How Homeopathy Can Alleviate Anxiety
Homeopathy is a medical system based on the belief that the body can cure itself. The Father of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, discovered this while finding ways to treat people outside of conventional medicine. As a physician, he realized that it was possible to trigger the body’s natural defenses by introducing small, diluted nanoparticle amounts of elements that would otherwise make a person sick. Hahnemann’s example involved Peruvian bark. Since Peruvian bark’s toxicity can cause malaria-like symptoms, he theorized that it could also cure malaria. After proving this theory to be correct, he was able to help thousands of sufferers with this substance and many more for a wide variety of ailments. Moreover, this “like cures like” approach is not only limited to physical ailments — it can also help alleviate mental conditions, like anxiety.
But First — What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a clinical disorder that causes excessive or constant feelings of fear and worry. As of 2019, the World Economic Forum reports that anxiety is the number one mental health concern, affecting about 275 million people worldwide. This number of people may be alarming, however anxiety can be managed through treatment, such as Homeopathy. If you want to try Homeopathy for your anxiety, talk to your doctor or a Homeopath (Homeopathic physician or practitioner) to help you start your treatment.
To know if a treatment is working for you, you can track how often and how intense your symptoms are. You can search for symptoms on digital health and wellness publisher SymptomFind, which provides information on various conditions, including anxiety. They note that symptoms can include restlessness or trembling, increased heart rate, and weakness. Homeopathy is a wonderful complementary treatment to use with conventional medicine.
What Homeopathic Medicine Do I Take?
The specific Homeopathic medicine (or remedy, as it is often called) that will be recommended to you depends on the type and variety of anxiety symptoms and other symptoms you exhibit. Homeopathic remedies can be made from elements that may be dangerous when taken in large amounts, but when very highly diluted to the point that the levels become microscopically low and nanoparticle-sized, they become safe and therapeutic. With the correct remedy, many symptoms can almost instantaneously disappear while others will start evolving towards resolution. With that, below are some common treatments homeopaths can suggest for anxiety:
Aconite is a toxic plant from the buttercup family, but in the right dosage and uses, it is very safe and medicinal. It is often recommended for those who experience sudden feelings of intense panic which may be triggered by shock or remembering past traumatic experiences.
• Arsenicum album
Arsenicum album is a safe remedy developed from arsenic and is good for people who experience anxiety due to loneliness or being imperfect. Also used for some flus, it is used for symptoms of restlessness, exhaustion, and a feeling of being chilly.
Gelsemium is a painkiller for migraines and face pain and is often used for early stages of the flu. This remedy is also given to people who have apprehension and anxiety from agoraphobia or feelings of inadequacy. Additional symptoms that these people can experience are trembling, dizziness, and extreme weakness, which can sometimes lead to fainting. They also tend to be timid.
Stramonium, also known as Thornapple, is a plant of the nightshade family. This is for those who have anxiety that causes night terrors, nightmares, and dark thoughts. People who experience these are typically scared of the dark or being alone.
How Do I Use Homeopathic Medicine?
Homeopathic medicine can come in many forms, such as liquids, pills, and powders. Certain reminders regarding usage of these are discussed by research publisher site ResearchGate. For one, Homeopathic medicines must be taken according to the recommendations of a Homeopath. Another thing to keep in mind is to give a gap of 20 to 30 minutes before and after taking the medicine before consuming anything else, except water.
Certain Homeopathic medicines can help alleviate specific anxiety symptoms. However, Homeopathy is best used in conjunction with conventional care and support and should be used by consultation with a homeopath. Homeopathy, when used together with conventional treatment, can help you manage your anxiety.
If you would like to learn more about Homeopathy, check our resources here on The American Medical College of Homeopathy.
Written by Nicole Wylan
Edited by Sydney Gauzza