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Alternative and Integral Therapies

Homeopathy

Professional homeopaths do not generally prescribe remedies to treat symptoms individually, as the symptoms are considered to be only the outward sign that your vital force is struggling to overcome disease. Instead a remedy is prescribed for the whole person. Accurate prescribing is essential to the success of homeopathy.

Dosage (unless indicated otherwise)

For occasional use as a natural sleeping aid, use 6c strength, repeating every fifteen minutes for three doses. Take 2 tablets and dissolve under the tongue, and repeat for two weeks if necessary.

For acute problems, take 6c potency every half hour or once daily for more established conditions.

Continue treatment for two to three weeks. If there is no improvement within this time, stop taking the remedy and try a different one or consult a qualified homeopath for further advice.

Some drugs and small smells may impair the benefits of homeopathic remedies. We recommend that you do not use aromatherapy oils in conjunction with homeopathic remedies.

Listed below are some common homeopathic remedies that may be useful for sleep disorders.

Arnica

Good for physical overwork and when the bed feels too hard and uncomfortable. This remedy is also useful for jet lag. 

Aconite

Used for acute insomnia caused by shock, fright, bad news, or grief. Also for fear, anxiety, and restlessness. May be woken by nightmares.

Arsenicum album

When you feel sleepy during the day but anxious at night. Restless in bed with anxious dreams and nightmares. Also for warmth, warm drinks, moving about, and sleeping propped up in bed.

Calcerea phosphorica

Difficulty waking and getting up in the morning, waking up before midnight. Painful teething in restless babies. Anxious, irritable, sluggish, and restless. Dislikes routine. Babies who scream in their steep and need lots of attention

Causticum

Bedwetting in the early part of the night. Over-sensitive child easily upset and tearful. Afraid of the dark. Strong sense of justice.

Chamomilla

Irritable baby who refuses to be calmed. Sleeplessness caused by teething, anger, or Colic. Moaning when asleep, eyes are half open when asleep. 

For the person who exhibits irritability, peevishness, and restlessness. It is an antidote for overuse of coffee. Exhibits sleeplessness and restlessness during the first part of the night. They have frightening dreams.

Cocculus

If exhaustion is related to changing work shifts or too many nights of staying awake, as when caring for a sick person. For overtiredness and exhaustion, use 12X.

Coffea

Coffea, the homeopathic remedy made from the coffee bean, is very useful in cases of sleeplessness when the mind is awake and working. Shows inability to relax due to the overexcitement caused by good news or ideas. Vivid dreams, overactive mind, overexcitement. The thoughts are not fixed on a disappointment, but nevertheless the nervous system seems to be overexcited, as if from drinking too much coffee. Take 3X to 200X for insomnia following too much coffee drinking.

Equisetum

Wetting the bed during dreams. Nervous-system immaturity.

Ignatia

Sleeplessness caused by shock, emotional stress, or grief, where the person has become overwrought and moody, with frequent yawning or sighing. Jerks limbs when falling asleep. Mood swings, no thirst, dreams with bottled up anger and tension.

Kali phos

Right terrors, or waking with a sinking feeling in the stomach. Caused by excitement or mental strain. Also for anxiety, irritability, and muscle fatigue Exhausted by stress or overwork.

Lachesis

Sleep problems during the menopause. Sensation of suffocation at the throat or bed swaying as you go to steep. Dread of going to bed because of sudden awakenings and the sensation of swaying. Tendency to hold breath white fatting asleep. Night sweats. Waking anxious and feeling unwell. 

Muriaticum acidum

Generally used for emotional problems.

Nux vomica

Excellent for the person who is irritable and sleepless from stopping sedatives, or from too much mental stress, alcohol or food. For alcohol, overeating especially spicy, foods, noise, lack of steep. The sleeplessness typically occurs after waking up very early in the morning. The person cannot get back to sleep until just before the alarm goes off, and then gets up irritable and angry from lack of sleep.

For wakefulness in the middle of the night, use 6X to 12X.

Opium

If the person is feeling sleepy but unable to get to sleep, if the bed is too hot, or else sleep comes but it is so heavy that the person snores and cannot be roused.

Pulsatilla

Early waking with an overactive mind and/or recurrent thoughts. For anxious or vivid dreams, night sweats. Person is restless in first sleep, feels too hot and throws covers off, then feels too cold and lies with arms above head, not thirsty, or if the insomnia is worse after rich food. 

Sepia

Difficulty falling asleep. Waking early feeling unrefreshed. Exhausted and depressed by over work and mental stress. Feels irritable and sleepy during the day. Suffers headaches, nausea and dizziness due to tiredness. Night sweats.

Sulphur

Awakened by the slightest noise and finds it difficult to get back to steep. Feels hot and thrusts limbs out from under the covers. Kept awake by a continuous flow of ideas. Vivid nightmares, disturbed and unrefreshing sleep, waking in the early hours then steeping late.

Thuja

Wakes up early and unrefreshed just before time to get up. Pain where you have been lying, feeling cold, sleep-talking, anxious dreams, stress headaches.

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