Vergleich: Siehe: Alcohol


Alkoholismus: Lach. + Nux-v. + Phos.

Amethyst. Lantaniden.

Fettleber: Card-m. Form. Hep. Stann-met

------------------ + schlaflos/verstopft/erbrechen: Apoc.


[Henry C. Allen, M.D. – 1836-1909]

Syphilinum – Teeth decay at edge of gum and break off. Craving alcohol, in any form. Hereditary tendency to alcoholism (Asar., Psor., Tub., Sulph., Sul-ac)

[William Boericke]

Carbon-s.: In patients broken down by abuse of alcohol. Sensitive patients < cold, wasted muscles and skin and mucous membranes anæsthetic.

[Françoise Sagan: "Bonjour Tristesse"]

Der Morgen war unangenehm, sicher wegen der vielen Whiskeys vom Abend zuvor. Als ich aufwachte, lag ich quer über dem Bett im Finstern, meine Lippen waren steif

und geschwollen, meine Glieder versanken in einer unerträglichen Feuchtigkeit. Ein Sonnenstrahl sickerte durch die Schlitze im Fensterladen, und ich sah dichte Reihen

von Staub darin aufsteigen. Ich hatte weder Lust aufzustehen, noch im Bett liegen zu bleiben.

[Dr. James Tyler Kent]

Agar: Red nose, as if frostbitten. It is as good as Ledum and Lachesis for the red-tipped nose in old drunkards. This remedy is a great antidote to alcoholic beverages.

Selen: It is of great value in drunkards. Irresistible desire for alcoholic stimulants. Symptoms worse after sleep, especially on a hot day.

[W.A. Dewey]
Remedies that have been used successfully in the craving for spirituous liquors are Sulphur, Nux-vomica and Arsenicum.

[C.M.F. Boenninghausen]

Opium in Alcoholism

[W.A. Dewey M.D.]

Sul-ac.: chronic alcoholism corresponds to inebriates on their last legs, who are pale, shriveled and cold, whose stomach will not tolerate the slightest amount of food.

Cannot drink water unless it be well whiskied. They are quick and hasty in everything, and have a great and constant craving for brandy. It suits the sour breath and

vomiting of alcoholic dyspepsia.

Ran-b.: the tincture has been found to be most calming in attacks of delirium tremens. It is undoubtedly one of our best remedies in the treatment of acute alcoholism.

Bad effects of excess in drink, in hiccough and even in epileptiform attacks and delirium tremens

[Dr. P. Rajagopalarao]

Scut. remarkable effect of calming the nervousness in delirium tremens.

[Silindelo Minenhle Zondi]

Carbn-s.: < at night and from warmth of bed. The best remedy for anxious, depressed and distracted  patients after  long  term  consumption of  alcohol stimulants and

they become  irritable, short-tempered in such a way they  break things they are carrying in their hands (Kent and Savage 1989; Vermeulen and Bakker 2001).


Sulphuric acid, one part, with three parts of alcohol, 10 to 15 drops, 3x daily 3- 4 weeks, has been successfully used to subdue the craving for liquor.


Paprikakur für Alkohol-/Opiumabhängigen


[Farokh Master]

Quercus in case of vertigo (+ alcoholics/vertigo of people who have some spleenic affections).

Antialkoholkur 50 gr. Kümmel mit 1 Litr kochendem Wasser übergießen.

1e Tag: 4 - 5 Tassen schluckweise

2e Tag: 4 Tassen schluckweise

3e Tag: 3 Tassen schluckweise

4e Tag: 2 Tassen schluckweise

danach 2 - 3 Wochen 1 Tasse schluckweise trinken

Folgen: 1. Erbrechen, 2. Durchfall + URIN/Schweiß

Bei Rückfall wiederholen

Bauchweh: wärmendes Kissen

Kopf-/Ohr-/Zahnweh: gemahlene Samen mit Wein besprengt


[Saumya Sharma]

Dr. C.M.F. Von Boenninghausen’s Recommendations In Treating Alcohol Use Disorder

Dr. Saumya Sharma shares Boenninghausenhausen’s thoughts on treating alcoholism, which include the use of herbs, diet, homeopathic remedies and tiny doses

of opium tincture.  She lists Ars alb., Lach., Nuxvom, and Sulph among other remedies useful in treating this disorder.


Abstract: Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a psychiatric syndrome which affects both the physical and mental health of the individual. Moreover, it also causes social problems with family, friends and work, thus impacting the quality of life of the sufferer. Alcohol abuse is one of the main killers of young men in India today.

The depths of its strong roots in India can be understood from the data available from the 2003 World Health Survey (total sample size n = 722; males n = 658 and females n = 64), the mean value (in grams) of pure alcohol consumed per day among drinkers was 35.9 (total), 38.3 (males) and 12.9 (females).

Can homoeopathy offer help in such cases? Dr. C.M.F. Von Boenninghausenhausen in his article, “Concerning Philoposia” has given directions for handling such cases. This brief article is an attempt to review his philosophy and the literature available for this disorder.

