Archive for May, 2010

Homeopathic Remedies For Asthma

Monday, May 31st, 2010

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There are many remedies that can be effective in treating allergic reactions, depending upon the type of allergy, time and location of reaction, affinity for warmth or cold, and emotional state. If a remedy is well suited for your condition, your will experience immediate improvement or, in some cases, a healing crisis (a brief worsening of symptoms followed by improvement). If symptoms persist, however, it indicates an incorrect potency, dosage, or remedy, or perhaps deeper underlying problems. As with all medicinal substances, one should be cautious in self-prescribing homeopathic remedies and seek professional medical advice before beginning a homeopathic course of treatment. The standard recommended dose for each of the remedies is three tablets of 6C or 30C every four hours until you see improvement. Repeat dosage if symptoms reappear. Be sure to follow the directions on the product labels.* Ammonium carbobicum: Indicated for severe asthma, accompanied by exhausted breathing, shortness of breath when wheezing, bronchial constriction and congestion, difficulty in expectorating, burning in chest, cough with palpitations, slow labored breathing, bubbling sounds, lung swelling, and slimy sputum with specks of blood. Symptoms worsen around 3 a.m., on cold, cloudy days, in the damp open air, during menstruation. Symptoms improve while eating, lying on abdomen, or in dry weather.

* Aralia racemosa: Indicated for dry cough with first sleep, asthma on lying down at night, tickling in throat or sensation that something is stuck; strong, spasmodic cough, constriction of chest, whistling while breathing; frequent sneezing, hay fever accompanied by excessive water nasal discharge and salty, bitter taste in mouth. Also feel raw burning behind sternum; may become drenched with sweat during sleep. Symptoms worsen between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., after a nap, or being in a draft. Symptoms improve while lying with head high or sitting up.

* Arsenicum album: Indicated for dry cough with first sleep, asthma on lying down at night, tickling in throat or sensation that something is stuck; strong, spasmodic cough, constriction of chest, whistling while breathing; frequent sneezing, hay fever accompanied by excessive water nasal discharge and salty, bitter taste in mouth. Also feel raw burning behind sternum; may become drenched with sweat during sleep. Symptoms worsen between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., after a nap, or being in a draft. Symptoms improve while lying with head high or sitting up.

* Arsenicum album: Indicated for wheezing cough that may be alternately dry and loose; cough worsens during drinking and while lying on back, accompanied by burning in the chest, darting pain in the upper portion of the right lung, bloody sputum, and scanty, frothy expectoration. Feel very restless and anxious, chilly, need for warm water but only drinks in sips; also can’t lie down due to fear of suffocation or death. Symptoms worsen between 11:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., when consuming cold drinks, or in cold air.

Homeopathy for babies and children

Monday, May 31st, 2010

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What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on treating the individual with highly diluted substances which trigger the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient. This medical system was developed by a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, in 1796 and has been used world-wide ever since.

Nappy-rash
Calendula cream is soothing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Use preventatively and/or as a treatment. Can also be used for minor cuts or abrasions.

Bumps and bruises
Arnica 30c or Arnica cream (do not use on broken skin).

Teething
Chamomilla 30c can give swift pain relief especially when the baby is angry, inconsolable and wants to be carried.

Colic
Colocynth 30c if the baby is angry, draws its knees up from pain and is better from pressure on the abdomen (e.g. lying on their front or over your shoulder

Mag phos 30c if the baby draws its knees up and is better from warmth or gently massaging the abdomen

Chamomilla 30c if the baby is angry, inconsolable and wants to be carried. May have green diarrhoea like chopped spinach.

What to expect when seeing a homeopath
Homeopathy recognises the importance of considering the individual as a whole at any age. At a first consultation (usually lasting an hour or longer) the homeopath will ask about all aspects of your child’s health, including their medical history, diet, personality type and even any problems which developed during the pregnancy. This information will be used to select a homeopathic prescription matched to your child’s symptoms and how they experience them.

Homeopathic Remedies for Hair Loss

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

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Fluoric acid – For brittle hair that falls out in small tufts.

