Homeopathy suggests that illness, or disease, is internal imbalance which first presents itself at our most fundamental levels. Illness, according to homeopathy, denotes an underlying imbalance Ã¢â‚¬â€ one that shows itself as symptoms. Symptoms are our bodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s response, or reaction, to this imbalance. Homeopathy, a natural and holistic system of medicine, aims to address these symptoms that externalise or 'speak' through our mind, and use them as a means for corrective treatment.
Every homeopathic remedy is characterised by a particular state of mind. All of us experience a particular condition of illness at some point. This state reflects our individual response to the world around us. It also influences how we think, feel, talk, behave, act or even react. Homeopathic medicines bring about subtle changes at our mental and emotional levels. For example, a person who has suppressed his/her anger or shame from being a 'victim' in school or at work, may find that he/she is, at long last, able to control anger in a healthy manner with the homeopathic medicine, Staphysagria.
Anger is more than just emotion. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a normal human attribute, as long as it does not go out of hand or become destructive. When this happens, a few doses of Cuprum Metallicum would be useful to calm oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s negative storm. Likewise, when thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s excessive anger, ironically leading one to tears, Zincum Metallicum would be a handy remedy. Some people show extreme anger, accompanied by abrupt mood swings. A dose of Tarentula can bring about a calming change in them and their wayward behaviour.
Anxiety is as old as the hills, a normal reaction to stress. It can play the spoilsport or motivate us. For generalised anxiety, Gelsemium is a useful remedy. For someone who has intense anxiety spells followed by panic attacks, Aconitum Napellus can bring emotional quiet. For individuals showing extreme anxiety about health, Arsenicum Album comes like a breath of fresh air and also provides relief. Some people have what is called anticipatory anxiety Ã¢â‚¬â€ anxiety before an event, such as an examination, speech or presentation. This can be quietly relieved with Lycopodium. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all in the mind. This is what homeopathy addresses and treats, gently.
Article by Dr Mukesh Batra
L.C.E.H., F.H.M.A. (U.K.), F.R.S.H. (Med) P.(Lon), M.D.H. (U.S.A.), F.B.I.H.(U.K.)
Published in Times of India on 05 April 2010