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Top 3 Homeopathic Medicines for Treating Stress

homeopathy for stress Stress is a regular part of life, and everyone experiences it from time to time. In some cases, stress can help a person work better under difficult conditions to achieve goals. It can be essential too, for survival in certain circumstances (to trigger the fight-or-flight response in case of danger). However, severe chronic stress that continues for a long time and is not managed can manifest itself in the form of physical problems. Homeopathy for stress works at a psychological level to help the body cope with the stressful conditions, and also minimize the physiological effects of stress.

Stress is a body’s natural way of responding to any danger or threat. When a person senses a threat, certain hormones come into action that either help fight the situation or run away from it. The hormones released in stressful conditions include cortisol and adrenaline. These lead to increased heart rate, alertness, accelerated breathing, high blood pressure, and tightening of muscles. Frequent arousal of this stress mechanism has harmful physical and psychological effects.

Causes of Stress

Different people react to the same kind of stress in different ways. One person may find a given situation stressful while for another person, a similar situation causes no stress. Stress to a large extent depends on a person’s perception of a given situation. Various factors can trigger stress, and these are known as stressors. Some of the major stressors include:

– problems at the workplace

– financial crisis

– disharmony in relationships, marriage

– major life changes

– negative thinking (pessimism)

– demanding perfectionism in everything

– job loss, unemployment

– moving to a new home

– an illness

– death of a family member or someone loved

– stress after a traumatic incidence like abuse, violence, natural disaster or an accident (a condition known as PTSD – post-traumatic stress disorder)

Symptoms of Stress

The symptoms of stress are seen on different levels. Some important symptoms include:

Symptoms of stress on a physical level include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Stomach problems
  • Seeping troubles
  • Muscle aches/
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Chest pain

Symptoms of stress on the emotional level include:

  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Mood changes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feeling of isolation

Symptoms of stress on the behavioral aspect include:

  • Withdrawal from others
  • Using drugs
  • Abuse of alcohol or tobacco
  • Eating excessively
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Changed sleeping patterns where a person sleeps too much or too little

Symptoms of stress on the cognitive level include:

  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Weak memory
  • Difficulty in making judgments

Homeopathy for Stress

The homeopathic system of medicine carries an excellent scope to help a person manage stress. Homeopathic medicines are constitutional remedies that work on a deep psychological level to give the best results in stress management. They help in building stamina to cope with day-to-day stresses of life. They also help overcome chronic grief that is causing stress. Conditions like depression and anxiety arising from long-standing stress are also treated well with homeopathic medicines.
The top listed homeopathic medicines for stress include Kali Phos, Ignatia Amara, and Natrum Mur.

1. Kali Phos – Top Medicine to Manage Stress

Kali Phos for stress is a top listed remedy used to manage stress that arises from overstraining of mind at the workplace or home.
A constant state of cares and worries leading to stress is a guiding feature to use this medicine. It helps to relax the overstrained mind. People needing Kali Phos tend to remain sad, irritable and restless and may be over-sensitive to noise and light. The person also tends to feel weak, fatigued and exhausted from minimal exertion. Indifference to life, a weak memory, and stress headaches are treated well with Kali Phos. Sleeplessness from stress is also treated with this homeopathic remedy.

Key indications for using Kali Phos for Stress:

– Overstrained mind
– Fatigue
– Headache and Sleeplessness

2. Ignatia Amara – For Managing Stress due to Grief

Ignatia Amara is a well indicated medicine for managing stress that stems from some grief. For example, the grief over the death of a near or dear one or disappointment in love that leads to stress is treated well with Ignatia. The person needing this medicine has consistently sad thoughts, weeps bitterly and has a desire to be left alone. He/She may also sob and sigh frequently. A changeable mood where the person laughs and weeps in quick succession, an indifference to things the person loved in the past, discouragement, mental and physical exhaustion, and dullness of mind and difficulty in comprehension are some other symptoms that may be noted. Such people may also get frightened easily and tend to have restless sleep. Other related symptoms include head heaviness, loss of appetite, constipation and muscle twitches.

