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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.