Flu Season

It’s that time of year, once again. Pharmacies, physicians, hospitals, all pushing us to get the flu shot. I’ve done years of research on vaccines and that has led to our choice not to vaccinate, especially the yearly flu vaccine. As much as they are touted by physicians and the media as being safe and effective, I’ve met too many people who would strongly disagree. I’ve met too many people who were adversely affected by vaccines, flu or other.

There is a better and safer way to combat the flu. A natural way. A strong immune system is the best defense.

Being a homeopath, I do reach for the remedies, along with other natural means.

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%.   I’ve seen what Homeopathy can do when it comes to the flu.  It works.

Homeopathy For 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.  Washington Homeopathics is where I order ours.

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.

If you do decide to get a flu shot this year, and you have a reaction, there are remedies that will aid in the recovery.  The main remedy being Thuja.  Consult a Certified Classical Homeopath if you are unsure of your reaction or if you are uncertain which remedy is best for you.  If your reaction to the shot is life threatening, go to your local emergency room.

If you want to learn more about how to use Homeopathy for yourself and your family during this flu season try one of our classes.  We’re have a great special in October!  $25 off our Homeopathy for Acute Care and First Aid course.  The course includes a reference book, with remedy guide  and symptom guide ($25 value), a first aid reference book ($10 value) and all of the class handouts, including the symptoms for 50 of the most widely used remedies.  The class also includes lifetime contact with a Certified Classical Homeopath for any questions that come up after the course.

Be well and stay healthy!

Heidi

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.

 

Healthy, Happy Babies

[tweetmeme]Homeopathic remedies are a wonderful choice for babies.  The remedies are safe, easy to use, non-toxic and do not produce any side effects.  Having a home remedy kit on hand can be a lifesaver, especially for those middle of the night ills or upsets.  If you are new to Homeopathy or even new to parenting I also recommend the book Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Babies First Year by Miranda Castro.

Below are a some of the remedies you may want to consider having on hand.

Arnica: This remedy can be invaluable for babies who are just learning to crawl or walk.  If bumps and bruises occur, Arnica is the first remedy to consider.

Belladonna: This remedy may be indicated if baby is angry and irritable.  When baby gets angry he/she may hit and become very red and hot in the face.  Anger or irritability may progress so that it is difficult to calm him/her down.  It is a main remedy for fevers that come on quickly and are intense but do not last long.  Pupils may be dilated.  Baby may get aggravated by motion.

Borax: This remedy has the interesting indication of “aversion to downward motion”.  This may show in your baby through crying or screaming whenever they are rocked or from the motion of you putting him/her down in the crib.  If your baby is asleep when you try to put her down in the crib he/she will wake up from that downward motion.  Babies needing this remedy may also seem to wake up screaming for no apparent reason.  It is also helpful for babies who are jumpy and nervous.  He or she may be easily startled by loud noises and/or sudden noises, even in sleep.  Another interesting indication for this remedy is that baby may cry before passing a stool and then will be happy afterward.

Calcarea Phosphorica: This is a wonderful remedy for babies or children who are simply worn out after having a growth spurt.  Baby may be irritable, sluggish and hard to please.  It also works well for babies who do not gain weight and are thin and pale.  In addition, this remedy can be considered if baby is miserable while teething and the teeth are slow to come in.  I have used this remedy for my daughter when she was 10 and her canines were not coming down.  Within a couple of weeks of taking this remedy twice daily in 6C potency her teeth emerged and saved us from a visit to the oral surgeon.

Chamomilla: A baby needing this remedy is restless, impatient and angry.  If there is something baby wants he/she wants it NOW and may then reject it once you give it to him/her, making him/her very hard to please.  In addition, your baby may want to be carried all the time, crying or screaming when you try to put him/her down.  If angry, baby may hit anyone who is carrying him/her.  This remedy is also wonderful for teething babies who cry out in pain and are very irritable.  You may also notice that baby will have diarrhea during teething.  One cheek may be red and the other pale.

Lycopodium: You may consider this remedy if your baby is irritable, serious and hard to live with.  Baby will know what he/she wants and will become angry if he/she doesn’t get it.  Baby may be especially irritable right after he/she wakes up, either in the morning and/or after a nap.  Baby may sleep well at night but may cry all day long.  There may be difficulty in digesting milk/food with a lot of gas.  Can be considered as a remedy for colic.

