Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety and DepressionOct 17, 2022
If you’ve ever dealt with anxiety and depression, you’re not alone. According to the World Health Organization, 5% of adults worldwide suffer from depression.
One of the best ways to deal with anxiety and depression is a holistic approach -even heard of holistic anxiety treatments? What about herbal remedies for anxiety and depression?
Homeopathic remedies have been shown to improve anxiety and depression symptoms in a natural way. Let’s look at what homeopathy is, how you use homeopathy for anxiety and depression, and also how to use Bach flower remedies for anxiety and depression. You can also read about other natural treatments for anxiety and depression here.
What is Homeopathy?
First, we need to understand what homeopathy is. Homeopathic medicine is an alternative approach that’s based on natural substances. The idea of homeopathy was developed in the 1790s by a German doctor named Samuel Hahnemann.
Hahnemann believed in the idea of “like cures like.” He thought that a small concentration of a toxin or natural substance could cure the same symptoms that a larger dose would cause in a healthy person. A simple example of this is using a very small concentration of poison ivy to cure the rash that larger amounts of poison ivy would cause on your body.
This idea is similar to how modern vaccines work, but not quite. Homeopathy utilizes substances from our world and they are diluted down to a point where they are safe to use.
What Can Homeopathy Treat?
Along with anxiety and depression, homeopathy can treat many different health issues. Some of them include:
- Skin issues like acne, eczema, psoriasis
- Chronic Fatigue
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- IBS and gut health issues
- Premenstrual Syndrome (also read blog on hormones and liver health)
- Neck Pain, Back Pain and chronic pain
- Nausea, vomiting and many other chronic health issues
It’s important to note that homeopathy should NOT be used to treat life-threatening medical issues or emergencies. If you have concerns, always consult with a physician before trying homeopathic remedies.
How Does Homeopathy Work?
You’re probably wondering how a process like homeopathy works. It’s actually quite simple when you break it down. The main focus of homeopathy is the dilution and mixing of substances, also known as succussion. Through the process of homeopathic succussion, the remedy you are using is diluted over and over again in water and alcohol, until the smallest trace or no trace at all of the substance is in the final dilution - only the vibration of the medicine is left. The dilutions and mixing are called succussions.
When the ingredients are mixed with the alcohol, your homeopathic doctor will shake them together to create a tincture. This is referred to as potentization, and this is when doctors believe that the healing essence of the substance transfers into the liquid.
After being asked questions about your health, your homeopath will find the best homeopathic remedy for you that will treat your symptoms. The great thing about homeopathy is that it can be customized to fit your exact symptoms. There are many homeopathic remedies for anxiety and depression to choose from, depending on your unique symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
While some homeopathic remedies will work for both anxiety and depression, it’s important to remember that both have different symptoms. Before we dive into homeopathic remedies, we need to know the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Signs of Anxiety
Everyone typically experiences anxiety at one point or another. If you’ve ever worried about something, you’ve likely had mild anxiety. Sometimes, people can experience chronic anxiety such as generalized anxiety disorder. If you have these symptoms, be sure to tell your homeopathic doctor:
- Feelings of worry
- Racing Heart
- Trouble sleeping
- Trouble concentrating
- Unexplained pains or headaches
- Panic attacks
Signs of Depression
Anxiety and depression can happen at the same time, or separately. Depression is defined as a mood disorder that causes sadness and a loss of interest in the things that bring you joy. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Outbursts of anger or frustration
- Slowed thinking
- Slowed movements
- Suicidal thoughts, low self esteem or losing the will to live
- Unexplained back pain or other problems
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained weight gain
You may be experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety without even realizing it. Your homeopath can help you find the right homeopathic remedies as a natural anxiety relief.
Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety and Depression
This homeopathic remedy is also known as aconite, and it’s great if you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety. Homeopaths specifically choose this one if you’re dealing with minor panic attacks, heart palpitations, difficulty breathing and have a fear of death.
Arsenicum Album for Anxiety
Another symptom of anxiety is fear. Experiencing fear and anxiety can hinder us from getting anything done. Arsenicum album is useful for anxiety when the anxiety is exceptionally bad at night and causes you to lose sleep. Homeopathic Arsenicum album is also used to reduce anxiety about health, future, and money.
Gelsemium for Anxiety
If you struggle with social anxiety or performance anxiety, homeopathic gelsemium may help. The person who benefits from this homeopathic gelsemium may come across as timid or apprehensive. Gelsemium is also useful for anxiety or fear before going to the dentist or getting on an aeroplane, performing on stage or if you have a fear of large crowds.
This homeopathic remedy may help those who have anxiety before appointments or are afraid of heights. They can experience obsessive thoughts and other behaviors such as agitation that make it hard to get through daily activities. Argentum Nitricum is also good for those who are experiencing extreme cravings for sweets.
