An estimated 17.6 million American adults (8.5 percent) meet standard diagnostic criteria for an alcohol use disorder according to results from the 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) reported in the current Archives of General Psychiatry [Volume 61, August 2004: 807-816].
Conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, the NESARC is a representative survey of the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population aged 18 years and older. With more than 43,000 adult Americans participating, the NESARC is the largest study ever conducted of the co-occurrence of psychiatric disorders among U.S. adults.
Alcoholism is a serious issue that not only impacts the well-being of the sufferer but also each and every family member, friends, employers, all persons that interact with this person.
Aside from interventions and counseling that should be provided to help a person overcome their addiction, herbs show promise and can be very effectively utilized:
A Combination of Kudzu and St. John’s Wort
This is a formula that was originally combined to help alcoholics overcome the stress of their addiction. It does have other uses that include cooling inflammation in the gut and helping leaky gut syndrome. It can be used for neck pain, mild depression, anxiety, and headaches. (source: Tree of Lite Publishing)
Kudzu: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, kudzu root is used in prescriptions for the treatment of wei, or “superficial,” syndrome (a disease that manifests just under the surface—mild, but with fever), thirst, headache, and stiff neck with pain due to high blood pressure. It is also recommended for allergies, migraine headaches, and diarrhea. The historical application for hangover and alcohol craving has become a major focal point of modern research on kudzu. There is evidence that links diadzin, a constituent of Kudzu, to the potential reduction in alcohol consumption. A person who takes kudzu, may still drink alcohol, however, they will consume less than if they had not taken kudzu. Kudzu is also used in modern Chinese medicine as a treatment for angina pectoris. Its leaves are high in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium and protein.
Common Names: Ge Gen (Mandarin), Kakkon (Japanese), Kalgun (Korean), Japanese Arrowroot, Pueraria Root.
Common Uses: Antioxidant; alcohol cravings; allergies; angina,; soothing digestive aid; diarrhea; headaches and migraines; fever; muscular tension; minor aches & pain; blood pressure support; culinary food starch thickener (powder).
St. John’s Wort: Long before the standardized extract of St. John’s Wort became popular, the whole herb has been used in traditional herbal medicine for more than 2,000 years as a potent anti-viral, calming and pain relieving herb. The compound Hypericin was isolated in St. John’s Wort in 1942 and has been used as an antidepressant. The whole herb is primarily used to help rebuild and repair nerve damage, relieve pain, remove phlegm from chest and lung area, reduce inflammation, and can be applied topically for scrapes, burns & pain.
Common use: Sedative; pain; viral infections; colds; chest & lung congestion; menstrual cramps; sciatica; arthritis; gout; diuretic.
diadzin is a constituent of Kudzu that evidence shows is linked to the potential reduction in alcohol consumption.
“Isoflavone compounds naturally occurring in the root of the kudzu plant have been used historically to treat alcohol-related problems” (Penetar et al., 2012). A pilot study by researchers Penetar et al. (2012) was conducted to assess the effects of one primary isoflavone – puerarin- for its ability to modify alcohol intake in humans. This study is the first to demonstrate that a single isoflavone found in the kudzu root can alter alcohol drinking in humans.
hypericin is the compound in St. John’s Wort which has been shown to reduce stress and depression.
Each capsule of Kudzu/St. John’s Wort Combination contains 1 mg of daidzin and 1 mg hypericin.
NOTE: While taking this product, avoid exposure to strong sunshine and tanning rays (tanning salons). Consult your health care provider before using this product if you are taking prescription anti-depressive drugs, including selective serotonin uptake inhibitors, as well as any MAO inhibitors.
Reference: Penetar, D. M., Toto, L. H., Farmer, S. L., Lee, D. Y. W., Ma, Z., Liu, Y., & Lukas, S. E. (2012). The isoflavone puerarin reduces alcohol intake in heavy drinkers: A pilot study. Drug and alcohol dependence, 126(1), 251-256.
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