5 Alcoholism Remedies and Alternative Treatments

Last Modified on Jun 19, 2014

While some may attest that alcoholism has no valid link to natural medicine, or medicine of any form for that matter, alcoholism is considered a chronic disease. So, treating it as a disease makes sense. Natural medicine takes into consideration that an individual’s nutritional deficiencies may well be affecting behavior and aims to balance those issues to incur wellness. With that, natural remedies are among the most effective options to treat illnesses such as alcoholism.

What Factors Contribute to Alcoholism?

Research in recent years has identified the genetic roots of alcoholism as it is associated with specific psychological and spiritual imbalances. The condition is also considered a metabolic disease similar to that of diabetes. That being said, a number of factors are connected to the condition including blood sugar problems, and nutritional deficiencies.

Are There Any Natural Treatment Options?

As alcoholism has nutritional connections, the disease can be treated rather effectively using natural remedies. The types of treatment vary and actually are widely diverse as far as efficacy; however, most individuals respond better to natural treatment than any other form.

1. Vitamin B12

An important B-complex vitamin, B12 helps regulate the function of the liver. Restoring normal function of the liver can help ease alcohol cravings.

2. Vitamin C

The entire body, but particularly the brain, requires high levels of vitamin C. This nutrient helps mediate the activity of the opiate receptors in the brain, which helps reduce an individual’s interest in drugs and alcohol.

3. Amino Acids

Amino acids, specifically l-glutamine, are responsible for regulating a number of processes in the body. L-glutamine, in particular, helps stabilize the mood, which can help break the addiction cycle.

4. Acupuncture

A form of ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture accesses specific pressure points to release endorphins, relieve pain and anxiety in the body, and stimulate wellness. As such, this form of treatment is also effective for curing alcohol addiction.

5. Exercise

Exercise is another important daily practice for managing alcoholism. Not only does exercise provide a release for stress and an opportunity to engage in an additional activity, it also helps boost the endorphins in the body. Endorphins help improve the mood and decrease an individual’s reliance on drugs to achieve the same result.

A balanced approach to alcohol recovery is the best option. Pairing these treatments with an established recovery program will help you or your loved one regain control over life and health.

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment   0  0   

Posted by Judy (Australia) on 09/27/2013

Hi there. Im in the process of realizing that I have a real problem with drink. I've been drinking wine now for nearly ten years. I'm having up to six glasses a day, start about midday and drink through the afternoon until teatime. I know that I'm consuming more wine as the weeks go by. I've tried twice in the last month or so to stop drinking but when I do I go through a bad time. The first 24 hours isn't so bad... Apart from dealing with the habit more than anything.. The second day however, I get muscle tightening around my jaw, neck and shoulders... With pain... Headache and acute need for a drink. I have tried one valium last time I tried to give it up but that valium wasnt enough. So, here I am again, realizing now just how much its affected my body and I want so badly to be able to walk away from it for good. Ive been reading the posts here. Can anyone suggest for me what is the best home treatment I can do for myself please? I don't want to see a dr about this, I'm convinced that's not necessary at the moment.

Replied by Linda
Lauzerte, France
09/28/2013
Bless you Judy, this is tough. I am going through something similar. I know for me that I am using alcohol to self-medicate, there are emotional issues that I need to deal with and so I am going for help with dealing with these.

Be aware that feeling bad when you have not had a drink is because of detox, headache is a classic sign of this.

Something that might be worth looking into is finding something that will relax you a little and help you to feel you don't need a drink - cannabis used to do it for me but I don't have that option now. Have a look on here for something that will help reduce stress and give it a go.

Sorry I can't be more help, but I just wanted to say that you are not alone in this - and you have done a very brave thing by admitting you have a problem and asking for help.

With love, Linda

Replied by Judy
Australia
09/28/2013
hi there Jill... Thans for your reply. I'm only new to this forum... There is just so much information here. I think that I passed a milestone yesterday when I finally admitted to myself that I was actually having withdrawals from alcohol through overuse. That was a biggie for me.

I've started taking liver tonic... And I'm having coconut oil about three times a day. I'm going to buy a multivitamin, plus d3, sometime this week.

Starting today, I'm cutting back on my alcohol. Where sometimes I was having up to six glasses over about a six hour period, I'm now cutting back by at least two a day. I will see how I cope with that. Obviously stopping cold turkey makes me feel ill so I have to work my way around it .

