Gastroenteritis Fun…or not so much

A couple of weeks ago we were plagued with a bout of gastroenteritis around our household, not to mention a few other friends and family members close by.  It’s not fun and despite the fact that we eat healthy, sleep well and take care of ourselves, there are times we come down with illnesses.  Thankfully, there are Homeopathic remedies to come to our aid and can help heal and shorten the length of the illness.

Following are a few of the most widely used remedies for gastroenteritis.  My hope is that you will never need them for this reason but if there comes a time, as we’ve all had at one point or another in our lives, one of these may help you to obtain a quick and speedy recovery.  The symptoms included may not be pretty, but gastro illnesses usually aren’t so here we go:

  • Aloe – Diarrhea with a sudden urge.  Possible involuntary stool with flatus.  Mucus and/or blood may be present.
  • Arsenicum Album – Extreme stomach pains that are worse with milk or dairy products.  Food poisoning (of any kind).  Acrid diarrhea with watery stool.
  • Bismuth – Severe cramping, pain or burning in the stomach.  Great thirst for cold water.  Profuse diarrhea.  In addition, the person who would need this remedy desires company during their illness and may have a great fear of death.
  • Bryonia – Gastroenteritis that is worse with any movement.  The person needing this remedy also may just want everyone to leave them alone.  Hides in dark room and wishes not to be bothered.
  • Croton Tiglium – Abdominal rumbling with sudden diarrhea.  Incredibly urgent diarrhea.  Diarrhea that comes immediately after eating or drinking.
  • Gambogia – Diarrhea and vomiting together.  Sudden urge for stool.  Burning or stitching pains before diarrhea.  Exhaustion after diarrhea.  Stool may contain blood.
  • Mercurius – Constant urge for stool.  Straining that is undiminished after passing stool.  May be bloody and mucus filled.  Stool feels hot.
  • Nux Vomica – Diarrhea after drinking too much alcohol.
  • Petroleum – Ravenous appetite during diarrhea or after stool.  Diarrhea in the daytime only.  Cramping before stool.
  • Phos Ac – Painless diarrhea.  Odorless.  Involuntary.  Profuse.  Cases of collapse after long bouts of diarrhea.
  • Podo – Profuse diarrhea.  Worse at 4am, in the mornings and in the evenings.  Worse with drinking, eating and heat.  Very watery.  Abdomen gurgles.

If you are ever unfortunate enough to have a case of gastroenteritis, the above remedies can aid in your recovery when correctly chosen.  If you are unsure of which remedy is right for you, consult a certified Homeopathic practitioner for assistance.  The above remedies can be taken in a 30C dose.  3 doses per day for 3 days.  Stop taking the remedy when symptoms improve.

If your condition lasts for more than 3 days, is more severe or immediately life-threatening seek medical attention from a certified Homeopath, a licensed medical doctor and/or head to the emergency room, as you may have something other than a bacterial or viral infection.

Head Lice

There are over 6 million lice infestations each year in the United States.  This year in Northern Michigan it’s nearly an epidemic.  The schools around the area have been battling it since the school year started and, unfortunately, that means many families are too.

Luckily there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your family naturally and without harmful pesticides.

Prevention:  If you hear that lice has been detected in your child’s school or if you work in a close environment, such as a nursing home, there are natural ways to protect yourself against an infestation.

  • Tea Tree Oil:  Fill a small spray bottle with distilled water.  Add 10 – 30 drops (depending on the size of the bottle) of Tea Tree oil to the bottle.  Every morning before you send your child to school or head to work spray hair with the water/oil mix.  Also spray behind the ears and along the neckline as lice are attracted to those areas of the head because of the warmth.  Shake the bottle well before each use.  (I use a 4 oz amber glass sprayer filled with the distilled water and 10 drops of oil)
  • Other Oils:  Keep other oils on hand if needed. While Tea Tree is the most effective against deterring and killing lice there are other oils that work too.   I have one daughter that cannot stand the smell the Tea Tree oil.  For her I will occasionally give her a reprieve and use one of the following instead:  Lavender, Rosemary, Geranium or Peppermint.
  • Shampoo/Conditioner:  Use a shampoo that contains one or more of the essential oils listed above.  For example, Avalon Organics makes a wonderful peppermint shampoo and conditioner.  This is what we use in our house.  You can also buy a fragrance-free shampoo and add 10 – 20 drops of essential oil to the bottle and shake well.
  • Get the comb.  A must have is a special lice comb.  Be sure to get one with metal teeth, not plastic.  Not only will the metal hold up better but it also does a better job of combing out the lice, nymphs and nits should any appear.

