Ayurvedic Treatment for Opium Addiction & Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

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Ayurveda provides promising results for de-addicting people from the opium addiction and opiate dependence. Ayurveda has two main medicines for it, which acts as antidote for opiate and stops desire to eat opium derivatives. These medicines reduce Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms and help quitting opium quickly. Many people get relief within 7 days after starting treatment.

Main Medicines for Opiate Addiction

  1. Vishtinduk Vati
  2. Celastrus Paniculatus (Malkangani)
  3. Ashwagandha Extract Capsules or Ashwagandha Churna

Supporting Medicines for Opiate Addiction

The following medicines may not have direct effect for de-addicting, but they play a role as supportive medicines along with main medicines.

Ayurvedic Treatment Protocol

You should consider the quantity of opium daily intake and the dosage of medicines should be chosen accordingly. However, you cannot increase the dosage of Vishtinduk Vati and Celastrus Paniculatus (Malkangani) from their maximum dosage. Vishtinduk Vati in increased dosage cause severe cramps and itself can be dangerous. Celastrus Paniculatus causes restlessness and heat sensation in the body with higher dosage.

DosageVishtinduk VatiMalkangani Seed Powder
Minimum Required Dosage65 mg500 mg
Moderate Dosage125 mg1000 mg
Maximum Possible Dosage250 mg2000 mg

You should also note Cow’s Ghee Dosage should also be increased accordingly.

Vishtinduk Vati DosageCow’s Ghee Dosage
65 mg5 ml
125 mg10 ml
250 mg20 ml

250 mg of Vishtinduk Vati is generally not required in about 99% patients.

1 to 5 Days

MedicinesDosage
Vishtinduk Vati125 mg *
Cow’s Ghee10 ml *
Milk250 ml *
Ashwagandha Extract Capsule2 Capsules (1000 mg Ashwagandha water Extract) *
Malkangani Seed Powder1000 mg  **
* 3 times a day
** 2 times a day
Take Vishtinduk Vati mixing with Cow’s Ghee and then drink small quantity of milk. All medicines can be taken together and with same amount of milk.

Generally, many patients feel restlessness and heat sensation with above treatment, so following medicines should also be given three times a day before meal.

MedicinesDosage
Yashtimadhu Churna2000 mg *
Amalaki Rasayana1000 mg *
Praval Pishti500 mg *
Mukta Pishti250 mg *
Jatamansi Churna500 mg *
* 3 times a day before meal

If patient is taking smaller quantity of opiate or opium derivatives, then it can be stopped immediately without any trouble from the very first day of the treatment. If patient is taking larger amount of opium derivatives, then it should be gradually decreased within first 3 days of the treatment and stopped onward 4th day.

Benefits

Within first 5 days, patient becomes capable to stop opiate or opium derivatives regardless the quantity he takes. This treatment prevents following symptoms:

  1. Muscle aches
  2. Restlessness
  3. Increased tearing
  4. Agitation
  5. Anxiety
  6. Insomnia
  7. Abdominal cramping
  8. Goose bumps

There are two conditions associated with opiate withdrawal addressed separately.

Diarrhea

Required MedicinesDosage
Kutajghan Vati or Kutajadi Vati500 mg to 2 grams *
Lasunadi Vati500 mg *
* With water 3 to 6 times a day depending on the severity of the condition
Depending on the severity of diarrhea, the dosage should be increased or decreased. Generally, most individuals require 1 gram Kutajghan Vati or Kutajadi Vati and 500 mg Lasunadi Vati.

Patient should also has Kutajghan Vati or Kutajadi Vati to tackle with loose stools if occur. The dosage of these medicines should be very higher than usual. 500 mg to 2 grams Kutajghan Vati or Kutajadi Vati should be taken 3 to 6 times depending on the frequency of loose stools. Along with it, Lasunadi Vati should also be given.

Nausea & Vomiting

Required MedicinesDosage
Sutshekhar Ras250 mg *
* 3 times a day with water or honey
Generally, Sutshekhar Ras in dosage of 250 mg 3 times a day is sufficient to address nausea and vomiting occurs due to opiate withdrawal.
Kapoor Kachri and Mayur Chandrika Bhasma can also be used.

6 to 10 Days

Now, it’s time to reduce the dosage of above medicines. The treatment should be continued for another five days as follows:

MedicinesDosage
Vishtinduk Vati60 mg *
Cow’s Ghee5 ml *
Milk200 ml *
Ashwagandha Extract Capsule2 Capsules (1000 mg Ashwagandha water Extract) **
Malkangani Seed Powder250 mg  *
* 2 times a day
** Ashwagandha Extract Capsule should be continued in same dosage.
Take Vishtinduk Vati mixing with Cow’s Ghee and then drink small quantity of milk. All medicines can be taken together and with same amount of milk.

The following medicines should be continued in same dosage.

MedicinesDosage
Yashtimadhu Churna2000 mg *
Amalaki Rasayana1000 mg *
Praval Pishti500 mg *
Mukta Pishti250 mg *
Jatamansi Churna500 mg *
* 3 times a day before meal

11 to 30 Days

During this period, Vishtinduk Vati and Malkangani Seed Powder are not required, but Ashwagandha Extract or powder should be continued for another 3 weeks, but dosage should be reduced as follows.

Ashwagandha Extract Capsule1 Capsule (500 mg Ashwagandha water Extract) *
* Two times a day with 250 ml milk

The following medicines should be continued for another 3 weeks, but dosage should be reduced as follows:

MedicinesDosage
Yashtimadhu Churna1000 mg *
Amalaki Rasayana500 mg *
Jatamansi Churna250 mg *
Praval Pishti250 mg *
Mukta Pishti125 mg *
* 2 times a day before meal

Now, course of ayurvedic treatment is completed and patient no longer need any kind of medicines.

Editor’s Comment

It is very successful treatment and we are following same treatment since last 5 years in our ayurvedic clinic and many people have received benefits. I hope sharing this experience will help other addicted people and practicing ayurvedic doctors. Please note the treatment should be taken under supervision of ayurvedic physician because a proper monitoring of Vishtinduk Vati dosage is very essential. Physician can better analyze when to reduce or increase the dosage and how to gradually stop the opium or its derivatives. Each case may be different and may also require other medicines symptomatically.



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Questions & Answers (3)

  1. nageswar says

    Hi
    I want to know is there any herbal medicine to stop smoking? I have been smoking for 20 years and I want to stop it at any cost please tell me some good herbs, which will stop the urge of smoking.

    Thanks & regards

  2. sunil says

    Sir, I am using 1-2 gram afeem from 4 months. I want to quit it as soon as possible. Please provide me list of suitable medicine for the same. I humbly request you sir.

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