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Do Homeopathic Remedies Control Panic Attacks?

Updated on November 28, 2007
Panic attacks happen more to women than men.
Panic attacks happen more to women than men.

We live in a wonderful time when we have more choice than ever about what medications or schools of health we can go to when we are sick, instead of just being stuck with one local doctor. Perhaps it is all of these wondrous choices that can trigger panic attacks in the modern patient. Panic attacks happen more to women than men, but we don't know why (perhaps only the women will admit it?) There are many ways of treating panic attacks, with conventional and alternative therapies. Are homeopathic remedies for treating panic attacks the best route to take?

First off, please go to a conventional doctor about your panic attacks. Follow any medications carefully. If, after a few months, you are still having significant trouble, then look into alternative healing. And please, don't use this article as a substitute for a homeopathic or conventional medical practitioner.

About Homeopathy

Homeopathy is one of the more popular schools of alternative medicine, especially in Europe. You are treated as an entire person instead of just a symptom that needs curing. For people who don't want to look at their entire lifestyles and how that might be contributing to their conditions, homeopathy will be a very long road to take. If you are ready to work on your condition to the point of doing whatever it takes, then you may benefit from homeopathics for panic attacks.

In order to find a practicing homeopathic specialist, you may need to do some research. You could ask your doctor or your health insurance company to see if they recommend anyone local. Not many medical insurance plans cover homeopathy. Keep in mind that you may need many appointments before you feel improvement. You can also check with the National Center for Homeopathy to find a homeopath.

Homeopathic Remedies

In order for homeopathic remedies to best attack your panic attacks, you need your personality type to be determined, upon which the selection of remedies is to be based. The homeopath will also take time to get to know about your diet, stress levels and anything else they think might contribute to your panic attacks.

The most common homeopathic remedies available over the counter in Europe and sometimes in America are:

  • Aconite, from the Monkshood plant. This is especially used for phobias.
  • Arnica, a general healer for all situations where panic is involved.
  • Argentum Nitricum (silver nitrate) used for overwhelming feelings of dread and panic attacks with no known triggers, although there are exceptions to this generalization.
  • Gelsemium, when you are still shaky after the panic subsides
  • Opium to release you from paralyzing fears. Don't worry - this is so diluted that there is no way you can get high or addicted to it.

They are usually available in tablets and occasionally tinctures. Considering the taste of most medicinal tinctures, try to get the pill version if you can. The homeopath may prescribe a combination for you instead of just one.

Then the trial and error part begins, just like in any conventional medicine. You are taking medicine and can get side effects. If you develop any side effect or peculiar symptom like numbness, dizziness or bleeding from the mouth, stop taking the remedies and call both your homeopath and your doctor.

When you do find homeopathic remedies for panic attacks that help you, know that you are taking a medicine that may react with other medicines. When you go to the hospital or doctor for other ailments, be sure to mention what kind and how much of homeopathic for panic attacks you take.

In Conclusion

Homeopathy works for some people and does not work with others when it comes to panic attacks and anxiety management. There have not been a lot of scientific studies done and not many statistics available of its effectiveness. It's pretty much a case of "try it and see", which is just like with conventional medicine.

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    Michele Engholm 9 years ago from Hutchinson

    I used to see a lot of people in the emergency room suffering from panic attacks. The symptoms at times were almost impossible to discern from a heart attack. I had such sympathy for those suffering from them. I am for trying anything to see if it will help. Thanks for this hub Rena...nicely done!!