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Homeopathic Remedies for Panic Attacks

This week is the start of  Face Your Fears Week. For one week in October the charity, Changing Faces is asking everybody in the UK to face their fears and raise money at the same time. Fears trigger a whole cascade of events in the mind and body and often lead to panic attacks, which can range from mild to severe. With it affecting so many people, homeopathic rememdes for panic attacks are becoming more and more popular. Panic attacks can have a major impact on general the lifestyle of a sufferer. They can be triggered by physical or emotional events. Situations such as a fear of spiders or being in a crowded train can trigger a panic attack in some individuals. Homeopathy can help to both treat the short term signs of a panic attack and help to treat the underlying cause of this condition. Other examples of situations that can lead to panic attacks are a fear of flying, being in a confined space (such as a lift) or in a large open space. Signs of Panic Attacks Hyperventilation (over breathing) Palpitations Sweating Chest pain Shortness of breath Dizziness Shaking Panic attacks are usually treated with antidepressant medications and drugs such as diazepam. These drugs all come with the added burden of side effects and can cause dependency. This is not the ideal solution to this problem. Other common treatments are cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and relaxation techniques. Homeopathic remedies can offer a quick short term solution to these episodes, but it is more important to get to the root of the problem. The ideal treatment plan should include short term relief,alongside a long term and permanent solution. Homeopathy can provide you with this two pronged treatment plan. Long term treatment will require a full consultation with a qualified homeopath. The following homeopathic remedies can be taken every 10 minutes for up to 5 doses. These remedies should be taken in the 200c potency, and can be taken in the form of pills, tablets or drops. Pills and tablets should be sucked, and not swallowed. Drops can be taken directly on the tongue or in water. Aconite is a major homeopathic remedy for intense fear. This remedy can...

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Homeopathic remedies for colds

There are many homeopathic remedies that can be taken to help speed up the treatment of colds. These remedies are extremely safe and can be taken by the whole family, even young babies. This is especially useful for children as they usually pick up colds at nursery or school. These homeopathic remedies can also be taken alongside other conventional medicines without interfering with their action. The remedies below should be taken in 30c potency up to four times a day for up to one week. Pulsatilla is an effective natural remedy for colds that are accompanied with thick greenish yellow mucus, sneezing and a loss of smell and taste. They person may also crave sympathy and have a cough, which is loose in the morning and dry at night. The cold symptoms for this homeopathic remedy are generally better for open air. Allium Cepa is the main remedy for the common cold which has a lot of discharge from the nose and eyes. The nasal discharge may burn the upper lip. These symptoms are usually improved in the open air for this remedy. Arsen Alb should be considered for colds that have a watery discharge from the nose that causes burning and itching. The person may also sneeze without any relief and be thirsty for sips of cold water. This homeopathic remedy should be given if the person also feels anxious, nervous and restless. Belladonna should be given at the earliest stage of cold that is accompanied with a fever and sore throat that mainly affects the right side. The person may also be very thirsty. Aconite is the homeopathic remedy of choice for cold that start suddenly after exposure to cold dry wind. This remedy should be given at the earliest possible time to be of maximum benefit. The cold symptoms may also be accompanied with a high fever. If you found our health article “Homeopathic remedies for colds” useful, please let us know by rating it...

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Can homeopathy help with flu prevention?

Homeopathy may be able to play a role in preventing seasonal flu by helping to support the immune system. There are a number of remedies that can be taken to support the immune system at this time of the year, although the most effective form of treatment is to consult a professional homeopath and have constitutional treatment. This is given in the form of a homeopathic remedy that is specific to the individual’s personality and general health. The homeopathic remedy Anas Barb 200c  and Aconite 200c should be taken at the first sign of a cold, as it can act as a preventative. It is important to take this remedy at the earliest possible stage for maximum benefit so therefore it is important to have this remedy on stand-by. This natural remedy is extremely safe and can be taken by the whole family. Several homeopathic pharmacies also make specific remedies to help prevent colds and flu’s. These are normally based on the current strains of flu that are in circulation over the season. For more information on these remedies, please contact the specialist homeopathic pharmacies. Influenzinum is a homeopathic remedy that is added to many flu prevention combinations. This remedy has also recently been included as part the flu prevention vaccination programme in Canada. If you found our article “can homeopathy help with flu prevention” useful, please rate it above.   Homeopathic remedies have not undergone stringent clinical trials, so we cannot make any claims for their effectiveness against flu prevention. The information in this article is only recommended as a guide to various homeopathic remedies that are available. Please consult your GP or pharmacist to discuss further treatment...