Lycopodium – For premature balding and graying, or hair loss after childbirth. Eczema is often behind the ears.

Kali carbonicum: For dry, thinning hair.

Kali Sulphuricum – For yellow, flaking dandruff, which may be moist or sticky. Hair may fall out, leaving bald spots. Take one tablet twice daily for maximum 2 weeks.

Natrum mur – When hair loss is accompanied by dandruff and white crusts on the scalp. Greasy around the hairline.

Phosphorus – Indicated when hair falls out in handfuls.

Phosphorum acidum: Take 1X every six to eight hours for alopecia stemming from depression.

Selenium – For hair loss on the body and scalp. The scalp feels painful when touched.

Homeopathic Remedies for Hypertension

Friday, May 28th, 2010

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Hypertension is sometimes very serious, since the risk of stroke, as well as heart and kidney problems, can increase if the blood pressure gets too high. Stressful episodes of nervousness or worry may raise the blood pressure temporarily, but long-term resting elevated blood pressure is more dangerous and should be monitored. A constitutional remedy chosen by an experienced prescriber is the most appropriate way to treat deep-seated, serious, or chronic conditions. Some remedies may be useful as first-aid in intense situations, but medical care should also be sought immediately. Remedies below have been helpful to some people with hypertension. They are mentioned here to introduce a few of the possibilities homeopathy can offer, and not as recommendations for self-treatment.

Argentum nitricum: If blood pressure rises with anxiety and nervousness, this remedy may be indicated. “Stage fright” or anticipation of a stressful event can bring on dizziness, headache, diarrhea, and a pounding pulse. People who need this remedy are typically warm-blooded, imaginative, impulsive, claustrophobic, and have strong cravings for sweets and salt.

Aurum metallicum: This remedy is sometimes indicated for serious people, focused on career and accomplishment, with blood pressure problems related to stress. Worry, depression, or anger may occur, especially when these people feel they have made a mistake or failed in some way. A general tendency to feel worse at night, and a strong desire for alcohol, sweets, bread, and pastries are other indications for Aurum.

Belladonna: This remedy is indicated when symptoms come on suddenly, with great intensity and heat. The person’s face is flushed, with dilated pupils, and pulsations and throbbing may be felt in various parts of the body. Despite the general heat, the person’s hands and feet may be cold. Vertigo and pounding headaches, worse from jarring and worse from light, may also occur.

Calcarea carbonica: This remedy is often helpful to people with high blood pressure who easily tire and have poor stamina. They are typically responsible types, who feel overwhelmed when ill and fear a breakdown. Palpitations and breathing problems can be worse from walking up a slope or stairs, and also when lying down. A general chilliness with clammy hands and feet (the feet may heat up in bed at night) and sweat on the head during sleep are other indications. The person may have cravings for sweets and eggs, and tend toward weight problems.

Glonoinum: A flushed face with a pounding headache and visible throbbing in the blood vessels of the neck may indicate a need for this remedy. The chest can feel congested or hot, with a pounding or irregular heartbeat. The person is worse from moving around, after heat and sun exposure, and after drinking alcohol. A feeling of “being lost in a familiar place” is a strong indication for this remedy.

Lachesis: A person who needs this remedy typically is intense and talkative, with inner passion and agitation that need an outlet—a “pressure-cooker.” The person may have a strong fear of disease, and feelings of suspicion, revenge, or jealousy are common. The person may also have heart or artery problems, look flushed or purplish, and feel constriction in the chest, with pulsations in many areas. Feeling worse after taking a nap or on waking in the morning, and a strong intolerance of clothing around the neck (or any kind of restriction) are other indications for Lachesis.

Natrum muriaticum: A person who needs this remedy seems reserved and responsible, but may have very strong feelings (of grief, disappointment, anger, lingering grudges, a fear of misfortune) inside. Headaches and palpitations are common, as well as a feeling of tension (even coldness) in the chest. The person feels worse from being in the sun, worse around mid-morning, and better from being alone in a quiet place. A craving for salt and strong thirst can help to confirm the choice of this remedy.

