Role of homoeopathic medicines in management of stress

Role of homoeopathic medicines in management of stress


According to WHO, Stress can be defined as a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation. Stress is a natural human response that prompts us to address challenges and threats in our lives. Everyone experiences stress to some degree. The way we respond to stress, however, makes a big difference to our overall well-being. 

There are three stages in stress response:

  1. Alarm
  1. Adaptation and
  1. Exhaustion or recovery.

Alarm stage

This first stage involves the “fright-or-flight” response. This is the stage which enables us to deal with the difficult (adverse) situations. The body is prepared either to face the perceived threat, or to escape from it. This stage invokes various reactions in the body such as release of stress hormones: cortisol, nor adrenaline and adrenaline from the adrenal glands, increased heart rate, rise in blood sugar level, increase in blood pressure, etc.

If the stressful situation isn’t resolved the body uses all its resources (for example, continuous secretion of stress hormones to provide energy to deal with the situation) to adapt to the stressful situation. 

Adaptation stage

This results in various types of physical sleep problems, general tiredness, muscular pains, indigestion, allergies, minor infections like common colds etc.,), mental (lack of concentration), emotional (impatience and irritability) and behavioural problems (smoking and drinking). 

If the body‟s compensation mechanisms have succeeded in over coming the stressor‟s effect there follows the recovery stage. But if the body has used up its resources and is unable to maintain normal function it leads to exhaustion stage. 

Exhaustion stage

If exhaustion stage persists for a long time it can cause long term effects where the individual is at risk of suffering from more serious health conditions. It may lead to depression, hypertension and coronary diseases. 


Although some stress is beneficial, prolonged or intense stress can be associated with a variety of negative physical and psychological outcomes.

For example, whereas moderate amounts of stress helps to focus our attention, excessive stress leads to diminished attention, concentration, decision making, and short-term memory. High stress can also lead to a variety of emotional disturbances, including irritability, depression, and anxiety disorders. Indeed, many researchers consider stress a core component of the cause of emotional disorders. Chronic high stress is associated with serious physical health concerns, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, immunosuppression and more frequent illnesses, sexual dysfunction, gastrointestinal disorders, and recurrent headaches. 

High levels of stress are also associated with a variety of behaviors and lifestyle choices that can have negative health outcomes. 

Research indicates that individuals experiencing high stress are more likely to engage in excessive alcohol consumption and increased use of drugs and tobacco products.

It is important to recognize that exceptionally low levels of stress can have negative consequences as well. For example, when arousal levels are too low, people generally experience boredom, poorer cognitive and physical performance, procrastination, and lack of attention to detail.


Memory problems

Inability to concentrate

Poor judgment

Seeing only the negative

Anxious or racing thoughts

Constant worrying 

Emotional Symptoms


Irritability or short temper

Agitation, inability to relax

Feeling overwhelmed

Sense of loneliness and isolation

Depression or general unhappiness 

Physical Symptoms

Aches and pains

Diarrhea or constipation

Nausea, dizziness

Chest pain, rapid heartbeat

loss of sex drive

Frequent colds

Behavioral Symptoms

Eating more or less

Sleeping too much or too little

Isolating yourself from others

Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities

Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax

Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing) 


Homoeopathy, an out and out rational therapeutical system with its holistic, integrated, multi-disciplinary, totalistic view approaches the subject of stress in a convincing rational way.

Homoeopathic Medicines from materia medica 

Work StressFamily StressSociety Stress
Ammonium groupAcid-fluorAcid-nit
Ars.albCalc groupAmbra grisea
Aurum. groupChamomillaAnacardium
BryoniaCoffea crudaBaryta group
Calc-fluorKali groupHepar sulph
Carbon groupNatrum groupHura
ConiumAcid-phosMagnesium group
Kali – phPlatinumMedorrhinum
LycopodiumPulsatillaMerc sol
Ophidia groupStaphisagriaPhosphorus

Table 1. Showing list of Homoeopathic medicines according to source of                   stress

Homoeopathic medicines from Different Repertory 

BOENING – MIND- homesickness: CAPS., PH- C.,

BOERICKE – MIND-MOOD, disposition: melancholic, despondent, depressed, low- spirited, gloomy, apprehensive, “blue”: Acon., Alum., Anac., Ars., Aur., Cimic., Con., Ign., Lyc., Nat-m., Ph-ac., Puls., Plat., Phos., Psor., Sep., Staph., Stann., 

BOERICKE- MIND- MOOD, disposition: despairing, hopeless, discouraged easily, lack of confidence: Acon., Anac., Aur., Ars., Ph-ac., Puls., Sep., 

KENT- MIND- CONFIDENCE, want of self confidence: ANAC., BAR.C.,SIL., 

KENT- MIND- SUICIDAL DISPOSITION – thoughts: Aur., Aur –m., Nat-s., 

KENT- MIND- SADNESS- mental depression: Acon., Ars., Ars-i., Aur., Aur-m., Cal., Cal-ar., Cal-s., Gels., Ign., Cham., Chin., kali-br., kali-p., Sep., Puls.,Platina., 

KENT- MIND- anxiety: Acon., Arg-n., Ars., Ars-I., Aur., Bry., Cact., Cal., Caust., Kali-p., Kali-ar., Nat-c., Nit-ac., 

KENT- MIND- MOOD- changeable, variable, etc: Ign., Lyc., Nux-m., Puls., Sars., Zinc., 


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Dr Deepika Shishodia, PGR MD 2 (Hom.) Psychiatry 

Dr. Chandrabhan Sharma, MD (Hom), Assistant Professor in Department of Psychiatry.

Swasthya Kalyan Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Jaipur. 

About the author

Dr Deepika Shishodia

Dr Deepika Shishodia
MD PGR (Hom.)
Department of Psychiatry
Swasthya Kalyan Homoeopathic Medical College & Research Centre , Jaipur.