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Addiction Remedies:How Herbs Help Healing


Kudzu * Licorice Root * Lobelia * Milk Thistle Seed * Passion Flower * Valerian root *

Herbs help support your quest for balance by helping to heal the whole mind/body system. You will find remedies here to help stop smoking, to reduce the urge to drink, and sedative herbs to help balance mood swings. It is also vital to do what you can to help repair the liver, which takes the brunt of the damage whenever we overload our bodies with toxins.

Addiction and addictive behaviors come in all shapes and sizes, as we humans do. It seems that bad behaviors are hardwired into our brains, while establishing good habits takes hard work. When you make the decision that it is your time to start recovery, it is very important that you give your body and mind all the help you can. It does not matter so much whether your downfall happens to be alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or even junk food , if you have been abusing your body for long period, your immune system is compromised, your nerves shot, and your body and spirit badly damaged.


Alcoholism/Drug Abuse : Most of the herbs mentioned here help the recovery process by supporting and healing the liver, detoxifying the body, and calming the nerves.
Depression : The simple act of preparing and savoring a herbal tea is part of the self healing process. Depression is a serious condition, and it manifests itself in many aspects of our health including eating disorders, chronic fatigue, and sensitivity to pain among others.
Liver : Milk thistle contains silymarin, which has been shown to protect the liver against a number of toxins including alcohol. A frequent drinker or recovering alcoholic should take milk thistle extract on a daily basis.
Stop Smoking : Herbs can help relieve the tension, depression and stress that goes with stopping smoking - but remember the real power to quit lies within.
Fatigue : Herbs that are adaptogens and adrenal tonics are best for treatment of fatigue. Avoid reliance on stimulants, even natural ones such as kola nut, guarana, yerba mate, and too much coffee.



References:
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  1. "Placebo-Controlled Trial of Cytisine for Smoking Cessation." ( 2011/10/01), New England Journal of Medicine