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Ron T. Dummar  DC, MAOM

Addictive behavior appears to have no clear etiology, or developmental pattern.  Among experts some basic principles form the underpinning of the basis for identifying addictive behaviors.  First, when the activity stops symptoms of withdrawal must present.  Second, the length of time spent in an activity or the amount of a substance consumed must increase demonstrating tolerance toward and an apparent increased demand for more.  Third, the substance or activity becomes an all consuming need.  This correlates closely with the former as the all consuming need expresses itself more loudly when the availability, or supply, is low.

Addiction can completely control the way a person lives, the society they have, and even their health.  Ultimately an addictive behavior is a life out of balance.  Balance cannot properly be achieved when the body is subject to cravings.  Many people display a sort of rebound addictive behavior not just through drug rehab but in habitual failed dieting for whatever reason.  

Conquering any craving, or addiction requires a stable emotional and mental state.  In order to address addiction one must tend to the physical as well as the emotional health of the patient.  When deficiencies exist in the body cravings will remain.  When excesses exist in the body that excess continues to overpower the other normal processes by demanding increasingly greater consumption.  An excess is rarely ever satisfied.  The deficiency is rarely ever filled.  Until this excess is cleared and/or the deficiency filled, craving and addiction will continue.

A tool for conquering your addiction can be found in a plant prevalent in the south eastern united states.  The plant is commonly know there as "The Vine that ate the south", or "Mile a Minute Vine", because of its rapid expansion over all the south eastern United States.  It is a beneficial plant for improving soil conditions and preventing erosion.  Kudzu is an Asian plant root which has been used in China for hundreds of years. Its chinese name is Ge Gen, and has been used classically for the onset of illness expressing as tightness and stiffness in the muscles of the upper back and neck.  It is consumed as tea and serves to stop alcohol and nicotine addictions as well as stress-related over-eating.

Harvard University scientists in Boston, have recommended the Kudzu plant to give up smoking because it contains the isoflavones known as Daidzin and Daidzein. Isoflavones are a group of organic compounds that occur naturally in nature, and are related to the flavonoids.  Both Isoflavones and flavonoids are antioxidants and protective against many illnesses including heart disease and cancer.  These powerful constituents are found in the leaves and seeds but, largely reside in the roots of the plant.

These antioxidant substances actually reduce the desire of smoking another cigarette.  Research is demonstrating Kudzu's positive effects for managing withdrawal symptoms after stopping nicotine, alcohol consumption or even sweets!  This phenomenal root appears to inhibit the development of anxiety and irritability which are clear precursors in addiction behaviors.

The affects of Kudzu hold steady and true when compared to its strong and expensive chemical counterparts, only without the side effects.  Kudzu has become increasingly more attractive as an aid in addiction recovery due to its pure biological and natural form, seemingly side-effect free.

The question now is, how does Kudzu work naturally against smoking?

Nicotine develops its effect over what are called nicotine-receptors. When one gives up smoking, these receptors stay vacant and this leads to the well known withdrawal symptoms.  The isoflavones of high quality Kudzu actually occupy receptors acting as natural nicotine replacements.

Addictions, no matter what the vice, present with very similar biochemical processes.  This is why Kudzu, and its isoflavones, may prove useful for a variety of addictive behaviors.  Research on this is being conducted currently. While the science builds in Kudzu's court confidence rests in its successful results with alcohol, nicotine and food addictions.

Harvard University scientists continue to be surprised by the effectiveness of Kudzu. They believe it can play an important role to free you from nicotine addiction.  Equally large results have been shown in the fight against the increasing amount of obese children.

Overwhelmingly it has been the consistent results and vacancy of side effects in the use of Ge Gen that has placed it in the spotlight.  In determining dosage needs when supplementing with Ge Gen Chinese health authorities recommend a daily intake of 9-15g of Kudzu root to fight against: alcohol, nicotine and food addictions.  For dosage information, and for best results regarding your condition, consult with a trained natural health physician trained in the use of Medicinal Herbs.

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