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“From the age of 13 I suffered from hay-fever and nothing the doctor did helped. My mother took me to a homeopath and my hay-fever went, and it also helped greatly with allergies and asthma. It’s the most effective treatment I have ever tried including conventional medicine.”
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Clarification of the basic homeopathic principles including reference to worldwide practice.

by Gill Graham.  BSc (Hons), BA (Hons) RSHom, DHMHS

When considering whether to follow the homeopathic route in the treatment of our own health or that of our friends and families, there is invariably, much confusion as to what homeopathy is and how it differs from conventional medicine. For ease of understanding, the underlying principles will be clarified, as far as possible.

The Organon and Homeopathic Philosophy

The Organon of Medicine, written by Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy is the cornerstone of homeopathic principles and practice. The first edition was written in 1810 in aphoristic style (paragraphs with numbers.) The book lays out the doctrines of homeopathy in a logical sequence of thoughts and philosophy and practice. In total there were 6 editions, five of which were published in Hahnemann’s lifetime, the 6th completed in 1842, but he sadly passed away in June of 1843 before it could be published.  Thanks to the efforts of William Boericke the 6th edition was published in 1921.

In order to fully embrace homeopathy, it is helpful to understand basic homeopathic philosophy. If you have been following my blogs here, you will already be aware that I repeatedly refer to the mind/body connection and how symptoms should be treated in their totality as opposed to being seen as separate problems.  The fundamental tenet of homeopathic medicine is to treat the imbalances of ‘the vital force’ leading to ill health as a whole, ideally with one remedy which matches the symptoms of the mind, body and spirit (this remedy is known as the Simillimum.) The Vital Force is an undefined energy, capable of fuelling an organism, it is inherent in all living things, which if disrupted or disturbed can result in disease. “The material organism without the vital force is capable of no sensation, no function, no self preservation; it derives all sensations, and performs all functions of life solely by means of the immaterial being (the vital force) which animates the material organism in health and disease.” (Aphorism 10, The Organon)

Hahnemann refers to it also as ‘dynamis’, ‘vital principle’ and ‘vital energy’. James Tyler Kent refers to it as ‘The Simple Substance,’ which is the dominating force in the organism, the absence of this force, is death.  To help with an understanding of this, energy parallels can be found in various cultures; the Ancient Chinese know The Vital Force as ‘Chi, the Japanese and Koreans as ‘Ki’ and in the ancient Sanskrit writings of India it is known as ‘Prana.’ Underlying this, there are 4 basic principles which govern homeopathy; each of which will be discussed in the following blog posts.

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Hayfever - an ideal place for homeopathy?

It's that time of year again, the one that all the warmth lovers eagerly anticipate (or at least hopefully wish for) and those who suffer from hay fever retreat inside, counting down until the season is over. The dark rooms, closed windows, sunglasses to cope and countless days of irritable sneezing, sniffing or weeping eyes, or the over the counter meds to get through each day. Neither of which make for a particularly glamorous sounding summer. Or that enjoyable either.

But what can homeopathy do? Well, as well as ideally helping to strengthen your own healing ability longer term and perhaps reduce the chance of getting the hay fever, whilst you're in the thick of the season you can also treat the symptoms with remedies that may help.

Following is a round up of the most commonly used remedies in hay fever:

Allium Cepa

  • Strong burning sensation from the eyes accompanied by a bland watery discharge - better open air.

  • The eyes are sensitive to light, often red and irritated with burning and smarting. 

  • Nose can become red and sore from the copious, burning, acid discharge. 

  • Sneezing on entering warm room. The voice can be hoarse and there can be a hacking cough on breathing in cold air. 

  • Allium cepa hayfever often comes on worse in spring or August, is worse for being in a warm room and better off for cool air. A peculiarity is that it particularly affects the left eye or nostril or may start off on the left side and spread to the right. 


  •  Persistent and spasmodic sneezing, running nose, copious watery discharge and an itchy, stuffed up nose. 

  • The eyes water in the open air, from sunlight or whilst sneezing. 

