According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States- 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. Although the disease is often progressive and can be fatal……..it is also treatable.
Alcoholism can be defined as a chronic disease that carries with it a universally recognizable set of symptoms, including:
- impaired control over drinking,
- preoccupation with the drug “alcohol”,
- use of alcohol despite adverse consequences,
- and distortions of thinking, most notably denial.
In TCM terms, excessive alcohol induces dampness and heat accumulation that blocks orifices in the head region which can cause unconsciousness and speech disorders. Long-term consumption of alcohol is said to damage the mind, impair the stomach, exhaust the blood and jing and lead to health problems. Jing, by the way, is the most vital substance in the body that cannot be replenished…..once it’s gone, it’s gone.
So before we go down a scary road of health concerns, let’s make the decision to begin our journey on the path to recovery. With a few simple lifestyle changes and lots of hard work you will beat this dis-ease.
Let’s start with……
Kudzu or the Kudzo Flowers – use as a tea (one ounce per serving twice a day for 3-5 weeks).
Milk thistle – 100 mg taken 2 or 3 times a day.
Aloe Vera – 2 tablespoons daily.
St.John’s Wort Chinese herb – 900 mg per day for 6 weeks. Skip one day a week. Stay out of the sun.
Food to avoid: alcohol, lettuce, raw fruits (with the exception of pear), dairy, sugar, eggs, preservatives, highly processed foods, margarine, lard, vinegar, salt, antibiotics, greasy fried foods, chocolate, excessive coffee, lamb, cold, cold food like ice cream or smoothies…… even iced water.
Good food choices: Pear; foods rich in omega-3 oils: sardine, tuna, pork, flax, beef & liver; all the spices: turmeric, basil, bay, marjoram, cumin, fennel, dill, parsley, mint, lemon balm, nutmeg, oregano, rosemary, chives;
Sprouts; seaweed; chlorella (detoxifying so buy a good brand); spirulina (regenerating, again be careful the brand); wheat grass; spinach; kale; celery; dandelion; swiss chard; beets; broccoli; kohlrabi; brussel sprouts; cabbage; cauliflower; raw goat milk; kelp; mushrooms; adzuki beans; kidney beans; mung beans; legumes in general.
A fabulous soup recipe!
2 lbs Carrots*
1 bunch of Asparagus*
I bunch of Celery*
2 cups of Almond Milk
1 table spoon of cinnamon
2 table spoons of nutmeg
Boil separately the Asparagus and the Carrots.
Blend Asparagus, Carrots, and Almond milk. Add water for right consistency.
Pour into pot.
Chop celery and add to mixture.
Add nutmeg and cinnamon.
Simmer for 2 hours.
*Carrots, Asparagus, and Celery have strong effects on the body to drain damp heat.
Consider adding Tai-chi, Qi-gong, Yoga and/or Meditation to your weekly routine. Counseling (Group or Individual) and/or LifeLine Therapy (or some other form of emotional release technique) is recommended. Zen Shiatsu and/or Acupuncture treatments regularly until desire results are achieved. Alcohol destroys the body’s sensory system, Zen Shiatsu and/or traditional acupuncture therapy will help you bring it back to life.
Acupressure Points for Treating Alcoholism
Spleen 6 is an acupuncture point on the lower leg that is commonly used to invigorate blood, harmonize the Liver and tonify or strengthen the Kidneys (the place that stores the all important Jing).
Large Intestine 11 is another good point to self treat. Located at the outside edge of the elbow crease pressure can be applied easily with the opposite hand. Helps to regulate qi and blood. Grasp, apply pressure and hold. 60 seconds to10 minute stints throughout the day…..every day. Watching TV? Pressure on the points. Have a quick break at work? Thumb pressure on LI-11. You will quickly find you can even treat both arms (or ankles) simultaneously. The benefits will be worth the effort and trust me, it quickly melds into a favorable habit.
Thanks to traditional Chinese medicine and a few lifestyle changes you will overcome a serious illness, heal your body and start your new healthy life.
And, don’t forget to hydrate….drink your water…..good water!