Homeopathy for Chronic Fatigue
Homeopathy may be able to help people suffering from mental and physical exhaustion so intense that their daily lives are seriously affected. But first, it should be pointed out that fatigue is not an easy condition to treat. In the homeopathic repertory there are at least 900 homeopathic medicines under the heading “Weakness”, so choosing the right one requires careful study and contemplation.
As always in homeopathy, it is vital to take a full homeopathic history with emphasis on the general symptoms of the patient. Particular note should be taken of any cause of the fatigue. Below are 7 homeopathic medicines that are more commonly indicated for chronic fatigue.
Arsenicum album is for people who feel like lying down all the time due to excessive fatigue. Standing, walking and the slightest exertion result in fatigue and lying down provides some relief to the person. They tend to avoid exerting themselves because they anticipate that it will cause exhaustion.
Gelsemium is indicated for patients who feel drowsy, mentally dull and anxious. There is a dull heaviness in the head with blurred vision. The muscles feel heavy, weak and painful. Muscular pain is mostly present in neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs. Patients are sleepy throughout the day.
Kali phosphoricum is often indicated following influenza. There is anxiety with depression, insomnia, nightmares and memory loss. The muscles feel weak and painful after exercise, cold weather and mental effort. The symptoms are better from sleep, eating and gentle movement.
Mercurius solubilis is a good for a persistent sore throat with enlarged cervical lymph nodes and a lot of salivation. Patients are sensitive to both heat and cold. Insomnia with great restlessness at night and nightmares may also be a feature. The muscle pains will be deep with tender bones.
Sarcolacticum Acidum is applicable for people who exhibit a feeling of fatigue early in the morning. They feel intense fatigue if awaking early in the morning; this leads to the fatigue continuing throughout the day.
Selenium is for people who feel exhausted after sexual intercourse. There is mental and physical weakness with seminal losses and sexual excesses. There may be aversion to work along with a depressed mental condition and introvert behavior.
Zincum metallicum is a picture of weakness with restlessness and depression. The memory is poor and the patient is lethargic, irritable and hypersensitive, especially to noise. You may find restless legs accompanied by muscular twitching. Numbness and coldness and strange sensations in arms and legs are also common.