Homeopathy – a natural alternative to anti-anxiety medications for children
Homeopathy is free of any toxicity that might cause harmful side-effects in children
Homeopathy can treat the effects of PTSD in children very effectively without having to worry about potential side-effects often associated with conventional medications. A gentle and fast acting method of healing is a wonderful way for your child to recover back to a healthy and happy life.
Emotional trauma can be of acute nature if the child is exposed to a sudden violent event, accident, loss of a loved one, or other sudden traumatic experience. There are are number of homeopathic remedies which can be used immediately following an event, to lessen the effect of the trauma, and/or shock the child is experiencing.
For emotional trauma of more long standing nature, PTSD, homeopathy has shown wonderful results in resolving the psychological impact, and consequent symptoms associated with the traumatic experience.
Examples of traumatic events:
- Domestic or family violence
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Natural disaster
- A serious accident
- Sudden, unexpected or violent death of a loved one
- Serious injury (burns, dog attack)
- Major surgery or life-threatening illness
- War, terrorism, political violence
Examples of symptoms associated with PTSD in children:
- Behavior issues such as outbursts of anger, rage and violence
- Difficulty concentrating
- Overwhelming fear or grief
Holistic and individualized care
Children exposed to the same trauma may react very differently. Even children in the same family who have witnessed/experienced the same event(s), may express very different reactions/symptoms following the event(s). Many children do experience some trauma in their lives, most however do not develop PTSD. The incident increase with how severe the trauma was, and in many cases, if it happened over an extended period of time. For example, a child who is the victim of sexual violence or who has witnessed brutalities of war, or the sudden violent death of a parent, is at a higher risk of developing PTSD. Children and youth with PTSD continue to suffer the effects long after the actual traumatic situation has passed.
In every case of PTSD, (as well as in any other condition) homeopathy always treat the individual and his or her very unique experience and symptom picture. Like I mentioned previously, children exposed to the same trauma may react very differently, developing different mental, emotional, as well as physical symptoms due to the effect of the trauma.
In a case involving a child, I talk to the parent(s), or caregiver, as well as the child, during a conversation which normally last anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours, depending on the case. Based on the information gathered during the interview, I chose the homeopathic remedy that matches all the issues and symptoms related to the child’s PTSD.
How long before improvement?
In general, children react fairly quickly to homeopathic treatment, and improvements are often seen within days, or the first couple of weeks from taking the remedy prescribed. Every case is different however, the severity of the trauma, and length of time the child has experienced trauma, may have an impact on the amount of time it takes to heal. In most cases however, I suggest making a treatment plan over a time frame of 4-6 months from the first appointment. The follow-up appointments are usually scheduled about 4 weeks apart, with e-mails and phone calls in between appointments as needed. Note that homeopathic remedies are inexpensive, FDA approved and may be purchased form authorized homeopathic pharmacies (I will of course give you further instructions on this during and following our consultation). Homeopathic remedies do not interfere with conventional medications, and are safe to take if you or your child are currently on a conventional prescription drug.
A case of PTSD in 9 year old girl
Lydia’s (name has been changed) mother contacted me for help with her daughters severe emotional reaction to the trauma of living in a war zone and fleeing with her family.
Lydia is the oldest of the family’s three children. The family of 5 fled their war torn country when Lydia was 6 years old, and she has vivid memories of the war in her country, as well as memories from the journey as a refugee.
Lydia is doing well in school, and has lots of friends in the small town where the family currently live.
The trauma of Lydia’s experience mainly expressed itself during the night where she would wake with night-terrors, sleep walk pounding on the wall of her room, as well as frequent bed wetting during night. Lydia was very anxious at bedtime. Afraid of the dark, needing the light on in her bedroom, and constant reassurance that her parent were nearby. Most nights it would take several hours before Lyda was finally able to settle down and fall asleep. The night terrors and sleep walking occurred several times a week, leaving both Lydia and her parents tired and exhausted from lack of sleep.
Lydia received the homeopathic remedy Stramonium based on her overall symptom picture. Lydia quickly improved following the remedy, and after two months she was no longer experiencing the symptoms of fear and anxiety. Lydia did not need further homeopathic treatment. She continues to do well.
It is important to emphasize that each case is unique, and chronic problems like PTSD are best handled by a qualified homeopathic practitioner.
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If you’re child is currently taking antidepressants or other conventional drugs for PTSD, please know that you can still add homeopathic treatment, as it does not interfere with conventional medications. During homeopathic treatment we often experience a reduction in the conventional drugs needed, and in some cases no further need at all. A reduction in, or a stopping of, taking your conventional medications should always been done under the careful supervision of your MD and homeopath.
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