Bad finances = bad health

The current economic climate could have more than a purely financial effect. The stress of unstable employment prospects and making ends meet can severely affect our health and well-being, making us more prone to illness.

Stress prompts the body to increase production of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, causing changes in blood pressure, heart rate and metabolism. This is necessary in the short term, but over long periods it can lead to headaches, indigestion, diarrhoea, insomnia, general tiredness and even palpitations, anxiety and depression.

Homeopathic treatment  can help individuals cope better with the effects of stress. A carefully chosen homeopathic medicine matched to the individual patient can help with the mental, emotional and physical symptoms of stress, by triggering the body’s natural tendency to heal.

In homeopathic medicine the approach is holistic, recognising that there is a connection between mind and body, with each prescription based on the individual patient’s experience of their symptoms.

In 2005, a service evaluation of homeopathic treatment at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital reported that 70.7 % of 6,544 follow-up patients experienced improvement in their health, in a variety of conditions including migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.1

It is obviously better to seek treatment before symptoms become serious, recognising the early warning signs such as increased irritability, sleeplessness, and feelings of dread or guilt.

Minor, short lived symptoms can be treated at home with homeopathic remedies, although chronic long-term illness and mental health symptoms should be seen by a professional homeopath and your GP.

Here are a few homeopathic remedies and their situations which might be useful at home:

Nux vostrychnine-fruitmica

Symptoms include: waking at 3am or 4am, heartburn, indigestion, and/or colic pains. Suits people who are burning the candle at both ends, overwork themselves, are irritable and keep going with coffee. They feel the cold.


ArsenCopy of arsenicicum

Symptoms include: diarrhoea from anxiety, wakes midnight ñ 1am, suffers burning in the stomach with desire to sip water. Suits restless people who are fearful worriers, and need to plan. They feel the cold.


SulphCopy of imagesur

Symptoms include: offensive diarrhoea which drives them from bed in the morning; excessive sweating, burning feet, waking after three or four hours of sleep. Suits stubborn people who need praise, who worry about their health and crave sugar.


ArgenCopy of argentumtum nitricum

Symptoms include: severe and loud wind, twitching, palpitations and diarrhoea from anticipation, periodic weakness. Suits impetuous but nervous people, always in a hurry, with lots of fears and anxieties, and who feel hot.



Symptoms include: bloating with wind, huge appetite, wakes as if from a fright, symptoms worse late afternoon/early evening, heartburn with sour burping. Suits fearful people lacking in confidence but can be bragging and assertive at home. They do not like to undertake new challenges.

If you would like more information on how to use homeopathy yourself, I teach first-aid homeopathy and basic philosophy on a one-to-one, in groups or via Skype. Please contact me for details.

1 Spence D, Thompson E and Barron S. Homeopathic treatment for chronic disease: A 6-Year, university-hospital outpatient observational study. J Altern Complement Med 2005; 5: 793-8.