I've also realized that I may have some candida problems... And that would be due to the extra sugar breakdown from the alcohol. All these issues. I think that nearly everyone just has their drinks without even thinking that it literally is a poison.. And they dont have a clue as to what it does to their brain, liver or kidneys.. or their heart.

Anyway, all the best for you. I hope it all works out well for you. Keep in touch.

WE can't use marajhuanna (sp) here, not even the medicinal type.

i will also start taking orange juice with some apple cider vinegar and ice daily .... I know that cider vinegar is good for us. its a good way to take it.

Looking foward to hearing how you get on. Judy

Replied by Andrea C
Wales
09/29/2013
Please read this link, it will help you, go in under Alcohol on the Menu, and read it well follow the links on each page on Alcohol Adicction. Love Andrea C xxx www.AddictionsAndRecovery.org.
Replied by Linda
Lauzerte, France
09/29/2013
Hi Judy, good for you, you sound like you have a plan. Cutting down slowly sounds like a good idea, I try to have one day a week with no alcohol.

I am aware that I am giving myself permission, and when I am in an unusual situation eg away from home it's easier to drink less - unless I am around other people, partly I drink to cope with social situations. This is part of what I am trying to get help with.

I take cider vinegar every day too, it's so good for you, and also coconut oil. I also take milk thistle which is commonly available and is very good for the liver.

One last thing that I think is very important - be kind to yourself. Pamper yourself. Get some relaxation tapes and make time to listen. If you fall off the wagon - don't beat yourself up. Next day just jump right back in. You have years of habit to break, try to look at yourself as if you were your best friend so to speak, so often we get angry with ourselves for things where we don't with other people.

Really wishing you all the best with this and would like to hear how you get on too

Linda

Replied by Ted
Toronto, Canada
10/19/2013
Few people know that alcohol and fructose use the same pathways in the liver. So, when you drink, do not drink pop, soda or any other product with High Fructose Corn Syrup in it that same day. Drink only very dry wine, as a sugar addiction coupled with an alcohol addiction makes it twice as bad and hard to break.

When trying to quit, do not let yourself get hungry, but avoid high carb snacks. Nuts, veggies with dips, moderate fruit all work. Shiritake noodles (yam based) work great with any soup, stew or sauce you like to satisfy appetite and fill you up with low carbs.

Alcohol depletes vitamin B1. It is water soluble and easily drained from your system. To fight back, buy the fat soluble form, called Benfotiamine, and use as a suplement. In short, you will lessen metabolic damage. Hopefully, this will mean it becomes easier to quit as the side effects of quitting are less.

Likewise, vitamin C is depleted. Same story, top up vitamin C as soon as possible.

Repair liver stress with silymarin and NAC (n-acytlcysteine).

Some people find niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) lessens cravings. | do not confuse with niacin (also B3), as niacin causes flushing.

Anti-Yeast Diet   1  0   

Posted by Wave Runner (Ft Lauderdale, Fl Usa) on 01/28/2010

[YEA]  Alcoholism: Changed my body chemistry and followed an anti-yeast diet.. Since I have elimanted yeast, sugar all processed foods, I no longer have the cravings to drink alcohol. I have been on this diet now for 3 years..my family is so proud of me.I don't fight the urge anymore and is the most Wonderful feeling. I almost use to faint going by the beer & wine section in the grocery store. My husband has been able to have a full bar in our house for the first time in 25 years and I don't think about drinking anymore. I forget it is even in the house. At first it is hard to retrain your eating habits but it can be done. I have Candida Albicans, and cleaning out all of your insides can take years. I have done 15 Liver flushes and have removed liver flukes and thousands of stones.. Got this info from Dr. Hulda Clark.. I drank for more than 20 years, and I can tell you how happy I am to know that the food I was eating was the cause of my addiction and just stopping the food with chemicals from going into my body has saved my life!

Replied by Ms.gwen
North Carolina
08/15/2013
Please explain in detail your anti-yeast diet... I am very interested in trying this. Thanks

Apple Cider Vinegar   1  0   

Posted by Shay (London, Uk) on 08/08/2012

Hi there, I have a problem with my husband's drinking. He says that he doesnt drink alot, just the occasional beer or glass of wine with friends but I believe it is more than that. I still want him to quit, since I think it is affecting his physical health (liver) and his mental health (he forgets alot).

