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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

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A Remedy for Big Bang Theory’s Dr. Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon Cooper needs a remedy. Which one?

If you have never watched The Big Bang Theory, you are missing a lot of good laughs.  There’s nothing like a bunch of nerds making fun of each other.  It is on CBS on Thursday evenings and on TBS in reruns 3 or 4 nights a week.

However, if you have watched it, you are familiar with the narcissistic, manipulative, arrogant, controlling, brilliant physicist, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons.  If there was ever a character that was completely void of any ability to look at things from another person’s perspective, he is that character.

Some of his other characteristics include being way too direct, having a photographic memory, fear of germs, neat freak, zero social skills, preferring his own company to that of others, and LOVING and REQUIRING structure.  He has no tolerance for ambiguity in his day to day life.

Science is his religion, as his mother was very religious.  However, he has rejected her religious viewpoints and instead, has made science his religion.  What is very interesting about him is that he is a theoretical physicist.  One would think that someone who likes predictability as much as this character would not be comfortable in the realm of theory.  But because religion is always more ambiguous than day to day life, he is comfortable with this.  And also theorizing is one of his symptoms—not just in his job, but in his day to day existence.  He uses theories and logic to get along in life where most people know instinctively what to say and do and how to understand a social situation.

The real key to figuring out Sheldon is to figure out what it was like to be living in that house hold as a child.  His super religious mother is also his “kryptonite”.  He will do anything that she tells him.  I get the sense that she smothered him, but not in a loving, I’m-worried-you’ll-hurt-yourself sort of way.  It seemed more like Your-salvation-is-in-question-if-you-don’t-follow-the-rules type of smothering.  Sometimes we use the mother’s state to find a remedy for the child.  In his case, he is very child-like and hasn’t separated from his mother as he ought, so even though he is an adult, we can still use his mother’s symptoms.

To read more about the whole story of his character, click here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheldon_Cooper

In trying to come up with a remedy for him, there are so many symptoms, it is difficult to know where to start.  His chief complaint would be his rigidity and his difficulty assimilating socially into any group.  Some people would say he has Asberger’s although his creator says that was not part of the creation process.  But he is narcissistic, which causes his social problems.  Too absorbed in himself, not interested enough in others.

His Intelligence and theorizing is one symptom.  Another is his being too religious—his mother with what is normally considered religion and his own religion that is science.  His self-indulgent narcissism is another.  His OCD, fear of germs is his fourth symptom.  His arrogance is his fifth and is lack of interest in any sort of sexuality is the last one I would examine.

Two remedies come to mind with these symptoms:  Sulphur and Arsenicum. First, they are both minerals, which are about trying to find their place in the world, which he is.  They both cover most of his symptoms.  Intelligence is not normally seen as a hallmark of Arsenicum, although they can certainly be intelligent.  They both have the ability to theorize about everything.  The rest of the symptoms really cover both of them.  Sulphur can be very social, or be very anti-social.  Arsenicum doesn’t really have an axis of being social or not social.  They tend to be more manipulative than Sulphur.  It is usually about making sure they are safe, however. Although Arsenicum is can have concern about salvation, it is usually in line with their fears about the environment in general.  Sulphur is well known for also being religious. There are other religious remedies as well, but many tend to be chilly. While Sheldon is manipulative, it is because he wants his own way.  The childish side of him (also covered by Sulphur) is fed by that, and he uses his intellectual powers of logic to do that.  (Frankly, I wouldn’t put up with him.)  Sheldon is an attention seeker, so that people can see how smart he is.  That is a Sulphur symptom.  Finally, he also broke down and started hoarding cats after one particularly emotionally traumatizing incident.  Sulphur loves cats.

It seems like Sulphur is the answer for Sheldon, however, Sulphur tends to be much messier than Sheldon’s character is.  But you can always see the opposite symptom in any remedy state.  Also, we don’t know if he is warm or cold.  If he is warm, I’d give him Sulphur, or a Sulphur salt.  It is hard to tell which one he might need, but it could be Cuprum Sulphuricum or Kali Sulphuricum.  If, however, he is cold all the time, he may, indeed, need Arsenicum or an Arsenicum Salt.  Once again, I would consider Cuprum Arsenicosum or Kali Arsenicosum.

Interestingly, Homeopathy is of more interest and plausible to physicists than it is to Chemists or Biologists.  Some people have suggested that Homeopathy can be explained by String Theory.  So I wouldn’t be surprised to find an upcoming episode some which incorporates a discussion of Homeopathy.

Do you know anyone who is Sheldon-Like?  That is narcissistic, controlling, intelligent, with poor social skills?  He or she might not need Sulphur, but such people can definitely be helped with Homeopathy.

PS, My apologies to anyone who is offended by the comments about religion.  I am merely observing, not judging.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

Remedy of the Week #5

People who need this remedy feel cold and want warm beverages.

This week’s remedy of the week is one that has been useful the past month or so.  This remedy is good for many things, but it is particularly well known for use in Food Poisoning.  You know the feeling.  Vomiting, freezing cold, you don’t want to be left alone.

If you need this remedy, you probably are a bit anxious and restless. It may occur to you that you’ll never get well, or you may even think you’ll die.  You might WANT to die you feel so awful.

