What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of like curses like, a claim that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people.Homeopathy is a pseudoscience – a belief that is incorrectly presented as scientific. Homeopathic preparations are not effective for treating any condition large-scale studies have found homeopathy to be no more effective than a placebo, indicating that any positive effects that follow treatment are not due to the treatment itself but instead to factors such as normal recovery from illness.
Homeopathy and anxiety
Delhi based Homeopath, Dr. Kushal Banerjee says that the type of medicine prescribed to a person suffering from anxiety varies as per the symptoms of the patient. For every symptom of anxiety, different medicines are recommended.There are some studies showing that homeopathy may work for anxiety. A 2012 Homeopathy journal study found homeopathic pulsatilla had anti-anxiety effects on mice. It was also just as effective as an anti-anxiety drug.
Homeopathic remedies for panic attacks and anxiety
Calcarea carbonica, abbreviated as Calcarea carb is a homeopathic remedy made from the middle layer of shells. In chemical terms, Calcarea carbonica is impure calcium carbonate. It is given more frequently in constitutional prescribing rather than treating acute conditions. The practitioner selects a remedy to treat the patient’s complete symptomatology.
Aconite is a plant. The root is used as medicine. However, aconite contains some poisonous chemicals. Despite serious concerns about safety, some people take aconite by mouth for facial paralysis, joint pain, gout, finger numbness, cold hands and feet, inflammation, painful breathing and fluid in the space surrounding the lungs, certain heart problems, fever, skin diseases, and hair loss. Aconite is also used as a disinfectant, to treat wounds, and to promote sweating.
This is recommended for people having anxiety due to uncertainty like claustrophobia,hypochondria and fear of heights or fear of everyday things. It can be followed by diarrhea and sweet cravings.
This medicine is used for anxiety due to loneliness, fear of darkness and fear of being imperfect. Key homeopathic uses include treating anxiety and “fear caused by insecurity”, digestive disorders and mucosal inflammation, and ailments characterized symptomatically by burning pain. It was also used once for treatment of syphilis.
This is recommended by doctors for those who experience anxiety due to grief or loss. These kind of people are prone to mood swings and are very sensitive. Ignatia is also recommended for depression.
Lycopodium is suggested for people who lack self-confidence. Though they fear to speak in public and have stage fright, they hide it well. They might cover it up with talking loudly or too frequently.
This is for anxiety that also includes night terrors, nightmares, or dark thoughts while awake. People with this type of anxiety are often scared of the dark or being alone and are especially scared by thoughts of monsters or mysterious figures. Their imaginations tend to worsen their anxiety.
This is used by people who have anxiety related to health issues.These include fear of excessive grooming, hypochondria and even fear of heart attacks. People with health-based anxiety may have racing thoughts and difficulty sleeping. They may also fear death. They can be prone to feeling cold and vulnerable to panic attacks.
What does research say?
Several research have been conducted regarding homeopathy and its treatment for anxiety. High-quality research supporting homeopathy is few and far between. This goes for homeopathy for anxiety, too.
Homeopathy is difficult to study within medicine. When it does appear to work, it’s often attributed to the placebo effect. The placebo effect doesn’t prove that there were no real symptoms, rather it gives testimony to the power of the mind over the body.
Dr. Banerjee says that the time taken to recover from anxiety by homeopathic medicines depends from person to person. “Some patients may completely recover within a few days of treatment whereas those suffering from severe anxiety for several years may take longer.” He supported homeopathic therapy for anxiety because they do not have side effects.
Homeopathy is a safe option as most of the homeopathic medicines are made from natural products only. But one should not completely rely on homeopathic medicines for severe anxiety problems. It cannot take the place of medicines prescribed by mainstream doctors as both have their own roles to play.
If your anxiety doesn’t improve with homeopathy or you experience side effects, discontinue use altogether. See your doctor as soon as you can.