Archive for March, 2010

How long does a homeopathic remedy take to work?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

People respond differently to homeopathic medicines based on individual emotional and physical states. While some individuals show an immediate improvement which increases over time, others will see results over a few weeks with regular use.

Homeopathic remedies work from the inside out, often causing you to feel more positive, with more energy, in the first instance. Outer symptoms such as skin conditions are often the last to clear. Sometimes patience is called for – as balance is slowly restored, symptoms will improve.

Are homeopathic remedies safe?

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Yes. Like conventional medicine, homeopathy uses a wide variety of ingredients of herbal, mineral, or animal origin. As is the case with conventional medicine, some of these ingredients may be also toxic in large amounts. However, due to the unique and specialized manufacturing methods used in homeopathy, no molecular traces of the original raw ingredients are left in the final product. This makes homeopathy extremely safe.

All Native Remedies homeopathic products are manufactured in FDA and GMP registered pharmaceutical facilities under the supervision of qualified homeopaths and responsible pharmacists. Individual ingredients are listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS).

Most homeopathic remedies can be safely used alongside most conventional medicines, and unless otherwise noted, are safe for people of all ages, including pregnant women or nursing mothers.

Homeopathic Medicine for Coughing

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Homeopathic medicine for coughing may treat the causes of coughs, such as the common cold, respiratory infections, allergies, and viral or bacterial infections. The ingredients for homeopathic medicine may include herbs, teas, supplements and vitamins. Some ingredients used in homeopathic medicines may be available locally in markets or health stores, although some less common items may require ordering through a catalog or online.
 

Teas
Teas made from fresh herbs or from commercially-produced tea bags, along with added lemon and honey, may relieve coughs from the common cold.
 

Lozenges
Lozenges containing zinc or wintergreen may numb the throat and reduce tingling and tickling caused by dry coughs.
 

Herbs
Herbs such as chamomile, eucalyptus, and licorice root may be available as supplements or brewed into a tea and may reduce coughing or sore throats, according to the Mayo Clinic.
 

Salt Water
Gargling with a solution of half of a teaspoon of table salt mixed into an 8-ounce glass of water may loosen mucus to reduce coughing.
 

Probiotics
Probiotics, such as natural cultures found in yogurt, may reduce coughing and other symptoms caused by allergies, according to the Mayo Clinic.
 

Sinus Rinses
Coughs caused by allergies may be relieved by sinus rinses with a saline solution that use either a neti pot or a squeeze bottle to shoot a stream of solution through the nasal passages to loosen mucus.
 

Steam
Breathing in the steam from a hot bowl of water, a warm shower or a humidifier may relax the chest and loosen mucus that causes coughing.

What Is Homeopathy.?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Overview:

Homeopathy is a system of medical practice based on the principle that diseases can be cured by drugs that produce the same effects as the symptoms (causes) of the disease. They essentially work in the same way as vaccines do in preventing infection and illness.

Description:

The homeopathic doctrine was first formulated by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. Homeopaths also believe that small doses of a drug are more successful than large doses. The American Institute of Homeopathy was founded in 1844.

Homeopathic medicine had its greatest popularity in the late 19th century here in the United States, when 15% of the doctors in this country were homeopaths. However, with the advent of modern medicine, homeopathy began to look old and stodgy and its popularity took a nosedive.

However, since 1980 homeopathy has seen a resurgence of interest in the United States and the U.K.; homeopathic books can be found in many bookstores and homeopathic physicians in most towns and cities.

Homeopathy always examines the patient’s mental make-up in all cases and remedies are given acting at the level of mind and body together, thus eradicating the disease. This medical system tackles the mind-body disorders with definite therapeutic agents. Homeopathic remedies are capable of influencing the state of mind. By relieving such motions, homeopathic remedies bring about harmonious state of health. Thus Homeopathy demonstrates the possibility of the highest goal of medicine, the therapy for the person rather than for the disease alone. Homeopathic remedies can cure mental and emotional disturbed states.

