Panic attacks can be truly frightening and debilitating. They stop you in your tracks and can come from nowhere, hitting you at the most unexpected times.
One minute you can be fine and the next minute you are suffering the over powering symptoms of panic. They may be triggered by a reminder of a difficult past experience or trauma, or they may result from unexpressed emotions.
The symptoms may include ~
- rapid heart beat
- choking sensation
- feeling dizzy or faint
- intense fear
- chest pains
- excessive perspiration
- feeling like you are about to die
- feeling disorientated
- trembling, shaking
- chest pain, feeling like a heart attack is happening
- numb feelings, pins and needles, tingling
Homeopathic remedies are a fantastic option for anxiety related disorders, the natural treatment doesn’t suppress the symptoms, it gently removes the dis-ease safely and effectively, without any of the side effects of modern medicine. They are not habit forming and don’t need to be taken for long periods of time.
The remedies below may be of help during an acute attack and I would recommend a consultation with a qualified homeopath to help identify and remove the root cause.
Aconitum Napellus (Acon)
This is one of the best remedies for waves of intense fear or outright panic. The symptoms come on suddenly, they are strong and can come from nowhere.
The person is agitated, restless and full of fear. There is often a feeling that they are going to die, and may well look scared to death, with a startled look, anxious face and protruding eyes. The heart beats very fast and may even be audible.
Keynotes: Rapid onset. Intense symptoms. Agitation. Fear of death. Rapid heart beat.
Argentum Nitricum (Arg-nit)
This is a great remedy for when anxiety, fear and panic build up over a period of time. There is often something expected of the person e.g. a public performance or a social situation. Therefore it is often the remedy labelled “anticipatory anxiety”.
Often fears and phobias are accompanied by a superstition that something awful is about to happen, for example being crushed by a tall building.
People who have a need for this remedy will feel hurried and will dwell on the anxiety, often making it worse as they expect the worst to happen.
There may be accompanying stomach upsets with diarrhoea and flatulence making the person run to the loo.
Keynotes: Anticipatory anxiety. Hurried. Stomach upset. Expecting the worst.
Arsenicum Album (Ars)
The Arsenicum anxiety is focussed on issues around security and safety. They are concerned about “what will happen in the future”.
Their symptoms are worse when they are on their own and more especially in the dark. They are much better for having company, which will settle them, but they can become controlling and critical. They feel as though they will die from their complaints.
There is a great restlessness during the panic attack and they will be seen pacing and maybe wanting to sip water. They are generally chilly with clammy perspiration.
Keynotes: Anxiety about health, safety and future. Desire company. Restless. Chilly.
Gelsemium Sempervirens (Gels)
Those who benefit from Gels suffer from performance anxiety, this in turn leads to a feeling of weakness. There is a lot of trembling of the muscles; the legs may shake and their hands may tremble. The anxiety can be paralysing and they will feel helpless and want to hide.
Gelsemium is one of the remedies indicated for agoraphobia (fear of wide open spaces) especially if there are crowds of people.
Keynotes: Anxiety with weakness and trembling. Agoraphobia. Unable to cope.
Kali Arsenicosum (Kali-ars)
The centre of this person’s anxiety is their health, especially thinking they have heart disease or may have a heart attack; just thinking about it can bring on a panicked state.
Anxious thoughts are worse in the evening and night and they may even avoid going to bed because of them.
They will often feel chilly.
Keynotes: Anxiety about heart problems. Anxiety worse at night.
Kali Phosphoricum (Kali-phos)
This is a great remedy for anyone feeling overwhelmed and as a result exhausted. They are easily stressed and suffer from a nervous exhaustion and they just can’t settle.
Physical symptoms come from excessive worrying, over-work or over-excitement. There can be a fear of having a nervous breakdown or that something bad is going to happen.
Keynotes: Overwhelmed and anxious. Anxiety with exhaustion.
Phosphorous have many fears and anxieties. They are very sensitive people and seem to be affected by everything and everyone. They are very open and pick up everyone’s energy, often without realising leaving them feeling on edge. They are similar to Arsenicum in that they have a fear of dying when they have a panic attack, and are a lot worse on their own, so they crave company.
Different to Arsenicum is that they’ll want sympathy, touch and hugs which will make them feel a lot better.
Some of their fears include – dark; ghosts; loud noises, thunderstorms. They are easily startled and frightened.
Keynotes: Anxiety with fear of death. Wants sympathy. Easily frightened.