With advances in medicine, new drugs and treatment plans are discovered on a daily basis to cure various types of ailments. Similarly, for Opiate withdrawal, researchers have come up with many drug regimens which are highly effective but considering their efficacy is not enough. The reason is that the advancement in medicine has lead to a deficit in the field of herbal medicine. Herbal medicine, if properly researched has a lot of scopes, regarding high efficacy and lower side effects profile.
The topic under consideration in this article is Opiate Withdrawal, though we have a lot of clinics and rehab centers for Opiate Withdrawal, yet we are failing at catering the needs of these patients. However, this article sums up all the herbal remedies including Kratom for Opiate Withdrawal.
This much-needed article covers the benefits of using herbal remedies instead of artificially made medicine along with the potency and efficacy of Kratom as the drug of choice for the treatment of Withdrawal Symptoms associated with Opiate Addiction i.e., Suboxone, Subutex, methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Kratom’s use in opiate withdrawal
Mitragyna Speciosa or Kratom has some active alkaloids present in it, but the main one Mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine act on the opioid receptors in the spinal cord and brain. The three central opioid receptors are mu, delta, and kappa. When mitragynine acts on these receptors, especially the mu receptors, it induces the release of endorphins, enkephalins as well as serotonin. These neurotransmitters in return are responsible for suppressing the withdrawal symptoms like pain, fatigue, restlessness, anxiety, etc.
Kratom also induces euphoria and makes one feel energetic, thus helping with the depressive symptoms. At higher doses Kratom promotes sedation; this can help with insomnia and night terrors. The best Kratom strains for Opiate withdrawal are Bali Blend, Sumatra Red Vein powder, Maeng Da, Green Thai powder and Malay Mix.
Kratom acts on the delta receptors at low doses, but at high doses, it acts on mu opioid receptors. The dose required for opiate withdrawal ranges from 3-7 grams, but it depends on the chemistry of each. Starting with small doses and finding your way up to sweet spot can help you avoid side effects like nausea and vomiting.
Other Herbal Remedies for Opiate withdrawal
There are many herbal remedies for Opiate Withdrawal, and it is a necessity of time to extensively study these resources to find the best treatment regimen for Opiate Withdrawal. Some of the necessary remedies mentioned below;
A perennial plant with the active alkaloids called ‘Ginsenosides’. These alkaloids are responsible for reducing fatigue and lethargy that happens due to the withdrawal of Opiates. The fatigue that results from quitting can hinder normal day to day activities thus Ginseng plant can be of great benefit, otherwise many people revert to the use of Opiates. Ginseng is also responsible for improving the adrenal system and helps the body strengthen its response to stress, fight fatigue and cope anxiety and help it normalize all the imbalances. To use Ginseng plant for opiate withdrawal take 1-3 droppers, 2-3 times per day or as needed.
Passion flower has been used for centuries to treat various medical conditions, but our sole focus would be on Opiate Withdrawal. The withdrawal symptoms that are cured by Passion flower include; insomnia, night terrors, GI distress, nervousness and excitability, pain and high blood pressure. It can also treat depressive states. It works by inhibiting monoamine oxidase via harmaline and harmine. It also contains flavonoids that act as MAO inhibitors that include apigenin, quercetin, and kaempferol.
MAO inhibitors raise the levels of serotonin in the body that is also called the happiness
neurotransmitter. The release of norepinephrine and epinephrine increases energy and help the body respond to stress, fatigue, and depression. The increase in the levels of dopamine results in feelings of pleasure and excitement.
Passion flower also induces the release of GABA that acts as an anxiolytic neurotransmitter. It can used in the form of capsules of dried herb, tea, liquid extracts, and tinctures. According to users, you may take 12-20 drops per day divided into 3-4 doses.
Also, known as Kava it has been used as a sedative and analgesic and to improve mental clarity as well as cognitive thinking. The main active ingredients in Kava are called kavalactones. These kavalactones develop social abilities of an individual and induce a state of euphoria. It helps in muscle relaxation and also acts as an anxiolytic and anticonvulsant. It can used in the form of kava tea, capsules, extracts or kava tinctures. For opiate withdrawal 1-2 capsules three times a day work like magic.
Velvet beans or Mucuna Pruriens contains Levodopa which converts to dopamine. Dopamine promotes pleasure and enjoyment, increases mental focus, improves motivation and helps one revive daily activities in life. Deficiency of dopamine in the period of withdrawal results in anhedonia i.e. the inability to feel pleasure or enjoyment.
Mucuna helps one restore dopamine stores in the brain. Mucuna helps in treating insomnia, boosts mood and decrease the opioid cravings. For opiate withdrawal take 2-4 capsules of Mucuna pruriens 2-3 times per day. It should taken on an empty stomach.
Ginger has phytochemicals called gingerols that are structurally similar to COX 2 inhibitors and help in relieving pain and GI distress. It can use for muscular discomfort.
Other remedies include the following:
- Ibogaine Root eliminates addiction in a short period.
- Activated Charcoal
Also, you can practice yoga, exercise to get rid of muscle cramps. Long baths in warm water and massages also help. Try sleeping more to avoid the suffering maximally. Acupuncture also helps to ease the pain. Only drugs and herbs can’t cure the Opiate withdrawal symptoms, so it is necessary that you go for nutritional support and take multivitamins. Hydration is a must.
Taking NSAIDs can considerably help along with topical analgesics for muscle cramps. Anti-diarrheal medication recommended in the withdrawal period along with natural sleep supplements.