Homopathic practitioners believe in the holistic medical model, which states that an illness is specific to the individual. Hering’s Laws of Cure were developed by Dr. Constantine Hering, who stated that healing progresses from the deepest part of the body to the extremities (arms and legs); from the emotional and mental aspects to the physical; and from the upper part of the body (head, neck, ears, throat) to the lower parts of the body (fingers, abdomen, legs, feet). His laws also state that healing progresses in reverse chronological, from the most recent ailments to the oldest. The body attempts to heal its most recent (acute) injuries or disorders before it tackles older, chronic conditions.

What can Homeopathy do?

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Homeopathy boasts of tremendous powers as a system of medicine.

Especially in case of chronic, long standing and recurring diseases like allergies, bronchitis, Chron’s diseases, …..Psoriasis, Rheumatism, Sinusitis, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Ulcerative Colitis, Vitiligo, etc, homeopathy offers results which can change the life of patients.

In the cases of allergic diseases like Asthma, urticaria, and the like, it can enhance body’s immune mechanism is such as way that the body no more reacts in abnormal way by producing constricted bronchial tubes, abnormal release of histamine, spasm, inflammation, etc.

In cases of ulcerative diseases (like Ulcerative colitis), it leads the immune mechanism to enhance ulcer healing mechanism.

In cases of chronic infections (e.g. Hepatitis C ) it reduces the count and activities of viral.

This goes true for most chronic diseases.

How does Homeopathy work?

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

There are theories on how exactly homeopathic medicine works. As supported in major clinical trials and in practice, it is believed to be working by stimulating body’s own healing mechanisms.

For example, in case of diseases which are caused by infection, it seems to be working by stimulating the production of antibodies, defense blood cells, etc.

In cases of immune diseases, it seems to be working by correcting the immune mechanism.

In case of painful conditions, by activating body’s anti-pain mechanisms.

Similarly, its action must be on the lines of being antispasmodic, anti-allergic, immuno-modulatory, anti-inflammatory, hormone stimulatory, anti-carcinogenic, etc.

Large scale studies alone will allow full exploration of this young science.

Homeopathy can prevent, cure swine flu

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Homeopathy can both prevent and cure swine flu, sans any side effects, say doctors who practise this alternative medicine system in India where over 700 people have been diagnosed with the disease.

Amid panic over the spread of influenza A (H1N1) virus, homeopaths are now drafting a proposal for the health ministry to offer their services in tackling the crisis.

“Based on the symptoms, homeopathy can offer an effective cure to swine flu. Moreover, it does not have any side effects,” says Harcharanjeet Kaur, a homeopath at Baksons homeopathy clinic.

Well-known Delhi-based homeopath Mukesh Batra cited the instance of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 in which more than 50 million people were killed worldwide. He said the mortality rate of people given allopathic treatment was 28.2 percent, while those given homeopathic treatment was 1.05 percent at that time.

“Gelsemium and Bryonia were the two homeopathic remedies that proved to be effective against the H1N1 strain back then. These could be of great use even today,” Batra said.

Explaining the way homeopathy works, Jaipur-based homeopath Manish Bhatia said this form of medicine works on the basis of symptoms and not the disease.

“In homeopathy, there is a concept called Genus epidemicus. This means if there is an epidemic and you take the symptoms of say 15 ailing people of an area, you will notice a common trend. Based on that you give medication – for the symptoms. This same medication then, if given to people of that area, can act as a preventive medicine,” Bhatia said phone.

Besides symptoms like running nose, fever, sneezing and dullness that are the same for common flu and swine flu patients, those suffering from the latter may also have gastric problems like nausea and vomiting, Bhatia said.

“Based on the symptoms, there may be different curative medications for different cases of swine flu. One or two of these medications will be used more frequently than the others and this can then be given to others as preventive medication,” Bhatia said.

So why WHO (the World Health Organisation) or the health ministry has not taken homeopathy’s help in tackling the H1N1 outbreak?

“WHO relies on statistical data before advising governments on tackling a disease. And there is no study on the effectiveness of homeopathy to prevent or cure swine flu. Therefore it cannot recommend homeopathy,” Bhatia said.

“Having said that, a group of homeopathy doctors are drafting a proposal to the government to offer their services to help in dealing with swine flu cases,” Bhatia said.