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Quit smoking for Stoptober with Homeopathy

With Stoptober now in full swing, there are various options available for quitting the habit. Most people who have tried to quit smoking will testify that it is one of the hardest challenges of their life. It is virtually impossible to quit unless you really want to. So this is the first question you need to ask yourself. If the answer is yes, then why not quit smoking for Stoptober with homeopathy? As most people are now aware, smoking is linked with various diseases and illnesses, so it is definitely in your best interests to give up this habit.  Whilst the over the counter nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), such as chewing gum, patches and lozenges, provide some support there are still many smokers who quit the programmes and revert back to the habit. The electric cigarette market is currently booming, but most types have very high doses of nicotine, which is very addictive. There are some very good homeopathic remedies that have can help to break the smoking habit. Homeopathy provides a different type of support, which helps with both the physical craving of nicotine and the general addiction of smoking. The homeopathic support for smokers consists of natural remedies that are safe and free from side effects and can be tailored to the individual. These remedies are not addictive and can be taken alongside other medications. The following homeopathic remedies will help with the different aspects of helping to quit the smoking habit. It’s better to keep a range of remedies as this will help deal with situations as they arise. Remedies Tabacum is a natural remedy that can help to reduce the smoking craving. The ideal dose is one tablet three times a day and when the craving is bad. This is a remedy that is actually made from tobacco leaves, but following in the principles of homeopathy (like treats like), it forms an ideal remedy for smoking cessation. One of the main principles of homeopathy is that a substance that can cause symptoms when given in excess can be taken to cure those symptoms when given in a smaller dose. This homeopathic remedy should be taken in the 6C potency over a period of a few months...

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Homeopathic remedies for morning sickness

Homeopathic remedies for morning sickness

Morning sickness is a condition that affects more than half of pregnant women. The nausea can be mild or lead to vomiting. This can often be the first sign of pregnancy as it usually starts from the 6th week of pregnancy and lasts until the 12th week. It can affect some women throughout the whole pregnancy. There are several homeopathic remedies that are extremely safe, and can be very effective in treating this condition. Many pregnant women suffer with morning sickness, especially during the second and third months of pregnancy. Many of these women will experience nausea without the vomiting. Although it is called morning sickness, it can affect pregnant women at any time of the day. Homeopathic remedies for morning sickness can really benefit these women. Morning sickness usually wears off by the 14th to 16th week of pregnancy, but a few women can continue to suffer after this time. This is called hyperemesis, and can result in severe vomiting which causes dehydration, weight loss and chemical imbalances and requires urgent medical treatment. Severe vomiting will require rehydration treatment with contain salts and minerals that are essential for the body. The remedies below should be taken in the 30c potency, up to four times a day, for 7 to 10 days. Nux Vomica. This is a good natural remedy for nausea, which improves after vomiting. Nux Vomica is a good remedy especially if the patient wants to vomit but cannot, and this causes the problem to continue. There is usually also a sour taste in the mouth in the morning. The nausea can be made worse by strong odours or pressure of clothes at the waist. The pregnant women may feel better with hot drinks. Ipecacuanha. This natural remedy is indicated when the patient has continuous nausea which is not relieved by vomiting (opposite to Nux Vomica). Sepia. This alternative remedy is very effective if the patient’s nausea symptoms are accompanied by feelings of irritability, tiredness and weepiness. Arsen Alb is for sickness that accompanied with diarrhoea and a burning sensation in the stomach. The sickness may be better for having warm drinks. The patient may also be irritable and restless. Nat Mur is for sickness that is associated...

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Homeopathic Remedies for Travel

