Archive for October, 2011

Homeopathic Remedies For Depression

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Homeopathic remedies for depression revolves around the philosophy of homeopathy, which is an alternative approach to treating various diseases and illnesses including the many types of major forms of depression. Homeopathic remedies aims to treat a person based upon the particular signs and symptoms that they are having. It uses many different forms of herbal and natural occurring chemicals found in nature.

What sets homeopathic approach to treating depression apart from counseling, therapy, and anti-depressant medication is that it relies on the use of herbal medicine which in most cases acts as both a supplemental chemical compound and as a catalyst that helps the body to self-balance the hormones and chemical substances that are known to be associated with depression. In the cases of homeopathic remedies for depression, there is a very specific type of chemical that the body produces known as the s-adenosyl-L-methionine which doctors and researchers have identified as being one of the chemicals responsible for lowering the symptoms of depression.

Here are the most common types of homeopathic remedies for depression and the related depression symptoms that they are used for treating:

Arsenicum Alban – Unnatural feelings of inadequacy brought on by over ambitious goals and task that could not be performed to the person’s extraordinary high standards.

Aurum Metallicum/Homeopathic Gold – Insecurities, anger, and constant mood swing brought on by overwork. The individual may be considered as a workaholic.

Ignatia Amara – Excessive stomach cramps and back pains accompanied with strange random burst of laughter or crying for no logical reasons. Individuals hold in their emotions.

Natrum Carbonicum – Regressing into a state of depression by various different external stimuli such as music, movies, and literature. Will appear isolated at most times.

Natrum Muriaticum – Internal mood swings and instabilities. Individual will appear strong on the outside, but exhibit signs of major depression when they are on their own.

Calcarea carbonica – Light state of general depression. This is caused by overexerting oneself and not allowing the body to naturally fully recover. This remedy can help speed up the recovery process.

Homeopathic Remedies for Indigestion

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Indigestion and gas can be caused by poor eating habits, emotional tension, food allergies, imbalances in stomach acid or digestive enzymes, and many other causes. For moderate problems, homeopathy can offer a number of safe and gentle remedies. If discomfort is chronic and persistent or if symptoms are extreme, a doctor should be consulted.

Arsenicum album: This remedy may be indicated if a person feels anxious, restless yet exhausted, and is worse from the smell and sight of food. Burning pain is felt in the stomach and esophagus, which often is relieved by warmth and sitting up. Vomiting and diarrhea are possible. Upsets from spoiled food or from eating too much fruit often respond to this remedy.

Bryonia: When this remedy is indicated, the stomach feels heavy, with rising acid and a bitter or sour taste. Pain and nausea are worse from motion of any kind. The person may have a dry mouth and be thirsty for long drinks, which may increase discomfort. Bryonia is strongly suggested if a person is grumpy and wants to stay completely still and not be touched or talked to.

Carbo vegetabilis: Sour belching bringing only small relief, burning pain in the stomach and abdomen, and flatulence after eating may be seen when this remedy is needed. The person feels cold and faint, with a strong desire for fresh or moving air. Digestion may be slow and incomplete, with nausea or cramping.

Colocynthis: Cutting, cramping pain in the stomach and abdomen, with relief from hard pressure or from doubling over, indicates a need for this remedy. A bitter taste in the mouth, a feeling that the intestines are about to burst, or a sensation that stones are grinding together in the abdomen may be present. Indigestion may be worse when the person feels upset, especially after suppressing anger.

Lycopodium: This remedy is indicated for many digestive troubles. The person’s appetite may be ravenous, but eating even a small amount can cause a feeling of fullness and bloating. Rumbling gas may form in the abdomen, pressing upward and making breathing difficult. The person often has a strong desire for sweets, is sleepy after meals, and feels worst in the late afternoon and evening.

Natrum carbonicum: This remedy can be helpful to mild people who have trouble digesting and assimilating many foods and have to stay on restricted diets. Indigestion, heartburn, and ulcers can occur if offending foods are eaten. Milk or dairy products can lead to flatulence or sputtery diarrhea that leaves an empty feeling in the stomach. Cravings for potatoes and sweets are common; also milk, but it makes these people sick, so they have usually learned to avoid it.

Natrum phosphoricum: A sour taste in the mouth, an acid or burning sensation in the stomach, sour vomiting, regurgitated bits of food, and a yellow coating on the tongue are all indications for this remedy. The person may have problems after consuming dairy products or too much sugar. Another indication for Natrum phos is a craving for fried eggs.

