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The Truth About Homeopathy, Part 1

 

This is a multi-part series about the Truth About Homeopathy, spiritual and practical.  This series sprung from questions asked by others and dreams and thoughts that have appeared in my head in the early morning hours, before the hustle and bustle of the day has had a chance to obscure my the workings of my mind.

I awakened one morning with two distinct ideas in my head.  They weren’t dreams.  They were born of lucid thinking.

“Second-hand thoughts.” The phrase ran through my mind repeatedly.

Accompanying this thought was an image of a gardening truck full of people, men really, coming to my yard in the dark of night to plant my garden.  They had shovels and dirt and seeds and plants.  Why were they coming in the dark of night? Why was someone else planting my garden?

Were these people arriving in the middle of the night with shovels and dirt and a gardening truck planning to plant ideas into my head during the wee morning hours.  Or during my sleep hours?  Am I allowing someone else to plant my garden, or am I planting it myself?  What am I planting in my garden?  Rich, luscious vegetables and fruits that will nourish the body?  Sustenance free from toxic substances that will poison the body?  Or am I allowing weeds to grow and take over that which is good for me, not allowing it to thrive and see the sunlight?  Are toxic delusions seeping into the soil, causing whatever grows there to be harmful rather than helpful?

The gardeners who come in the dead of night to dig around and put things in the ground to sprout and grow roots may look like they are taking care of me.  That they are giving life.  But are they really?  Are they taking their plants and planting them in my garden?  Is this life giving botany or is it a weed, ready to take over that which gives life?  Is the truth about life that it is a weed?  Or is the truth about the life sustaining, nourishing?  Which am I living?

Are second hand thoughts also second hand truths?

Am I borrowing these truths from someone else?

Where do I find my own truth?

Were the gardeners planting Second Hand Thoughts?


What does homeopathy have to do with the truth and second hand thoughts?

Everything.

We cannot find the truth in a patient with second hand thoughts—that is, my thoughts about the patient or another’s thoughts about the patient.  How can I help those who come into my practice to find their own truth?  What questions can I ask?  How shall I ask those questions?

Homeopathy is a way of finding the truth about an individual, ourselves or another, reflected in nature.  A very specific piece of nature for each person.  It is also necessary to find the untruths that are mistakenly believed by the person in front of me as a homeopath. The second hand thoughts that they believe due to some freak occurrence, or perhaps something someone told them in a moment of cruelty.  Some people are simply born believing things about themselves which are not true.  I’m no good, I can’t live up to expectations, everything I do is wrong, no one loves me.

Every form of spirituality makes use of the concept of a mirror to display the truth.

In the Gosho by Nichiren “On Attaining Buddhahood”

It is the same with a Buddha and an ordinary being. When deluded, one is called an ordinary being, but when enlightened, one is called a Buddha. This is similar to a tarnished mirror that will shine like a jewel when polished. A mind now clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished, it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality. Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night.

Also in First Corinthians 13:12

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then I shall know even also as I am known. KJV

Homeopathy and Mirrors

lion-in-mirror2In Homeopathy, the remedy is the mirror.  It isn’t you exactly.  It is a reflection of you.  It is similar to you.  Just like a map isn’t the road, the remedy isn’t you.  It is a representation of you.  A remedy often polishes the mirror of one who takes it.  They see a part of themselves that they hadn’t seen before.  This is true whether the remedy is the “similimum” or not.  A remedy will only allow you to see that which is true for you.  It is a vital piece of the picture of the remedy which holds more of the truth than the previous one did.

When we look in the mirror as we ready ourselves for the day, what is reflected back at us is a message of what we need to adjust.  The tie gets straightened, the shirt gets changed, the hair gets combed, the buttons get buttoned properly.  But do we always notice the deeper lessons that can be gained by looking in a mirror?  Am I haggard looking?  Is that a new wrinkle?  Is the energy reflected in the mirror one of health or dis-ease?

This is true of a remedy as well.  Any remedy we take offers us a reflection.  Are we open to noticing what that reflection is telling us?  Is there just a change in our digestion, or are we ridding our body of “shit” that no longer serves our purposes, untruths about ourselves that no longer serve us.  Perhaps we are we eliminating those second hand thoughts that really belong to someone else.  They aren’t true about us.

