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An Arnica Story, Sort Of….

I recently went with my family to England for a few days on a short holiday.  I always encourage people to bring Arnica, and other remedies like Rhus Tox, Bryonia and Ruta, along on vacation. There is nothing like an injury to ruin a vacation.  Those are great injury remedies.

SoreBackI would not likely have recommended the remedy I actually ended up needing.

While trying to keep up with my husband, who is always in a hurry, I tripped going up some shallow stairs.  I got a bruise or two on my leg and my lower back started hurting.  I have a history of my lumbar spine getting injured when I have fallen in the past.

I took some Arnica for my leg, never dreaming that it would have helped my back.  But it did!  A dose of Arnica 12c twice a day was all it took.  After a few days of that, I developed a cough–a tickly cough that was worse when I laid down in bed and better from warm beverages.  I tried a couple of different remedies for the cough, which is an old symptom that hadn’t appeared in at least five years. I had minimal help.

Then I had inspiration to take a more holistic view of the cough.  Kali Carbonicum is a remedy well known for tickly coughs that are worse from lying down.  But, it also covers the symptom of lower back pain where the back feels weak.  That is exactly how my back felt. The tickly cough came up as a sign from my body to take a different remedy.  So I took Kali Carb 12c.  Within an hour, I had a huge coughing episode and then suddenly, everything was better–my cough and my back.

The questions are, was Arnica the right remedy? Or should I have taken Kali Carb for my back sooner?  The answer to both questions is yes.  Arnica was the right remedy, but once the pain in my leg became manageable, I should have switched.  The Arnica helped my back, but the pain went right back to the original pain once the remedy wore off–not so for the leg.  That is a sign that it isn’t the right remedy.  The strength in my lower back came back with one dose of Kali Carb 12c.

Once again, a holistic view of symptoms always helps arrive at the correct remedy for the situation.

Call for a more holistic view of your health problems.

Kathryn
651-748-1556
www.lotushomeopathy.com

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The Top Ten Natural Care Products–Part 2

As we move through the list of the Top Ten Natural Care Products, it is important to make clear the difference between acute ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????and chronic illness.  Acute illness is an illness that is self limiting.  You either get over it or you die from it.  Fortunately, if we are generally healthy, we live. For most people, having an acute illness actually makes your immune system stronger.  There is another option, which is that your body can’t quite shake it and you develop some type of chronic illness that is related to the acute illness.  For example, getting respiratory influenza and then developing asthma as an outcome. Fortunately, homeopathy can help prevent or mitigate that situation.  A chronic illness is one which goes on and on and on.  The experience of a chronic illness is not to make you stronger.  Rather, the outcome is the body gets weaker.

The remedies and other products included in my list are, in most cases, on the list due to their ability to handle acute situations. They may be injuries or it could be a contagious dis-ease.  Most also have a long term use as well, but those uses won’t be discussed in this series of blogs.

On to the next items:

4.     Bryonia 30C

Bryonia is a homeopathic remedy for pain when the pain is worse from motion and better from being stabilized with an ace bandage or a hand. You can imagine that Bryonia is an excellent remedy in the process of healing an injury. But it also is a good cough remedy, especially if you are experiencing pain with the cough, which is better when you lay on the sore spot, or put your hand on it.   A lot of people think that Arnica is the remedy for over doing it when exercising, but Bryonia frequently is a better choice. Bryonia is better from heat, which is a frequent modality for overuse injuries. It is also better from being alone.  The people who need it tend to be pretty irritable as well.  Fear of motion due to the anticipation of potential pain is also a symptom of Bryonia.

5.    Rhus Tox 30C

Poison Ivy, with the smooth leaves.  Leaves of three, let it be.

Poison Ivy, with the smooth leaves. Leaves of three, let it be.

Rhus Tox is a homeopathic dose of Poison Ivy.  It is for injuries and illnesses that are worse for first motion and better from continued motion. This is in contrast to Bryonia, which is worse from all motion, not just first motion. People who need Rhus Tox are also chilly and are better from heat, often hot water or hot compresses, as opposed to warmth.  It is also a potential remedy for poison ivy, but generally you need several remedies in succession when exposed to poison ivy.

