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Alcohol Addiction Tips

Ayurveda Approach On Alcohol And Nicotine De-addiction!

Dr. Sarang J Deshpande 85% (10 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Nagpur
Ayurveda Approach On Alcohol And Nicotine De-addiction!

What happens when you are addicted to a chemical substance? You lose control of your life. It doesn’t matter what you are addicted to alcohol, nicotine or drugs the effects are the same. It is usually not easy to get rid of an alcohol and/or nicotine addiction. Most people find it difficult to give up these substances even after years in de-addiction therapy. Hence, it’s prudent to let Ayurveda, the ancient science of healing handhold us in getting rid of addictions. 

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. These cigarette ingredients include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. Perhaps this list of ingredients that are found in cigarettes is enough to make you want to quit smoking for good! - Lowell Kleinman, M.D., and Deborah Messina-Kleinman, M.P.H?

Addiction - The Ayurvedic View
Ayurveda considers alcohol and nicotine consumed in large quantities as ‘Visha’ or toxic. According to Ayurveda, alcohol has the following properties-

  1. Light or Laghu
  2. Hot or Ushna
  3. Sharp or Tikshna
  4. Drying or Visada
  5. Rough or Ruksha
  6. Expensive or Vikaasa
  7. Swift or Aasuga
  8. Sour or Amla
  9. Subtle or Sookshma

These properties are all opposite to the qualities that ojas possesses. Ojas has all life-giving properties and alcohol and nicotine have life-negating qualities.

Why do humans get addicted to alcohol and nicotine?
Human brain produces Dopamine normally and what alcohol does is to activate the nervous system to promote dopamine formation. The brain thus remembers the taste of alcohol and nicotine by creating special cells called receptor cells. As a person increases the quantity of alcohol, these cells also increase in numbers. When the person wants to give up his addictions these receptor cells agitate and create withdrawal symptoms with unpleasant and even dangerous symptoms.

De-addiction - Ayurveda Way
De-addiction treatments in Ayurveda comprise the following:

  1. Purification therapies or Panchkarma: These are used for getting rid of all toxins present in the patient’s body. These must always be done under the supervision of an ayurvedacharya as they are quite potent. After Panchakarma, the patient is given vomiting therapy or Vamana, followed by purgative therapy or Virechana, Basti or enema therapy and administration of Nasya or nasal drops therapy. All these help in detoxifying the body and mind and prepare the patient for further de-addiction ayurvedic treatments like Rasayana therapies which nourish and strengthen the body after Panchkarma. For treatment of addictions, Rasayana treatments include changes in diet and use of oral herbal medicines both.
  2. Herbal medicines used in de-addiction: A range of herbal medicines and their combinations are used in the treatment of addictive problems in Ayurveda and these are to be consumed orally. Ayurveda prescribes Chamomile and Ashwagandha in combination to heal the lungs. These help in cleansing lungs of smoke- related problems. Doctors also prescribe congestion relieving herbs like ginger and pepper mixed with honey or lemon. 

In addition, herbs to improve memory, concentration and to fight depression are also given. These are:

  1. Shankhpushpi
  2. Kanphool or dandelion
  3. Brahmi
  4. Ashwagandha

In addition, herbs to treat sleep disturbances like Jatamansi, Sarpgandha, Brahmi and Jaiphal are also prescribed. Since most addicts have impaired liver function, herbs that improve liver function like Aloe Vera, Punarnava, Long pepper, Kutki, Tulsi are given to revive the liver.

Homeopathic Medicines - What Is The Right Way To Take These Medicines?

Dr. Abhishek Khandelwal 88% (10 ratings)
BHMS, NDDY
Homeopath, Jaipur
Homeopathic Medicines - What Is The Right Way To Take These Medicines?

We all know that the homeopathic system of medicine is side effect free, so apparently there is no harm if these medicines are not consumed in an appropriate manner. But the only issue of concern here is that the medicines would be less effective if you are not consuming them in the right manner.

So, here are a few tips that you necessarily need to keep in mind while following a homeopathic medicine course.

