves providing adequate nutrition and resting the affected organs, and therefore, a proper diet is essential in such cases. A diet rich in carbohydrates and proteins and low in fat and high in fibre are generally recommended. Also, intake of tea/coffee is to be reduced, while alcohol intake is completely banned. Consuming large quantities of fresh fruits during the first thirty days of treatment, particularly grapes, dates and apples, helps limit desires. Consuming plenty of food containing vitamin B6 such as nuts, whole grains and green vegetables are advised. Finally, remember that recovering from any addiction is not an easy task, and requires plenty of patience, intervention and support of family and friends. When practiced together with counseling and meditation, it may help in making your task easier.