  • Symptoms are also worse for cold air and there is usually improvement from eating warm food and warm drinks or from keeping warm. 


  •  Eyes water all the time with acrid watering (cf Allium Cepa)

  • Burning and swelling of the lids (especially the lower), blinking, conjunctivitis like symptoms.

  • The nasal and throat symptoms are less marked but include profuse watery bland mucus, which is easily discharged. Euphrasia symptoms are worse for sunlight, evening and night-time, for windy weather and indoors, and better for the cool, open air.

  • Euphrasia tincture can also be used as a local eyewash by diluting one drop in an eyebath of cooled sterile water. 


  •  Hayfever begins with burning and itching of the palate and conjunctiva.

  • Annoying itching of the roof of the mouth and in the nostrils sometimes with pain at the root of the nose.

  • Initially the nose can discharge clear mucus which can then turn green and slimy with lots of sneezing.

  • Loss of smell.


  • Intolerable itching felt on the roof of the mouth and behind the nose, sometimes extending into the throat and ears.

  • Irritable throat with dry cough.

  • Everything in the head feels dry and irritated, but the nose may still be runny.

(Information from www.materiamedica.org.uk)

Find out about how one sceptical vet discovered homeopathy and his experience with hay fever here:


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A Perfect Balance- Homeopathic Homeostasis

As we have spent April celebrating Hahnemann’s Birthday, and in turn Worldwide Homeopathy Awareness Week, it is fitting, in Hahnemann’s honour, to briefly focus on one of the key teachings in The Organon, that of striving to achieve the perfect mind/body balance.  Gill Graham.  BSc (Hons), BA (Hons) RSHom, DHMHS writes:

Coincidentally, (or maybe so synchronized) this has been a huge focus for me over the last few weeks, having been inadvertently put in situations that demand that it is addressed, with both patients and friends. It appears to be a state that many are seeking, but for whatever reason are unable to achieve.  As a homeopath and holistic practitioner covering many disciplines, I see it as fundamental to good health and wellbeing. Edward Whitmont in ‘Psyche and Substance’ states: ‘The mind is the epiphenomenon of the body, and the body is the epiphenomenon of the mind.  We operate as body-minds.  The body is the visibility of the soul, and the soul is the life of the body.’ In other words, we cannot separate the two, we are not a collection of parts, and should not be treated as such. One remedy to treat the totality of symptoms is optimum; ideally, the simillimum.

Hahnemann considers that disease is an imbalance in the Vital Force and that homeopathy works by stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms.  Symptoms are natures way of indicating that something is ‘off kilter’ and needs to be healed. There are several references to this in the Organon: ‘In the state of health the spirit like vital force (dynamis) animating the material organism reigns in supreme sovereignty. It maintains the sensations and activities of all the parts of the living organism in a harmony that obliges wonderment (Aphorism 9.) When the body is in a state of ‘imbalance’ or flux the entire being is not in in harmony with itself, symptoms that appear are giving vital clues as to where the healing should be focused: ‘The physician has only to eliminate the totality of symptoms in order to remove simultaneously the inner alteration, the pathological untunement of the vital principle, thereby entirely removing and annihilating the disease itself,’ (Aphorism 21) suggesting harmony needs to be restored to the organism to achieve a perfect balance, contributing to radiant mental and physical health.

Hahnemann’s’ language and turn of phrase can at times be confusing and complicated to those who are new to homeopathy, and given that the first editions of The Organon were written in the last half of the 19th century, this is to be expected. Fundamentally he is suggesting that for perfect health the body needs perfect balance. Yesterday, this was brought to my attention in a very simple way.  I was at a yoga class where we were all attempting ‘tree pose’ (Vrksasana.) It has to be said, there are certain poses that I have difficulty in mastering, this is one of them. I started to wobble, desperately trying to concentrate on a key spot, unable stop my mind wandering; the more I thought about it, the wobblier I became. I became distracted by the others who all seemed to be balanced, focused and ‘perfect.’  Eventually the inevitable happened and I fell; the predicted imbalance had become self fulfilling, I imagined I would fall, therefore, I did. In reflection after the class, I realized that to have the perfect equilibrium, it was not just about balancing on one leg with my foot up the other, it was a state of being in total alignment with myself, mind and body. Similarly, imagine a ballet dancer and see her posture as she moves gracefully across a stage.

