'Stress' affects us all in different ways according to our individual make-up. We each have a very different tendency to suffer particular ailments depending on our own bodies. Each person has a genetic make-up where different sets of illnesses run in their family history. Each person has had a different and unique upbringing with gifts bequeathed by their parents which others did not receive at all . Or with troubles and psychological wounds which differ to others' experiences.
We are as individual in health as in illness.
Homeopathy recognises unique and singular ways of responding to stress and strives to match its solutions with the specific pattern of trouble. That is why when I describe a remedy it often sounds like the portrait of a person! The symptom patterns effect all levels of a human being: physical, emotional, mental and even deeper into a person's inner psychic life. The more pervasive symptoms and physical pathology is, usually the more guaranteed it is to have roots in mental and emotional spheres. Often one finds that mental and emotional troubles affect the body, as physical illnesses can also feed into and change the day-to-day personality of the sick person. Sometimes it is hard to discern which came first. Luckily it is not necessary!
So Arsenicum Album as a homeopathic remedy is a powerful help in many different situations. It has a huge sphere of action, but today I will just describe it in regards to : money stress. Yes, this remedy is made originally from taking the substance of Arsenic and putting it through the homeopathic preparation process of dilution+ succussion. Be reassured, as the sceptics and attackers of homeopathy do state, there is nothing left of the original substance once it is prepared as a homeopathic remedy!
People who need Arsenicum Album suffer severe anxiety. They look anxious too..they look pale, drawn, pinched and their eyes looks anxious. They are very fastidious and impeccably turned out people. They would hate to have a button missing, a hem hanging down, fluff or dog-hair on their coat or jacket, a sweat mark on the collar of their shirt etc. They are conscientious about details and notice every detail in themselves, their work and in others. They can be extremely critical. And have a tendency to reproach and admonish others openly. If you invite a friend who is like this round to your house, they will straighten a crooked picture on your wall as they pass by, and leap up and try to do your dishes to make things cleaner as mess and dirt impinges on them and is intolerable to them. They need to be in control, and controlling their environment gives them emotional relief.
Their anxiety is very often about money. Will I have enough to pay the bills? How much does that cost? Can I buy this cheaper? Do I have to spend this much ? How much have I saved? How can I save more? Will I lose my job? Will I lose my house? Do they expect me to spend alot of money on a gift for their child? Do I have to attend this wedding...it is ridiculous to have to travel and buy a new outfit, pay for a wedding gift ? really I'd rather not be expected to pay for them, they can pay for themselves.
To others, Arsenicum Album can sometimes appear mean and stingy, tight and ungenerous. They count everything and are very aware of money and the price of everything. They can tense when they are expected to give, and withhold spending if at all possible.
People who have been loved very conditionally are very vulnerable to developing this state. They can suffer depression as a result of prolonged anxiety about money. They develop mistrust of people and can suffer troubled relationships as their critical, admonishing and withholding nature can be difficult to be around. Their fixation on money does repel people. They can also be very greedy, avaricious and be very stimulated and excited by money when they acquire enough of it. Interestingly enough, they do not tend to feel much envy and covetousness of others who have money. Mostly because they have spent so much time thinking about it that they have acquired alot themselves.
Arsenicum states can be caused by poverty experienced in childhood, by growing up in a cold environments where things replaced love, where being the best and having the best seemed the only option to make one feel better about oneself. Arsenicum states can also be temporary and fleeting caused by the sudden loss of money or livelihood in one's life. An Arsenicum depression is an accumulation of continual free-floating anxiety about money.
Distrust erodes their confidence in other people and they can become paranoid. To lose money is to have lost everything as there is nothing else left. They lose everything because they never noticed money turning into a cold replacement for relationship. People who need Arsenicum really feel that kindness is motivated by a person's desire to take something from you or to use you. Men who feel that their wives only love them for their money, old people who have become isolated and have to penny-pinch in order to live from day to day, a rich person who has suddenly had his entire life -savings wiped out seeks into a deep depression raving about the bankers who did this to them, a woman who received no nurturing from her parents and is doing her utmost to be Miss Perfect and succeed in her work and never make a mistake for fear of losing her job....these are all examples of people who may at some point in their lives need Arsenicum.
Physically, people who may need a dose of Arsenicum have a tendency to suffer from bouts of food poisoning every now and then. They have sensitive stomachs and during phases of stress cannot eat much and lose weight rapidly. They can also suffer periodically with diarrhoea. They are very sensitive to cold and always need to be wrapped up warmly though they hate stuffy atmospheres and despite wearing their woollies, will want the window open for a bit of fresh air. They have allergic rhinitis and can catch cold easily and get clear runny noses and periodic sneezing fits. They suffer migraines. Very frequently they are asthmatic and have difficulty breathing, they wheeze and struggle for breath and may wake up around 1.a.m. in the morning with both anxiety and wheezing. The anxiety triggers asthma and the asthma and restriction of air can trigger great anxiety. They like to have sips of cold water but never drink much at any one time. Asthmatic Arsenicum types' reaction to sickness is to drive themselves harder with little compassion and sympathy for themselves. They are frightened of how they will manage to live without money and do not trust that things will work out or that they will be provided for in any way. This is often due to past experience in life and the conclusions they have drawn about that. Arsenicum types are not lucky, fortunate types where good things happen to them. Arsenicum types are afraid of death and of dying from illness. Some Arsenicum types are very religious, partly as their way of addressing their deep fears. People who need this remedy are incredibly restless and rarely sit down or sit still. Sometimes their restlessness can rive them out of bed at night to the extent where they pace up and down the room. The restlessness is both physical and mental.
When I describe these symptoms, I describe without judgement. We all suffer in various ways and get stuck at different moments of our lives. It is easy to lose trust and develop great inner fear an restless anxiety. This inner fear takes over and eats away at our souls. A state of illness which needs a prescription of Arsenicum in its most extreme form can be described as one of torment. People suffering in this way at their worst moments can become suicidal and plunge into despair.
If any of you relate to this, doses of the homeopathic remedy will relieve anxiety, sooth away tension and stress in your body, help you to get back on your feet and see the world again through less distorted and contracted eyes. It will relax you and make you able to receive help, lessen your attempts to control everything that happens to you. It is equivalent to a loving touch from a friend with complete understanding, which breaks the spell of hardness and darkness and suddenly the tears flow with the recognition that everything may work out alright and that no problem is insurmountable.
If you suffer unbearable anxiety every day, and relate to any of the experiences described above, Why not reach out for help and realise that something which has become familiar to you and which you may feel is just the way life is for you, can actually be relieved and helped and healed. You can have a better experience of life with less struggle. If you need to talk to someone why not consider a homeopath in your area? Homeopathy can help.