Barbara Roberts, Homeopath

Long term grief and stress from trauma

After the cyclone and floods many people were in acute shock, and needed to deal with the trauma and loss that had brought. I posted about some remedies to help in the acute stage over a month ago (you can find the post here:

Now however, it is the long term stress, the emotional toll of dealing with the after effects, the clean up and everything that comes with that. The feelings of loss may not be as acute, but they can be pervasive and combined with stress it can lead to depression. It can also be really hard, when the rest of the world seems to have moved on and forgotten what happened and yet you are still dealing with the aftermath day in and day out.

Here are some homeopathic remedies for the long term effects. Some of the remedies are also acute shock remedies, but the emphasis I have placed on them here is different, and I have tried to group them into different areas to make them easy to understand and differentiate.

Aconite is considered more of a shock remedy, but is useful ongoing for acute anxiety episodes and panic attacks with hyperventilation, heart palpitations and a feeling like they’re going to die.

Stramonium is a good remedy for a lot of fears that can manifest as vivid dreams and nightmares. They can be angry and combative, or with children particularly even violent outbursts, because of the underlying fears.

Opium can appear to be unaffected by the events going on around them, living in a sort of dreamy, unconcerned state. However if they are triggered by an event they can over react and make a big deal out of something inconsequential.

Buddleja Davidii (the picture for this post) has been called the homeopathic tranquilliser. It helps with acute and long standing trauma allowing space for the emotions to heal.

Phosphoric Acid is a favourite remedy of mine for the ongoing emotional toll causing a lack of energy. They can be emotionally apathetic or depressed, and are burnt out.

Natrum Muriaticum is a remedy we think of for long term grief. When the loss still weighs on them after time, but they don’t want to talk about it, certainly don’t want consolation, and will put a wall up to protect themselves, appearing quite closed to others.

Pulsatilla is the opposite in this regards. Tears come easily, and they want company and support. They feel better for consolation. They may also have changeable emotions and mood swings.

Causticum is intensely aware of the suffering of others, and particularly sensitive to any injustice. There is also a general anxiety that something bad might happen.

Arsenicum Album is another remedy for anxiety, and they can have many fears including getting sick, and concerns about money. This makes them irritable, and they need company and reassurance and may even manipulate people to get the support needed.

Calcarea Carbonicum people are the salt of the earth, they will be there, mucking in and helping others. They are sensitive to stories of loss and this can make them anxious, particularly towards the evening. If they feel helpless, like they cannot help things they can become depressed. They are also quietly obstinate and will just get on with things.

Other things you can do:

Counselling is also important, whether this is formal with a counsellor, or informal with a friend who you trust.

Connection with others in your community, and sharing the good and the bad will also help.

Be kind to yourself, everyone takes different amounts of time to process things. It is not the misery olympics, so you are absolutely entitled to feel your feelings even if others have it worse than you.

Kia kaha and arohanui, please reach out if none of these are resonating and you would like to find a personal remedy.

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