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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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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 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 Remedies: Potentisation

When developing homeopathic remedies the difference between potentisation and chemical dilution is significant. In potentisation bursts of energy are put into each new solution by banging it several times (succussion) with the result that the solution has a more profound effect when used to treat people. Why this should be the case is a question physicists will one day answer (rather than chemists), but the effect is observed repeatedly, and it makes it possible to use harmful substances safely. The fact that succession is a significant factor in preparing a remedy is less strange when it is compared with some other activities where energy is added in a discontinuous manner. For example: The action of whipping cream is not the same as stirring it because a part and only a part of the cream is moved violently with each beat leading to a reorganisation of the material; A pneumatic drill is much more effective because it delivers short sharp blows to a road surface, rather than continuous pressure; An iron bar will acquire the new property of becoming a magnet by repeatedly banging it while it is in a magnetic field. [1] In each of these cases controlled bursts of energy are added and they create an important change of state. Opponents of homeopathy often argue that potentised remedies cannot have a biological effect because there is none of the original substance in the remedy. This argument is based on the assumption that chemistry is the only science relevant to biology, but research has shown that this is not the case. [2,3] Furthermore the argument assumes that the only process used when preparing a remedy is dilution, which is also not the case, since two processes are used (dilution and succussion), and it is known that banging is capable of causing significant changes. In other words the argument is unscientific because it is based on assumptions, which are not only unproven but which appear to be unprovable because they are untrue. Often a further argument is used, that there cannot be a biological effect because there is no explanation for such an effect. This too is unscientific, since the observation of an effect must precede investigation of its cause,...

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Homeopathic Remedies: Potency

There are three scales of homeopathic potencies, with succussion or agitation performed at each step of dilution: Decimal (x) scale – dilutions are made at the rate of 1:10, so 3x = 1:1,000; Centesimal (c) scale – dilutions are made at the rate of 1:100, so 2c = 1:10,000; LM (or Q) scale – dilutions are made at the rate of 1:50,000, so LM2 = 1:2,500,000,000. The decimal and centesimal potency scales perform similarly, and certain potencies have been found to be more generally effective than others. [1,2] The most commonly used potencies in the UK are 3x, 6x, 6c, 12c, 30c, 200c, 1m (1,000c) and 10m(10,000c), though higher potencies and potencies in between these ones are also used on occasions. These potencies are usually given in single doses at intervals which depend on the individual’s reaction, with the interval and the possible repetition of a particular potency depending on the nature of the symptoms, the potency and other factors. On the other hand the LM scale has a very different pattern of prescription, since a prescribed LM potency is regularly repeated, being succussed  and often then diluted by the patient before taking each dose. Prescriptions start with one potency (usually LM1) and then step up to the next (i.e. LM2, LM3, etc.) as needed. The reactions to centesimal (and decimal) and LM potencies are generally different. [3] References 1.  James Tyler Kent, New Remedies, Clinical Cases, Lesser Writings, Aphorisms and Precepts (New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, repr. edn 2001), pp. 358-59. 2.  Michel Schiff, The Memory of Water: Homoeopathy and the battle of ideas in the new science (London: Thorsens, 1994), pp. 25-28. 3.  Robert Barker, LM Potencies: A selection of articles giving a practical guide to their use (Sheringham: The Homoeopathic Supply Company, 1997) We hope you found this article on homeopathic remedies: potency useful. Please let us know by rating it...