6.    Ledum 30c

Ledum is a homeopathic remedy made from the plant Ledum Palustre.  Ledum is useful for a number of things, but most especially, it is useful for puncture wounds.  Common examples of puncture wounds include biting your tongue, Getting an insect bite (yes, an insect bite is considered a puncture wound in homeopathy!), stepping on something sharp.

Stay tuned for more….

Kathryn

www.lotushomeopathy.com

651-748-1556

Remedy Of The Week

Beginning this week, I will be posting a Remedy of The Week on this Blog.  Many of you want to learn more about remedies and it is a fun way for me to look at them a different way.

I will describe the remedy and then you try to figure out which remedy it is.  To find the answer, click the link.

Thanks, and lets have fun.

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People who need this remedy are generally very open and friendly and tend to have a lot of friends.  They are restless and as such like to travel and see the world.  The main theme of this remedy is DIFFUSION.  Everything comes out of them and everything comes back in.  Because of these lack of boundaries, they tend to be fearful.

The people who need it will burn the candle at both ends, either socially or with work, similarly to the natural state of the material dose of this remedy.  They are often weary and very tired.

This lightness and effervescence of this natural substance shows up as a craving of carbonated beverages or feeling better from carbonated beverages in people who are sick.
What Remedy Is It?

Click HERE to find the answer.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

Athlete Gets Back on The Court in No Time

My twelve year old son Dylan received his most serious injury of his young sports career this past weekend.

Basketball season has begun.  Although soccer is his best sport, Basketball is a good complementary sport for winter–it helps develop his upper body whereas the focus is on the lower body in soccer.

But it is a contact sport, and often the contact is with the floor.  He got pushed  from behind and fell on his left hip and elbow.

I could see that this was for real.  He winced in pain and could hardly get off the floor.  He did not play the rest of the evening.

We got home, I gave him Arnica for the trauma. Upon closer examination, it appeared he had a hip pointer.

I was not scheduled to be home on Saturday, so I couldn’t keep tabs on how he was really doing.  I was teaching an Acute Care Homeopathy course all day.  During class, I was talking about a remedy called Ruta, which is for shin splints, injuries to the periosteum, sprained ankles and wrists, and is also a specific for injuries to the illiac crest.  As I was teaching, I said, “This is what I need to give Dylan!”  A hip pointer is an injury to the illiac crest.

He felt like the Arnica was helping him, so I waited to see how he was Sunday morning.  It wasn’t looking good for playing that afternoon.  I wasn’t satisfied that he still needed Arnica.  I gave him some Ruta 200c.  Within an hour, he said, “Mom, come and see my hip.”  The bruise was completely gone.  He was running around, feeling MUCH better.  I gave him one more dose before his game. He decided to try warming up at his afternoon basketball game.

Apparently warm ups went well because he played.  He scored 6 points and was unbeatable on defense. They won in overtime.

He was a bit sore in the evening.  I gave him another dose.  He didn’t even mention it this morning.

So all you athletes:  Ruta 200C or higher for hip pointers.  This is an injury which, according to most accounts, takes 1 – 2 weeks to heal.  For Dylan, it took 2 days.  Who knows, if I had switched sooner, it may have been better sooner.

If you need help with an athletic injury, let me know.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

Head Injuries and Homeopathy

Have you noticed how head injuries are finally getting the notice and attention they deserve?  They are very serious and can result in life changing effects, for both the person who got the injury and their family. 

Some of the effects of a head injury are often not noticeable or aren’t attributed to the head injury.  Sometimes there is permanent damage to the brain, other times it heals on its own.

On March 22, 2011, the Star Tribune carried a story about a man who went on a killing rampage.  Just weeks before, he had been hospitalized for five days due to a brain injury.  His brain had been swollen. His family members attributed the drastic change in behavior to his having been hit over the head.

Athletes, whether professional or amateur, are prime candidates for injuries. Just this fall there were four concussions in one week in the NFL.  Former NFL player, Dave Duerson committed suicide but not before he officially donated his brain to the NFL Brain Bank for research on concussions in football. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/23/dave-duerson-autopsy-repo_n_839629.html?utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Daily+Brief&utm_campaign=daily_brief Kurt Warner quit playing football because of multiple concussions (lets admit it, he was also getting old). 

MN Twins player Justin Morneau recently came back from missing most of last season due to a concussion. Female athletes are more likely to suffer long term effects of a concussion because they tend to minimize their injuries.  This is commonly believed to be due to the fact that they don’t want to be seen as week.

