Classical homeopathy and depression

February 23, 2012

Depression, Homeopathy

Three months after taking Chrysarobinum 200C, she felt “lighter and easier.

by Dr. Edward Gogek — 

Allie had a long history of depression and bad relationships. When she described her situation, she said, “Why did I spend 20 years married first to a sex addict and then to a pothead? I felt stuck and helpless. Like an animal caught in a trap. Constrained and wrapped up tight. As a little kid, everything I did was stupid and wrong. I was always getting punished. The fear of doing the wrong thing is like being in a cage. No freedom.”

Over the next two years, we tried several homoeopathic remedies with that feeling in mind. Bird remedies often help those who feel trapped but long to be free, and several plants also produce that same sensation. One remedy helped a bit, but Allie was still depressed. Then we had another interview, and an entirely different sensation emerged:

“I am flopping around with no direction. Everything is in little pieces, with nothing holding it together. Either it is all constrained really tight or else flying apart in all directions. It is all separate. I am in different places. Scattered. I am spinning my wheels off in little pieces, and I do not have my parts together.”

Peas in a pod are wrapped up and bound together. But when the pod splits open, the peas fall out and scatter in all directions. People who benefit from legume family remedies feel scattered and confused, broken into pieces, and what they want, in their words, is to “get it all together.”

From ancient Egypt comes the tale of the god Osiris. His enemy, Seth, killed him and chopped his body into pieces that he scattered about. Osiris’ wife, Isis, searched until she found all but one piece and brought them back together. That is the story of the legume family.

Allie was gentle and pleasant. At times she tried to get her life together; other times, it just seemed impossible. Vacillation between trying and giving up is treated with the remedy Chrysarobinum, an extract from a bean-bearing tree that grows in India.

Three months after taking Chrysarobinum 200C, she felt “lighter and easier. I do not feel so sorry for myself, but the remedy wears off and I have to take it every month.” Within six months, she no longer felt depressed.

A year after first taking the remedy, Allie said, “That spinning out of control and going off in all directions does not happen as much. I can hold it together.” She was no longer anxious and rarely became overwhelmed.

After two years, Allie felt great and only took the remedy every six months. She said, “I can take things in stride.”

Allie has now been on Chrysarobinum for three years. “I am much less scattered. I am more focused and organized and not having panic attacks. I used to have all these things going out everywhere,” she said as her hands shot out in one direction after another. “Now it is all coming in together,” and her hands folded in on her chest. “I have not felt this well, for this long, ever.”

Eventually the whole sensation of splitting into pieces and coming back together should disappear. The right homeopathic remedy helps a person let go of what he or she is not. And Allie is not a pea; she is a person.


Edward Gogek, M.D., M.D.(H) is a board-certified psychiatrist in Prescott, Ariz., who uses both alternative and conventional treatments. He graduated from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy and has studied the sensation method with several of the Mumbai homeopaths. or 928-443-0032.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 30, Number 5, Oct/Nov 2011.

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