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Homeopathy for Winter blues/ SAD

Updated: Jan 12



Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also called winter depression, winter blues, and seasonal depression, is a mood disorder subset in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year exhibit depressive symptoms at the same time each year, most commonly in the winter.

SAD is a type of depressive disorder, and sufferers may exhibit any of the associated symptoms, such as feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, thoughts of suicide, loss of interest in activities, withdrawal from social interaction, sleep and appetite problems, difficulty with concentrating and making decisions, decreased sex drive, a lack of energy, or agitation. Symptoms of winter SAD often include oversleeping or difficulty waking up in the morning, nausea, and a tendency to over eat, often with a craving for carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain.

There are several theories as to the cause of SAD, all of which relate to the effect of light on the brain: lack of sunlight leads to a higher level of a chemical, melatonin, which slows the body down. Hibernating animals secrete high levels of melatonin in order to sleep through the winter months. Another theory sug­gests the condition is caused by a disturbance of the dopamine and serotonin levels in a particular part of the brain, known as the hypothalamus. This area controls mood and appetite – for life, for food and for sex. Some researchers believe that sufferers of SAD have lower eye sensitivity to light. All three theories may be true. The eye sensitivity to light will affect the hormone levels, as the eye is essentially highly evolved nervous tissue.

Although these theories may serve to explain the mechanisms at play, there is still the unanswered question as to why some individuals are more susceptible to depression than others. Since homeopathy looks at the whole person, rather than a list of their symptoms, it is uniquely placed to help with depressions of all types, including those that exhibit periodicity.

Remedies can be thought of for SAD:

AURUM METALLICUM: THE GOLD

This remedy is crafted from the noble metal Gold. It is intricately linked to a state of profound melancholy characterized by restlessness and a strong desire for death. The impulse to weep becomes irresistible as the individual imagines losing the affection of friends, intensifying their sorrow. A pervasive sense of obstacles everywhere contributes to a feeling of hopelessness. Life is perceived as being against them, with the mere contemplation of death providing a strange form of pleasure.


In the grip of melancholy, the patient loses all interest in life, perceiving everything as futile, meaningless, and laden with sadness. The desire to end their life is prominent, fueled by a belief in personal responsibility, mistakes made, neglected duties, and a perceived erosion of trust from friends.


Profound anguish permeates, leading to a disposition inclined towards thoughts of suicide. Excessive anxiety of conscience is a prevailing aspect. Despair extends not only to oneself but also to others. The slightest contradiction becomes a catalyst for intense wrath, establishing a pattern of alternating peevishness and cheerfulness. The Aurum Metallicum state reflects a complex tapestry of emotions, encompassing deep despair and a longing to bring an end to life.

PHOSPHORUS: individuals share a profound connection with weather, thriving in the warmth of the sun and radiating vitality when bathed in its rays. The absence of sunshine, especially during cloudy weather, profoundly affects them, leading to a sense of misery and gloominess that intensifies the longer the sun stays hidden. During the darkest periods of winter, they may experience a significant slowdown, lacking the motivation to engage in activities. During these times, their go-to source of comfort becomes chocolate, alongside the uplifting presence of their friends.


Even brief bursts of sunshine on a winter's day have the power to elevate their spirits, offering a much-needed boost. Additionally, spending time with friends, attending parties, or dancing can also have a positive impact, bringing joy and energy to their lives. The weather and social interactions play integral roles in influencing the emotional well-being of those with a strong Phosphorus disposition.

AMMONIUM CARBONICUM: This remedy is for individuals who are sensitive to the chill and profoundly influenced by the dreary, overcast winter weather. Under these conditions, they tend to become apathetic and lack motivation, displaying a reluctance to engage in work or any activities.

A notable consequence is excessive eating, particularly indulging in sweet cravings, especially candies that may result in toothaches and substantial weight gain.


Morning ill-humor is a distinctive feature, particularly exacerbated during bad weather. Additionally, they exhibit a significant absence of mind and weakened memory, leading to a tendency to make mistakes in speech, writing, or calculations.


There is an observable impairment of intellectual faculties, adding to the challenges these individuals face in daily tasks and cognitive functions.

RHUS TOX: This remedy can be beneficial for individuals highly susceptible to the impact of cloudy weather, experiencing a deep sense of misery in the cold, damp, wet conditions.


The body's response is a noticeable stiffening, particularly affecting the back and joints, intensifying the overall discomfort. Rising after a period of sitting or lying down becomes challenging, with stiffness easing only upon continued movement. However, using the joints for an extended period brings back the pain, necessitating rest and restarting the frustrating cycle. This restlessness becomes a defining characteristic of Rhus Tox, encapsulating the repetitive nature of the discomfort and the need for constant movement and relief.



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