Homeopathic Remedies for Depression

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

When a person feels depressed, something needs attention. Too much stress can make it hard to cope, and important feelings may be suppressed or turned inside. A major loss or grief requires time and emotional support for real recovery—and even a buildup of minor stresses (disappointments, setbacks, trouble in relationships, or work-related problems) can contribute to depression. Dietary deficiencies, allergies and sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, or biochemical conditions may also be involved. A person going through a period of mild sadness or depression may find relief through homeopathy. The guidance of an experienced homeopath is often valuable, to choose a remedy that fits the situation best. Any person with deep, long-lasting, or recurring depression should seek the care of a licensed mental health professional.

Arsenicum album: Anxious, insecure, and perfectionistic people who need this remedy may set high standards for themselves and others and become depressed if their expectations are not met. Worry about material security sometimes borders on despair. When feeling ill, these people can be demanding and dependent, even suspicious of others, fearing their condition could be serious.

Aurum metallicum: This remedy can be helpful to serious people, strongly focused on work and achievement, who become depressed if they feel they have failed in some way. Discouragement, self-reproach, humiliation, and anger can lead to feelings of emptiness and worthlessness. The person may feel worse at night, with nightmares or insomnia.

Calcarea carbonica: A dependable, industrious person who becomes overwhelmed from too much worry, work, or physical illness may benefit from this remedy. Anxiety, fatigue, confusion, discouragement, self-pity, and a dread of disaster may develop. A person who needs this remedy often feels chilly and sluggish and easily tires on exertion.

Causticum: A person who feels depressed because of grief and loss (either recent or over time) may benefit from this remedy. Frequent crying or a feeling of mental dullness and forgetfulness (with anxious checking to see if the door is locked, if the stove is off, etc.) are other indications. People who need this remedy are often deeply sympathetic toward others and, having a strong sense of justice, can be deeply discouraged or angry about the world.

Cimicifuga: A person who needs this remedy can be energetic and talkative when feeling well, but upset and gloomy when depressed—with exaggerated fears (of insanity, of being attacked, of disaster). Painful menstrual periods and headaches that involve the neck are often seen when this remedy is needed.

Ignatia amara: Sensitive people who suffer grief or disappointment and try to keep the hurt inside may benefit from this remedy. Wanting not to cry or appear too vulnerable to others, they may seem guarded, defensive, and moody. They may also burst out laughing, or into tears, for no apparent reason. A feeling of a lump in the throat and heaviness in the chest with frequent sighing or yawning are strong indications for Ignatia. Insomnia (or excessive sleeping), headaches, and cramping pains in the abdomen and back are also often seen.

Kali phosphoricum: If a person feels depressed after working too hard, being physically ill, or going through prolonged emotional stress or excitement, this remedy can be helpful. Exhausted, nervous, and jumpy, they may have difficulty working or concentrating—and become discouraged and lose confidence. Headaches from mental effort, easy perspiration, sensitivity to cold, anemia, insomnia, and indigestion are often seen when this remedy is needed.

Homeopathy to Control Diabetes

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

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Before using homeopathy to treat diabetes, understand the system of homeopathy. Homeopathy is not the simple use of medication for treating a disease; rather it targeting the symptoms of the disease for treatment. Homeopathic medicines usually stimulate the body to create its own natural healing capacity. That is why before any treatment is instigated, the symptoms should be clearly understood. The symptoms of the disease change from individual to individual and the dosage and combination of medicines have to be altered to treat the symptoms in the most effective manner. Consult your physician before opting to use alternative medicines.

Phosphoric Acid and Phosphorus
Phosphoric acid helps alleviate symptoms of stress and nerves. Diabetes.org suggests that long-term stress can be a cause of “long term high blood glucose levels.” The symptoms include anxiety and grief and the urine contains too much sugar. It’s the first stage of diabetes and the individual may continuously pass colorless urine. Taking the combination Natrum sulphuricum will alleviate symptoms that are associated with diabetes, including dry mouth, while arsenicum helps in diabetic gangrene. Natrum sulphuricum usually helps in tissue problems related to diabetes and alleviates itching.