It is balance that allows her to create beauty in her moves, her mind is calm and focussed.  She requires not only physical strength but alignment and discipline and a strong mental focus and a belief that she will not stumble. Were she not balanced, the performance would be unstable, shaky, volatile and inconstant.  Any state of equilibrium requires total harmony of the mind and body, fluctuations need to be addressed and brought back into line. The objective of giving the simillimum (the homeopathic remedy covering all aspects of a patient) is to achieve what Hahnemann termed ‘the harmony that obliges wonderment.’

In referring back to my tree pose, balance had more to do with my mind than my body.  A chaotic mind makes for an unsteady pose (do not forget, in homeopathy, the mind is top of the hierarchy of symptoms.) On my next attempt, at a subsequent class, having realised the connection, I found that breathing correctly, focussing and visualising myself as someone deeply grounded in her roots, like a tree that can flourish because of this stability allowed me to be centred and calm, and less aware of the perceived perfection of others and more concerned with achieving my own level of composure and equilibrium. This is once more similar to seeing everyone as unique in homeopathy; there is not one remedy that fits all; individualisation is key.

What follows is a poem I recently wrote for one of my friends who has been diagnosed with cancer.  I was in the Dutch Antilles at the time, by the sea when she told me the news. Shocked and sad I was driven to write, the ultimate in therapy for me; and in doing so recognised the ever flowing tides of the sea are characteristic of the ebb and flow of life and of the fluctuating mind body changes we all experience. True health is true equilibrium and as stated here ‘a divine homeostasis,’ the ultimate goal of homeopathic treatment.

Life is a series of waves

The ebb and flow lifting us up knocking us down devastating, cruel

But we are vibrant, alive when we are raised to the sky balanced precariously on the crest of a wave

Joyous, exulted, super human

Then we surf, riding high some day’s others, floating gently with no great flux

This is the calm, the equilibrium

The unforgiving, unpredictable waves sweep us off our feet we lose our balance and crash,

unceremoniously to the ground

floundering in the unfamiliar weaving our way through the tides to breathe to stand, wishing we were the solid rocks standing majestic, but hard, brittle they do not move, boring, static, impenetrable

We are flesh, blood, bone, brain and heart - thinking, loving, hating

We are capable of vibrancy, ecstasy, joy despair and disgust

The ocean inevitably calms and serenity returns

A deeper, more meaningful calm

A divine homoeostasis

Your holy fragile humanity has been nourished the tumultuous waves have been ridden.

Flourish now, as you will.

Balance; what we as homeopaths strive for in our patients; the waves are like the symptoms, warning us of tumultuous times, but ebbing and flowing as we address the totality.  Life is not meant to be an everlasting calm ocean, but by riding the tempestuous waves, and addressing and hopefully correcting the route cause, the depth of our being; our very essence becomes magnificent in its serenity and equilibrium.

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4Homeopathy launches their new, free app in time for UK Homeopathy Awareness Week (10-16th April).

A new digital platform to enable the public to find a registered homeopath, get information on homeopathy and find out about commonly used homeopathic medicines.

Head over the the app store and download! Do spread the word to others, friends, patients and family and let them enjoy the benefits of information at their fingertips.



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A Homeopathic and holistic approach to the treatment of depression, with reference to current conventional management

Article with thanks to Gill Graham BSc (Hons) BA (Hons) RS Hom, DHMHS

‘By March, the worst of winter would be over.  The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake itself up again.

Not that year.

