Homeopathy is well known for its dynamic ability to relieve suffering in cases of physical injury.  Arnica, for example, is the first homeopathic remedy many people know of, and its effectiveness in reducing bruising, swelling and bleeding after injuries is well known, even among those who may not otherwise be aware of homeopathic medicine.

Less well known is the power of homeopathy in cases of emotional first aid, including emotional shock, stress or the emotional impact of physical injury.

Here are brief pictures of some of the key remedies for emotional first aid.  Choose the remedy which best matches the way you or your loved one is experiencing the acute emotional shock.  If self treatment does not relieve suffering quickly and you remain concerned, or if the emotional trauma is longer term or more serious, please consider professional care.  You can contact me here for advice and appointments: https://karenleadbeater.co.uk/work-with-me/


Aconite is a useful remedy for emotional shock or fright, where the person’s response is sudden acute anxiety or panic.  They become restless and agitated, even to the point where he or she is sure they will die.  An Aconite state may come on, for example, after a frightening experience (eg being involved in or witnessing an accident), even – or perhaps especially – where the response to the fright seems out of proportion.  Aconite can also be helpful where physical pain renders the person suddenly panicky, anguished and restless.


Arnica will help in cases of emotional as well as physical trauma.  Sometimes a person’s response to an emotional shock will be to act as though they are fine, even when clearly they are not.  They prefer not to be approached and do not seek support or comfort following an emotional shock.  This type of trauma response is an indication for Arnica, and Arnica will help the person begin to process the shock and come to terms with what has happened.  


Ignatia may be helpful in cases of acute emotional shock or fright, where the person’s response  is spasmodic and changeable.  They will typically experience the sensation of a lump in the throat or tightness in the chest.  The person who needs Ignatia will respond fitfully, sometimes keeping their feelings in, sometimes with outbursts of anger or sobbing, or these responses may alternate.  They may sigh frequently.


Staphysagria is a remedy frequently used in professional care for the long term effects of abuse.  In first aid and acute care, it can be helpful where an individual feels abused, mistreated or insulted, but suffers in silence.  The pent up anger can result in physical symptoms in some cases, for example, a headache after a quarrel where the person felt unable to speak their mind.

Phosphoricum acidum (Phos ac)

Phos ac is useful in cases of emotional shock or acute distress where the main response is one of withdrawal.  The person becomes listless and indifferent.  They may have difficulty in concentrating, and find it difficult to collect their thoughts.  There is a marked tendency to loss of appetite, and Phos ac is noted as one of the main remedies for loss of appetite from grief.  


Stramonium is an important remedy in the treatment of post traumatic stress.  In many such cases it is important to consider professional care to support the individual towards recovery.  Indications for Stramonium include intense fear, most notably of the dark, and the person will typically have a strong need for company and light.  A Stramonium state may come on after a life threatening incident, or after witnessing violence.  The person may have a fear of violence, and may also exhibit violent aggression.  It is also one of the main remedies for night terrors in children.


Coffea is a remedy for the acute effects of excitement, fright or grief.  The key indication is hypersensitivity – senses are exaggerated and acute, emotional reactions are heightened.  For example, the person may be irritable or tearful from minor things that would not usually affect them, or they may have rapidly alternating emotional reactions – from tears to laughter to sadness.  They may be highly sensitive to noise, touch and smells, and pain may be felt especially intensely.  Sleeplessness is common, typically from racing thoughts, and they also wake easily from the slightest noise.


Gelsemium is a useful remedy where facing a stressful or frightening event leaves the person feeling weak and unable to cope.  They are immobilised by the fear of it, and typically experience heaviness in the limbs, along with trembling and dizziness.  They can become listless, wanting to lie down and be left alone.  Gelsemium is also one of the main remedies for diarrhoea from emotional stress.


Chamomilla is a remedy which can be useful in acute conditions brought on by anger, or accompanied by anger or irritability.  The person is extremely sensitive to pain, which they find unbearable.  They do not wish to be touched or consoled.  Chamomilla is one of the main remedies for sleeplessness from pain.  While often thought of as a remedy mainly used for teething in infants, it can also be very useful in acute conditions in older children and adults, where the symptoms match.

Argentum nitricum (Arg-n)

Arg-n is useful in cases of acute emotional distress, where the person’s response is to become anxious, hurried and impulsive.  They may appear restless, nervous and panicky.  It is a remedy often needed in those facing stressful events, and like Gelsemium, can be helpful for diarrhoea from emotional stress.  The key difference is that Arg-n will be more indicated where the person is tense and agitated, whereas Gelsemium is more likely to be helpful when the person feels weak, heavy and shaky.

If you would like to consider professional homeopathic care, you can contact me here for advice and appointments: https://karenleadbeater.co.uk/work-with-me/