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Another Arnica Story

A well used tube of Arnica Montana 10M.

A well used tube of Arnica Montana 10M.

There are times when I feel like perhaps I extol the virtues of Arnica more than necessary.  Or perhaps, at the expense of the reputation of other homeopathic remedies.

However, I had another Arnica experience I feel compelled to share.  But it isn’t just an Arnica story.  It is a personal homeopathy story, which begins with Arnica.

I recently had a minor surgery.  Something that couldn’t be healed with homeopathy.  Before agreeing to it, I made sure there was no other way.  I had a referral from my Holistic Doc who knew that I would be concerned about the quality of the surgery.

I took Arnica after the surgery.  This not only helped with the post surgical pain, but it also helped heal the trauma from the surgery.  Two weeks later was the follow up appointment, just to make sure all was going as it should.

The appointment started out with the post surgical nurse taking my vitals.  I was informed that mine were the best vitals she would see all day. She knew this at 9:30 a.m.  Thank you homeopathy, chiropractic and a healthy diet.  She asked about pain, the recovery process, etc.  I explained that I had used only homeopathy and a few doses of Tylenol to manage the pain as the healing progressed.  The prescription for narcotics went unused and got torn up and thrown into the waste basket.  I read the doctor’s post surgery report.  “The patient handled the procedure very well,” the doctor had dictated.

When the nurse inspected the incision to see how it was healing, she commented that I didn’t even have a scab.  This was unusual.  I told her it was the Arnica.  I explained the background of Arnica, which she found fascinating.  Eventually she took my business card and was very excited.  “I’m going to tell the other nurses about this.  We are all so into natural things.”  A clinic full of surgeons is the perfect place to share Arnica.

This is a common outcome for Arnica, if not a common response.  But the more we share our homeopathy stories, the more people will want to learn more and become healthier.  By the time I left the brief appointment, the nurse knew that I wasn’t on any medications, that my vitals were good because of the choices I made in my health care.  I wasn’t just lucky nor did I just have good genes.  In the end, it saves me money to choose natural modalities like homeopathy and chiropractic and good diet, even though it may seem like it cost more to begin with.

If you have a homeopathy story, share it with me in the comment section!

Kathryn
651-748-1556
http://www.lotushomeopathy.com

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Top Ten Natural Care Products To Keep In Your Medicine Kit and Travel Bag–Part 1

Many years ago I used to teach a class on this topic, because people used to ask what remedies I would recommend that people have over all others.  A big task given there are thousands of remedies.  Over the years, I have moved on from this topic.  But recently I was reminded of it via a post on a Facebook Group.  The final list, which has evolved over the years, has more than 10.  However, Top Ten still sounds best!

This list appears in alphabetical order.

1.    Apis 30C

Apis is a homeopathic dose of bees.  If you have any allergies and you have a sudden reaction to the allergen, Apis is a good remedy to have around.  Take a 30C dose once every 5 minutes after symptoms start to appear.  If you establish a relationship with a homeopath, 200C would be a better dose to have handy.  Carbolic Acid is another option.

2.    Arnica Montana 30C and 200C

Okay.  How many of you saw this remedy coming?

Arnica Montana for Trauma

Arnica Montana for Trauma

Arnica Montana is probably the most popular and well-known homeopathic remedy.  More people have been convinced of the importance and usefulness of homeopathy by a few doses of Arnica than any other remedy.  That includes the homeopath at Lotus Homeopathy.  It is a premiere remedy for the effects of Trauma.  This could range from a bruise from bumping your hand accidentally on the edge of the kitchen table while walking by to a major car accident or a brain concussion.

Arnica montana is a mountain daisy. It hardly seems that such an innocent looking plant could possess such power. It has been used in Folk Medicine as an herbal preparation for many hundreds of years.  Like most herbs, it has a doctrine of signatures which helped our ancestors recognize how it might be useful.  Healers of earlier centuries recognized its affinity for trauma when it was observed that mountain goats and sheep would eat the Arnica plant after fighting or after falling off the rocks.  And you could use Arnica Montana 30c (or stronger) after a fight or a fall even today.

3.     Arsenicum 30C

Arsenicum is the number one remedy for food poisoning.  Not everyone needs it, but the symptoms to watch for are sick to stomach, vomiting and REALLY chilly.  If you eat out a lot, this is a remedy to have around.  The person who needs it may be worse after midnight and be anxious and restless.  It is also a good remedy for Montezuma’s revenge, which may or may not be food poisoning.