A homeopathic remedy is a lesson to the body, a reminder, of how to heal oneself, to help you find your truth, not someone else’s idea of who you are.  You get to plant your own garden of healthy seeds.  You will not allow someone to come into your mind in the dark of night to sow seeds of untruth, second hand thoughts, which don’t nourish the soul.

According to Dictionary.com, Remedy means:

Something that cures or relieves a disease or bodily disorder; a healing medicine, application, or treatment.

OR

Something that corrects or removes an evil of any kind.

To remedy something means:

To restore to the natural or proper condition; to put right.

Are you ready to learn the truth?  Will you take the remedy?  Will you remedy your life?

Kathryn
651-748-1556
www.lotushomeopathy.com

 

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

The Twelve Days of Christmas song—it seems you either love it or you hate it.

Now that the Twelve Days of Christmas are upon us (from Christmas to Epiphany), it seems timely to ask:  Have you noticed how many birds are gifted in that song?

  • Seven Swans a swimming
  • Six Geese a laying
  • Four colly Birds
  • Three French Hens
  • Two Turtle Doves
  • And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

Half the days’ gifts are birds.

What Does This Have To Do With Homeopathy?

12-days-of-christmasThere are homeopathic remedies made from many of these birds—usually their feathers or shells.  Sometimes the blood.  There is even a remedy from seabird excrement.

Maybe you need a bird remedy.  If some of the following symptoms fit you, you may want to consider getting a homeopathic consultation to find which feathered creature fits you.

Freedom and Independence:  The desire and urge to travel are a strong part of people who need bird remedies.

Intuition and Spirituality:  Their thoughts originate from a deeper level of wisdom.  They have a sense of inner clarity.

Perfectionism:  The urge to do everything right rather than true conscientiousness.

Relationships:  People who need bird remedies are connected through their feelings.  They are by nature family-oriented, caring, and helpful.  They have a protective instinct.  If the birds live in a flock, they tend to care more about the group or society, whereas birds that tend to be loners are more concerned about individual relationships.

Physical Symptoms:  Oversensitive to noises, inner restlessness, aimless agitation and irritability, eating too much or not enough (the expression “eating like a bird” comes to mind).  They have sharp, stabbing pains.

They have headaches, pressure on the cheekbones or jaws, and many teeth symptoms.  Eyes are dry and can have blurred and fuzzy visions and fear of becoming blind.  Their nose may be blocked, sneezing, hay fever, dryness like the eyes.

People who need bird remedies often find a sensation of their throat being blocked, especially in remedies from birds that eat their food whole.  A lump sensation is also common, as if something was stuck in the throat.  Think about birds that have long narrow necks.

In women, their periods are especially painful.

In the chest, they have a difficulty inhaling deeply enough.

In the back, they have tension and stiffness in the neck, upper back or dorsal area.

The limbs have numbness, tingling, weakness, especially in lower limbs.  They tend to be clumsy, exhibited by dropping things, stumbling, knocking into furniture.

Remedies Made From The Six Birds of the Twelve Days of Christmas:

sevenswansaswimmingSeven Swans a Swimming:  There are at least two remedies made from swan.  The most well known is Cygnus Cygnus, a whooper swan.  This remedy is well known for experiencing deep grief over the loss of a loved one.  It could be death or it could be a break up.   If you have seen the movie The Notebook, think about the main character

Six Geese a Laying:  The most well known of the goose remedies is Branta Canadensis, or the Canada Goose.  This remedy was proven by the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy, in Minnesota.  This remedy notable for its hypervigilance, need for neatness and order, and self-righteous intolerance of contradiction, incompetence and injustice.  They are mentally scattered, their physical symptoms are ameliorated by being outdoors, and they are very sensitive to noise.  Physically, some of their symptoms include headaches, canker sores, and a number of skin symptoms usually accompanied by itching.

Four Colly Birds:  Although I grew up thinking it was “Calling Birds”, the correct word is “Colly” birds. According to every source on the internet, this is another word for Blackbirds.  There is a remedy made from European blackbird feathers.  It is called Turdus merula.  Unfortunately I cannot find out anything about the remedy.  There are, however, remedies from Crows and Ravens.

dji_12-days_3-frenchhensThree French Hens:  This is a bird called Poulet de Bresse.  It is carefully raised in a small area of France and is well known for its blue feet.  It dates back to the days of King Henry IV.  When raised for eating properly, it is considered a gastronomic wonder.  Gallus Domesticus is the common chicken, which has had a proving.  People who need chicken remedies are deceived, trapped, conned and now live their lives, meaninglessly, for the financial benefit of others.  Chickens are strong cancer remedies, as are other domesticated bird remedies. Routine traps and deadens those that need chicken remedies.  They love to gossip—this should not surprise us, as there are many analogies about hens clucking.

