What should I take?
How much should I take?
What potency is best?
Can homeopathy really help manage that overwhelming sense of dread that invades your thoughts and keeps you awake at night?
The good news is that many people have found relief with well-selected homeopathic remedies that match their state.
Choosing remedies carefully is key.
There are now more than 10,000 homeopathic remedies.
Almost all of them cover anxiety.
Even if they’re not listed in the Repertory, specifically for anxiety.
The trick is finding the right remedy or series of remedies for you.
Then there’s the bad news.
Getting well will likely take a long time.
People with anxiety are anxious.
So they may not want to wait for a remedy to complete its action.
So, sometimes, they may extra doses and extra remedies.
Making it more difficult for their case to progress.
Until you can help them see that taking too many remedies is counterproductive.
If you can show them the beauty of letting the action of a remedy unfold over time they can start to feel relief.
Working with anxious people requires careful case management, although they may have delightful personalities.
Homeopathic Remedies For Anxiety
In my homeopathic Repertory there are hundreds of remedies for anxiety.
But this is just a partial list.
The Repertory is not complete.
In reality any remedy that fits your state can potentially reduce anxiety.
Typically, what happens is one well-selected remedy will usher in feelings of wellbeing.
Until its action wears off.
But it leaves you in better shape than when you started.
Then it’s on to the next remedy.
Deep-seated problems that develop over years usually won’t be cured with one remedy.
It takes a series of remedies over time, given in the right order.
So a lot of patience is required.
Because there are going to be stops and starts, as well as bumps in the road.
At times your treatment may stall.
Until the next remedy gets it moving again.
You may have to do various intercurrents.
These are remedies given in between your general remedy.
But, eventually, you begin to have more good days than bad days.
Things that used to trigger your anxiety no longer do.
Overall you’re healthier.
So you may decide to remove yourself from stressful/toxic situations.
You’re not as worried you won’t be able to handle the next trauma that comes your way.
You’re more resilient.
This is what can happen after good homeopathic care.
Many people, nowadays, try to treat themselves.
I wish they’d work with a homeopath, because they’ll usually get better results.
But there’s always been a strong DIY mentality in the United States.
So I realize people will first attempt to treat themselves.
Homeopathic Remedies To Help Anxiety
Still I need to make it clear that I don’t endorse self treatment for chronic conditions.
So the following remedy descriptions are for educational/informational purposes only.
As I mentioned earlier there are now more than 10,000 homeopathic remedies and new ones are beiing added all the time.
There are also hundreds of remedies listed in the Repertory specifically for anxiety.
But some of them are leaders.
A lot is known about them, because they have a long history of clinical use.
So the following remedies are often recommended for anxiety. (This is only a very partial list.)
- Aconite – This remedy should be in every home. It’s the first to think of for fright and shock, something that typically comes on suddenly. This is a good panic attack remedy. People who need this remedy may think they’re going to die. They may even tell you when, as in, “I’m going to die today,” or “I’m going to die in two weeks.” Aconite also covers various physical ailments, such as influenza and muscle aches. Oftentimes fear accompanies the physical condition. The Aconite state is often marked by restlessness, similar to Arsenicum. In fact, it may be difficult to differentiate between these two remedies.
- Arsenicum – This is an excellent anxiety remedy. It’s the first one I think of when someone is highly anxious about their health, their loved ones or their money. A state of fear characterizes Arsenicum. A person who needs it may worry about everything. Health is uppermost in their mind. They like people around to support them, so much so that they may want their spouse to come home from work to take care of them and possibly rush them to the emergency room. There is great worry about financial loss, along with a reluctance to spend money. Arsenicum is one of the first remedies we think of for restlessness. People may constantly change place. The nervousness is palpable. Sleep may be fitful and the person may dream of impending death. Like Aconite, people in an Arsenicum state also fear they will die. But they typically don’t think they know when. They are terrified of contagious diseases and cancer.
