Anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in North America, affecting both children and adults. While anti-anxiety drugs sometimes help to manage symptoms, they can create the following side-effects, including nervousness, restlessness or excitability:
I suffered with anxiety for years and briefly tried medication. While the mental calm was nice, I couldn’t handle the side effects.
The only thing that finally worked was a ketogenic diet and B vitamins, but it was homeopathy (and changing my thoughts) that offered a permanent cure. According to recent studies, homeopathy is just as effective as anti-anxiety drugs at treating nervousness and anxiety, but without addiction or harmful side effects.
In one small study by a professor of psychiatry, 60% of participants with major depression, social phobias, or panic disorders responded favorably to homeopathic treatment. It has even been used to help anxious mice!
Everyone compensates for their anxiety and fears differently. Since homeopathy treats the individual, you want to look at the characteristics of the person and match the symptoms to a remedy.
While homeopathy can be effective for acute (short-term) anxiety, it is best to work with a homeopathic practitioner if you experience chronic (long-lasting) anxiety.
Aconite: The person experiences sudden attacks of panic. May be from fright or shock caused by an injury, accident, natural disaster or bad news. They are agitated, restless, and fearful – symptoms come on rapidly and are intense, with a pounding heart and dry mouth.
Argentum nitricum: Apprehension and nervousness that becomes worse as they dwell on it. Those needing this remedy feel hurried and crave sweets. They may also have strange compulsions and thoughts, imagining what would happen “if…” Crowds and heat make them worse and they have a fear of heights.
Arsenicum: Periodic attacks of panic. Person may experience anxiety and fear when anything is expected of them, but (paradoxically) feels better when occupied. Their fears generally center around health or money, and they may be fearful of robbers. Arsenicum types tend to be restless, over-fastidious, critical, controlling, and exhausted.
Calcarea carbonica: Fear of losing control. Those needing Calcarea insist on routine and struggle to keep things the same, which can make them seem stubborn or obstinate.
Frequently overweight, Calcareas tire easily on exertion and sweat easily; especially on the back of the neck. Fear of the dark, insects, spiders, and animals (especially dogs) are common. They can’t stand hearing about or seeing unpleasant things and acts of cruelty. Calcareas can sometimes struggle with confusion and worry that they are going insane.
Causticum: These people can easily become hysterical and tend to be hurried and restless. Their anxiety can get so intense that they develop extreme sensitivity to noise, touch, excitement, etc. They can also be quite fearful and can’t tolerate injustice. Movement tends to help their anxiety the most. They may also be suspicious and mistrustful of others. This remedy pattern often occurs as a result of long-lasting grief and worry.
Gelsemium: Those needing this remedy suffer from performance anxiety that leads to trembling and weakness of muscles – knees may knock, legs may shake, and hands can tremble. They may feel helpless and paralyzed by anxiety. Gelsemium is one of the remedies used for agoraphobia (fear of wide open spaces).
Kali arsenicosum: Anxiety about health, especially concerning heart disease or a heart attack. They are worse at night and fears may prevent sleep.
Kali phosphoricum: Anxiety from feeling overwhelmed. Easily, stressed, startled, frightened, and exhausted. Oversensitive and delicate. Physical ailments from worry, overwork, and over-excitement. They can fear having a nervous breakdown or that something bad will happen.
Lycopodium clavatum: Anticipation anxiety and stage fright when beginning the presentation. Lack of self-confidence. They tend to suffer from anxiety in new groups and situations, covering it up with bravado or over- talking. They also tend to experience bloating and a craving for sweets
Phosphorus: Those needing this remedy are anxious about anything and everything – the dark, bugs, thunderstorms, ghosts, etc. – and don’t like to be alone. They worry that something bad is going to happen, but feel less anxious with reassurance and around company.
Phosphorus types tend to be social, sensitive, highly empathetic, suggestible, and friendly. They enjoy ice cream and other sweets (especially chocolate), carbonated iced drinks, and spicy food.
Please note: If the remedy you select isn’t effective, try another. You may need to experiment with a few remedies before finding a good match. If nothing helps, consider seeing a trained Homeopathic practitioner. For more information on homeopathic remedies, look at the Homeopathy section under “Blog” on the homepage.