Everyone knows the story of an elderly relative whose arthritis acts up when rain is coming. But largely, Western Medicine ignores weather as a factor in either health or illness.
In homeopathy, it is different. We are just moving out of what has been a fabulous autumn in Minnesota. Warm Days and Warm Nights. Fall is a typical month for the remedy Dulcamara, which has the symptom of being worse with Warm Days and Cool Nights. In 2010, I recommended Dulcamara many times. In 2011, where the nights didn’t cool off so much, I recommended it perhaps twice. This remedy could be used for digestive disorders, coughs, colds, any acute illness that comes on under those weather conditions.
Another important remedy to keep in mind with winter coming up is Aconite. An Aconite state produces a high fever and anxiety about their illness, being certain that they will be dying soon. The weather condition that is most likely to produce this state is cold, windy weather. I’ve seen children and adults, who are exposed to cold wind, develop a high fever and need Aconite for ear infections, bronchitis, and even pneumonia.
Anyone who lives in the Northern climate knows that the lack of sunshine can cause depression all winter long. This is sometimes known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. I call it the winter blues. Light boxes are an option and can make things better. The Homeopathic Materia Medica lists 58 remedies under the symptom, General Weather, Cloudy, Aggravates. I am fairly certain this is not an exhaustive list, however.
Change of seasons can bring up all sorts of pathology, acute or chronic. One remedy that has this symptom is Rhus Tox. It is a common remedy for injuries that are better from heat. Most of the remedies in the symptom General, Seasons, Autumn, Aggravates are remedies that are better from heat. Most of us probably also would not be surprised to find that the season that aggravates more people is Winter, followed by Summer, Spring and then Autumn. So we are in the best time of year, health wise.
So if you are dreading the approach of a new season, whether it is the season itself or just the transition to a new season, homeopathy can help you through it.