Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Emotional stress caused by grief, shock, abandonment, disappointment or major life-changes such as moving home or divorce, can leave us drained and prone to illness. If left untreated, ‘acute’ emotional responses can become long term or chronic. In cases of severe mental exhaustion, help is required in order to reverse a potential downward spiral to nervous breakdown. Homoeopathy may provide an excellent early intervention and when illness has become chronic, may help rebalance the mind and emotions. Homoeopathy is effective in people of all ages – from children with behavioural problems and teenagers with loss of confidence, to adults going through marital breakdown or redundancy.

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What regularly astounds me is how often as individuals we overlook the very important Mind, Body, Soul connection. Far too often we do not recognise the way in which even mild mental ill-health can have an adverse affect on our physical wellbeing. Homoeopathy is a holistic therapy which aims to help mind and body.


 Studies Prove that Homeopathy is Effective for the Treatment of Depression, Insomnia and Chronic Illness

Davidson JRT, Morrison RM, Shore J, Davidson RT, Bedayn G. “Homeopathic Treatment of Depression and Anxiety.” Alternative Therapies, 3, 1, January 1997, 46-49.

In this trial, 12 subjects suffering from major depression, social phobia or panic disorder, were treated for 7 to 80 weeks with individually prescribed homoeopathic remedies and assessed on a clinical global improvement scale (CGIS) or self-rated SCL-90 scale and the Social Phobia Scale (SPS). Subjects were given homoeopathic treatment either because they asked for it directly or because conventional treatment had been unsuccessful. The overall response rates for homoeopathy were 58% on the CGIS and 50% on the SCL-90 and SPS.

Witt C, Keil T, Selim D, Roll S, Vance W, Wegscheider K, Willich SN. “Outcome and costs of homoeopathic and conventional treatment strategies: a comparative cohort study in patients with chronic disorders.” Complement Ther Med. 2005 Jun;13(2):79-86.

This cohort study, carried out in Germany, examined the outcomes of homeopathic treatment compared to the orthodox medical treatment of 493 people suffering from a range of chronic illnesses including headache, lower back pain, insomnia, depression, bronchial asthma, atopic dermatitis and allergic rhinitis. The patients’ assessments, taken at 6 months and 12 months from the beginning of the treatment, found that homeopathy provided a greater level of improvement in their illnesses than orthodox medical intervention. This difference appeared to be more pronounced in children than in adults. In regard to the cost of each type of therapy, this study showed these costs to be similar to each other.

Spence DS, Thompson EA, Barron SJ. “Homeopathic treatment for chronic disease: a 6-year, university-hospital outpatient observational study.” J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Oct;11(5):793-8.

Over 6,500 consecutive patients took part in the study, published in the latest issue of the international, peer-reviewed Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. A wide range of chronic diseases were treated including eczema, asthma, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, menopause, arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. The most marked improvements were seen in children – 89% of under 16s with asthma reported improvement and 75% felt ‘better’ or ‘much better’, as did 68% of eczema patients under 16.

Dr David Spence, Clinical Director and Consultant Physician at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital and Chairman of the British Homeopathic Association, a co-author of the study, says: “These results clearly demonstrate the value of homeopathy in the NHS. This is a very large number of patients with conditions that are difficult to treat successfully with conventional medicine. “One of the criticisms levelled at homeopathy is that it only works because of the length of the consultation. But in fact the appointment times at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital are very similar to those for other specialties at United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust such as rheumatology, neurology and respiratory medicine and are substantially less than for psychiatry.”

All the patients were referred by their GP or hospital specialist and many had tried conventional treatment first without success. Commenting on the study, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Dr Kim Jobst said: “These are response rates with which any orthodox NHS medical health provider or pharmaceutical company would be justly pleased.”

The study, which is the largest consecutive homeopathic clinical series ever reported, echoes findings from Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital in 2000, where 74% of 1372 patients reported a positive result from homeopathic treatment, and similarly at Liverpool Department of Homeopathic Medicine in 2001, where 76% of 1100 patients reported an improvement of their condition


Waldschütz R, Klein P. “The homeopathic preparation Neurexan Vs. Valerian for the Treatment of Insomnia: An observational study.” Scientific World Journal. 2008 Apr 20; 8: 411-20.


This German study, conducted across 89 clinics, compared the effects of a homeopathic combination preparation to valerian on sleep latency (the time take to fall asleep), sleep duration, the quality of sleep, and daytime fatigue, over a period of 28 days. 409 people were enrolled in the study and analysis of the results found an improvement from both medicines with a reduction in latency time (37.3 minutes for the combination versus 38.2 minutes for valerian) and increase in sleep duration (2.2 hours for the combination versus 2 hours for valerian). The primary difference between the 2 interventions appeared to be that the homeopathic combination resulted in less daytime fatigue than valerian- 49% versus 32%


Bell IR, Howerter A, Jackson N, Aickin M, Baldwin CM, Bootzin RR. “Effects of homeopathic medicines on polysomnographic sleep of young adults with histories of coffee-related insomnia.” Sleep Medicine. 2010 Jul 27.

A single-blind and double-blind study was conducted for a month with 54 young adults of both sexes (ages 18-31) with above-average scores on standardized personality scales for either cynical hostility or anxiety sensitivity (but not both) and a history of coffee-induced insomnia (Bell, Howerter, Jackson, 2010). At-home polysomnographic recordings* were obtained on successive pairs of nights once per week for a total of eight recordings (nights 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23). All subjects received placebo pellets on night #8 (single-blind) and verum pellets on night #22 (double-blind) in 30C doses of one of two homeopathic remedies, Nux Vomica or Coffea Cruda.

Subjects completed daily morning sleep diaries and weekly Pittsburgh sleep quality index scales, as well as profile of mood states scales at bedtime on polysomnography nights.

The study found that those patients who received either of the homeopathic medicines had significantly increased PSG total sleep time and NREM, as well as awakenings and stage changes. Changes in actigraphic and self-rated scale effects were not significant.