Biorhythms & Sleep

Words: Dr Ronald D WHITMONT

Classical homeopathic medicine [CHM], the use of a single, ‘similar’ homeopathic remedy for treatment, has a good track record in improving our overall health and reducing the dependence upon conventional medications. It helps our body balance and resolves underlying conditions. Numerous studies attest to the fact that such homeopathic treatment helps the body recover more quickly from illness, thereby significantly reducing the risk of exposure to potentially harmful medications and their side-effects. This choice of such a holistic treatment makes more sense as a first line option before pharmacologic interventions, for instance, are attempted for sleeplessness [insomnia].

Many homeopathic remedies, or medicines, have demonstrated therapeutic activity that help to correct sleep abnormalities, yet finding the correct remedy for the individual case requires the proper application of homeopathic principles in that selection process.  A routine analysis of several current homeopathic repertories [symptoms and their remedy index] reveals over 460 different homeopathic remedies and more than 570 different rubrics [symptoms] referenced for this problem.

It is, however, imperative to note that random and superficial selection of homeopathic remedies, not following CHM prescription guidelines, is more likely to result in failed prescriptions. When each individual case is treated on the basis of CHM’s unique identifying characteristics, there is an excellent chance of success. This is simply because following a detailed, in-depth analysis is more likely to reveal certain determining factors, while assuring that a proper and accurate selection of the ‘similar’ remedy will take place.

Any failure to implement CHM prescribing methods [even if so-called ‘homeopathic’ medicines are used] is more likely to result in treatment failure since adherence to the ‘Law of Similars’ [likes cure likes] is the determining factor of whether a homeopathic remedy is likely to work.  In other words, if homeopathy is not applied ‘homeopathically,’ namely on the basis of homeopathic laws and principles, it will be no more likely to succeed than placebo [dummy pill]. Homeopathy, like any other system of medicine, must be utilised according to the dynamics upon which it is based, or it may not produce the desired results.

Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine. It is not an integrative adjunct medical modality that can simply be substituted into treatment plans in place of conventional medication. CHM is not an allopathic medical system, and it cannot be applied ‘allopathically’ with any realistic expectation of success.

Most CHM physicians have extensive experience working with individuals suffering from sleep and other ‘rhythm’ disorders. These professionals have a thorough knowledge of homeopathic literature, derived from world-wide evidence-based experience spanning over two hundred years.

Homeopathic ‘Chronotherapy:’ Remedy Signpost

Remedy                                   Time Symptoms Worsen                                 Side                                        

Alumina                                    4:00pm-8:00pm

Apis mellifica                            4:00pm

Arnica montana                        6:00am

Arsenicum album                     1:00-2:00am/1:00-2:00pm                                  Right
[Recurs same day/week/month/year]

Belladonna                               3:00-4:00pm                                                       Right

Bovista                                     7:00am

Bryonia alba                            9:00pm

Calcarea carbonicum              3:00am

Carbo vegetabilis                    Evening [Recurs same day/week/month/year]

Carcinosin                               5:00-7:00pm

Chelidonium majus                 4:00am/4:00pm

China officinalis                      10:00-11:00am/5:00am

Eupatorium perforatum            7:00-9:00am [especially fever]

Gelsemium sempervirens       10:00am

Hepar sulphuricum                  6:00am/6:00pm

Kali bichromicum                     2:00am

Kali carbonicum                       3:00am [2:00-4:00am]/5:00pm

Lachesis muta                         Morning aggravation, 12 noon                             Left/left to right
[Recurs same day/week/month/year]

Lycopodium clavatum              4:00-8:00pm                                                        Right

Mercurius solubilis                   Nightly aggravation

Phosphorus                             Evening aggravation/twilight                                Left

Podophyllum                           3:00/7:00am; 7:00-9:00am [fever]

Pulsatilla                                 4:00-5:00pm/evening

Natrum muriaticum                 10:00-11:00am

Nux vomica                            4:00-5:00am; 6:00am; 11:00am; 6:00pm              Left

Sulphur                                  3:00-5:00am; 11:00am; 8:00pm

Veratrum album                     6:00am

Rhus toxicodendron               5:00-7:00pm

Silicea                                     6:00pm

Sepia officinalis                      3:00pm, and evening                                           Left

Stannum metallicum              9:00-11:00am

Sulphur                                  11:00am/5:00am/8:00pm, every 7 days
[Recurs same day/week/month/year]

Thuja occidentalis                   3:00-6:00pm; 3:00am and 3:00pm

Tuberculinum                         10:00am-3:00pm [Recurs same day/week/month/year].

— Adapted from Synoptic Key, by Dr Cyrus M Boger, MD

 Healing With Homeopathy

Certain homeopathic remedies are particularly well-suited to the treatment of sleep disorders, among other ‘rhythm’ disorders. A few select homeopathic remedies, cited below, should not be construed as anything more than ‘useable’ examples out of a large group of remedies. They may be useful in a pinch, yes, but they should not be substituted through self-prescription, or self-treatment — they should be applied [most imperatively] by way of a thorough, in-depth CHM analysis, under the guidance and supervision of a professional homeopathic physician.

Argenticum nitricum. Individuals needing this remedy frequently suffer from anxious insomnia. They are extremely distraught and kept awake by numerous fears and worries

Arsenicum album. Individuals who benefit from this remedy tend to be anxious, but they also demonstrate a physical restlessness. They frequently don’t sleep, because they can’t get physically comfortable and must continually change places and positions at night

Coffea cruda. Individuals who benefit from this remedy often experience a heightened sense of awareness and mental activity at night. Their minds are active, racing through numerous thoughts, even though their bodies may be exhausted

Nux vomica. Individuals who benefit from this remedy are typically accustomed to relying on a pattern of various ‘habit-forming’ medicines to sleep and other ingredients to wake up in the morning. There is also a habitual history of dietetic indiscretion, heavy coffee and alcohol use.

Dr RONALD D WHITMONT, MD, is a New York-based homeopath He received his medical training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and a founding diplomat of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. He has been in clinical practice for over 30 years, initially as a Medical Officer in the United States Navy, and later as a solo physician in private practice. Dr Whitmont was also President of the American Institute of Homeopathy [AIH], the oldest extant national medical association in the United States. This piece is ©Dr Ronald D Whitmont.

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