Homeopathy Remedies for Insomnia

Anshutz gives a useful therapeutic differential diagnosis of the condition Insomnia, with the most useful homeopathic remedies. Therapeutic byways by E.P. Anshutz, published in 1900….

Asclepias tuberosa [Ascp-t]

      About 5 drops of Asclepias tuberosa 0, in a cup of hot water, at bed time, has soothing effect and promotes sleep in the nervousness of colds, coughs and pleuritic cases, or in grippe.

Hot milk A little hot milk just before going to bed is an old cure for insomnia. Drink and go to bed at once.

Head lowered One way of getting to sleep is to lower the head, i.e. discard pillows and bolster, or use a very small pillow.

Camphor [Camph]

      When coldness and cramps are marked in sleeplessness Camphor has proved to be curative.

Conium maculatum [Con]

      is a remedy for the nervous, fidgety, jerky persons troubled with sleeplessness. Give in 3x doses.

Position On going to bed assume a comfortable position and hold it, resisting all desire to move, or, if you do have to move, do it slowly.

Onions Eat freely of onions, raw or cooked, at supper, and you will sleep well. The story is told of a schooner loaded with onions whose crew could hardly keep awake on watch if the vessel was stationary.

Nutmeg In olden times they used to pound up a nutmeg, which, with hot water, made about 4 cups of tea. Drink one of these and you had profound slumber. This, however, is a very questionable means of producing sleep.

Whiskey One old method was to take a big drink of whiskey. It will work, but the sleep is rather short and, in time, the dose must be increased to the D.T. point.

Some say the best thing for insomnia is to make up your mind that you cannot go to sleep so make yourself comfortable in bed and enjoy the comfort and, the first thing you know, you are asleep. Hard physical work is also a good soporific.

E.P. Anshutz
Edward Pollock Anshutz – 1846-1918. Editor - Homeopathic Recorder and author of New Old and Forgotten Remedies. Held an Hon. Doctor of Medicine from Hering Medical College.