Homeopathic Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Guest Post Written by Dr. Navneet Bidani (The Author)

PTSD

INTRODUCTION

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been an officially recognized illness since 1980 and it may be defined as the development of significant anxiety, fear, helplessness and horror after exposure (experienced or witness) to trauma [click to tweet], defined as an event associated with either actual or threatened death or injury to oneself or another. Individuals experience associated symptoms of detachment and loss of emotional responsivity. The patient may feel de-personalized and unable to recall specific aspects of the trauma, though typically it is re-experienced through intrusions in thoughts, dreams, or flashbacks, particularly when cues of the original event are present. 

They are crippled by nightmares, outbursts of anger and hyper-vigilance and arousal, and constantly on the lookout for danger. Some try not to think about it, or avoid anyone who reminds them of the trauma. They can become withdrawn and so emotionally & psychologically numb they no longer can feel love or other intense feelings the way they did before.

Accordingly, patients often actively avoid stimuli that precipitate recollections of the trauma and demonstrate a resulting increase in vigilance, arousal and startle response.

Military combats, accidents, crime, abuse, assault, torture, divorce, bombings, fires, beatings- these experiences can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, in which the sufferer relieves the event over & over to devastating effect, sometimes many years after the incident.

The World Health Organisation estimates that 20 percent of people exposed to a disaster show some kind of mild or moderate mental disorder soon after the event, with the number dropping to about 15 percent within a year, 3-4 percent will experience more severe problems.

THE EFFECT ON MEMORY

When humans take in new information- whether it’s a phone number, or seeing someone killed- the memory is “labile” at first, or chemically unstable.

But at some point within the next six hours, a flood of proteins produced by the brain moves the memory from short-term to long-term imprint.

The brain’s wiring changes each time something goes into long-term memory, but not all memories are equal. “You remember the day of your wedding better than three Tuesdays ago when there was nothing important going on.”

Emotional memories activate a second process that ups their intensity. This is called a “gain switch”. With PTSD, this gain switch just gets turned way up after trauma. So now what happens is that people are just overwhelmed by their emotional memories.

Studies have shown that emotionally arousing events cause stress-related hormones such as adrenaline to be released by the brain’s amygdala, which is involved in emotional learning and memory. PTSD may develop when the event is so emotionally powerful, and so much adrenalin is released, that the “gain-switch” is set too high.

Then, each time the traumatic experience is recalled; the amygdala releases yet more hormones and intensifies the stressful memories even more.

HOMEOPATHIC APPROACH

Healing from a trauma may require long-term counselling along with well indicated constitutional homeopathic remedy. It is important that patients be given time to describe their experience and the impact it has had on them, their family, and their outlook. Occasional empathic silence may be as helpful as verbal reassurance.

Rubrics worth considering:-

Kent’s Repertory (Mind)

1-     Absorbed, buried in thoughts:

2-     Anger, irascibility:

3-     Anger, irascibility: Ailments after anger: Vexation etc.

4-     Anger, irascibility: Ailments after anger: With anxiety:

5-     Anger, irascibility: Ailments after anger: With Fright:

6-     Anger, irascibility: Ailments after anger: With silent grief:

7-     Anger, irascibility: Former vexations, about:

8-     Anger, irascibility: Past events, about:

9-     Antagonism with herself:

10- Anxiety: Chagrin, after:

11- Anxiety: Conscience, of (as if guilty of a crime)

12- Anxiety: Vexation after:

13- Brooding:

14- Complaining: Offenses, long past:

15- Death: Desires:

16- Death: Thoughts of:

17- Delirium: Blames himself for his folly:

18- Delirium: Sorrowful:

19- Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions: Accused, thinks she is:

20- Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions: Alone: That she is always:

21- Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions: Arrested, is about to be:

22- Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions: Friendless, that he is:

23- Discouraged:

24- Disgust:

25- Dullness, sluggishness, difficulty of thinking and comprehending: Chagrin, from:

26- Dullness, sluggishness, difficulty of thinking and comprehending: Emotions, from:

27- Dullness, sluggishness, difficulty of thinking and comprehending: Mortification, after:

28- Dwells: On past disagreeable occurrences:

29- Dwells: Recalls old grievances:

30- Escape, attempts to:

31- Fear: Betrayed, being:

32- Forsaken feeling:

33- Frightened easily:

34- Grief:

35- Grief: Ailments, from:

36- Grief: Ailments, from: Cannot cry:

37- Grief: Silent:

38- Helplessness, feeling of:

39- Honour, effects of wounded:

40- Indifference, apathy etc.

41- Lamenting, bemoaning, wailing etc.

