What is anxiety?
Anxiety refers to a mental state of nervousness, fear, and worry. Getting anxious once in a while on certain occasions is a regular part of life. For example getting anxious before an examination, while giving an interview or during stressful events is somewhat normal. The anxiety on such occasions is short-lived and temporary. But anxiety becomes a problem when the reaction of the person in a given situation appears in a highly intense form and out of proportion than what one usually expects. If the episodes of such extreme anxiety appear frequently, it tends to interfere with the normal activities in everyday life and puts an adverse impact on relationships. Homeopathic remedies for anxiety works in a mild, gentle and effective manner to gradually reduce the physical and mental reactions associated with anxiety.
There are various types of anxiety disorders, like social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, substance-induced anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder.
Does Homeopathy work for anxiety?
Yes, there are different remedies that effectively treat anxiety. The homeopathic medicines for treating anxiety are made of natural substances, making them safe for use without any side effects. These are used to treat anxiety that varies from mild to severe in intensity (like general nervousness to panic attacks). They work by seeking insights into the psychology of the person to bring about a complete recovery. Since these are natural and not habit forming, there is no risk of drug dependency.
Most cases of anxiety that fall under the category of mild to moderate intensity are treatable with homeopathy. In cases of chronic anxiety of high intensity, homeopathy can help manage the symptoms.
Homeopathy can also help treat panic attacks. The medicine Aconitum Napellus, for example, is a good example of natural medicine for anxiety.
Anxiety: Causes and Contributing Factors
The exact cause of anxiety in an individual is yet not understood. However, genetic and environmental factors conjointly play a significant role in developing anxiety.
An individual with a positive family history of anxiety is at risk to suffer from the same. People who are prone to stress, or have had bad life experiences in the past (like domestic violence, bullying, child abuse) or emotional events like the death of a loved one are at risk to develop anxiety.
The stress can be associated with relationships, friendships, financial instability and problems in the workplace.
Anxiety also tends to arise from abuse or as withdrawal symptoms of certain drugs and alcohol.
Certain medical disorders also predispose a person towards anxiety. These include thyroid issues, heart complaints, asthma, cancer, diabetes mellitus and brain degenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
Symptoms of Anxiety
The signs and symptoms of anxiety include nervousness, worrying, tension, trembling, restlessness, palpitations, sweating, headache, concentration difficulty and trouble sleeping.
Frequent urination, nausea, and diarrhea are other features of anxiety.
Anxiety is a mental health complaint that is diagnosed on the basis of the symptoms provided by the patient. There are no tests to diagnose anxiety itself, but tests like thyroid function test and vitamin B12 are recommended to rule out other medical conditions that could be giving rise to the symptoms of anxiety.
Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety
Aconitum Napellus – Top Remedy for Anxiety
Cold sweat on the body during an anxiety attack, a constant chain of changeable thoughts in mind, fear of death, talkativeness, fear of public spaces are symptoms that indicate the need for this medicine. Consuming cold water may offer relief.
Arsenic Album – For Anxiety about Health
Arsenic Album is medicine for anxiety about health where the person experiences extreme restlessness. Symptoms like changing positions from one side to another, sadness, gloom, fear, trembling, chilliness, weakness, and nausea that gets worse after midnight indicate the need for this medicine.
Argentum Nitricum – For Anxiety from Anticipation
Argentum Nitricum is a natural medicine for anxiety that links with anticipation, also known as anticipatory anxiety. Anticipatory anxiety means anxiety from constant thoughts about events that are about to take place in the future. For example, a person may get anxious about a public meeting to be attended in the future. The person tends to think constantly about the event until the final day. Diarrhea may set in during the anxiety phase. Hurriedness and impatience, and weakness in the legs are other associated symptoms.
Gelsemium Sempervirens – For Anxiety about Public Appearance
Gelsemium Sempervirens is used for anxiety related to making a public appearance. If the individual has to go and engage with many different people, excessive anxiety and nervousness arise, along with exhaustion and drowsiness. Sadness, melancholy, and confusion of mind, irritability, and diarrhea are associated symptoms. This medicine also works for stage fright.
Opium – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety from Fright
Opium is a remedy for anxiety that arises from fright. The person needing Opium usually has a history of some sort of fearful incidence in the past that triggers the anxiety. The terror of that episode reoccurs time and again, leading to bouts of anxiety. Nervousness, uneasiness, and irritability along with fear and anxiety appear.
Calcarea Carb – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety with Fear of Misfortune
Calcarea Carb is for anxiety with fear of some impending misfortune where the person develops an intense fear of some terrible mishappening. Symptoms like palpitations, shuddering, and restlessness with anxiety, sweating and trembling, nausea and a fear of death and hopelessness indicate the need for this medicine. The anxiety tends to get worse at night.
Phosphorus – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety about Future
Phosphorus is for anxiety about the future where the person experiences sadness, restlessness, melancholy, indifference, weariness from everyday life and extreme irritability. Sweating on the forehead, nervous exhaustion and fatigue are other associated symptoms, and these tend to get worse in the evening.