Treatment:  If you end up finding lice on yourself or on your child, first and foremost, don’t panic.  It happens and it can be dealt with.  There are many over-the-counter products that can be used but many contain pesticides that can be dangerous for you and your family.  You don’t need pesticides to treat a lice infestation.  It can be treated just as well naturally.  In addition, we are now seeing lice that are becoming pesticide-resistant because of the overuse of some of these products. 

  1. Olive Oil and Tea Tree:  Mix together 1/4 cup olive oil and 15 – 20 drops Tea Tree oil.  Starting with a dry head of hair and one small section of hair at a time, beginning at the root, start applying the olive oil.  Use a lice comb to brush through the hair.  Make sure the olive oil mixture covers all the hair, from root to tip.  Keep working in sections until the whole head and all hair is covered.  Look for lice, nymphs and nits as you go.  Be sure and wipe them free of the comb as you find them.  Tie hair up (if long) and put on a shower cap or wrap head in plastic wrap.  Let the oil sit for at least two hours or overnight.   After at least two hours, shampoo and condition using a shampoo like what is listed above.  Comb through hair again with the lice comb.
  2. Laundry:  Wash all bed linens, clothes, hats, scarves, coats and towels in hot water that have been used or worn by the infested person.  Run through a high-heat dry cycle in the dryer.
  3. Vacuum:  Vacuum all the carpets, couches, pillows, car seats and anything else that cannot be washed.  It is not necessary to use an insecticidal spray.  Vacuuming is sufficient.  If you’d feel better using a spray, see #5.
  4. Homeopathy:  There are Homeopathic remedies that can help support the above lice treatments.  Staphysagria is the main remedy for lice.  Using a low potency (6C, 12C or 30C), take the remedy 3 times a day for 7 days.  Nux Vomica is another remedy I’ve seen used with success in those  with lice and it can be taken the same as Staphysagria.  The most important thing to remember with Homeopathy is to match the remedy with the person.  Lice is a parasite and parasites tend to move toward the weaker immune systems.  Pick a remedy that will constitutionally strengthen the immune system for the person infected.  Consult a professional Homeopath if you need assistance in doing this.
  5. Tea Tree Spray:  Using the distilled water and essential oil spray listed above, spray hair every morning before heading out for the day and every evening before bed to help prevent reinfestation and to kill any lice that may have been missed during the olive oil treatment.  I also use this spray on car seats, couches and pillows.  Since lice and nymphs can only live off of a human host for 24-48 hours I don’t know that it does much for the lice problem but it certainly makes everything smell fresh and is definitely better than using an insecticidal spray.
  6. Olive Oil and Tea Tree again:  Lice eggs or nits, hatch within 7 – 10 days and are the easiest things to miss when combing through the hair.  Because of this, it is important to repeat the olive oil and tea tree treatment after 7 – 10 days.
  7. Comb, Comb, Comb:  Hair should be combed, using the lice comb, every day.  My daughter came home with lice about 2 months ago and even though we stopped the infestation in its tracts, using the above methods, I still comb through her hair every day after school.  When it comes to lice, you can never be too careful and the combing just takes a few minutes.

The above protocol has proven very effective for my family and for others I have consulted.  While lice is no fun, it is manageable and can be taken care of quickly and naturally!

 

Fear and Anxiety

With Halloween just around the corner it seems fitting to cover some remedies that deal with fear and anxiety.  When it comes to emotional well-being Homeopathy is a wonderful ally to have on your side.  It’s gentle, effective and does not produce the potentially dangerous  side effects that prescription medications do.  Listed below are some of the top remedies for fear and anxiety.

Aconitum Napellus:  This remedy is one of the first choices for panic disorders.  It includes panic attacks, especially when they come on in the evening or for those who wake up with fright 1 – 2 hours after going to sleep.  One who needs this remedy may also have a tremendous fear of death.  It is also a main remedy for someone who has great anxiety after an accident, such as a car accident.  There may also be a great anxiety for others, restlessness, fear of being in a crowded place and claustrophobia.

Agaracus:  This remedy contains an extreme fear of cancer and great anxiety about health.  Insignificant health issues are exaggerated causing great fear and anxiety.

