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What Can Homeopathy Do For You?: An Explanation of the many ways homeopathy is used.

I have been seeing clients as a practicing homeopath for 13 years.  Over the years I have been, at times, confused about all the ways people use homeopathic remedies.  Some uses don’t seem very “homeopathic” to me.  That is, they don’t follow the concept of Like Cures Like.  Sometimes Like Prevents Like.  Sometimes Like has nothing to do with Like.

Fairly recently, I was able to put it together in a way that makes sense to me and to others who may be confused.  I hope you find it helpful.  I will be sharing this for you in a series of five blog postings.  Feel free to ask questions in the comments section.

Acute Care Homeopathy:  Acute illnesses are viruses and bacteria that we “catch” that make us sick from time to time.

Constitutional Homeopathy:  This is homeopathy for Chronic Care.  It could be used for Mental, Emotional, or Physical dis-ease.

Detoxification:  Homeopathic remedies can be used to help detoxify the body.  A good constitutional remedy will do this.  But there are also specific remedies that can be used to detoxify.

Homeoprophylaxis:  This is the education of the immune system so that you are less likely to be a good host for specific things that are “going around”.

Adjunct care:  This is a use for homeopathy that I have been studying fairly recently.  Historically it has been shown that using adjunct homeopathy helps the constitutional remedies work better.

Lets start with Acute Care Homeopathy, which is the way many people become introduced to the power of Like Cures Like.

A happy germ ready to invade a dis-eased body.

A happy germ ready to invade a dis-eased body.

By definition, an acute illness is self limiting.  This means you either get over it or you die. This can include colds, flu, gastroenteritis, all the childhood illnesses which we, unfortunately, rarely see, just to name a few.  Acute illness can be really good for us, if they don’t happen too often. Like exercise builds the body and makes it stronger, fighting off a few acute illnesses now and again exercises our immune system.  Fortunately, the vast majority of people get over acute illness, especially in this day and age of improved hygiene and knowledge about good food, lots of water, and not giving aspirin or any other anti-pyretics when you have a fever. Remember, fevers are good.  They help the body get rid of the “critters” that are invading you.

If fevers are a good thing, why give homeopathy when you have a fever?  Most garden variety fevers are safe. However, people can get uncomfortable when they have a fever, and are more likely to take Tylenol or Motrin, which only extends the time you suffer from the acute illness.  With homeopathy, you may still have the fever, but you will be more comfortable. For example, you may be less restless, less achy and your internal temperature, whether chilly or overheated, will become more tolerable. Your body will hang onto the fever as long as it is required to heal you. If on the other hand, you suppress the fever of a youngster with Tylenol or Motrin, the child may not get the rest he needs in order to get well.  Suppression doesn’t equal absence of an illness. It doesn’t mean that you get to send the child to school. He or she is still dis-eased.  I have also found as a homeopath that often fevers are repeated in a pattern.  Perhaps a child will get it every other month, or always when the seasons change, for example. By giving an appropriate homeopathic remedy, it often breaks the cycle of illness. I have seen this countless times in my practice, with both children and adults.

However, if you have an infant with a fever you need to be more careful.  An infant’s immune system is not well developed and they can develop pneumonia and meningitis, etc.  My youngest had a fever of 102+ when he was quite young.  It was an ear infection. Homeopathy to the rescue.  Although there may be disagreements, the general consensus seems to be, if your 0-3 month old child has a fever over 100.4, call the doctor.  If your child is 3 – 6 months old, the threshold is 101.  If your infant is older than 6 months old, call the doctor if his or her fever goes above 102.

In addition to going to the doctor, be sure to call the homeopath.  There are many remedies for fevers, but for young children, there are usually just a few to choose from, including Belladonna, Pulsatilla, Aconite, Chamomilla, and more.

Sad Germs, after realizing the host body has taken a homeopathic remedy.

Sad Germs, after realizing the host body has taken a homeopathic remedy.

Influenza and flu-like symptoms are common reasons to use homeopathy for acute illnesses.  During the flu pandemic of 1918-1919, when influenza was killing 30% of certain populations who were infected, homeopathy had an astonishing loss rate of around 1%.  Records show that those who died had tried conventional medicine first and it was too late for homeopathy to help.  It should also be noted that MD’s were enamored with aspirin at the time and many died from basically an overdose of aspirin, because they would bleed out in their lungs from the aspirin and then develop pneumonia and die.  The remedy most folks needed during that pandemic was Gelsemium, followed by Bryonia.  Even an inexperienced prescriber could recognize the Gelsemium symptoms. For more information about the historical success of using homeopathy with influenza, please click here to read this article from 1921.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to find it.

I also include injuries in Acute care, although old injuries often fall into the category of constitutional care.  Arnica is most often the first remedy to take with an injury, but not always.  So if Arnica isn’t helping, you either need a stronger dose or a different remedy.  It may be Bryonia, Rhus Tox, or Ledum, just to name a few of the most common injury remedies.

What about allergies?  Are they acute illnesses?  No.  The seasonal allergies people are experiencing now are representative of a chronic illness with an acute exacerbation.  It can be treated acutely, for a year or two, but eventually, only the constitutional (chronic) remedy will work.

Acute care homeopathy is definitely an example of like cures like.  Often the symptoms of a chronic illness will go away when someone gets an acute illness.  So if the symptom picture changes from the chronic symptoms to the acute symptoms, a different remedy is required.  Once the acute symptoms go away, the chronically ill person sometimes actually feels better for a few days after the illness.  I have seen this in several clients over the years.  At first I got confused and thought the acute remedy was a good chronic remedy.  But I have since realized that it is just the body changing states.  That changed state often sticks around for a few days after the acute illness seems to have disappeared.

