Stress is an important and natural stimulus that compels us to adapt to a new environment or lifestyle change. It causes a physiological response in our bodies that helps us either flee or fight the threat or stressor. But spending so much time on high alert can have damaging effects on our health. Prolonged, unwanted, and unmanageable stresses like the ones so many of us are facing right now can take a toll, causing irritability, nervousness, sleeplessness, and digestive upsets. Stress can also aggravate or even trigger chronic diseases.
A lot of conventional medicines have been designed to decrease anxiety, the main symptom of stress. Unfortunately, they may have unwanted side effects, like drowsiness, and can be habit-forming. However, homeopathic medicines provide an easy, lower-risk treatment option.
Homeopathy also takes into consideration the different ways people react to stress. Symptoms can vary from one person to another. You may experience digestive problems, and yet someone else may have trouble falling asleep at night. Homeopathic medicines allow you to tailor treatment to your needs.
Boiron offers several over-the-counter options that can help you manage specific symptoms of stress. Here are the most popular “blue tube” single medicines from our stress and sleep line.
Argentum nitricum relieves apprehension with agitation, hurrying, stomach pain, and diarrhea related to stress. This medicine could help someone who feels there’s not enough time to complete a task.*
Gelsemium sempervirens relieves apprehension with trembling, lack of focus, weak legs, and digestive problems such as diarrhea, and the urge to lay down. This would be an ideal medicine for a student who stresses out before an exam.*
Ignatia amara relieves a lump in the throat, hypersensitivity or intolerance to light, noise, or smells, frequent sighing, difficulty breathing, spasms, and cramps related to stress. This medicine may help those who feel moody or emotional from added stress.*
Nux vomica relieves irritability and aggressiveness from stress. This would be helpful to someone who has eaten or drank too much, and looking for stimulants such as coffee, alcohol, or tobacco — all of which aggravate their condition.*
High dilutions of these medicines (30C) are usually recommended because symptoms are general and behavioral, affecting the whole body. A typical dose is five pellets three times a day or as needed like just before a performance or test.
If you are hesitant to try a single medicine or experience several symptoms at once, Boiron offers two multi-symptom solutions. Sedalia relieves nervousness, hypersensitivity, and fatigue due to everyday stress and Quietude addresses occasional sleeplessness or restless sleep.*
Regardless of which homeopathic option you choose, these medicines will not impair your ability to function or cause drowsiness. They are not habit-forming and are not known to interfere with conventional treatments or supplements you may already be using. Overall, homeopathic medicines provide enough relief to help you face and react to stress appropriately.
You can explore which medicines are right for you or your family by downloading the free Boiron Medicine Finder app.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.
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