Homeopathic Remedies for Travel

Homeopathic remedies are perfect travel companions, as many remedies can be taken for more than one condition. The following range of remedies should cover most common eventualities. Another advantage of taking a “Homeopathic Travel Kit” is that the remedies can be taken by the whole family. You can purchase ready made kits from the homeopathic pharmacies, or you can assemble one yourself. The remedies below can be taken every 15 minutes, for up to 6 doses,  then four times a day. If the condition persists, you may need to get medical help. Chamomilla is a very good remedy for restlessness and irritability, which is often the case with young children on flights. This can be due to the pressure changes which causes ear ache. Chamomilla is one of the main remedies for treating this type of ear ache. Arnica and Cocculus are excellent natural remedies for preventing jet-lag. This remedy should be taken in the 30c potency and ideally a dose should be taken before departure and repeated every four hours during the journey. A dose should also be taken after the journey. Apis. This remedy can be though of as a “homeopathic antihistamine”. It is very effective for insect bites and stings. Apis is also a very good natural remedy for the treatment of urticaria and hives. This remedy can also be taken for sunburn. Apis should be taken at the earliest sign of a bite or rash in the 30c potency. This remedy can also be combined with Histamine 200c for added benefit. Arnica is the number one homeopathic remedy for the immediate relief from injury. This natural remedy reduces bleeding, inflammation, bruising and promotes healing. Arnica should be taken in the 200c potency at the earliest sign of an injury. Arsenicum Alb is the main remedy for food poisoning. This remedy is indicated when there is vomiting and diarrhoea which is accompanied by chilliness and reslessness. The abdominal pains may be described as cramping and burning. This remedy should be taken in the 30c potency. Belladonna is a very useful remedy for travel. It is a very good remedy for mild sunburn, sunstroke, fever, sore throat and ear aches. An indication for this homeopathic remedy is that the symptoms...

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Homeopathy Under Attack (Again)!

It seems that Homeopathy needs to be attacked from the medical establishment periodically. The latest attack occurred on the 10th April 2013. This seems to be a calculated attack as it coincides with the start of homeopathy awareness week. Ironically, this is great timing for the homeopathy industry as it shines more light on this natural complementary treatment. The latest criticism is lead by Professor Sir John Beddington, who accused the Government for ignoring his advice against the use of homeopathic remedies by GP’s and NHS hospitals. There are currently only three homeopathic hospitals in the UK – London, Bristol and Glasgow. The current annual spend on homeopathic remedies and treatments is in the region of £4 million. The NHS’s annual budget in 2011/12 was approximately £106 million. Financial figures from 2006 revealed that the NHS spent £2bn on treating patients who had suffered adverse effects from medicines that had passed the gold standard double blind clinical trials. The efficacy of homeopathy has been demonstrated on many clinical trials, so the suggestion that this form of complementary medicine is untested and likening it to witchcraft is highly inaccurate. Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is used successfully around the world. It has been available on the NHS for over 65 years. There is no doubt that homeopathy polarises opinion. Many people that are passionate about homeopathy have had positive experiences, whereas those people who are vehemently against the use of homeopathy cannot comprehend how the remedies can work. This debate is one that will go on and on, but the accusation of a placebo effect seems quite farfetched as babies and animals have also been successfully treated with homeopathic remedies. Maybe it is the not knowing of how these simple remedies can work, which is threatening number of medics and scientists? The popularity of homeopathy is as strong as ever with more people looking for alternatives to conventional medicines.  It is estimated that 6 to 10 million people in the UK have either used or regularly use homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy works on the principle that “like cures like”. An illness is treated with a substance (in a highly diluted and succussed form), which could produce similar symptoms in...

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Clinical Results of Homeopathy

Homeopathy periodically receives negative press, usually from various scientific groups and the huge pharmaceutical companies. A lot of the negative press revolves around homeopathy not proving effective in clinical trials. There have been a number of clinical trials which actually show homeopathy to be effective. A study conducted at the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital involved 6,500 patients who attended over 23,000 times over a six year period. The results showed that 70% of follow-up patients reported an improvement in health. 50% of these people reported a major improvement. The conditions that reported the best results were childhood eczema and asthma, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), menopausal problems and migraines in adults. The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine) conducted a survey on 500 patients, indicated that many patients were able to stop or reduce their conventional medication following homeopathic treatment. The percentage of this effect varied between the diagnoses. For example, for skin complaints, 72% of patients reported that they were able to stop or reduce their conventional medication. These results indicate that homeopathy can play a very important role in general health care. Homeopathy offers an effective and inexpensive addition to the treatment options that are available to...