That’s all for this post.  Stay tuned for more in a day or two.

Kathryn
651-748-1556
www.lotushomeopathy.com

High Potency Homeopathy and Injuries

Soccer can bring about hamstring and other injuries.

Two of my friends were hit by a car last weekend.  One is still in the hospital.  Another friend brought them some Arnica, which is the remedy for Trauma.  It was a 1M dose of Arnica.  It helped.  But it wasn’t strong enough.

That is always the tricky thing about using homeopathy.  When do you know if it is the wrong remedy and when do you know when to go to a different potency

In the case of my friends, I knew it needed to be higher just by virtue of the incident that caused the trauma.  You can’t be hit by a car while sitting on a sidewalk café and not need 10M Arnica.

But by helping out my friends, it occurred to me that perhaps my son also needed 10M Arnica for his most recent soccer injury.  His team was playing up in a soccer tournament last weekend (They won their bracket, by the way.) so it was 12 year olds versus 13 year olds, and very big 13 year olds on the opposition Blackhawk team, I might add.  He did a slide tackle and when he stood up, he realized that he had pulled his hamstring.  He limped over to the bench, which was fortunately nearby.  The trainer came over and confirmed what had happened.

This past week, he has been icing and bathing and taking Arnica—first 200C and then 1M.  It was helping.  But I felt like it could be helping more.  I knew the friends needed 10M Arnica, so why not my son?  It was unlikely to aggravate anything.  He isn’t particularly sensitive to this remedy. There was really no reason NOT to give him the stronger dose.  So I did.

A couple hours after giving him the 10M, he said he could definitely walk better than before the 10M.  He wondered if he should have another dose before bed.  I wondered if he was feeling worse again.  He wasn’t.  So we waited.  He woke up this morning and could lift his leg like he had been unable to do since the injury.  A miraculous recovery.  In case you don’t know, a hamstring pull includes tearing of muscle fibers.  They do heal, but it can take months.  Over and over again, my clients and I have both heard stories from doctors about how miraculous it is that they recovered so quickly using Arnica. This is from surgeries and injuries. Studies bear it out as well.  So I have no reason to doubt it was the Arnica that helped.

He is ready to get back on the soccer field, but fortunately, has a couple more days to rest before practice.

I am now thinking that I am going to err on the side of high potency prescribing in the case of injuries, especially after the first day or two. Personally, I find the lower potencies (30C, 200C) help the pain more immediately, but long term healing often requires higher potencies. Arnica isn’t the only injury remedy, but it is almost always the first one.  As a practitioner, I have access to the high potencies that the average person is unable to purchase.  But let me know if you need help with an injury.  Get back on the pitch, court, or field sooner.  Try high potency homeopathy.

The “C” after the number in a homeopathic remedy means the substance has been diluted a ratio of 1:100.  The number in front of the C, as in 30C, means that it has been diluted that many times, as in 30 times for a 30C.  The M is still a C potency, but is easier to read.  1M is 1000C.  10M is 10,000C.  The higher the number, the more cycles of potentization and the stronger the remedy.  Check out www.lotushomeopathy.com for more information on homeopathy. 

Kathryn

651-748-1556

Remedies to Bring Along When You Travel

People ask all the time what remedies they should bring along on a trip.  Obviously, it depends on the time of year, where you are traveling, what you are doing, etc.

The first thing I recommend is that you buy a remedy kit for traveling.  This may or may not be the same kit you keep at home.  If you can have them hand checked, that would be best.  Many people I know replace the kits after they have been through an x-ray machine 8 – 10 times or so.  On the other hand, I have used the same kit for many years and it still works.

Ledum can help puncture wounds, such as you may get from stepping on a sea urchin barb.

Limiting it today to domestic travel, think about what could happen that would really ruin a trip.  Injuries, colds, influenza to start with.  A nice Homeopathy First Aid kit would be handy.  Arnica would naturally be a remedy I would recommend you bring on a trip.  30C and 200C at a minimum.  If you were to sprain an ankle, or sustain some other injury, it could really make a difference.