Key indications for using Ignatia Amara for Stress

– Stress from grief
– Continuous sadness and weeping
– Mental and physical exhaustion

3. Natrum Mur – For Stress that results in Depression

Natrum Mur as a remedy for stress works well in cases where the stress leads to depression. The guiding features to use Natrum Mur are a desire to be alone, aversion to talking and weeping in loneliness. Consolation tends to worsen the condition, and the person develops an aversion to doing any work (whether physical or mental). They are hurried, anxious and hopeless about the future. They also become absent-minded and suffer from weakness of memory. Dullness of mind and difficulty thinking, fluttering of heart and palpitations are other features. Natrum Mur is also useful for treating hair loss resulting from stress and depression.

Key indications for using Natrum Mur for Stress

– A desire for loneliness
– Aversion to work
– Hair loss from stress

Other Important Medicines

4. Arsenic Album – For Stress that Leads to Anxiety

Arsenic Album is a medicine for stress that leads to anxiety. Anxiety with extreme restlessness, overthinking with several thoughts crowding the mind, a fear of death, trembling, cold sweat, and facial flushing are the typical symptoms that indicate the need for this medicine. Constriction of chest and difficulty in breathing may also be present. The anxiety attacks are more prevalent after midnight. Utmost exhaustion is present in a majority of the cases.

5. Aconitum Napellus – For Managing Acute Stress with Panic Attacks

Aconitum Napellus is a natural medicine prepared from a plant named ‘monkshood.’ As a remedy for stress, Aconitum Napellus is used to manage acute stress (of great intensity) with panic attacks. Extreme anxiety with restlessness and hurriedness along with intense palpitations are the main symptoms. A fear of death may also be present.

6. Coffea Cruda – For Managing Sleeplessness from Stress

Coffea Cruda is a medicine used to treat sleeplessness that develops due to stress. Excessive thoughts flow through the mind constantly and lead to sleeplessness. Palpitations may be present, and the person tosses about in the bed from side to side. Nervousness, restlessness, excessive weeping and lamenting over trifles, oversensitivity, and irritability are the main symptoms that indicate the need for Coffea Cruda.

7. Nux Vomica – For Stress with Irritability and Anger Outbursts

Nux Vomica is a prominent medicine indicated for stress accompanied by irritability and anger outbursts. Nux Vomica is suitable when the person is stressed and tends to get easily angered or irritable, get offended easily, and are quarrelsome. Oversensitivity to light, noise, smell, and anxiety about small things, sleeplessness, and gastric troubles may also be present. An inclination to take drugs or excessive alcohol may be seen among individuals requiring homeopathic medicine Nux Vomica.

8. Aurum Met – For Stress causing Pessimism

Aurum Met is indicated medicine for stress in people who have pessimistic thinking about life.
The person needing Aurum Met is always unhappy and thinks life is a burden. He/She develops a weariness towards life and feels hopeless. Suicidal thoughts, a longing for death, anger from contradictions, palpitations with sleepiness, and fatigue of the limbs are other symptoms.

Health Issues Triggered by Stress

Stress can contribute to many health problems. When left untreated or unmanaged, chronic stress can lead to hair fall, digestive issues, skin problems, weight gain and other serious problems like heart diseases, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive issues.

1. Stress and Heart Disease

The link between heart disease and stress is not yet clearly understood. However, it is known that stress contributes to many changes in the body that collectively work and increase the risk for heart disease. These changes resulting from stress include an increase in blood pressure, worsening of high cholesterol, thickening of the blood, damage to the lining of blood vessels, and atherosclerosis. Other contributing factors include alcohol, smoking, overeating, and doing less exercise due to stress.

2. Stress and High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Stress does tend to cause an increase in the blood pressure due to the rise of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. However, this increase in blood pressure is temporary, and it drops down to normal levels once the stressful condition is over. The exact link between stress and long-term hypertension is not known, but it is possible that frequent rising and falling of blood pressure due to stress may add up over time, and lead to chronic hypertension. Along with this, if a person consumes alcohol, tobacco, or starts overeating, these factors can contribute to chronic hypertension.

