Agoraphobia is a fear of the crowd, public places, open spaces or any situation where a person feels helpless and trapped. These feelings result in marked anxiety and a state of panic. The person who has agoraphobia fears that when stuck in a crowded place, he/she would be unable to escape and would have no help if the situation arises. Homeopathy carries an excellent scope to treat a variety of conditions like agoraphobia. Homeopathic medicines work at the psychological level to bring about recovery in such cases. Aconite, Arsenic Album, Argentum Nitricum are the top homeopathic medicines used to treat agoraphobia naturally.
In a majority of cases, people tend to develop agoraphobia after having a panic attack in a particular place. This instills the fear that the same may happen again in another similar place again. People then become afraid of losing control. Agoraphobia is categorized under a group of anxiety disorder. In the initial stages, anticipatory anxiety and panic attacks happen, and these are followed by avoidance of public places.
Homeopathic Treatment of Agoraphobia
Homeopathic medicines for treating agoraphobia are of natural origin and hence treat the condition in a very safe and gentle manner. They cause no side effects and can be safely used by people of all age groups. These natural medicines are not habit-forming and can be safely discontinued once the treatment is complete. With the use of homeopathic medicines, the intensity of the anxiety and fear is seen to reduce gradually, helping the affected person face the places/situations instead of avoiding them. Aconite, Arsenic Album, Argentum Nitricum, Kali Phos, Gelsemium, and Lycopodium Clavatum are the top-rated homeopathic medicines for agoraphobia. The most suitable homeopathic medicine among them is selected individually for every case following a detailed case analysis. Therefore the remedies for agoraphobia should be used under the supervision of a homeopathic physician and self-medication should be avoided.
Homeopathic Medicines for Agoraphobia
Aconite – Top Grade Homeopathic Medicine for Agoraphobia
Aconite is a natural medicine prepared from a plant called Aconitum Napellus (commonly called monkshood.) It belongs to the natural order Ranunculaceae. The person who needs this remedy fears crowded places and does not like to be part of a crowd. There is a fear of crossing narrow streets, and constant fear of death. Some people also have a fear that a disease they are suffering from may prove to be fatal. Their mind is always anxious, and they are very restless and tend to do everything in great haste. Such people often experience marked palpitations, cold sweat, trembling, and acute panic attacks. They tend to be restless must move about or change position often. Their anxiety may get better by drinking cold water.
Arsenic Album – For Agoraphobia with Fear of Crowd and Marked Anxiety
Arsenic Album is a natural homeopathic used to treat agoraphobia where the person has a great fear of the crowd, anxiety, restlessness, and difficulty breathing (dyspnoea). These symptoms are attended with constriction of the chest, trembling and cold sweat. There may be nausea along with anxiety and general fatigue. The person may feel very restless and toss an turn in bed or move around constantly. There is a fear of being alone, and a fear of dying when left alone. The effect of being frightened all the time may lead to suicidal thoughts.
Argentum Nitricum – For Agoraphobia with Marked Anticipatory Anxiety
Argentum Nitricum is a natural remedy for fear of crowd (agoraphobia) where there is marked anticipatory anxiety. Just thinking of an upcoming crowded event or a social gathering in which a person has to be present can bring about intense anxiety and excessive nervousness. This may be accompanied by weakness in the legs and diarrhea. This medicine is suited to people who have a fear of crowds and high buildings, and often feel that the buildings will fall on them. They may also constantly talk about their sufferings, be hurried and impulsive, and seem gloomy, sad, and dull most of the times.
Kali Phos – For Agoraphobia with Fear and Sleeplessness
Kali Phos offers a natural cure for agoraphobia where a person is extremely fearful and is unable to sleep due to mental disturbances. They are very sensitive and may be sad with a tendency to weep. They usually have a gloomy mood and negative thinking. An extreme mental and physical prostration is another prominent feature.
Gelsemium – For Agoraphobia With Dizziness
Gelsemium is a natural homeopathic medicine prepared from the bark of the root of a plant named Gelsemium Sempervirens, also known as Yellow Jasmine. It belongs to the natural order Loganiaceae.
Gelsemium works well in cases of agoraphobia where fear is attended with marked dizziness and emotional excitement. The key indications for using Gelsemium include fear of appearing in public and social gatherings. Such people are nervous, sensitive and irritable. They fear losing control in a crowd or public places. There is marked anxiety about health and the future. Other symptoms include fatigue, dullness, and drowsiness.
Lycopodium – For Agoraphobia with Fear of Appearing in Public
Lycopodium is prepared from the spores of a plant named Lycopodium Clavatum or Clubmoss. The natural order of this plant is Lycopodiaceae. This natural remedy for agoraphobia is considered in people who have a marked fear of appearing in public. They may suffer a panic attack in such conditions and feel anxious as if they are about to die. Such people generally have poor self-esteem and suffer from lack of self-confidence. They may also suffer from other fears including being alone, of the dark, of ghosts, of failure and stage fright.
Causes of Agoraphobia
Genetics and environmental factors play a significant role in the development of agoraphobia. Agoraphobia mostly begins in early adulthood but can appear at any age. Agoraphobia is diagnosed more in females than in males. A person with an anxious temperament, other phobias (like social phobia, claustrophobia) and a family history of agoraphobia are at increased risk to develop the same condition. A stressful event in life (like the death of a parent) and a history of physical/sexual abuse are other factors that put a person at risk of developing agoraphobia. The children raised in an overprotective environment also have chances to develop agoraphobia later on in their lives. Use of tranquilizers and sleeping pills is also linked with agoraphobia in some cases.
Symptoms of Agoraphobia
The chief symptom of agoraphobia is anxiety and panic attack arising in crowds or public places or any situations where the sufferer feels stuck and is unable to find a way out. The places may include theaters, malls, elevators, public transportation, being in open spaces, standing in lines, cars, etc. The person having agoraphobia will have symptoms of anxiety like a rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, dizziness, nauseating feeling, hot flushes, sweating, trembling when they find themselves in such places or situations. Sometimes chest pain and fear of death may also be present. These symptoms may arise even before entering the dreadful situation from anticipation. The person with agoraphobia would always need someone to accompany him/her to the places they fear, to rescue them in case of a panic attack. In severe cases people tend to choose a safe zone, i.e., tend to avoid going to places they fear and confine themselves. In extreme stages of this condition, the affected person may not leave home even for doing important work.