Agnus Castus:  Like agaracus, this remedy focuses on great anxiety about one’s health but, in addition, when a person who needs this remedy gets sick they will feel that death is imminent.  There is a great fear of death.

Argentum Nitricum:  This remedy includes many fears and will generally be needed for someone who is also very impulsive by nature.  Fears include, claustrophobia, heights, bridges, diseases, accidents, fainting, driving, elevators, theaters, airplanes and the fear of being late.  There is anxiety about health and anxiety increases when alone.  A person needing this remedy generally feels better with company.  There is also an anxiety while anticipating an upcoming event.

Arsenicum Album:  This is another prominent remedy for panic attacks.  Panic attacks that will point you to this remedy generally happen after midnight or between midnight and 2am.  There is tremendous anxiety that often occurs with great restlessness.  There is anxiety about health and a despair about recovery when ill.  Also present may be a great anxiety about other family members or close friends because these people provide the person who needs this remedy with their security base.  Someone who requires this remedy will generally be proper, tense, worried and desire to be in control at all times.  Other fears include disease, especially cancer, germs, robbers, poverty, evil, vomiting and insanity.

Borax:  This remedy is marked by an extreme fear of downward motion.  This is so extreme that if it’s an infant the infant may scream when it’s being put down in it’s crib because of the downward motion.  There may be fear of escalators, descending stairs, elevators and even of rocking in a rocking chair because of the motion.

Bryonia:  Someone who may require this remedy has fears that center around the future, poverty and financial ruin.

Cannabis Indica:  This remedy is indicated when there is great anxiety and general fearfulness, which may include panic attacks.  There is a fear of insanity, which is usually expressed by a fear of losing control.  There also can be a fear that one will antidote their homeopathic remedy.

Kali Bromatum:  This remedy is indicated when the anxiety presents as more of a paranoia.  It can also be indicated when fear centers around religiosity.  One needing this remedy may feel as if they are singled-out for divine wrath and there may be a despair of salvation due to guilt.  Other fears may include the fear of insanity, being alone, fear of being poisoned and fear of being injured.  Night terrors may also be present.

Magnesia Carbonica:  This remedy centers around a general anxiety that is present during the day but is better in the evening once one is in bed.  Someone needing this remedy is a peacemaker.  They want to be sure everyone is getting along and is happy.  There is a fear of violence and confrontations.  There may be a great sensitivity to noise.

Magnesia Muriatic:  This remedy is similar to the above, however the anxiety in this remedy is worse while in bed and better during the day.  As in Magnesia Carbonica, this remedy is also indicated for someone who is a peacemaker and who does not like disagreements and confrontations.  Anxiety is generally worse while reading, in the evening and during menses.

Mancinella:  The Halloween remedy.  Someone who may require this remedy is afraid of the dark, ghosts, insanity, evil and devils.  They may be tormented by their extreme fear of the dark.

Nitricum Acidum:  This remedy is indicated for someone who has great anxiety about their health with a fear of cancer and death.  As many remedies have this indication, one who should veer toward this remedy is someone who is also very pessimistic in life.  There may be depression and anger toward life.  There is generally great irritability and peevishness.

Opium:  Homeopathic opium is indicated when there are complains from fright more than the fright itself.  This remedy is indicated when fright leads to convulsions, tremors or insomnia.  Every time the person needing this remedy thinks of the thing that frightened them the symptoms are triggered.

Phosphorus:  This remedy contains many fears and is indicated for people who are generally open, excitable gullible and suggestible.  Fears include being alone, death, the dark, thunderstorms, that something bad will happen, disease, the future, ghosts, insanity, robbers, insects, earthquakes and more.  Anxiety is raised when alone and is better for the person when they are in the company of others.

Silica:  This remedy is indicated for those who have a lack of self-confidence.  Fears center around performance, such as stage fright.  Anxiety arises over small details and from noise.  The anxiety feels paralyzing.  There is also a fear of pins, needles and other sharp objects.

Stramonium:  This remedy has many fears that will usually be accompanied by rage and anger if this remedy is needed.  There is fear of violent death.  Fear of the dark is so intense that one must sleep with the light on.  There also may be a fear of water, including submerging head in water, even in the shower.  Other fears include animals, dogs, mirrors, reflecting objects, disease, ghosts, injury, suffocation and claustrophobia.  Fright will stay with someone who needs this remedy for a long time, especially if it was a violent fright, such as a car accident.  Night terrors may also be present and may include waking up shrieking or screaming out in sleep.  There may also be violent behavior.