3. Stress and Diabetes

Chronic stress carries a risk of contributing to the development of type 2 diabetes. Stress may lead to unhealthy lifestyle habits like lack of exercise, smoking, changing eating habits, alcohol intake, etc. All these factors put a person at risk for developing diabetes. Stress causes long-term activation of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis (a complex set of interactions between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and the adrenal glands) and the sympathetic nervous system. These lead to the development of abdominal obesity and further increase the risk of diabetes.

4. Stress and Obesity

During a stressful situation, the hormone cortisol is released. This hormone is known to increase the appetite, and increase the cravings for sugary and fatty foods. This can increase the belly fat and cause obesity over time.

5. Stress and Digestive Complaints

Stress can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract ( GIT ). The process of digestion slows down during stress. Stress can also cause inflammation in the GIT, acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation and bloating. It is also a leading predisposing factor for IBS – irritable bowel syndrome and tends to worsen peptic ulcers.

6. Stress and Reproductive Problems

In males, stress can lead to weak erections or impotence. In females, stress can lead to low libido, severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and intense symptoms during menopause. In pregnant women, the chances of a premature birth increase if the woman is stressed.

7. Stress and Hair Fall

Stress can lead to hair fall by triggering conditions like telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, and trichotillomania. In the case of telogen effluvium, stress makes hair follicles to go into a resting phase. The affected hair falls out in bunches upon combing or washing.
Stress can also cause hair loss in spots (alopecia areata) by triggering an autoimmune response.
Trichotillomania is a condition where a person has an irresistible desire to pull out hair from eyebrows, scalp, and other areas of the body as a result of stress.

8. Stress and Skin Complaints

Stress can trigger many skin complaints and cause flare-ups. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions triggered by stress. Stress boosts the levels of the hormone cortisol. This leads to an increase in the production of oil, making the skin more prone towards acne. Stress can also trigger or flare up an autoimmune response linked to skin complaints like vitiligo and psoriasis. Apart from these, eczema and acne rosacea also tend to flare up due to stress.

Classification of Stress

Stress can be divided into three types – acute stress, episodic acute stress, and chronic stress.

Acute stress
It is short-term stress and is also the most common type of stress. In acute stress, the body immediately reacts to a new challenge or an event. For example, giving a speech to a group of people, an argument with someone, or being stuck in a traffic jam can trigger acute stress. The symptoms of acute stress include increased heart rate, anxiety, shortness of breath, palpitation of the heart, increased sweat, tension headache and tensed muscles in the neck and back.

Episodic Acute Stress
Episodic acute stress is the condition where acute stress occurs on a very frequent basis. Anxious personalities and people who tend to think negatively most of the time are at an increased risk to suffer from episodic acute stress. The symptoms of episodic acute stress include tension headaches, migraines, depression, chronic fatigue, hypertension, and irritability.

Chronic Stress
The stress that is persistent and lasts for a long time is known as chronic stress. Chronic stress occurs due to a variety of reasons, like unhealthy relationships, poverty, unsatisfactory job/career. Persons with chronic stress are at a high risk to develop conditions like heart disease, stroke, cancer or to commit suicide.

Stress Management

Apart from homeopathy, the following tips can help manage stress:

– Adopting relaxing techniques like yoga, meditation

– Taking a healthy diet including fresh fruits, vegetables, and omega three fatty acids

– Doing regular exercise

– Getting enough sleep

– Avoiding taking alcohol, drugs, and tobacco

– Cutting down the amount of sugar and caffeine intake

– Deep breathing exercises

– Maintaining a positive attitude towards life

– Taking time to cultivate some relaxing hobbies

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Comments

  1. Hello dr sharma, is their any treatment for high cortisole i.e Cushing syndrome?

  2. srinivasarao-hyderabad says:

