Anxiety in its various forms and clinical presentations often represents a universe against which even experienced doctors and therapists end up giving up.
Where does anxiety come from? Are we born this way? Do we become anxious? Is it a combination of both hypotheses? How can we objectively measure the degree of anxiety that an individual feels at a given moment?
Conventional medicine offers measurement systems, diagnosis and therapy.
But are we sure that the approach is effective? What answer would we get if we were to ask a person being treated for anxiety disorders “how do you feel?”.
Can a therapy (whatever it is) not take into consideration the perception and sensation that it causes a person to whom it is prescribed?
This is not the place to go into detailed discussions, nor do we want, in just a few lines, challenge the international “guidelines”, which are often effective.
The aim is to make an observation based on the direct experience coming from listening to the individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders, before giving them a cure.
And the first consideration crossing my mind is that anxiety is hardly measurable from the outside.
The old masters of medical semiotics say that only one kind of pain is mild and easily tolerable: that of others.
Another consideration: anxious individuals take prescribed drugs quite often, to take away the symptoms, but these persons remain, basically, anxious individuals.
Another side effect of these drugs is that they tend to flatten all emotional reactions, pulsions and sensations that form the emotional life of the subject and which are often confused with the term anxiety.
Is it really so bad for a teenager at his first date with the girl of his dreams to have his heart in his throat? Or for that soccer player to feel a little scared before a penalty? Or for an artist to feel butterflies in his stomach at the view of a crowded theatre waiting for him?
Perhaps the right approach should be aimed at correcting the unpleasant and debilitating parts in terms of individual and social life quality, without anesthetizing the emotions with which a person is born and which are an important part of their daily life.
Homeopathy aims to achieve this balance, often by working in combination with other means, such as psychology .
Homeopathic medicine recognizes that one can be born predisposed to anxiety (diathesis or miasma). Social, nutritional and environmental infuences will then act on the development (or lack of development) of such anxiety.
Here is a short list of the main remedies for the treatment of anxiety, always considering that it is essential to consult an experienced homeopath and that it is not correct to suspend conventional therapies without the supervision of a competent physician:
Ignatia Amara: one of the most widely used remedies against anxiety syndromes. The symptoms are paradoxical and ever-changing, often with initial insomnia (difficulty sleeping) . It’s a natural sedative .
Argentum Nitricum: anxiety and tremors, jactitation, anticipatory anxiety with fear that something bad might happen, fear of being late, agoraphobia, panic attacks.
Gelsemium: as Argentum Nitricum, but more shaky. Also, during the anxiety attacks, the subject freezes.
Aconite: tachycardia and a feeling of imminent death or fear of having a heart attack in progress. Panic attacks.
Pulsatilla is the remedy for “sheeps”. Emotional people, hypersensitive ones, those who feel abandoned by the people they love and by whom they want to be loved. Prone to crying, they love to be comforted with hugs and caresses.
Arsenicum Album: People who feel anxious about their health. Hypochondriacs. Asthenic and weak ones.
Nux Vomica: This is for the stressed manager, the actor who has to always give its best, the person who must be performing to the maximum.
Often abuser of stimulants or alcohol and smoking. Sometimes compulsive eater.
Can be restless and wake up in the middle of the night thinking about what he will do tomorrow. Cramping and abdominal pain.
– Dr. Alfonso Tramontana –
– Translated by Erika Grapes –