The remedies above are some of the main remedies for fear and anxiety.  In addition to homeopathy, things such as Reiki and meditation can have a positive effect and can help increase your chances of success.

**We do not diagnose or treat disease.  The information provided herein is for educational purposes only.  If you require a diagnoses or if your situation is emergent and life-threatening please consult a licensed medical doctor.

 

The Season of the Flu

As September gets under way we start hearing more and more about the up-and-coming flu season.  This year we seem to be hearing more about it than ever.  The pharmacies have their signs up “Free Flu Shots” or “Only $24.95 for the Flu Shot”, newspapers are printing speculative articles about what the flu season may bring this year, the CDC doing its usual push for vaccination and more and more hospitals across the country are making vaccination mandatory (with very few allowable exemptions) for their employees, dubbing it a patient safety issue, which is a complete farce.  While I understand and am used to the seeing the signs at pharmacies and the CDC is just doing what it’s there to do the mandatory vaccines for hospital employees leaves me a little unsettled, especially when I know there is a better way to fight the flu.  I also believe our health is our choice.  No one should be forced to get a flu shot or lose their job, no one.  But I will leave that rant for another time.

I’ve been researching this subject for over 12 years and, as I stated above, there are better ways to fight the flu than a vaccination.  There are ways that have no side effects (except maybe a healthier body and a stronger immune system).  There are ways that don’t put you at risk for diseases like Guillain-Barré, neurological disorders or auto-immune disorders later in life.

There are ways like these:

Lifestyle:  Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, exercise and find a way that works for you to reduce stress.  Include a good multivitamin/mineral supplement in your daily routine.

Vitamin D:  It’s been studied that most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D.  It’s also been proven that Vitamin D can both help ward off sicknesses like the flu and help you recover from the flu.

Vitamin C:  Start taking it now!  Double up the dose if you get the flu.

Homeopathy:  During the 1918 flu (of which is claimed H1N1 was derived) there were Homeopathic hospitals in the US as well as conventional hospitals.  Homeopathic hospitals saw only a 1% mortality rate for the treatment of the flu.  The conventional hospitals, 30%.  While I was not there back in 1918 to personally witness this, I’ve seen what Homeopathy can do when it comes to the flu and that’s the only proof I really need.  It works.

Prevention

Oscillococcinum:  Can be taken for the prevention of the flu or at the very first sign of getting sick.

Influenzinum:  Most Homeopathic pharmacies and some local health food stores carry this remedy.  It is the best remedy I’ve found to prevent the flu.

Aconite:  This is one of our favorite remedies.  It should be taken at the first sign of a flu.  It works when the onset is very sudden and should be taken within the first few hours of feeling sick, even if no clear symptoms are present.

Ferrum Phos:  This remedy can be thought of as a back up for Aconite.  If you miss taking Aconite within the first few hours of feeling ill, go to Ferrum Phos.

When you know you have the flu

Arsenicum:  There may be a fever with great chilliness.  Profuse and acrid discharge may present from the nose and/or eyes.  There may be some thirst but for small, frequent sips.  A person who needs this remedy will be worse from getting cold and will feel better with warmth (unless there is a headache present).  There may also be irritability and anxiousness.

Baptisia:  Someone who needs this remedy will have a sudden onset of symptoms.  There is generally a high fever with profuse sweating.  The body may feel sore and bruised either all over or in small spots around the body.  A person who requires this remedy may look dull and flushed and there is usually a great thirst.  Vomiting and diarrhea may be present but not always.

Bryonia:  This flu will present itself with a slow onset of symptoms.  A person who fits this remedy will be very hot and very dry, which may cause a great thirst for cold water in large quantities but at infrequent intervals.  The body will ache all over.  There may be a painful cough that causes a headache.  Someone who needs this remedy will not want to move and the headache or body aches will feel better with pressure.  In general this remedy will present for someone who wants to be left alone and wants to lay completely still.

Eupatorium Perfoliatum:  The fever for this remedy will present with the person shivering, who may have chills running up their back.  The body will ache so badly that the person feels as if their bones are broken.  There may be a bursting headache, so bad that even the eyeballs feel sore.  There is a thirst for cold drinks and a desire to lay as still as possible.

