(NaturalNews) A phobia is an irrational fear; the symptoms of which may be manageable or be so debilitating that everyday life may be disrupted. An estimated ten percent of people in the UK and slightly more in the USA suffer from phobias of some kind. Sufferers can be helped with alternative health remedies such as homeopathy, aromatherapy and flower remedies.
Common phobias include claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces), agoraphobia (fear of open spaces), and acrophobia (fear of heights). A phobia, however, may be related to just about any object, person or situation and may be caused by a subconscious reflex to avoid repeating an unpleasant experience. Symptoms range from a sensation of panic or terror, inability to refocus thoughts, a desire to flee a situation and/or an uncontrollable physical response such as trembling or dizziness.
Homeopathy for phobias
Homeopathy may help phobia sufferers. A qualified homeopath will tailor a treatment to the exact needs of the sufferer. Homeopathic treatments may include:
Argentum Nitricum (Nitrate of silver) may be given for those who have a fear of heights or suffer from general confusion and anxiety.
Phosphorus is usually recommended for those who fear the dark or fear being alone.
Gelsemium is given when one feels week at the knees or has an overwhelming fear of performing in public.
Aconite may be given for those with a fear of death or for those with a mind that is almost paralyzed by fear.
Arnica is recommended for fears relating to or brought on by an accident.
Flower remedies help to bring about a balance in negative mental states and emotions. Treatments vary depending on the mental state of the individual. Treatments may include:
Mimulus is for fears of things such as being late for work, flying or fear of spiders.
Aspen may be recommended for a fear which has no specific cause - a vague fear or anxiety.
Red Chestnut may help those who fear for another individual's safety or happiness.
Rock Rose is generally given when fears are turning into a terror or panic.
Agrimony is an effective flower remedy for people who are anxious and worry a lot, but tend to hide their feelings by making fun of everything.
Essential oils can be useful in the treatment of phobias. They can help to release tension and induce a feeling of calm. Oils can be used in the bath, during massage when combined with a light carrier oil, or in a vaporizer. Some oils to try are bergamot, chamomile, geranium, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, melissa and ylang ylang.
It is important to seek the advice of a professional when it comes to phobias since minor symptoms can often be a sign of a more serious underlying condition.
Fleur Hupston is a professional freelance writer. She is passionate about natural, healthy living and is currently studying to be a naturopath. She divides her time between writing for Natural News and various other sites, home schooling her children and studying part time.