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Stress and Homoeopathy

A.K.ARUN, M.D.; L.M.H.I (Geneva)*

INTRODUCTION
Stress, an unpleasant state of emotional and physiological arousal that people experience in situations that they perceive as dangerous or threatening to their well-being. The word stress means different things to different people. Some people define stress as events or situations that cause them to feel tension, pressure, or negative emotions such as anxiety and anger. Others see the stress as the response to these situations. Stress is a common experience. We may feel stress when we are very busy, have important deadlines to meet, or have too little time to finish all of our tasks. Often people experience stress because of problems at work or in social relationships, such as a poor evaluation by a supervisor or an argument with a friend. Some people may be particularly vulnerable to stress in situations involving the threat of failure or personal humiliation. Others have extreme fears of objects or things associated with physical threats-such as snakes, illness, storms, or flying in an airplane and become stressed when they encounter or think about these perceived threats. Major life events, such as the death of a loved one, can also cause severe stress. Stress has both positive and negative effects. Stress is a normal, adaptive reaction to threat. It signals danger and prepares us to take defensive action. Fear of things that pose realistic threats motivates us to deal with them or avoid them. Stress also motivates us to achieve and fuels creativity. Although stress may hinder performance on difficult tasks, moderate stress seems to improve motivation and performance on less complex tasks. In personal relationships, stress often leads to less cooperation and more aggression.

If not managed appropriately, stress can lead to serious problems. Exposure to chronic stress can contribute to both physical illnesses, such as heart disease, and mental illnesses, such as anxiety disorders. The field of health psychology focuses in part on how stress affects bodily functioning and on how people can use stress management techniques to prevent or minimize disease.

Homoeopathic Concepts of Stress

Homoeopathy is a rational therapeutical system with its holistic, integrated, multi-disciplinary and totalistic approaches the subject of stress in a convincing rational way. The subject “stress” is studied by several pioneers amply substantiates the basic concepts of homoeopathy.

  1. "Stress is a variety of dissimilar situations and we cannot pinpointed as the cause of the reaction as such".
    The cause of the disease is multi-factorial and it cannot caused by a single factor.. Homoeopathy believes that every disease is general and no disease is local although it may have local manifestations. We can see the rubric”Ailments From” in Homoeopathic Repertory. The aetiological perspective is studied in Homoeopathy in depth. However, it is not only the aetiological factor in the form of a stressor, which is studied in homoeopathy, but also the unique reaction rendered by an individual towards the stress.

  2. "The ‘stressful’ state is not merely a psycho-physiological reaction to stressors but an ‘integrated’ parameter of psychic and somatic activity."
    Homoeopathy firmly believes in ‘integrated’ thinking. While taking into account the physio-pathological changes occurring as a reaction to stress, it seeks to see the ‘man’ behind sickness. It doesn’t see the sickness only at physio-pathological level. Predictable and unpredictable stressors can be physical or psychological and the areas through which stressors can put up demands are protean, but they have one thing in common, that is, individualistic response of dynamic type.

  3. "The activity that develops in the course of internal and external environmental stressors is highly ‘individualistic."
    It is precisely here that homoeopathic way of thinking gets corroborated, as the strategy is to plan the treatment modality that specifically caters to the needs of the sick individual. The central concept of prescribing is totality of peculiar “Mental” & “Physical” characteristics of individuals. It focuses on the study that how every individual is different from all others. in the world.

  4. "The stress has a 'dynamic' influence on man’s activity."
    The sources of stress are all around us. We can categorize stress broadly into two types - predictable and unpredictable. The first category includes those events that affect our lives over a period of time, e.g. the birth of a child is a predictable stressor. On the other hand, some of life’s more serious stressors arrive entirely unpredictably, or we may fail to predict them, e.g. the sudden death of a newborn baby. Unpredictable stressors present greater challenges, they put a load and they demand more mobilization of resources for the sake of re-adjustment. homoeopathy expounds the concept of dynamism both at the causal and reflective planes.

  5. "The concept of ‘stress’ and ‘personality’ are usually considered as quite separate, but this is ‘Inseparable’.
    The stress and personality are inseparable just as matter and energy. The very notion of stress cannot be understood without the specification of the particular organism involved in the stressful situation. This specification experienced by an individual in the form of strain is important, as the stress acts only as a stimulus. It counts, hence, whether an individual has produced strain out of stimulus of stress.The concept of totality in homoeopathy posits the pattern of indivisibility where the cause and effects are merged together. The dis-ease, the dis-stress is inseparably linked to personality in homoeopathic thinking.

