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Alcoholism: CAM Therapies for Specific Conditions

  • Acupuncture, particularly applied to the inner ear, has helped patients withdraw not only from opiates but also from alcohol and other addictive drugs.

  • In a 1987 controlled study on hard-core alcoholics, a group that received acupuncture had half as many drinking episodes and admissions to detox centers as did a control group, which received sham acupuncture.

  • Studies show acupuncture is successful in preventing relapse with severe alcoholics.

  • Milk thistle extract has been proven in clinical studies to be effective for hepatitis, alcoholic cirrhosis, and liver damage from exposure to harmful chemicals.

  • In a study of sixty-six patients, most of whom had alcohol-induced liver disease, thirty-one patients received a standardized milk thistle preparation, and showed significant improvement in liver enzyme levels.

  • Valerian is a very safe herb, and unlike barbiturates and other conventional drugs for treating insomnia, it does not interact synergistically with alcohol. There is a potential interaction with other sedatives but there are few if any reported contraindications, warnings, or adverse effects.

  • In Ayurvedic medicine, pitta types are disturbed by consuming too much alcohol.

  • A thirty-five-year study found that individuals who described parents in positive terms in the 1950s were far less likely to have developed later illnesses, such as alcoholism.

  • One reason Swedish citizens may enjoy better health and one of the world's longest life expectancies is lower use of alcohol.

 

Caution: A study of beta-carotene found increased risk for lung cancer in people who smoked and also drank alcohol, or who smoked heavily; another study found neither harm nor benefit.

 

 

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From THE BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, Inc.
Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.


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