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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

 

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What Do You Think Of….? Part 2

One of the big disagreements between natural health practitioners, such as homeopaths and acupuncturists, and western medicine doctors isn’t whether or not western medicine drugs suppress symptoms.  The disagreement is whether suppressing symptoms is problematic or not.  They largely say it is not.  We say it is.

Dis-ease is like a vine

How many of you know of someone who has taken a medication, only to develop additional symptoms.  Eczema?  Here’s some cortisone creme.  What happens a few months later?  Asthma perhaps?  I’ve seen it.  I had a client a long time ago who had asthma.  She received a remedy that matched her current symptoms.  To my surprise, she called me between appointments to tell me that some warts on her fingers had returned.  It had been hard to keep them suppressed, and she had had several appointments to get them frozen off.  The interesting thing is that when the warts returned, the asthma went away.  It took until we could give her a stronger dose of her remedy for the warts to disappear completely.  But she was happy to have the warts in the mean time rather than the asthma.

Many people’s lives have been saved by Western Pharmaceuticals, and this should not be disregarded.  However, there is a time and a place for them. Sometimes symptoms spiral out of control and it becomes a game of Whack-a-Mole.

Think of your dis-ease as a very tall pole, and ll your symptoms as vines growing up the pole.  if you cut down the vines, they will grow back again.  If you cut down all the vines, it also allows new and different vegetation to take hold and grow up the vine.  The suppressive approach taken by western medicine is analogous to cutting the vines down.  If you stop the medicine, the vines grow back.  If you continue the medicine, you allow new growth in the form of new symptoms.  Then you need an additional medicine to cut down the new vines.

By contrast, homeopathy aims to remove the pole.  If the vines have no where to grow, they will die.

In life, it is much easier and faster to snip down a vine than to cut down a pole.  The attraction of suppressing the symptoms and having instant relief is clear.  However, homeopathic remedies can work with amazing speed–sometimes within seconds.  The waiting that occurs is the time it takes for your body to heal itself.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

What Remedy Does Adele Need?

Adele

This morning I read that British singing sensation Adele has cancelled her US tour because, once again, she has laryngitis.  The bluesy singer twice postponed her appearance here in Minnesota but was finally able to give a concert which received good reviews.  I also read that her vocal chords were hemorrhaging.  Yikes!

That is such an interesting symptom, I just had to look it up.  Much to my dismay, there were only a couple small remedies listed and it was in related symptoms.  There is not a symptom of the Larynx bleeding.

So where do we start if we can’t find her most peculiar symptom?  First, related to her most recent cancellation, she said, “Singing is literally my life. It’s my hobby, my love, my freedom and now my job.”

A couple months ago I read an article about her in Rolling Stone magazine. The gist of the article, as it relates to homeopathy, is that she has performance anxiety, aka stage fright, so much so that she will throw up at times from anxiety. “I have anxiety attacks a lot,” she reported. She has a  foul mouth, dropping the F-Bomb and tells filthy jokes on stage. I do not know her motivation for that, but given she is a performer, I would think about the drama of it and the impact it has on others. Perhaps she likes to shock others.  The other important thing to know about Adele when trying to determine a remedy for her is that she is a smoker. This always creates additional problems.  She needs to quit.

Because of her strong feelings about music and singing, we need to first look at remedies that come from the 5th row of the periodic table.  These are the artists, musicians, athletes, attorneys–people who perform. There are 70 or so stage fright remedies, and a few from row 5.

I would also include Inflammation of the Larynx from over use.

So putting the following together, an artist/musician, anxiety attacks, stage fright, cursing, and laryngitis from overuse of her voice, the remedy that comes up first is Argentum Nitricum, which is Silver Nitrate.  It is a very well known remedy in homeopathy and pretty common for musicians and people who have stage fright and fear of heights (don’t know that she talked about that).   It also suits her body type, which is a bit on the plump side from enjoying fine food and wine, to which she also confesses. It also has an affinity for the throat.

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day

Because Argentum Nitricum does not cover the cursing, I would not be completely comfortable with that remedy.  Another possibility for Adele is the remedy Antimonium Crudum.  Also in the 5th row of the periodic table, they can be very romantic (which she is) and wear romantic clothing.  She also has romantic relationship issues (the Sulphur in this remedy) and likes to be shocking.  The shocking could also appear as a punk rocker, such as Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.  If you have been to a concert, you would know that shocking is definitely part of his persona.  Contrary, shocking, very talented.

Fortunately for Adele, she comes from Great Britain, where homeopathy is popular and thriving.  Hopefully she will go back to her British roots and see a classical homeopath at home.

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

Introducing 31 Days to Health, Naturally

Based on the suggestion of a blogger I follow, I am blogging for 31 days in the month of October.

31 Days of Blogging.

This is the schedule I have planned, although that could change at any time….  I reserve the right  to comment on stories that may appear in the news in the middle of the schedule.

Also, periodically, I will make remedy comments on famous people.  See my previous blog about Charlie Sheen to get an idea to what I am referring.

October 1st—Introduction to 31 days of blogging.

October 2 – 8th –- Homeopathy and Families

October 9 – 15th –  What Do You Think Of…..  This will answer questions that clients and students ask regarding some western medicine concept.

October 16 – 22nd – Homeopathy and traveling.

October 23 – 29th  –Natural Health and Diet

October 30 – 31st  Homeopathy isn’t Spooky.  But it can help with fears and anxiety and things that go bump in the night.

If you haven’t signed up to follow my blog yet, look in the lower right hand corner of your screen and click on “follow” that should appear there.

See you on the Internet!

Kathryn

651-748-1556 www.lotushomeopathy.com

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