Two Turtle Doves:  (Doves mate for life, so there would only be two doves given in this gift).  Pigeons and doves belong to the same family.  The best known dove remedy is Columba palumbus, not a turtle dove.  The person who needs this dove remedy is a peace maker, trying to resolve difficulties between individuals.  They have great sadness and they repress these feelings of grief and anger.  They are always acting in service to another.  They are good at consoling others and they have the ability to love their enemies, thus the symbol of a dove for peace.

If any of these remedies or birds in general sound like you or someone you know, give a call and get healthy!

Kathryn
www.lotushomeopathy.com
651-748-1556

A Homeopathy Success Story–Lesson Learned: Pay Attention to Symptoms

I recently had a repeat accident.  I burned my finger while cooking in oil.  This time I was on vacation and I had only 36 remedies to choose from.

It was EXTREMELY painful, so I took the same remedy that provided relief last time–Cantharis.  It is a good remedy for burns that are extremely painful and blister.  Read about that blog post here.

Cantharis was in the 36 remedy kit, so I was in luck…or so I thought.  It didn’t work, however.  We were fishing.  I was in the boat.  I had a bag of ice and a cooler of ice.  My burned finger felt great in the ice.  When I was busy, I noticed it didn’t hurt so much.  But waiting for those walleyes to bite was excruciating!  When I first started reeling in the line, it hurt, but the more I continued reeling and netting other’s fish, it felt much better.  I had observed even before we went out fishing that as long as I was walking around, it felt much better.

Rhus Tox, also known as Poison Ivy, with the smooth leaves.  Leaves of three, let it be.

Rhus Tox, also known as Poison Ivy, with the smooth leaves. Leaves of three, let it be.

I thought of Rhus Tox which is a well known remedy. The symptoms of Rhus Tox include being worse from first motion and better from continued motion.  But generally Rhus Tox is better from heat, especially with Poison Ivy, and my finger was MUCH better from cold.  If I hadn’t had any way to look up the symptoms, I would have just taken it, but since I could look it up, I did.  It turns out that Rhus Tox also has the opposite symptom of being better from cold.  I took a dose.

Within 20 minutes, it was an order of magnitude better.  Later in the day I took another dose.  That was all.  Two doses.  Pain was gone.  The next day it had formed a blister.  Since then, the skin has all peeled off the burn and you cannot tell that it was even there.

I knew before I took the Cantharis that I was better from walking around (classic Rhus Tox symptom).  I should have paid attention to all my symptoms before deciding to use the remedy that worked best last time.  I would have had pain relief two hours earlier.

Do You Have Liver Disturbance? 14 Signs Your Liver Is Causing Your Problems

1212184-Cartoon-Of-A-Sick-Liver-Organ-Mascot-With-A-Thermometer-Royalty-Free-Vector-ClipartDisturbed by Liver?  Me too.  I get disturbed when I eat Liver. (Even though it is the new thing that is so good for you, I did my time eating liver as a child.)

Is your liver functioning properly?  You might be surprised to find out it is not.  There is a bit of an “epidemic” of unrecognized liver problems these days.  It may be more common than you think.  It can be totally an organic problem, but it is also a lifestyle issue.  Too much work, too many pharmaceuticals, too many OTC’s, too much alcohol, too much sugar, etc., can also cause a liver disturbance. And it doesn’t necessarily heal itself when you change your lifestyle and Western Medicine has little to offer.

Since the liver helps clean your blood (40% of your blood is in your liver at any given moment), aids in digestion, stores energy (Glycogen) and has a role in blood clotting, it is important that you keep it as healthy as possible.

james_compton_burnettFortunately, homeopathy has been helping liver problems back since the time of Samuel Hahnemann, MD, the founder of the principals of homeopathy.  A contemporary of his, Dr. Johann Rademacher, was an expert at treating organs, and his methods are still available to homeopaths, which means you can still benefit from his expertise, as well as that of Dr. James Compton Burnett, who practiced homeopathic medicine a bit later in England.

Primary Physical Signs

These signs are those that are really obvious and if you went to the doctor with a combination of these symptoms, they would take note.