Pulsatilla: I have found this remedy to be invaluable for my own kids.  It is wonderful for babies who are clingy and whiny.  Baby wants to be carried all of the time and loves to be cuddled.  He/she may become anxious or irritable when separated from mom.  Babies needing this remedy will become even more clingy during teething and when sick.  During illness baby may cry and cry, especially when not being held.  If baby has a cold or runny nose with green/yellow mucus this is the remedy to consider.

Rheum: This is one of the main remedies for colic.  Baby will be irritable, difficult and restless.  There will be a lot of crying, especially at night, as baby will not want to go to sleep.  A baby needing this remedy doesn’t sleep much at all.  Stools may smell sour and he/she may look pale.

Rhus Tox: Normally this remedy is not considered one of the main baby remedies but I will mention it here because of the increase in babies I have seen who have childhood eczema.  If this is the case for your baby Rhus Tox can be a lifesaver.  Our daughter’s bout with this came up when she was about 6 months old.  It seemed to appear out of nowhere one day during a bath.  A few days and a couple of doses of Rhus Tox later she was back to having her baby-soft skin and the eczema never returned.  For older babies who are starting to eat solid food, fresh pineapple can also help and the kids love it!

Stramonium: This is a main remedy for babies who are easily frightened.  It may seem as if the birth was especially difficult for baby and as if he/she has not yet recovered from it.  Baby is clingy, restless and easily scared.  One or more of the following fears may become evident:  the dark, dogs, strangers and other animals.  It may also seem as if baby has nightmares, as he/she may wake up screaming.  At times it may also seem as if he/she is screaming in her sleep from a dream.

Most remedies come in pellet form.  Older babies do well with letting the pellets dissolve in their mouths, as they taste sweet.  For younger babies, dissolve a few pellets in a small cup of water.  Once dissolved, stir well and give a teaspoon of the water to your baby.   The potency that should be used is a 6C or 30C.  Most health food stores and remedy kits contain the 30C potency.  If the symptoms are severe and/or come on very rapidly you can give one teaspoon every half hour or hour until the symptoms subside.  If symptoms are mild then one teaspoon two to three times a day is sufficient.  Always stop giving a remedy once the symptoms have improved.  If the symptoms return, continue the remedy until they are again alleviated.  If you are giving a remedy and, after six doses, there is no improvement, consider another remedy or contact a Certified Homeopathic Practitioner for assistance.

Say Goodbye to PMS and Menstrual Woes

[tweetmeme]Many women suffer from varying degrees of PMS. Homeopathy can make a positive difference. Listed below are some of the more widely used remedies.

Ambra Grisea: This remedy is used when there is bleeding between periods. Bleeding may be worse from exertion or from passing a hard stool.

Belladonna: This remedy includes severe menstrual pain, that may feel like it’s pushing down. Blood may be red or very dark red with clots. Pain may be worse on the right side around ovaries. Pain usually comes on quickly and is quite intense. Mood may include great anger and/or a short temper.

Bovista: Someone requiring this remedy may find that their period only comes on at night or is worse at night and/or upon rising in the morning. Many times, those who need this remedy find that their period nearly stops during the day. It may also be that every time the menstrual cycle begins there is a bout of diarrhea. Mood may change quickly.

Calcarea Carbonica: For this remedy to be useful one’s period usually comes on too early and will last for a long time. Flow may be heavy. PMS may include anxiety, headache and sore breasts.

China Officinalis: This remedy is used when the flow is dark red and tremors come on with menses.

Cimicifuga: Pain that is worse the heavier the flow is may lead one to this remedy. There may be severe cramping. Periods are irregular and may be suppressed by stress and/or emotions. Mood may be quick to change. There may be intense gloominess, as if nothing will go right.

Cocculus: This remedy is for weakness during menses. It may also help when the period is heavy and is made worse by walking or standing.

Cyclamen: If menses are easily suppressed from getting wet or from exertion this remedy may be of assistance. There may also be severe labor-like pain during one’s period. Menses come too early, are profuse and may be black and clotted.

Kreosotum: Menses that cease on walking may lead you to use this remedy. PMS generally includes irritability, headache and nausea.

