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Jane Priceman on managing anger with homeopathy

Anger is there for a reason and in some instances can be appropriate to the situation. With any response, as homeopaths, we always ask ourselves: is our response appropriate? If not, and it keeps occurring, we may feel we might want to consider some options for change.

One of the great things for me about homeopathy is that all human expressions, mental, emotional and physical are taken into account when a patient comes for a consultation. Even if someone comes with a physical problem we still want to know how they ‘feel’ about the problem and their ‘feelings’ are often the key to understanding which medicine they need. We treat the mental and emotional symptoms as another expression of the overall chemistry.

The way homeopathy arrived at these conclusions was by ‘provings’. What happens in a ‘proving’ is that a group of people are given a potential remedy but not told what it is. Another group are given a blank remedy, also unknown and they all have to report back any responses, mental, emotional or physical. The feedback has been accumulating over approximately 200 years so we have a good body of knowledge about what symptoms each medicine is suitable for.

When a patient comes and expresses a certain emotion we then check to see what remedy would help with those feelings or symptoms as well as the other things that may be troubling them. One of the early observations that Dr Samuel Hahnemann (the doctor who first devised the homeopathic model) made was that suppressed anger was one of the most common things he saw. I have to say it is still true today.

Anger is there for a reason and in some instances can be appropriate to the situation. With any response, as homeopaths, we always ask ourselves: is our response appropriate? If not, and it keeps occurring, we may feel we might want to consider some options for change.

There are three main ‘anger’ medicines that one sees need for in practice.

The first is do to with a person feeling ‘abused’ in some way. This can take any form: mental, emotional, physical or sexual. Very often a patient can come and be very angry about an incident or recurring incidents and after a course of the appropriate remedy will often then say they couldn’t care less about it anymore.

The second is to do with the ‘unfairness’ or ‘injustice’ of a situation. This is also very common as it is very difficult to make sense of the complex world around us these days and many events seem to have no rhyme or reason to them.

The third is to do with physical pains that can be brought on by the patient being very angry about something but having suppressed the feelings to such a degree that they are not in touch with them anymore and it manifests as a physical problem.

There are many other examples of suppressed anger and many medicines that can help process that emotion but these are some of the commonest we see. Even though I am a qualified homeopath I still visit a homeopath myself as we do not feel it is appropriate to treat oneself. It is difficult to be objective and I often joke with my own patients that I have had to have anger medicine on a number of occasions.

I think it is important to recognise the commonality of the human condition and that all of us can experience these emotions and we should not feel embarrassed about them. It is also helpful to know we have many options in how we deal with matters.

Ultimately we are all in it together.

Jane Priceman treats at our Notting Hill Centre on Wednesdays, 08.30-12.30 and 17.30-21.30

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