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The Longer I Ride, The Better I Feel…

Bill Walton was an NBA All-Star when I was a kid.  He was fun to watch.  Definitely a fan favorite.  But he was frequently injured and has spent much of his life in pain, according to an article in the April 21, 2016 edition of the Wall Street Journal.

WebP5261152Long since retired, he has become a bicycling aficionado, to say the least.  Even when he was a child, he loved riding his bicycle, to practice, back home, to school, and just for fun. Now as a retired athlete, he has a great deal of time to ride his bike and rides it many hours each day.  He feels more comfortable on his bike than any other activity in which he may participate.  “The longer I ride, the better I feel,” he says.  Unlike many former pro athletes, he takes no medication and has no pain.

That statement is a perfect summary of the remedy Bellis perennis.

Bellis perennis is a relative of Arnica montana.  So it has a lot to do with pain and trauma. Arnica is a mountain daisy.  Bellis is a common daisy, and it is well known for “old gardener’s injuries”, according to the old homeopathy books. Indeed, it is also a remedy for old football injuries, and perhaps old basketball injuries.

People who need Bellis perennis often say that once they start moving they feel better, but their first motion is very painful until they have gotten going.  This is also true of the remedy Rhus tox.

The difference between the two remedies lies in Bill Walton’s statement, “The longer I ride, the better I feel.”

Like Bellis perennis, Rhus tox feels worse on first motion and better on continued motion. But with Rhus tox, eventually, enough is enough and you feel worse again. With Bellis perennis, you can never move too much.  You just feel better and better as you keep moving.

Here is a summary of Bellis perennis:

Modalities for Bellis Perennis:

  • Pain better from continued motion. Rhus Tox also has this modality, but eventually you move too much with Rhus Tox and you must stop moving.  This is not true for Bellis Perennis.
  • Better from cold applications but worse from cold air or cold bathing.
  • Could also be better from Cold bathing, but generally always worse from cold air or wind.
  • Better from warm and warm applications.
  • The pain is worse than it seems it ought to be given the situation.

Here are some situations where you would choose Bellis Perennis over Arnica:

  • Injury to the Coccyx (Tailbone).
  • An old injury that has flared up. I had an old injury to the tailbone that reappeared with just a minor touch on the edge of a table I had bumped into.  It was much more painful than it seemed it should have been and it was better if I kept walking.  A week of Bellis Perennis 30c 3x a day made the injury disappear for good. This was several years ago.  I haven’t felt the pain since.
  • Recovering from surgery, especially deep surgery.
  • Abdominal surgery or injury.
  • Help speed recovery from any surgery.
  • Head Lice. (22 other remedies cover that symptom as well.)
  • When Arnica has ceased to work or simply isn’t working but seems like it should.
  • When you have left over pain and bruising (ecchymosis) from surgery or an injury that Arnica can’t heal.

Mental picture of Bellis Perennis:

Arnica often denies that anything is wrong.  This is not part of the picture of Bellis.  Bell-P has ritualistic behaviors, so when injured might be very structured and insist on doing things a certain way. They also might be slow to figure out what is going on. They are generally cheerful, and often compensate by being the tough guy (Compositae family).

I’m not trying to get Bill Walton to stop riding his bike, but he definitely could use a break from riding hours on end.  (See need for ritualistic activity, above.)  Several doses of Bellis perennis over time would definitely enable him to feel less pain and have a more multi-dimensional life.

Oddly, Bellis perennis is not readily available in the store.  So if you need some, please contact me.




The Top Ten Natural Care Products–Part 4

In this post, the Top Ten Natural Care Products will include useful tools in addition to homeopathy.  Specifically, the focus will be on burns.  But all of these items have many uses.

10.   Causticum 30C

In addition to healing burns, Causticum can help a certain type of cough.

In addition to healing burns, Causticum can help a certain type of cough.

Causticum is a homeopathic remedy that is made from a mix of minerals, including Potassium and Sulphur.  Take a 30C dose as soon as possible after a burn. This would be for burns such as accidentally touching a hot oven rack or a pan when cooking or baking.  It will also provides relief for burns to the inside of the mouth if you eat something that has not cooled sufficiently.  I remember a client calling me in a panic one day when her young son had done that. Causticum helped immediately.  It could also help sunburn, but see below for a better idea for sunburn.  The other items below are topical, so if you don’t want to put them in your mouth, Causticum is definitely the first choice.