  • Never touch the medicines: Ideally you should never touch the homeopathic medicines with your bare hands, fingers or palm. This is because touching them reduces their potency, thereby declining their efficiency. Additionally, never use printed papers which contain ink like pages torn from a book, newspapers, etc. For handling homeopathic medicine. This is because the ink may react with the medicines, thereby hampering its efficiency. Always use bottle caps or plain papers provided along with the medicines.
  • Follow the thirty minute rule: This particular rule states that you should not ideally consume any food half an hour before and half an hour after consuming the homeopathic medicine dosage. This is done so that any other elements present inside the food do not react with the medicines, hence making them less effective.
  • Stay away from addictive substances: Addictive behaviors such as smoking or chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol and doing drugs are considered to have a nullifying effect on the homeopathic medications that you are exposed to. Thus it is desirable not to engage in such acts, till the time your homeopathic medications continues.
  • Strong smelling edibles: You can have garlic and onion with homeopathic medicine, but make sure there is a gap of one hour before you consume them, either before or after. The strong smelling edibles will not hamper the medicinal effect, if taken 1 hour before or after the medicine.
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Alcohol - How Over Consumption Affects Your Body?

Dr. Anil Yadav, Md (A.I.I.M.S) 93% (121 ratings)
MBBS, MD Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
Alcohol - How Over Consumption Affects Your Body?

Alcohol addiction commonly known as alcoholism is a fairly common problem that has shown to affect people from every walk of life. Scientists have tried to pinpoint the absolute cause behind alcoholism, but to no success. Certain factors like sex, genetic, and socioeconomic factors have shown to have some effect on alcoholism. The cause of alcoholism is never singular. Alcohol addiction is indeed a disease, where a person may not have full control over his actions and is seen to change the neurochemistry of the brain.

The symptoms of alcohol addiction can be seen in many ways and the severity of the situation varies from person to person. Other factors such as the frequency of consumption may also be specific. While some people are heavy drinkers and drink throughout the day; others may drink occasionally and remain sober for a few days.

A person who is dependent on alcohol will prioritise drinking over other essential activities and will eventually cause disruption in his social life, work or other areas of his life. It can also create a negative effect in the victim’s life along with their families and their near and dear ones.

What are the signs of alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse?

The signs and symptoms of alcoholism or addiction are rather conspicuous. Since drinking alcohol is common in social events in most cultures around the world, it becomes difficult to recognise when someone is addicted to alcohol, unlike drugs like cocaine and heroin.

The physical signs of alcohol abuse include:

  1. Loss of control over the quantity of alcohol consumed.
  2. Lack of adequate sleep, followed by overcompensation for sleep.
  3. Expression of anger and other negative behaviours my increase in inappropriate places and situations.
  4. Lack of proper attention towards the priorities in life.

How does alcohol affect the body?

Chronic abuse of alcohol can have negative effects on almost every part of your body and plays havoc in your system. Alcohol is liable to cause irreversible damage to several organs of the body which is vital for sustenance:

  • Nervous system
  • Stomach or Intestines
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Brain

Alcoholism in itself can lead to several diseases like:


 

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 84% (13 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome!

What is Fetal alcohol syndrome?

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a condition that results from alcohol exposure during pregnancy. When a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy, she risks giving birth to a child who will pay the price in mental and physical deficiencies for his or her entire life.

Symptoms of Fetal alcohol syndrome-

  • Deformities of joints, limbs and fingers
  • Low birth weight
  • Small head circumference
  • Slow physical growth before and after birth
  • Vision difficulties or hearing problems
  • Poor coordination
  • Lack of imagination or curiosity
  • Mental retardation and delayed development
  • Learning disorders
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Social withdrawal
  • Heart defects

Causes of Fetal alcohol syndrome-

When you’re pregnant and drink alcohol, it enters your bloodstream and reaches your developing fetus by crossing the placenta. It interferes with the delivery of oxygen and optimal nutrition to your baby’s developing tissues and organs, including the brain.

Risk factors of Fetal alcohol syndrome-

  • Alcohol consumption during pregnancy
  • Diagnosis of Fetal alcohol syndrome

Fetal alcohol syndrome can be diagnosed before a baby is born. Your doctor can assess the health of mother and baby during pregnancy. If you let your child’s doctor know that you drank alcoholic beverages during your pregnancy, he or she can watch for signs and symptoms of this syndrome in your child’s initial weeks, months and years of life.