  1. Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.
  2. Stool is either pale or light colored or you have yellow diarrhea.  You may experience this in an acute situation, especially the yellow diarrhea, but if it is combined with other symptoms, take note.
  3. Urine is darkly colored.
  4. You experience pain or pressure at the bottom of your right ribcage.  If you lie on your left side, it feels like it is dragging down or like a heavy weight.
  5. Chilliness.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver is one of your heat sources.  If your liver isn’t functioning properly, you may feel chilly.

Secondary Physical Symptoms  

These symptoms may indicate Liver disturbance, or they may not.  But if you are finding you have several of them, it may be time to schedule a constitutional consult.

  1. Skin symptoms include liver spots (yes, they are real), eczema, psoriasis, acne rosacea, cellulite, lipomas (fatty lumps under the skin), easy facial flushing, excessive blood vessels in your face or on your nose.
  2. Digestion issues that indicate a liver problem include yellow coating on the tongue, bad breath (you thought you just needed to brush your tongue) slow to develop and resolve migraine headaches, constipation, poor appetite in the mornings, craving sweets, worse from alcohol, aggravated by eating fat, and diarrhea from rich foods.
  3. Circulatory symptoms include hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
  4. Body shape consists of a roll of fat around the upper abdomen, and/or swelling (bags) under the eyes just above the boney orbit of your eye socket that are darkly colored.
  5. Sensory Symptoms include Tinnitus, and floaters in the field of vision.

Mental and Emotional Symptoms

anger-clipart-angry-man-clipartIt is hard to believe that your liver can affect your outlook on life.  But anger has long been associated with the liver, as well as other signs and symptoms.

  1. The Liver is the locus of the will.  If there is a disturbance, you will find that your ability to choose or act on your own accord will be functioning improperly.  You may see either Hyper willfulness, which could be seen as domineering or Hypo willfulness which could appear as indecision or lack of will power, such as in the phrase lily-livered used since the late 1500’s to describe a weak person.
  2. Conflict and aggression aggravate a person who has liver problems.  This could also be true for people who initiate the conflict with others.  Conflict directed at them, or among others, causes them great distress.
  3. Anger is a well known symptom of a liver problem.  It can be accompanied with irritability, mood disturbances, depression, poor concentration, brain fog, especially in the morning.
  4. Sleep is also affected by the liver.  People who have liver problems wake up feeling unrefreshed and unrested.

I don’t have a check list or quiz like you find on Facebook to determine whether you have liver problems, but if you can say yes to two or more of these symptoms, schedule your appointment for a constitutional consult.  Not only will your liver function better, but other organs which are linked to the liver will too.

Kathryn
651-748-1556
www.lotushomeopathy.com

What Can Homeopathy Do For You? Adjunct Care

So far, in this series, we have covered Acute Care, Constitutional Care, Detoxification, and Homeoprophylaxis.

There is also adjunct care.  What this means is that there are ways to use homeopathic remedies to do additional work, other than just constitutional care, which is most common, or the other uses described in this series.

Organotherapeutics.

Samuel Hahnemann, MD

Samuel Hahnemann, MD

Samuel Hahnemann, MD, the founder and developer of the principals of homeopathy, began his work in the early 1800’s. He discovered the mental, emotional and physical symptoms are all related and covered with a single remedy. He chose his remedies on the principal of Like Cures Like. To Hahnemann, the seat of disease is the mistuned vital force. (The vital force in homeopathy can be compared to Xi in Chinese Medicine and Prana in Ayurvedic medicine.) This is classical homeopathy at its most fundamental level.

Johann Gottfried Rademacher, MD

Johann Gottfried Rademacher, MD

A contemporary of Dr. Hahnemann was Johann Gottfried Rademacher, MD.  He also used homeopathic remedies but he used them differently than Hahnemann did.  He looked at the organs in the body as the seat of disease, and thus, treated the organs themselves with certain remedies that had affinities for certain organs.  But he did make a distinction of different remedies for the same organ.  For example, two well known liver remedies are Cheladonium majus and Carduus marianus. Rademacher routinely distinguished in his writings and speech between a Cheladonium liver and a Carduus liver. He made similar distinctions for other organs as well.

(As a side note, Carduus marianus is also known to most as Milk Thistle, a premiere herb for detoxifying the liver.  From the picture below, you can see that it looks like the Canadian Thistle that is ubiquitous in North America.  But they are not the same and do have have the same healing properties.  Canada Thistle has an affinity for the mouth and the stomach and intestines.  Milk Thistle works on the liver, which resides between the mouth and stomach/intestines.)

