Schwabe News Volume 4 | Issue 3 | March 2013
Alcohol dependence or alcohol addiction has many serious health consequences. It adversely affects stomach, intestines, liver, heart, nerves, pancreas, brain and other organs. In many cases it results in malnutrition, sexual problems, brain cell damage, cancer of digestive organs, high blood pressure, sleeping disorders, etc. Its psychological and psychiatric problems like lack of judgement and coordination, depression, poor memory and concentration, etc. affects the daily life drastically.1
According to Indian Alcohol Policy Alliance, the Indian arm of Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) functioning with the aim to prevent alcohol related harm through evidence based policy intervention, advocacy and capacity building, India is one of the major sufferers from alcohol dependence. As per report there are over 6 crore alcohol users in India. Per capita consumption of alcohol increased by 106.7% over the 15-year period from 1970 to 1996. About 80% of alcohol consumption is in the form of hard liquor or distilled spirits which contains high concentration of alcohol. Hazardous drinking (alcohol consumption which confers the risk of physical and/or psychological harm2) is significantly associated with severe health problems such as head injuries and hospitalizations3.
Homoeopathy helps in alcohol de-addiction. There have been published and on-going studies on the alcohol de-addiction and its withdrawal symptoms.4,5 The specific drug Quercus robur is indicated for alcohol de-addiction. It is a drug prepared from the common oak.6 It was introduced to homoeopathic practice by Burnett.7,8 Dr. Schroyens also mentions this for alcoholism.9 Cooper had observed it useful in specific sensations like "felt as if in a vice; dared not move for fear of a fit of apoplexy, an attack of giddiness”, and "deafness with noises in the head".8 It is officially covered by Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of United States10 and mentioned in German Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia11.
Different species of Quercus but containing similar phytochemicals have been used in Indian medicine for symptoms like diarrhoea, dysentery, gastric catarrh, swelling of spleen and other alcoholic symptoms.12 Its chief actions are on alcoholism, constipation, diarrhoea, giddiness, gout, intermitting fever, dropsy (splenic), leucocythaemia splenica and other affections of spleen.6,7,8,9,13,14 It specifically cures symptoms of depressive nervousness, taciturn state (habitually reserved and uncommunicative), drunken feeling in head, gnawing at pit of stomach, craving for alcohol, pain in spleen and diarrhoea.14 Quercus diminishes the craving for alcohol and antidotes the alcoholic state, and giddiness with spleen trouble.8
Indications: Alcoholism symptoms like craving for alcohol, giddiness, swelling and pain in the spleen, etc., alcohol de-addiction and associated symptoms.
Complementary medicines: Alfalfa Tonic, Alpha-HA, Alpha-MS, Nux vomica15 3x tablets.
Dosage: Unless otherwise prescribed, 2 tablets 2-3 times a day. Reduce the dose as symptoms improve. If complaints are not relieved, consult a specialist.
Side effects: No side effects of Magnesium Phosphoricum Pentarkan are known.
Contra-indications & Interactions: No contra-indications and interactions with other drugs for the use of Schwabe’s Quercus robur 1x are known.
Presentation: Bottle of 20gm.
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