My father was an alcoholic. He was pretty fun when he was drunk. But as I grew, I saw how his addiction affected my mother and our family. We had less money for food, and I even remember my mother asking a neighbor for eggs. Thankfully, my father stopped drinking when I was 17 years old.
Your addiction should not burden your life or family. You can do something about your dependency on alcohol or cigarettes. With help, and the following natural combatants, you can kick your habit.
Helpful Herbs for Alcoholism…
Kudzu helps reduce your alcohol intake because it increases your blood flow. Experts believe that your brain will reach the desired alcohol effect much quicker. Some studies have shown drinkers will eventually drink about half of what they used to drink–while consuming it.
You can get kudzu in powdered or liquid form. You can take it as a tea, or buy the supplement at your local health food store. If you take the tea, be sure to drink the tea at least 3 times a day–to get the best results.
Another option is Glutamine. Different studies have shown that glutamine reduces alcohol cravings. Some experts believe glutamine reduces your cravings for sugar, which is commonly associated with alcoholic desire. Other experts think glutamines’ power to stimulate your brain helps resist cravings. Glutamine may also suppress the “good” feeling that alcohol offers.
You can find glutamine in spinach, eggs, and certain meats (such as pork, turkey, bison and beef). You can also purchase a supplement to satisfy this need.
Battling alcoholism is not an easy feat, but these nutrients will help. There is also help for those who have a problem with cigarettes.
Kick That Fiery Stick Out Of Your Life
Most people know you can curb the craving for cigarettes by drinking more water or chewing gum. But you can also do this with the herb horsetail. You can take horsetail in pill form in powdered or dried form. You can also make a tea or tincture. Just make sure you do not combine this with alcohol or pregnancy. The reason why horsetail works is because it contains small traces of natural nicotine. The small traces of nicotine could curb your craving for a cigarette.
Also, make sure you only take this for a period of 6 weeks; then give yourself a break. The break could be as little as 3 weeks. Some experts warn that an excess of horsetail may cause urinary irritation–so be careful.
You can also get a natural, healthy dose of nicotine in the following foods:
- Green & Black teas
Another herbal option is catnip tea. Catnip is a natural sedative that could reduce your cravings for cigarettes. You can take it in pill form, a tea, or tincture.
There is also a relaxing healing method that will help both addiction sufferers.
Several studies have shown a connection between acupuncture and your nervous system. Dr. Oz’s website published an article detailing how acupuncture may prove helpful to addicts. Acupuncture deals with all addiction issues (even though Dr. Oz’s website only concentrates on tobacco addicts).
Most acupuncturist will concentrate their treatment on your ears. The goal is to stimulate your body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. You should feel less cravings, and the intensity of your withdrawals should be diminished.
Talk to your acupuncturist about your particular addiction, as treatments may vary.
These are just some ways to help with the physical aspect of your addiction. Do not neglect family, religious, and professional help. Your issue is probably rooted in a deeper problem. Overcoming an addiction is not easy, so do not take it lightly.