Homeopathy is a system for treating illness and other conditions based on the theory that “like cures like.” That is, homeopaths treat patients by identifying their symptoms and then giving them very highly diluted doses of substances that, in large doses, create those symptoms. Adherents believe that the weaker the dosage, the more powerful the effects and also that vigorously shaking the solutions increases their power. Homeopathy is an increasingly popular form of treatment, especially in Europe.

Homeopaths attempt to tailor their treatment to the individual alcoholic. For example, Drs.Robert Ullman and Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman report that

Sulphur is prescribed frequently for the philosophical, reclusive type of individual who relies on alcohol or marijuana to access his stream of creative thoughts or as an escape. Drinkers needing Sulphur have a particular predilection for red wine, however may also have a strong desire for beer, which may cause heartburn and belching. These people may drink on the sly. Nux vomica is indicated for alcoholics who fly into a insulting, angry rage when drunk. It may be the corporate executive, for example, who works long hours and pushes himself through with stimulants such as caffeine and hot, spicy foods, then drinks beer or whiskey to relax and forget about business. They may buy drinks for all their buddies. They are likely to become red-faced when drunk. Nux vomica is known as an acute hangover remedy. Another common remedy for alcoholism Is Lachesis, which is notable for its obsessive jealousy and seemingly interminable loquacious- ness. The sentimental, blubbering drunks often need Lachesis. Aurum metallicum is a remedy for hard-working, conscientious people who can become deeply, often suicidally, depressed, often due to a sense of having failed at life. Lastly is Sulphuric acid, a remedy for the last stage, broken down alcoholic whose ruin was brought about by abuse of whiskey, gin, or scotch. He or she often suffers severe gastric distress and hyperacidity.1

In addition to the use of Nux vomica, lachesis, aurum metallicum and sulphuric acid mentioned above, other substances commonly used in homeopathic medicine for alcoholism include opium, strychnine, Cannabis Indica, Quercus Glandium Spiritus, and Hyoscyamus niger.

Most people are unfamiliar with some of these substances:

  • Nux vomica is a preparation or extract made from the poisonous seeds of the Strychnos nux-vomica tree native Asia. [The seeds are a source of that are a source of brucine, a poisonous alkaloid.]
  • Lachesis is the venom of the poisonous bushmaster snake, Lachesis mutus, of Central and South America.
  • Aurum metallicum is gold (gold metal).
  • Sulphuric acid is a highly corrosive liquid used in the manufacture of explosives and other products
  • Opium is a highly addictive narcotic drug prepared from the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) native to Asia and containing alkaloids such as morphine, codeine, and papaverine.
  • Strychnine is an extremely poisonous alkaloid derived from Strychnos nux-vomica and related plants.
  • Cannabis indica, earlier known as Cannabis sativa forma indica, is a source of marijhuana.
  • Quercus Glandium Spiritus is alcohol distilled from fermented acorns.
  • Hyoscyamus niger refers to a preparation made from the plant of the same name. All parts of the plant contain scopolamine, atropine, and hyoscyamine and can be deadly poisonous.

Unfortunately, scientific medical research has not found any homeopathic treatment helpful for alcoholism or alcohol dependence.2 This is not surprising in view of the fact that the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has found that (a) “Several key concepts of homeopathy are inconsistent with fundamental concepts of chemistry and physics” and that (b) “There is little evidence to support homeopathy as an effective treatment for any specific condition.”3

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References

  • 1. Ullman, Robert and Reichenberg-Ullman, Judyth. Treating Alcoholism with Homeopathy. Healthy Homeopathy website. healthyhomeopathy.com
  • 2. Cucherat M, Haugh MC, Gooch M, et al. Evidence of clinical efficacy of homeopathy: a meta-analysis of clinical trials. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2000; 56(1):27–33; Ernst E. A systematic review of systematic reviews of homeopathy. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2002;54(6):577–582; Ernst E. Homeopathy: what does the “best” evidence tell us? Medical Journal of Australia. 2010; 192(8):458–460; Posadzki P, Alotaibi A, Ernst E. Adverse effects of homeopathy: a systematic review of published case reports and case series. The International Journal of Clinical Practice. 2012; 66(12):1178–1188; Shang A, Huwiler-Müntener K, Nartey L, et al. Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo-controlled trials of homoeopathy and allopathy. Lancet. 2005; 366(9487):726–732.
  • 3. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Homeopathy: An Introduction. NCCAM Pub. # D439, May, 2013.
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