- Phosphorus – This can look similar to Arsenicum, with the restlessness and health anxiety. People who need Phosphorus may also have difficulty staying in one place for long. A Phosphorus person also doesn’t like to be alone. This symptom may intensify at twilight. (Arsenicum symptoms get worse after midnight.) They may fear ghosts. Or fear thunderstorms. Phosphorus people are typically better with cold and cold applications. (People who need Arsenicum are worse with cold air and ice cold drinks, although their headaches get better with cold applications.) Phosphorus people tend to crave ice cold drinks. They may also feel heart palpitations.
- Kali Arsenicum – This remedy is often given to someone who seems to be in an Arsenicum state, yet Arsenicum doesn’t work or it stops working. Someone who needs this may be anxious and restless. It’s a good panic attack remedy. You’ll see health anxiety, especially centered around the heart. Symptoms may intensify between 1-3 am. Mental symptoms may flare every third day.
- Calcarea Carbonica – This is one of the biggest remedies in the homeopathic Materia Medica. Calc Carb people may worry about all of their duties and responsibilities. Depression may be part of the picture. One big worry is loss of mental functioning or going insane. Children in a Calc Carb state may have nightmares. They may also be afraid of monsters. Calc Carb people tend to ruminate and worry about everything. Like Arsenicum they may fear contagious diseases.
- Lycopodium – The fears of a Lycopodium person typically stem from lack of confidence. They have stage fright, and may worry greatly about an upcoming talk or presentation. They worry they’ll cave under stress. They worry about pleasing their boss and they are sure the project they’re working on will fail. Yet it then exceeds expectations. They anxiety may be so overwhelming they fear they will die. Often people who need this remedy can be critical of others, especially family members. Along with anxiety you may see digestive problems; gas and bloating that tend to worsen between 4-8 pm. The abdomen may enlarge the person feels he or she needs to loosen their clothing.
- Nitric Acid – The person who needs this remedy generally has great anxiety about their health. Plus they often have various pathologies, such as irritable bowel syndrome or colitis. Unlike Lycopodium, their painful abdomen feels better with tight clothing. There’s a tendency to think about the past and hold grudges. There’s a lot of anger, along with a tendency to swear. They person may be extremely pessimistic and quarrelsome. The stereotypical Nitric Acid person has a very difficult personality. But this isn’t always the case. Consequently, this remedy is often missed in people who are agreeable and pleasant.
- Bryonia – This is best known as a cold and flu remedy. It’s not the first one we think of for anxiety. But Bryonia also covers business worries. This is when people worry too much about their job or their company. You can tell because their business interests keep coming up in conversation. Like many of the other anxiety remedies, people in a Bryonia state also fear death. Someone in a Bryonia state tends to be irritable and hard to please. But there are always exceptions. We can’t rule it out just because someone has an easy-going personality.
- Causticum – People who need this remedy may have developed a pathology, caused from grief or fright. Like Phosphorus they may get increasingly anxious during the twilight hours. They may be suspicious or have trust issues, often because they’ve been betrayed. Causticum patients are often idealistic crusaders who want to fix the world. They feel worse thinking of their physical symptoms, which often revolve around the nervous system. You may see TMJ and paralysis of single parts. Pathology may be so advanced they suffer from ataxia, or difficulty walking. They may also have difficulty speaking.
- Argent Nitricum – This is sometimes referred to as the “What if” remedy. People imagine the worst things will happen, often without any basis for this fear. The person may also be hurried in speech, and afraid of heights and of flying. If they get on a plane they are sure the worst will happen. This is another panic attack remedy. Bouts of fear may be marked by anticipatory diarrhea. This remedy is often used for people with a fear of flying.
Again, this is just a brief overview of a few remedies often used for anxiety.
There are many more and you will have best results working with a professional.
It’s also not true that psychological complaints require high potencies.
Some people do well on high potencies but many people don’t.
It’s important to find the right potency for you.
Also, Minimum Dosing is essential.
This means giving the least amount of doses to do the job.
Too many doses and you run the risk of temporarily intensifying your anxiety.
A mild aggravation is sometime unavoidable and also a good sign the remedy is correct.
But indiscriminate use of remedies can cause severe and prolonged aggravations.
Which is the last thing you want.