Don’t worry you are not alone! For many people the fear of flying can cause so much upset and panic that even the thought of it is enough to send them into a tail spin with anxiety, palpitations and profuse sweating.
The phobia is quite common though and while the term is often used loosely, the reasons behind it and how it manifests is different with every person. For example, fear of flying can be related to the fear of closed spaces (claustrophobia), fear of heights, fear of death, fear of having a panic attack, fear of motion sickness, fear of the dark if flying at night, fear of being over water, fear of crowded places, fear when the plan lurches downwards during turbulence, fear when landing, or simply the feeling of being out of control.
The good news is that homeopathy can help people combat fear of flying in two ways. Firstly acute remedies can be prescribed to help bring relief before and during the flight experience. Secondly, constitutional treatment which looks at the problem on a much deeper level, can help provide a longer term solution.
Constitutional treatment takes a look at the history of the problem, when it started, how it manifests etc. It also looks at other areas of your life, such as anxieties, stresses and worries that you may have and how these impact you generally. A remedy is then prescribed according to your specific needs. The aim is to treat the root of the problem rather than just the symptoms that manifest.
There are many homeopathic remedies that can be used to help combat fear of flying and here are a few examples.
Argentum-nitricum: Very anxious, restless, with diarrohea – “what if the plane crashes”. The fear is more related to heights and or claustrophobia, Feel worse for heat and crowds and better for open air.
Aconite: Complete terror and panic and fear of death – “knows the plane will crash”. The fear can suddenly appear before or during the flight.
Arsenicum: Restless, cannot bear to be alone and needs constant reassurance that they will survive the flight. The main fear here is a fear of death. Feels better for company.
Gelsenium: Trembling with anxiety and panic and muscles feel weak and heavy and refuse to obey your will.
Nux Vomica: Excessive impatience and anger while kept waiting. Stimulants such as coffee and alcohol makes the anxiety worse.
If the fear of flying is restricting your life and is beginning to overwhelm you, then it is definitely worthwhile seeking a long term solution. Indeed this relates to all types of phobias.
If you feel you could benefit from homeopathy for fear of flying or other phobias, please feel free to get in touch to make an appointment.
Contact Eileen Scullion, Registered Homeopath LicISH ISHom with the Irish Society of Homeopaths
Tel: 086-0891037 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Consultations available: Dublin 2, Dublin 12, Ireland & Worldwide Via SKYPE
Eileen Scullion of Homeopathy-Healing is a Registered Homeopath LicISH ISHom with the Irish Society of Homeopaths (The Regulatory Body for the Homeopathic Profession which is recognized by the Department of Health and Children and works on the National Working Group towards an integrated Health System).