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Can homeopathy have an effect on seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?


Homeopathy and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Do you find Winter difficult? I would like to let you know that you are not alone. The days are short with low light levels and outside it is cold and damp. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is common with 1 in 50 people having mood disturbances in the Winter months.

When the weather is bad, it can be hard to step outside, but I bet that once you do, you feel so much better for it. Walk briskly and get the heart rate up slightly. The endorphins must kick in because when you come back home you are likely to be in a happier mood with increased energy.


As well as getting outside every day, there are homeopathic remedies for Seasonal Affective Disorder.


What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and what are the symptoms?

SAD is when mood changes with a change in seasons or time of the year. You may start to feel ‘down’ when days get shorter in the Autumn and Winter and then start to feel better in the Spring when the days get longer again. A lot of people who get SAD can't wait for Spring to arrive.


The symptoms of SAD can include:

  • Low mood

  • Sluggishness or lack of energy

  • Finding it hard to concentrate

  • More prone to physical health problems such as colds or infections

  • Sleeping more than usual

  • Over-eating


What causes Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?


Sunlight controls the molecules that help maintain normal serotonin levels.


Sunlight creates Vitamin D, which is actually a hormone. Certain foods such as oily fish, egg yolks, and mushrooms also contain Vitamin D. Vitamin D activates genes that regulate the immune system and releases serotonin.

If you do not have enough Vitamin D in your diet or enough sunlight, not enough serotonin is made, leading to low mood.


Negative thoughts and feelings about Winter are common among people with SAD.

An article in Psychology Today discusses the psychological consequences of Vitamin D deficiency.


How can Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) be treated?


  • Go outdoors for at least 30 minutes a day,

  • Eat a diet high in Vitamin D

  • Try a Vitamin D supplement

  • Try homeopathy for seasonal affective disorder



Homeopathy and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)


Many homeopathic remedies may be useful for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) symptoms.


Self-prescribing is not recommended for SAD that recurs year after year. A registered homeopath can piece together all the parts of your health history to find the remedy that matches best. If you want to change the way you feel about the lack of light in winter months, then you may want to consider homeopathy.


You can treat an acute, one-off episode of SAD – one that comes on after an unusually long period without sunshine. If you do find a good remedy match, then take it in the 30C potency. If it doesn’t work, then you need the advice of a homeopathic practitioner.


 

Is homeopathy for you?

Homeopathy is used all over the world for so many health issues, including Seasonal Affective Disorder. Whether you have a big health issue that is stopping you from getting on with your life, or niggly health 'annoyances', feel free to contact me if you think I may be able to help.



Next steps

If you would like to speak to me about how homeopathy may help with your health issues I offer a free 30 minute discovery call. During this call, we talk about you, your symptoms, and how they are affecting you. I will ask you some questions to see if homeopathy may be beneficial to you.


I am always happy to hear from you.



Naziana x



Homeopath for Women's Health offering Homeopathy for SAD





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