Ayurvedic Treatment for Opium Addiction & Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

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 – main ayurvedic medicine for opium addiction.
  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.

Dosage Vishtinduk Vati Malkangani Seed Powder
Minimum Required Dosage 65 mg 500 mg
Moderate Dosage 125 mg 1000 mg
Maximum Possible Dosage 250 mg 2000 mg

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

Vishtinduk Vati Dosage Cow’s Ghee Dosage
65 mg 5 ml
125 mg 10 ml
250 mg 20 ml

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

1 to 5 Days

Medicines Dosage
Vishtinduk Vati 125 mg *
Cow’s Ghee 10 ml *
Milk 250 ml *
Ashwagandha Extract Capsule 2 Capsules (1000 mg Ashwagandha water Extract) *
Malkangani Seed Powder 1000 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.

Medicines Dosage
Yashtimadhu Churna 2000 mg *
Amalaki Rasayana 1000 mg *
Praval Pishti 500 mg *
Mukta Pishti 250 mg *
Jatamansi Churna 500 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 Medicines Dosage
Kutajghan Vati or Kutajadi Vati 500 mg to 2 grams *
Lasunadi Vati 500 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 Medicines Dosage
Sutshekhar Ras 250 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:

Medicines Dosage
Vishtinduk Vati 60 mg *
Cow’s Ghee 5 ml *
Milk 200 ml *
Ashwagandha Extract Capsule 2 Capsules (1000 mg Ashwagandha water Extract) **
Malkangani Seed Powder 250 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.

Medicines Dosage
Yashtimadhu Churna 2000 mg *
Amalaki Rasayana 1000 mg *
Praval Pishti 500 mg *
Mukta Pishti 250 mg *
Jatamansi Churna 500 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 Capsule 1 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:

Medicines Dosage
Yashtimadhu Churna 1000 mg *
Amalaki Rasayana 500 mg *
Jatamansi Churna 250 mg *
Praval Pishti 250 mg *
Mukta Pishti 125 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 analyze your condition in better way 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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5 Comments
  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.

  3. Sandhu says

    Im using opium from last 7year . Stating time im using little amount of it and im enjoy it (that is big mistake of my life ) then it will be incresing and now my douse is 10g into 4to 5 time in a day . I want to stop but i cannot do . I should couse of it to leave the opium but no one work . Please provide me some good medicine to leave it . Im very thankfull to you if you help me to leave it . Please provide me best medicine ihumbly requst to you

  4. Praveen says

    Sir,
    I Would like to know if one can get rid of the addiction of panparag and zarda.

    If so please confirm.

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