Treatment of Chronic Alcoholism: An Integrated ApproachHemangi Rajput*
Integrative Health care Practitioner, Essence Natural Health Clinic, Canada
- *Corresponding Author:
- Hemangi Rajput
Integrative Health care Practitioner
Essence Natural Health Clinic, Canada
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date Janaury 31, 2014; Accepted date February 21, 2014; Published date February 24, 2014
Citation: Rajput H (2014) Treatment of Chronic Alcoholism: An Integrated Approach. Altern Integr Med 3:152. doi:10.4172/2327-5162.1000152
Copyright: © 2014 Rajput H. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Alternative medicine coupled with conventional and psychosocial therapies has been shown to be greatly effective in treating chronic alcoholism with positive treatment outcomes. Herbs like Kudzu, Tangerine Peel, Gentian and Bupleurum have been used efficaciously to treat chronic alcoholism and reduce liver toxicity. This article reviews the herbs Kudzu, Tangerine Peel, Gentian and Bupleurum with respect to their actions on the enzymes alcohol and acetaldehyde dehydrogenase. We further explore the genetic and pathophysiological basis of alcoholism while unraveling genetic polymorphisms in the genes involved in metabolic and effector action pathways that have an important bearing on why some individuals are addicted to alcohol, have severe withdrawal response and increased tendency to relapse. In this article we mainly discuss the role of alternative medicine, specifically in context with the above mentioned herbs for their role in inhibiting production of acetaldehyde dehydrogenase, suppressing craving, regulating blood glucose balance and reducing hepatotoxicity in chronic alcoholics.