My friend and chiropractor, Dan Barrett, showed me an article many years ago about a study done on soccer players.  MRI’s showed that players who headed the ball with the top of their head had more negative effects to the brain than those who headed the ball with the front part of their head and forehead.  Although heading the ball as a single event is generally not traumatic enough to cause a problem, there is a cumulative effect from heading that should not be ignored.

What does all this have to do with Homeopathy? I’m glad you asked.

Homeopathy has had many solutions to head and brain injuries since the time of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the man who founded the principals of homeopathy in the 1800’s. 

Let’s start with the most obvious remedy, that you can and SHOULD administer on your own.  Arnica Montana.  Arnica is a mountain daisy, related to the daisies you may have growing in your own yard.  Arnica has been used in folk medicine for centuries.  It’s healing properties were first discovered when astute herbalists noticed that the sheep and goats that live in the mountains would eat it after fighting or falling down on the rocks.  It is a premier remedy for trauma.  Hahnemann turned it into a homeopathic remedy.  If my children are doing a lot of heading in a soccer game or at practice, I have them take a dose or two of Arnica 30C afterwards, just to prevent that cumulative effect I mentioned earlier. But a serious injury requires a stronger dose of Arnica–200C or 1M or even more.  If all you can locate is 30C, give it every 10 minutes in case of a serious injury, until you notice some improvement, or until you can locate some stronger Arnica.  One thing to be aware of:  One of the symptoms of Arnica is that the person who needs it may insist they are fine and they do NOT need anything.

If you need assistance or stronger Arnica, call Kathryn at 651-748-1556.

What happens after Arnica?  Or what if you didn’t know about homeopathy at the time of the injury?  What does homeopathy have to offer those people?

Arnica may help, it may not.  However, this is not the time to experiment on your own.  If you or someone you know has had a brain injury, this is the time to get professional help from a trained homeopath.

Homeopathy has 50 remedies, including Arnica, that have clinical evidence of helping head and brain injuries. The following are some of the more well known remedies.

Helleborus is a well named remedy, because the state it helps is very “hellish”.  One of the more prominent symptoms of this remedy is that the person who needs it knows what they want to say, but they cannot get it out.  What they say may seem incoherent.  Obviously, this could be a stroke or Alzheimer’s remedy as well.  There is a great deal of confusion and anxiety.  The latin name for this flower is Helleborus Niger, which means it is a black flower.  The delusions of this flower are very dark indeed–delusions seeing ghosts, devils, phantoms, specters, etc.  Understandably, they have a fear of all things evil.

Hypericum is a remedy you may know better as St. John’s Wort.  Hypericum is known in homeopathy as a remedy for nerve pain and nerve injuries.  Smashed fingers, neuralgic pain from dental work all respond well to Hypericum.  Since the brain is the driver if the Central Nervous System, it makes sense that it could also help a brain injury.  Hypericum would be used if the injured individual has a sensation of being lifted, can also see ghosts, and has a fear of downward motion.  They will also have a loss of memory and make mistakes in speaking and spelling, perhaps omitting letters and/or words.  There may be some shooting pains in the extremities as well.

Depression after a head injury is quite common.  Homeopathy has several remedies for that as well.  Natrum sulphuricum is one such remedy.  There will be a lot of grief associated with the injury and may have other mental symptoms from the injury. The sadness may be associated with a loss of honor due to an inability to perform a task one used to be able to perform.  The person needing it may exhibit suicidal tendencies after the head injury.  Frequent spells of unconsciousness after a head injury points to this remedy as well.

Conium and Cicuta Virosa are also known as remedies that help those who are suffering sadness after depression.  Both are from the Umbelliferae family which has a common symptom among all of them that they aren’t included or liked as well as they used to be.

There are many, many more remedies that can be used for head and brain injuries.  Start with Arnica if the injury is new.  If not, call Kathryn at 651-748-1556 to get on the path to healing.

If you or someone you love has a brain injury, please contact the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota for resources.  www.braininjurymn.org

Kathryn Z. Berg, MA, CCH is a Certified Classical Homeopath.  She can be reached at www.lotushomeopathy.com. 651-748-1556.

