There are many levels and kinds of trauma which can impact on an individual. Anything from sexual abuse or domestic violence to a car accident, difficult childbirth (for both mother and child) or bullying at work. Add to that intergenerational trauma which becomes evident when we look at the treatment of Australia’s indigenous people, children and grandchildren of war veterans, and holocaust survivors, just to name a few groups.
Just recently we’ve had the devastating bushfires throughout Australia and one can not even begin to imagine what horrors people have seen and experiences they have had, which may well stay with them for months, years or even life.
We may imagine that trauma is something major and obvious, but it can also be something insidious and even slow in onset, such as we hear about now in the form of “gaslighting” (definition – manipulating someone by psychological means into doubting their own sanity).and other types of emotional abuse.
We all react differently to trauma and some people have the ability and strength of constitution to work through what has happened and move on. There is a process for moving through these experiences, but some people become stuck in the trauma and it defines their life and who they are. They don’t necessarily want to be in this space but they are just not able to move forward.
There are many types of therapy available that people can access to progress their journey through trauma. I will often recommend counselling if I feel the problem needs to be talked through with someone who is trained in this particular issue. However, what I’ve heard from my clients over the more than two decades I’ve been in practice is that the homeopathic process can be as effective as counselling or psychotherapy. Sometimes people are “all talked out”. They know what they need to do, they’ve done the work, but still they are stuck, and for me this is the point where something more tangible is needed to bring about change.
Clients often present in the clinic who’ve done a lot of work in their relationship with their particular trauma and are a bit “over it”
Clients often present in the clinic who’ve done a lot of work in their relationship with their particular trauma and are a bit “over it”, but still are not well or balanced, or perhaps are suffering physical symptoms as a result of long term stress and trauma. My sense in these cases is that while we have worked through the trauma on the mental, emotional and often spiritual levels – we know what it is and what our relationship to it is – the trauma itself is still embedded in the cellular structure of the body. It’s hanging in there, it’s a bit behind what’s going on and we need to shift it in a different way.
Homeopathy is well known for its ability to help address trauma. There have been books written by colleagues on using high potency remedies to help move us through trauma and to break this cycle. Sometimes we do need a high potency – a big kick – to start things shifting and sometimes we just need a bit more gentle support through the ongoing process.
What symptoms do people present with?
Sometimes in treating trauma we are treating a shock and other times a grief, and there are many other emotions and perceptions at the bottom of our experience. Depression, anger, lack of self-confidence, social phobias, challenging relationships – everyone is unique, everyone has their own story and every situation is different. And because homeopaths always treat the individual and not the diagnosis, the remedies are going to be equally varied.
I’ve had many cases where people present with a symptom they don’t even connect with a particular event or they don’t see it as “trauma”. Cancer can be one of those conditions which can result from a physical trauma (blow to the breast or hand resulting in a tumor) or a longstanding grief or unhappy relationship leading to breast cancer, just as broad examples.
Everyone’s experience of their trauma is different and as outsiders we can never full understand what someone has gone through and sometimes we don’t fully know ourselves, if we are the sufferer.
A case, which stands out, came to the clinic at least fifteen years ago. An older lady presented with a very annoying spasmodic cough which had been going on since her mother died some thirty years previously! Yes some people experience symptoms related to a trauma (in this case a grief) not just for months or years, but for decades. They accept it and learn to live with it, very often not even connecting it with an event. One dose of Ignatia high potency and her cough resolved for good, because the body was able to let go of the trauma and move on.
There are a couple of remedies we often think of for trauma, such as Aconite and Arnica, both for trauma, both a bit different. Taking Arnica, for example, after an car accident or an injury can help us progress things quickly both physically and emotionally. Aconite is great for major shocks and frights; death of a loved one, getting bad news, seeing something terrifying, but if symptoms are ongoing or recurrent or a particular mental or emotional state impacts your quality of life, then it could be time to have a bit more of a look at what homeopathy can do for you.
This is not the place to talk about specific remedies though, but a space to consider the necessity to address each of us as individuals, with a need for an individualised solution to what can be a lifelong burden.
Remember, homeopaths treat the person, not just the symptoms. So ten people presenting with some form of traumatic life experience are likely to all receive different homeopathic remedies. They all have a different story to tell with a different dynamic and therefore a different solution will be required for each.
Melanie Creedy originally trained in the UK in the early 1990s and holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Homeopathy. She is registered with the Australian Register of Homoeopaths (AROH) and is a member of the Australian Homoeopathic Association.
She was Vice President and Professional Development Coordinator of the Australian Homoeopathic Association from 2011 to 2015 and is editor of the AHA National Newsletter.
Melanie has used homeopathy for 30 years and has been in practice since 1998. For many years she ran The Children’s Ear Clinic in Western Australia, but since her tree change to Tasmania, has a special interest in women’s and children’s health generally and helping individuals manage their journey on the spiritual path with homeopathy and her range of essences. Melanie has developed her own methods of dealing with complex cases over the years and offers distance consultations via phone and skype to allow people Australia-wide to access her services.
Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies. The information provided in this blog does not constitute medical advice but is for information only. If in doubt as to the appropriateness of a suggestion or treatment seek advice from your homeopath.