Related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Homeopathic Remedies & Homeopathy Treatment for Neurasthenia,
Nervous Weakness, Prostration
Very useful for the numerous phobias of neurasthenia, fear of death,
darkness, noisy people, music, crowds, fear of entering a trolley
car or railway train. Anxiety as to some impending disaster has
often been removed by Aconite. Cimicifuga is useful for fear of
death or becoming insane, cervical vertebrae sensitive, neuralgic
and uterine cases. Muscular exhaustion is a prominent symptom.
This remedy is to nervous debility what iron is to anaemia, and
it corresponds to that debility arising from continued grief, over-exertion
of the mind, sexual excesses or any nervous strain on the body or
mind. The remedy is characterized by indifference, apathy, and torpidity
of body and mind. There is burning in the spine and limbs and the
patient is inclined to be drowsy and listless. Any attempt to study
causes heaviness in the head and limbs. It suits also young, rapidly
growing people, and especially cases of nervous depression from
spermatorrhoea. Gelsemium. A mainstay in this disease. Stupid, dull,
unable to concentrate mind; vertigo, dull ache at base of brain.
Lacks self-confidence. Sudden emotions bring on diarrhea or indigestion.
Ignatia. Chronic worries, fears of misfortune and startled by slightest
noise. Kali Phosphoricum corresponds to nervous dreads, oversensitiveness
to noise, restless and suspicious effect of fright, grief, fear,
sleeplessness. Excessive and exhausting mental labor. It is one
of the best remedies we have and is probably often indicated. All
observers agree that it is the most useful of the various phosphates.
Corresponds to nervous exhaustion when the patient dreads any mental
or bodily exertion. He must get warmed up to his work to do anything.
He is debilitated, yet hyperaesthetic. There is numbness in the
toes, fingers and back, and the constipation peculiar to the drug
is present. It suits cases that become exhausted after excitement
; as long as the excitement lasts they feel well, when the excitement
is over the wretched feeling re-appears. It especially corresponds
to the troublesome and persistent aching of the neck muscles and
corresponds well to the brain fag of business men who become depressed
and wearied from slight fatigue. It is a mental inactivity, with
a desire to lie down and rest. The great characterstic is that slight
exertion brings on exhaustion and headache, incapacitating for work,
and extinguishes that quality which we call grit. Even the slightest
mental exertion causes heavy feelings and sensation of heat. The
headache may be frontal or occipital and extended down the spine,
in fact, the head symptoms seems to be concentrated in the occiput.
Sexual irritability may be a prominent symptom. In the morning there
is a tired aching in the lumbar region, the legs are heavy and weak
with the soreness of the muscles and joints. It is of our best remedies
in neurasthenia. It acts perhaps best in the 6th centesimal potency,
though Dr. Goldsbrough thinks the 12th preferable. Cartier prefers
Ferrum picricum where the weakness is prominent and in neuraesthenic
dyspepsia or indigestion. Oxalic acid is more suitable to cases
where pain is a prominent symptom as in spinal neurasthenia and
the stress of the attack falls on the digestive rather than the
sexual functions. Physostigma. Mental and physical debility, rapid
feeble pulse---especially spinal cases.
#Zincum metallicum. [Zinc]
When in consequence of exhausting disease the recuperative powers
are weakened, and the nervous weakness shows itself in backache
about the region of the last dorsal vertebra, and excessive fidgetiness
of the feet, Zincum may be prescribed. There is burning in the spine,
formication in the calves and weak limbs. A combination of this
and Picric acid called Zincum picratum has been found useful when
the spinal symptoms and exhaustion are prominent. Zincum phosphide
is also a suitable remedy for brain fag of business men who become
haggard, pale and sleepless and suffer from depression of spirits
and worry. It is well recommended by Hale.
Weakness of memory, confusion of thought, sadness and depression,
wants to be alone, despairs of salvation. It is frequently indicated
in lithaemic neurasthenia with hepatic troubles, weakness of memory.
Psoric or arthritic symptoms are to be expected in such cases. Sleep
is restless, flatulence and constipation.
This remedy suits cases which stand on the border line between neurasthenia
and organic spinal disease, and Hart considers it essential to cure
in most cases. It is indicated by irritability and weakness, over-sensitiveness
to all impressions; the head is weak and the patient cannot think;
there is burning in small spots, better from rubbing ; the legs
are weak with numbness and coldness and the sphincters are weak.
It is a splendid deep-acting remedy and noises in the ears offer
an additional indication. Coca is useful in mental depression, disinclination
to work , and general debility, the least exertion is attended with
fatigue. Phosphorus suits best those cases where the prostration
is very sudden and the nervous system becomes exhausted, fearful
of death, of the future, of being alone,anxious, restless, irritable,
startled by slightest noise. Vertigo is prominent.
#Avena sativa. [Aven]
Weakness of nerves, tried brain, irritability, gets excited at least
thing. Urine has excess of phosphates, history of sexual excesses
and occipital headache. This remedy in appreciable doses of the
tincture will calm and strengthen the nerves.---E. G. Jones.
#Nux vomica. [Nux-v]
Useful in irritable, excited, over-sensitive patients with defective
memories, loss of energy, patients with whom everything goes wrong,
trifling ailments are unbearable; there is intellectual incapacity
and insomnia, nightmares, and if all these conditions are associated
with dyspeptic troubles the remedy is all the better indicated.
Anacardium has weakness of memory and general feebleness of brain
power; the mental incapacity of this remedy is very pronounced.
It suits "borderlanders " between neurasthenia and insanity.
Despair of recovery, fear of paralysis and death, imagines he is
surrounded by enemies, fearful of walking in open air, and if anyone
approaches. Argentum nitricum. Fear of dying when left alone, afraid
to walk in streets lest he fall down in a fit or that high buildings
fall upon him. Neurasthenia with nervous dyspepsia, eructations.
Pulsatilla vies with Nux in the neurasthenia of men and is often
neglected. It has sensations in the back as if tightly bandaged,
the weary feeling in the morning. There is a general fatigue, heavy
tired aching, not relieved by repose. Its general symptoms of venous
stagnation will be present. Sepia, too, should not be overlooked;
its general tired paralytic state corresponds to neuraesthenic conditions.
Fear of being alone, of starvation.
#Natrum muriaticum. [Nat-m]
Suitable for spinal neurasthenia; the small of the back feels paralyzed,
especially in the morning on rising, the feet are heavy, there is
a troublesome dribbling of urine, dryness of the mouth, sticky secretions
and the skin is dry and mummified. Selenium has neurasthenia from
sexual excesses, dribbling of prostatic fluid. Helonias. Neurasthenia
with weak lumbo-sacral region; feels tired all over; better from
motion or when the mind is occupied.