As we move through the list of the Top Ten Natural Care Products, it is important to make clear the difference between acute and chronic illness. Acute illness is an illness that is self limiting. You either get over it or you die from it. Fortunately, if we are generally healthy, we live. For most people, having an acute illness actually makes your immune system stronger. There is another option, which is that your body can’t quite shake it and you develop some type of chronic illness that is related to the acute illness. For example, getting respiratory influenza and then developing asthma as an outcome. Fortunately, homeopathy can help prevent or mitigate that situation. A chronic illness is one which goes on and on and on. The experience of a chronic illness is not to make you stronger. Rather, the outcome is the body gets weaker.
The remedies and other products included in my list are, in most cases, on the list due to their ability to handle acute situations. They may be injuries or it could be a contagious dis-ease. Most also have a long term use as well, but those uses won’t be discussed in this series of blogs.
On to the next items:
4. Bryonia 30C
Bryonia is a homeopathic remedy for pain when the pain is worse from motion and better from being stabilized with an ace bandage or a hand. You can imagine that Bryonia is an excellent remedy in the process of healing an injury. But it also is a good cough remedy, especially if you are experiencing pain with the cough, which is better when you lay on the sore spot, or put your hand on it. A lot of people think that Arnica is the remedy for over doing it when exercising, but Bryonia frequently is a better choice. Bryonia is better from heat, which is a frequent modality for overuse injuries. It is also better from being alone. The people who need it tend to be pretty irritable as well. Fear of motion due to the anticipation of potential pain is also a symptom of Bryonia.
5. Rhus Tox 30C
Rhus Tox is a homeopathic dose of Poison Ivy. It is for injuries and illnesses that are worse for first motion and better from continued motion. This is in contrast to Bryonia, which is worse from all motion, not just first motion. People who need Rhus Tox are also chilly and are better from heat, often hot water or hot compresses, as opposed to warmth. It is also a potential remedy for poison ivy, but generally you need several remedies in succession when exposed to poison ivy.
6. Ledum 30c
Ledum is a homeopathic remedy made from the plant Ledum Palustre. Ledum is useful for a number of things, but most especially, it is useful for puncture wounds. Common examples of puncture wounds include biting your tongue, Getting an insect bite (yes, an insect bite is considered a puncture wound in homeopathy!), stepping on something sharp.
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