Note that he doesnt want to quit and doesnt know that I want him to. Would apple cider vinegar help in this case? If so, how can I use it without him knowing?

Posted by Alfred (Bangkok, Thailand) on 07/18/2009

[YEA]  True story.. My neighbor was a Alcoholic, every afternoon he would come over for a drink. One day I ran out of his favorite whiskey.. I put two Jiggers of Apple Cider Vinegar in the glass with orange juice and ice cubes.. I mixed it the same way I would mix it if I had used whiskey.. We sat down as we had done for months.. he drank his drink and did not say a word.. We did for 10 days.. no comment from Ken.. T hen told him I substituted Apple Cider Vinegar for the Whiskey.. He did not beleive me..He said it tasted the same. Now NO More Whiskey.. He switched to Apple Cider Vinegar.

Stay well my friends,
Alfred

Replied by Nortrnrednek
Lewisburg, Tennessee
12/31/2012
coming from a non drinker what is a jigger?
Replied by Carolyn
Akron, Oh
12/31/2012
roughly one ounce of liquid.

Chloride of Gold   0  0   

Posted by Brooke (Montgomery, Tx, Usa) on 12/05/2010

If you take some gold into the body, anytime you drink alcohol, it will make you sick. One way to do this is: Chloride of Gold Solution be taken internally - Begin with one drop in half a glass of water (the solution being in the proportions of one drop to one ounce of distilled water), every day for five days. Then take two drops every day for five days, then three drops every day for five days, then four drops every day for five days. Then leave off for five days. Then begin with the one drop again, and so on. Also, some people have great results with Castor Oil packs. To find chloride of gold just Google it. If you try alcohol during this time, it will make you feel nauseated and it might even make you vomit.

Replied by Joe
Brighton, Sussex
04/21/2013
[WARNING!]   I beg you, for your sake... Do not do this!

Chloride or ionic gold is neuro toxin, it can do severe damage to your nervous system. It may eventually lead to Peripheral Neuropathy; where your skin will itch and feel like its burning, leading to permernant numbness.

There are some commercial products that will, upon alcohol consumption induce nausea and vomiting, also some strong antibiotics ( which ones I can't remember) will also produce a simmilar effect.

Alcohol dependency is often a symptom of depression or boredom, try st johns wort and go outside or read.

General Feedback   0  0   

Posted by C1265 (Jacksonville, Fl, Usa) on 02/06/2011

I quit drinking about a month ago and now I having some type of episodes where my whole body feels like electricity is flowing thru me. I've tried vitamins and b complex but they seems to make it worse. I had one last night after take a bath in epsom salt and could not sleep the entire night. Can anyone help me with this? Could I have another issue that's serious?

Replied by Lily
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
02/06/2011
Hi to C1265, well done giving up the alcohol. Google delirium tremons and you will find a lot of information about alcohol withdrawal, most people think that the dt's are a hangover but they are a lot more serious than that. You will find some extra information and I would try to find a forum where ex drinkers are discussing their symptons and what they did to relieve them. I do know that juice is quite helpful in restoring the sugar in your body that the withdrawals deplete. Hope the best for you. Lily.

Posted by Rich (Boca Raton, Fl) on 01/13/2009

For border-line alcoholics(5-6 beers per day), you can set rules like: no drinking before lunch. If you have kids, a rule like no drinking before the kids go to sleep might help.

Once those rules are in place, you can set a limit like 4 beers. When you get used to that, decrease to 3. At that point, change to a cheat day like 1 day per week. Alcohol steals your time, but it is possible for some to wean off of.

If beer is your alcohol of choice, and you're quitting, beer is high in b-vitamins, so a b-complex may be helpful. Unclear.
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Since Ted mentioned liver damage, it would seem that this may be reversible. My chemistry isn't very good, but I see Phenyl and Sulfur, two anti-fungals in this Drug, so the closest natural remedy might be turmeric (which has both).

http://www.bio-medicine.org/medicine-news/Arthritis-Drug-to-Reverse-Cirrhosis-14519-1/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfasalazine

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http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78
"Improved Liver Function

Replied by D
SF, CA
01/25/2009
[QUESTION]   Rich: I must have missed something. Sorry. In your last sentence, you said "in this drug". What drug are you referring to that has the same anti-fungal components as turmeric? Thank you.