Carduus marianus, or Milk Thistle.

Carduus marianus, or Milk Thistle

Although both practiced at the same time, Hahnemann and Rademacher used potentized remedies in a very different way, and both got excellent results.

If you have a definite organ that is dis-eased, at Lotus Homeopathy, we can do classical homeopathy, or if required, first recommend organo therapeutics and then move onto classical homeopathy.  The reason for completing with classical homeopathy is that often diseases today are caused by dis-ease which is the source of lifestyle choices we make.  Classical homeopathy can help us all make better lifestyle choices, such as better diet, getting more sleep, etc.

Cell Salts

Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler, MD

Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler, MD

In the later 1800’s, the Tissue Cell Salts were developed by Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler, like Hahnemann and Rademacher, was also a German Physician.  He believed that all disease could be cured by the 12 salts that remained after a body decomposed.  This was probably true in his time, but in today’s world, with many more toxins and suppressions caused by conventional medicine, cell salts can still help, but not everything.  There are many books available about cell salts and you can easily use them yourself for what ails you, some major, some minor. The book I find myself using is Homeopathic Cell Salt Remedies by Nigey Lennon and Lionel Rolfe. There are many web site which explain cell salts as well.

People often use more than one at a time or they alternate them through out the day.  You can even get a combination of all the cell salts to take on a daily basis.  I have not done this, so I can’t recommend this.  If you have any permanently implanted foreign items, do not use the silica cell salt.

I do at times recommend cell salts along with a constitutional remedy if the situation requires it.

Other Adjunct Therapies

One of the previous topics in this blog series discussed detoxification, and that is certainly an adjunct therapy often used for conditions such as Lyme’s disease.

I also use an adjunct therapy for chronic yeast infections.  I find that therapies offered by others are often very difficult for clients to follow because they crave sugar.  The adjunct therapy for chronic yeast resolves the sugar craving as well.

Generally, at Lotus Homeopathy I practice mostly classical homeopathy, but when the situation requires it, there are other therapeutic uses of homeopathic remedies that are available to assist in healing.

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

What Can Homeopathy Do For You? Homeoprophylaxis

The term Homeoprophylaxis has been around for at least a century.  Basically, it means lessening the likelihood of getting some acute illness by taking certain remedies associated with that illness.

Really, any type of homeopathy can do this, but this concept is focused on acute illnesses that may be “going around” or could go around in the future.

Belladonna, commonly known as deadly nightshade or Delphinium, is a remedy for Scarlet Fever.

Belladonna, commonly known as deadly nightshade, is a remedy for Scarlet Fever.

Lets first take an historical look at homeoprophylaxis.  As early as the time of Samuel Hahnemann, the German physician who founded and developed the principals of homeopathy in the early 1800’s, homeopathy has been used to prevent people from getting sick.  According to his series of books Materia Medica Pura, when Scarlet Fever was at epidemic levels in Europe, Dr. Hahnemann recognized that Belladonna was a common remedy for those who were suffering from this life threatening affliction.  So he decided to try to prevent others from getting scarlet fever by giving them a pre-emptive dose of Belladonna.  It was so successful, that in 1838 the Prussian Government ordered its citizens to receive a dose of Belladonna due to the Scarlet Fever epidemic going on there.  There is a reason it was called Scarlet Fever.  Today it is rare due to Anti-biotics when people are diagnosed with a strep infection.  But when someone needs Belladonna with a fever, their face turns red, they are warm to the touch except for their hands and feet–you can even feel the heat above their body, and they have a high fever.

Since the time of Hahnemann, homeopaths have tried to determine the genus epidemicus for the current acute illness. Many times I have recommended to families to take a dose of Arsenicum, for example, if that is the remedy that others in the family have needed when a stomach bug is the current affliction du jour.  This is why it is so important to call when you get sick.  Often I may already have a good idea what you need.  Or, you could help yourself, and others, including family members, when you call.  When it is recognizable, I do try to post suggestions either on Facebook or through emails.  (Like my Lotus Homeopathy Facebook Page if you haven’t done so yet. I did a quick search in my electronic books (over 800) on the word “prophylactic”.  There were 1355 hits.  Many come from homeopathy journals of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

You can see that preventing illness with homeopathy has long been an effective strategy.  In the late 1900’s, Dr. Isaac Golden studied the effectiveness of using Homeoprophylaxis to prevent childhood diseases as an alternative to conventional vaccines.  His results from a study of nearly 2500 children in Australia over more than 15 years showed them to be as effective or more effective than conventional vaccines.  And not only that, but the unvaccinated children who participated in in the program were generally healthier than the unvaccinated children who did not participate in the program.  For more information about Homeoprophylaxis, please click here.

