It is important to keep in mind that there are no homeopathic remedies for depression per se; that is, homeopathic remedies are for patients who suffer from depression. The totality of the patient’s particular symptoms must be taken into account. One person may be depressed and yet have increased sleep while another will be sleepless; one will have increased appetite while another has decreased appetite. Therefore, it is imperative that the patient is treated by an experienced practitioner who will consider the totality of the symptoms; otherwise, the chances of depression improving with homeopathic treatment will decrease.
There are many reports of the treatment of depression over 200 years of homeopathy. However, even though the particular cases are strong from a clinical standpoint they are still anecdotal from a conventional perspective. As example of this clinical material, Dr. Bodman presents a series of cases of depression, anxiety, sleep disorder, phobias, neurosis, cerebral sequelae from a stroke, Menniere’s disease, migraines, and other conditions treated successfully with homeopathy. (Bodman, F., 1990, “Insights into Homeopathy”, Davies and Pinsent Editors, Beaconsfield Press, England).
Researchers have concluded that homeopathy may be useful in the treatment of some patients with anxiety or depression, either as an adjunctive treatment or as a sole treatment in patients who specifically request it. Obviously, the clinician must weigh the risks and benefits of a homeopathic intervention especially in situations when there are demonstrably effective conventional treatments and when the patient is either acutely psychotic or suicidal.