Homeopathy Highlight: Cure Your Anxiety and More
If you’re anxious, you may find you are also tired, you ache, or suffer headaches. Wouldn’t you like to take care of all of that—not just your anxiety?
“Without a doubt, homeopathy is very effective for anxiety,” says Nancy Mercer, a naturopathic physician and homeopathy clinical faculty member at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, “but what we do is try to understand the origins of the anxiety and the particular ways it expresses itself.” Since that is different for every person, everyone needs a different remedy, called a constitutional remedy. This involves a lengthy, in-depth initial interview to match a person’s mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects to a remedy. “The benefit of this method,” says Mercer, “is that after you get the right remedy, you will most likely feel an increase in energy, an improved sense of well-being, and the amelioration of other chronic or recurrent symptoms.” These changes can start happening within 2-4 weeks, she says.
What makes this possible? Mercer explains that the homeopathic remedy stimulates a person’s vital force. “The way I think about it is that the bodily system organizes itself the best way it knows how, given life circumstances. Since the current ‘organization’ isn’t working for them, the medicine disrupts that very temporarily and allows the body to find a new balance.”
For this reason, people sometimes feel worse before they feel better. But the end result makes it worth it. And for those who are already taking anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medications, a homeopathic approach can be the next step. “In some cases, there is a possibility that once improved, with the help of their doctor, people can go off anti-anxiety medications,” she says, adding, “Or sometimes they stay on them, but through homeopathy, they get to another level of relief.” Call BCNH for an appointment at 206-834-4100.
Writer: Sydney Maupin, Staff Writer
Source: Nancy Mercer, ND