Precautions & Prevention of Fetal alcohol syndrome-

The following precautions can help prevent fetal alcohol syndrome:

  • Don’t drink alcohol if you’re trying to get pregnant
  • Avoid alcohol throughout your pregnancy
  • If you have an alcohol problem, get professional help before you get pregnant

Treatment of Fetal alcohol syndrome-

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Psychotherapy Treatment of Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Surgical Treatment of Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Other Treatment of Fetal alcohol syndrome


Treatment of Fetal alcohol syndrome-

Homeopathic Treatment of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome-

Homeopathy may play a supportive role. It can prevent as well as provides significant relief in complaints like promoting normal physical and mental development and body functions. Some of the homeopathic medicines for fetal heart syndrome are:

  • Bar C
  • Nux V
  • Ant C
  • Chel
  • Lach 

Surgical Treatment of Fetal alcohol syndrome-

Heart abnormalities may require surgery.

Other Treatment of Fetal alcohol syndrome-

  • Learning problems may be helped by special services in school.
  • Parents often benefit from counseling to help the family with a child’s behavioral problems

 

Lifestyle That Makes You Age Faster!

Dr. Meghanath Yenni 90% (150 ratings)
DNB (General Medicine)
General Physician, Visakhapatnam
Lifestyle That Makes You Age Faster!

The process of ageing differs from person to person. Some tend to age faster than their biological age in comparison to others who look refreshingly younger always. This ageing process often is dependent on your lifestyle, dietary habits and environment and all the other habits that you maintain everyday.

Let's have a look at some of your habits that may be responsible in making you look older

1. Bad sleeping habits: Your body needs to reinvigorate itself every day and for this to happen, you need to make sleeping a priority. While everyone's sleep requirements are different, seven to eight hours of fruitful sleep is required daily. 

2. Having a sweet tooth: Anything in excess is never good, especially when you're not exactly sweet sixteen always. A diet with an over emphasis on sugar, will only add to your waistline. Its end products tend to damage the collagen and the elastin, leading to saggy and wrinkly skin.

3. Smoking: It is a known fact that is damaging to your health, but it also speeds up ageing. Its harmful chemicals deprive your cells of oxygen leading to a pale appearance. They also break down the collagen in the skin, once again leading to wrinkly skin. 

4. Drinking: Being a natural diuretic, alcohol causes dehydration. This robs your skin of its natural moisture, making you look much older. It also rids your body of Vitamin A and C that are antioxidants , important for making your skin look supple and well hydrated. 

5. Exposure to sun rays: Sun rays only do more harm to your skin than good. Exposure to its ultra-violet rays (UV rays) can weaken your blood cells which can make your skin look leathery. It can lead to pigmentation of skin as well. Sagging and wrinkling follow. 

6. Not enough veggies: Veggies are essentially antioxidants that help you look youthful, but they only last for so long and must be replenished daily. It is important to take care of your body and small changes to your everyday routine can go a long way to slow that ageing process and make you look your age - young and refreshing.

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Alcohol and Heart Disease - Things To Know!

Dr. Abhishek Singh 92% (19 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Medicine, DNB - Cardiology
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad
Alcohol and Heart Disease - Things To Know!

Harmful Effects of Alcohol on Heart-- 

  1. Excessive alcohol intake leads to increase in cholesterol and BP which are risk factors for heart attack or blockages. 
  2. Excessive alcohol intake leads to alcohol induced cardio-myopathy or weakening of heart muscle
  3. Excessive alcohol intake is also a risk factor for developing irregular heart rate called Atrial Fibrillation

Recommended daily alcohol intake value - 

Men - Upto 2 glasses/day 

Women - 1 glass/day (studies have shown that even small amount of alcohol intake in women is very harmful) A drink is one 12 oz. beer, 4 oz. of wine, 1.5 oz. of 80-proof spirits, or 1 oz. of 100-proof spirits. Binge drinking should be ABSOLUTELY avoided. 