Gelsemium:  This is the number one flu remedy.  The onset of this flu is slow.  Fever will present with heat that alternates with chills.  There is usually no sweating with this fever and chills may run up and down the spine.  Body will ache all over.  Muscles may feel very heavy and weak, even the eye lids will feel heavy.  There is generally no thirst.  The three key words for this remedy are “droopy”, “drowsy” and “dull”.

Mercurius Solubilis:  The fever for this remedy will present with a ‘creeping chilliness’.  There may be acrid, smelly, yellow/green mucus discharge from the nose.  There may be an intense thirst and a constant hunger.  A person who needs this remedy will feel worse from temperature changes and feels better with a constant temperature and lots of rest. 

Nux Vomica:  Someone who requires this remedy will have a fever with chilliness and may get the shivers after drinking.  The limbs and back will ache.  There may be a stuffy, stopped up nose that is worse at night.  There is a thirst for hot drinks, such as tea.  A person needing this remedy will feel better with cold and worse with warmth.  This remedy is also indicated when there is a great irritability.

Pyrogen:  This fever will present with creeping chills and a ‘thumping heart’.  It may also present with a rapid heart rate if the fever is low.  There will be severe pain in the limbs and back.  The pain may feel as if the person has been beaten and bruised.  There is usually a headache present and no thirst.  Someone who requires this remedy will be very restless, both with the aching body and the chills.

Rhus Tox:  The fever for this remedy will present with chilliness.  The pain will be centered more around the joints and bones.  There may be a red discoloration at the tip of the tongue and there is a general thirst.  The person who needs this remedy will feel better with gentle motion and warmth and may be very restless.

After the flu

China:  This remedy is for those who have a difficult time recovering from the flu.  There is a great physical weakness and may be a lot of sweating.

Kali Phos:  Depression (mild) after the flu.

Gelsemium:  This remedy is indicated if the weakness and heaviness will not go away after the flu.

Influenzinum:  This remedy is for someone who has never felt well since having the flu.  There is a feeling that the person has never recovered.

The remedies listed above for the flu can be taken in 30C, which is the most common potency found at health food stores.  The frequency of the doses will depend on the severity of the symptoms but generally 2 – 3 times a day is sufficent.  If you have any questions on how to take a remedy or how often contact a Certified Homeopath or your Natural Health Provider.

This flu season, do what is right for you.  Whether it is a natural approach or a vaccination, the choice is still yours.  Make that choice an informed one.  Do your own research of the options that are out there, as that is the best way to make a decision that is best for you and your family.

And I have to add…for those of you who are against vaccines (or who get a vaccine but disagree with a mandate) and  who work at a hospital that is making the flu vaccine mandatory for employment this year (of which I am one of those people, but am not getting the vaccination) keep your chins up.  Work for your freedom of choice, employement and health.  Educate those who need it.  It’s a worthy cause.  Be well.  Stay healthy.

**We do not diagnose or treat disease.  The information provided herein is for educational purposes only.  If you require a diagnoses please consult a licensed medical doctor.

Urinary Tract Infections and Other Urinary Issues

There are many people who have suffered from urinary tract infections and/or issues at least once in their lives.  For many the ailment can be a recurring event.  It is not always necessary to run straight to the antibiotics.  In fact, it is better for your immune system if it is given the chance to fight off the infection on its own.  Homeopathy is a wonderful and effective option for urinary tract infections.  Homeopathy works with your immune system to fight off the infection.  Below are the most common remedies for this affliction.

Aconite: This remedy is effective if taken at the very beginning stages of an infection.  If you do not catch the infection soon enough, however, this remedy will not work.

Apis: This remedy is indicated if there is scalding pain during urination.  There may also be some sediment in the urine.

Benzoic Acid: There will be an offensive odor to the urine if this remedy is indicated.  The urine will be very strong and concentrated.  It may also be brownish in color with some sediment.  Benzoic Acid is also of the main remedies for kidney stones.

Berberis: This is another kidney stone remedy.  There will be pain with the stones.  The pain will be sharp and will radiate outward or downward.  It is also a remedy that is indicated for cystitis that has cutting and burning pain.  The pain tends to extend to the urethra.  The pain and urge to urinate is worse with motion and walking.  The pain may also be worse after urination or when not urinating.  The pain is usually relieved somewhat during urination.

Borax: The pain, when Borax is needed, will be greatest when retaining urine.  If it is a child that has the infection he/she may scream out before urination in anticipation of the pain.

Cannabis Indica: This remedy is indicated if there is great burning pain only during urination.

