While working on the root cause of anxiety is the best long-term solution, we all need some good tools to gain some control over the symptoms.
Here’s a unique holistic tool for managing anxiety symptoms: Homeopathy.
I’m not an expert on homeopathic remedies, but I work closely with someone who is an expert: my colleague Cherri Schleicher, Family Nurse Practitioner. As we share office space together, we often collaborate in the treatment of our patients. Cherri has taught me a lot about natural solutions for anxiety symptoms and now I’d like to share some of what I have learned with you.
What is Homepathy?
Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a medical philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. Homeopathy was founded in the late 1700s in Germany and has been widely practiced throughout Europe. Homeopathic remedies have been regulated in the United States since 1938 and are considered to be safe, with no side effects.
The good news is that homeopathic remedies are quite inexpensive. They are small pellets dissolved under the tongue, having a very slight sweet taste. They are formulated from plants and mineral, and are completely natural with no chemical additives.
Homepathic Medicine for Anxiety
The big benefit of homeopathics for anxiety is that they have no risk of dependence or risk of being habit forming (as many prescription medications do). They have no side effects and can be used to treat children, as well as used in pregnancy. They can also be given to someone who is currently on a medication for anxiety to help in potentially decreasing the dose or permanently weaning off of the medication.
The right homeopathic medication takes into account your specific feelings, anxiety symptoms, and anxiety provoking events.
Therefore, in order for homeopathic remedies to work well on YOUR anxiety, it’s important to get an individualized recommendation from a homeopathy practitioner. Here are some of the more common homeopathic medicines that my colleague Cherri Schleicher uses to treat anxiety symptoms:
Aconite is a homeopathic that is very beneficial for panic attacks and the individual who has a fear of dying. This fear tends to be enhanced at night.
Arsenicum Album is for the anxious individual who tends to wake up between 1-3:00am. They may also experience “feelings of doom.”
Argentum Nitricum is more for the individual who is agitated, experiences anticipatory anxiety, phobias, abdominal pain some dizziness. They also may do frequent “throat clearing.”
Ignatia is helpful after the person experiences emotional shock, also intense grief. They may also experience palpitations.
Gelsenium is helpful for the person who experiences paralyzing fear. They may feel as if their body is trembling and numbness like “their legs are being cut-off.” Their anxiety can cause headaches around the eyes.
Kali Bromatum is helpful for the individual who becomes physically agitated with their anxiety, fidgeting of the hands and also experiences restless sleep.
Phosphorus is a medicine that helps the person who becomes more anxious in the evening and they have a tendency to feel vulnerable.
Staphysagria is for the person who feels easily humiliated and has a sense of “injustice.”
One Size Does Not Fit All
You are a unique being, and the way your anxiety appears can be unique. Symptoms can change from person to person, and can even change at different times.
Treatment with homeopathic medicine must be adjusted and an individualized plan of care will be based on your personal history and your specific anxiety reactions. Although homeopathy is safe when used in conjunction with anxiety symptoms, it is important to determine the root cause of the problem and take an integrative approach to returning to wellness.[pullquote] Feel free to contact Cherri Schleicher, FNPc APNP AHN-BC, to explore how homeopathy might be useful for you!
You can call her at 414-640-6287 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org [/pullquote]
One last note…if your anxiety is keeping you up at night, there is a homeopathic solution for that too!