In January, I often see an increase in the number of clients seeking homeopathic care. More than at any other time of the year, for many people mental and emotional symptoms arise in January, providing an opportunity for deeper healing.
It is also possible to become "stuck" in a particular emotion or pattern. This is when homeopathy takes the spotlight. Because homeopathic care is holistic, remedies are available to help release these feelings or mental states. I will describe a leading remedy for each of the common states of anger, fear, joy and grief.
Often, there will be a history of feelings of shame and humiliation in association with hurtful situations.
I have recommended the remedy Staphysagria to several clients who have problems that began because of suppressed anger. The person needing this remedy usually has trouble expressing anger, especially in the immediate situation, and often there will be a delayed response. While in bed, for example, they might imagine ways in which they should have responded to an earlier situation. Strong emotions can cause physical trembling. Anger can later surface, leading to the slamming of doors or even throwing objects at the person who offended them.
This is a highly sensitive person who has a refined sense of devotion and integrity with a strong sense of right and wrong. This person can, therefore, easily feel insulted or slighted. Often, there will be a history of feelings of shame and humiliation in association with hurtful situations.
Staphysagria can initiate healing in a person who fits the above picture, whether the insult was recent or remote.
You might recognize a variety of situations in which this remedy could be used, including love disappointments and betrayals, children who are dominated by an authority figure, someone who has been repeatedly put down, and even sexual abuse. Keep in mind that indignation, grief and resentment are often components of the emotional state of the person needing Staphysagria.
There might have been been a point when the person truly believed he or she would die at a given time or at a certain age.
Aconite is a remedy to be thought of in problems following a strong fright, especially the experience of a near-death situation (such as an earthquake or automobile accident) or having witnessed an accident.
This person will generally feel anxiety quite acutely, and there may be waves of total fear from time-to-time. There might have been been a point when the person truly believed he or she would die at a given time or at a certain age. (This remedy can be especially helpful for the laboring woman!)
Chronically, day-to-day fears can include being afraid of subways, public places with crowds, elevators, suffocation, walking across a busy street, flying in airplanes, or getting in an accident. The person might experience moments of anguish with restlessness.
Often, this individual will be inconsolable in his or her state of anxiety. This person might also be clairvoyant, predicting future events or dreaming about things that come to pass.
For women, the fear might be worse before the menstrual cycle. (Often symptoms experienced before a menstrual cycle are representative of the chronic state of health of the woman.) Anxious states might also be accompanied by crying.
Think of Coffea when general problems occur after sudden, pleasant excitement. (Sleeplessness is one example.)
While it might seem curious to include joy as an emotional state to treat, some people experience symptoms from excitement or excessive joy. Interestingly, Coffea is the leading remedy for ailments following these emotional states. (Yes, this is our daily cup of Java magically transformed into a healing agent in the hands of homeopathic pharmacists!)
Think of Coffea when general problems occur after sudden, pleasant excitement. (Sleeplessness is one example.) The use of narcotics and/or stimulants can also bring on this state.
Coffee (java) strongly affects the nervous system, so Coffea, when homeopathically indicated, can soothe jangled nerves. Considering the effects of a person who has taken coffee, indications for Coffea homeopathically include unusual activity with a hypersensitivity of both mind and body, irritability, insomnia, and overly acute senses which lead to pain and despair. (Tip: Coffea is wonderful for a toothache that is better with cold drinks, while Chamomila is the remedy if warm drinks improve it.)
This person might experience somatization disorder with changeable moods, for Ignatia is a remedy which suits paradoxical and contradictory symptoms.
The holidays also bring up unresolved feelings of grief and guilt for many people. If you know of someone who tends to sigh a lot, or someone has made such a comment to you, think of Ignatia.
Ignatia is helpful for the effects of shock, grief, disappointment and fright. Concomitant symptoms include the feeling that there's a lump in the throat, a feeling of a weight on the chest, spasms and twitching. This person might experience somatization disorder with changeable moods, for Ignatia is a remedy which suits paradoxical and contradictory symptoms. For instance (in an adult!), sometimes coffee will make the person feel better, and sometimes not. This individual will also be oversensitive to pain and to the smell of tobacco.
Ignatia has been nicknamed "the funeral remedy," and it is the first one to think of for problems connected with losing a loved one through death, especially if it is a recent grief. (For "older" grief, Natrum muriaticum might be more appropriate.)
Along with Staphysagria, Ignatia can be one of the remedies indicated for suppressed anger, especially in connection with a disappointment or deception; the sighing would make you think of Ignatia over Staphysagria, especially if pronounced.
Happy New Year! Be well - in body, mind and spirit.
A Few Reminders About Homeopathy
The recommendations in these articles are for acute self-care, and represent just the tip of the iceberg of the healing power homeopathy has to offer.
Please always remember three things when using homeopathic remedies:
When self-treating, homeopathy does not replace the advice of your doctor, therapist or dentist. Rather, think of using it in conjunction with other medical care, especially if you and your doctor are not getting the desired results.
It is important to learn which symptoms indicate one homeopathic remedy over another for there to be resolution of a problem. Before you think homeopathy doesn't work, learn more about it; you probably have chosen the wrong remedy.
The recommendations in these articles are for acute self-care, and represent just the tip of the iceberg of the healing power homeopathy has to offer. Chronic problems should be addressed by a professionally trained homeopath. (This is always an option in lieu of self-care, as well.) Homeopathy is understanding the reason a remedy is given, not the actual remedy itself.