  6. "The relationship between stress and strain can only be understood in terms of a system of individual differences."
    The process of discrimination as followed in homoeopathic clinical practice for the purpose of arriving at similimum through individual differences corroborates the above view. One has to understand the finer shades of personality both at the sick individual and materia medica level to understand the problem, to resolve the problem and to select an appropriate homoeopathic remedy.

  7. "The structural patterns of personality, its psychological determinants, the individual’s resistibility and the genetic information are the major factors that determine how to cope with stress."
    The individual is all-important: for a homoeopathic physician. He needs to go right round the individual in order to know him. The science of homoeopathy demands perceiving the individual as he is. To understand a patient as a PERSON, through his psyche and soma, through evolution, through (stressful) life experiences, through multiple layers of dispositions, temperamental traits and body gestures, through all ramifications, focusing on unique individualistic pattern, is the centrality of homoeopathic approach.

  8. "Disease is not mere surrender to attack but also fight for health; unless there is fight there is no disease."
    "The stress of life” is vindication of holistic health concept forwarded by homoeopathy where disease is regarded as an adaptive effort on the part of the organism through which it expresses itself. Disease is not regarded as an enemy but as a defense posture endeavored by the system in favor of health, to maintain the equilibrium, peace - within and without.

The trend is psychology today is to look at the positive aspect of stress, called 'eustress.' During the follow-up of a case with homoeopathic treatment, it is important for a homoeopathic physician to see how far the treatment is helping the patients to mobilize their resources for adjustment to the external and internal environment.

To recapitulate: The philosophical and practical implications which flow from the recent research findings on stress and its management seem to have identical dimensions with the holistic concepts of homoeopathy.

Homeopathic Materia Medica and Stress

Hahnemann contributed human pharmacology and opened a new vista of understanding the drug effects at the human level. The exploration of the human mind yielded a wider database. The variable emotional feelings, intellectual aberrations, and also symptoms at the spiritual level were produced, thus synchronizing mind, body and spirit. Through the proving methodology, Hahnemann brought the illness at the forefront of our existence, at the humanistic experiential level. Could the potential action of a remedy be regarded as a stressor for a prover who gives variable expressions as a result of altered state of susceptibility? These expressions, if interwoven logically, form a synthetic whole to develop the conceptual image of a remedy where stressors, stress, strain and consequent expressions are explained rationally.

To apply the homoeopathic materia medica in its full potentiality, the following points can be thought of.

The Stressors: Its true nature; type; its full information from genesis point of view. In other words, O.D.P. i.e. origin, duration and progress.

The Stress: Its true nature; how an individual has reacted to the stressors, what are the deviations and at what level; the aptitudes and attitudes of the individual involved; individual’s temperamental / personality traits, dispositional characters / mental state-original and modified.

Strain gives rise to deviations at mental and physical field of expressions in toto should be elicited from location, sensation, modalities and concomitant point of view, as also from body language, dreams, delusions etc.

Resources: Physical /psychological, as well as familial, financial, inter-personal etc. i.e. internal and external. The hereditary stock will define the miasmatic (over) tone. In other words assessment of capabilities; at the physical level - physical strength /stamina / immunological status etc., at the mental level - will /drive /motivation etc.

Strain: Individual’s state as a whole; unique in its own way as a result of stress. This trinity - stressors, stress, resources - is responsible for strain and thestrain gives rise to deviations at mental and physical level. . Stressors, stress, resources and strain - these four lead a homoeopathic physician to ‘Problem Definition’. Unless problem is understood in its depth and extent, application of materia medica will jeopardize both the patient and the physician.

Deviations: Stressors -----Stress ----Strain influx brings on to the surface the latent / hidden dispositions or intensifies them to make them more potentially threatening or damaging. The field of expressions in toto should be elicited from location,sensation,modalities and concomitant point of view.It also include delusions & mental conditions.

Core / Essence / Spirit / Heart / Soul: All the components should be processed from generalization method, which will reflect deeper insight to harmonize tune, rhythm and music from correspondence point of view for selection of appropriate homoeopathic remedy.

Some Homoeopathic Remedies Which Reflects 'Stress'

Arg-nit is a ‘trapped’ person. Remains in tenseness. The hurried behavior coupled with anxiety leads to confusion and consequent mistakes. Impulsive, eccentric, whimsical nature and hidden irrational motives cause stress in others. Stressors for are blocked exits (crowds, closed places, bridges, tunnels, high places, aero planes, precipice etc.) or stressful events where he can’t find a way out his I.B.S. is stressful for his wife who doesn’t understand what to cook.

