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Angst

Relieving angst with homoeopathy

Angst is a feeling of apprehension and deep concern. Angst manifests itself though a feeling of insecurity that overcomes a person when he or she is faced with a given situation, state or probable event, such as a crowd, emotion or loneliness. The degree of insecurity felt may worsen the angst, which then becomes completely uncontrollable.

Symptoms of angst

Psychologically, a person suffering from angst has feelings of fear and anxiety and loses his or her concentration, memory and ability to concentrate. Physically, that person is confronted to many symptoms such as nausea, palpitations, hot flashes, tightness in the chest and a choking sensation. The patient may also be subject to excessive sweating, dizziness, quivers or stomach pains. Finally, that person is left with two possible reactions: either he or she remains passive in such situations, a phenomenon called total inhibition, or he or she tries to stay mobile, a state referred to as uncoordinated agitation.

Treating mental anguish

For a preventive treatment in cases where there are no physical symptoms, either Gelsenium 9 CH or Aconit 7 CH can be prescribed. Ignatia Amara is recommended in case of anguish provoked by grief or contrariety. To treat anguish caused by excessive shyness, take Ambra Grisea 15 CH. Regarding Arsenicum Album 15 CH, it is recommended for patients of pessimistic nature who are afraid of an upcoming event and for those who fear the night and solitude. As for Borax, it is used for people who are naturally anxious and who particularly fear descents and stairs. Finally, the use of Actea Racmosa is advised to help women reduce their feelings of angst during pregnancy and childbirth.

Treating physical anguish

Argentum Nitricum 9 CH is a good remedy to use when the signs of intense angst are accompanied by diarrhoea, severe pain, dizziness, fear of open spaces, agoraphobia, and claustrophobia. Kalium carbonicum 9 CH is a good remedy against a knotted stomach, while Aconitum Napellus is recommended in case of infections accompanied by high fever. Phosphoricum Acidum is also advised for patients whose fear of an upcoming event is accompanied by heavy perspiration. When anguish is accompanied by a sensation of faintness, the most suitable remedy is Moschus.

When should you consult a doctor?

It is recommended to seek medical attention if the symptoms return or do not disappear despite the administration of homoeopathic remedies and if the anguish finds its source in a distant past, during childhood or adolescence, and is accompanied by gloomy thoughts, a general loss of interest and a great feeling of sadness. With regard to these factors, the general practitioner will then be able to prescribe the most adequate course of treatment.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “angst”

Associated treatments

  • Aconitum Napellus
  • Actaea Racemosa
  • Ambra Grisea
  • Argentum Nitricum
  • Arsenicum Album
  • Borax
  • Gelsemium Sempervirens
  • Ignatia Amara
  • Kalium Carbonicum
  • Phosphoricum Acidum

Associated pathologies

  • Palpitations
  • Stage fright
  • Dizziness

Good to know: Once the angst’s symptoms and causes have been determined, homoeopathy is able to provide effective solutions to each type of fit. Homoeopathic remedies have the advantage of being effective after only a few hours.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.