Coffea Cruda – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety with Sleeplessness
Coffea Cruda is for anxiety with sleeplessness. Thoughts crowd a person’s mind when attempting to sleep, along with palpitations and nervousness. The person may toss and turn from side to side in the bed in anguish and remain wide awake all night due to anxiety.
Ignatia Amara – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety with Depression
Ignatia Amara is for anxiety with depression. The person has anxiety as a result of long-standing grief from the past. Sadness, social isolation, and aversion to talking are the predominant symptoms, along with brooding about past events. There is also an aversion to speaking, and sudden mood changes may occur.
Kali Phos – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety with Weakness
Kali Phos is for anxiety coupled with weakness and fatigue. The person needing Kali Phos experiences dread, fear, nervousness and anxiety. Slight noises tend to trigger anxiety, and the person may feel tired and fatigued all the time. An aversion to being alone, weariness from everyday life, negative thinking and excessive sensitiveness are other symptoms.
Lilium Tigrinum – For Anxiety of Incurable Disease
Lilium Tigrinum is a homeopathic medicine for anxiety where a person fears contracting an incurable disease. The symptoms include nervousness, restlessness, and hurriedness. Palpitations, fear of becoming insane and fear of being alone are present. Remaining busy or engaged in work relieves the symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. I get worried, stressed, anxious and tensed very quickly and tend to get palpitations. Am I suffering from an anxiety disorder?
Getting worried, stressed, anxious and tensed is a regular part of life and every individual tends to experience it every once in a while. You are not suffering from an anxiety disorder if these symptoms last only for a brief period. However, if these symptoms occur too frequently with high intensity, last for a long time and tend to interfere with your everyday life, then there are chances that you have an anxiety disorder. A clear diagnosis can only be made with a clinical analysis and in-depth discussion of your symptoms.
2. How do I come to know if I have panic disorder?
Recurrent panic attacks are one of the most common indications of a panic disorder. Panic disorder can be suspected if you have sudden, frequent episodes of heightened fear, terror, along with palpitations, shortness of breath, pounding heart, dizziness, and sweating.
3. I am a male aged 30 years and get very anxious, self-conscious with trembling and palpitations in social situations and tend to avoid them. Do I have social anxiety?
As per your symptoms of getting anxious, self-conscious with trembling and palpitations in social situations and their avoidance, there are chances that you have developed a social anxiety disorder. You must get yourself analyzed by a psychologist who can confirm the diagnosis.
4. I am a female aged 25 years with a family history of anxiety. Will I also develop the same?
Having a positive family history of anxiety does put you at risk to develop the same. But it doesn’t mean that you will develop anxiety because of that.
5. Can anxiety lead to any complications?
Yes, people with anxiety are at risk of some complications like isolation, disruption of relationships, suicidal attempts, addiction to drugs and alcohol. Such people are also predisposed to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), heartburn, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, and weight fluctuations.
6. Will I have to continue taking my anti-anxiety medicine if I start homeopathic medicines for my anxiety?
You will have to continue your anti-anxiety medications, but only during the initial months alongside the homeopathic treatment. It is not advisable to suddenly stop your anti-anxiety medicine because your body has become habitual to it, and stopping suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms. Once you respond to homeopathic medicines, then you may gradually stop the anti-anxiety drugs and transition entirely to homeopathy.
7. I am taking anti-anxiety medicines for my anxiety for a long time; can homeopathy help me not be dependent on these?
Yes, homeopathy can help you to get rid of the anti-anxiety medicines that you are already taking, but it is a gradual process. You will have to continue taking anti-anxiety medication along with the homeopathic medicines till you respond to the latter.
8. For how long a person with anxiety needs to continue homeopathic treatment for complete recovery?
The recovery period in any case of anxiety varies from a few months to a year. However, most cases of anxiety start to respond at the beginning of the homeopathic treatment. Factors like duration and intensity of anxiety and an individual’s response to homeopathic medicines tend to affect the length of the treatment.
9. If I start homeopathic medicines for anxiety, will I have to take it throughout my life?
No, you don’t need to take homeopathic medicines for your anxiety for life as these medicines are not habit forming. Once you get better to the point where you manage the symptoms yourself, you may gradually discontinue the medications.
10. Which homeopathic medicines work effectively to treat anxiety?
The top-ranking homeopathic medicines for anxiety include Aconitum Napellus, Arsenic Album, and Argentum Nitricum.
11. Do conventional medicines for anxiety have side effects?
The most commonly prescribed medicines for anxiety are made of substances like benzodiazepines and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These medications have shown side effects like low blood pressure, nausea, depression, lack of coordination, emotional dysfunction, memory loss, dizziness, weight loss and more. These drugs may also cause ‘paradoxical effects,’ where a person may suffer a worsening of the symptoms.
Tips to Manage Anxiety
Certain lifestyle measures that can help manage anxiety include:
– Taking a walk regularly
– Doing regular exercises
– Ensuring adequate sleep
– Avoiding use of alcohol
– Quitting smoking if you are habitual to it
– Adapting techniques like yoga and meditation to manage stress
– Increasing the intake of water, green vegetables, and fruits
– Joining some anxiety support group
– Sharing your problems with family members or doctor and avoiding isolation