One remedy you may not think to bring is Ledum.  Ledum is a remedy for puncture wounds.  If you splash in the waves in Hawaii in your bare feet, you may step on a Sea Urchin barb.  The first thing the locals recommend for this situation is to soak your foot in your urine.  If you can’t stand the thought of that, take Ledum 30c, and ice the point of entry.  You will probably have to take several doses of Ledum.  You can take it as needed.  Another handy use for Ledum is if you bite your tongue.  People don’t think that as a particularly burdensome injury, but it can spoil your meals for a few days.  Young children in a crabby mood because they can’t eat could hamper the merriment as well.

Sunny weather often equals sunburn.  Obviously, Sunscreen is the best prevention.  But if you forget to put some one or you miss a spot, there are a few good options.  Calendula creme or ointment can help a mild sunburn applied topically as needed.  If you get a serious sunburn, Causticum or Cantharis could also help.

I recommend that my clients bring along their constitutional remedy in a 30C.  If you feel you are coming down with something, a couple doses of  30C of your constitutional remedy can help ward off a bug.  If you don’t know what your constitutional remedy is, give me a call.

I would also recommend Bryonia and Rhus Tox as well.  They are great injury remedies to follow Arnica.  Bryonia is good for injuries worse from motion.  Rhus Tox can help injuries that are worse on first motion but better on continued motion.

This won’t cover all situations that may arise, but it is a start.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

Jet Lag and Homeopathy

Homeopathy can help jet lag.

One of the worst things about travel is the Jet Lag that accompanies that.  One of the best remedies for jet lag is Cocculus indicus.  I have seen it work first hand for my husband who travels a lot for work and for my son.

Two years ago the family went on a vacation to Spain and Portugal.  After finally getting to sleep, my youngest son woke up in the morning and did not feel good.  He was nauseous and didn’t feel like eating at all.  We had a car trip scheduled from Madrid to the Algarve.  It did not look good for my son.

Cocculus is a remedy for fatigue from travels and loss of sleep.  An accompanying symptom is nausea.  Cocculus is a motion sickness and morning sickness remedy as well.  My son had all those symptoms, plus, he refused to talk.  He just wanted to sleep.

Just a few minutes before we packed everything into the car I gave him a dose of Cocculus.  Twenty minutes into the car ride, he started talking and didn’t quit for hours.  The remedy helped save the first few days of our trip.  When we arrived, he slept well.

Arnica montana also helps with jet lag and exhaustion.  If you take a dose when you arrive or when you start to feel tired, it can give you a second wind to make it until bed time in your part of the world.

If traveling for business and you find yourself thinking of business issues while not sleeping, Nux Vomica would be a good remedy to try.

Another option for dealing with Jet Lag is to use an Australian Bush Flower Travel essence.  You can either put the drops or the creme on once an hour while traveling.  My oldest son used it when he went to China with my husband.  It worked very well for him.  He used it, my husband did not (he took nothing) and he recovered from his jet much more quickly than my husband did.

For more Homeopathy and Travel tips, read the blog all week.  PS, I know this is yesterday’s post!

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

Emergency Medicine: What Homeopathy Offers–Part 1

Arnica Montana for Trauma

Earlier this week I discussed some Natural Health viewpoints of western medicine.  The view of Emergency Medicine is different.  Most Natural Health providers find ER doctors and nurses to be amazing life savers.  It takes a certain type of person to work in an Emergency Room.  You have to have a clear head and be confident in your skills.  A panicky nurse or doctor won’t be very successful working in a crisis environment.  (Remember this:   a crisis isn’t what happens, it is how you react to what happens.)

However, there are a few homeopathic remedies that should be staples in the Emergency Room that would improve outcomes for the patients.

The first remedy is, you guessed it, Arnica montana.  Arnica is a remedy with no equal when it comes to dealing with trauma such as a car accident, a broken limb, etc.  Studies have shown it to not only be effective in easing pain without the use of narcotics, but also helping people heal faster.  One study was done on Arnica and plastic surgery.  People’s perception of how quickly they healed did not show any difference between those who got Arnica and those who didn’t.  But digital photos of the patients showed a significant difference when the photos were enlarged and the pixels of the bruised skin were examined and counted.  The bruising on the Arnica patients healed more quickly. Of course, no one ever heals quickly enough when they have had cosmetic surgery.  This is not a study on a traumatic situation, but the skin was still traumatized by the surgery.

