Herbal remedies to support a natural benzodizapine detoxification with less side effects that are effective. Benzodizapine’s are addictive and many people end up on them for years. When they want to stop, they find it hard to come of these medications.

Because of the stress associated with withdrawals, we need to focus on treating the nervous system, and the adrenals. Then we focus on other body systems that need support e.g., liver, lungs, heart

* Caution *
If you are thinking about coming off any medications you should talk to your prescribing doctor first. The information in this video is for educational purposes only. Consult with a herbalist before going on a course of herbs.

There are different categories of herbs that herbalists refer to when helping someone deal with the symptoms of coming off benzodiazepines.

Herb categories include;
Nervine tonics
Nervine relaxants
Nervine Stimulants
Antispasmodics
Bitters
Adaptogens
Hepatics

Nervine tonics
support the person rebuild their vitality and strength after a long period of poor health

Oats,
Brahmi,
Borage,
Gotu Kola,
St Johns Wort
Blue Vervain

Nervine relaxants
act as natural tranquillisers and are used in the short term to promote sleep and relaxation

Lavender
Hops
Lemon Balm
Chamomile
Wood betony
Skull cap
Passion flower

Nervine stimulants
are used to re-stimulate the mind after a long period of being sedated

Guto Kola
Ginkgo
Cayenne
Ginger
Green Tea

Anti-spasmodics
help to alleviate muscular tension associated with withdrawal

Cramp bark
Chamomile
Ginger
Passion Flower
Peppermint
Hops

Bitters
Bitter herbs, promote good digestive function by stimulating the production of digestive juices and the dispatch of stored bile from the gallbladder to the small intestine after meals, thus aiding nutrient assimilation.

Wormwood
Gentian
Yarrow
Angelica
Barberry
Goldenseal
Dandelion

Adaptogens
Support the adrenals through the stressful process of withdrawals and recovery

Borage
Siberian ginseng
Licorice
Ashwagandha

Hepatics
Support the detoxification process through the liver

Dandelion root
Milk Thistle
Artichoke
Licorice
Turmeric

A successful transition from drugs to herbs is a gradual process and should be done in partnership between you, your doctor and a herbalist.

The specific remedy for you will depend on your medical history, your current health and the most distressing symptoms right now.

Herbs work better when combined with dietary and lifestyle changes. So its important to make changes to ones food intake, increase exercise, join a support group, talk to a therapist or good friend and practice mindfulness.