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| Herbs for Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms? |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Dawn
Posted on: March 13, 2005
I had a hysterectomy last July, 2004. I was put on Estraderm 0.05mg. I change it once a week instead of twice a week. Just this last 2 weeks my left breast was sore and tender to touch. Especially on one spot. I went to my gyno and she performed a breast exam. She said it felt like fatty tissues. When she pressed on that breast and spot it hurt, and it hurt for a few days after. She told me to cut out my caffeine intake totally. Also to take vitamin E 800 IU a day, to see how I feel in 2 weeks. I did cut out my caffeine totally and I am dragging through the day with no energy and I had a huge headache the first day. I even felt like I wanted to take a nap which I’ve never done before unless I am real sick. Is there anything in the herbs I can take to give me more energy but with NO caffeine in it? I don’t like this no energy feeling.
Caffeine withdrawal does cause headache and sleepiness. These symptoms do disappear. You could look into taking ginseng until your body adjusts to the absence of caffeine. The most natural way to take ginseng is by adding a root to soups and stews a few times a week. If this is not possible, ask at a good health food store for a good brand of ginseng capsule.
You can make a stimulating herbal tea by combining any of the following herbs: ginger, rosemary, cardamom, gotu kola, cinnamon, cloves and peppermint. A good health food store will have such a mixture available.
In the longer term, a daily strong nettle tea will provide energy by supporting the circulation and the adrenal glands, and providing a good supply of vitamins and minerals. To make the tea, place ¼ cup of dried nettle leaves in a one quart/liter jar, cover with boiling water, cap the jar and allow to infuse for 6-8 hours. Strain, and drink 2 cups daily.