Healing with Homeopathy--Treating Alcoholism

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We gave Paul one dose of Medorrhinum 200c. He was out of the country and was unable to come for a followup visit until seven weeks after he took the remedy. At that time he expressed feeling very positive about life. He had quit alcohol, coffee, and cigarettes, though he was still chewing Nicorette gum and drinking up to 5 cups of black tea a day. His relationship was going quite well. The feeling as if he were dying was gone. He no longer felt desperate. He was now worried about looking too old. He was eating much better, though more sugar than before. He was experiencing some itching of his skin like he had after using the detergent. Paul also came in for counseling once every two weeks while he was in town. He continued to refuse to attend A.A. He was obviously able to quit his alcohol habit nevertheless. At his next visit, a month later, Paul had begun to suffer from mild perianal itching, like he had with his hemorrhoids. He was drinking less caffeine and had cut down on the Nicorette gum. His sugar craving had diminished and he was eating more bread and fruit. The bloating was improved. He was still eating ice. He was amazed at the change in himself. He now felt in control of his life. He was much happier and was beginning to feel himself again, instead of living in a continual alcohol-induced fog. He was now looking for a new house and wanting to do some counseling to explore his patterns of leaving women. He had a much more positive outlook on his future. It is now five months later and, despite a very stressful trial and sleepless nights, Paul continues to do great and has not needed another dose of the Medorrhinum. He has continued to come in for periodic counseling as he has felt appropriate.

Medorrhinum is made from a preparation of the gonorrheal bacteria and is one of the homeopathic nosodes, i.e. remedies made from diseased tissue. Because the bacteria has been diluted many, many times, it is in no way contagious. Medorrhinum is a very deep-acting remedy which is often indicated following gonorrhea or Chlamydia, sometimes years previously, or a family history of gonorrhea. However, as in this case, a history of gonorrhea is not a necessary prerequisite if the symptoms of the patient otherwise fit the remedy. Because of the near-epidemic incidence of gonorrhea in the United States today and in recent years, Medorrhinum is a very commonly indicated homeopathic remedy. Individuals needing Medorrhinum may be shy, and lacking in self-confidence, such as Paul, or can, on the other hand, be thrill-seekers who are bold, flamboyant, and extremely intense. This former type, like Paul, may even come to the homeopathic interview drunk so they feel free enough to express their innermost feelings. There is a strong tendency to substance abuse, often proceeding to hard drugs. A history of sexual promiscuity is frequently seen and sexual energy is generally very high. There may be a history of masturbation, beginning as early as age four or five. There is a tendency to extremes and excesses and the person may get bored easily with jobs, relationships, or living situations. Those needing Medorrhinum are on the chilly side, dislike cold, damp weather, and usually love heat and the sun, and feel better by the ocean. Their food desires, often strong, are often for salty, sweets, and fats. They may also love oranges and unripe fruits such as tart green appples. It is common for them to chew on ice, which is why we asked that question during the interview. It is common for people needing Medorrhinum to be night people, preferring to stay up until 3 or 4 a.m., often partying, and to sleep until late morning. They may have great difficulty getting up in the morning and no t feel really energetic until early afternoon. There is often a lot of mucus discharge, from any orifice, and a tendency to warts anywhere on the body, particularly the genitalia. Also seen are arthritis and urethritis, making Medorrhinum a prime homeopathic choice for Reiter's syndrome. Medorrhinum, due to many of the symptoms mentioned above, is an important remedy to consider in treating HIV and AIDS.

What are other common homeopathic remedies in treating alcoholism? Sulphur is prescribed frequently for the philosophical, reclusive type of individual whorelies 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 an 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 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 loquaciousness. The sentimental, blubbering drunks often need Lachesis. Aurum metallicum is a remedy for hardworking, 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.

The correct homeopathic remedy is likely to dramatically shift the energy of an individual in a positive direction, as well as alleviating existing symptoms. Because the alcoholic most often, is only one part of a dynamic family system and because alcoholism is often passed from generation to generation, homeopathic treatment may not be enough to reverse longstanding patterns of dysfunction. Intensive therapy, twelve step programs, and even inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation facilities may also be necessary.

Drs. Robert Ullman and Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman are naturopathic and homeopathic physicians in practice in Seattle at The Northwest Center for Holistic Medicine, 4072 - 9th Avenue, N.E.', Seattle, WA 98105. They may be reached at 206-547-9665.

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By Robert Ullman and Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman

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