Mental health worldwide
Anxiety, depression and other nervous disorders are very common health problems, affecting over 150 million people worldwide. Treatment strategies are dependent on the severity of the problem and may involve anti-depressants, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychotherapy or counselling. However, complementary and alternative medicines, like homeopathy, are also frequently sought by patients with mental and emotional health issues as a supportive option alongside their conventional medical are. In fact, stress, anxiety, depression and grief represent a significant proportion of the problems that people seek homeopathic consultations for across Europe.
The mind-body link
There is increasing evidence to support the idea that how you are feeling psychologically can have a direct impact on your physical health. Emotional stress caused by grief, shock, abandonment, mental exhaustion or major life-changes can leave us drained and prone to illness. For example, stress has been linked to devreased functioning of the immune system and an increased risk of developing obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It is clear that mental and emotional health have a significant impact on physical wellbeing too: the mind and body are intimately linked.
The holistic approach in homeopathy
Homeopathic medicine treats the person as a whole, rather than treating specific conditions in isolation making it well-suited to supporting the care and treatment of mental and emotional health issues. For a homeopath a named condition is not necessarily the most important thing to consider when deciding on a treatment strategy as homeopathy places an equal importance on both emotional and physical wellbeing, especially in the context of your personal story. This holistic philosophy is one of the main differences between homeopathy and conventional treatment strategies.
How can homeopathy help with mental and emotional health?
Homeopathy can offer you extra support through difficult life events. If a more serious condition such as an anxiety disorder or depression does develop, you may wish to consider a course of treatment by a registered homeopath as well as seeking other treatments such as conventional medication
Several observational studies (which look at the results seen when patients receive homeoapthic treatment under real life conditions) have reported positive results for homeopathy. For example, an audit of a UK homeopathic clinic revealed that more than 84% of patients reported an improvement in their anxiety and depression, alongside an improvement in their overall sense of wellbeing.
There is also some preliminary evidence from small-scale trials that suggest homeopathy may improve patient’s experiences of insomnia, mild nervous disorders and stress.