Homeopathy is a complementary medicine. It’s used as an alternative and natural treatment for certain health conditions.

This includes anxiety. There are many homeopathic remedies for anxiety, including lycopodium, pulsatilla, aconite, and others.

Lots of research has been done to determine if homeopathy works for anxiety. Homeopathy has been used for over two centuries, and many people claim it works.

However, reports on homeopathic remedies can be flawed, unscientific, or biased. For this reason, homeopathy remains an alternative approach outside of the mainstream.

However, it does have some merits, including the placebo effect, when used as an anxiety treatment. Homeopathy also has few side effects if administered safely and correctly.

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy was invented in the late 18th century. It’s based on the idea “like cures like.” In other words, if something causes an illness, it might also cure that same illness.

Certain substances are diluted in water to create homeopathic remedies. Some of these substances are even toxic. Though any toxic substances are very highly diluted. They’re so diluted that when studied under microscopes, the levels are incredibly low or undetectable.

This method extracts the substance’s healing “signature,” which is responsible for its effects.

What’s the research on homeopathic anxiety remedies?

High-quality research supporting homeopathy is few and far between. This goes for homeopathy for anxiety, too.

Homeopathy is difficult to study within medicine. When it does appear to work, it’s often attributed to the placebo effect. The placebo effect doesn’t prove that there were no real symptoms, rather it gives testimony to the power of the mind over the body.

There are some studies showing that homeopathy may work for anxiety. A 2012 Homeopathy journal study found homeopathic pulsatilla had anti-anxiety effects on mice. It was also just as effective as an anti-anxiety drug.

However, this study was only performed on animals. It was also an independent study performed by a journal specific to the homeopathic industry.

Lastly, the substances used could not be proven to contain pulsatilla, but only its invisible “signature.”

There are also studies disproving homeopathy for anxiety when compared to a placebo. This includes a 2012 studyTrusted Source on humans. Because of the variability in these studies, trying homeopathy is not recommended by mainstream doctors.

This is especially the case for more severe anxiety disorders. Ultimately, more — and better — research is needed.

In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warningTrusted Source against using homeopathy for serious illnesses. Homeopathy should not replace what your doctor tells you to do. It can be used as a complement to other approaches.

Some forms of anxiety are more serious than others. For mild anxiety and stress, however, homeopathy may be a natural remedy that helps you.

Are there any side effects to using homeopathy?

Homeopathic anxiety remedies, when made correctly, shouldn’t contain molecules of the substances they’re labelled for. Otherwise, levels are extremely low.

Even when containing toxic ingredients, they’re diluted enough to be completely safe. Keep in mind, however, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate homeopathic supplements.

There are many companies that make and sell these remedies. Only buy from companies you trust or that have good reputations.

Many homeopathic supplements contain toxic ingredients. If not properly made and diluted, they can cause serious side effects, such as in this 2009 case. Homeopathic substances like arsenic and aconite, for example, are fatal if consumed when improperly diluted.

This is good reason to source from upstanding manufacturers and speak to a certified homeopathy practitioner. If you experience any strange side effects, discontinue use immediately and see your doctor.

The takeaway

Homeopathy is a relatively safe option to explore for naturally relieving your anxiety. It may also work in a pinch for panic attacks. There are few side effects, and it may be enough to treat mild anxiety.

Homeopathic remedies have been used for a long time for treating anxiety in some people. Because research is mixed, however, these remedies are not recommended by mainstream doctors.

If they help your anxiety, it’s possible that it’s just the placebo effect. Still, this can be useful. If homeopathy works for you, then feel free to continue using it.

Don’t use homeopathy as a first-line approach against more serious forms of anxiety. Drugs and medications with stronger research to support them are safer options to explore.

If your anxiety doesn’t improve with homeopathy or you experience side effects, discontinue use altogether. See your doctor as soon as you can.

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