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Alternative therapy - plant spirit medicine

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Do you think it is OK to begin some treatment using plant spirit medicine " for a better life" while tapering off Prozac? I have informed the registered practitioner that I am tapering off Prozac, she is considered very highly by others. I am thinking that she will take my current situation into consideration, when providing treatment. many thanks

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Hi Nelly-- All this is going to do is make your wallet loose weight.  For some people there might be a positive effect through the "placebo effect" but I wouldn't count on it.  I am all for spiritual healing and alternative medicine, when there is some science behind it.  I've been a herbal practitioner for over 25 years and know how effective herbs can be.  I did some digging on "plant spirit medicine" and it tripped every red flag there is.  I was not able to find any reference at all about what plants are used and how beyond some "new age babble".  The only other references I could find were for charging you money to get certified as a practitioner, for work shops or treatments.   I really doubt that these treatments will hurt you, but I really doubt that they will do you any good either. 

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Do you think it is OK to begin some treatment using plant spirit medicine " for a better life" while tapering off Prozac? I have informed the registered practitioner that I am tapering off Prozac, she is considered very highly by others. I am thinking that she will take my current situation into consideration, when providing treatment. many thanks

 

Hi Nelly, I've been using kava extract a few times a day while withdrawing and it works WONDERS! You should be able to find it at most health food stores. If you can't, then look online. Its just a concentrated alcohol extract. I use a small syringe and wash it down with a little fruit juice (you might find it very bitter). Also, only OCCASIONALLY, I use kratom (but be weary because this too can become addictive. I use the kratom if i'm having bodily pain from the withdrawals. I usually take a teaspoon of powder and wash it down with water. I've also invested in some supplements that have proofed incredibly beneficial to my withdrawal. I'll list them below:

-B-Complex - helps with energy 

-Vitamin D - your body uses your stores of vitamin D when withdrawing from a toxin (SSRIs and Benzos are toxic), so it's important to replenish (get some light sun if you can as well)

-Lions Mane Extract (a wild mushroom) - helps your brain with cell renewal and rewiring, and also helps with neuro-emotions.

-Liver Rescue (I forget exactly what's in it)- again, helps purge toxins, your liver takes a major beating from psychotropic drugs

-Omega 3 (preferably FISH oil if you aren't vegetarian, it absorbs significantly better than flax seed oil) - again, helps with brain regeneration and cognition (and helps about everything else too. Dewy skin anyone?)

-Probiotics - your "second brain" or "gut" is surrounded by neurons and having a healthy gut flora helps tremendously with overall well-being, physical and mental

-Magnesium - helps with sleep problems, and protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. 

-Melatonin at bedtime: a naturally produced chemical in the brain that makes you sleepy, but when withdrawing,your brain doesn't produce enough most of the time

-Benadryl (I know this seems out of place) - antihistamines actually bind to the same and similar receptors as your psychotropic drugs do, so it helps minimize symptoms and helps with sleep (bedtime only)

-epsom salt baths - not only very relaxing, especially before bed, but magnesium is the main ingredient in epsom salt, so it helps to pull toxins out of your body. The more regularly you do this, the better you'll feel. 

5-HTP- is a chemical by-product of the protein building block L-tryptophan (helps with sleep, even if you take it during the day) and and works with the central nervous system to produce serotonin. 

 

I know it's a lot to invest in, but I can personally attest that these supplements help sooooo much by eliminating of minimizing almost all withdrawal symptoms. Let me know how it goes if you decide to take this route. But definitely get some kava extract ASAP!

 

Good luck!

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Hi Sierraloha--  Welcome to the group. That's a very interesting mix of supplements you're taking.  Would you please start a thread in the Introductions Forum so we can get to know you.

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Found some info on kava here.

 

It seems to have been banished from the European and Canadian markets due to causing liver problems and deaths.

 

It's not easy to know what's good and what's bad for you...it's a djungle. :unsure:

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