42- Loathing: Life:

43- Love: Ailments, from disappointed:

44- Love: with silent grief:

45- Moaning, groaning

46- Mortification, ailments, after:

47- Remorse:

48- Sadness, mental depression:

49- Sadness, mental depression: Alone, when:

50- Sensitive, oversensitive:

51- Sentimental:

52- Suicidal disposition: Thoughts:

53- Thoughts: Persistent:

54- Unfortunate, feels:

55- Unreal, everything seems:

56- Weary of life:

57- Weeping, tearful mood, etc.:

58- Weeping, tearful mood, etc.: Admonitions, cause:

59- Weeping, tearful mood, etc.: Mortification, after:

60- Weeping, tearful mood, etc.: Vexation, from:

Therapeutics:

Though Homeopathy works on the Principle of Individualization i.e. the medicine can vary from person to person depending upon the onset, duration, progress, location, sensation, modalities and concomitant symptoms but there are number of remedies which we can label as stress or depressive remedies.

To name a few:-

1-     Aurum Metallicum

It covers the classic situation in which one person dies after many years of a happy marriage, and the other partner dies within a few months. The surviving partner will say, “I lost the sunshine in my life,” meaning they lost all purpose in life. Aurum will also help senior citizens in nursing homes where loneliness and a lack of purpose often bring an “Aurum state” of emptiness and despair. Aurum also covers physical and emotional pain as well as the desire to commit suicide. They have a loathing of life and want to avoid other people, but they get revived when you convince them to go out for a little walk. They often have feelings of guilt (“maybe I should have been nicer, now that he or she is gone, I regret not telling him more that I loved him”). Another trigger for an Aurum state is financial loss, as in sudden stock market crash, many people lose all they had saved in just one day and they commit or attempts to commit suicide. Aurum can also help other family members affected by financial loss, for example, a star student who can no longer afford to go to the prestigious college she always hoped and dreamed of.

2-     Ignatia Amara

There is no better remedy to mend depression from a broken heart and betrayal, especially if it is still acute (fresh in the person’s mind). The Ignatia person reacts in her depression with sighing, sobbing and just sitting there immobilised, as if struck by a lightning. “Why me?” they ask in vain, left by a lover in whom they put all their emotional bank balance. “How could he do this to me?” They are very sensitive to the behaviour of their lover, as if their very survival depends on that one person. An Ignatia person may also have psychosomatic symptoms such as sighing, choking, a stiff neck, and a globus hystericus . They often weep for help and attention.

3-     Natrum Muriaticum

If there are too many heartbreaks, the person turns to silent grief, never crying except perhaps when alone listening to classical music. She doesn’t want to talk about her depression (except maybe with her very best friend). She feels worse when people try to console her because she just wants to be left alone. These people are easily offendednever forget what was done to them, and often dwell over the painful event, sometimes with great vindictiveness. Rather than committing suicide, they tend to crusade for a worthy cause as this improves their moods.

4-     Phosphoric Acid

The person who needs phosphoric acid feels that her life is flat and all the sparkle has gone out of it. She is so depressed that she is indifferent to everything, even her own family, friends and activities she usually enjoys. She lies in bed with her face to the wall and the phone unplugged. She suffers from spaciness, a great loss of memory with difficulties finding the right word, drowsiness during the day and insomnia at night. This Phosphoric acid state is mainly found in teenagers who have homesickness (it’s absolutely the greatest remedy for these teenagers away from home for the first time), or in patients broken down from nerve strain after a longtime chronic illness like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

5-     Sepia

The patient basically is worn-out, physically, mentally and emotionally. It can be from a particularly difficult pregnancy or from an arduous delivery. To the amazement of the family, the Sepia patient can be so depressed that she feels indifferent to her family, even her newborn baby. “Leave me alone,” they say, “I am utterly exhausted. I need a vacation, far away from the whole family, to be able to replenish my energy.” The poor Sepia patient has always been very dutiful but this attitude is precisely what brought her into a state of exhaustion and depression (“I’m having a nervous breakdown,” she may say). Now she feels that everyone wants a piece of her, her children, husband, and friends, and she can’t cope with the demands anymore. She may even say, “Shoot me because death must be better than this.”

6-     Staphysagria

The main idea characterising Staphysagria is suppression of emotions, particularly that centring around a romantic relationship. Staphysagria is often given acutely for the physical effects of suppressed anger. Staphysagria anger is often so well suppressed that it is not only unexpressed; it is not even felt. She is a person who feels her problems belong to her alone. She would never presume to be a burden to others. Imagines insults. Great indignation about the things done by others or by himself, grieves about the consequences. Believes he will lose his fortune, his wife will leave him. Ailments from reserved displeasure. Very sensitive to what others say about her.

More Remedies

Homeopathy has many more great remedies for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder like Arsenicum Album, Causticum, Calc. Carb, Nitric Acid, Nux Vomica, Pulsatilla, Thuja, etc. each for a different set of symptoms and a different causative factor.

