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Look­ing for a gen­tle way to ease stress, anx­i­ety, and de­pres­sion? Home­o­pathic reme­dies of­fer non­toxic solutions that have been used for cen­turies to treat many ail­ments, in­clud­ing stress, anx­i­ety, and de­pres­sion. Although there is an on­go­ing de­bate in con­ven­tional medicine about its ef­fec­tive­ness, home­o­pathic ther­apy’s age- old wis­dom has been bol­stered over the years by clin­i­cal ob­ser­va­tions show­ing it works for many peo­ple.

Here are my top five choices of home­o­pathic reme­dies to help calm and soothe acute or chronic anx­i­ety, stress, and de­pres­sion. Th­ese reme­dies are sold in­di­vid­u­ally and in com­bi­na­tion for­mu­las. Use a C po­tency, and fol­low la­bel in­struc­tions for dos­ing.

ACONITUM NAPELLUS, also called monks­hood, has been used for cen­turies in traditional Chi­nese medicine. The roots pro­duce aconite, which is use­ful for anx­i­ety, panic, and in­som­nia.

GELSEMIUM comes from a flow­er­ing vine and is par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive when treat­ing stress caused by a spe­cific event, such as ap­pear­ing in front of a group. It’s also good for gen­eral ner­vous­ness.

NATRUM MURIATICUM is the home­o­pathic ver­sion of sim­ple ta­ble salt. It can help with men­tal strain, anx­i­ety, ir­ri­tabil­ity, and worry.

PULSATILLA is an ef­fec­tive rem­edy for peo­ple who are de­pressed or sen­si­tive. It’s also use­ful for peo­ple deal­ing with anx­i­ety that re­sults from hor­monal fluc­tu­a­tions, and is com­monly rec­om­mended for anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion associated with PMS.

SEPIA is good for both anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion. It’s par­tic­u­larly help­ful for peo­ple who are feel­ing over­whelmed. It’s of­ten rec­om­mended for women.

A great ad­van­tage of home­o­pathic reme­dies is that they’re widely avail­able and rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive, mak­ing them an at­trac­tive choice for those seek­ing gen­tler health solutions. For more in- depth sup­port, a trained home­o­pathic doc­tor can help you re­fine your pro­gram by pre­scrib­ing a cus­tom­ized rem­edy or for­mula. To find a home­o­pathic physi­cian in your area, visit na­tional cen­ter for home­opa­thy. org. — Isaac Eliaz, MD, LAc, MS

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