    my age is 78 Male, i am suffering with anxiety and depression of mind since long time.. when a fearful or worried scene seems my mind is depressed for one day. next morning after sleeping, it is reduced,
    in noon after sleeping of dinner, sleep for one hour. awakening mind disturbs for 2 hours
    . In night i will sleep between 10-30 and 11 pm, after taking takng my meals. At about 3-30am, i will awakening for urination. after urination, my mind is restless and giddy, full of thouugts whatever may be. i will not sleep and sit on bed or in chaiar.The mind is somewhat better . from that time, my eyes are burning, and the giddiness of mind upto 10pm. from that time till my sleep at night , i will somehat happy.
    previously i used Arg niit, ars arb about 4 years back and used for 3 monthes by doctor consultaion. when my my mind is anxiety and complete restlessness. But symptoms are not reduced and heavy to bear, i gone to allopathic doctor. he has given 10 gm CIPRALEX and aplan 0.5 for sleeping . and used for about 6 monthes. When the medicine is used my mind is almost in dull without thoughts and sleeping day ninght. i am not happy since i am always in comma stage and sleeping throught the day.i will not do any work . afterwards, i discontinued and i felt happy for sssometime and symtptoms awakened, The docor gave the same medicines. i did not use them. While my son is working in Americia, i went 3 years back. There i have seen in Wallmort stores, john stress mood health captules ,prepared from herbals , bottles of 100 or 159 tablets. and next i have purchased from medical stores ANXIETY RELIEF (act nit 6x, arg nit 8x, ars alb 9x, hyoscymus 6x, ign, kali carb,12x, nm 6x, and other combinations)
    HOMEOPATHY TABLETS AND purchased the two mesicines
    from then i will using them daily in moning and evening about 50 % better.
    from since 4 or 5 months, i am awakening a 3-30pm aas mntioned above and suffering above symptoms.Anxiety relief gives relief when symptoms in morning after 6am when feeling stress and headache which gives relief in better

  3. Hi sir Ian getting anxiety and depression and Iam not getting good sleep pls help how to over come this problem Ian using panazop 12.5 from one week at that Iam getting good sleep from five days Ian not using that tablet.pls help me homeopathy medicine sir

  4. Ashish kumar says:

    Hi sir I am 28 year old after a long I have started study again due to some reason. Problem is continuous headache due to long hour study. When I am on bed my mind is thinking continuously so I am not able to sleep deeply. Sometimes I feel stress because of the uncertainty in the exam or I would not be able to crack. Due to this I am mentally exausted. Physically fine. Due to this constipation is another issue.
    I am also unable to concentrate.
    Thanks

  5. Puneet Raj says:

    Hello sir good morning, me puneet Raj 26 yrs old, having suffering from tension & depression & overthinking 24 hours, fear to death, pain in heart, headache, having fear to go in public& at podium. Restlessness, impatient, calmlessness.
    Sir pls, recommend me a best homeopathy medicine for this mental& psychological problem.
    Thank u sir.

  6. Pawan Jain says:

    I am 60 year age, good health, no Sugar, have
    high BP from last 10 years, I am little over weight
    79 kg – height 5’-5” . I am a manufacturer
    business man , due to loss in business having lots
    Of sever Bank finance problems, due to which having extreme mental stress, fear of losing everything,
    Reputation loss in society, pain on back upper side
    Of forehead, I am taking R54, and Aconitum30,
    My BP is always around 155/95, pulse 80 to 90,
    Inspite of BP allopathic medicine, taking R85, but
    BP still on same level. Now I have fear that I am
    About to have brain hemrage any moment.
    Loosing hope and strength to fight with the situation
    Please suggest the medicine.

  7. ankita limbasiya says:

    hi,,,my name is ankita limbasiya,,im doing phd in medical students,,,way allopathy students more stress compare homeopathic students???????
    and way ayurvedic students mental health is very good compare both streem -allo. and homeo.????pll ans me

  8. Nikhil Kumar says:

    I am 18 year old student. For the last nine months I have been under stress after performing not so good in entrance examination. I feel very stresses whenever I sit down to make a choice regarding my career , I feel tensed and feel like vomiting . Is it depression?

  9. biplab sardar says:

    I am 49 yesrs old male I am suffaring from back headeac thanking you

  10. Hello sir, My husband is taking stress due to some personal problems. His age is 32 years. Doctor says it’s hypertension. Due to this his BP increases and suffering from vertigo. This happend 2 to 3 times within last 6 months. So please suggest any homeopathic remedies for him.

