By – Karan Bhargava, Director Bhargava Phytolab& CEO Homoeo Amigo
Fast-paced lifestyle, job loss, financial uncertainties, untimely death due to COVID and isolation have resulted in a surge of stress-related issues in the last couple of years. It has become a part of life and everyone encounters it from time to time. A recent report by GOQii, a smart-tech-enabled healthcare platform, has underlined that “24 per cent of Indians are struggling with stress” in their 2022-2023 Stress & Mental Health Study. This alarming data underscores the urgent need for increased awareness, access to mental health resources, and proactive measures to mitigate the impact of stress on individuals and society as a whole.
Mental health experts across the globe have attributed mounting uncertainty in our daily lives to the high-stress levels and suggested a holistic system of medicine that believes in treating the individual as a whole. This is where Homeopathy comes into play as this form of medicine cures not only physical symptoms but also emotional and mental well-being. The medicines for stress relief are based on the principle of treating the whole person and addressing the underlying causes of stress.
However, responses to homoeopathic remedies can vary from person to person, and it’s highly recommended to consult a qualified homoeopath for personalized treatment.
Below are some popular homoeopathic remedies for stress relief:
Aconitum napellus: This medicine is prescribed by a homoeopath at the initial stage of stress or anxiety disorder as it helps to alleviate the illness. It works best for those cases when the anxiety has stemmed from a shock or fight and it reduces the frequency of anxiety or panic attacks.
Chamomile: A popular herb known for its potential calming and stress-relief properties, Chamomile in the form of an aqueous extract in homoeopathic medicines is a prominent cure for sleeplessness, anxiety, and gastrointestinal conditions.
Causticum: Also known as potassium hydrate, this remedy is widely used in homoeopathy for a wide range of conditions related to the abdomen, psychologically and eyes. It works best to calm down the parasympathetic nervous system, thereby minimising the chances of panic attacks, mood swings, and phobias.
Gelsemium: It is used in homoeopathy to treat people, who have anxiety issues such as anticipatory anxiety, which occurs before exams, public speaking, or any event that causes nervousness. Such people are quite susceptible to fainting and can develop agoraphobia if not treated immediately.
Ignatia amara: This homoeopathic medicine is for those, who have symptoms associated with emotional disturbances including hysteria, effects of grief, worry and spasmodic hiccough, mood changes, sadness or consistent crying. The dosage of Ignatia is less and in diluted form in homoeopathic medicines. It can become toxic if it is taken in larger doses.
Natrum Muriaticum: This remedy is for individuals who tend to bottle up their emotions, especially grief, and find it challenging to express themselves, resulting in depression. They may seem reserved or aloof. This medicine can also relieve depression or stress feelings due to an ever-increasing level of responsibility.
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Nux Vomica: Nux Vomica is one of the widely used remedies for stress accompanied by irritability and anger outbursts. The intake of nux vomica works best for the person, who is stressed and tends to get easily angered or irritable, alcoholic, offended easily, and quarrelsome.
Homoeopathy assists in regaining the harmony, health, and vigour of our bodies on a mental, emotional, and physical level. Therefore, it is imperative to seek guidance from a qualified registered homoeopath for the evaluation and dosage of these above-mentioned homoeopathic remedies. Apart from homoeopathy, adopting relaxing techniques like yoga and meditation, incorporating a healthy diet including fresh fruits, vegetables, and omega-three fatty acids, doing regular exercise, and getting outside into nature is highly beneficial for stress management.