Arsenic Alb. drives everyone in all fields. His anxiety, domineering attitude and restlessness make others to dance as per his dictation. Insecurity inside drives him to seek security outside. Ars. is always strained. A fire brigade indeed! Aurum represents high sense of duty, which compels him to work as an unstoppable machine `Robot’. He wants to be the best. He thinks that he has neglected his duty. This leads to anxiety of conscience----self-reproach----worthless feeling---- disgust of life -------suicidal disposition. His violent anger stresses the concerned and suicide done secretively makes the life of others stressful.

Carcinocin. is also workaholic. It has stress from two dispositions-performance and conscientiousness. He wants to do the work perfectly and ideally. The rigid moral values have to be maintained; they are not to be compromised. The sensitive, soft, tender mind gets affected soon, producing guilty feelings if mistakes are done by him. The responsibilities produce stress, the commitments developed out of duty-bound nature motivate for work. Being a gentleman, he can’t hurt others, he can’t square a person. He burns inside due to strain. Rejection, deprivation of love, reproaches, struggles; prolonged suppressions make him vulnerable to produce stress. Prolonged active stress leads to cancer like diseases. Unpredictable stress comes from humiliation, sexual abuse etc.

Lachesis is indeed a stressor for everyone in work area, in family or in society. His vigor coupled with jealousy, vindictiveness, revengefulness and possessiveness keep ‘nerves on edge’. Worse: whatever restricts or enforces. Better: whatever detents, expands, radiates, stimulates or releases. Lach. releases his stress through conversation (loquacity), creative ventilation, through seminal emissions.

Nux.Vom, the most workaholic of our materia medica, develops the stress out of his ambitious nature and resorts to stimulants that land him more in trouble; the vicious cycle is continued. Nux. can’t constraint himself from the stress and abuses others being short- fused. His violent anger produces stress in all - the boss, the subordinates and the family members.

‘Fragile’ ego is the cause of stress in Silicea. He can’t endure for long –neither the physical stress nor the mental one. He breaks down and goes into neurosis. Conscience with lack of grit play a major role in development of stress in silicea. He is a person of ‘caliber without fiber’. routinism, dependency, conservatism, and lack of determination make him defensive and withdrawing and he can’t capitalize; hence remain stressed.

Syphilynum is a stressor nosode. He is pervert, unstrung, hooligan, cruel, and liar. He makes things more complex and produces stress. He is an exploiter, a schemer in work area, but want of idealism and perversion ruin the business. He is anti-social and creates threatening situations.

Hahnemann expected higher purpose of life. Homoeopathy assists the vital economy to achieve the pleasant stress of fulfillment, eustress, without the harmful consequences of damaging stress, distress. Stress is a perpetual phenomenon, no one can abolish it. One has to master it, and homoeopathy, with its holistic healing, assists in mastering it! Definition of cure will be incomplete without harmony, without peace and without self-satisfying creativity.

Homoeopathic Repertory

Some rubrics are listed with its remedy. Examples are:

Ailments, anger from: Acon. aloe, Aur., Bell., Cham. Hyos., Ip. Lach. Nux.V., Op., Plat. Puls., Staph.
Ailments, failure from business: Aur., Cimic., Hyos., Ign., Nat.Mur. ,Nux.V., Sep., Sulph., Verat.
Ailments, from disappointed love : Aur., Bell., Con., Hyos., Ign. ,Nat.M Nux.v., ,Ph .ac. , Staph.
Anger, weeping alternating with: Arn., Bell., Plat.
Anger, contradiction from: Aur. Bry., Ferr., Ign., Lyco. ,Nux.V. ,Sep.
Anger, despair with: Tarent.
Anxiety business about: Bry.,Car c.,Nux.v., Op.
Anxiety, crowd in a: Acon. ,Ambr., Arg.N., Puls., Stram
Anxiety Sucidal disposition with: Aur.,Plat., Puls., Rhus.T., Staph..
Delusion, laughed at and mocked at being : Bar.C., Ign., Nux.V. ,ph.ac. ,sep.
Delusion, being murdered he is : sulph
Delusion, poor; he is: bell. ,bry. ,nux.v., sep. stram.
Delusion, policeman physician is a : bell
Delusion, faithless, wife is: hyos. ,stram.
Fear, jumps, bed from: Ars. , bell. ,stann
Sadness, when alone: Ars., aur., calc. ,dros., Mez. ,nat.M., Stram
Tearing, skin around nails: carc.
Weary of life, company in: Lyco.

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