3rd October 2014

As people come to better understand mental health and its various symptoms, more patients are looking to homeopathy to try and help control their condition.

Depression itself is a complicated condition, with symptoms and treatments varying widely from one person to another. This can range from feeling down for no reason to feeling completely hopeless and finding no pleasure from doing things.

Although people with clinical depression can suffer so severely that they can no longer do day-to-day tasks as normal, many people try to handle the condition while going to work and being at home. This common form of depression can see patients complaining of fatigue or having a lack of appetite or not sleeping well.

However, homeopathy can help people who suffer with this condition at all points of the scale, though it is best to see a GP if you are feeling this way first as there may be medication or other alternatives that could help you, as well as homeopathy.

What is homeopathy?
Once you have determined that your symptoms are not down to an underlying issue, a homeopathist will try to improve your mood and feelings through a number of ways. A number of 
homeopathic med­icines can be used during treatment of depression, anxiety or stress, especially as there are a variety of symptoms that come with these mental health conditions.

Homeopathy is a practice that focuses on treating patients with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, which aim to improve the body's natural healing system. As each individual's symptoms will vary, a homeopath will only decide on the specific course of treatment when they have met with and seen the patient.

It is based on the ‘like with like’ principle, meaning that what causes symptoms can be given - in small doses - to treat the condition.

For many people suffering with depression, they will be prescribed antidepressants that aim to rebalance the hormones. However, their use for people with a mild form of the condition has been questioned, while others may not wish to pursue a medication route until they have tried other things, such as therapy or more alternative options.

Herbal treatments can relax and calm a depressive person in a similar way to conven­tional antidepressants, but have the added benefit of having less common side effects. Therapy is also recommended for people before medication, but finding an appointment slot can be difficult, with long waiting lists around the country.

Homeopathy can offer relief and a solution for patients that are depressed but do not want to pursue medication just yet, or are waiting to see a therapist to help alleviate their issues. However, if people are deterred from joining a therapy session, homeopathy can be an effective relief on its own and adjust the mood of a person.

Although the best solution will vary from patient to patient, homeopathy can be an effective solution for some people with a mild form of depression or even other conditions such as stress or anxiety. For example, if a person is suffering from a serious depressive illness, they should seek the advice of a GP and not just rely on homeopathy as a solution.