Bryonia


The most common symptom of the initial stages of diabetes is dry mouth that is helped by Bryonia. Thirst is reduced, as is the appetite, and the patient usually becomes lethargic. The use of Argentum metallicum helps in diuresis (increased formation of urine) usually caused in diabetes insipidus (abnormal state of water retention due to hormones and other external factors).

Homeopathic Remedies And Toothache

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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Homeopathic treatment is gradually turning into preferred treatment for thousands of people because there are no side effects associated with this treatment. Homeopathy has treatment for practically any health-related problems that at times conventional healthcare practitioners cannot resolve.

Here are some homeopathic remedies for toothaches for those people who hate going to dentists!

  • Mercurius: This remedy is most commonly prescribed for toothache. It helps to treat throbbing aches that occur due to inflamed dentine and/or the socket. This homeopathic remedy is prescribed primarily for toothaches that get worse at night and in damp weather. It is also prescribed for ulcers on the tooth of the teeth, swollen and retracted gums and pain in hollow teeth.
  • Chamomilla: It is perfect homeopathic remedy for severe toothache affecting the entire row of teeth, where the pain tends to radiate to the ears. It is especially ideal for toothaches that are worse after eating and drinking warm food and beverages.
  • Coffea: Is prescribed for most severe toothaches where a person is unable to chew, drink anything warm and only gets relief when holding cold water in the mouth.
  • Plantago major: Is the homeopathic remedy prescribed for toothaches where the teeth feel elongated and sore, and sensitive. This remedy is highly effective for aches that get worse when lying on the affected side.
  • Silicea: Is prescribed for abscess of the root and dental fistula. This remedy can give relief for those who suffer extreme pain and are unable to sleep at night due to it.
  • Calcarea fluorica: Is just perfect for toothache brought on by tooth decay. It also helps those who are suffering from flaking tooth enamel.

Homeopathic Remedies For Sinus Problems

Monday, May 24th, 2010

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Homeopathic remedies are available to those who suffer from acute sinus problems. In recent surveys it has been proven that sinus problems are actually the most common form of illness within the United States today. There are about thirty three million citizens affected by it each year. It is caused by a reddened inflammation surrounding your sinus bones. This can also cause allergies. However, it is most commonly blamed for causing three types of sinus problems: acute, chronic and reoccurring.

Why Homeopathic Remedies Are Needed For Sinus Problems

Some sinus infections can be dangerous in that they are chronic and last up to twelve weeks. Others last for only four weeks. There are also reoccurring sinus infections that keep returning even after the conventional treatment has ended. This is where homeopathic remedies have proven themselves very successful in curing sinus problems. Homeopathic remedies for sinus problems include treatment through natural substances like plants and animal materials.

The Different Homeopathic Remedies For Sinus Problems

Each sinus treatment involves different techniques for treating this ailment. However, homeopathic remedies are generally dependent upon your physical condition as well as upon your disease. You should know that homeopathic remedies do better at curing acute sinus problems instead of chronic ones.

Since most sinus problems are related to your ear, nose and throat, it is important to enhance your resistance power. This is where homeopathic healing works to prevent bacterium, allergies and infections. These homeopathic remedies are completely safe because they are naturally made by diluting substances. Some of the most popular homoeopathic remedies that are used for treating sinus problems include: Kali. Bichom, Hepar sulph, Merc sol, Kali carb, Gelsimium, Teucrium and Silicea 200C.

Homeopathic Remedies for Rashes

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

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Rashes are often caused by contact with an irritating substance (oil from poison oak or ivy plants, ingredients in cleaning products and cosmetics, chemicals in swimming pools or hot tubs, pollutants in the air and water, etc.). Some have viral causes (such as roseola, rubella, measles), and others appear for no apparent reason. If possible, the cause of a rash should be determined and removed. Homeopathic remedies can be useful in many cases, to soothe the itching, inflammation, and discomfort.

Anacardium orientale: This remedy is often helpful for rashes that come from poison oak, or other kinds of contact dermatitis. An intensely itching rash with swelling and fluid-filled blisters may appear. Itching is worse from applying heat or contact with hot water.

Apis: When a rash is the result of an allergic reaction and takes the form of hives, or if a rash is very pink and swollen with burning or stinging pain, this remedy may be useful. Discomfort and swelling are relieved by cold applications.

