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Ask the Herbalist -Getting Off Medications

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QUESTION: Iíve been on Effexor xr   150 mg. for about 14 years.  Iíve been getting off my drugs  and this is the last one.   Is there any herbs that will help ease the horrific withdrawal symptoms.

ANSWER: I first suggest that you do this under your doctor's supervision. Fourteen years is a very long time to try doing this without medical awareness.  Avoid foods that stagnate the system, such as: Red meats, pork, white sugar, all dairy and all fried foods. Moderate your intake of coffee and alcohol.  I would suggest that you drink infusions of Lemon Balm and add to these 25 drops of extract of St. John's Wort. Sweeten only with a bit of honey.   If you have problems sleeping drink a strong infusion of Linden flower an hour before bedtime.  You may also want to add 15 drops of Dandelion extract to the Linden flower tea to help clear out toxins.  Please remember to consult with your physician and follow their advise.