Homeopathy and Psychological Issues
Mental illness is one of the major health problems today. In the United States, the National Institute of Mental Health estimated in 1984 that one in every five Americans has a mental disorder. This same study revealed that during a six-month period 8.3% of Americans suffered from an anxiety disorder (including phobias), 6.4% had a substance abuse problem (abusing alcohol or drugs), and 6% had an affective disorder (disorders of mood).
There are 10 trillion nerve cells in the brain that govern sensing, thinking, and feeling. Despite the varying functions of different groups of nerve cells, their interdependent and synergistic nature creates a highly complex working whole which is literally impossible to comprehend fully. Psychiatrists have had limited success trying to alter certain improperly functioning parts without directly disturbing brain chemistry and physiological processes.
How can Homeopathy help?
It is not only counselling and psychiatry that has a role to play in preventing serious mental illness. In the UK, a national survey conducted by The Society of Homeopaths showed that 87% of patients who complained of mental and emotional problems reported positive change.
Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine, based on an understanding of the interconnection between mind and body. By taking a full case history, homeopaths aim to treat the whole person, not just the disease. Instead of attacking symptoms with strong drugs, homeopathy aims to stimulate and strengthen the body's own systems, thereby helping the body's natural tendency to heal itself.
Homeopathy has been found to be as effective as prescribed drugs in the treatment of anxiety, and in the UK both the MHRA and the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) are advising people to seek alternative treatments, saying GPs are prescribing too many pills for those who do not have a serious medical condition.
Whilst homeopathy can be of great help in the more serious cases, it is obviously better to seek treatment before getting to this stage. This means recognising that minor symptoms are early warning signs: increased irritability, sleeplessness, feelings of dread or guilt, can indicate a need for attention. Many patients arrange regular check-ups with their homeopath in order to continually maintain their health.