Lycopodium for confidence, low self esteem & anxiety
If you’re experiencing low self-esteem or a lack of confidence, homeopathic lycopodium may help. If you experience anxiety with new challenges at work or in social situations, where you feel you have to prove yourself or fear that other people are better than you are, lycopodium may be your homeopathic remedy. Lycopodium is also often used for gas, bloating and liver detox. You can read about other liver detox herbs and homeopathic remedies here.
If you are oversensitive to external impressions or afraid of thunderstorms, the homeopathic remedy phosphorus may help. Those who will benefit from phosphorus homeopathic remedy for depression often experience a feeling of gloom and doom as if a rain cloud is over their head. Homeopathic phosphorus is often useful for people who crave fruits, sour things, cold drinks or ice cream, especially during anxiety or depression.
Calcarea Carbonica for anxiety and fear of change
This remedy is for those who fear change. They find safety in routine, and find it hard to branch out, which can hinder their life. For example, if you get anxious when your plans change, this homeopathic remedy might be for you. Homeopathic calcarea carbonica can also be for people who often crave carbohydrates and starchy foods.
Kali Arsenicosum for anxiety about health and fear of death
If you experience anxiety over health-related issues or a fear of death, you may benefit from kali arsenicosum. Homeopathic kali arsenicosum is also good for people who have trouble sleeping due to racing thoughts.
Ignatia is one of the most commonly used homeopathic remedies for depression, anxiety, sadness and grief. Homeopathic ignatia may help someone dealing with sadness and crying, often after a breakup or betrayal. The ignatia person often has a feeling of a lump in their throat. We cannot help when we feel depressed, and the tears come out of nowhere. Homeopathic ignatia can also help with feelings of hopelessness and mood swings.
Aurum Metallicum for depression
If you are experiencing major depression involving suicidal thoughts your homeopath may decide that homeopathic aurum metallicum is right for you. Homeopathic aurum metallicum is also excellent for those experiencing extreme hopelessness, no zest for life, a sense of failure or extreme guilt.
Sepia for hormones, depression & burnout
Sepia homeopathic remedy is made from cuttlefish ink. Sepia is a remedy for when someone is showing indifferent behavior along with symptoms of depression. The indifference is more towards family members and friends in their life. They also have no motivation to do any of their normal activities and isolate themselves. Homeopathic sepia is also used to balance hormones in women. When a woman needs to detox from the birth control pill or does not menstruate regularly, sepia can help. You can learn more about hormone balance and liver detox in my blog on liver detox for hormone balance.
Causticum for grief and death
Causticum homeopathic remedy will help those who are depressed during a time of loss and grief. Homeopathic causticum can be useful for some people if there’s been a death of someone close to you. Your homeopathic doctor would be able to you decide which homeopathic remedy is best for you. Causticum is also helpful if you’re dealing with forgetfulness and crying regularly.
If you withdraw from others when you’re depressed, cimicifugas can help. This remedy is also beneficial if you’re experiencing frequent headaches, neck pain or painful menstrual periods.
Natrum Muraticum for grief, loss and heartbreak
The person that will benefit from homeopathic natrum muraticum is typically hiding their feelings from others. These can be feelings of anger, fear, grief, or romantic attachment. This person is reserved and quiet in social situations and is always on the lookout for solitude. Homeopathic natrum muriaticum is often used after someone is grieving after losing a loved one, either from death or a broken relationship.
Bach Flower Holistic Treatment of Anxiety and Depression
Bach flowers are remedies that are made from the extracts of flowers. Bach flower remedies are used to heal negative emotions, which will then heal the body. Naturopathic doctors choose Bach flower remedies for anxiety and depression because of their emotional healing properties.
Bach flower remedies were created in the early 1900s by Edward Bach. It’s important to note that bach flower remedies are slightly different from other homeopathic remedies. While the homeopathic remedies we listed help with depression and anxiety, they also heal physical symptoms. Bach flower remedies work more specifically on emotions.
There are 38 different Bach flower remedies for anxiety and depression. Each Bach flower remedy helps a specific kind of emotion. Here are some of the emotions Bach Flower remedies are useful for:
- Fear and lack of confidence
- Loneliness or inability to connect with people
- Lack of interest in life
- Sadness and depression
- Caring for others at your own expense
- Indecision, uncertainty and relying on other people’s opinions too much
- Irritability, Impatience or working too hard
- Guilt, being hard on yourself or feeling unclean / contaminated
- Shock, trauma and negative thinking
- Many other emotions.
You can take this fun Bach flower remedies quiz to find out what are the best Bach flower remedies for anxiety, depression and other emotions by clicking this line.
The 38 Bach flower remedies include:
- Cherry Plum
- Chestnut Bud
- Crab Apple
- Red Chestnut
- Rock Rose
- Rock Water
- Star of Bethlehem
- Sweet Chestnut
- Water Violet
- White Chestnut
- Wild Oat
- Wild Rose
- Rescue Remedy
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