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Homeopathic Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Homeopathic remedies are often helpful during bladder infections (cystitis), relieving discomfort and encouraging quick recovery. Symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate with burning or stinging sensations, and sometimes aching in the bladder area. Offensive-smelling, cloudy, or discolored urine may be passed. Very uncomfortable or long-lasting urinary tract infections—especially those accompanied by fever, pain in the kidney region, or other serious symptoms—should be treated by a doctor.

Aconitum apellus: This remedy is often useful when a person feels anxious both before and during urination, with hot, scanty urine, and a burning or spasmodic feeling in the outlet of the bladder. It can also be helpful if retention of urine occurs after a person has been very cold and chilled, or after a shaking experience.

Apis mellifica: This remedy is indicated when the person frequently needs to urinate, but only small quantities are passed. Stinging and burning sensations are felt (especially with the last few drops) and the person may also experience soreness in the abdomen. Heat and touch make the symptoms worse, and cold applications, cool bathing, and open air bring relief. A lack of thirst is another indication that Apis may be needed.

Belladonna: This remedy may be beneficial if urging to urinate is frequent and intense, and the bladder feels very sensitive. A cramping or writhing sensation may be felt in the bladder area. Small amounts of highly-colored urine pass. (This remedy is sometimes helpful if a person passes small amounts of blood and no serious cause can be found on medical examination.)

Berberis vulgaris: Cystitis with twinges of cutting pain, or a burning feeling that extends to the urethra and its opening, may indicate a need for this remedy. The passage may also burn at times when no attempt at urination is being made. After emptying the bladder, the person feels as if some urine still remains inside. Urging and discomfort are often worse from walking.

Cantharis: Strong urging to urinate—with cutting pains that are felt before the urine passes, as well as during and after—may indicate a need for this remedy. Only several drops pass at a time, with a scalding sensation. The person may feel as if the bladder has not been emptied, still feeling a constant urge to urinate.

Borax: This remedy can be helpful for cystitis with smarting pain in the urinary opening and aching in the bladder, with a feeling that the urine is retained. Children may cry or shriek, afraid to urinate because they know the pain is coming. Borax is often indicated for people who are sensitive to noise and inclined toward motion sickness.

Chimaphila umbellata: If a person has a troublesome urge to urinate but has to strain (or even stand up and lean forward) to make it pass, this remedy may be useful. A scalding sensation may be felt while the urine flows, with a feeling of straining afterward.

Equisetum: If cystitis is accompanied by dull but distressing pain and a feeling of fullness in the bladder, even after urinating, this remedy may be helpful. Urging and discomfort are more intense when the bladder has recently been emptied, improving over time as the bladder become more full.

Lycopodium: This remedy may be helpful if a person has to urinate frequently during the night and passes large amounts of urine. Or the person may feel a painful urge, but has to strain to make the urine flow. Pain may be felt in the back before the urine passes. (If fever is present, the urine has a reddish color, or discomfort is felt in the kidney region, the person should see a doctor.)

Nux vomica: Irritable bladder with a constant need to urinate, passing only small amounts, suggests a need for this remedy. Burning or cramping pain may be felt in the bladder area, with an itching sensation in the urethra while the urine passes. The person may feel very irritable, impatient, and chilly. Symptoms may be relieved by hot baths or other forms of warmth.

Sarsaparilla: This remedy is often useful in cystitis and often helps when symptoms are unclear, or if other remedies have not been effective. Frequent urging is felt, with burning pain at the end of urination. Urine passes when the person is standing up, but only dribbling occurs while sitting. Flakes or sediment are sometimes seen in the urine. (Sarsaparilla is sometimes helpful when stones are forming or the kidneys are involved; however, these conditions need a doctor’s care.)

Homeopathy Medicine and Weight Loss

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

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Antimonium crudum | Irritability especially when someone warns you not to overeat because you don’t like being told what to do; nor do you like people staring at you! This remedy helps with tendency to belching, gas and diarrhea, and shows up poor digestion with a coated tongue. Like sulphur, this type has acne and pimples. They crave more of the sour and vinegary foods.

Argentum nitricum | For those addicted to sweets and chocolate. A key thing to look for is fear of heights and performance anxiety, even going into crowded rooms or narrow spaces. Very anxious types who breakdown easily from any kind of stress. This one is specific for performers of all kinds, especially singers. If you see someone reaching for that chocolate bar whenever they need comforting from too much anxiety and stress think about arg nit.

Calcarea carbonica | These folks have very very slow metabolisms, to the point of not needing to go to the bathroom that often. They have trouble controlling their appetite, maybe because they are not getting the I’m Full signal. They especially love eggs and hot foods. A worry wort with flabby, soft muscles and tendency to sweat, especially on the head at night could use calc carb. Some physical symptoms that could lead you to this remedy are the sticky glue and runny nose. When they are on a diet, they can feel lightheaded and dizzy. These pudgy kids usually have fair skin and blonde hair, and may even like to eat chalk.

Coffea cruda | As the name of the remedy suggests, these types are excitable, restless and nervous as when you drink too much coffee. Eating helps your calm down, especially when you can’t sleep from too much excitement. In terms of heat, when everyone around you thinks its a good temperature they may find themselves warm, but going outside is even worse – which is the opposite of those needing pulsatilla.

Capsicum | These overweight types are often home-sick and act lazy. Their appearance has a red face with burnings in the stomach. Yes, this is the hot pepper plant, so these folks may feel quite hot, irritable with indigestion and even depressive thoughts because they are home-sick. Inflammation is often present, including ear troubles like tinnitus and vertigo, burning hemorrhoids. You know the type who drinks and smokes, has bad odors and the typical burning like herpes outbreaks.

Ferrum phos | This is often take as a cell salt to boost the immune system from fevers. For overweight people who are oversensitive, cranky while dieting and flush easily this may be a good selection.  If you are trying to lose weight in connection with hormonal changes, such as menopause, this is a good remedy to try first.