Complementary Remedies

Often individuals with an acute illness always feel sort of the same way each time they get sick.  In homeopathy, we call this the Complementary Remedy.  It is the flip side of the Chronic state.  I once had a high energy client who needed a low energy remedy each time he got sick.  We are familiar with which remedies are complementary to other remedies, but not in most cases. Calling a homeopath when you are sick can often help lead to the discovery of your constitutional remedy.

Sometimes, when you are feeling like you are coming down with something but don’t have clear symptoms, you can take a 30c dose of your constitutional remedy and prevent total onset of an acute illness.  This would not be a situation of using a complementary remedy.  If you get acute illnesses too frequently, it is definitely time for a constitutional remedy.  More on this and other chronic uses of homeopathy in the next article in this series.

Kathryn
651-748-1556
www.lotushomeopathy.com

Ragweed Allergies–Homeopathy Can Help!

This has been quite a season for sneezing and allergies, hasn’t it?  I don’t recall one this bad in recent memory.

If you live in the US, and your allergies typically flair up in the August through Frost time frame, you are probably allergic to Ragweed.  Symptoms include itchy eyes, itchy and runny nose, sneezing–you know the picture.

Speaking of pictures, this is what it looks like now.

Ragweed in all it’s blossoming glory, spreading pollen to everyone. An equal opportunity sneeze plant.

This is what it looks like in the spring, when you could still pull it up without disturbing any pollen.

This is what it looks like before it blossoms and you could actually pull it out of the ground without spreading pollen around.

There are other forms of ragweed in the US, but this is the most common.

Briefly, some natural things to do to help with the allergic reaction:

  • Take a shower after you have been outside.
  • Sleep with the windows closed–even though it is wonderful weather.
  • Make sure your pet gets bathed too, especially if it sleeps in your room.
  • Stay away from other things to which you are allergic, such as dogs, cats, certain foods.  Some allergy specialists believe that we all have an allergy “bucket”, which when it overflows, we exhibit symptoms.  So during this especially difficult time of year for allergies, eliminating other allergens can help.

It seems everyone wants to know if homeopathy can help allergies.  The answer is yes.  Not only have I seen it help, but apparently research agrees.  It is the most common topic studied in homeopathic research.  I have made a report available on my website.  You can download it by clicking here.  Read the article on that page and at the bottom of the page you will find a link to download the report.

The goal in homeopathy is to treat the whole person so that the allergies aren’t causing problems any more–to change the level of susceptibility to the allergen.  The goal is not to merely get a person through the allergy season.  When treated with a well-chosen constitutional remedy, a person generally notices the next season that the allergies aren’t quite as bad.  The following season, he may forget he ever had it.  If the allergies are quite persistent, it sometimes requires three or four seasons to completely eradicate the allergies.

Until then, there is acute relief available in the form of doses of homeopathic ragweed, called Ambrosia Artemnisiifolia  It is not a remedy you can find in a store easily, but it is available through me and perhaps through mail order.  Let me know if you need it.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

Spring Allergies and Homeopathy

With the strange winter we had in Minnesota, followed by the early and equally odd spring, all bets are off in terms of predicting what sorts of weather related or seasonal issues may arise.

So when people started calling, presenting with allergy symptoms they don’t normally experience, I wasn’t too surprised.

Homeopathy can help relieve symptoms of Allergies, and it can help assure they don’t come back.  In fact, allergies are one of the prime reasons people seek homeopathic care.  It also happens to be the case that allergies are the most researched and most proven ailment that homeopathy has been found to treat effectively.  Personally, I have gotten over seasonal allergies and cat allergies using homeopathy over the years.

In homeopathy, we can manage the symptoms of allergies during the worst season for you by simply matching a remedy to the symptoms you are currently experiencing.  However, once the worst is over, it is best to seek constitutional care for your allergies.  This is true for a couple of reasons.  On the practical side, even if we are able to find a matching remedy, you likely would need a different remedy the next year.  This is so because of how homeopathy works–that is, the wrong remedy only works for a while.  The right remedy works much longer.

The second reason for seeking care for your chronic condition is that it is the only way to get to the underlying reason for having the allergies in the first place.  It provides a more permanent solution.

What about antihistimines and other western medicine allergy solutions?  You probably have already given up on these if you are reading this blog post.  While they may work temporarily, using them on a continual basis will suppress your allergy symptoms and they may instead appear as something worse.

Historically, homeopathy has a strong relationship with allergies.  A homeopathic physician from Scotland, Dr. Blackley first identified pollen as the cause of hayfever back in 1871.  Dr. Grant Selfridge, a homeopathic physician from San Francisco was one of the founders of The American Academy of Allergy.  And of course, the concept of allergy shots was borrowed from homeopathy, where small doses of the offending agent are introduced in hopes of creating an immunity of sorts to the allergen.

You don’t have to be a professional homeopath to help yourself out with acute care, although it can certainly be helpful because making a decision for oneself of which remedy to try can be overwhelming to say the least.  There are many possible options that are too numerous to mention in a blog.  However, there is a document posted on my website which you can download to get information on what remedies help what symptoms.  Be forewarned, however, that this is not an exhaustive list.  If your symptoms are really common, you may not be able to help yourself.

To dose the remedy, take as needed.  If you only need it once a day, that is great.  If you need it only once, even better.  However, if you aren’t getting better after a couple of doses, I recommend switching to another one.  If your symptoms get worse (as they can with an aggravation), do not repeat the remedy unless you first get better and then get worse again.  Purchase the remedies mentioned in a 30C at your local health food store, or give me a call for those that aren’t readily available.

Kathryn

www.lotushomeopathy.com

651-748-1556

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