Tension or excitement in a person that is marked by unmanageable fear and short term loss of control over emotions.


A psychoneurotic disorder characterized by emotional excitability, extreme emotionalism involving motor and vasomotor, sensory and visceral functions. This is a condition that varies from mild excitement to laughing and crying with extreme nervous tension, accompanied by fits, convulsions, loss of sensibility and mania. [SNH p.32]


Hysteria is considered to be due to mental causes, such as autosuggestion, dissociation or repressed emotion. This condition only occurs while a person is awake and is therefore a willed emotional release to obtain sympathy, to frighten, etc., if another person is involved. This type of person suffers much anxiety and fear. [SNH p.32]

Herbal Aids:

General Information: For immediate relief, give a nervine tea such as an infusion of lady's slipper, skullcap, ginger, raspberry leaves, poplar bark, balmony, colombo root, cayenne, or antispasmodic herbs to help relax the nerve tension. Add a little tincture of lobelia to the nervine as an antispasmodic. If it is impossible to administer these aids orally, the same tea in the form of an enema will help ease the condition very quickly. Rest and cheerful surroundings are needed. The digestive system needs to be toned up properly. [SNH p.32]

Garlic: Give an oral infusion of garlic in hot milk and water. [SNH p.100]

Tansy: Take 2 fluid ounces of the infusion repeated frequently (5-6 times daily). [SNH p.123]

Hysteria (general building tonic): See formula using raspberry leaves, white poplar, balmony, calumba root and cayenne. [SNH p.146]

Catnip: A warm high enema of catnip infusion will bring relief. [SNH p.237]

Catnip: Use the warm infusion orally. [SNH p.237]

See formula using spearmint and ginger. [SNH p.240]

European Pennyroyal: Give the infusion in teacupful doses, repeated frequently (every 1-2 hours), and when the herb is unavailable, 1-3 drops of the oil in warm water is excellent. [SNH p.283]

Blue Cohosh: For hysteria and nervous exhaustion due to shock or accident. Use the warm decoction orally. [SNH p.292]

Antispasmodic Tincture: See formula using lobelia, skullcap, skunk cabbage, gum myrrh, black cohosh and cayenne. [SNH p.363]

Skullcap: When scullcap tea cannot be taken orally, a small quantity may be given rectally every 30 minutes to 1 hour. [SNH p.371]

Dr. Nowell's General Nervine Tonic: See formula using scullcap, hops, valerian, gum asofoetida and gentian root. [SNH p.373]

See formula using valerian, wild yam, blue cohosh, anise seed and ginger syrup. [SNH p.378]

Hysteria (relax nerve tension, soothe and tone nerves): See formula using lady's slipper, scullcap, ginger and raspberry leaves. [SNH p.385]

Hysteria with Convulsions: See formula using lady's slipper root, asafetida gum, ginger and lobelia. [SNH p.385]

See formula using white poplar bark, raspberry leaves, balmony, calumba and cayenne. [SNH p.447]

Anti-Spasmodic Formula: Dr. Christopher's Anti-Spasmodic Tincture:  Consists of skullcap herb, lobelia, cayenne, valerian root, skunk cabbage, gum myrrh, and black cohosh. To be used in cases of convulsions, fainting, cramps, delirium tremors, hysteria, etc., also good for pyorrhea, mouth sores, coughs, throat infections, tonsillitis, etc. Dose 1/2 to one teaspoon to glass of steam distilled water as a gargle and use until throat clears, also take one teaspoon in steam distilled water morning and evening. [HHH p.195]

See Also:

Anti-Spasmodic Formula: Dr. Christopher's Anti-Spasmodic Tincture
Relax-Eze: Dr. Christopher's Nerve Herbal Food Combination

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