The last several months have been a stressful time for most people, more so for some than for others. The anxiety and sense of uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic are profound and able to penetrate deep into every cell of your body, creating the potential for disruption of your cellular health and neuroendocrine signaling. Yes, it is widely recognized now that stress affects how your body communicates internally through the release of hormones and neurotransmitters. And this can not only make you feel unwell but also impact your longterm health and resilience.
Important steps for stress management
There’s no magic pill to make stress go away and eliminate the effects it can have on your body and mind. But you should absolutely take a step back and look at the whole picture before you reach for any “cures,” even just a glass of wine or a smoke. Often, there’s more you can do to manage stress than you at first realize. Everyone’s situation and personality are different, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but here are some of the low-hanging fruit to think about:
- How’s your sleep? Are there any distractions you can reduce, such as screen time before bedtime?
- Are you moving enough? Is there any way you can fit in more gentle movement of any kind? Walks, yoga, stretching?
- Are you eating well? Maybe you need to shift your focus to more healthful foods and away from sugary, processed ones.
- How about stimulants? Be mindful about your inclination to self-medicate with alcohol, recreational or over-the-counter drugs.
- Mend your relationships. Your family and friends are your main support. Think about what needs to change to create more productive, healthy relationships that bring you joy.
- Address career stressors. During the pandemic, many people have lost their jobs or businesses. They may also have to multitask under challenging circumstances. What can you do about this?
Any one of these aspects of your life alone can create tension in you but also have the potential to improve how you feel once you address things that are out of balance.
Maybe you need a little extra help
If you feel anxious, depressed, angry or mentally exhausted, you may wonder if there isn’t anything you can take that is nontoxic and does not carry any risk of addiction. Fortunately, there is. Homeopathic medicine has been practiced in Germany and other countries around the world for over 200 years and is particularly well suited to alleviate emotional discomforts of a milder nature. It is often my first choice when working with patients who are stressed and trying to regain their balance so that they can deal with challenges that provoke these discomforts. I often combine homeopathic prescriptions with auriculotherapy, a microsystem of acupuncture that allows me to treat people in an efficient, effective and affordable way.
Homeopathic treatments are highly individualized. In contrast to pharmaceutical therapy, it’s not a pill-to-the-ill approach. We take your case in a comprehensive manner to assess what the major and minor manifestations of your disturbance are, and look at your constitutional tendencies to guide us in the selection of one or several medicines.
An emotion such as anxiousness can be accompanied by a number of other signs and symptoms. Paying attention to these individual combinations allows us to choose the most appropriate medicine for your particular type of anxiousness. This gives you the best chance of a positive response to the homeopathic remedy.
Homeopathic medicines are highly diluted
In contrast to botanicals or pharmaceuticals, homeopathics are so highly diluted during the manufacturing process that only a few, or no molecules at all, of the original substance (called the mother tincture) are present in the lactose pills or alcohol drops you will take, so the risk of toxicity or interactions with drugs is extremely low.
Homeopathic medicines do not operate at a chemical level. I think of them as carriers of information for your regulatory mechanisms in the body, like your nervous and hormone systems. So, if there’s a good match between the medicine and your individual presentation, your body and mind will get the message.
Homeopathy for women’s health
As an example, one of the homeopathic medicines we often use in women’s health is Sepia. It is an appropriate remedy for a woman who is exhausted from the multiple demands placed on her, such as working, raising children, keeping house, and caring for an aging family member, maybe worsened by money worries and lack of support in her relationship. She will feel tired, make sarcastic comments, cry suddenly, or prefer to be alone. She may feel cold and improve when moving. She may also experience aggravation around her periods. Many other disturbances can appear as well. It’s a form of burn-out that can become pretty serious, so Sepia could be an initial support while she is tackling her challenges.
A vast and complex system of healing
Homeopathy accesses a huge materia medica comprised of hundreds of medicines. We primarily rely on a selection of roughly 100 substances in different dilutions, supplementing this list with more specialized choices depending on the complexity of our patients’ situation.
To derive the most benefits from homeopathic treatments, work with a well educated homeopathic practitioner who has the knowledge and experience to take your case and choose the most suitable remedies and strategies for your individual situation. I also encourage you to work with a naturopathic doctor or nurse practitioner specializing in homeopathy so that your provider can recommend other diagnostics or treatments if your circumstances warrant it. Don’t use homeopathy alone if your situation is more serious or complex. You can combine it with other conventional or natural treatments for optimum outcomes.
© 2020 Christiane Siebert