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7 Remedies To Have On Hand For Hot Weather

We are moving into the hottest weather of the year.  It is not too late to get these remedies and keep them handy with the instructions on what to take, just in case you need them.

hea-exhaustion-and-heat-strokeSunstroke can be dangerous, and we certainly don’t want anything to get elevated to that level.  Prevention is the best cure for Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke or Sunstroke.  If it is too hot for you, stay indoors in the air conditioning.  If you don’t have air conditioning, go to a movie just to cool down.

It is also important to replenish your electrolytes.  Everyone thinks of Gatorade, but that is really not a very healthy option, nor is it the least expensive option.

To make your own electrolyte beverage, Squeeze the juice of one lemon and one lime into a Quart Jar.  Add 1/8 tsp Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan salt.  If you want it sweet, you could add some honey.  I don’t do that.  Then fill to the top with clean, filtered (if you have it) water and ice. Shake well. You could add different fruit, strawberries instead of limes, for example. You could also blend watermelon and limes with the salt and ice. You might want to use the blender if you are using chunky fruit.

If You Can’t Prevent It….

But sometimes, we overdo it and we need help.  Below are some good remedies for when you get overheated. These are all common remedies and are available in 30C at most health food stores and other places where remedies are sold. Most are also in remedy kits, but Glonoinum and Natrum Carbonicum may not be.  Please note that if the patient is suffering from Sunstroke, this is a medical emergency.  The remedies do not replace a trip to the doctor.  Give them on the way to the doctor.

Aconite:  Sunstroke that comes on rapidly with great intensity.  There is strong sensitivity to light and a headache.  The pupils will be constricted.  Worse from falling asleep in the sun. The patient may fear that they will die.

Belladonna:  Use this when you have a pounding, throbbing headache with a red face.  The body may be cold or just the hands and feet might be cold. The face will be warm to hot.  If you have no other, give Belladonna if it is close to fitting the situation and symptoms presented.

Carbo Vegetabilis:  Weakness and collapse after exposure to the heat and sun.  Fainting from heat exhaustion.  The patient may be cold and clammy and has nausea.  Diarrhea after exposure to the heat and sun.

Gelsemium:  Weak and tremulous after exposure to the sun.  Face flush and head is congested.  Vertigo and dizziness. Headache on the top of the head.  May have an attitude of not caring about anything.

Glonoinum:  Violent throbbing or bursting headache with a flushed face and visible pulsation of the carotid arteries.  Vertigo, dizziness, hot dry skin, frequent urination, drowziness.  May be confused about location. Better wearing a hat.

Natrum Carbonicum:  Weakness after walking in the sun.  Confusion and vertigo after exposure to the sun.  Heaviness and dullness in the head. Severe headache after exposure to the sun, especially if there is a history of heat exhaustion.

Natrum Muriaticum: Thirsty, mouth is very dry.  Sparks in front of the eyes.  You feel really dehydrated.  I have used this many times for clients and family.

How to Dose the Remedies

If you use the Boiron remedies in the blue tubes from the store, 2-3 pellets is a dose.  Otherwise, follow the instructions included with the remedy.  If the patient is just overheated, give as needed, perhaps 1x an hour until they feel better.  If it is Sunstroke, give a 30c dose every 5 – 10 minutes on your way to the doctor.

Chronic Overheating

If you have a history of chronic overheating or sunstroke, this will require a constitutional remedy.  Please schedule your appointment today.

Kathryn
651-748-1556
www.lotushomeopathy.com

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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

Emergency Medicine: What Homeopathy Offers–Part 2

Yesterday I wrote my post and forgot to push the Publish button, so I didn’t get it published. OOPS!  But I did write it yesterday, I promise.

Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion can quickly become medical emergencies if not tended to quickly.  The problem is that the person who is suffering from it may not notice that they have it.  Confusion, fatigue followed by disorientation are some of the symptoms. In addition to the homeopathy, be sure and get someone who is experiencing heat stroke to a doctor as soon as possible.

Here are some remedies to have on hand to help out.

BTW, I know we are moving away from Heat Stroke season, but if you take  a warm weather vacation, it would be a shame to miss it laying in your hotel room recovering.

Belladonna has symptoms that are common no matter what the pathology.  Think RED, Think HEAT.  Also, the Belladonna plant is a source of atropine which is used to dilate pupils, so that is also a symptom that will help you remember this remedy as well.  Throbbing Head Pain from becoming heated.  Bright Red Face.  The skin feels warm, even if you hold your hand above the surface.  They may become violent and want to leave, but they are generally fearless.

Carbo Veg has a headache which is accompanied by vertigo and nausea.  The person who needs it seems lifeless and very depleted.  Not the energy you would see with Belladonna.  They want to be fanned.

Glonoine or Glonoinum is homeopathic nitroglycerine.  It also has head pain from becoming over heated.  There is a surging of blood to the head and pulsations through out the body.  Heavy head, cannot lay it down.

Natrum Muriaticum - Salt - is a remedy for heat stroke

Natrum Muriaticum is homeopathic sodium chloride.  It is the one I have most commonly recommended.  Very fatigued, dizzy, faint, sleep.  Vision is unsteady and will see fiery zigzags around objects and sparks in front of the eyes.  Also the fingers and extremities will feel numbness and tingling.

There are many others to consider as well.  These are just the most common.  It is nice to know that there are additional tools in the toolbox rather than just Gatorade and ice.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

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