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Burnout

Fighting off burnout with homoeopathy

Burnout is a state of physical and / or psychological discomfort. It is either caused by excessive strain, or by the repeated or exceedingly dull nature of a physical and / or intellectual activity. In other words, it is a pathology that affects those who seek to push their bodies beyond their limits.

Symptoms linked to burnout

Burnout is an insidious disease that usually affects anxious persons or those who work excessively. It is manifested by a range of disorders including mental and physical exhaustion, first temporary and then permanent, despite a long period of rest. The overworked person is regularly sad and depressed. The patient also shows acute signs of stress such as sweaty palms, digesting difficulties, a lack of appetite, insomnia, decreased libido or palpitations. In response to these feelings of discomfort, the patient is tempted to increase his or her consumption of stimulants such as drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. Over the long term, suicidal tendencies are to be feared.

Homoeopathic treatment of burnout

Homoeopathy provides different types of treatments to prevent and treat burnout, regardless of whether it is of physical or intellectual origin. For example, Silica 9 CH helps to regulate one’s work pace of work while Phosphoricum acidim 5 to 9 CH may be taken to relieve fatigue. Gelsemium 9 CH is indicated in case of sleep disorders and mental fatigue. Ignatia 5 CH is the recommended homoeopathic remedy for treating mental fatigue that is characterized by nervous disorders.

When should you consult a doctor?

Burnout is a condition that one takes a long time to become aware of, which explains why there are no early diagnoses. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor immediately from the onset of the first symptoms since they may indicate underlying and more serious pathologies. Regardless of doctor’s advise following the consultation, the affected person should imperatively cut off all contact with the environment that is responsible for his or her stress.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “burnout”

Associated treatments

  • Arnica Montana
  • Avena Sativa
  • Kalium Phosphoricum
  • Selenium Metallicum

Associated pathologies

  • Asthenia
  • Headaches
  • Physical exertion

Good to know: Homoeopathy provides tailored remedies that may be used to provide general burnout treatment, or to treat the condition according to its specific causes and symptoms. As an example, Arsenicum album 9 CH is recommended to treat a subject that is both anxious and depressed. Regarding Aurum metallicum 9 CH, it may be prescribed to depressive subjects with suicidal tendencies and that no longer have a joy of living.

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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.