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I have a question about herbs for alcohol.  My husband is a binge drinker and in the last few months has really started to lean into a more patterned, drinking phase.  I am concerned about his health and just the fact that his drinking is starting to impact his life.  This might sound strange, but a friend told me that there is an herb that when mixed with alcohol, will induce sickness...i.e.  vomiting, diarrhea, cold sweats, do you know of such an herb?  I think if he was faced with a deterrent like that, he would think twice before consuming so much.  I hope you have some suggestions for me, I would defiantly be interested in hearing about them.
There are many herbs, that can induce vomiting or stomach upset. However, the first premise as my life as an herbalist, is to " first do no harm".  We manufacture a wonderful herbal blend, that is great for deterring the cravings for alcohol, drugs, caffeine, etc. It is also good for the nerves, and worry. It is called Essence of Peace, and it does work, even for horses! Your mate must want to change. If you , yourself, could go to Alanon meetings, that would be  best for you, as you can only change you, you cant change him. The meetings will give you many tools for dealing with the problem

QUESTION: I am helping a friend who is getting off of a fairly long term addiction to ambien and atavan (a sleeping pill and a valium-like anxiety drug--I'm sure you already know...), and am wondering what sorts of herbal treatments might help him get through it.  The closest thing I saw in the list on the website was alcoholism, but I don't know if that would apply.  Can you give me some advice?  Thank you so much! 

One of the most important things to do, is gently detox, and focus on the liver. Take a look at the downloads, for this , and see how you feel about it. 

Also , we suggest the herb formula Essence of Peace, to combat the feelings of depression, and cravings for the wrong substances. Also , Giver to My Liver, for the nourishing and detox of the liver, very important, when dealing with chemicals and drugs.  Please let us know, if we can help further.

  what herbs could help with cravings for alcohol when under stress or depressed.

  This is the chinese named plant Ge gen /googun/, known in the United States as Kudzu, Latin Named: Pueraria pseudo-hirsuta, P. pseudo-harsisa, P. thunbergii has been used to lessen the craving for alcohol.

I would suggest the use of nervines and adaptogens such as Fresh Oats, Saint Johnswort, Lemon Balm and Siberian Ginseng taken as a formula several times a day. If you are considered a alcoholic consider a non-alcohol based extracts such as glycerites or pills.

If there is a herbalist in your area, please seek their consult.