Winter hung in there, like an invalid refusing to die.  Day after day the ice stayed hard, the world remained unfriendly and cold’ – Neil Gaiman

It may appear strange to have chosen the homeopathic treatment of depression in March, when spring is on our doorstep, with all the hope and beauty that brings, but contrary to popular belief, and according to the CDC, suicide rates peak in the spring. There are many reasons for this which will be discussed throughout this article. It is first necessary to define depression and analyse briefly the conventional approach to treatment. The Mayo Clinic describes it as such: ‘Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn't worth living.’

Conventional Psychiatrists claim that it is a chemical imbalance, a serotonin deficiency.  However, after six decades, since intensive research into depression began, there is not one single conclusive study to support that depression is caused by an imbalance in the brain. Harvard Medical School state: ‘It is often said that depression comes from chemical imbalance in the brain; in fact, that figure of speech doesn’t capture how complex the disease is.’ They go on to say it could be from faulty mood regulators in the brain, genetic vulnerability, stress, medications or medical problems. This will be expanded on from a holistic point of view later in this article. Conventional treatment is by way of antidepressants.  At times, there is undeniable empirical evidence that they can work, although there is speculation currently that this is due to the placebo effect and the passage of time.  The adverse effects however cannot continue to be hidden and in patients taking Prozac, possibly the most common SSRI, (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) a host of side effects may be experienced;  including sexual dysfunction, dry mouth, nausea, headache, diarrhoea, nervousness, restlessness, agitation, increased sweating, weight gain, insomnia and drowsiness. A more serious symptom is ‘Serotonin Syndrome’ a condition in which too much of the mood elevator is present in the brain, can occur within minutes, producing high blood pressure, hyperthermia, high body temperature and an increased heart rate that can lead to shock. Serotonin Syndrome can arise when SSRIs act alone or in conjunction with other medications. Prozac is one of the few antidepressants approved for treating depression in adolescents but the drug has been linked to suicidal thoughts and behaviour.  Since this evidence has become clear and undeniable, the FDA, in 2007, enhanced its original public warning to a ‘black box’ warning, which is often only given before a product is withdrawn from the shelves and involves pharmaceutical drugs that are dangerous and life threatening, in this case particularly, but not exclusively, for young people. (https://www.drugwatch.com/prozac/)

Clearly, it is time to re-evaluate all we have learnt, look at things from a different perspective and to stop allowing vulnerable people to be treated with chemicals which can lead to death. Much of the advice that follows will help the patient to reclaim their own power with regards to their health in the realisation that a pill is not necessarily going to cure the problem, or by buying into the myth of the ‘chemical cure.’ As has been shown, there are long term risks to medications such as these (SSRI’s) and efficacy is challenged. Patients who are informed can do much for themselves and will no longer be coerced in to a route that is perhaps not necessary; this freedom is surely liberating and strengthening in itself.

So why are the suicide rates highest in the spring and not as winter falls and the chaos that the holiday’s often brings? Paradoxically, spring is a time when most people are excited about the prospect of warmer weather, more daylight hours, and generally aware of colour literally and figuratively coming back in to the earth.  A season of blossoming and growth, of new life; a time to plan for the rest of the year and witness the flourishing and slow but definite blooming of nature’s garden. March heralds the vernal equinox, this year March 19th, and the earliest in history. Spring, a time, I feel of great polarity; the birthing of all things; creation and resurrection are clearly key words associated with the season, and in the case of Christ and the Christian calendar, this was not done without unparalleled agony, hence the analogy to birth. A time to start again, thrive and allow new growth, expression and energy.

However, people who have a tendency to depression often feel under pressure as spring approaches, the lighter nights and longer hours of daylight somehow expose them; it is reverse SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) which is little discussed. They can no longer hide as easily inside, using the dark and cold as an excuse to be anti-social and hibernate; it magnifies their feelings of inadequacy.  The vibrancy of the burgeoning brightly coloured flowers and blossoms, and new tangible energies, small reminders of their own personal darkness; their condition is exacerbated. Anxiety creeps in, their differences magnified, they are forced to adapt and adjust to a new season, the temporary comfort of the winter blankets is disturbed.  Any disruption in depression is potentially dangerous.

