Homeopathic Treatments for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND
While there are several prescription medications available for the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks, there is much to be said and offered in the way of homeopathic treatments for these conditions.
Symptoms of panic attacks are frightening in and of themselves:
* Chest pains
* Heart palpitations
* Shortness of breath
* Dizziness
* Faintness
* Sweating
* Fear
* Nausea
* Numbness
* Tingling
Of course, treating yourself well before the onset of a panic attack makes sense. Deep breathing, taking time to relax, getting proper sleep, hydration, and nutrition are all essential elements to a healthy mind. Learning how to meditate is also another excellent way to recharge your battery and calm your nerves at the same time.
Homeopathic cures that you may be interested in trying include:
Aconitum napellus
A panic attack that comes on suddenly with very strong fear (even fear of death) may indicate this remedy. A state of immense anxiety may be accompanied by strong palpitations, shortness of breath, and flushing of the face.
Argentum nitricum
This relieves apprehension or stage fright accompanied by agitation and a feeling of hurriedness. A physical sign corresponding to this medicine is stomach aches with belching.
Arsenicum album aka Metallicum album
People who are deeply anxious about their health, and extremely concerned with order and security, often benefit from this remedy. Obsessive about small details and very neat, they may feel a desperate need to be in control of everything. Panic attacks often occur around midnight or the very early hours of the morning when they feel very restless and start pacing around from place to place.
Kali phosphoricum
When a person has been exhausted by overwork or illness and feels a deep anxiety and inability to cope, this remedy may help. The person is jumpy and oversensitive, and may be startled by ordinary sounds. Hearing unpleasant news or thinking of world events can aggravate the problems. Lycopodium
Individuals likely to respond to this remedy feel anxiety from mental stress and suffer from a lack of confidence. They can be self-conscious and feel intimidated by people they perceive as powerful (yet may also swagger or be domineering toward those with whom they feel more comfortable). Taking on responsibility can cause a deep anxiety and fear of failure.
People who need this remedy are openhearted, imaginative, excitable, easily startled, and full of intense and vivid fears. They are usually very thirsty for cold drinks.  Strong anxiety can be triggered by thinking of almost anything. Nervous and sensitive to others, they can overextend themselves with sympathy to the point of feeling exhausted and “spaced out” or even getting ill. They want a lot of company and reassurance, often feeling better from conversation or a back-rub.
People who need this remedy often express anxiety as insecurity and clinginess, with a need for constant support and comforting. The person may be moody, tearful, whiny, even emotionally childish. (Pulsatilla is a very useful remedy for children.) Getting too warm or being in a stuffy room often increases anxiety. Fresh air and gentle exercise often bring relief. Anxiety around the time of hormonal changes (puberty, menstrual periods, or menopause) often is helped with Pulsatilla.
If you are not sure which homeopathic remedy will the best one for you, please visit your local Naturopathic Doctor for proper advice.  Homeopathic remedies can be a great tool to help avoid conventional medication or to help you decrease the need any medication that you may have been prescribed.  Homeopathic remedies do not interfere with conventional medications.

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