Is Acute Alcohol Withdrawal A Challenge? Think Homeopathy!

Materia Medica Tips – 14

The following excerpts/materia medica tips are taken from my co-authored article on, “Managing acute alcohol withdrawal with Homoeopathy: A prospective, observational, multicentre exploratory study” (Open Access – For details see the end of post).

Alcohol dependence is a common problem of modern society and is associated with other risk factors and co‑morbidities. Individuals addicted to alcohol may not abstain/withdraw themselves from drinking due to craving and apprehension of complaints associated with withdrawal, even though when they want to do so. Studies show that abrupt cessation of prolonged, sustained ethanol intake leads to Acute Alcohol Withdrawal.

Most common symptoms/domains encountered in this study

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Auditory disturbances
  • Clouding
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Paroxysmal sweating
  • Tactile disturbances
  • Tremors
  • Visual disturbances

Characteristic indications of frequently prescribed medicines

Arsenicum album

Mind: Anxiety about future, health; increased; when alone. Aversion to company, fond of solitude; consolation. Conscientious. Fastidious. Restlessness.

Physical generals: Burning sensation in general. Weakness of whole body. Perspiration cold; offensive; profuse. Pulse frequent, accelerated, elevated Particulars: Breathlessness. Burning in epigastrium region after eating with nausea; vomiting. Redness of eyes; face. Trembling of hands.



Mind: Ailments from grief, vexation. Anxiety about his health; conscience of. Attention seeking. Consolation ameliorates. Mildness; timidity; yielding Physical generals: Chilliness in general. Desire tea; open air which ameliorates. Fatty and spicy food aggravates

Particulars: Trembling of hands. Bilious vomiting



Mind: Violent anger with fits of rage. Hasty and violent talks. Hyperactivity.

Physical generals: Coldness in general. Increased thirst. Restlessness.

Particular: Headache frontal; throbbing. Nausea and vomiting. Redness and congestion of face. Trembling of hands.



Mind: Anticipatory anxiety. Desire to be alone; quite. Dullness and sluggishness of mind. Quarrelsome

Physical generals: Appetite decreased. Constipation, unsatisfactory stools. Fat and rich food aggravates. Weakness

Particular: Sour eructation. Trembling of hands. Husky voice. Vomiting.


Nux vomica

Mind: Anxious and Restlessness. Intolerant to contradiction, gets anger easily. Obstinate, head strong, haughty. Sensitive to mental impressions; slightest noise

Physical generals: Appetite decreased. Constipation: Unsatisfactory stools. Sleeplessness.

Particulars: Heaviness of head. Nausea and vomiting in morning. Tremors of hands. Vertigo.


Marked Improvement observed in majority of the cases.

Acute Alcohol Withdrawal

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Title: Managing acute alcohol withdrawal with Homoeopathy: A prospective, observational, multicentre exploratory

Authors: Debadatta Nayak, Saurav Arora, Uttam Singh, Nitali Borah, J. N. Thakur, Anil Khurana, K. R. J. Nair, Jaya Gupta, Hari Singh, Rajesh Kumar, C. Nayak

Journal and Volume: Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy / Vol. 8 / Issue 4 / Oct-Dec 2014

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