  11. My daughters are 15 and 11 years old. my 15 year old has missed a lot of school this year because of nausea, vomiting and headaches. we took her to the dr. did all kinds of tests, then after talking and asking over and over she finally admitted its her depression that is causing the symptoms. Depression due to her 11 yr old sister who is pretty much uncontrollable, ill mannered child who can be bullish to her sister and the whole family and does not accept responsibility for her actions. The 11 yr old goes to 2 counselors and the 15yr old goes to 1 as well. they recommended psychiatric assessment but will take 4 months for treatment. Help what can I do to help them now?

  12. Sakina Nasir says:

    I am an Asian female age almost 59, my right knee joint has slight swelling and I am facing difficulty in standing after sitting down. I had stiffness and have been taking Rus tox, bryonia and arnica 200 on alternate days and there is a difference in stiffness. Also my stress level is very high and I loose my temper very easily. Please advise.

    • K Mahendra kumar says:

      sir,
      My name is K Mahendra Kumar, age is 46 years, I am suffering with panic attacks for the last 7 years. But last 2 years i continuously used allopathic medicine i.e., aplaz 2, citas 20, valcam 500, pregacent and quogress medicines. Now with this medicines i have problem with fistula. Hence I am not using aplaz and citas due to these 2 medicines i am severely suffering with fistula problem. when i am going morning for rest room i am suffering pain at anal. sir please give good suggestion. when i am suffering with anxiety i feel pulputation and pain at heart. and some times hear bad news i feel very nervously.

  13. payal Bhatnagar says:

    Hello Dr. I m suffering from anxiety disorder for last two years. I become anxious very quickly. I feel like a wave in my body n I become anxious.no SPL. Thoughts that make me anxious.I feel palpitations,weakness in my legs, shaking, trembling, gas accumulation,headaches,and current flowing feeling in my brain nerves. Pl. Help me to overcome out of this problem.regards

    • I will suggest you to perform a full yoga training exercise and maintain a life style. Especially do breathing exercises and relaxation techniwues will really help you. Belief me it will help you.

  14. Altaf Ahmad Mian says:

    Hello sir, I am feeLiNg stress daily. My anger builds fast and my mind thinks deep as it happens with me from last 3 months this stress effects my stomach and intestines . And I want to eat lot of things by this stress pls suggest me a good medicine as I will feel happy And stress free life.

  15. age is 40+, office worker, suffering from hypertension with increased rate of pulse. Please advice suitable homoeopathic remedy

  16. NARAYANA REDDY MILKOORI says:

    Sir my son tried for esbishment of got. Forestry college by conveying the chief minister of telangana state in India and on contract basis he worked as a assistant proefessor as he passed in m.sc. Forestry course as well as he also passed in net examination. In the month of December 2017 the college authorities did not select him for permanent post. So he went to complete his discontinued ph.d. recently. In the meanwhile his previous college principal through phone told to my son that they will provide permanent job for my son in case if he completes his ph.d. within 15 or 20 days time for which in these miserable conditions my son felt that it is not possible for him to do so. As such my son is now suffering with deep mental frustration. So kindly provide most suitable remedy for my son urgently. Thanks a lot in advance

  17. Hanslal Ray says:

    Dear Dir…Pls advise my is not felling well due to desperation like as metal pls suggest which medicine is the best

  18. Elizabeth Darkoh says:

    please Dr. I was thinking about something my heart desire I couldn’t get, and I I started feeling headache seriously

  19. Hi m 28 lady suffering from hypertension and mentaly tension think to think daly my bp shoot up some time down no control to thinking what can I do any suggestions plz homeopathy medicine can cure my problem .

    • My husband’s stress is causing deep, deep itching and burning in his skin. Is there homeopathic that can treat both the cause (stress) and the symptom?

  20. Samir Bhattacharya says:

    A homeopth medicine for stress,anxity, lack of sleep and acidity

    • Farooq Musani says:

      Hi Dr. Sharma

      I am a Pakistani national residing in Karachi. Please recommend me the most suitable homeopathic single medicine in drops form to relieve me from stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, acidity and appetite.

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