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Beating the Blues with Homeopathy
chronic, recurring, or severe depression, it is always advisable to seek professional
help. A homeopathic professional will treat each person on an individual basis,
so that no two people with depression, for example, will necessarily need the
same homeopathic medicine. All those symptoms relating to a person’s complaint
are taken into account, as well as their family and medical history, general
character, and the stresses leading up to the depression.
The homeopathic remedies listed below may be used to help with recent, acute
depression, where you can easily identify a cause.
Guidelines for taking a remedy:
daily for up to 3 days.
Seek advice from a homeopathic professional if:
Aurum metallicum. Depression after a business failure or a personal
loss with feelings of guilt or betrayal. Feels worthless, as well as a deep despair.
Everything seems sad and dark, as if there is a black cloud over everything.
Causticum. Depression, especially after the death of a friend or
a parent. They become negative and gloomy and full of anxious forebodings. They
cry easily, especially over small things.
Gelsemium. Paralyzed with grief—after a loss. Doesn’t
recover from the shock. Finds it hard to cry. Becomes dull and sluggish on every
level. Also, mild depression after
an acute illness, especially the flu.
Ignatia. Recent depression after a loss with shock, especially
the loss of a child, parent, friend, or pet. Fights feelings of sadness around
others, by taking deep sighing breaths and “swallowing” the grief,
and ends up depressed with a sensation of a lump in the throat.
Kali phosphoricum. Depression with nervous exhaustion from over-excitement,
mental strain, or after an acute illness, especially the flu. They can’t
work because they can’t concentrate even if they try, and they lose confidence
in themselves because of this.
Lachesis. Depression from the suppression of any emotion (especially
jealousy) or during an emotionally and physically stressful transition such as
menopause. The feelings of depression and anxiety are much worse in the mornings.
Natrum muriaticum. “Silent” depression that comes on
after a loss, a disappointment, or a betrayal. They hide their sadness, bitterness,
and resentment. They can break down and cry but don’t want comforting and
will get irritated with anyone who tries to comfort them.
Natrum sulphuricum. Depression after head injury. Melancholy and
does not want to talk with anyone. Severe headaches with sensitivity to light.
Pulsatilla. Depression after a loss, jealousy, or betrayal. May
also be indicated around childbirth, puberty, or at menopause. They feel lonely
and cry easily—especially when talking about what has happened, and they
feel much better after a good cry. They want sympathy and feel better for it.
Sepia. Worn out, depressed, and irritable. They feel better for
crying but want to be alone and don’t want to be comforted. They are indifferent
to things that formerly gave them pleasure, including their partners, their children,
and their work. Physical stresses include childbirth and difficulties during
Zincum metallicum. Nervous exhaustion and depression caused by
mental strain. They have difficulty in thinking and don’t want to talk
much. They may forget what they are saying in the middle of a sentence.
You can find many more details on the above remedies for depression (along
with information on homeopathic help for anxiety, guilt, betrayal, loss, mental
strain, and more) in Miranda Castro’s book, Homeopathic Guide to Stress:
Safe and Effective Natural Ways to Alleviate Physical and Emotional Stress.
Miranda Castro is a British homeopath who has been living happily in the U.S.
since 1994. She is a Fellow of the Society of Homeopaths (UK) and has been practicing
homeopathy since 1983. She is author of The Complete Homeopathy Handbook,
Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and Your Baby’s First Years, and A Homeopathic
Guide to Stress. She practices and teaches in Southeast Florida. Contact
her at firstname.lastname@example.org or
on the web at www.mirandacastro.com.