Ayurvedic Treatment For Alcoholism

An alcoholic suffers from a range of medical and psychiatric disorders from the cumulative toxic effects of the alcohol abuse. Constant alcohol consumption interferes with functioning of all the vital organs in the body including liver, heart, kidneys and brain. Alcoholism also has acute social consequences for alcoholics and their family. There are many reasons for alcohol addiction. It may be due to reasons like emotional makeup, psychological comfort, stress and genetics 

Ayurvedic Approach to Alcoholism

Ayurveda approaches this problem systematically by bringing back the balance of the life energies called doshas in the body. It prescribes certain herbs, guided meditation, massage therapy and aromatherapy, which help in complete recovery of the addiction. This is further supplemented with personal counseling to replace the addictive behavior with some constructive behavior. 

Symptoms Of Alcoholism

  • Red eyes and unkempt hair
  • Mouth reeking of alcohol and unsteady gait
  • Lack of focus on the work at hand
  • Constant increase in tolerance to alcohol so that you need an increasing number of drinks to feel alcohol's effects
  • Being unable to limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Irritability or anxiety around your usual drinking time, especially if alcohol isn't available 

Causes Of Alcoholism

Alcoholism can be also caused by 

Ayurvedic Remedies For Acoholism

The medication is done based on the dosha constitution of the person. In Ayurveda there are three different types of constitution or doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. A person is cured based on the type of dosha he/she falls in.
  • The Ayurvedic treatment prescribed for people with a vata constitution are Suvarachala choorna, Shuktapana and Amla Snigdhaadi yoga.
  • For people with a pitta constitution, Ayurvedic medication of Vata Srugadi pana and Kshundramalaki hima is prescribed
  • For people with a kapha constitution, it is prescribed to induce vomiting and fasting. They are also provided with digestive medicines.
  • The following herbs are also prescribed to reverse the damage that alcohol causes to your organs.
  • Aloe Vera strengthens the liver and prevents cirrhosis.
  • Ashwagandha strengthens the brain and nervous coordination.
  • Jatamansi cools the body and helps it fight against withdrawal symptoms.
  • Sarpagandha and Brahmi are also helpful against alcoholism.

Other Points to Remember For Alcoholism

  • Stimulate your appetite by using a ginger tea, instead of having alcohol
  • Exercise is recommended when the desire for alcohol is present.
  • Eat three meals a day and snack on fruit between meals to help regulate blood sugar levels
  • Take a short walk in nature to help distract your mind from your craving for alcohol

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