Monday, March 5, 2012

Ancient herbal from China, Effective Alcohol Addiction Cure

Ancient herbal from China, Effective Alcohol Addiction Cure
Alcohol addiction or alcoholism is a chronic disease where the body becomes dependent on alcohol. People with alcoholism will lose control because they always want to continue to drink despite being aware of it can cause health problems.

Component of ancient Chinese herbal medicine called dihydromyricetin known to be used against acute alcohol poisoning. Dihydromyricetin Hovenia isolated from plants. The team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles found that dihydromyricetin can block the action of alcohol on the brain and neurons, and reduced alcohol consumption voluntarily, without any side effects. The study has been tested in a preliminary study using rats.

Dihydromyricetin inhibit the effects of alcohol on GABA receptors in the brain, and the specific sites targeted by chemicals from the brain cells. Alcohol usually increases the influence of GABA receptors in the brain that slows the activity of the cells, reducing the ability to communicate, and increased sleepiness. This is a common symptom of drunkenness.

Ancient herbal from China, Effective Alcohol Addiction Cure
"The next stage of the research will involve clinical trials in humans," the researchers said as quoted by Epharmapedia, Monday (09/01/2012).

The research team determined that dihydromyricetin may provide molecular targets and cellular mechanisms to counteract alcohol intoxication and dependence. Dihydromyricetin lead to new therapeutic treatments.

Herbs have been used by traditional medicine for over 500 years at least.
Alcohol use disorders are the most common form of substance abuse. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) alcoholism has affected over 76 million people around the world. It is estimated that only 13 percent of people identified as having alcohol use disorders who have received medical treatment.

Lack of maintenance carried out for patients with alcoholism in part because of the lack of an effective drug with no major side effects. Although alcohol affects many organ systems, the effect on the brain and the addictive nature of tranquilizers also very dangerous.

Symptoms of alcoholism as quoted from MayoClinic may include:
  • Not able to limit the amount of alcohol consumed.
  • Feeling a strong need or compulsion to drink alcohol.
  • Develop tolerance to alcohol so that the need to increase the number to feel its effects.
  • Experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, and shaking when not drinking.
  • Not remembering conversations or commitments.
  • Creating a ritual drinking at a certain time and become annoyed when this ritual is disturbed or questioned.
  • Losing interest in activities and hobbies.
  • Irritability when approaching the time to drink, especially if alcoholic beverages are not available.
  • Consumption of alcohol to feel normal.


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