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The Truth About Homeopathy, Part 2–Exciting Cause versus Root Cause

Exciting Cause versus Root Cause

How many times have you felt like you have discovered the cause of a particular health problem?  You have finally gotten to the bottom of it.  This is the root cause, the source of all troubles.

The solution may look something like this:

If I stop drinking bubbly water, my bladder problems will go away.

OR

If I become a vegetarian, that will solve my digestive issues.

OR

If I just eat chocolate a little less often, I can keep my anxiety under control.

OR

If I sleep on my right side, I will sleep better because then I won’t hear my heart beating as I am trying to fall asleep.

OR

If I diffuse Lavender, my anxiety is lessened. (This suggests that you have a deficiency of Lavender currently.)

NeonTrees3There are an unlimited number of possibilities we can concoct in our mind as solutions to make our lives better and seemingly improve our health.

In homeopathy, all these “solutions” are referred to as modalities.  We ask our clients a number of questions about what makes symptoms better and what makes them worse.  They are important in determining the correct remedy.

However, they are a “cause” of sorts.  Chocolate could be a cause of your anxiety. Eating meat could cause your digestive issues.

That sort of cause is what is referred to as an “exciting cause.”  Moving out of a damp basement when you have asthma, removes the exciting cause. But what it doesn’t address is why do you have the propensity to develop asthma in the first place.  THAT is the root cause.  The damp basement is the exciting cause.

We can spend the rest of our lives removing exciting causes and chasing down the next one that pops up.  When we have surgery to remove an ovary because of ovarian cysts, that removes the exciting cause of ovulation from that ovary.  But, the next problem will arise later.  It is like a game of whack-a-mole.  My experience over and over is that removing exciting causes where we can is an important contribution to long term healing, but does not solve the problem.

IMGP0670Examining the root cause requires an in depth intake interview.  Examining how you feel about certain events in your life, how you react to other people, dreams, food cravings, sleep positions, and many other questions help get to the bottom of your problems.  Symptoms of your problems come in many forms, some unrelated to what you think your chief complaint is.  Signs of the right remedy may arise in an off-hand comment, or a box you check in the intake form.

Homeopathy helps get to the root of the problem.  It is a profound form of healing.  Anything that only tackles the exciting causes is just a management technique.

If you would like to know more about how to get to the root cause of your problems, click here to book a Complimentary Consult today!

Kathryn
651-748-1556

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

 

Can The Weather Make You Sick?

In a word:  Yes.

Many medical professionals will say things like, “You can’t get a cold by being cold.”  Or, “There is no evidence that the weather can make you sick.”  Wrong and Wrong.

Anyone who says that weather has no influence on whether you get sick or not, hasn’t studied homeopathy.

imgp4696webThe most obvious symptoms arise when someone is anxious about the weather.  Stormy weather can cause a good deal of anxiety in some people, which can lead to physical symptoms.  Warm weather can make people apathetic and not want do their work.  And of course, Seasonal Affective Disorder, wide spread in Minnesota in the winter, can cause the blues on cloudy days.

Physically, there are many weather related illnesses.  Everyone probably has an aunt or a friend who can predict the weather due to physical pains that pop up just before the rain or other damp conditions.  Skin conditions such as eczema can get worse in summer or winter, depending on the constitutional homeopathic remedy a person needs.

Children often get ear infections, or pain in the ears if their heads aren’t covered properly in the winter. People get tooth aches if the weather is damp or cold.

There are countless homeopathic symptoms that are weather related.  Well, not really countless.  There are 1027  homeopathic symptoms with the word “weather” associated with them.  There are 144 remedies which cover the General symptom of Becoming Cold Aggravates.  There are 110 remedies in the General symptom of Change of Weather Aggravates.

Here are a few of the more helpful, weather related acute care remedies that you might need.

imgp4676webDulcamara:  Minnesota has the perfect fall weather to create conditions under which Dulcamara will be required.  Illness that comes around with warm days and cool nights, such as we are experiencing now (Fall, 2016) frequently need Dulcamara.  This is especially true when the weather is also damp, such as we have had this fall as well.  This could be coughs, croup, general cold symptoms, illnesses involving the mucous membranes. in particular.  Dulcamara, along with several other remedies, also covers the symptom of diarrhea in autumn.

You could also use Dulcamara prophylactically.  Since it is a common remedy that people are needing this fall, a couple 30C doses just might help ward whatever is going around.

Aconite:  When the weather gets bitter cold in the winter, make sure you have some Aconite 30c and 200c handy. (You might need to get the 200c from a homeopathic practitioner.)  If you get exposed to the bitter cold Minnesota winter winds, and then rapidly develop a high fever or a cold, Aconite will help.  This fever or cold is generally accompanied by a great deal of fear and anxiety, that something akin to death will occur…soon.  Aconite won’t be the last remedy needed in a situation like this, but a few doses will get you through the worst of it.

Rhus Tox:  This remedy has so many weather related symptoms, that it would be nearly impossible to write about all of them.  Rhus Tox is an arthritis remedy, among other things.  The symptoms are generally better in the summer, when the weather is warm and sunny.  On the other hand, when it we are experiencing cloudy, overcase or foggy weather, symptoms may appear or may get worse. Rhus Tox symptoms come on often in autumn. Rhus Tox headaches, for example, may appear with damp weather, before or during a storm, or when the weather changes.  A confirmatory symptom would be that the headache (or any symptom) is better with motion.  Most of us prefer to lie down with a headache.  But if you feel better moving around, consider Rhus Tox.

If the weather is literally getting you down, consider homeopathy.  Give a call.

Kathryn
651-748-1556

 

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.

Kathryn
651-748-1556
http://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?: 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

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.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

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