CONCLUSION

Do you see now that homeopathy is far superior to any Western chemical drug because it is tailored to the patient? So, if you are ever depressed, run to your homeopathic physician with your kind of stress or depression and he will find your remedy for sure.

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About the Author: Dr. Navneet Bidani

The above article has been adapted from his article ‘Post traumatic Stress Disorder’ first published in ‘The Homoeopathic Heritage‘ in Jan 2007. It is republished here with his explicit permission.

Dr. Navneet Bidani

Dr. Navneet Bidani

Dr. Navneet Bidani did his Bachelors of Homoeopathic Medicine & Surgery (BHMS) from Dhondumama Sathe Homoeopathic Medical College, Pune. Highly skilled in treating the so-called chronic-incurable diseases.  A respected teacher who is specialised in Homoeopathic repertorisation & case taking. His special area of interest is in treating paediatric & psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety neurosis, etc. He has appreciable number of cured cases to his credit. He is an active member of South Delhi Homoeopathic Association (SDHA), and is an editor of association’s bimonthly homoeopathic journal: SDHA Chronicle. He can be reached at Dr. Bidani’s Centre for Homoeopathy, Hissar, India.

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  1. Dr. Nancy Malik

    Infographic on stress https://www.pinterest.com/pin/26951297744412850/ and PTSD http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/27/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-awareness_n_885363.html?ir=India

    Management of PTSD in adults and children – NICE (2005)

    M.Tech (Homoeopathy) Dissertation titled “THE EFFECT OF THE HOMOEOPATHIC SIMILIMUM
    IN POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER” https://ujdigispace.uj.ac.za/bitstream/handle/10210/968/PTSD%20RESEARCH-HOMOEOPATHIC.pdf

    Research Studies on Trauma

    1. Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation
      Homeopathic treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (1999)
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10671699
      n=60, t=4 months
    2. The British Homoeopathic Journal
      Homeopathic treatment of patients with persistent mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) (2000)
      https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0b69JqzK_44NWVhY2U1OTAtY2MyZC00NjY5LTgwMWEtMjlkYjYxMjM0NWZm/edit
      n=50
    3. Complementary Therapies in Medicine
      Traumeel for trauma and acute musculo-skeletal injuries (2008)
      http://www.complementarytherapiesinmedicine.com/article/S0965-2299%2807%2900044-1/abstract

    You can read the first two paragraphs of this article in Dutch language at http://www.zemi.nl/homeopathie-en-het-post-traumatische-stress-syndroom/

    Thank You Dr. Navneet for pointing out how stress and anxiety take a toll on our physical and mental health and how homeopathic remedies can be alleviate post-trauma stress disorder.

    This webpage is redirected from https://go.madmimi.com/redirects/1476244259-fb04f146321d3a6755705ac41588e66c-76c9908

  2. cdoyer

    What about Arnica? This is my favorite… When one is involved in an accident, or witnesses one, is hit, or hurted physically or psychologically. Shock, trauma, wound, death around…

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      About Arnica for Trauma https://drnancymalik.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/arnica-montana/

  3. Dr Shaikh Shamsur Rahman

    Thanks to Dr Navneet Bidani for “Homeopathic treatment of post – traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD).

  4. dali48 (@dali48)

    see dali48 and Stress & Trauma etc…

  5. debbybruck

    Helpful article for our times, when almost daily the majority of people have to do with one sort of trauma or another.

  6. Maria Cronyn

    I love Anacardium 10M given infrequently for PTSD.

  7. Cheryl

    Dear Doctor

    I am hoping you might be able to help me. I am in a horrific state. I am writing to you from Australia. I have just come accross a website with your details on it.
    I am a single Mum going through horrific depression. I am in a state as described in Aurum but im not sure if its worked. To memory i have taken it before Im not sure its my whole constitution or if i look at things little vy little. Each and every moment i am in an Aurum state.
    I am in an awful predicament as i am financially just on a disability pension.
    I am literally paraylsed with depression.

    Im wondering where or who i could turn to. I live two hrs away from the nearest city and not sure how to make my way through finding the right homeopath.
    I have lost all hope and im desperate for help.
    I ve been in hospital with depression
    Im so terrified.
    All my regards
    Cheryl

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Dear Cheryl
      Aurum Met demands utmost affection and adoration. If this homeopathic medicine has helped you in the past, conitnue it otherwise consult your Homeopath in Australia. There are many medicines for depression such as Cadmium Sulf, Calcarea Carbonica, Calatropis, Cyclamen, Conium, Hypericum, etc.

  8. Cheryl

    Dear Dr Bidani

    I suffer from complex post trauma and horrifuc anxiety and severe depression.

    I would be most grateful for any help.

    Kindest Regards
    Cheryl

  9. prakash

    Thanks to Dr Navneet Bidani for “Homeopathic treatment of post – traumatic stress disorder” . i want to share some information go through that website . http://www.positivehomeopathy.com

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