Aconite for anticipating death

Aconite should be used in all Emergency Rooms, but especially in Pediatric ER’s.  The feeling of Aconite is one of panic.  The symptom is “Can Name Their Time of Death.”  When a child goes to an ER or to have surgery, they frequently feel like they are going to die.  Even my son would need Aconite when he accidentally ate nuts or peanuts, his throat started to close, and he began to think he would die.  Within minutes, he was much better.  Because it is such an intense state, we must match the state with the potency and have high potency (1M, 10M, 50M) doses available.  Children’s hospitals have social workers, nurses and others working to calm children before they have surgery.  Think how much easier it would be to give them some Aconite so they can calm down on their own, rather than having to be talked into being calm.

There are many other emergency remedies, which we will discuss in Part 2.

There are many important elements in making the presence of remedies in the ER successful.  First, the people who would be dispensing the remedies need to be well trained.  They need to know what to look for, learn the symptoms of the remedies, what potency to give, and how often.

Second, many different potencies of the remedies would need to be made available.

Third, the ER staff would have to buy into the idea of using the remedies.  The cost savings would be significant and the outcomes improved.  That would be a place to start.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

Homeopathic Alternatives to Tylenol–Part 2

Homeopathic Alternatives for Injuries

Arnica Montana:  This is a remedy for trauma, or anything that feels like trauma.  Aches and pains associated with overuse of muscles. It may hurt to move.  It will likely feel better with ice, but may feel better with warmth. The person who needs Arnica often feels they don’t need anything.  “I’m fine,

Headers in Soccer can cause injuires

really!!”  You may find it helpful after an athletic event to help the body heal itself.  Gardening in the spring after being housebound all winter.  Tripping and falling, bruising oneself, etc.  Arnica is great post-surgery, dental extractions, etc.  Always try Arnica first unless the symptoms are drastically different from Arnica symptoms.

Bryonia:  This is a remedy for anything that feels worse from movement and better from being wrapped.  Often the next remedy after Arnica. Fear of moving may be a component.  The person may be grumpy and wish to be left alone.  The person may be very restless, but the motion makes them worse.

Rhus Tox:  This is a remedy for any injury that feels worse on first motion, better on continued motion, but eventually gets worse from motion again.  Rhus Tox is better from heat—the hotter the better. One may be reminded of arthritis with this type of pain—where someone can’t quite open the jar in the morning, but once their fingers are nimble, they can open anything, until the end of the day.  (Indeed Rhus Tox is one of many arthritis remedies.)  The person may be very restless, and the motion makes them feel better.

Bellis Perennis:  This remedy is for deep trauma and bruises:  deep muscle injuries, abdominal or pelvic trauma, surgery, etc.  Worse from warm bathing, cold drinks, becoming cold.  Better:  Cold applications to the part.  Also a remedy for injuries and inflammation of the nerves.  It is difficult to find this remedy in a store, for some reason.

Hypericum:  Injuries to nerve rich areas—fingers, tongue, genitals.  Sharp pains shoot upward from injured spot.  Great for dental work where the pain feels more neuralgic than traumatic.

Conium:  Injuries, especially to the glands, such as testicles, breasts, etc.

Lachesis:  Serious bruises with throbbing, pulsing pains.  Bruises sells and turn rapidly a dark purple or even black in color.  Worse:  Any amount of heat.  Better:  Cold.

Ruta:  Bruises to the periosteum, where the bone is close to the surface, such as the tibia, iliac crest, etc.  Also good for shin splints, where wrapping aggravates the condition.

There are many more common injury remedies.  The important thing to know is that one size doesn’t fit all in homeopathy.  You must choose the correct, or close to correct, remedy, or it won’t work.

Headaches

One common use for over the counter pain relievers is for headaches.  I often get asked what to take for a headache.  Will Arnica work? Is the most common question.  Arnica may work, if you got hit in the head with something and as a result have a headache. Nux Vomica will work if you have a headache because you had too much to drink. Belladonna will work if you have a headache from being overheated and your face is really red.

But garden variety headaches that one gets frequently or even occasionally are considered chronic conditions and a constitutional consultation with a professional homeopath is required to resolve them.

For more information on using homeopathy instead of Tylenol, please consider taking one of my classes.  Go to my website to read more about upcoming classes.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

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