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Susceptibility

Homeopaths have recognised for 180 years that while there are disease agents (living organisms that can cause illness), their ability to infect the body depends on an individual’s susceptibility. They claimed that susceptibility could be affected by a person’s underlying  state of health or their lifestyle. [1] Nowadays this is an accepted part of medicine, and the idea that disease agents alone can explain illness is not considered valid: It is not biological organisms, but human beings, who are ill, and even diseases, like a duodenal ulcer or a cancer, which clearly involve a biological defect, have causes, manifestations and effects which reach far beyond the limits of biology. Therefore, clinical medicine is more than applied biology. Clinicians must also take into account their patients’ experience of pain, suffering, self-respect, aim in life, etc., and they must learn to deal with such non-biological phenomena in a rational way. That is, perhaps, the biggest challenge offered by contemporary medicine. At best, the reduction of non-biological phenomena to biology is futile, and, at worst, it leads to a distorted and unacceptable view of man. [2] Susceptibility is increased by stresses (physical, mental or emotional), whether prolonged or sudden, and especially by miasmatic conditions. On the other hand the healthier and less stressed a person is, the less likely they are to become ill. References 1.  Samuel Hahnemann (trans. William Boericke), Organon of Medicine, 6th edn, manuscript completed 1841, 1st English edn 1921 (Calcutta: Roy Publishing House, repr. edn 1972), § 73 p. 152. 2.  Henrik R. Wulff, Stig Andur Pedersen & Raben Rosenberg, Philosophy of medicine: an introduction (Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1986), p....

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Homeopathy for Gastritis

Gastritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. The usual causes of this condition are anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Steroid medications such as prednisolone and iron supplements can also lead to gastritis. Excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, stress and a bad diet can also lead to this condition. So is there any treatments in homeopathy for gastritis? Homeopathic remedies can help to reduce the symptoms of gastritis and help the stomach lining to heal. The following homeopathic remedies can be taken every 30mins for up to 10 doses. These remedies should be taken in the 30c potency. These remedies can be taken safely by the whole family. If the symptoms persist after this time, please consult a qualified homeopath.  Chronic gastritis may require medical referral, as it may be a sign an underlying illness. Nux Vomica can be taken for gastritis symptoms that are caused by over work, excessive alcohol consumption or overeating rich and spicy foods. This remedy is very effective if the symptoms are worse after eating and in the morning. The patient may be very irritable and crave stimulants and alcohol. The patient may also have heartburn, bloating and gas. This homeopathic remedy is also indicated if the patient has constipation and severe nausea and vomiting. Lycopodium is for people who feel “slow and sluggish”. This remedy is for people who have a big appetite, but feel full and bloated after eating. The patient will have to loosen tight clothing to be more comfortable. They also usually suffer with flatulence and belching. Carbo Veg is for patients who feel bloated and full after eating. They will feel better after belching, but digestion is generally slow. The patient will crave fresh air, and not want to be stuck indoors. The symptoms are worse for eating fats, cabbage, coffee and milk. The patient may also complain of cramping pains. Anacardium is indicated for indigestion which comes on a few hours after eating. The patient may also have a foul taste in the mouth and the stomach can seem blocked up. This remedy is also for stomach pains that are better for eating. The symptoms are better after vomiting and worse from exposure to drafts...

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Homeopathic treatments for cold sores

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus, and unfortunately once you have this virus, it always stays with you. This virus does however stay dormant in the body and only reactivates itself when you become run down, stressed, have a fever or are exposed to the sun. Read more to learn about cold sores homeopathy… Eruptions usually occur on or around the mouth and cause a blister which weeps then becomes crusted over. These eruptions normally clear up after 5 to 7 days. There is often a tingling or itchy sensation before the cold sore fully develops. This is the most effective time to start treatment, but homeopathic remedies can still work after the cold sore has erupted. The following homeopathic remedies should be taken in the 30c potency, four times a day for up to 5 days.  If there is no change after two days, you may need to take another homeopathic remedy. These homeopathic remedies can help to speed up recovery from an outbreak, but you should consider consulting a homeopath for constitutional treatment for a more thorough solution. Nat Mur should be taken if the cold sore occurs in the middle of the lower lip. An indication for this remedy is a dry mouth and dry lips. The person may also crave salty foods and the symptoms will be better in the open air. Rhus Tox is for cold sore eruptions that occur at the corners of the mouth or on the chin. The eruption will cause burning and itching and will be red and swollen. The symptoms are better for warm applications and the person may be restless. This remedy is for cold sore’s that are worse in open air and which are caused by overexertion. Capsicum should be taken for cold sore’s that occur on at the corners of the mouth and cause burning.  The person may also have burning blisters on the tongue and their breath may be smelly. Arse Alb can be taken for cold sore’s that cause extreme burning and itching. The person may be very restless and anxious. The symptoms are usually better for warmth and heat, and the person will be thirsty for small sips. Graphites should...

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