The word “homeopathy,” which is derived from the Greek words homeo (similar) and pathos (suffering or disease), indicates a system of medicine and healing developed nearly two centuries ago by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Based on the principle “like cures like,” homeopathic remedies are matched to symptoms and thought to stimulate the body’s natural immune and healing responses. Remedies are derived from dilutions of plants, minerals and animals and taken in minute doses usually in drop or tablet form.
Here are 10 remedies that can help your body cope with stress. Besides these single remedies, your natural products store carries combination remedies (mixtures of synergistic remedies) specially formulated to help calm you. This information is not meant to replace the advice of your physician.
1. Aconite: Anxiety, fear, nervous irritation. Patient is physically and mentally restless and is sensitive to light, touch and noise. Patient is also faint or dizzy upon rising, has a flushed face and is intolerant of pain. Illness often results from emotional and physical tension, and inflammatory conditions exist throughout the body. Condition is made better by open air, worse by tobacco smoke and warm air.
2. Arsenicum album: Intense anxiety accompanied by restlessness. Patient fears something terrible will happen, is chilly, fault-finding, insecure, perspires easily, is unable to sleep and thirsty for small sips often. Constantly moving around helps comfort the arsenicum sufferer, who is oversensitive to smell and touch. Fussy meticulousness creates high-strung, nervous personality. Condition is made better by warmth, worse by cold and the sight and smell of food.
3. Belladonna: Restlessness, irritability. Patient is overly sensitive to stimuli including light, noise and touch and can’t bear to have the bed touched for fear of being jarred. He/she feels excited and angry and has trouble falling asleep. Hot, red skin with flushed face and dry mouth and throat plus inflammatory conditions of the stomach and bowel are typical of patients who need belladonna. Condition is better when patient sits up, worse when lying down.
4. Chamomilla: Good remedy for restless, irritable children, particularly children who can’t sleep because they’re excited. Patient is intolerant of pain, which is made better by passive motion, i.e., carrying a sick child. Patient is dissatisfied, wanting something new every minute, quarrelsome and thirsty for cold drinks. One cheek may feel hot, the other cold. Condition is made better by warm, wet weather, worse by heat and open air.
5. Ignatia: Acute emotional stress especially if preceded by grief, fear or anger. Patient is nervous, moody, sometimes hysterical and can’t sleep because of emotional strain and mental stress. Sufferer is overly critical yet sensitive to reprimand, although she/he tries not to break down in front of others. Feels worse when consoled. This remedy is suited to overly sensitive women. Condition is made better from warmth and walking, worse from tobacco smoke and suppressing emotions.
6. Lycopodium: Anxiety. Patient doubts ability to perform new or challenging tasks and is especially nervous in social conditions. Sufferer lacks self-confidence, worries about others’ opinions and tries to hide insecurities with bravado. He/she awakens early in the morning and is unable to go back to sleep because of an active mind. A person needing lycopodium is melancholic, cross upon awakening and prone to disorders of the digestive system. Condition is made better by warm food and drink, worse from external heat.
7. Natrum muriaticum: Anxiety, anxious dreams. Patient becomes ill after emotional trauma. She/he is emotionally sensitive and holds in grief and anger, feels uncomfortable when consoled and broods over the past. Sudden noise and heat bother this patient, who also craves salty food and has dry skin. Condition is made better by open air and fasting, worse with heat and noise.
8. Nux vomica: Anxiety, despair, irritability, mental stress. Patient is sullen, quarrelsome and critical. He/she is sensitive to drafts and noise and awakens at 3 or 4 a.m., falling back to sleep at daybreak and reawakening feeling unrefreshed. A life dominated by work is common to the patient needing Nux vomica. Condition is made better by rest and warmth, worse by anger and eating.
9. Pulsatilla: Anxiety, especially after bad news or emotional upset. Patient tires in the afternoon, desires attention and sympathy, craves open air and often can’t sleep due to recurring thoughts. Heat intolerance and weak digestion mark the pulsatilla patient. Personality is mild, dependent, emotional. Condition feels better from motion and open air, worse in a warm room and after eating.
10. Rhus toxicodendron: Extreme restlessness. Patient is anxious and can’t be comforted unless moving about. Sleep is difficult for the Rhus tox patient, as joints and tendons ache and nighttime brings anxiety and fear. People benefiting from Rhus tox are despondent, often contemplating suicide. Condition is made better by warmth and change of position, worse from cold and wet, rainy nights.