De-addiction

De addiction packages in ayurveda deal with the ways and means to address the grave consequences associated with drugs, smoking and liquor addiction. Drug, smoking and liquor addiction is a very grave social and economic problem affecting the individual, his family and the society to which he belongs. An individual becomes addicted to drugs, liquor and smoking spends his time and money on satisfying his craving for liquor, smoking and drugs. This destroys himself and his family economically and socially. It is generally felt that this drug addiction is a psycho- socio- medical problem and needs to be tackled in the entirety of the life situations of the addict.

Patients recovering from drugs, smoking and liquor addiction exhibit several tendencies temporarily such as loss of appetite, insomnia, headache, giddiness, reduced sexual urge, numbness, suicidal thoughts etc.

Ayurveda system of medicine deals with this addiction problem in a very systematic manner.

The de addiction packages recommended in ayurveda consist of rasayana treatments, yoga, meditation and counseling as methods in the process of de addiction. Ayurveda focuses on the mental aspect of the problem and also emphasizes the role and responsibility of the family and his social group in this de addiction process.

Diagnosis Ė the Ayurveda way

All treatments in Ayurveda are prescribed only after a careful diagnosis of the patientís body constitution, family history, sex, age, stage of the disease etc.

The first consultation with an Ayurveda doctor, including the diagnosis will last for more than an hour. The basic step in the diagnosis will be to find the personís body humour (dosha) ĖVata, Pita or Kapha, because treatments in ayurveda are based on individual body constitutions.

The dominance of dosha in a person is found by asking several questions on his behaviour, food habits, sleeping patterns, personal details like age, height & weight, place of life, profession, health problems and medical reports etc. Ayurveda diagnosis comprises of clinical and laboratory tests also. The doctor can decide if an Ayurveda treatment is helpful on providing these details.

Pulse, tongue, nail, and eye examinations are important diagnosis methods used to reveal a personís body humour and its imbalance. This will help the doctor in treating the disease.

Pulse diagnosis in Ayurveda is not just counting the beats. It also reveals the health status of the entire body constitution, including the dosha imbalance and the health of the various body organs.

In tongue diagnosis, the doctor checks the general appearance, colour and coating of the tongue. In Ayurveda, as different areas of the tongue correspond to different organs of the body, the Ayurvedic practitioner can determine which organs of the body are out of balance by having a detailed tongue examination.

Nail examination is done to check the type, colour and shape of the personís nail. Imbalances of doshas are easily detected on close examination.

In the eye diagnosis, the colour, size and even the shape of the eyes are important in determining the dosha dominance of a person. His mental status,nervousness, anxiety, confidence level etc can also be learned through eye diagnosis.

A preliminary consultation with Ayurveda doctors online is also possible nowadays for guests worldwide.

Treatment Methods for De addiction

After the diagnosis, the doctor sets out to treat the patient in a very systematic manner. This would include a set of appropriate Panchakarma treatments and Rasayana therapies.

The Panchakarma Treatments are meant to flush out the toxins, They are classified as pre-purification, main purification and post purification phases and include various types of therapies like oil massages, fermented liquid massages, medicinal enemas, herbal purification methods.

The Rasayana Therapies are meant to nourish the body, to bring the doshas back to balance and to regenerate the body.These comprise diet regulations, daily regimens, intake of oral medicines and ayurveda tonics, yoga and a stress free life. After the treatment the ayurveda doctors will advise you how to lead a healthy life. The beneifts and results of the treatment are shown only after the Rasyana Treatment is over and doctors advise is strictly followed. The results will manifest itself normally after 3 to 4 weeks as the body takes time to regenerate itself.

Panchakarma for De addiction

Pre-purification therapies are the first ones applied to loosen the toxins, open up the circulation channels and get the body ready for discarding these wastes. These methods are highly relaxing for the body and mind.

The following pre-purification methods are usually adopted in de addiction packages.

Sirodhara In this process herbal oil, medicated milk, medicated butter milk etc are poured on the forehead in a special method for about 45-50 minutes. Ingredients used in Sirodhara include gooseberry, nut grass tuber, sandalwood etc.

Thalapothichil is the application of herbal paste on the scalp of a patient for a specific period of time. Selected medicinal herbs, thoroughly ground and made in to a fine paste, is thickly applied on the scalp of the person. The scalp part of the head is then covered up with usually banana leaf to allow the medicine to stay on and function well. This stays on the personís head for almost 40 to 50 minutes giving wonderful relaxation to the mind. Fruits and herbs such as gooseberry, liquorices, asparagus, henna, lotus seeds, sandal, nut grass tuber etc are moisturized in buttermilk before grinding it to paste form. The paste thus obtained becomes a rich blend of various cooling agents.

Thakradhara is the profuse pouring of specially prepared buttermilk on the forehead of the person for at least one hour. This cools down the brain, relaxes the mind and reduces stress, tension and anxiety.

This butter milk is a mixture of assorted herbs and spices and also includes such herbs as gooseberry, nut grass tuber, sandal wood, valerian, vetiver and lotus etc. Gooseberry and lotus are excellent cooling agents.

Main Purification Therapies for De addiction

This is the phase of elimination of toxins that were loosened at the pre purification treatment stage. These therapies are highly potential methods and are usually overseen by doctors. The commonly adopted Panchakarma treatments suggested for De addiction patients are Virechanam, Vamanam and Vasthy.

