(NaturalNews) An addiction can be described as a craving for or dependence on a substance, usually alcohol, nicotine or drugs. Addictions to physical substances should always be treated by a registered practitioner. This article examines some of the natural, alternative remedies that may be prescribed by a homeopathic or naturopathic practitioner.
Homeopathic treatments for addictions
Homeopathic treatment is constitutional, or tailored, to specific needs. Some treatments a homeopath may prescribe include:
Nux vomica helps to overcome a craving for cigarettes.
Kali phos, said to strengthen the nervous system, makes it easier for a person to give up an addiction.
Arsenicum is usually given for anxiety, restlessness and fears.
Absinthium is sometimes given to addicts who are depressed, disoriented and/or dizzy.
Avena sativa (oats), Garcinia cambogia and Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) help to address the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
Oats appear to have a calming effect and help to strengthen a person's will-power.
Skullcap and valerian help to calm the nervous system and reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Cramp bark helps with nervous tension and jitters.
Aromatherapy oils to help counter addictive behaviour
Chamomile, sage and ylang ylang are oils that help with depression. Detoxifying oils such as juniper will help to balance the body, as do relaxing oils such as Roman chamomile or marjoram. Bergamot seems to be useful in cases of food addiction. Used in the bath, on a burner in the bedroom or as a massage oil, it creates a positive ambiance for addicts.
Naturopathic treatments for addictive behavior
There is evidence to suggest that addictive behavior and cravings may be promoted by low levels of glutamate in the brain. This may be countered by taking N-acetylcysteine orally. According to an article by Dr. Emily Kane, a registered naturopathic practitioner, "Taking NAC by mouth has been shown to increase glutamate concentrations in the regions of the brain (the nucleus accumbens) which, when low in glutamate, promotes addictive behavior."
Physiological and psychological factors are taken care of when it comes to the naturopathic approach to addressing addiction issues. Naturopathic techniques like massages, acupressure, hydrotherapeutic application, acupuncture, magneto therapy, chromo and helio therapies, diet and nutritional therapy, fasting therapy and so on, along with different yoga techniques, help in the curative phase.
Fleur Hupston is a professional freelance writer. She is passionate about natural, healthy living and is currently studying to be a naturopath. She divides her time between writing for Natural News and various other sites, home schooling her children and studying part time.