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Analysis of Cases with Panic Attacks Treated with Classical Homeopathy
05 February 2018 (online)
Background: Panic attacks are a common mental problem with a lifetime prevalence—according to published studies—of approximately 13%.
Aim: The aim of this study is to investigate panic attacks disorder in patients who sought homeopathic treatment.
Methods: Data were collected from cases submitted by homeopaths using VithoulkasCompass online software. We included cases with the rubric “MIND-FEAR—sudden (panic attacks)” underlined by homeopaths at least to the seconddegree. The period of collection was from September 2014 until September 2016. Prescriptions were being self-evaluated by the prescribing homeopaths. The study includes 191 consultations with their evaluated follow-ups from a total number of 2,681 consultations with panic attacks. The most frequent prescribed remedies and their success rates were evaluated. The success rate of each remedy is calculated as the percentage of prescriptions with large and moderate improvement, compared with the total number of the prescriptions of the remedy.
Furthermore, the most common symptoms that accompany panic attacks were identified.
Results and Conclusion: The most commonly prescribed remedies were Aconitum, Phosphorus, Arsenicum album, Stramonium and Natrum muriaticum. The remedies with the best reported results were Arsenicum album, Argentum nitricum, Natrum muriaticum, Kali arsenicosum, Phosphorus, Stramonium, and Aconitum. The prescribed remedies’ success rate ranged from 45 to 70%. The most frequent symptoms that accompany panic attacks—as derived from the used rubrics—are mental symptoms with prevailing “anxiety about health” and “fear of death.” Further research is needed to reach more concrete conclusions about the frequency of remedies and other aspects of successful prescriptions in panic attacks with classical homeopathy.
Keywords: Panic attacks, classical homeopathy, Vithoulkas Compass