Homeopathy works holistically to stimulate your body to heal itself. As it works on all levels – mind, emotions and physical, we can use Homeopathy to treat emotional states such as anxiety. Although chronic long-term anxiety should be treated by a professional homeopath, if your child has started getting anxious or tends to exhibit anxiety before an exam or trip to the dentist, then he or she will respond well to a well prescribed acute anxiety homeopathic medicine.
The first thing to do is to take what we call an “acute” case. This is when a condition is self-limiting rather than chronic. This is how you go about it:
How to Take “The Case”
Observe your child and ask yourself the following questions:
- What behaviours do they have that is not normal for them?
- Are they exhibiting physical signs such as restlessness or running to the bathroom?
- What are they saying to others/themself?
- What is it they are worried about?
- Once you have observed, and spoken to your child, you can now determine broadly what type of anxiety they are experiencing.
Important: If your child is exhibiting generalised anxiety of a severe or prolonged nature it is important that you can determine the cause such as bullying at school. This type of severe anxiety would be better treated by a professional Homeoapth as it requires a deep understanding of constitutional prescribing.
The easiest anxiety state to prescribe for is when your child is anxious about a particular event or occasion.
Event or Performance Anxiety
This is the type of anxiety related to a particular event such as a school exam or a visit to the dentist or making a speech. We all know how this feels to us, and we also know that if the anxiety is removed we perform a lot better!
Individual children will experience their anxiety in different ways and these are outlined below under each homeopathic medicine.
So What Homeopathic Medicines can you use?
Gelsemium: Child feels cowardly and weak and may have some trembling. They feel the task ahead of them is too much. (If in doubt and your child’s symptoms are hard to define, try Gelsemium first.)
Argentum Nitricum: Child has an anticipatory anxiety and feels very nervous. They are likely to have diarrhoea and flatulence.
Lycopodium: Give this medicine when your child is fearful that they will fail and look foolish or incompetent in front of others. They are likely to cover this anxiety up with an overly confident manner but they don’t feel confident. Often these types will ‘perform’ very well each time but still have the preceding anxiety.
Aconite: Give this medicine for a child who is extremely fearful with marked restlessness. They cannot sit still and may have a scared expression.
Can I use these medicines for adults?
Resoundingly yes! If you recognise any of these states in an adult then use the medicine in the same way as recommended for children and teenagers.
What about major academic exams?
Absolutely…If in doubt try Gelsemium the night before the exam and on the day of the exams to help alleviate nerves.
Give the medicine in the 30 potency on waking and before sleeping the day before the specific event. (If your child is extremely anxious you can increase it to 3 X day for 2 days before the event). Then repeat on waking the day of the event and then just before the event itself IF necessary.
For more information on how to cope with and treat an anxious child check out my Audio seminar “How to Soothe Your Anxious Child with Homeopathy and EFT” Here is what a teleseminar participant said just from hearing the audio by itself:
“I learned so much during this one call and I found the interview an absolute treasury–very complete, informational and educational on so many levels, from explaining what Homeopathy really is, to how a quality homeopathic treatment process unfolds from initial appointment onward.”
For more information about how YOU can help your child or family member with anxiety, go to this page.
Happy Homeopathic prescribing 🙂
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© Sam Adkins 2009
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