Nux vomica: This remedy is often useful for indigestion, and is especially suited to those who overindulge in stimulants, food, and alcohol. Chilliness, irritability, and sensitivity to odors, sound, and light are often seen. Pain and weight can be felt in the stomach, with cramps or constricting pains. The person often feels an urge to vomit or move the bowels (which may make the person feel better, but is rarely successful).

Homeopathic Remedies For Back Pain

Monday, October 10th, 2011

In the event of an injury, there are few Homeopathic remedies which are often applicable and you can get them at your local Whole Foods or Sprouts.

Arnica – for right after a back injury from a blow or fall with swelling, bruising, and a general feeling that even the bad feels to hard to lie on.

Calcarea carbonicum – for back pain which has come from lifting, worse on the right side, with a general feeling of long term trudging and collapsing.

Rhus Tox – For pain which is stiff in the morning, better loosening up and moving around, worse from cold damp, better from heat, worse on the left side. The general feeling is being tight and stuck.

Hypericum – for a hard blow (falling on your bum) to the coccyx with servere nerve pain at the end of the spine to edge of a vertebra.

Always go to the doctor if you have sustained a sever injury or if you have any concerns about your pain.

Homeopathic Remedies For Vertigo

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Definition:
A sensation of dizziness and giddiness.

Causes:
A symptom of many diseases, including Meniere’s disease, epilepsy, anxiety neurosis as well as lesions of the vestibular pathways, cerebellum and brain-stem.

Symptoms:
A subjective sensation of rotation of the environment59.

Treatment:

Arnica montana; Baryta carbonica; Bryonia alba; Causti-cum; Cinchona (China) officinalis; Coccuius; Canium maculatum; Gelsemium sempervirens; Granatum; Phosphorus.

Arnica montana: Helpful in the early stage. Dizziness arising from sudden quick movements and postural changes, as from standing up too rapidly. Mild nausea. Better when lying quietly in a darkened room. Useful in cases of vertigo due to trauma.

Baryta carbonica: When the cause is an inadequate cerebral circulation.

Bryonia alba: Useful in Meniere’s disease, when vertigo occurs with any sudden movement, such as getting up from a chair.

Causticum: Helpful in those patients associated with ear disease and urinary disorders.

Cinchona (China) officinalis: Dizziness associated with nausea, fainting and tinnitus. Meniere’s disease. Worse with movement, draft and cold air. Cinchonism.

Cocculus indicus: Nausea, especially when riding or sitting up. Headache in occiput, worse when lying on the back of the head. Pain in the eyes with pupils contracted. Head trembles.

Conium maculatum: Vertigo when lying down or turning in bed. Worse moving the head slightly, or turning to the left.

Gelsemium sempervirens: Vertigo spreading from occiput. Heavy, dull head as if a band is tied around it. Heavy eyelids; pain in the temples extends to the ear.

Granatum: Head feels empty. Sunken eyes, pupils dilated. Persistent vertigo.

Homeopathic Remedies For Cough And Cold

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Euphrasia: If your eyes are the main focus of the cold, take Euphrasia 12x. This is for symptoms that are the opposite of those calling for Allium cepa. The nose runs a lot, especially in the morning, but without irritation. You complain of burning eyes and stinging tears, wink frequently, and wipe and rub your eyes. You also yawn a lot and prefer to be inside, away from sunlight and bright lights.

Gelsemium may help if you have chills, aching arms and legs, and fatigue, or if your throat hurts. you have heavy, droopy eyes; feel weak and tired, with aches and chills up and down your back; and want to be alone. (30x or 9c)

Ipecac is especially valuable in treating an infant’s bronchitis. Adults can use it for a deep cough that has much accumulation of mucus in the chest.

Kali bichromium is given at the later stages of a cold. It is also good for sinus headaches and blocked sinuses with nasal discharge.

Mercurius solubilis: If the cold is accompanied by a sore throat that resists treatment, take Mercurius solubilis 12x or 6c three times daily until the symptoms are resolved.

Nux vomica is indicated if you feel irritable and have a runny nose that becomes congested at night.

Pulsatilla: This remedy is often prescribed if you have a stuffy nose and thick yellow discharge. (30x or 9c). You feel worse at night, prefer to be outdoors, and want comfort and attention.

Spongia is often recommended for harsh coughs.

Ferrum phosphoricum is often taken to prevent a cold. Take one dose (6x) every morning during cold season.

Homeopathic Remedies For Hair Loss

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

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.