Red wine - There is no clear cut data to prove that red wine has some cardioprotective properties. A few small studies have suggested so, but as of now there is no clear cut answer. 

Alcohol and Aspirin - If you are on aspirin and take alcohol then you have higher chances of developing gastric ulcers and erosions. Hence you should try to reduce drinking if you do. If you do not drink then there is no need for you to start drinking as drinking alcohol does not provide any major benefit.

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Homeopathy Myths Exposed!

Dr. Mallikarjun C Balikai 85% (10 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hubli-Dharwad
Homeopathy Myths Exposed!

Homeopathy is a widely accepted alternative system of medicine which was discovered in the late 18th century. Homeopathy believes in the philosophy that the mind, emotions and the body are integrated together. On the basis of this philosophy, a homeopath provides remedies which can suit best to the physical and psychological conditions of a patient. Homeopathic remedies are certainly not very high dose. Its main purpose is to recognise and discard the cause behind the condition.

People hold many misconceptions about homeopathy. Following are some of the myths of homeopathy:

1.        Homeopathic remedies work slowly: Many people believe that homeopathic remedies cure your medical condition very slowly. Fact is that it works very fast on diseases like cold, fever, etc. When the symptoms are chronic then only working process is slow. This is because at chronic condition the body takes little time to cure from insides. It is advisable to start the homeopathic remedies as soon as any symptom is seen.

2.        Remedies are prescribed by doctors with no formal training: Many people believe that homeopathic remedies are prescribed simply on the basis of the visible symptoms and no diagnosis is done. Fact is that these remedies are prescribed by qualified medical professionals graduated from homeopathy medical colleges. They diagnose your medical condition before prescribing you any remedy.

3.        Homeopathic remedies are not scientific: Many people consider homeopathic remedies to be unscientific. However, the bases behind homeopathy are pharmacological and clinical data. Vast studies and researches have been conducted on homeopathic remedies and treatment. 

4.        Strict dietary restriction is to be followed at the time of homeopathic treatment: Many people believe that they have to control their eating habits while undergoing homeopathic treatment. Fact is that for some patients, ingredients like garlic, onion, alcohol, coffee, tobacco etc. are to be avoided during the tenure of treatment. This is simply because these ingredients interfere with the homeopathic treatment. 

5.        Homeopathy can cure any disorder: Some people have a strong believe that homeopathic remedies can cure any disorder or any medical condition. Fact is that this remedy is completely ineffective in case of dental issues or any condition where surgery is the only remedy.
 

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Treatment of Hangovers!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 84% (13 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Treatment of Hangovers!

Treatment of Hangovers

Homeopathic Treatment of Hangovers
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Hangovers
Psychotherapy Treatment of Hangovers
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Hangovers
Surgical Treatment of Hangovers
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Hangovers
Other Treatment of Hangovers
What is Hangovers
Symptoms of Hangovers
Causes of Hangovers
Risk factors of Hangovers
Complications of Hangovers
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Hangovers
Precautions & Prevention of Hangovers
Treatment of Hangovers 

Homeopathic Treatment of Hangovers

Homeopathy quickly relieves the sick feeling of hangover. It treats the person as a whole. Treatment is constitutional. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. It balances the energy system, improves immunity and body functions. It naturally cures the root cause of disorder. Some of the homeopathic medicines for treatment of hangover are: 

Acupuncture and Acupressure Treatment of Hangovers

Acupuncture relieves by improving the physiological function of the organs and organ system. It reduces both physical and psychological after effects of alcohol.

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Hangovers

Psychotherapy and hypnotherapy can help in stress relief. They can help in better coping and early relief.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Hangovers

In the allopathic Treatment of Hangovers, a small dose of an over-the-counter pain reliever may ease your headache.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Hangovers

Eat a carbohydrate-rich meal before consuming alcohol
Before you drink alcohol, drink as much water as you can
Lunch should include potatoes, rice, pasta and bread.
Before drinking, take vitamin B and C supplements

What is Hangovers?

A hangover is a group of unpleasant signs and symptoms that can develop after drinking too much alcohol. There is no set amount of alcohol that will cause a hangover, since each individual reacts to alcohol differently, but generally, the more you had to drink, the more severe the hangover symptoms.