Virechanam is the oral intake of safe herbal medicines leading to the elimination of poisonous wastes through the anal route. The purgative medicine consists of herbal powders, medicated castor oil or herbal paste. Avipathychooram, the herbal powder which is generally used for virechanam is made out of a mixture of herbs like turpith, embellia fruits, dry ginger, cardamom, long pepper, cinnamon etc.

Vamanam is also known as therapeutic vomiting. It is a treatment that eliminates the vitiated doshas (waste products) through the upper gastro-intestinal track. It expels and cleanses undigested food. It has been found to be highly effective in the treatment of de addiction patients. Herbs generally used in vamanam include Ė emetic nut, sweet flag, liquoricesetc.

Vasthi is an enema therapy. It is considered the ace colon cleaning panchakarma treatment. In this form of treatment special medicines are introduced through the anal route for the evacuation of accumulated toxins and metabolic wastes. It is highly recommended for De addiction patients. Dill seeds, honey, rock salt, herbal pastes, oils and decoctions are the main ingredients used in vasthy. Vasthy helps to flush out the accumulated wastes and toxins from the metabolic system.

Rasayana Therapies for De addiction

These are body nourishing therapies to rejuvenate the body and mind after the Panchakarma treatments. They keep the enzymes in the tissue cells in their normal functioning condition, restore and balance the body functions and maintain the overall health and well being of an individual for much longer periods after the Panchakarma course. Rasayana treatments in De addiction package consist of oral medicines and diet regulations.

Oral medicines for De addiction

for de addiction patients will be extracts of pure medicinal herbs, leaves, spices etc. These are prepared specifically to restore the lost balance and to provide the needed inputs to treat de addiction patients. Kashayam and Arishtam - herbal decoctions and fermentations Lehyams Ė semi solid formulation are commonly prescribed.

Herbs such as Aswaghanda and Chamomile are included in the medicinal preparations like medicated ghee as these calm the mind, remove lung smoke and heal lung tissues. Cloves, ginger, pepper etc are taken with honey and lemon juice as these help relieve the congestion that has occurred due to smoking and drinking. It is to be realized that Aloe Vera Gel is the most suitable herb for balancing liver functions that has gone out of balance due to addiction. Shatavari herbs are used in medicinal preparations that help to restore emotional sensitivity. Brahmin, vasthimadhu and gudduchi are included in medicines and preparations that are used for boosting intelligence and for strengthening the nerve system.

Besides, consumption of herbal wines made of herbs such as liquorices, bala, turmeric, dry ginger ,barberry etc are both beneficial for health and also are a real substitute for alcohol . Consumption of these wines will help those undergoing de addiction treatments to completely eliminate their dependence and craving for alcohol.

Almonds, sesame , bael, asafetida, lotus, coriander etc are also some of the other medicinal herbs used in various other preparations to be given as part of the de addiction process. The type and quantity of the medicines to be taken are decided by the doctor after a detailed consultation and examination. The patientís body type, age etc are also important factors to be considered.

Diet regulations for De addiction

Diet Regulation will be suggested for patients undergoing De addiction treatments. Ayurveda diet provides adequate nutrition as well as rest for the needed organs.

The diet suggested for de addiction patients would vary from patient to patient depending upon the intensity of his addiction and his physical health. Diets for de addiction patients should include vayu and pita reducing foods especially barley. But generally they should consume a diet low in fat and rich in proteins and carbohydrates. They should cut down on the intake of coffee, tea and salt and should avoid alcohol completely. Consumption of foods rich in fibre content is to be encouraged. It is better to consume several light meals in a day rather than consuming one or two heavy meals. Consumption of hot, garlic and spicy foods should also be avoided at all costs.

However, you can consult your ayurveda doctor and it is he who will prescribe the most suitable diet for you based on your prakruthi.

Yoga and Lifestyle for De addiction

Yoga and meditation are proven and effective ways to develop and maintain perfect harmony and balance in our body systems. It provides us with immunity against all diseases. It alters brain wave activities reflecting in increased relaxation and a better focused mind.

Yoga and meditation are particularly beneficial for de addiction patients. These help an individual to break bad habits and purify his body, mind and soul. It also helps him to realize the full potential inherent in himself. As drug addiction is a mental craving , de addiction patients will gain much by following yoga and meditation. Yoga and Meditation will also help an individual realize the grave social and economic harm he has brought on himself by his addiction. The benefits of yoga and meditation in the de addiction process cannot be minimized.

Counseling: Ayurveda system of medicine attaches importance to counseling as part of the de addiction package. This will help to determine the root cause of addiction. Counseling by an expert will help to resist the temptation to indulge in taking to drugs and alcohol once again. This will help him to get rid of suicidal tendencies, acute anxiety, restlessness etc.The expert will also enlighten the former addict on the social and economic implications of his drug addiction .

Life style: Persons undergoing de addiction packages are recommended to avoid tension and worry in their daily lives. It is suggested that they undertake short walk in open fields and gardens as these provide serenity and uplift the mind and soul. Cycling and swimming are also recommended.De addiction patients should have sufficient sleep and take part in social get together and become involved in social groups. This will help them to be active group members and they will soon realize the futility of following an individualistic path and their drug addiction. Light entertainments like listening to music, watching entertaining movies, rearing pets etc have been found to pacify the excited and disturbed body and mind and speed up the recovery process in de addiction patients.

It is advised to take at least one or two weeks of rest after the panchakarma experience. At this time the body is weak after a purification process and needs time to get back to normalcy. One should also avoid strenuous exercises, late nights, too much television and other stimulating experiences etc.

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