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Relieving anxiety with homoeopathy

Anxiety expresses many feelings and these may include fear, excitement and/or confusion. A person suffering from anxiety often shows physical manifestations such as tachycardia, shortness of breath, or sweating.

At a higher level, a feeling of anxiety may evolve into a state of angst. Many drugs, such as antidepressants or sedatives, are already designed to manage all forms of anxiety. Homoeopathy also provides a series of solutions, taking into account the fact that patients need to be treated according to their social world, their lifestyle and especially their physiological characteristics.

Symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety is a state of worry and apprehension resulting from uncertainty. This condition can be harmless, but sometimes it can evolve into a pathology that can seriously disrupt the life of the affected person. Anxiety can then take the form of unfounded and excessive worry and angst, or it can become a state of permanent stress. It can manifest itself in several ways, ranging from sensations of oppression to dizziness. Some people are subject to palpitations, while others feel muscle tension and constant heavy fatigue.

Treating impulsive and pessimistic anxiety

Most of the time, anxiety manifests itself at the prospect of an upcoming event that is important to the subject, such as a job interview or exam. In most cases, the condition is made apparent by the patient’s impulsive reactions and agitated behaviour. To deal with such occurrences, the ideal homoeopathic remedy is either Argentum nitricum or Arsenicum album. In this type of case, homoeopathy also cures the physical symptoms provoked by anxiety, such as diarrhoea and dizziness, in addition to soothing reassurance.  If the patient shows signs of depression, such as discouragement for example, a homoeopath will choose to prescribe Psorium instead in order to prevent the patient from entering a state of extreme distress. Finally, Phosphoricum acidum is recommended for patients who are subjected to extreme sweating in states of anxiety.

Treating hypochondria-related anxiety

Hypochondria is characterized by excessive fear pertaining to one’s health. The hypochondriac syndrome is the belief that you are suffering from a serious illness that will most likely result in death. To threat this psychological condition, homoeopaths usually prescribe Aconitum or Calcarea carbonica. There two types of homoeopathic treatments are used to soothe and reduce feelings of anxiety, especially when hypochondria appears suddenly and becomes an obsession. If the anxiety attacks occur at night, the most suitable treatment will always be Aconitum-based, even if the patient is delirious during his or her sleep.

Treating anxiety in children

Children may also be subject to a state of anxiety, which is most often reflected by a crippling shyness and susceptibility. For patients of this age, the homoeopath recommends Ambrea grisea, which helps to calm the child’s nerves while granting him or her added confidence. Thanks to this homoeopathic remedy, the child will feel more serene and it will find it easier to break his or her isolation and to reach out to others. In regard to adolescents, they can take Gelsemium to help them better control their feelings. Furthermore, this treatment may alleviate some unpleasant physical symptoms linked to anxiety, such as facial congestion and blushing due to shyness.

Calming anxiety resulting from a traumatic experience

Anxiety can also result from a difficult period that the patient is going through, such as a divorce, widowhood or the loss of loved one. In that case, the homoeopath will recommend resorting to an Ignatia-based remedy to help ease the psychological trauma and to treat the anxiety simultaneously.

Relieving night anxiety

Some patients lead a normal life during the day but their anxiety manifests itself at night, which results in restless sleep. This type of night anxiety can be treated with Spongia Tosta. If the night anxiety occurs before the patient’s menstruation period, it will be treated with Digitalis. Regarding people suffering from this type of anxiety because of work-related stress, they will be advised to take Nux Vomica, which will not only ease their sleep but also give them a boost of confidence during the day.

When should you consult a doctor?

The listed symptoms are characteristic signs of anxiety but can also be linked to other pathologies. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to consult a doctor or homoeopath as soon as the first alarming signs begin to regularly manifest themselves while becoming gradually more severe. The physician will then be able to determine a proper course of treatment.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “anxiety”

Associated treatments

  • Aconitum Napellus
  • Argentum Nitricum
  • Causticum
  • Gelsemium Sempervirens
  • Ignatia Amara
  • Silicea
  • Tuberculinum

Associated pathologies

  • Angst
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Palpitations

Good to know: Homoeopathy is used to treat anxiety symptoms, helping the patient recover a stable and well-balanced state of mind so that he or she does not expose himself or herself to dangerous situations.  Furthermore, it does not lead to antidepressant addiction among patients, as may be the case of drugs usually prescribed in psychiatry.

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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.