Herbs   1  0   

Posted by Alfred (Rangsit, Bangkok, Thailand) on 07/29/2012

[YEA]  Husband Alcoholic. HERBS TO THE RESCUE. Several ways to stop Drinking Boose.

1. one part of Goldthread herb, one part goldenseal herb. Place equal amounts in 1/2 small tea bag. Put into tea infuser and steep as you would a cup of tea.. Not necessary but if you Add a little Epicae to the tea it will make the tea stronger..

After They drink the tea... The taste of alcohol will be bad.. he will not drink again..

2. buy the herb Antibuse and follow directions.

your husband will be back to normal.

alfred

Replied by Tami
Nevada
06/26/2013
Hello you had Epicae added to one of your tea mixes. What is it? I can't seem to find it. Thank you. Tami

Hydrogen Peroxide   1  0   

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 07/22/2009

Over the past weeks I have been looking over the use of hydrogen peroxide to stop alcohol addiction and drug abuse addiction. The remedy is a straightforward one, a 3% H2O2 food grade one capful is added into an ordinary drinking water. Use this as a normal drinking water. If a person happens to be drinking wine, beer, liquor, the body will immediately reject it and tries to detoxify it, causing nausea, or vomiting when they take it. The body may also reject certain drug meds, such as birth control pills, cocaine, for example in a few cases. So if the drinking water with hydrogen peroxide is taken at one glass is taken within one hour, the effects is even more stronger and will encourage people to quit the alcohol use.

Ted

Replied by Jo
Raceland, Ky
08/22/2013
[YEA]   My son was drinking 4 to 5 thirty pks of beer a week! He was driving me and everyone else around him crazy, and he did not want to quit saying it was his life, so I had to trick him :) He had acid reflux so I gave him 2 tbls of Apple Cider Vinegar morning and evening. He also said he needed more energy so I had him use Bill Munro's method of inhaling 3% hydrogen peroxide 4 to 6 times a day. I noticed he was drinking a lot less after 2 weeks so to speed things up I bet him $20.00 he could not go 1 week without drinking. Not only did he win the bet that was 2 months ago and he still has not had a beer. Thanks Ted and Thank God for helping me find Earth Clinic.
Replied by Catherine
New Hampshire, US
05/14/2014
Hi Ted from Bangkok, I have used Earth Clinic to research on many ailment and this is a gold mine, so 1st, thank you for putting it up!! Second, I am trying to cut back on alcohol intake before it is a problem. I drink about 1/2 bottle of wine per night and I have a hard time to skip a day. But I truly want to try (again) :) So yesterday, I looked to see if you had any idea about it and here you are, Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide.

I am starting today, very slowly. I had 3% FGHP on hand, so I will use that. I don't really want to deal with 35% technicality about the handling and online ordering.

I went with 3 drops of the 3% in a full glass of spring water. The water stayed clear, no bubbles, so as per the technique I should be good to go.

I feel compelled to write the brand, just because there is so much confusion and hype on which kind to use. Feel free to delete it if you don't agree. Essential Oxygen is the one I used from my health food store.

I ate a peanut butter toast at 10h and drank the water w/hp at 12h. So far, I felt a little dizzy and my toes tingles after about 5 minutes of my first sip. The tingle went away after about 20 minutes. I am still a little lightheaded after an hour, not like a glass of wine though, more like if I would be really hungry... (which I am not). I will try to eat an organic mix salad in 1/2 hour and see how it goes. I will keep posting here as I think so many people are frightened by everything surrounding the use of HP.

I will also use another glass 1 hour before diner...

If this works as I think it will, Ted from Bangkok, I will be forever grateful!! ( I already am but I have tried so many things to get rid of this problem: acupuncture, EFT, The vitamin cure, all the books I could find on the subject, regular psychological therapy, amino acid, diet, avoiding sugar, muscle testing, kinesiology, hypoglycemic therapy. I discovered alcohol at 11, so it is at cellular level.


EC: Thank you for your kind words on the website! It is always appreciated.  Ted is an extremely valuable resource and Contributing Editor and will be pleased as well.  fyi:  Deirdre Layne founded and manages Earth Clinic.

