Alcoholism


Dr. Dewey discusses the homeopathy treatment of Alcoholism in his bestselling book Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics….


Nux vomica. [Nux-v]

Nux is the great anti-alcoholic remedy. It corresponds to the ***tremor, to the nervous affection, to the headache, to the bad taste. It also corresponds to delirium tremens, where every little noise frightens and the victim finds no rest any place, springs up at night and has frightful visions. The tremor is marked with ugliness and irritability and gastric disturbance. It is the remedy for the **acute results of a spree; the morning big head is often large enough for the Nux cap, and the “rich brown” taste corresponds beautifully. It is a remedy to be given while the patient is still under the influence of liquor or any of the stages of alcoholism.

**Agaricus will sometimes control the characteristic tremor when **Nux fails.

Hyoscyamus. [Hyos]

When delirium tremens occurs this is usually one of the first remedies indicated. The delirium is constant and loquacious, rarely inflammatory enough for **Belladonna or maniacal enough for **Stramonium; the pulse is small and quick and compressible, the skin is cold and clammy, the patient is ***tremulous and picks constantly at objects in the air. Marked sexual excitement, desire to expose person and fear of poison. The vision are those of persecution, are terrifying, and the patient makes efforts to escape. ***Constant insomnia is an excellent indication; outburst of laughter alerting with weeping may also occur. Dr.Butler says that for the production of sleep no remedy compares with **Hyoscyamus in the tincture, five or ten drops in a half glass of water, and teaspoonful doses given half- hourly.

Cannabis Indica. [Cann-i]

A very reliable homeopathy remedy in acute alcoholism. Some violence, talkativeness and active mind; subjects crowd upon it, delusions and hallucination relate to exaggerated subjects time, space, etc.; face flushed, pupils dilated, perspires easily. Surprise is constantly expressed on the countenance.

Opium. [Op]

This is a remedy indicated in “old sinners” who have had the delirium tremens over and over again. There is a constant expression of fright or terror, they have visions of animals springing up everywhere, they see ghosts, the sleep is uneasy, the breathing is stertorous. It is especially indicated in those cases simulating apoplexy. **Lachesis has visions of snakes and hideous objects. It has a choking sensation in throat which awakens suddenly from sleep.

**Stramonium is suitable in habitual drunkards. The prevailing mental characteristic is terror, all hallucinations and illusions are fright and terror producing. It has visions of animals coming at him from every corner and he tries to escape. The face of **Stramonium is bright red, not dark red as in Opium.

**Arsenic has visions of ghosts, with great weakness; diseases from overuse of alcohol; patients must have their accustomed drinks; great tremulousness and nervous weakness. Suicidal tendency constantly annoyed by bugs and vermin that he sees upon his person and unceasingly tries to brush them off.

**Belladonna, too has delirium with visions of rats, mice, etc., and so has **Calcarea carbonica. **Belladonna is easily distinguished from Opium, and **Calcarea comes in as a last resort after **Belladonna and **Stramonium have ceased to do good. **Aconite also has worked well in the acute mania of delirium tremens where the prevailing attitude is fear. Fears darkness, ghosts, with the same desire to escape found under **Belladonna.

**Ranunculus bulbosus given in the tincture has been found to be most calming in attacks of delirium tremens. It is undoubtedly one of our best remedies in the treatment of acute alcoholism. The writer has prescribed this remedy with good results.

W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.

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