Belladonna: This remedy is useful for conditions with sudden onset that are hot, bright red, and throbbing. Rash may be accompanied by fever.

Bryonia: A bumpy, hot, and dry rash may respond to this remedy. Discomfort may be worse from heat and touch, although applying pressure or lying on the affected side often soothes the itching. If illness accompanies the rash, the person wants to lie completely still and be left alone.

Graphites: Rashes with eruptions that ooze a sticky golden fluid, then crust over, may be relieved with this remedy. Itching is worse from warmth and worse at night.

Ledum palustre: This remedy is indicated for a puffy and swollen rash. Both the swelling and the itching are relieved by cold applications.

Natrum muriaticum: This remedy is often helpful to people with chronic rashes at the margin of the scalp or in the bends of the knees and elbows. The skin is oily in most areas, but the rash looks dry and scaly. Itching is often worse from physical exertion and the person may feel worse from being in the sun. Natrum muriaticum can also help if hives break out during emotional stress, especially grief or romantic disappointment. A person who needs this remedy often has a tendency toward herpes.

Rhus toxicodendron: A blistery rash that burns and itches intensely, and is much improved by applying heat or bathing in hot water, may be relieved by this remedy. The person usually is very restless, wanting to pace or constantly move around.

Sepia: Dry skin with a scaly reddish or brownish rash suggests a need for this remedy. The person may be chilly and better from keeping warm—but getting too warm under covers or clothing, and especially sweating, makes the itching worse.

Sulphur: Red, irritated, itchy, burning rashes that are aggravated by heat and washing may respond to this remedy. The touch of clothing, especially wool, can cause a rash or make it worse. Scratching seems irresistible, but disrupts and irritates the skin. Eruptions may be dry and scaly, or moist and infection-prone.

Urtica urens: Eruptions that resemble nettle-rash, with blotches that sting and burn intensely, may be soothed by this remedy. Scratching makes the symptoms worse. Applying cold or water may aggravate the condition. Rashes that come out from eating shellfish, from being overheated, or along with rheumatism often bring this remedy to mind.

Homeopathic Remedies For Wisdom Teath

Friday, May 21st, 2010

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Although most physicians reject homeopathy, they readily embrace a similar approach in their use of vaccines, which operate on similar “like cures like” principles.

Scientific evidence that homeopathy works is mixed, but this does not deter practitioners or their patients who insist that their own experiences and those of countless others is proof enough. Part of the difficulty, says Darin Ingels, a naturopath with New England Family Health Associates in Southport, Connecticut, is that homeopathic treatments are so highly individualized that their effectiveness cannot be established in clinical research settings that, by their very nature, seek to eliminate the influence of individuality.

The most recent research, conducted by the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital in England, was not encouraging. Reported by BMJ on February 8, 2003, the study found arnica no more effective than placebos in preventing pain and bruising after carpal tunnel surgery. But this finding, advocates say, proves nothing. “In some cases, it works in some people, and in some cases, it doesn’t,” Ingels says.

Critics who cannot explain such results often respond with ridicule. John Stossel, in an ABC News “Commentary” on January 30, 2004, for example, linked homeopathy with “paranormal or supernatural phenomenon,” like astral projection or talking to dead people. “It’s nonsense. Total nonsense. It’s mythology,” the Amazing Randi told Stossel, who reports that the magician-turned-professional-debunker is offering $1,000,000 to anyone who can prove that homeopathy works.

In fairness to skeptics, homeopathy’s reliance on dosages that are highly diluted can be difficult to fathom. Many homeopathic medicines “are diluted to such a degree that not even a single molecule of the original solute is likely to be present,” BMJ reports. “Many scientists suggest that the clinical effects of homeopathic medicine are solely due to the placebo effect. However, there have been rigorous, replicated, double-blind, randomized trials showing significant differences between homeopathic and placebo tablets.” Skeptics claim “that there must be another explanation, such as methodological bias, for the results.” Others “argue that homeopathic medicines must work by some as yet undefined biophysical mechanism.”