With opiate addiction rates soaring and the cost of treatment out of reach for many, people often search for alternative way out addiction for themselves and their loved ones. Thousands of homeopathic approaches and herbal therapies are one Google search away, promising all manner of detox benefits for opioid addiction.
Passionflower Plant for Opiate Addiction
One of the most common homeopathic treatments for opioid addiction is the passionflower plant. Also known as Apricot Vine, Corona de Cristo and Grenadille, the passionflower plant is instrumental in helping alleviate some of the most common symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal. This naturally-occurring substance can help ease gastrointestinal issues such as upset stomach or nausea, as well as treat insomnia, an all-too-common side effect of opioid withdrawal.1
In addition to these symptoms, some homeopathic doctors use passionflower to treat hysteria, ADHD, anxiety and high blood pressure – all typical symptoms that occur during opioid withdrawal.
Ibogaine for Opiate Withdrawal
Another homeopathic treatment that has reportedly been successful in treating opioid addiction is ibogaine. This natural substance was originally used in Western Africa for spiritual purposes, but is now a drug that many people use to help relieve their opiate withdrawal symptoms.2
Some of the early symptoms of opioid withdrawal that begin within the first 24 hours after the drug is stopped include the following:
- Lacrimation (eyes tearing up)
- Runny nose
- Excessive sweating
- Inability to sleep
- Yawning often
- Abdominal cramping
- Goose bumps on the skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dilated pupils and possibly blurry vision
- Rapid heartbeat
- High blood pressure3
Those who have used ibogaine in their homeopathic treatment have reported that drug cravings are dramatically decreased and the symptoms of opioid withdrawal are quickly lessened or completely eliminated.
Although this may seem promising, the drug has not been researched thoroughly enough to be widely used in the homeopathic treatment of opioid addiction. Also, while it might work for some, it is still controversial due to its psychoactive effects. Some of these include:
- Severe nausea
Traditional Treatment vs. Homeopathic
It is important to understand that there are many different homeopathic treatments for opioid addiction that may or may not work for you. As with ibogaine, a number of these are still being studied and are considered experimental. Medically-supervised detox followed by professional treatment in a rehab facility is still the best choice when it comes to long-term recovery from opioid addiction.
If you are interested in treating your opiate addiction with a homeopathic approach, work with your treatment provider to figure out the best plan of action for your situation.
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1 “Passion Flower: Side Effects, Dosages, Treatment, Interactions, Warnings.” RxList, Oct. 2018.
2 Hannaford, Alex. “Dying to Get Clean: Is Ibogaine the Answer to Heroin Addiction?” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 10 Dec. 2017.
3 “Withdrawing from Opiates and Opioids,” Healthline. Accessed October 30, 2018.