Xanax, Valium, Ativan…these are just some of the many benzodiazepines doctors prescribe to their patients who are suffering from the effects of stress and anxiety. Other times, they may blame the anxiety on a depressive disorder and prescribe Prozac, Cymbalta, or any of the other popular antidepressants. However, these psychoactive drugs have a multitude of side effects and benzodiazepines, in particular, can quickly become habit forming.
If you need relief from overwhelming anxiety problems, there are solutions that do not include changing your brain’s chemistry and that have no negative side effects. These include such things as engaging in chakra meditation, changing your diet to one prescribed by a holistic healer, and trying out homeopathic remedies.
The Right Cure to Fit Your Specific Problem
There is no denying that the pharmaceuticals prescribed by conventional medical doctors work. However, it is sometimes necessary to try two or three different medications before you find one that works well for you. This is because these medications treat stress and anxiety as a general problem. However, anxiety comes in several different forms and the symptoms experienced by different people will vary according to its cause and their personality types.
This is why homeopathic medications make for an interesting and effective alternative approach to treatment. A homeopathic doctor will analyze the type of anxiety you are experiencing, as well as the symptoms you are suffering from and will then prescribe a medication that will address your specific needs. There is a multitude of selections when it comes to homeopathic remedies for anxiety; some of the most commonly prescribed are Gelsemium, Argentum, Ignatia, and Aconitum.
Gelsemium: The Right Cure for Inability to Act Due to Anticipatory Anxiety
The homeopathic remedy Gelsemium derives from the yellow-flowering Gelsemium sempervirens plant. The effects of the toxins of this plant are weakness and mental and/or physical paralysis. As these are similar to the symptoms of this type of anxiety, this plant makes for the perfect homeopathic cure.
If you are the sort of person who suffers from mental paralysis or hot or cold flashes when faced with an anxiety-producing situation (such as the requirement to engage in public speaking), this homeopathic cure is the right one for you. It alleviates the physical symptoms of anticipatory anxiety that, because they are physically troubling and easily noticeable by others, may lead to additional anxiety.
Argentum: The Right Cure for Anxiety-Related Dizziness and Stomach Pain
The homeopathic remedy Argentum Nitricum derives from the extracts of silver nitrate crystals. Though a dangerous poison on its own, silver nitrate, when diluted for homeopathic purposes, is a safe medication. For those who do not need it, it can cause feelings of dizziness, incoordination, and stomach upset. Based on the like-treats-like principal, it is used to treat people who, when faced with anxiety-producing situations, exhibit these symptoms.
According to the editors at Homeopathy Plus, this medication works best when administered to people who are plagued by “what if?” thoughts, and who feel strong compulsions to act erratically in ways that can harm themselves or others. It provides a calming effect and sense of balance that minimizes anxiety.
Ignatia: The Right Cure for Hysterical Behavior and Emotional Trauma
Ignatia Amara derives from the seeds of the St. Ignatius bean tree. Homeopaths typically prescribe this remedy to patients who have experienced intense emotional trauma that leads them to panic attacks, irrational behavior, and other signs of anxiety usually attributed to post-traumatic stress disorder. While psychotherapy is a necessary part of treatment, Ignatia can help patients find relief from their symptoms.
A study on mice showed that Ignatia Amara is nearly as effective as habit-forming benzodiazepines at treating anxiety without affecting locomotion. Unlike benzodiazepines, however, it can be safely used for extended periods of time, which is often necessary in cases of emotional trauma.
Aconitum: The Right Cure for those Who Suffer from Panic Attacks
This medication derives from Aconitum Napellus, a plant in the buttercup family. We use it to treat a number of ailments from symptoms related to colds and the flu, to anxiety-related symptoms such as panic attacks, fear, shock, and fright. Though its effects are short-lived, they are usually enough to help a patient get through a panic attack and continue with their day.
According to one study, this medication resulted in a 95% success rate when used to treat children suffering from post-operative panic attacks.
Find the Right Homeopathic Remedy for Your Anxiety
The homeopathic cures I have listed above are not the only ones out there; they are merely the most commonly used. Some of the other remedies you may hear about include:
- Natrum Muriaticum: for anxiety-related chest pains
- Arsenicum Album: for those who chronically fear loss of control and death
- Coffea Cruda: for those who are overly sensitive to sounds and pain, and who suffer from sleeplessness
- Kali Phosphoricum: for those who feel overwhelmed, frightened, and/or stressed
- Kali Arsenicosum: for those who feel anxiety about their health and fear a heart attack
- Lycopodium Clavatum: for those who have anxiety stemming from lack of self-confidence
- Phosphorus: for those who fear being alone
The list of homeopathic remedies is extensive. No matter how unique your anxiety-related symptoms may be, a homeopathic practitioner will be able to match you up with an appropriate treatment.