Lachesis: This remedy, when used for PMS, centers mostly around mood. There will be great irritability. Emotions may also include increased jealousy and depression. The PMS may include a migraine or a pulsating headache that is worse on the left side. Flushes of heat are also usually present.

Lilium Tigrinum: PMS in this remedy includes great irritability. The irritability with this remedy can be so severe that everyone around feels like they need to walk on egg shells. Depression may also be present. Physically there may be a feeling of bearing down during menses that is worse while standing. The sensation may be so bad that one needs to cross her legs.

Magnesia Carbonica: For this remedy to be indicated the menstrual flow will only happen at night and will stop during the day. Menses will come on too early (every 21 days). There may be heightened anxiety during menses.

Pulsatilla: This remedy is one of the most widely used for PMS and menstrual issues. For this remedy the menses are easily suppressed. Periods are generally very short and may be irregular. The flow may be heavy one day and light the next, changing every day. There may be a headache that occurs at the last hour of the menstrual flow. PMS may include weeping, forsaken feeling and/or changeable moods. There may be great sadness and/or depression.

Sepia: As with Pulsatilla, Sepia is one of the most widely used for PMS and menstrual issues. There is great aggravation before or during menses with this remedy. Mood turns sour with great irritability. The irritability is so bad that one is disturbed for even the smallest disturbance. One may also feel disconnected and indifferent to family members during this time. There also may be depression, weeping and mental weakness. Menses may be very light and too early.

Sulphur: PMS may include anxiety when this remedy is needed. This remedy is also indicated when there is a strong desire for sweets before the period begins.

Whether it’s the emotional or the physical side of PMS and/or menstrual issues that come every month, Homeopathy is a safe and effective method of relief.

Bug Bites

[tweetmeme] If you’ve been outside anytime recently it’s more than likely you’ve been nabbed by a mosquito or another critter looking for a munch.  The itch, the sting and the welts can be part of summer.  Below are a few remedies to keep on hand for just about any type of bug bite or sting.

Ledum – This remedy is a remedy used mainly for puncture wounds, which makes it wonderful for stings and bug bites.  It’s a great remedy for spider bites, especially if there is swelling and/or inflammation.  It is also recommended for bites that become infected and are suppurating and can be helpful for mosquito bites and bee stings.  It is especially helpful for those who have an extreme reaction to mosquito bites, including great itching and swelling.

Apis – This homeopathic remedy is made from the honey bee, therefore it is the first remedy to think of if you are stung by a bee, yellow jacket or wasp.  It will lessen the pain and reduce the swelling/redness almost immediately.  It can be taken orally in pellet form and can be applied topically in a cream.  It is also extremely helpful for those that are allergic to bees.  The sting/bite itself will generally be puffy, tender, red and may burn.  Cold applications help alleviate the pain with this remedy/sting.

Silicea – This remedy can help to extract a stinger if it is lodged in the skin.

Aconite – This remedy can be used if a person becomes fearful and panicked after being stung.  If this is the case, this remedy should be used immediately after the sting.  Once the person has calmed down another remedy, more specific to the sting itself, can be used.

Hypericum – This is one of the first remedies to consider if a sting/bite occurs in a nerve-rich area of the body, such as a fingertip.  Shooting nerve pain will come from the location of the sting if this remedy is indicated.  Numbness and tingling may also be present.

Select the remedy that best matches your symptoms.  A potency of 6C, 6X, 30C or 30X can be used.  The number of times a dose should be taken depends on the severity of the sting.  The more severe the reaction to the bite/sting the more frequently a dose can be taken.  Discontinue taking the remedy once improvement occurs.  If there is no improvement after a reasonable amount of time you should select a different remedy.  If you are uncertain which remedy to use contact a Certified Homeopath for assistance.  If a severe allergic reaction occurs from a sting or bite, seek emergency medical attention.

To help keep the bugs off you in the first place, without using those chemical-ridden bug sprays, you can take a small 2 – 4 ounce glass spray bottle, mix 5 – 10 drops of Lavender essential oil, 5 – 10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil and fill the remainder of the bottle up with distilled water.  Shake vigorously until well mixed.  Spray on your skin when going outside.  Not only will it keep the bugs off of you but it smells wonderful!  If ticks are a problem in your area add a little Rose Geranium essential oil to the mix.

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