Using Kudzu for alcoholism treatment is becoming more and more popular for those wishing to avoid medications such as Librium and others when detoxing their bodies of their alcohol dependence. Detoxing safely is often a necessary step for those who are severely addicted to alcohol, since often the withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous and even fatal.
Many medical centers are available where you can go in for help for treating withdrawal symptoms – but unless you also treat your emotional dependence on alcohol, it is likely that even with the aid of withdrawal and alcohol detox medications and supplements you will find yourself in a vicious cycle of trying to quit alcohol unsuccessfully.
Kudzu, a natural herb, is gaining more attention as being an alternative natural treatment to quitting drinking effectively. This is not a new herb, it like most other plants and herbs has been around for thousands of years and known for its ability to help with alcohol blood concentration.
Kudzu is a woody vine that originated in Japan and China before being introduced to the United States where the climate was perfect for it to grow “like a weed”. It is a flowering vine, and the leaves, roots, and flowers are completely edible.
It has been used to treat hangovers and as a means of making a person crave less alcohol, though in traditional Chinese medicine it is also believed to be helpful in treating migraines, allergies, diarrhea and even be a possible anti-cancer agent.
Because Kudzu is an herb and not a traditional pharmaceutical, it naturally does not come with FDA approval for treatment of alcoholism. It is believed to reduce the blood alcohol concentration which helps an alcoholic lower their drinking consumption without experiencing the same withdrawal or cravings as they would by quitting drinking cold turkey.
This herb is believed to reduce blood alcohol concentration, making it helpful in lowering the body’s resistance and dependence on alcohol.
Before you decide to try taking Kudzu to treat alcoholism, it is critical for you discuss it with your doctor and/or an experienced drug and alcohol counselor. Remember that going through alcohol withdrawal can be fatal – and so misuse of Kudzu could cause more discomfort or enable a drinking problem even further. However, for most people who are not quite yet at a severe level of alcohol abuse (drinking less than 12 servings of alcohol per week), it may be of benefit for those wishing to reduce and quit drinking alcohol on their own.
Kudzu, while it may or may not be a cure for alcoholism, also does not offer the mental therapy that is often necessary to completely overcome alcohol addiction and cravings. It does not treat the habits or underlying issues that may be causing the alcoholic to drink in the first place. So while Kudzu may be effective as a natural herbal supplement in helping with alcohol cravings, it alone is unlikely to cure alcoholism. To effectively quit drinking for good, knowing how to cope with stress, deal with temptation, and satisfy cravings without the use of herbs or taking a drink is necessary.
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