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Nervousness, the state of being nervous, is a condition of unrest and irritability. It is a symptom of another condition and not in itself a disease. To treat nervousness, it is necessary to find the underlying cause.


Nervousness may cause or be caused by:

Mental or physical unrest
Cerebral allergy

Signs & Symptoms

Nervousness is often merely a symptom of an underlying organic and/or psychological disorder. Accompanying symptoms are varied and non-specific. They may include any or all of the following:

Inability to concentrateFear

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function: Nutrients for Brain Support

General Supplements

Folic Acid 400 - 1,000 mcg 400 - 1,000 mcg
Inositol100 - 300 mg 100 - 300 mg
Magnesium200 - 400 mg 200 - 400 mg
Niacinamide 50 - 200 mg 50 - 200 mg
Vitamin B-2 5 - 25 mg 5 - 25 mg
Vitamin B-12 50 - 200 mcg 50 - 200 mcg

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Nervousness and irritability can be symptoms of magnesium deficiency.

If nervousness is caused by cerebral allergy, an Elimination Diet is recommended.

Homeopathic Remedy

1. Alfalfa tinct.- 30X long term
2. Chamomilla tinct.- 15C
3. Avena sativa tinct. - tincture
4. Passiflora incarnata tinct.- tincture and 6C

Treatment Schedule

Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.


X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency

Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.


Boericke, D.E., 1988. Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Coulter, C.R., 1986. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines.

Kent, J.T., 1989. Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Koehler, G., 1989. Handbook of Homeopathy.

Shingale, J.N., 1992. Bedside Prescriber.

Smith, Trevor, 1989. Homeopathic Medicine.

Ullman, Dana, 1991. The One Minute (or so) Healer.

Herbal Approaches



Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Rose EssenceRosewood Essence


Aspic (Lavender Essence),Cypress Essence,
Lavender Essence,Rosemary Essence,
Sage Essence.


Chamomile Essence,Lavender Essence,
Thyme Essence.


Basil Essence,Coriander Essence,
Lavender Essence,Marjoram Essence,
Sage Essence,Thyme Essence.


(Borneo) Camphor Essence,Chamomile Essence,
Lavender Essence,Thyme Essence.

Nervous states:

Lavender Essence,Marjoram Essence,
Orange Essence (Blossom),Verbena Essence.

Related Health Conditions




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