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If you’re tapering off benzodiazepines (benzos), you’re not alone. Millions of people use benzos to manage anxiety, panic, and sleep issues. While these medications can be effective, they can also be habit-forming and lead to complex withdrawal symptoms.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss four herbs that can offer support during the benzo tapering process. These herbs can help to nourish the nervous system, boost brain health, calm anxiety, and reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Before we explore the four herbs that can support you during your benzo taper, let’s quickly outline the journey of benzo usage and tapering:
Withdrawal can range from days to years, highlighting the complexity of the process.
Having a solid understanding of the benzo tapering journey is essential, but it’s also important to know which herbs can support you along the way.
Now that you have a better understanding of the four herbs that can support your benzo taper, let’s take a closer look at each herb individually.
If I had to choose just one herb for someone tapering a benzo to take, this would be it! Avena sativa, also known as oats, is a powerful herb to consider during your tapering journey. This herb acts as a trophorestorative, providing much-needed nourishment to the brain and nervous system. When tapering off benzos, the nervous system can become highly reactive and inflamed. Avena Sativa works like a healing balm, similar to how aloe vera soothes sunburned skin. It energizes the nervous system, aiding it in replenishing and recovering. Avena Sativa can be consumed in various forms such as tea, solid extract, or glycerite tincture.
Another herb that can be beneficial during benzo tapering is Ginkgo Biloba. This herb is renowned for its memory-enhancing properties, but it can also provide other benefits during benzo tapering, such as increased blood flow to the brain, increased blood flow to the brain, improved memory, antioxidant protection, and optimization of cell membrane stability. Its rapid effects make it a valuable addition to your herbal arsenal.
Gotu Kola, also known as Centella, is another herb that can be helpful during benzo tapering. This herb offers a holistic approach to healing, benefiting various bodily tissues, the nervous system, gut health, and more. It supports longevity, addresses issues like epilepsy and hair loss, calms anxiety, and is safe for both adults and children.
Finally, passionflower is another herb that can be useful for withdrawal-related anxiety and symptoms. With anti-anxiety, antioxidant, and nourishing properties, it gently supports the nervous system. It’s particularly useful for insomnia, irritability, and sleeplessness resulting from overwork or burnout.
My favorite way to take each of these herbs is in a liquid tincture form. You can find these tinctures on my Fullscript Shop on discount, or at your local health food store. I recommend starting small, maybe even with 1 drop per day and working your way up to a few dropperfuls a few times a day.
Tapering off benzodiazepines requires a comprehensive approach that considers both the physical and mental aspects of the journey. I cover this and more in my online course, Mapping Out Your Benzo Taper, including using supplements and herbs to support a taper. Incorporating these four herbs – Avena Sativa, Ginkgo Biloba, Gotu Kola, and Passionflower – into your regimen could provide valuable support during the challenging process. However, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before introducing any new herbs, especially if you have underlying medical conditions or are taking other medications.
Remember, everyone’s journey is unique, and finding the right combination of strategies is key to your success.
You’re not alone.
Millions of people struggle to taper off benzos every year. It can be a challenging process, but it is possible.
That’s why I created Mapping Out Your Benzo Taper, the online course that is designed to help you taper off benzos safely and successfully.
In this course, you will learn:
I’ve helped over 100 clients taper off benzos, and I can help you too.