You may be wondering how this remedy has been useful in the past month or so.  Have that many people gotten food poisoning?  Is there something wrong with the local restaurants?  Not at all.  It also happens to be a really good remedy for gastroenteritis, sometimes commonly referred to as the stomach flu.  Who knows, it could be genuine influenza that is going around.  In homeopathy, we just look at the symptoms.  Diagnosis not necessary.  My colleagues and I have been using this remedy for the stomach flu that is going around.

Click here to learn what the Remedy of the Week is, and to learn how you can use this and other remedies to PREVENT getting sick.

Fear of Flying and Other Trauma in Airplanes

The vacation is over, as is the poor internet connections, which prevented me from posting as often as I had planned.

Trauma in an airplane--helped by Homeopathy

On the way home, my sons, 12 and 15, got to sit together in the very back row of the plane.  My husband and I were split apart.  My kids got to sit next to someone who normally got sick while flying.  YAY!.  Glad it was them and not me.  Apparently the poor fellow spent at least 45 minutes in the bathroom during the 2 hour flight.

Had he been fortunate enough to be sitting next to a homeopath who had her remedy kit handy in the plane (that would be me), the homeopath would have considered these remedies.

First, if the issue was related to the up and down motion of the airplane, which one can experience during turbulence, take offs and landings, I would have given him Borax.  This is a remedy that has the symptom of being worse from up and down motion.  Another remedy to consider for motion sickness is Cocculus indicus.  I believe I mentioned this as a jet lag remedy, but it is also a great remedy for motion sickness in airplanes and boats.  There are actually 61 remedies for nausea caused by motion.  Another one to consider is  Nux Vomica, a good all purpose remedy, especially for nausea from over indulgence.  So if too many drinks at the airport bar was the source of the distress–and this is not too far a stretch if the fellow was nervous about flying and wanted to calm his nerves–Nux Vomica would be the first choice.  If anxiety about potential death and chills were in the picture, try Arsenicum.  Homeopathic Tobacco, or Tabaccum, is another motion sickness remedy.  This remedy is also very chilly, but feels more distressed by the illness than by the thought of possibly dying in a plane crash. Like a child who sneaks his dad’s cigarettes, it also includes dizziness along with the nausea.

Sometimes it is hard to separate fear of flying from motion sickness.  There are many remedies for fear of flying, and it really depends on what the fear is about.  If you are certain that death is imminent, consider Aconite before the flight and during the flight.  If the fear of death includes nausea and chills, consider Arsenicum.  Argentum nitricum, common name Silver nitrate, is a remedy for fear of flying that would also include claustrophobia.  Aconite also has this symptom, but the emphasis is on death in Aconite, where as the closed in spaces would be the prominent symptom in Argentum nitricum.  Arg Nit is a warm remedy as well.

Another option is Bach Rescue Remedy prior to and during the flight.  You could also have someone familiar with Bach Flowers to mix a customized blend of Bach flowers to match your situations and symptoms.

There are many possibilities to help make your flight more enjoyable, short of drinking yourself into oblivion before and during the flight. If these options don’t help or match your symptoms, call a professional homeopath to help.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

 

What Remedy Does TV’s “Monk” Need?

TV’s Monk, the endearing, intelligent, undefeated television detective with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder could sure benefit from a good homeopathic remedy.  My kids think I spoil the show every time I say what remedy I think he needs.  So I finally decided to enter his symptoms into my repertory and confirm my suspicions.

For those of you who have never seen the show, it is playing in syndication on Ion television now, and probably others as well.  Obsessive and compelling thoughts is something that can be helped with homeopathy.

Adrian Monk has a history of anxiety that became exaggerated when his wife, Trudy, was murdered.  He is still intelligent, but nearly incapacitated with anxiety.  But for the constant companionship of Natalie, his faithful assistant, he would be.

He cannot stand to have anything out of order.  Even things that shouldn’t be in order must be lined up perfectly.  (Symptom:  Mind, Rest, Cannot Rest When Things Are Not in the Proper Place.)

He cannot stop thinking of any number of things.  This is what makes him a good detective.  He won’t let a thought go that doesn’t make sense to him.  This is really the same symptom as the previous symptom, but also the symptom Mind, Thoughts, Compelling as he is also compelled to take action on his thoughts.

Everything must have a place and everything must be in its place–again a symptom that really the same as the first symptom.  (Mind, Fastidious) (Mind, Conscientious About Trifles)

He is tight with his money.  (Mind, Avarice.)

The fact that he got much worse when his wife died, means we need to include a grief symptom.  (Mind, Ailments from Grief).

Normally we can’t just pop a bunch of symptoms together and come up with a remedy.  Most symptoms aren’t so obvious.  But Adrian Monk is really a caricature of the remedy Arsenicum.

So what would happen if he did get better?  Would he still be a good detective?  Would his attention to detail be the same as it is now?

The important thing to remember is that homeopathy doesn’t fix a personality.  It prevents your personality from getting in the way.  There are many elements of his personality that make him an amazing detective, but they also are pathological for him as well.  In the end, if his character saw a homeopath, he would be able to live his life as a detective, but not as a neurotic detective.  He would have been able to get over his grief more quickly too.

Does everyone who has a diagnosis of OCD need Arsenicum?  No, but a lot of them do.  Does everyone who needs Arsenicum have OCD? No, but a lot of them do.

My apologies to anyone who will no longer enjoy the show knowing that he could actually be healed.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

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