Homeopathy: Nervousness and insomnia
When it comes to nervousness, anxiety and insomnia, it's not necessarily what you eat -- but what is eating you that could be the problem.
Although these problems affect a very large percentage of our population, many of us are affected without even realizing that nervousness is influencing the quality of our lives.
Like a thief in the night, nervousness robs us of the peace that provides a quality of life unsurpassed by any material blessing, and can actually shorten our lifespan.
Homeopathy is often a key piece of the health care puzzle for a calm healthy life and restful sleep. Nervousness, anxiety, and insomnia are common underlying factors to many other conditions including, chronic fatigue, depression, phobias, chronic muscle and joint problems, allergies, hypersensitivities, various indigestive disorders, eating disorders, hormonal imbalances, headaches, chronic recurring subluxations, neck and back tension, recurring herpes, urinary tract infections, breathing and lung disorders, recurring cold and flu symptoms, weight problems, blood pressure disorders, and sexual disorders.
Mental and emotional stresses can obviously affect any part of health. Any chronic or recurring health problem should be homeopathically evaluated for mental and emotional remedies such as nervousness, anxiety or insomnia. A simple sublingual reflex response test can be applied using either leg length or a muscle test.
Whether we are dealing with nervousness, anxiety or insomnia directly, or as a component to another chronic disorder, there are a number of common homeopathic formulas that will often test positive. The correct homeopathic formula will commonly bring fast results in the mental/emotional realm. The following is a list of various homeopathic formulas and their common uses:
Nervousness Formula, as a general tonic to the nervous system;
Anxiety Formula for related conditions;
Insomnia Formula for lack of sleep/sleep disorders;
Depression or Mood Enhancement
Formula for depressive type of anxiety; Grief & Guilt Formula for anxiety related to grief and guilt of the past;
Phobia Formula for anxiety related to fears and nervousness;
Detox or Drainage Formula for eliminating toxicity that can cause mental/emotional or other chronic conditions.
Homeopathy added to your chiropractic management program will effectively broaden your scope of practice. However, when dealing with nervousness and insomnia as well as many other conditions, your patients lifestyle management is essential to your successful management of their health.
The following are some helpful hints which you may want to hand out to your patients.
LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES
You sit and fidget in your seat, swinging your feet back and forth. Your bands begin tapping to a rhythm of their own as you try, but just can't seem to sit still. Concentrating used to be easy, but now your mind is running so fast, you're afraid it may just jump right out of your head.
Or what about bedtime? Has that become a dreaded time, instead of a time to be treasured at the end of your busy day? As you toss and turn, becoming increasingly aware of the fact that you're still falling asleep when your alarm goes off
If these problems have been occurring consistently over a period of time, you're most likely experiencing some nervousness or insomnia. Although most of us will experience a nervous moment here and there, or a sleepless night every now and again, it is not normal to be plagued with these conditions for any length of time. Some of the other symptoms of nervousness are insomnia are sensitivity to disorder or noise, nervous indigestion, and frightening dreams at night.
There can be physical and emotional causes for your nervousness or insomnia. Count on being a little unsettled or restless if you've recently moved, changed jobs, or experienced a death of a loved one. Any change or loss can cause you to react nervously. Or, if you are experiencing a drug or alcohol withdrawal, you most likely will be agitated.
It's very important for you to work with a good health care professional, counselor, or pastor, as you adjust to life without dependence on drugs or alcohol.
As you begin to work toward getting to the root of the problem(s), it's crucial to rule out any serious physical cause first. See your healthcare professional to make sure you're in tip-top shape. After you've eliminated the possibility of a serious illness, begin establishing a plan of action to deal with your nervousness or insomnia.
What follows is a list of lifestyle management steps designed for you to incorporate into your life so that you might live and move and celebrate the vibrant, dis-ease free life you were intended to enjoy!
- What's going on? To effectively deal with the problem, you need to know what it is. After you've ruled out any serious health or emotional problem, make a list of all concerns you're having which may be contributing to your nervousness/insomnia, and then begin tackling them one at a time.
- Be a detective! Keep a journal of what you've eaten, physical exercise, thoughts, events, etc. In time, a study of your notes may point to the culprit which is causing your nervousness or insomnia.
- Maintain balance. It is so important to live a balanced lifestyle. Eating good, whole, foods, drinking good clean water, and regularly exercising is crucial for you to maintain optimal health all the days of your life!
- Make sure you're following a good vitamin and herb regimen. Taking a good B vitamin regularly is a good idea. Check with your healthcare professional to see what other vitamins would be best for you. Herbs that have a calming effect are: Chamomile, Rosehips, Valerian Root, and Catnip, to name a few. Make yourself a good tea with these herbs and drink before bedtime.
- What are you thinking about? Watch your thoughts. Don't let a doubt-filled nervous thought enter your mind -- it's so important to keep your thoughts pure. Don't even entertain a negative thought!
- Time Out! When you feel yourself reacting nervously -- take a time out. Be aware of every part of your being and begin to breathe slowly and deeply. Allow your body to relax with each breath. Focus on the solution as you breathe, not the problem!
- Take a coffee break. A break from coffee that is! Eliminating caffeine is a good idea even if you're not experiencing nervousness or insomnia. Begin now to eliminate this substance from your life.
- Be productive! Instead of lying in bed tossing and turning, use this time to finish that book you've been meaning to, or pray, or clean out that closet or drawers, or work. Just lying there staring at the clock only makes you feel frustrated and is a waste time.
- Change your perception. Through times of sleeping problems, you may feel as if you haven't slept at all when in fact you probably have slept some. And even if you haven't slept, allow your body to lie there and rest and relax. It's certainly better than worrying about your lack of sleep!
- Don't be bright eyed! Many times, if you awaken suddenly, you may feel as if you are so alert that you can't possibly go back to sleep. Don't allow that thought to control the rest of your night. Just lie there and breathe deeply, and allow sleep to enter once again.
- Turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones, or opportunities to grow! Each of us are plagued from time to time with symptoms, which, if we deal with effectively, can be used to teach us methods of overcoming life's difficulties.
The Chiropractic Journal.
By Frank, Jr. King