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 Homeopathy: A Compendium of Homeopathic Medicines for Self-care for the Individual 

Every person can learn about self-care for their depressed moods, irritability, fatique, and sleep problems that may characterize a "minor depression." Homeopathy is appropriate in stressful situations like the death of a loved one, a separation/divorce/loss of a job. If left untreated and your mood and body changes last more than a week or so, you may be building a foundation for a future major depression. Your doctor should be consulted to discount other illnesses that could be underlying your depression. Why not try to nip these mind changes in the bud with commonly used homeopathic medicines that have stood the test of time as natural, safe, and effective over-the-counter remedies.

Some degree of individualizing is necessary for homeopathics to help. At the very least you can check in your health food store for a combination homeopathic medicine labeled for nerves, insomnia, stress-calming or the like. These combinations have several medicines in pill or liquid form. Homeopathic medicines always have their official Latin names and strength listed on the label. Names such as Ignatia amara, Phosphoricum acidum, Sepia, Pulsatilla nigricans, Lachesis mutans, Apis mellifica, Gelsemium sempervirens, Natrum sulphuricum, Natrum muriaticum, Chamomilla, Sulphur, and Nux vomica are often the ingredients used in combination homeopathic medicines for mood and sleep troubles.

Dosages of the combination homeopathics are on the package or bottle and may be used at any age and with any prescription. If you are already being treated homeopathically, check with your practitoner before adding a homeopathic self-care remedy because one homeopathic medicine may block the action of another.

If you have the time to individualize your self-care for a minor depression you may have better results using a single homeopathic medicine rather than a combination which may not include the medicine that is most similar to your particular needs.For the usual grief from the death of a loved one try Ignatia amara 6X or 30X, or any potency in between these numbers. Ignatia is used when you feel like you are going to "lose it." You can not even function except to sigh and sob. Your head may ache, tobacco smoke really bothers you. There maybe a lump in your throat that cannot be swallowed. Ignatia can help when you notice that eating improves your mood, your sleep, your hiccoughs, your stomach ache. All you want to do is munch to soothe everything. Ignatia helps to bring back the menstrual period that you skipped after grief. Ignatia also helps relieve itchy skin or hives from nerves especially if it worsens from getting warm.

Ignatia will not cause daytime drowsiness or impair your ability to drive safely. Remember to stop taking the medicine when you get better.

Ignatia will not work for everyone with a mild depression, so also consider trying Sepia or Pulsatilla.

Sepia is for those who are tired from overwork, too many kids to raise, who have lost their sex drive, have menstrual problems or PMS, and are sick of being around their loved ones. A person who needs Sepia hates to be consoled or given sympathy, withdraws, is weepy, irritable, a screamer, tends to have brown spots on their face, a yellowish complexion, has sluggish circulation, feels cold and improves with a lot of exercise like aerobics or running miles a day.

Pulsatilla has different and similar characteristics to Sepia and Ignatia and is often used to help people over mild depressions and sadness. Pulsatilla nigricans is for those people who are weepy, but love to be consoled and given sympathy and who feel better outdoors in the fresh air or under a fan or with the windows open. Those who get better with Pulsatilla are hot body types, rarely thirsty, often have menstrual and stomach troubles and may have a lot of mucus from their sinuses or nose. They also and retain fluid easily.

(Excerpted from Lilipoh)
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