Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is based on the principle that “like cures like.” This means that the remedy must be capable of producing similar symptoms in a healthy person. Homeopathy offers options to help manage symptoms of depression and mania as well as bipolar disorder.
Homeopathy and Bipolar Disorder
Homeopathic remedies for bipolar disorder are similar to the remedies used for unipolar mood disorders, such as depression or mania. The treatment for bipolar disorder is typically longer and more difficult than that of unipolar mood disorders, but homeopathy offers good long-term treatment options. The success of homeopathic treatment depends on a few factors. The experience and knowledge of the homeopath plays a large role in how successful treatment will be, but the patient also plays a large role. By accurately and completely reporting your symptoms to your homeopath, as well as following your treatment plan, you can greatly increase your chances of success. It is also of vital importance that you tell your homeopath all medications and vitamins that you are taking. Not all homeopathic remedies are compatible with conventional medications and your homeopath can determine which remedies are appropriate and safe.
Homeopathic Remedies Used
A doctor that has been trained in homeopathic treatments will decide the most appropriate treatment for each individual person. Your doctor will look at possible underlying causes for your symptoms as well as your past history when determining the most appropriate course of treatment. You can also expect that your doctor will require you to make lifestyle changes if there are things that you eat that will counteract the treatment or are helping to make your condition worse. These changes can include the restricting of caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, spices or herbs. The list of commonly used medicines for the treatment of bipolar disorder is extensive, but some of the commonly used medicines for depression are anacardium, sepia, naja, stann or psorinum and some of the commonly used medicines for mania are belladona, stramonium, hyoscamus, tarentula or syphilinum. Homepathic medicines are available in sugar pill or liquid form and your doctor will determine which is appropriate. Please do not self-medicate and make sure you are following your doctor’s orders.
Choosing the Right Homeopath
When choosing any doctor, it is important to choose the right one for you. It is important to talk to more than one in your area. Interview them, ask questions, not only about their philosophies and practices, but of their billing practices as well. Check their credentials and whether they belong to any professional societies. Look at where they studied and how long they have been in practice. It is also helpful to write down your questions before you talk them. Take a look at “The Society of Homeopaths” website in the Resources section of this article. The homeopaths listed on its website have satisfied the society’s code of ethics and practice as well as other criteria.