If you’re a parent, you know that a frightened child is an unhappy child. You also know that a sudden fright can lead to great anguish, uncontrolled crying, a rapid pulse, sweating, difficulty sleeping, and even illness.
In this article, I want to review two homeopathic remedies (there are others) that often prove quite helpful in these situations.
Aconitum napellus (Aconite): When a fright is involved, Aconite is a remedy that should be top of mind. Someone needing this homeopathic remedy feels great fear accompanied by a loss of appetite. Their fear is frequently described as agonizing. Often the fear is such that the child is afraid to go out of the house; they may even feel certain they are going to die. They can be inconsolable. Restlessness and sleeplessness are common as is a heightened sensitivity to noise. Aconite patients tend to startle easily. While falling asleep, a person needing Aconite will toss and turn and may also have anxious dreams that cause them to wake with a start. Great thirst for cold water is also common. This remedy is very helpful for those who have suffered a sudden fright or emotional shock as well as for ailments that follow shortly after a frightening experience.
Arsenicum album: This remedy picture can look a bit like Aconite – with its anxiousness and restlessness. In those needing Arsenicum however, one typically sees these symptoms: great anguish, weakness and prostration, chilliness, thirst for sips of warm fluids, an inability to rest in any place despite the feeling of weakness, an aggravation of the restlessness and anxiety particularly after midnight till 2:00 a.m., and a desire for warmth. They may also awaken around 3:00 a.m. in a fright and find falling back to sleep difficult. There is often the fear that something terrible is going to happen. They will also seek and find considerable comfort in the company of others.
Remember (particularly if you’re new to homeopathy) the key to choosing the correct/helpful remedy is always the same. One must match the “characteristic symptoms” (i.e., unusual or peculiar) of the person you are caring for (not the common ones like a headache, sore throat, cough, fever, etc.) to a remedy capable of producing similar characteristic symptoms to have success. If you choose a remedy with characteristics most similar to the characteristic symptoms of your family member, you should have a happy outcome every time. If you don't, you or they will either feel no effect or one that is mildly positive at best, but there is never a bad effect from choosing the “incorrect” remedy.
Once you have chosen a remedy that appears to match the child’s symptoms, dose with a 30C or 200C to start by placing one pellet under the tongue or one pellet in water, stirring vigorously and then giving a teaspoon dose as needed. Always cease dosing when relief begins and only redose if symptoms again worsen. As with any medical condition, consult with your physician if you have any concerns about the severity of the problem as it may first require medical diagnosis and/or intervention and monitoring.
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. is an exceptional homeopath who provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a regular column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. She is perhaps best known as a guest expert on homeopathy used by Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D. on the popular TV program - the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.
Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as long distance using Skype. Learn more here: Dr. Lisa Samet.You can follow her on Facebook as well.