Many of us have successfully managed to get past the acute opioid withdrawal phase, only to realize that the struggle was far from being over.
Next comes the second phase of withdrawal, which is called Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).
To accurately and simply define PAWS, let’s break down the meaning of each individual word:
- Post – “After”
- Acute – “Very serious or dangerous; requiring serious attention or action”
- Withdrawal – “The discontinuance of administration or use of a drug”
- Syndrome – “A group of symptoms”
Simply put, Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome is a group of symptoms that occur after an individual has gone through the serious withdrawal phase induced by the discontinuation of drugs, which results from a combination of damage to the nervous system caused by alcohol or drugs and the psychosocial stress of coping with life without drugs or alcohol.
One of my favorite therapies for treating post-acute withdrawal symptoms naturally is the use of herbal medicine.
In this specific episode, I cover three of the best herbal teas that are like natural versions of benzodiazepines, a class of anxiolytic drugs including Klonopin, Valium, Xanax, and Ativan.
These natural benzo-like herbal teas may be useful in the treatment of PAWS, anxiety, depression, pain, muscle tension, insomnia, stomach issues, and perhaps even other symptoms as well.
Here are the main topics discussed in this episode:
- Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)
- PAWS symptoms
- PAWS timeline
- Benzos for PAWS, anxiety, insomnia, pain, depression, and more
- Benzos mechanism of action (increasing GABA)
- Negative aspects of benzos such as side effects and addiction potential
- Difficulty getting prescribed benzos for PAWS
- People that want to treat PAWS symptoms 100% naturally
- Mother Nature supplies us with many herbs that act like natural benzos
- Natural benzo herbs are those that increase GABA levels in the brain
- Natural benzo herbs are non-addictive, do not cause dependence, and usually have no side effects or negative consequences that result from taking them
- Chamomile as a natural benzo herb by increasing GABA
- Overview of the GABA neurotransmitter
- GABA deficiency symptoms
- GABA benefits
- GABA for anxiety, depression, restlessness, insomnia, muscle tension, irritability, and pain relief
- Other chamomile benefits beyond being a GABA-increasing natural benzo herb
- Passionflower as a natural benzo tea
- Passionflower overview and benefits
- Other passionflower mechanisms of action beyond GABA elevation (MAO inhibitors, etc)
- Passionflower plus clonidine shown to be more helpful for opioid withdrawal symptoms than clonidine alone
- Lemon balm as a natural benzo tea
- Lemon balm overview
- Lemon balm benefits
- Additional mechanisms of action and health benefits plus PAWS symptoms reduction in addiction to increasing GABA naturally
- Why I love using natural benzo herbs in tea form
- How to make natural benzo herbal tea
- Using herbal medicine for PAWS, recovery, and life in general
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