Causticum can also help a tickly cough that is worse lying down and better from drinking cold water.

11.   Calendula Ointment or Cream

Calendula is widely used in a variety of personal care products.  It is really soothing for the skin.  But did you know it can help burns?  Spread it on the burn as soon as possible.  Repeat as necessary.  Calendula ointment or creme is widely available in health food stores, coops, even everyday grocery stores, such as Byerly’s locally in the Twin Cities of MN.  It was one of the first remedies I ever used when I became interested in homeopathy.  I had “burned” my lip on a spoonful of ice cream.  It was amazing.  I try to stay away from Calendula Gel as it can sting, whereas the Ointment or Creme is more soothing.

Calendula ointment is great for small rashes of unknown origin, and other itchy spots.  If you have chronic skin conditions, it is okay to use temporarily, but seek constitutional homeopathic care from a professional homeopath to help heal the problem.

12.  Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is a great help for burns.

Lavender is a great help for burns.

Lavender is one of the few essential oils that are okay to apply directly to the skin.  Lavender is handy in a number of ways. If you are using a deodorant and it is an especially sweaty day, you may want to put some drops directly under your arms or on your feet.  You can also apply Lavender Essential Oil to a burn to help it heal faster and prevent blistering.  I would do this in combination with the Causticum, if topical use is indicated.

I hope this set of natural care products will find a home in your medicine chest.  Please read this past blog to learn more about treating burns with homeopathy.



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.




Emergency Medicine: What Homeopathy Offers–Part 1

Arnica Montana for Trauma

Earlier this week I discussed some Natural Health viewpoints of western medicine.  The view of Emergency Medicine is different.  Most Natural Health providers find ER doctors and nurses to be amazing life savers.  It takes a certain type of person to work in an Emergency Room.  You have to have a clear head and be confident in your skills.  A panicky nurse or doctor won’t be very successful working in a crisis environment.  (Remember this:   a crisis isn’t what happens, it is how you react to what happens.)

However, there are a few homeopathic remedies that should be staples in the Emergency Room that would improve outcomes for the patients.

The first remedy is, you guessed it, Arnica montana.  Arnica is a remedy with no equal when it comes to dealing with trauma such as a car accident, a broken limb, etc.  Studies have shown it to not only be effective in easing pain without the use of narcotics, but also helping people heal faster.  One study was done on Arnica and plastic surgery.  People’s perception of how quickly they healed did not show any difference between those who got Arnica and those who didn’t.  But digital photos of the patients showed a significant difference when the photos were enlarged and the pixels of the bruised skin were examined and counted.  The bruising on the Arnica patients healed more quickly. Of course, no one ever heals quickly enough when they have had cosmetic surgery.  This is not a study on a traumatic situation, but the skin was still traumatized by the surgery.

Aconite for anticipating death

Aconite should be used in all Emergency Rooms, but especially in Pediatric ER’s.  The feeling of Aconite is one of panic.  The symptom is “Can Name Their Time of Death.”  When a child goes to an ER or to have surgery, they frequently feel like they are going to die.  Even my son would need Aconite when he accidentally ate nuts or peanuts, his throat started to close, and he began to think he would die.  Within minutes, he was much better.  Because it is such an intense state, we must match the state with the potency and have high potency (1M, 10M, 50M) doses available.  Children’s hospitals have social workers, nurses and others working to calm children before they have surgery.  Think how much easier it would be to give them some Aconite so they can calm down on their own, rather than having to be talked into being calm.

There are many other emergency remedies, which we will discuss in Part 2.

There are many important elements in making the presence of remedies in the ER successful.  First, the people who would be dispensing the remedies need to be well trained.  They need to know what to look for, learn the symptoms of the remedies, what potency to give, and how often.

Second, many different potencies of the remedies would need to be made available.

Third, the ER staff would have to buy into the idea of using the remedies.  The cost savings would be significant and the outcomes improved.  That would be a place to start.




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