Replied by Rebel
Somewhere Usa
05/14/2014
I don't think you are supposed to consume peroxide, 2 hours before and after eating food. I could be wrong, but you may want to read up on this. I believe your post said you ate peanut butter toast and drank the water.
Replied by Catherine
New Hampshire
05/15/2014
So sorry about my mistake, Dear Deirdre Layne, thank you so much for this valuable website and the idea to have it brand free for objectivity sake, it is brilliant.

For some reason I always tumble across Ted's posts and they helped me so much, so I just assumed.

Follow up on the FGHP, everything went fine with the salad with chickpeas I ate at 1:30h. No nausea at all. I am pretty much vegetarian, so I read it was better not to eat meat, (perhaps not at the beginning anyway).

What I noticed in the afternoon up to 11h last night: Quite a bit of bowel movement without being loose. I am used to diarrhea (sorry for graphic description) because of the alcohol, but this felt definitely more like a cleansing, without cramps.

I also noticed I had to blow my nose a few times this morning and last night.

After my 3 drops FGHP this morning in 8 oz of tap water, still clear, without bubble. (We drink tap water on the top of my hill) This time my hands feel a bit numb almost 3 hours later. I am also still lightheaded. Not enough to prevent me to do anything but just enough for notice.

I am amazed by what 9 drops of 3% FGHP can do. I will also stick with 3 drops until the effects cleared out a little. I can't afford to get sick right now so I am glad I tried the 3% instead of 35%.

I will keep posting if there is any changes...

L-Glutamine   1  0   

Posted by stephanie (Chicago, IL) on 09/18/2007

[YEA]  Most "alcoholics" don't realize their addiction is chemical and a direct result of being "hypoglycemic". The addiction to the alcohol is so strong because their blood-sugar level drops so severely and gets replenished so quickly with alcohol--because of the high sugar content. In other words, it's not your fault! This is the answer, if you are trying to cut back on your alcohol intake or go "cold turkey", just buy a bottle of "L- Glutamine" and take one every time you have a craving for alcohol. "Glutamine is an amino acid that your brain can use as an emergency substitute fuel when you haven't eaten recently or have been eating too many carbs and your blood sugar level is too low. This is a glucose stand-in that stops the impulse to run to the candy machine when it's low blood sugar time. L-Glutamine can stop your cravings and get you feeling steady and even within ten minutes." Julia Ross, from The Mood Cure-awesome book. I'm telling you, it works, now go help yourself!

L-Glutamine, Kudzu, B Complex, Magnesium   1  0   

Posted by Kevin (Chicago, IL - US) on 10/17/2008

[YEA]  I have had a few bouts w/ alcoholism myself. I've found the following to be helpful: L-glutamine (an amino acid) [already mentioned], Kudzu (an herb), grapes or grape juice, B complex vitamins [already mentioned], & magnesium - use as directed by what the supplement bottle(s) says. As far as I know, it's safe to combine any & all of the above supplements. There may be others not mentioned here, but I think these are worth mentioning. Hope this helps.

Sea Salt and Water Cure   0  0   

Posted by Marlon (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/28/2011

about your problem with your craving for beer and alcohol and low libido... Try the water and sea salt cure.. It works amazing.. Your craving for anything stops and you have a total control of yourself.. Your libido will be at its highest and you will no longer need viagra.. Thats how amazing it works... try it you will not regret it...

marlon

Replied by Samuel
Auckland, New Zealand
07/31/2012
How often do u take that and how many teaspoon to a glass of water.

Ted's Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) | 685 Posts

As in most remedies against addiction, it involves the lowered serotonin levels that bought about such condition, generally speaking. Hence remedies that increase serotonin levels is the key but not used in practice, but can be extremely effective if done right. I have noted a friend of mind "suddenly" one day disappeared the addiction to cigarettes completely but that was due to his dietary pattern changes that helped his brain restore its ability of serotonin as I have observed.

Depressant drugs (ie., heroine, opium, alcohol, etc.) lowers the serotonin signals through their suppression of neuroactivity but does not directly resolve this problem. In extreme cases, the brain through the use of drugs also loses its ability to produce serotonin and takes weeks to restore the brain's ability to produce serotonin, bringing extreme suffering for its victim.

People feels anxiety and withdrawal syndrome whenever cigarettes or alcohol are withdrawn, but from different causes but they are still linked to reduction in serotonin levels.