This past winter I had an interesting experience.  I took a dose of a remedy which I was unfamiliar with.  I just never thought to recommend it (it doesn’t always come up when searching for acute remedies).  So I took it to see what it was about.  I developed the same set of symptoms I always seem to get when I get sick, only not as intense or long lasting.  The end result was that I did not get sick this winter.  I didn’t even feel like I was going to get sick.  (I may have an exacerbation of chronic symptoms, but that is not acute illness, as was disgusted in earlier sections of this series.)  This is what is called the Complementary remedy.  That is, the remedy you need when you get an acute illness, which often has symptoms opposite of what you need when for you chronic state.  For example, a high energy person may need a remedy such as Gelsemium, which is wiped out, flat on his back, when he gets an acute illness.

I have decided that next November, I will take another dose of that complementary remedy just to see if I can use it as a prophylaxis for all things acute.  Hopefully I will remember to let you know how that goes.  But it is hard to determine what your complementary remedy is without a constitutional consult.

Now that you know about the potential of homeopathy to prevent disease, you can feel safe venturing out during an outbreak, with the comfort of knowing you can lessen your chances of getting sick.

Kathryn
651-748-1556
www.lotushomeopathy.com

What Can Homeopathy Do For You?: An Explanation of Constitutional Homeopathy

My previous blog post on What Can Homeopathy Do For You? discussed the use of homeopathy for acute care–colds, fevers, injuries, etc.  This includes things that are generally self limiting, but often need a remedy to get you through it more quickly and comfortably.

Samuel Hahnemann, MD

Samuel Hahnemann, MD

The next use of homeopathy is constitutional homeopathy.  It really is the “bread and butter”, so to speak, of homeopathy as Samuel Hahnemann, MD, the founder of the principals of homeopathy, practiced it.  Constitutional homeopathy means finding and taking a remedy that helps your whole being, helping to heal your chronic condition.

The word “constitution” is not one we hear or use very often, except in the governmental sense.  So I looked it up and found these definitions in dictionary.com:  “The physical character of the body as to strength, health, etc.  He has a strong constitution.”  The Medical definition is “the aggregate of a person’s physical and psychological characteristics.”  The archaic definition, but one that still works in homeopathy is “character or condition of mind; disposition; temperament.”  I remember many years ago having a friend who couldn’t seem to quit smoking.  She said to her doctor, “But you hear stories all the time of people living to 90 years old, smoking two packs a day.”  His wise response to her was, “You don’t have that type of constitution.”

So when you get a constitutional remedy, it is one that addresses the chronic symptoms you have.  They might be mental and emotional, such as bad dreams at night, easy to anger, sadness, anxiety when you speak in public, etc.  They can also be physical, such as cold hands and feet, excessive perspiration, monthly menstrual cramps, etc.  Some symptoms encompass the mental, emotional and physical planes.  These might include eating too much chocolate (or fill in the food you are currently obsessed with), biting your nails, etc.  As you can see, it is hard to separate some of the symptoms into one camp or the other.  Suffice it to say, they are all related if they are all packaged together in one body.

So when someone comes in and says that they would really like a remedy for their heart palpitations, but they can live with the cold hands and feet, a homeopath can’t just help one of those symptoms.  It’s all or nothing in homeopathy.

Sometimes a constitutional remedy can also help acute illnesses.  If you feel like you are coming down with something, but just have common symptoms, such as a slight runny nose, or feeling a bit tired, a dose or two of your constitutional remedy in a low potency (30c or 30x) can often help ward off the symptoms and prevent them from developing further.  Another time that it is helpful is at the end of an illness.  When you just can’t quite shake your current symptoms, but they are common symptoms, a dose of your constitutional remedy can provide resolution.

