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Homeopathy and Phobias

School_boy_asking_for_help Homeopathy helps phobias

Homeopathy is very effective for relieving phobias. As our kids all head back to school I thought I would share a severe case of school phobia with you, from my case files.

Billy’s mother told me that he had been “frantic” for the past six weeks. Three weeks ago, he had started vomiting before going to school and did not want to attend. His sleep was very disturbed, and he would wake up between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. feeling anxious and restless. At the age of almost seven he also had a history of ear infections, asthma and constipation.

Billy had taken over 100 courses of antibiotics in his young life! He had had ear tubes inserted and his adenoids removed. Since five years of age he had been on a steroid inhaler for his asthma, and at the time of this visit he had been on an Albuterol inhaler for a week.

Desperately seeking sanctuary

When Billy came to see me he was clearly very disturbed, pacing rapidly up and down my consulting room for a full hour without stopping. His mother reported that he did this at home too, and the pacing could make him dizzy. He was very tense; his jaws were visibly clenched. He had told his mother he really didn’t want to be seven (his birthday was fast approaching). He asked her if he would have to move away from home if he became a daddy. He didn’t want to go to school because he was lonesome for his mother and scared of being bullied. Billy said to her over and over: “I love you desperate … I’m desperate happy … but I don’t want to go to school.”

Watch out for that truck

I remember a homeopathic lecturer once describing how to choose between the remedies Aconite and Arsenicum in cases of intense fear and restlessness like this one. A person who needs Aconite feels like, “Oh my God I’m about to be hit by a giant Mack truck and I have one second left to live,” whereas a person who needs Arsenicum feels more like, “Oh no, someone has slipped me poison and I’m about to die a long, lingering death ...” After putting Billy's symptoms into my specialized computer software I saw Aconite covered his symptoms well and matched the case, including the terrible panic and urgency I felt from him.

Fast acting Aconite

I gave him Aconite 30C and told his mother to call me if there was no change within two days. In longstanding or chronic cases I normally ask people to wait three or four weeks until the follow-up appointment before assessing whether or not the remedy has worked. But Billy’s symptoms were intense, and in my experience, the more intense the symptoms are, the quicker a homeopathic medicine will work. If I had chosen the wrong remedy, I wouldn’t want Billy to suffer unnecessarily for weeks.

No news is good news

The days passed and I heard nothing. Four weeks later we had a follow-up appointment. Billy’s mother told me that after his constitutional treatment with Homeopathy there had been a fantastic improvement. He now felt OK about going to school and about turning seven. He had stopped pacing and had no dizzy spells. His sleep was very good, and he had not been up at night since taking the remedy. He had had ear pain the day after taking the remedy. I believed this to be a positive sign as it is common to experience a return of old symptoms when a homeopathic medicine is working well.

Homeopathy hits a home run

At the second follow-up visit, eight weeks after taking Aconite, Billy and his mother reported further improvement. He no longer took his inhalers. His nose was running, where it had been very dry before. He had had profuse discharge from his left ear. Despite the discharge, he had had no further ear pain and no other symptoms. He also had a lot more energy. He had “filled out” and had a better color.

More lessons to learn

There is so much to learn from Billy's experience that I have written a follow up post.

8 thoughts on “Homeopathy and Phobias”

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  • Idelle Silvernagel

    Love your blog Mary! I love seeing ONE of the remedies that HAVE GIVEN someone worked! Alas I am only a first aider. I know I am proving that homeopathy really works. One of my Yorkies had pain in her front should

  • Idelle Silvernagel

    Shoulders SO I went to my kit and gave her arsenicum 30c. About an hour later I gave her another dose. Then one more before taking her to the vet. The vet feeling her shoulders, asked puzzeled,"I don't see anything wrong. I explained what I had given her and him, not UNDERSTANding homeopathy, just said "well keep doing what YOU'RE doing,". My simple reply to non-believers is "animals can't take feeling better, OR imagine feeling better.

  • Idelle Silvernagel

    ,It should read "fake " feeling better" Anyway keep writing, I SO enjoy your wisdom! I wish you had been my Homeopath. The one I had in Brooklyn just COULDN'T get my constitional remedy. I still GET ear infections but don't take Any antibiotics etc.

    • Mary Aspinwall

      Well maybe I can be your next homeopath... :)
      Thanks for sharing your experience with your pet - out of the mouths of babes and pooches we hear it loud and clear "Homeopathy Works!"

  • Louise Mclean

    Hi Mary,

    A very good case and definitely Aconite but surprised you only gave a 30c, as child was young with high energy. I would have given at least a 200c.

    Thanks otherwise for great postings, some of which I have put up on the Homeopathy Heals website under Homeopathic Medicines for Conditions.

    Kind regards,
    Louise Mclean

    • Mary Aspinwall

      Hi Louise - This is rather an old case and I agree with you 200c is probably what I would give now. Hindsight is 20:20. ;) I just took a look at your site and it's wonderful what you have managed to compile there.Thanks for all the work you are doing to show people just how amazing homeopathy is. I am honored to be included there. Wishing you well, Mary

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