Deep analysis as to the cause of this insidious mental illness is vital, aside from periodicity; the conventional school of thought was briefly discussed above but it is necessary to take this a step further and examine other possible influences. There is evidence unremittingly coming to light, that toxicity through GMO’s, herbicides, pesticides and food additives are strongly linked to mental illness.  By adapting a holistic approach, through modifying the diet to food that has not been adulterated with chemicals, and keeping it as simple and pure as possible, avoiding allergens detected through testing, taking natural supplements as required, adequate sleep and exercise and minimising exposure to toxins of every variety, we could go a long way to improving mental health issues  Also, lifestyle habits and physical illnesses should be taken into account, as they could easily be affecting the mental state, as discussed. Only in addressing the totality is healing possible and by removing ‘maintaining causes’ which will prevent healing, no matter what form of medicine is given. In addition, the homeopathic consultation would obviously take into account the entire set of presenting symptoms given by the patient to the homeopath; by doing this the correct constitutional remedy is prescribed and in conjunction with the above approach, could be greatly beneficial to the overall health of a person suffering from depression.

The following are a list of possible homeopathic remedies which could be indicated:

Aurum Metallicum

To be considered when:

  • Constantly dwelling on suicide

  • Profound melancholy, feels hateful and quarrelsome

  • Feelings of emptiness, worthlessness, despair after perceived failure at work or in their personal life.

  • Symptoms often get worse at night or during the colder months, often alleviated however by calming music.

  • Loss of purpose in life, loneliness, particularly if a partner dies

  • Loathing of life

  • Guilt, often about what they should have said or done

  • Despair in terminal diseases, particularly cancer

  • Hopes of success squashed, depression creeps in insidiously

  • Can help physical and emotional despair

  • Oversensitive to contradiction, which excites wrath

Arsenicum Album

To be considered when:

  • Indifferent, melancholic, despairing

  • Anxious, fearful, restless, palpable anguish

  • Obsessive about ones health

  • Depressed when they failing to reach their own high standards.

  • Symptoms are usually worse in colder weather, and they are also very sensitive to pain.

  • Anxious and depressed; often the depression appears from severe anxiety about illness and the prospect of dying.

  • Often, obsessive compulsive behaviour is evident, like excessive handwashing Those requiring arsenicum often have obsessive-compulsive behaviour like hand washing. Much hypochondria, and huge fear of cancer, which is often a major cause of the depression.

  • Invariably they will go from one doctor to another, for reassurance.

  • Restlessness at night is a key symptom, as is pessimism

  • Indicated where both anxiety and depression are evident, particularly when accompanied by gastric symptoms, such as indigestion, diarrhoea and panic attacks.

  • Arsenicum individuals are generally fastidious and restless at the same time.

  • Despair and depression caused by feeling they will never be well again.

  • Fear is a key symptom accompanied by apprehension and dread. Hard to reassure even if all is OK.

Calcarea carbonica

To be considered when:

  • There is a tendency to obesity, pale, slow, reliable

  • To be secure and supported is key to those needing this remedy, become depressed when lose control and become fearful and anxious

  • Often depression occurs when overcome by physical illness, worry or work.

  • The person may also develop fatigue, anxiety, self-pity, discouragement, and confusion.

  • This remedy is also best for people who sweat easily and who suffer from insomnia and periods of sluggishness

  • A key trait is the desire to stay at home and to be satisfied with this. Comfort is a key requisite

  • Do not like being observed in their confusion and are worried that people think she is insane


To be considered when:

  • Those who feel deep sympathy for others and who become depressed and unhappy due to lack of justice in the world.

  • Depression caused by grief or loss of a loved one.

  • Mental dullness, often loss of memory is apparent

  • Complete paralysis of the mind and the body. Cannot function on any level when severely depressed

  • Frequent events causing grief and sadness are too overwhelming, paralyzing all the emotions, coupled with an ongoing sense of injustice.

  • Dazed, flat, with no emotions.