It seems like the constitutional remedy is really useful for many circumstances, and it is.  But sometimes, it doesn’t work.  If you have a clear symptom picture pointing to a different remedy, you need to switch, even if it is temporary.  So, for example, if you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may have one remedy to take on a daily basis, and another to keep on hand for when you have flare ups, especially if you have a history of flare ups being quite different than how you feel on a day to day basis.  The goal in this situation is to not have flare ups, and to heal gradually.

A common question people ask about their constitutional remedy is, “Do I need to take this the rest of my life?”  The answer is, “Maybe”.  Some people get over whatever is ailing them in short order and they never need another dose or another remedy.  Other people need to redose their remedy from time to time (if it is a remedy that is taken occasionally rather than daily).  But if you need to retake a remedy every six months, only occasionally seeing the homeopath for perhaps a stronger dose, that is much easier and better than a daily medication that costs thousands of dollars each year.

Finding a constitutional remedy is like putting a puzzle together.

Finding a constitutional remedy is like putting a puzzle together.

Another frequent question is, how do you know what remedy to give?  Constitutional Homeopathy requires, in most instances, a fairly long intake appointment.  You will be asked about your chief complaint and other things as well, such as dreams, foods you like or dislike, what it was like growing up, etc.  Then the homeopath looks for a story that matches a remedy, out of 5000 remedies.  Sometimes the correct remedy is really obvious.  Other times it is not, and it becomes like solving a puzzle.  Each subsequent appointment brings additional pieces to the puzzle.

You may be starting to feel better even with an incomplete puzzle, but a completed puzzle makes you feel the best.

For more information on constitutional homeopathy, call Kathryn.

651-748-1556
www.lotushomeopathy.com

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

Why I am not afraid of Measles

Okay.  Raise your hand.  How many of you were wondering when I would write a post on this topic, given the current hysteria about measles?

My goal in this entry is not to ramp up the hysteria, but to talk about measles, homeopathy, how you can be helped if you or your child gets the measles and how you can protect yourself in a safer, yet effective way.

Homeopathy and the Measles

designHomeopathy has been around for a couple of hundred years, fewer years than the measles have been around to be sure.  But many people used to turn to homeopathy to get through a case of the measles. (Why it is less common now days is a topic for a future blog or ten.)  So I did a quick search through my homeopathic repertory of symptoms and found 126 measles symptoms.  They not only included skin symptoms which describe the measles (there are several ways the eruptions can be expressed), but it also describes some of the complications of measles.  For example, there are remedies recommended for suppressed measles, the type of fever with the measles, pain in extremities, sleeplessness due to measles, coughs with measles, hoarseness with measles, measles in the mouth, etc.  Because they appear in the repertory, and these are clinical symptoms, there is a history of helping people who have the measles and display these symptoms.  Thus, I am not concerned about measles, as people with this dis-ease are readily helped with homeopathy.

As I look through the general measles symptoms, there are 89 remedies.  Many of these remedies are available in your local coop, health food store, etc.  Certainly the most common ones are also in remedy kits that you may have at home.

A Little History of Measles

Isn’t the word “measles” a funny word?  Say it a few times.  It is strange indeed.  Wanting to know from whence it came, I searched online.  Here’s what I found.  The Middle English maseles, is probably from Middle Dutch masel  meaning ‘pustule’ (compare with modern Dutch mazelen ‘measles’). The spelling change was due to association with Middle English mesel ‘leprous, leprosy.’

What?  Leprosy?  Well, no wonder the hysteria. The disease Leprosy carries with it a great deal of fear.  Banishment from the public, highly contagious, almost certain death, dying alone.  (Yes there are also remedies for Leprosy.)

Even if people are unaware of this relationship, the response has been the same.  “Put the parents in jail if their kids aren’t vaccinated.”  “Send unvaccinated children to Guantanamo Bay.” “Keep the children out of school.”  The word Leprosy, and it’s related words, carry a meta-physical property of fear with it.  Interestingly, there is a Homeopathic symptom of Fear of everything, accompanied by measles that don’t come out.  In other words, someone has been exposed to the measles, probably has a fever, but the spots won’t appear. An accompanying symptom is fear of everything. The one and only remedy in that symptom is Stramonium, which is one of the most fearful remedies in the Homeopathic Materia Medica.

However, Measles is not Leprosy, although Main Stream Media (MSM) would like us to believe it is.  Leprosy is a chronic disease, Measles is acute, which means it is self-limiting.  I had the measles, as did all my siblings.  We all survived, none the worse for it, and probably better because of it.  Until the advent of the measles vaccine, it was considered a mild disease, a right of passage, so to speak, of being a child.

