It’s normal to experience feelings of anxiety when faced with stressful situations, which are a very real part of 21st century life. However, when anxiety becomes overwhelming and begins to affect your ability to function, you’re facing an anxiety disorder, which is not normal and should be treated. Homeopathic remedies for unhealthy levels of anxiety offer the promise of relief without the addictive properties that accompany many conventional anti-anxiety medications, such as diazepam, clonazepam and lorazepam.
The two principles that form the foundation for homeopathic medicine are the Law of Similars and potentization, according to the True Star Health Encyclopedia. The former holds that diluted or weakened amounts of substances that otherwise might cause the very symptoms you’re experiencing can help your body to overcome those symptoms. This is somewhat akin to conventional medicine’s use of dead or weakened pathogenic cells to prepare vaccines against illnesses the pathogens might cause. In homeopathic medicine, the substances to be administered in treatment of particular symptoms undergo potentization, a process that includes a series of dilutions, between each of which the mixture is vigorously shaken.
Consult a Homeopath
If you are troubled by disabling anxiety and want to take a homeopathic approach to treating your condition, consult a homeopathic practitioner in your area. There are no uniform federal licensing laws for homeopaths, so you’ll want to check out the backgrounds of local homeopaths to decide which one is best for you. Don’t attempt to treat yourself using homeopathic practices. Although the herbs and plant substances that form the foundation of homeopathic medicine can be obtained elsewhere, only the homeopath can ensure that they have been properly prepared and are of a strength that will help and not harm you.
Homeopathic remedies designed to relieve anxiety, according to the Publix website, include Aconitum napellus, which is ideal for patients experiencing panic attacks, and Argentum nitricum, which is particularly effective for the anxiety you may have before a major event in your life, such as a job interview. Two other powerful remedies are Arsenicum album, a good choice for people who are obsessed over their health, and Calcarea carbonica, which eases the anxiety of those who are stressed because of illness or workplace pressures.
In an article in the April 1997 issue of Better Nutrition, Patricia Andersen-Parrado lists a number of homeopathic remedies that target the symptoms of anxiety disorders. These include Ignatia amara, which is well-suited for those who are grieving or experiencing nervous excitement, confusion or emotional shock, and Hyoscyamus niger, which targets mental confusion, sleeping difficulties, trembling and sensitivity to light. Also useful, she writes, is Staphysagria, which targets insomnia, trembling, compression headaches and a heightened sensitivity to sound, touch and smell.
In a report on the Hpathy website, homeopathic practitioner Robyn Williams chronicled the case of a 38-year-old woman suffering from anxiety and depression. Williams started the patient on a small dose of Carcinosin, which brought temporary relief but managed to wipe out all symptoms by increasing dosage tenfold.