A cigarettes has a nicotine, so if the brain level is already low with nicotinic acid for example (vitamin B3 niacinamide), the nicotine, being a close cousin of the nicotinic acid or vitamin B3 niacinamide, actually does lower the anxiety problems, but is not nutritionally relevant and hence damages the brain in the long run. B3 or niacinamide, by the way is related to the brain's synthesis of serotonin and is one of the required nutrients. A simple demonstration of its effectiveness of reduction of anxiety level can be noted if I took B3 niacinamide, about 300-500 mg mixed in a water, and the feeling of reduction of anxiety or burn out can be felt within 30 minutes. It is actually faster, but 30 minutes is my worse case scenario. Similar instance can be noted if a general amino acid supplements (or predigested protein) are taken, but those take a bit longer within one hour, because certain amino supplements don't have suffient amount of them.

In case of an alcoholic addiction it is seen with a twist, the alcohol's depressive effects lowers the brain activity, thus reducing the need for serotonin only temporary, because brain activity is reduced. Whenever the alcohol goes out the system, the brain also loses some ability to produce serotonin due to the physiological damaging effects of alcohol has on the brain. Hence, the brain needs serotonin, but instead of treating the cause, we turn our backs and take alcohol or even barbiturates, which again lowers the need for serotonin without actually resolving the cause.

Hence, the addiction cycles becomes vicious and the more alcohol is taken the worse it becomes. Although I won't deny the blood sugar hypothesis to addiction because alcohol helps replenish the sugar. A much simpler solution can be seen by eating candies, toffees and chocolate. However I don't see any alcholic running to eat candies or even at least a glucose supplement to raise his blood sugar. Hence, in psychology, the science of addiction is understood to be serotonin as the primary cause of addiction and eating candies to raise sugar level or at least stabilize it won't help directly in reducing such addiction.

A more reasonable approach appears to be to take supplements to HELP in raising the serotonin levels as being the remedy to resolve this addiction problem. Obviously I can use generalized remedies against this through eating fishes (high in protein, an hence amino acid), eating brocolli and partially cook liver (high in vitamin Bs).

Of course a more specific supplement might more fitting in raising the serotonin. The most well known amino acid is the tryptophan, which helps reduce anxiety level and helps increase serotonin levels, but can also help in certain children (ADHD) with restless leg syndrome just the same. Firing of serotonin levels if it becomes problematic, can lead to restless leg syndrome, hyperactivity, anxiety, learning disorders, addiction, and even grinding of teeth during sleep (serotonin and heavy metals are implicated here). Hence, for an adult dose I might consider 1000 mg-3000 mg of tryptophan, for example.

The second one I think that has helped is the niacinamide B3 about 300 mg, biotin about 8 mg, vitamin C sodium ascorbate 1000 mg, and some B6 about 100 mg, zinc gluonate 50 mg three times a week, as well as the general vitamin B complex overall three times a week, as one possibility. Those are synergistic in helping the brain produce serotonin. But this list is not complete, without considering a tiny amount of lithium, which is a required nutrition. Its been known for ages that lithium helps stabilize the serotonin levels. This is one reason why a person who gets addicted easily to alcohol do so because his level of serotonin is unstable and lithium is implicated as one possiblity, as opposed to the blood sugar hypothesis. The dose for lithium is extremely small if we compare to people who take it for other reasons, and the dose that I find ideally are about 5-10 mg of lithium citrate or lithium carbonate. A bipolar disorder uses a large amount, such as 250 mg, but I think at that dose, they are physiologically damaging to the such size of the dose. Hence, I would much prefer to take supplements that help increase serotonin and stabilize them if an alcholic addiction or even a withdrawal symptoms, or even people who desire to quit smoking or drinking, a supplements such as these are called for.

Now I am not trying to discourage the use of glutamine amino acid, but there is some study to show that the increase of serotonin lead to a decrease in glutamine (Molecular Pharmacology, Vol 13, 640-651, Copyright © 1977 by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Inhibition by Serotonin of Amino Acid Release and Protein Degradation in Skeletal Muscle) and this leads me to wonder whether the opposite is true, such as increases in glutamine, leads to decrease in serotonin. However, what I can be for certain is amino acid supplements will generally increase the serotonin but a more direct approach might be to take tryptophan amino acid as a more direct approach. I will also at least consider niacinamide B3 as the second most important one, but others should not be generally ignored either.