  • “Hearing bad news” (such as the death of a family member or a diagnosis of incurable disease) can also create aCausticum

Ignatia amara

To be considered when:

  • Where depression is caused by anger, grief, or disappointed love, brooding, weeping evident.

  • People who are mentally and physically exhausted by long, concentrated grief.

  • Desire to be alone

  • One of the best remedy’s for depression caused by betrayal and a subsequent broken heart

  • Often the pain and grief is supressed as they do not want to show weakness in front of others, although deeply hurt and vulnerable

  • Tears or laughter may alternate, for no particular reason. Other symptoms may include abdominal cramps, headaches, or insomnia.

  • Reaction to depression is often observed as deep sighing or sobbing, or sitting, immobilized.

  • Psychosomatic symptoms such as sighing, choking, a stiff neck, and a feeling of something stuck in the throat or a lump (known as globus hystericus.) making swallowing difficult.

  • They often weep for help and attention, they eat the refrigerator empty, and they may even have convulsions.

Kali phosphoricum

To be considered when:

  • Generally suited to conservative, ‘proper’ people who are down to earth. Nervous exhaustion which can make them lose control and become depressed as a result.

  • Often caused by overwork and heavy emotional stress as a result.

  • Depression causes them to withdraw

  • Mental and physical prostration, both anxiety and depression evident

  • Mental symptoms are often accompanied by nervousness, exhaustion, lack of concentration, headaches, insomnia, anaemia, sensitivity to the cold, and indigestion.

  • Extreme nervousness and ‘starting’ at slightest sounds accompanies symptoms

Lachesis muta

To be considered when:  

  • People, (generally women) are self-centred, suspicious, territorial, highly sexed, with a sharp tongue

  • Person has disposition to low spirits and indolence, often women of choleric temperament

  • Ailments from long lasting grief, sorrow, fright vexation

  • Depression is caused by suspicion, jealously, or repressed feelings.

  • It is also prescribed for people who dislike commitment or confinement.

  • The person may be loquacious and want to talk all the time; often prophetic perceptions, jumping from one idea to another.

  • Often menopausal depression, accompanied by hot flushes, burning up feeling, night terrors and angry dreams

  • Depression and irritability comes on before, during and after menopause, and there are strong tendencies to unwarranted suspicion, envy, jealousy, insecurity and resentment

  • Physical symptoms of the menopause such as heavy menstrual periods and uterine pain, ovarian cysts, fibroids can exacerbate the mental symptoms. Congestion, in every sense is a key word, mentally and physical which is why they are better for discharges in every sense. Worse also from suppressed sexual energy.

Natrium carbonicum

 To be considered when:

  • Often indicated for gentle people who have been hurt or disappointed

  • People that try and avoid conflict. They become isolated, withdrawn and listen to sad music.

  • Melancholy is intolerable accompanied by apprehension; wholly occupied by sad thoughts

  • Great debility, inability to think or to perform mental labour which causes a headache

  • Stupefaction, slow comprehension when trying to exert himself

  • Often accompanied by digestive problems and nervous disorders.

It also suits people who feel irritable, indifferent to family members, weary and depressed patients who always prefer to be in seclusion away from people.

Natrum muraticum

To be considered when:

  • People are closed and hypersensitive, defensive and resentful

  • Great vulnerability and easily hurt

  • Depression takes the form of withdrawal and desire for solitude, often crying alone, often to classical music

  • Tearful and lonely depression as a result of suppressing sadness. Often unresolved grief from the past and their childhood can deeply affect their mood and they can feel ignored, deserted, forsaken and abandoned

  • They are worse when people attempt to console

  • Easily offended and never forget what was done to them, dwelling on it and becoming vindictive.

  • Rather than considering suicide, they would dedicate themselves to a worthy cause or crusade, which makes them feel better.

  • Other symptoms include migraines, insomnia, back pain, anxiety, and hopelessness.

Phosphoric acid

To be considered when:

  • Depression is often the result of grief or disappointed love

  • Life has become useless, often they do not want to live

  • Burned out, weak, person who is indifferent to everything and apathetic.