Alcohol is a psychoactive substance which has an effect on individual in multiple ways. It acts primarily on the central nervous system, both immediately and over

a period of time, and affects, both directly and indirectly, almost all body organs and systems. The impact of globalization, industrialization, migration and media invasion is leading to a major shift into the lives of people. People are embracing new lifestyles, cultures and practices, giving rise to new problems such as the increasing use and abuse of alcohol. Consumption of alcohol is now synonymous with family’s/ individual’s status in the society. The key problem area is heavy episodic or “binge” drinking. Different patterns of usage of alcohol is seen ranging from one-time use, occasional use, regular use, hazardous use to harmful use eventually leading to “Dependence”.

Presently, the conditions of dependence and harmful use of alcohol are grouped as Alcohol Use Disorder in DSM-V which were separate in DSM-IV.2

As per the definition, Dependence Syndrome is, “A cluster of behavioural, cognitive, and physiological phenomena that develop after repeated alcohol use and that typically include a strong desire, difficulties in controlling its use, persisting in its use despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to alcohol use than to other activities and obligations, increased tolerance, and sometimes a physical withdrawal state”

Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH), developed by WHO presents the data that, Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths every year result from harmful use of alcohol, this represent 5.9 % of all deaths. WHO estimates that there are about 2 billion people worldwide who consume alcoholic beverages, out of which 76.3 million have diagnosable alcohol use disorder.3 In India, the situation is much worse. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Ministry

of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, have recently reported the extent, pattern and trends of drug abuse in India, including alcohol abuse (Ray, 2004)4. The National Household Survey reported the current one-month-period use for alcohol to be 21.4%. Of the total alcohol-users, 17%, were classified as dependent users based on ICD 10. Applying the prevalence estimates to the population figures of India for 2001, it was estimated that there are 62.5 million alcohol-users (62.5/1000 population) and 10.6 million dependent users in India (Ray, 2004)4.

The effects of alcohol use by an individual are widespread and noticeable in all spheres (physical, psychological, social, and economical) of an individual’s life.

Moreover, the harmful use of alcohol results in a significant health, social and economic burden on society at large. Alcohol estimated to cause about 20–30% of oesophageal cancer, liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, homicide, epileptic seizures, and motor vehicle crashes worldwide. Unintentional injuries alone account for about one third of the deaths due to alcohol (WHO, 2004)5.


The following symptoms are observed in person suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder:

    Craving- i.e. a strong need, or compulsion to drink.

    Loss of Control- i.e. Inability to limit one’s drinking on any given occasion.

    Physical Dependence- i.e. Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety, occur when alcohol use is stopped after a period of

heavy drinking.

    Tolerance- i.e. the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to get high.



Worldwide, over 200 million people use homeopathy on a regular basis. In India, where homoeopathy is a national medical system, the market is growing at 25% a year, and more than 100 million people depend solely on this form of therapy for their health care. Homoeopathy is one of the most popular systems of medicine, sought after by suffering patients. It is playing a major role in integrating the public healthcare delivery system of India due to its wide acceptance by people at large.  This acceptance is mainly due to its simplicity, affordability, safety and holistic and approach.


Homoeopathy offers a much safer, more effective and holistic treatment in such cases of Alcohol Use Disorder. 

Some medicines indicated: Ars. Asar. Canth. Caps. Crot-h. Lach. Nux-v. Op. Phos. Puls. Sel. Sulph. Sul-ac. Syph. Many rubrics in homoeopathic repertories are given for complaints of alcoholic drinkers. Below is a list of useful rubrics from some basic repertories:



Stomach: Desires: Alcoholic drinks

Desires: Beer

Desires: Brandy

Desires: Whisky

Desires: Wine

Generalities Alcoholic stimulants

Mind: Mania-a-potu

Confusion of mind (see concentration): Spirituous liquors, from

Head:Pain, headache in general: Spirituous liquors: From


Appetite: Desires: Alcoholic liquors

Mind: Alcoholism, intoxication, etc.

<:from Spirituous;

Head: Internal: Alcoholic liquors

Eyes: <: Alcoholism, from

Nose: Bleeding: Alcoholics

Stomach & Epigastrium: Digestion: Weak: Alcoholics, in

Sensation and complaints in general: Trembling: Alcoholics of


Desires: Beer/Brandy/Wine

Food and drink: < Alcoholic stimulants in general



Opiates have been used for centuries for their pain relieving and euphorigenic properties. Although they possess several beneficial properties, including vasodilatory action and unmatched analgesic effectiveness, the positive reinforcing (euphorigenic) properties of opiates create the potential for addiction (+/o. dependence).  Through this article, I am not advocating the use of opium, but sharing a method that Dr Von Boenninghausenhausen used (sparingly) as an adjunct to homeopathic treatment in cases of Alcohol Use Disorder.

Philoposia”, the term Boenninghausen has discussed in his article, “Concerning Philoposia”( Allg. hom. Zeit., Vol 60,pg 171)7, meant what we today understand as Alcohol Use Disorder. The word ‘philoposia’ had its origin in the Greek language meaning ‘mania for drinking’.