“In Brazil, the homeopathic doctors’ community has collected data on the symptoms of swine flu and homeopathic treatments for symptoms and are spreading the word on its effectiveness through internet,” he added.

Anwar Amir, secretary general of the homeopathy post graduate association in Maharashtra, said he has written to the union health ministry and the state government’s health department offering their services to deal with the swine flu crisis.

More than 616 people have been detected with H1N1 virus so far in India, of which 487 have been discharged. The disease has claimed one life in India.

People however should not panic. The chances of dying of swine flu are just as low as dying of common flu, homeopathic doctors said unanimously.

What is homeopathy?

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Homeopathy is a branch of medicine originated in Germany in 1794, which is based on the principle of The Law of Similars. In a way, it is an advanced form of vaccination; whereby a substance which is capable of producing a disease like state is administered to the patient, but in a very minute dose, to cure the similar disease.

Homeopathy works much beyond vaccination. Here, the dose administered is unbelievably miniscule, which renders if absolutely harmless yet very powerful.

Contrary to the conventional medicine, the action of homeopathy is much safer, deeper acting, somewhat slower, and results much longer lasting by energizing the body’s curative powers.

Homeopathy is amongst the youngest and latest medicines calling for more research and promotion.

Hair Care Tips

Friday, March 19th, 2010

:: Avoid combing hair with fine-toothed combs when wet, since this is a common cause of breakage. The stress on the hair shaft is immense when the hair is wet because it is weakened.

:: Remember, over-combing or over-brushing generally will cause damage to the hair, which is quite contrary to the old 100-stroke brushing rule.

:: Brushing the hair before washing can loosen up flakes of sebum and dead skin buildup and make it easier to clean the scalp thoroughly during shampooing.

:: Excessive shampooing can strip vital minerals like calcium, phosphorus, nitrogen and iron from the hair.

:: Choose a shampoo with a proper pH level (pH level of 5.5 is ideal)

:: After washing hair, dry it by blotting the hair with a towel. Avoid rubbing, especially with terrycloth towels, as this will pull hair when it is in a weakened state, due to the wetness.

:: Excessive coloring, styling or heat treatments, and chemical treatments can damage hair and cause breakage even when directions are followed.

:: Another styling caution is against the overuse of hairstyles that pull the hair too tight, such as ponytails and braids, which will cause hair loss especially along the sides of the scalp. This syndrome is called traction alopecia.

Homeopathic Medicine for High Blood

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Homeopathic medicine may lower blood pressure without as many side effects as prescription medications. Many types of homeopathic medicine for lowering high blood pressure include changing personal behaviors and maintaining those changes to be effective at lowering blood pressure to a healthy level. People who are considering using homeopathic medicine for lowering blood pressure should first talk to their doctors, since some methods may be contraindicated with other medical treatments or medications.
 

Function
The function of homeopathic medicine for high blood pressure is to avoid medications that may have serious side effects, to lessen the cost of prescription blood pressure drugs and to improve overall health.
 

Types
According to the Mayo Clinic, nutrition is the most effective homeopathic medicine for lowering high blood pressure when it includes a low-salt and low-fat diet, eliminating alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, and drinking at least 64 oz. of water daily.
 

Types
According to the Cleveland Clinic, alternative medicine for lowering high blood pressure such as practicing daily breathing techniques and acupuncture has been adapted for Western use from Eastern cultures (see Resources below).
 

Types
According to the Cleveland Clinic, homeopathic remedies that include physical activity such as yoga, tai chi, qigong, stretching and moderate aerobic exercise can work as effectively as prescription blood pressure drugs.
 

Types
Homeopathic medicine for high blood pressure may include herbs and supplements such as coenzyme Q10, omega-3 fatty acids, L-arginine and L-taurine that have effects on blood vessels similar to blood pressure medications.
 

Benefits
Herbs and supplements are available in over-the-counter in health stores. Acupuncture and breathing techniques may decrease stress and lead to a lower blood pressure.
 

Warning
Supplements and herbs in health stores may not be clearly labeled for dosage or the proper way to use them. Homeopathic medicine for lowering high blood pressure should not be used instead of a doctor’s advice or in place of blood pressure drugs prescribed by a doctor.