Even if addiction is dealt with, I cannot ignore the negative effects alcohol does in destroying the liver, and certain supplements are protective of fatty liver from alcohol and hence granulated lecithin, one tablespoon. Assuming the theory of unstable blood sugar is at risk, well stabilizing the blood sugar are most effective from the lecithin and perhaps the glutamine, however, I would concentrate more phyisological dependency of the brain to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol as the primary consideration at the very least.

EC: For Reader Feedback on Ted's alcoholism remedies, click here.

Ted's Remedy Feedback   1  0   

Posted by Lmc (Charlotte, Nc) on 12/15/2009

Ted's remedies for alcoholism

suffering from anxiety and depression, I have tried several recommened remedies: GABA, 5htp, Ltryptophan, and now b-complex with additional inositol with cholin. I have found that all of these remedies actually increase my symptoms. could my problem be something other than serotonin? If so, what is a suggested remedy?

EC: Lmc is referring to Ted's remedies here: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/alcoholism.html#TED

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
12/16/2009
685 Posts
Dear Lmc,

There is another remedy that may detoxify the liver from alcohol, which is alpha lipoic acid taken along with food at about 100 mg along meal with some vitamin E, 200 i.u. and vitamin C 500 mg.

Suffering from anxiety and depressions needs very different supplements. This one deals with alcohol that does liver damage.

If I am looking at anxiety and depression I will likely look at 600 mcg of selenium and amino acid supplements, and perhaps niacinamide B3 500 mg to calm things down.

Posted by Devon (Johnson, Vt) on 08/30/2009

Hey Ted, interesting article on Alcohol addiction. I was surprised to see very little on Glutamine, but then at the end noticed it mentioned. From what I was reading Glutamine under the tongue can have an immediate effect on alcohol craving. Also, I noticed you singled out Seritonin entirely as the nerotransmission basis for your article. Makes me curious about the other transmitters; in particular I thought that dopamine release was related to alcohol as well. Finally, I thought that Kudzu would be a worthy mention as well. Thanks for your article.

Replied by Tittiger
Springfield, Missouri, State Of Missouri
05/06/2011
Hmmm do not see where to post a new thread so I reply instead.....

It seems that the Gentleman that started AA origionally included a large (3 gm) dose of Niacin as part of the program but that was buried for y. A lot of this is included in the book "The Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism: How to Protect Against and Fight Alcoholism Using Nutrition and Vitamin Supplementation"

To make things short these are the supplements suggested in the book:

B vitamins complex - plus B3 niacin 3,000 mg
Chromium
vitamin C 2,000 mg
lecithin
amino acid L-glutamine

It worked miracles with my cravings. Read the book if you have to.

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.usa
05/06/2011
Tittiger;I do not feel that what you are writing or copied per se' is totally accurate about an alcoholic, it takes much rigorous work such as mental, emotional, physical and spiritual to help with alcoholism. Please be aware of what real damage can do if any drunk should feel this really works.

If vitamins are not a sure thing for a sick or dying person then who is to say that the vitamins you say or copied are rest assured to work? Not.

There are millions of alcoholics still out there too ashamed to go to AA with hopes one day there will be an easier, simpler cure. In all honesty most of us may live on blind faith, I know I do. Good luck

Replied by Rethinking
Earth
05/07/2011
I think different people develop addictions for different reasons. Be it drugs (which includes legal ones such as alcohol), food, sex, prescription meds, overspending, coffee, sugar, fat, etc.

Vitamin therapy may work for some (it did for me), others do better with therapy, or AA, or meds, etc. This is because we are not all addicts because of one single reason. We really need to stop thinking in terms of "one disease, one cure". This is the basis of allopathy and look where it took us. Everybody is different. We need to find what works for us, as an individual.

I personally attended NA for a while, and while it is an outstanding group helping millions of people worldwide, it didn't work for me. I left every meeting having insane cravings because that's all we talked about: drugs! So I had to find my own thing. Cure doesn't come in one package. Find your own.

Replied by Ricardo
Waterbury, Ct
05/18/2011
This is a response to Diamond on her comment. I use to think that way too. You know chemical imbalances and micro organisms living inside you can make you think and act differently that you really like to act. Addiction to anything can be clearly caused by these facts. Example: a person who suffers with Candida for example think that they love sugar and starchy foods. When you treat the disease the "LOVE" will disappear.