Dr. Boenninghausen was much concerned about the frightful consequences that this “passion” inflicts not only on the drunkard himself but also on his whole family.

He instructed in such cases to give the patients a few dietary instructions and giving a few drops of Opium tincture.


First and foremost he gave some therapeutic and dietary hints for the intoxicated state:

    When caused by beer- instruct patient to take large quantities of Chinese tea and then as per indications Rhus-t. or Nux-v. can be given.

    When caused by brandy- salt water to be given first, and later Puls. to be administered.

    When caused by wine- bitter almond to be chewed first and afterwards Nux-v. to be given. And in wines containing acids, > Ant-c. corresponds better to the indications.

    In cases where drunken person is lying with red face, staring eyes and twitching in muscles of face- administer Opium and Bell. in alteration after every 15 minutes, until the patient recovers and then whatever symptoms call for.

All the above indications are for improving the bodily condition but what concerned most to the master was the real ‘philoposia’ which he calls “the disease, the essence of which lies in moral and physical necessity of drunkard falling into vice of drunkenness as soon as previous intoxication has passed off.”

He further says, “The physician, therefore in such case has to solve the double problem of first improving the bodily condition, and then causing an antipathy to spirituous liquors in general.”

On use of Opium tincture in these cases, he instructs, “For the cure of the bodily mania for drinking, there is no doubt that Poppy-juice (Opium) stands at the head of all the remedies of this class. With incipient drinkers, repeated use of this remedy alone will give great results, as in such cases it is sufficient of itself to extinguish not only the ill effects of intoxication but also to induce a sort of repugnance to spirituous liquors in general.”

The dosage that he advises in such cases is 2-3 drops at a dose of Tinctura Opii either to be administered in their morning cup of coffee or while they are unaware of it because most of the patients are averse to taking medicine.

Also, in such cases, he strongly suggests the use of milk as a dietetic remedy. In these cases, milk continually increases aversion to spirituous drinks. He advocates physicians

to take account of this naturally occurring phenomenon in their practice. It is worth noting that persons who have this strong inclination towards spirituous liquors usually have an aversion to drinking milk and a repugnance to it.

A few doses of Ignatia may be needed after Opium, especially in cases where in returning soberness and clear perception there is depth of grief, sorrow and remorse which opposes obstruction to progress of recovery. Thus, Boenninghausen has given clear instructions for an approach to Alcohol Use Disorder.

For all those medical men who would wonder if taking a few drops of opium tincture could develop an addiction and/or dependence, I would refer to what opioid dependence means. Opioid dependence is a chronic relapsing condition characterized by compulsive self-administration of opioids despite adverse consequences.

So, taking few drops of tincture, in my opinion, wouldn’t do any harm. Opium tincture is not part of any homeopathic protocol these days.



Dr. Christine Blume, Schlafforscherin an der Uni Basel

Alkoholkonsum in einer Schlaflabor-Untersuchung

Bei einer Untersuchung im Schlaflabor ist herausgekommen, dass Alkohol erst einmal beim Einschlafen hilft, denn er macht müde.

    "Alkohol dämpft erst einmal die Gehirnaktivität. Das kommt daher, dass er an Rezeptoren in den Nervenzellen wirkt, an denen auch klassische Schlaf- und Beruhigungsmittel wirken."

Im Laufe der Nacht wird der Alkohol dann in der Leber verstoffwechselt und dabei entsteht Acetaldehyd. Dieser Stoff ist für uns giftig. Er beschleunigt den Puls, wir schwitzen und uns wird übel. "Der Körper befindet sich nach dem Alkoholkonsum in einem Stresszustand und so kann man nicht gut schlafen", sagt Dr. Christine Blume. Acetaldehyd ist auch der Stoff, der am Ende für den Kater sorgt.

Schlafstadien nach Alkoholkonsum

Normalerweise durchlaufen wir in der Nacht in regelmäßigen Zyklen alle Schlafstadien. Wir fallen zunächst in einen ganz leichten Schlaf, das ist die Einschlafphase.

Dann wechseln sich Leichtschlaf, Tiefschlaf und REM-Schlaf ab. Auch das Aufwachen gehört zur Nacht dazu. Meist erinnern wir uns aber nicht an die circa 20 Male, die

wir nachts wach waren.

Haben wir getrunken, macht das auch etwas mit unseren Schlafstadien. Die verschiedenen Anteile unserer Schlafstadien verändern sich. Zu Beginn der Nacht sorgt der Alkohol sogar häufig für mehr Tiefschlaf.

    "Alkohol wurde ja auch früher als Narkosemittel eingesetzt. Da gibt es eine ziemlich offensichtliche Parallele."

Schaut man sich aber die ganze Nacht an, dann ist der Anteil an Tiefschlaf nach dem Trinken eher geringer. Eine Ausnahme gibt es: Wir haben sehr viel getrunken.

Dann haben wir auch viel Tiefschlaf.

Die zweite Nachthälfte wird für die meisten dann unruhiger. Denn wir wachen häufiger auf und sind länger wach. Das sorgt auch dafür, dass wir uns am nächsten Tag

nicht erholt fühlen.



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