Protecting Yourself Against the Measles

design (1)First:  Do NOT buy into the fear mongering.  Over the last decade, there have been many fear mongering attempts by MSM.  The Swine Flu (H1N1), The Bird Flu, Ebola, just to name a few.  How many of those attempts at scaring us turned into anything close to the magnitude predicted?  Exactly zero.  Kind of like the weather forecasters and their over-predicting storms.  (A prediction of more than a couple inches of snow is the kiss of death for a good old fashioned snow storm.)  Furthermore, fear mongering just causes anxiety in others, which makes them more susceptible to all sorts of dis-ease, including measles.

Second:  Homeopathic Prophylaxis for measles. Homeopathy has been protecting against the onset of dis-ease for over 200 years. There are a couple of ways that we can use remedies to educate the immune system.

One method is the use of homeopathic nosodes.  Nosodes are remedies made out of disease tissue.  The virus from measles was cultured or the sputum and/or open sores of someone with measles was turned into a remedy.  The measles nosode is only available from a homeopathic practitioner.  It is not sold in stores.  This form of prophylaxis can protect against dis-ease for both long and short term, as it gives an energetic experience of the dis-ease, thus educating the immune system.

Using the nosode is not the only way homeopathy can be utilized.  You can also take the Genus Epidemicus, or the remedy that most people need when measles is “going around”.  Of course, we don’t know what it is, because as far as I know, none of the 108 people who got the measles went to a homeopath.  But if they did, we might see a pattern.  It could be Arsenicum, Aconite, Pulsatilla, Ferrum Phos, Gelsemium, and others–again, commonly found in health food stores and coops. These are listed as remedies for prophylaxis in the Repertory. I would choose Aconite, as it fits the general hysteria that is going around the country.  People who need Aconite are certain they will die.  That is how people are viewing measles. Aconite is also more commonly needed in cold weather than warm weather.  We are fortunate that it is a mild winter in the midwest.

However, identifying the genus epidemicus can be tricky, especially when the virus is manufactured in a laboratory. (Notice I said “might” above.)  The CDC has been suspiciously quiet about whether the measles virus that is “sweeping” the nation is the wild virus or the vaccine virus.  Believe it or not, they are not the same.  So to be safe, I would take the Nosode.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

http://www.lotushomeopathy.com

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Homeopathy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

The Top Ten Natural Care Products–Part 3

Today’s items could be called Lifestyle remedies.  You need them more often depending on the lifestyle you live.

7.    Nux Vomica 30C

Nux Vomica can help with overindulgence.

Nux Vomica can help with overindulgence.

Nux Vomica is a homeopathic remedy made from a nut. It’s most useful for the after effects of over indulgence. This could include too much food or too much drink. Take a dose of 30C before you go to bed, if you can remember, but for sure when you wake up in the morning.  In hearing of others use of this remedy, they find they not only feel better if they take it, they sleep better too.  If you take it in the morning, you may find you are able to fall back asleep again. I feel like Nux Vomica is the ultimate homeopathic remedy.  In General, homeopathy could be described as the “hair of the dog that bit you.”  And Nux vomica is a specific remedy for the “Hair of the dog that bit you.”

If you feel compelled to over indulge frequently, please seek constitutional care from a professional homeopath.

8.    Ruta

This plant, when made into a homeopathic remedy, helps connective tissue.

This plant, when made into a homeopathic remedy, helps connective tissue.

Ruta Graveolens 30c is a useful remedy for athletes.  It is great for sprained ankles, tendinitis, and other injuries to the connective tissue.  It is also indispensable if you have an injury to the illiac crest.  This is called a hip pointer in the world of athletics. Please read this earlier post which has a success story on the use of Ruta.  The dental ligament, which is under your gums, can become injured from dental work.  Ruta can help heal the insult to the dental tissues quickly.

9.    Your Constitutional Remedy in a 30C

You only know your constitutional remedy after having a series of appointments with a classical homeopath.  One of the nice things about a constitutional remedy is that you get sick less often.  But, nothing is perfect and people on homeopathy do get sick occasionally.  If you feel you are getting sick, but have no specific symptoms, you can take a 30C dose or two for a couple of days of your constitutional remedy and it will help ward off whatever is coming.

If you are hoping that we are not done after the next post, you are correct!  There are definitely more than 10 essential natural health care products that are hard to live without.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

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