Alcoholism is not a psychological problem, lets think. The alcohol is loaded with yeast used in the fermentation process. The fungus already inside the body creates the necessity for the beverage. One time I gave some Candida treatment to my sister, very alcoholic, 45 years alcoholic, the worst case. She stayed away from alcohol long time, then later she went back to the addiction. She would not stay with the treatment a little longer, she was good for awile. With no counseling or AA, anything and she was sober for several weeks. Obviously she should stay longer until the detoxification was complete. If the psychological part was true how come she stayed sober for such long time?

One time I was on a sugar diet, I felt fantastic, the best in my life. I was thin and lean, the people noticing me. The problem is, it is a lot of work finding foods without sugar, a full time job. My love for sugar disappeared completely. Now I know that an addiction has nothing to do with psychological problems. People with mind problems will do whatever wrong things they like to, but not necessarily be an addicted person. Addiction is a disease in the body. Too much toxins, nutritional deficiency and stress are the cause. All of this plus chaos electromagnetic. Treat these problems and all diseases will be gone. Take care.

Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx
03/12/2012
Strange. I was only a social drinker for about 15 years, the last 10 years being very rare that I had a drink. The first 5 years I would have a couple of drinks on a Friday after work--but not every week. Twenty years after I drank my last drink at a wedding (which was my first drink in 10 years), I came up with fatty liver disease. Would that small amount of alcohol have caused this? Dr. Oz says it comes from sugar. I found that taking milk thistle with artichokes helped a lot and ordering fresh salads with artichokes were helpful. I also drank dandelion tea religously. I was able to reverse it, but now it's back. I didn't know dandelion contained lecithin. I tried soy lecithin granules and had a severe allergic reaction. Never again!!! I've had gallstones come and go. Sometimes, when I noticed they came back, I would go out and eat a big greasy burger with fries. It would flush everything out of me. Seemed to work, anyway. Love this site and all the information available! Thanks, EC.
Replied by Andrea
Glendale, Ca
04/21/2012
[YEA]   Absolutley an incredible and insightful remedy for alcoholism and addiction! I can honestly say, that after following Ted's thorough and simple plan addressing the several complex issues of addiction, my life has completely changed. I have tried every remedy (even Ambien and Lunesta as a last result would not work) for the insomnia associated with alcoholism. This brilliant and logical plan rid me of all of my withdrawal and cravings. The only thing I did not follow 100% was that I took his suggested supplements every day instead of three times a week. I did this for about a month. Now, I just take the supplements once or twice a week. It's like a miracle. I highly recommend the lecithin, as well. I really feel it helped my liver get back into shape! I frequently use this site for other ailments. I don't know why it never occured to me to look up "alcoholism" until recently! Thank you Ted and Earth Clinic!!
Replied by Danial
Berlin,germany
03/07/2014
Hi Andrea, great, very happy on your success, Congratulations.I am in th e same boat and want to quit alcohol.Would you like to tell me how have you taken L-tryptophan, B3, and other vitamins?Did you quit alcohol cold turkey or gradually?Did you drink any alcohol during treatment or notice any interaction with vitamins or L-tryptophan.I want to know your whole protocol of supplements and vitamins.I am in great trouble.Please help me if other ECs members have any information and experience about this topic .Thanks in advance for any feedback.
Replied by Mike62
Denver
03/07/2014
Danial: I had drinking problems off and on for 30 years. When I was bored and unhappy, bogged down in civilizations ludicrous hype, sometimes I would turn to alcohol. That became a habit. When I liked what I was doing and the people I was doing that with I became interested in becoming proficient so I stopped drinking. When I was homeless instead of drinking I read books. I was always interested in whatever I was reading. When I got disability I learned to operate a computer and studied folk medicine. I have not drank too much in 20 years. There are 2 addictions. 1 is the buzz. The other is the mechanical action of drinking. You can try this remedy to cure both addictions. Put 100g activated barley in 1 gallon of water. Sip on that all day long. Activated barley has enzymes to give you a buzz and sipping replaces the mechanical addiction. Try getting interested in something. You can do like me, read books and study the way food affects cellular biology.
Replied by Anthony
Atlanta, Georgia
06/19/2014
Can someone add info on L-Dopa for mood and a positive mental state. Thanks.







 



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