Symptoms of Hangovers

Thirst
Feels sick
Headaches and muscle aches
Nausea and vomiting
Poor sleep
Increased sensitivity to light and sound
Dizziness
Rapid heartbeat
Red, bloodshot eyes
Shakiness
Decreased ability to concentrate
Mood disturbances, such as depression, anxiety and irritability

Causes of Hangovers

Drinking too much alcohol

Risk factors of Hangovers

Drinking on an empty stomach
Family history of alcoholism
Drinking darker colored alcoholic beverages
Using other drugs, such as nicotine, along with alcohol

Complications of Hangovers

poor Concentration
memory problems
Falling asleep on the job
Trouble completing your tasks
Dexterity

 Precautions & Prevention of Hangovers

Eat something before drinking alcohol
Sip water between drinks
Limit yourself to just one drink each hour.

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Drug Addiction (Substance Abuse)!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 84% (13 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Drug Addiction (Substance Abuse)!

Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Homeopathic Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Psychotherapy Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Surgical Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Other Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
What is Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Symptoms of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Causes of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Risk factors of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Complications of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Precautions & Prevention of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Homeopathic Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Homeopathy treatment is an effective against heroin, opium, morphine, cocaine, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, or any other addictive drug. It is thought that homeopathic remedies are able to stimulate a person’s bodily systems to deal with stress and illness more efficiently. Homeopathy helps at three levels, detoxification, the present physical condition and the actual state of mind. Some common homeopathic medicines for drug addiction (substance abuse) are:

Avena
Cham
Lach
Nux V
Passi

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Acupuncture and auriculopuncture are worldwide popular for curing drug addiction (substance abuse). Electroacupuncture at the specific point effectively reduced the alcohol-drinking behavior. Acupuncture not only handles the symptoms and craving, but it also reduces fears and hostilities that usually upset drug abuse treatment options.

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Psychologist, psychiatrist or addiction counselor may help you resist the temptation to resume using addicting drugs. Behavior therapies can help you develop ways to deal with your drug cravings, suggest strategies to avoid drugs and prevent relapse, and offer recommendations on how to deal with a relapse if it takes place. Hypnotherapy is excellent in curing dependence, subconscious urges as well as withdrawal symptoms.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Allopathic medicines of drug addiction (substance abuse) help defeat addictive craving. They compete with cells in the brain and cause reversal of drug effects. Such medicines are Buprenorphine and Suboxone. Methadone has been used for decades to withdraw addicts from severe heroin dependence and has a history of successful maintenance therapy.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

High-fiber diet with plenty of complex carbohydrates
Take vitamin and mineral supplements.

What is Drug addiction (substance abuse)?

Drug addiction (substance abuse) is a chronic relapsing disorder characterized by persistent drug-seeking and drug-taking behaviours. Common addictive drugs are barbiturates, alcohol, and morphine and other opioids, especially heroin.

Symptoms of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

You may need the drug just to feel good.
Using the drug becomes a habit
Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
Spending money on the drug, even though you can’t afford it
Doing things to obtain the drug that you normally wouldn’t do, such as stealing
Feeling that you need the drug to deal with your problems
Doing risky activities when you’re under the influence of the drug
Causes of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Personality and peer pressure
Severe Anxiety
Depression

Risk factors of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Inherited
A lack of attachment with your parents
Psychological problem such as depression or hyperactivity disorder

Complications of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Physical health problems
Commit suicide
Accidents
Communicable disease 

Diagnosis of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Your physician may ask concerns about the consistency of drug use, whether any family member has criticized your drug use or whether you’ve ever thought you might have an issue. Mental health professionals diagnose the mental conditions.

Precautions &Prevention of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Talk to your children about the risks of drug use and abuse
Strengthen your relationship with your children
Stick with your treatment plan

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Male Dysfunction Treatment!

Dr. Vinod Raina 89% (6015 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Male Dysfunction Treatment!

Causes of ED:
 

Hormonal imbalance, drug abuse, smoking, excessive intake of alcohol, drug induced and psychogenic.

 

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