The role of homeopathy in anxiety disorders

Anxiety and stress are relatively common pathologies these days and have significant repercussions on our health. The term “anxiety” is commonly used to describe an unpleasant, negative, and disproportionate feeling about a situation perceived to be threatening.

Generally speaking, the term anxiety, whose Latin etymology means “narrowness,” is defined as a narrowing of the affected person’s world coupled with perpetual worry. More specifically, anxiety is a notion of uncertainty and nervous tension in the face of an upcoming event. However, it is difficult for an individual to precisely define their emotional state during an anxiety episode. Anxiety can be short-lived and transient as well as permanent or chronic.

Anxiety and stress require special care where different therapeutic routes are available. Today, the allopathic therapeutic arsenal is important but it is not without side effects.

What is anxiety ?

Anxiety is a normal emotion in the face of daily stress to which the subject responds by mobilizing his physiological and psychological resources. It therefore corresponds to an adaptation factor in the face of dangerous and emergency situations (aggression, performance, hardship). It becomes pathological when it becomes painful, uncontrollable, crippling or even paralyzing. The subject no longer controls the situation and his resources become insufficient in the face of this event. We speak of major anxiety in this case where the normal limit is exceeded towards a pathological state.

To designate a concern, two terms can be used in French: “anxiety” or “anguish”. We speak more frequently of anxiety in the medical world and rather of anxiety from a philosophical point of view. However, these two terms differ slightly. Indeed, unlike anxiety which is a fear of nothing, without an object, anxiety focuses on an object or an event. An anxious person does not manage to detach himself from his element “stressor” and thus does not manage to control himself. The development of anxiety breaks down into three levels: first the symptomatic stage, then the syndrome stage and finally the cloudy level.

A symptom corresponds to a clinical sign, a syndrome a structured set of symptoms and finally the term disorder is used to describe the disability situation in question.

The repercussions of anxiety on the body :

Anxiety and stress affect the body in different ways. A stressful situation results in biological responses that can be harmful to humans. These consequences can be classified in different registers: emotional and somatic consequences with the appearance of harmful disorders localized in tissues or organs.

Emotional component :

The emotional component is highly solicited in these pathologies, thus leading to the occurrence of changes in the psyche in case of anxiety. A possible sadness or emotional withdrawal can then appear, but also the occurrence of irritability, hostility or aggressiveness as being able to be direct consequences of anxious pathologies, whether it is anxiety or stress. On the other hand, stress can lead to the development of anxiety.

Somatic component :

Stress and anxiety disorders can take different clinical forms.

The somatic complaints described are generally specific to each type of anxiety. For example, during a panic attack, the most common reactions observed are tachycardia, palpitations, sweating, a feeling of chest tightness, precordial pain, dizziness, faintness, or paresthesia. In the case of generalized anxiety, the repercussions will be quite different, especially with insomnia.

Somatoform disorders are also used to describe these somatic-like manifestations, the nature and origin of which are psychogenic.
It should be noted that in the elderly, the expression of anxiety is often atypical, explained in particular by a difficulty in expressing oneself.

Some homeopathic treatments to fight against anxiety :

Gelsemium 15CH

This strain has the particularity of treating stage fright by anticipation with inhibition, feelings of stupidity, dizziness, tremors, emotional diarrhea and polyuria.

Dosage: Take 5 granules morning and evening, to renew if necessary or 1 dose the day before and 1 dose 1 hour before the dreaded test.

Ignatia amara 15CH

Designed to improve paradoxical behavior, this strain acts on hyperesthesia of all senses, palpitations and spasms (lump in the throat, sobbing, abdominal spasms, yawning, sighing). This strain is indicated for all non-logical (paradoxical) behavior.

Dosage: Take 5 granules morning and evening, to be renewed if necessary.

Argentum nitricum 15CH

This strain acts more precisely on agitated or rushed subjects who would like to finish before having started. These subjects tend to diarrhea with belching, paradoxically needing sugar (which worsens their digestive disorders).

Dosage: Take 5 granules morning and evening, to be renewed if necessary.

Nux vomica 15CH

Used in cases of irritability, anger, aggressiveness and digestive spasms, in a context of overwork, abuse of stimulants such as coffee or alcohol.

Dosage: Take 5 granules morning and evening, to be renewed if necessary.

Staphysagria 15CH

This strain is indicated in frustration, feelings of injustice, anger or concealed grief.

Dosage: Take 1 serving per day for 3 days. Can also be taken long term, in this case take 5 granules morning and evening.

Aconitum napellus 30CH

Used in intense and sudden panic attacks, in the sensations of palpitations and also in the “fear of dying”.

Dosage: Take 1 dose to be repeated 1/2 hour later if necessary.

 

Clémentine. M.
Naturopath – Aromatherapist / Herbalist – Phytotherapist
Consultant in clinical phyto-aromatherapy and ethnomedicine

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