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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

Another Arnica Story

A well used tube of Arnica Montana 10M.

A well used tube of Arnica Montana 10M.

There are times when I feel like perhaps I extol the virtues of Arnica more than necessary.  Or perhaps, at the expense of the reputation of other homeopathic remedies.

However, I had another Arnica experience I feel compelled to share.  But it isn’t just an Arnica story.  It is a personal homeopathy story, which begins with Arnica.

I recently had a minor surgery.  Something that couldn’t be healed with homeopathy.  Before agreeing to it, I made sure there was no other way.  I had a referral from my Holistic Doc who knew that I would be concerned about the quality of the surgery.

I took Arnica after the surgery.  This not only helped with the post surgical pain, but it also helped heal the trauma from the surgery.  Two weeks later was the follow up appointment, just to make sure all was going as it should.

The appointment started out with the post surgical nurse taking my vitals.  I was informed that mine were the best vitals she would see all day. She knew this at 9:30 a.m.  Thank you homeopathy, chiropractic and a healthy diet.  She asked about pain, the recovery process, etc.  I explained that I had used only homeopathy and a few doses of Tylenol to manage the pain as the healing progressed.  The prescription for narcotics went unused and got torn up and thrown into the waste basket.  I read the doctor’s post surgery report.  “The patient handled the procedure very well,” the doctor had dictated.

When the nurse inspected the incision to see how it was healing, she commented that I didn’t even have a scab.  This was unusual.  I told her it was the Arnica.  I explained the background of Arnica, which she found fascinating.  Eventually she took my business card and was very excited.  “I’m going to tell the other nurses about this.  We are all so into natural things.”  A clinic full of surgeons is the perfect place to share Arnica.

This is a common outcome for Arnica, if not a common response.  But the more we share our homeopathy stories, the more people will want to learn more and become healthier.  By the time I left the brief appointment, the nurse knew that I wasn’t on any medications, that my vitals were good because of the choices I made in my health care.  I wasn’t just lucky nor did I just have good genes.  In the end, it saves me money to choose natural modalities like homeopathy and chiropractic and good diet, even though it may seem like it cost more to begin with.

If you have a homeopathy story, share it with me in the comment section!

Kathryn
651-748-1556
http://www.lotushomeopathy.com

Homeopathy is Safe to Dispose of, But Why Would You?

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OTC and prescription medications need careful disposal. Not so with homeopathic remedies.

I recently received my copy of the quarterly communication from The Washington County (MN) Board of Commissioners. The front page story caught my eye, as I suppose it was designed to do.

The headline read, “Unused Medication Collection Process Is Growing.”  It was full of information about the program that has been created in Washington County, how to use it, the dangers of flushing medications or disposing of them in the trash, drug abuse that can occur with unused medications and the most frequently abused drugs, and what Washington County intends to do with these drugs, if anything. Here is a link to information about the program.

I got to thinking that there are no guidelines or regulations in disposing of homeopathic remedies, because there is no reason to have any regulations.  For that matter, there is really no reason to dispose of homeopathic remedies.

Unlike over the counter and prescription medications:

  • Homeopathic remedies do not need to be disposed of.  They keep indefinitely.  The ones you buy at the store still work long after their supposed expiration date has passed.  I have had personal success using a remedy that had an expiration date of October 97 printed on the little blue tube. Also, they do not spoil.
  • Homeopathic remedies are not addictive.  There is no incentive to abuse remedies.  There is no potential high from taking a remedy.
  • Homeopathic remedies don’t have a “black” market.
  • Homeopathic remedies don’t need to be burned in a specially licensed incinerator.  (Licensed or not, burning these drugs is of questionable safety, according to a source close to this topic.)
  • Homeopathic remedies are not harmful to the environment, either in the manufacturing process or the disposal process.  There is no concern about wildlife or fish developing an extra gill or leg because someone unknowingly threw away a remedy bottle.  (Don’t even get me started on the damage to the environment from manufacturing pharmaceuticals.)
  • Since many remedies can have hundreds of uses, you can possibly use the remedies for something different in the future.  Just because the retail bottle has a pathology printed on the label doesn’t mean that is the only thing it helps.  Indeed, it may not even help that printed pathology for you, but it may help your friend if he or she has that problem.
  • It is okay to share your acute remedies with your friends.  If your friend injures him or herself, you can safely give him or her Arnica from your remedy collection with no fear of an allergic reaction or a side effect.
  • According the article, the AARP reports that 75% of people age 45 or older take an average of four prescription medications daily.  (WOW!!!!  No wonder it costs businesses so much to offer health care insurance to their employees.  The drug companies must love that.)  In Classical homeopathy, we use one remedy at a time.

So do yourself, the county and the environment a favor.  Next time you need health care, see a homeopath, get a remedy.  You will heal yourself, save money, save the county money and keep the environment safe.

Kathryn

www.lotushomeopathy.com

651-748-1556

Remedy of the Week #2

With the holidays coming, you or your family may be needing some help from this remedy.

Ailments from too much joy is the description of this remedy.  If you have ever had such a good time that you couldn’t sleep, you may find that you can settle down with this remedy.  This applies to children as well.

There are many insomnia remedies, but for acute insomnia caused by a situation that has been fun and joyful, this one can’t be beat.  If you need this remedy you may also be seeking additional stimulation to build on what you are already feeling, when in fact, you really need to calm down.

To have this remedy waft over you, click here.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

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

Happy Hydrogenium Day!

Today is 11-11-11.  This day won’t happen again for 100 years, so let’s make the best of it.

Hydrogen represents the beginning, an explosion, the start of all things.

The number one is related to new beginnings.  When you put a second number one next to the first, you get the number eleven, which represents a door.  So today is a door to new beginnings x 3.

Hydrogen is the first element on the periodic table.  It is number one. It is about the beginning of time, the big bang theory, the origins of the universe.

As a homeopathic remedy, Hydrogenium represents the beginning, conception, not quite coming into the world.  The people who need it may come across as a bit flaky and flighty.  After all, it is a gas, so why not.

They may be seeking that oneness, that unity with the divine.  They are often spiritual seekers.  There may be a sense that they are under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs, but mostly there is not much drug use on the part of these individuals.  Why would they need to?

They are often haughty, arrogant and egotistical.  After all, they have a connection with the divine and the rest of us don’t.  They can have a difficult time in expressing their spirituality that is helpful and accessible to others.  Once they receive the remedy, they are more likely to have a spiritual nature that is able to create value for others.

BTW, 11-11-11 could also be Natrum (sodium) day, but they are not open, but rather closed down individuals, keeping people out and protecting themselves.  It is just two rows down in the periodic table, but a world apart.

On this Hydrogenium Day, lets all strive for symbiosis and unity with others and reach for that divine state that is within all of us.   Let’s start over at the beginning in any relationships that need improving.  Let’s create value for the world in all things we do.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

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