Cannabis Stativa: If this remedy is needed there will be burning pain during or at the end of urination.  The pain is focused around the urethra and there may be discharge.

Cantharis: This is the most widely used remedy for urinary tract infections.  There will be great burning pain before urination that will intensify during urination.  Each drop of urine feels like scalding water.  There may be involuntary urination and/or dribbling after urination.

Chimaphila: Retention of urine will be present with this remedy.  Someone who needs this will need to press long before the urine flows.  This remedy is also indicated for an enlarged prostate.

Equisetum: This remedy is indicated when there is more urging to urinate when the bladder is nearly empty than there is when it is full.  There may be pain or fullness in the bladder even after urination.  There is frequent urging with a lot of urine.  The pain is generally worse at the end of urination.

Hydrophobinum: If there is an urge for urination every time one hears the sound of running water then this is a remedy to consider.  Pain is generally during urination.

Medorrhinum: This remedy is specifically for chronic cystitis that comes on after the start of a new sexual relationship.

Mercurius: If cystitis is present with a strong urge to urinate and the urge is not relieved by urination then consider this remedy.  The pain is burning in nature.

Nux Vomica: There will be a constant urge for small amounts of urine if this remedy is indicated.  There is pain upon retention of urine.  The pain will be better with heat and/or warm bathing.

Pareira: This remedy is indicated for the retention of urine with an enlarged prostate.  There will be painful urging, dribbling and/or involuntary urination.  There may be pain in the bladder that extends down the legs.

Pulsatilla: The pain with Pulsatilla will be at the end of urination and will be worse when trying to retain urine.  There may also be involuntary urination.

Sarsparilla: This remedy will always have pain at the end of urination.  The pain itself is usually burning in nature.  There is frequent urging and one may not be able to urinate without standing up.  There may also be red sediment in the urine.

Staphysagria: This remedy is specifically indicated when cystitis occurs after one’s very first experience with intercourse.  There may be frequent urging.

Terebinthina: The urine will contain blood if this remedy is indicated.  The urine may also be smokey colored and smell of violets.  There may also be burning pain around the kidneys.

In addition to the remedies listed above D-Mannose can be taken.  It works the same way as cranberry juice but comes in a powder and can be added to any non-citrus drink.  It will help to keep your urinary tract flushed out.

If you have a urinary tract infection and the symptoms do not improve within 48 hours see your Physician.  While it is good to avoid antibiotics whenever possible they do play their part if an infection fails to clear on its own.  If you are unsure of which remedy is indicated contact a Certified Homeopath for assistance.

We do not diagnose or treat disease.  The information provided herein is for educational purposes only.  If you require a diagnoses please consult a licensed medical doctor.

Heartburn

There are not many adults I know who haven’t, at one time or another, experienced heartburn.  Whether you suffer from chronic heartburn or just the occasional discomfort, Homeopathy works.  For those who only experience heartburn while pregnant, Homeopathy is  safe and will do no harm to mother or baby.  Below are a few remedies to consider.

Antimodium Crudum (Ant-C): This remedy is indicated when there is a lot of bloating and belching after a meal.  There may be some acid reflux that may taste sweet or of food.  There is usually a desire for acidic and/or vinegar-rich foods like pickles.  The pain is worse from eating bread, pastries, acids, sweets or pork.  One needing this remedy may notice that it is also worse after cold bathing and/or during hot weather.  Another good indicator of this remedy is if you feel irritable and are averse to being touched during the heartburn pain.

Arsenicum Album: This heartburn will present with great burning pain.  If indigestion is present it is made worse by cold food, acids and melons.  There is usually a desire to take frequent small sips of water.  This is also a wonderful remedy for heartburn that comes on after midnight.  Heartburn may be accompanied by anxiety, exhaustion and/or restlessness.

Bryonia: This remedy is used if the stomach is sore and tender to the touch.  Pain will be sharp and cutting and may feel better when legs are drawn up to the chest.  If there is reflux it will taste bitter or of food.  After eating a meal there may be pressure in the stomach as if there is a stone there.  There may be a thirst for cold water or strong coffee.  The pain will be worse from any movement of the body and better with rest and lying still.  This heartburn (or indigestion) may come on after anger and there is usually great irritability with the discomfort.