  • Other symptoms include loss of appetite and often feeling overwhelmed from overwork, grief, studying, or heartbreak

  • Depressive episodes often are worse from sleeping.

  • No sparkle, flat, enjoys nothing

  • Memory loss, tries to search for the right word, tired during the day, insomnia at night

  • Physically can experience hair loss and diarrhoea

  • This state is often experienced by teenagers who are homesick and away from home, or in those experiencing long term chronic illness such as chronic fatigue


To be considered when:

  • Mostly, a remedy that is prescribed for women and children

  • Depressive conditions relating to fluctuating hormones such as menstruation and menopause, as well as pregnancy, all symptoms exacerbated at these times,

  • People who become tearful and sad when depressed

  • Desire lots of comfort and attention.

  • They are also very moody, jealous, and whiny.

  • Forsaken feelings but is better for consolation

  • The person’s mood will improve with fresh air, crying, and light exercise. the best remedy when depression occurs in conjunction with menopause, menstrual periods, or puberty 

Sepia Officinalis

To be considered when:

  • Person is dutiful, but who can no longer cope with demands put on her

  • Feels unworthy

  • Sinking ‘all gone’ feeling in stomach

  • Depression accompanied by mental stasis, confusion, absent mindedness, dullness, difficult thinking

  • Emotional stasis

  • Indifference to loved ones and family members.

  • They become annoyed when interrupted in their solitude

  • They may feel better after crying and they prefer not to be consoled.

  • Other related symptoms include digestion problems and menstrual issues.

  • Post-partum problems, patient is low, and worn out, physically and mentally, sometimes from a difficult delivery.

  • During menopause and perimenopause and pre menstrually, many symptoms add to the feelings of depression, and could indicate sepia: palpitations, weakness and sudden fainting worse before periods and in a room full of people; weight gain, increased or lack of appetite, nose bleeds, early, irregular and heavy periods with flooding; heavy menstrual periods, total loss of sexual libido. There are many more, but the above are all indicative of changing hormonal states contributing to depressive feelings.

  • Hysterical tendencies during menopause; anxiety and mental imbalance in peri-menopause and during menopause. Anxiety during menopause with flushes of heat.

  • Depression is worse on waking in the morning, but better after getting up.

  • Sulky and lash out at those closest to them

  • May use alcohol or marijuana to escape.

There are numerous other remedies which could possibly be considered, however, the above covers many symptoms experienced by people in this state. As ever, a full case should be taken and the symptoms seen in their totality; consult a homeopath at www.findahomeopath.org

As an adjunct, it may be significant to mention that in 2007, Prince Charles advocated the use of homeopathy for several conditions, depression being one of them (also eczema and irritable bowel syndrome.)  He wrote to the then Health Secretary, Alan Johnson. Prince Charles wrote: "The only reason I persist in my efforts over integrated healthcare - despite waves of invective over the years from parts of the Medical and Scientific Establishments - is because I cannot bear people suffering unnecessarily when a complimentary approach could make a real difference."

He went on to suggest illness should be treated with a "whole person approach" rather than a "reductionist focus on the particular ailment. “I agree with Prince Charles.  Mental and emotional conditions, such as depression are complex, and no two people present in the same way; there is no individualisation, making conventional treatment a long shot, to say the least as the medications are designed to treat everyone. In addition, each medication carries with it a long list of undesirable, debilitating, side effects as has been shown. This is where homeopathy comes into its own. A remedy can cover symptoms on every level, ironically the more unique the symptom, the easier the remedy choice as it is a differentiating factor. Each case of depression is unique, therefore, treatment should be tailored to the individual.  There is a time and a place for conventional treatment through the use of SSRI’s, depending on the severity of the case; the initial integration of the above advice however, could be of great benefit to a patient and start a healing process which could reduce or eliminate dependency on prescription drugs.

I hope this advice has been of help and that you can circulate it amongst anyone you many feel would benefit.  I would love that March, with all its paradoxes proves to be a wonderful start to the spring for you and that some of the polarities discussed here become beautifully balanced.


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