Remedies for Bad Boys

As long as everyone is into bashing Charlie Sheen (he did paint an awfully big target on his chest), it seems time to present a more compassionate view of his behavior, using a homeopathic perspective. 

Let’s be clear.  Homeopathy does not condone or excuse his behavior.  But he is dropping homeopathic symptoms all over the place. 

When one listens to his talking about his current life style, and how his wild behavior was a gift to viewers and participants, it is hard to ignore the thrill-seeking he is exhibiting.  It appears that he thinks everyone else wants as many thrills as he does.  His producer said that he has an empty soul.  My first thought was the remedy Medorrhinum.  Many a wild homeopathic client has been helped with this remedy. The type of thrill seeking can vary.  For example, thrill seeking that includes Extreme Sports may be

Thrill Seeker!

Thrill Seeker!

exhibited. It can also be drugs, sex and rock and roll.  For the people who need this remedy, it can be difficult to continue to take it.  When the desire for exhilaration diminishes, they often don’t know what to do with themselves. They are bored.  It becomes a spiritual issue. 

Another possible remedy is Hyoscyamus.  This remedy, in the same plant family as potatoes and tomatoes, can display a lot of deviant behavior. 

Has anyone watched the old television sit com Cheers?  The character Sam Malone bears some resemblance to Charlie Sheen.  This character needs the remedy Fluoric Acid.  The fluorides and other remedies in that column of the periodic table belong to the group referred to as the Halogens.  People who need Halogen remedies make and break bonds with others regularly, just as the Halogens make and break bonds in their material state.  Fluoric Acid in particular has a difficult time establishing a strong bond with any one person.  They think everything is just fine.  They don’t recognize problems. 

There are many other Bad Boy and Bad Girl remedies.  The important thing from the homeopathic perspective is that it is very difficult for these people to restrain themselves without a good homeopathic remedy.  Just as it is hard for a rule bound person to break out of their need for structure, it is equally difficult for a wild child, Bad Boy to tame himself a bit. 

When someone who has allegedly been sober and clean for a number of years begins to drink or use again, they decompensate quickly.  This means that all the skills and strength he or she had exhibited previously becomes inaccessible to him or her. The behavior may become even worse than it had been.  This is also true of a very structured person.  If he has learned to relax, and them some incident occurs which perhaps frightens them, they may become even more controlling and structured than they had been.   Homeopathy can help. 

If you or someone you know needs a little taming or a little revving up, call Lotus Homeopathy at 651-748-1556 to see what we can do for you.

Spring Brings New Health Complaints

I remember when I was young, there was a boy in my class who got pneumonia several years in a row in the spring.  He’d always miss a week or more of school. 

Spring can bring on allergy symptoms.

Many years later, when I had my own children, one of them ended up getting Bronchitis and Pneumonia two years in a row in the spring.  By then I knew about homeopathy and knew enough to pay attention to the timing.  Was this a pattern developing? 

When I look in my homeopathic Repertory (a book of symptoms), I see that the symptom of Spring Aggravates has 52 remedies.  The remedy my young son needed at that time is listed among the 52. He has not had any Spring respiratory issues since taking that remedy several times over the course of a year. 

Also listed are several remedies made from various Snakes.  Since snakes tend to hibernate in the Winter, it isn’t a surprise that the Spring weather might cause health issues for people needing those remedies.  How would you feel after being awakened from a 3 month nap?

Spring is also a time of Allergies.  Homeopathy has much to offer to relieve Spring allergies and prevent them from coming back the next year. I personally used to have Spring allergies, Fall allergies and Cat allergies.  Now, some mild sneezing in spring and fall is all I experience.  I even stayed a couple days with a cousin who has a cat and was perfectly fine.

One very common remedy for acute allergies is Sabadilla.  The main symptom indicating this remedy is copious sneezing.  Another remedy to consider is Allium Cepa.  This is for a very watery, runny nose accompanied by sneezing.  There are many more.  If these symptoms match yours, take the remedy in a 30C as needed. 

Interestingly, if you have chronic allergies, the remedy you use this season, may not work next year at the same time.  A constitutional remedy can help you conquer your allergies.  Allergies are one of the most common ailments for which someone seeks homeopathic care.  So join the rest of the former allergy sufferers and get help for your self and your family. 

For help with your upcoming Spring Allergies, call Kathryn at 651-748-1556.

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