Carbo Veg: This heartburn generally runs through the whole digestive tract.  Along with the heartburn there will usually be nausea, bloating, sour reflux, flatulence and belching.  Any stomach pain may radiate to the spine and lower back.  Hunger is present but a feeling of fullness comes with just eating a small amount of food.  This heartburn will come on a half hour or so after eating and may be brought on by eating fats, butter, milk, rich foods, wine, coffee or beans.  The pain is worse while lying down and relief is felt after passing gas.  The pain itself is generally cramping with the need to bend over during a cramp.

Nux Vomica: This is the remedy for almost any symptom that is brought on by overindulgence.  If you have a night out for dinner and order all of your favorite foods, have a couple of glasses of wine and ultimately end up overdoing it then Nux Vomica is most likely your remedy.  Heartburn will usually come on a few hours after eating and may be accompanied by a stone-feeling in the stomach.  There is usually a putrid/bitter taste in the mouth.  There may be a feeling that you need to vomit or defecate but you can’t.  There is usually a craving for fats, spicy food, alcohol and stimulants even though those things are what bring on the heartburn.  The pain is made worse by tight clothing and may feel better with warmth (like wrapping up in a blanket or using a hot water bottle).  Lying down may also help the pain.

Pulsatilla: This remedy covers indigestion, heartburn, flatulence and abdominal heaviness.  The discomfort usually begins about one hour after a meal.  Instead of being irritable during the pain someone needing this remedy is more likely to weep.  The pain itself is usually cutting in nature and may change in location and intensity quite often.  Burps will taste sour, bitter or rancid.  The taste of food lasts for a long time.  There is no thirst.  The heartburn may come on or become worse from fats, rich foods, fruit or ice cream.

Robina: This remedy is indicated when gastric complaints come on with pronounced acidity and intense acrid belching.  It will be worse at night and from eating.  The pain will usually be burning in nature and may be accompanied by a frontal headache.   Diarrhea is likely to be present if this remedy is needed.  The desire to go to the bathroom is nearly constant but only gas is passed most of the time.  Cold sweat may develop.  The discomfort will be worse lying down and from eating fats, cabbage, raw fruit or ice cream.

You don’t need to suffer through another bout of heartburn.  Let the above descriptions be your guide to relief!

Spring Allergies

Spring allergy season is upon us but we do not need to let the sneezing, itchy eyes or runny nose get us down.  Homeopathy is an effective way to care for your allergies without the side effects of over the counter or prescription allergy medications.  Listed below are some of the most effective remedies for this allergy season.

Allium Cepa: This remedy is made from the red onion.  If you think about how your body reacts when you chop an onion you will see what symptoms this remedy can calm.  It is wonderful for allergies that produce extremely watery eyes and a runny nose.  The discharge from your nose may burn and cause redness on your upper lip.  Nose may seem to “run like a faucet” as the discharge is so watery and profuse.  It is especially effective for those who are allergic to flowers and pollen.  Symptoms may feel worse in a warm room and later in the day.  Relief may come from being in the open air.

Arsenicum Album: This remedy is used when the right side of the nose is stuffed up or running.  discharge from nose is watery and may burn your upper lip, causing redness.  Nose may be running but at the same time completely stuffed up.

Euphrasia: This remedy cares for eyes that burn and water profusely.  Eyes are very irritated and may be sensitive to light.  Watery discharge from nose may also be present.

Kali Bi: This remedy is wonderful for allergies where the root of the nose is sore.  Discharge is very thick, stringy and yellow.  Post nasal drip may be present.  You may feel the need to clear your throat often because of thick mucus of the post nasal drip. Sinus infections that result from allergies of this kind can also be helped by this remedy.

Nat Mur: This remedy is good for allergies when the discharge from the nose looks like the white of an egg.  Allergies may come on with much sneezing.  Watery eyes may also be present.  Those who need this remedy generally feel worse in the open air or out in the wind.

Nux Vomica: This remedy includes pronounced sneezing.  Allergies are worse in the morning when first getting out of bed.  Nose is stuffed up all night long and runs during the day.

Pulsatilla: This remedy is good for allergies that produce a yellowish-green discharge from the nose.  Sneezing is usually present.  Allergies feel worse when in a warm, stuffy room and in the evening.  Nose may run and be completely stuffed up at the same time.  Itchy eyes may also be present.

Sabadilla: This remedy is called for when sneezing is the predominant symptom.  If you sneeze 5 – 10 times in a row before relief then this is the remedy to take.  Tickling inside the nose is usually present along with very thin nasal discharge.

Enjoy the Spring!