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A list of homeopathic remedies for treatment of psychological disorders like depression and anxiety and other health problems.

How to use homeopathic remedies

If you're suffering from a particular ailment, first take a look at Ailments. From the remedies recommended, choose one that most closely matches your symptoms.

It's best to consult a qualified homeopath to determine the remedy most suited to you for any given complaint and the best dosage. The most common over-the-counter dosages are 6C or 30C, but stronger remedies can be prescribed by practitioners.

Remedies may be taken in pill, powder, granule or liquid tincture form or as ointments or creams. The most common form is tablets or tiny pills made from a lactose base. In case of lactose intolerance, those with a sucrose base can be obtained.

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It's best to take the remedy 20 minutes before or after food. They shouldn't be handled; instead, drop directly into the mouth and allow to dissolve under the tongue.

Avoid any strong tastes or smells that could interfere with the remedy's effect. Stop consumption of coffee and mint (including mint toothpastes) and anything containing menthol or eucalyptus, for example. Store the remedy in a cool, dry, dark place away from perfumes of chemicals.

In order to get the best possible results, you should also be aware of the following points:

  • If you don't get a positive result it's possible you've chosen the wrong remedy.

  • You should decrease intake of the remedy as symptoms improve and stop it once symptoms are cleared.

  • Homeopathic remedies are safe for babies, children and expectant mothers (but get professional advice if you're pregnant).

  • Never transfer the remedies from one container to another, or recycle containers.

  • Don't touch the remedies - the heat from your body can destroy their healing properties.

  • Don't swallow with a drink.

Side effects are rare, but occasionally symptoms worsen before they get better. This is a recognized effect known as the 'healing crisis' and should last no longer than a day or so. If symptoms persist, seek professional advice.

The list of commonly used homeopathic remedies below is designed to give information about the pattern of symptoms associated with each remedy and the type of ailment for which it may be used.

Aconitum napellus
(Aco. or Aconite)

Pattern of symptoms: chills and fever, sweat and palpitations, pain, feelings of fear, anxiety, shock; symptoms begin suddenly, are acute or at an early stage and are triggered by exposure to cold, dry winds. Common uses: coughs, colds, sore throats, earache, teething, chest complaints, cystitis, eye inflammations, early stages of chickenpox, mumps or measles, bleeding in pregnancy, labor pains, anxiety, fear and shock.

Apis mellifica
(Ap. or honey bee)

Pattern of symptoms: pain, swelling, burning or stinging sensation, red face and/or tongue, feelings of restlessness or fear; symptoms get worse with touch and heat and are better when outside. Common uses: bites and stings, hives (nettle and other skin rashes), fever with dry skin, cystitis, headache, earache, sore throats, sore eyes, nappy rash, scarlet fever, irritability, tearfulness, fear of being alone.

Arnica montana
(Arn. or leopard's bane)

Pattern of symptoms: bruising, soreness, injury, shock, trauma, smelly breath, not wanting to be touched. Common uses: bruises (applied as soon as possible after injury but not on broken skin), swelling, sprains and strains, shock, trauma, joint pain, broken bones (with bruising and swelling), bleeding gums, jet lag, cough with bruised feeling from coughing, broken veins, nosebleeds due to injury, abdominal and labor pains, bad breath, fearfulness and forgetfulness after injury. Caution: don't apply to broken skin or open wounds.