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Provings – Testing Homeopathic Remedies

A proving (from the German word for testing) is the method used by homeopaths to test a substance so that it can be used as a remedy. The substance is first prepared by potentisation, and then volunteers (the provers) are usually given the 30c potency (though a different one may be used on occasions) until they start to show a response. The provers are not told what the remedy is, and they are not in communication with each other, and their responses are recorded by themselves and by observers, who also do not know what the remedy is. The records of the provers’ reactions are collected together as the proving of the remedy. These responses are temporary and vary from person to person, but the total information has a pattern unique to that substance and is used as the basis of treatment. By using provers with as wide a variety of differences as possible, the maximum amount of information can be gathered, enabling the fullest understanding of the general and specific properties of the substance. Other information may be gathered from reports of poisonings and from subsequent clinical use. Warning: Repeatedly taking any potentised remedy can lead to harmful results. The importance of these tests was made clear by Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), when he stated that: Therefore medicines, on which depends man’s life and death, disease and health, must be thoroughly and most carefully distinguished from one another, and for this purpose tested by careful, pure experiments on the healthy body for the purpose of ascertaining their powers and real effects, in order to obtain an accurate knowledge of them, and to enable us to avoid any mistake in their employment in diseases, for it is only by correct selection of them that the greatest of all earthly blessings, the health of the body and of the mind, can be rapidly and permanently restored. [1] 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), § 120 p. 187. We hope you found our article on testing homeopathic remedies useful. Please let us know by rating it...

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Reactions to a Homeopathic Remedy

Homeopathy distinguishes between a whole range of reactions to a prescribed homeopathic remedy. The general types of reaction are: Curative reaction – the symptoms change to become more superficial, more remote from the major organs, and from further back in the patient’s medical history. Ultimately all symptoms disappear and the patient is in the best state of health achievable. Palliative reaction – the symptoms are alleviated temporarily but can change to others of a similar severity; Placebo reaction – this is not the same as a placebo reaction in orthodox medicine, but is one where the patient expresses a non-specific improvement without there being an actual curative change in the symptoms (as defined above). As such this represents the desire to feel better without the evidence of it. Harmful reaction – the symptoms have become more severe (and there may be new symptoms), affecting more central and significant parts of the body than before. Dr James Tyler Kent (1849-1916) identified 12 patterns of response after treatment with centesimal (and decimal) potencies and explained the particular indications these give of the patient’s state of health. [1] These are consistent with the homeostatic nature of the body. Curative reactions to LM potencies, however, tend to involve only beneficial change until the remedy no longer needs repeating, though sometimes the reaction can be similar to that after a decimal or centesimal potency. The variations in the reactions to these different types of potency indicate that there is still a lot to be discovered about their mechanism of action. References 1.  James Tyler Kent, Lectures on Homoeopathic Philosophy (New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, repr. edn 1993), pp. 226-34. We hope you found this article “reactions to a homeopathic remedy” useful. Please let us know what you think by rating it...

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Homeopathic Remedies for Toothache

Homeopathic Remedies for Toothache

A toothache is usually a sign that dental treatment is needed but Homeopathy offers a range of natural remedies that can be taken to help alleviate pain in the meantime. In contrast to the conventional over the counter painkillers homeopathic remedies do not cause drowsiness and are extremely safe for the whole family. These remedies can also be taken alongside other regular medication. There are a number of possible causes of toothache ranging from decay, gingivitis or a tooth abscess and for these there are several remedies for toothache that you can consider. These are a few homeopathic remedies that can be taken every 30mins for up to 10 doses then up to four times a day until improvement or until you visit your dentist. The remedies should be taken in the 30c or 200c potency. You may need to order some of these remedies from a Homeopathic Pharmacy. Plantago can be taken if the toothache is worse for cold air and is sensitive to the slightest touch. The toothache is better whilst eating for this remedy. The pain may be described as sharp and stabbing. Plantago tincture can also be rubbed onto the affected area to help relieve the pain. Staphysagria is a homeopathic remedy for toothache that is made worse for cold air, food and the slightest touch. The gums may also be bleeding and the pain is excruciatingly intense, sharp and stabbing. Merc Viv can be taken if the person also has bleeding gums and bad breath. The person may have a lot of saliva in the mouth, with pains that radiate to the ears. Another sign of this remedy is if the person is very thirsty. Chamomilla. This remedy is normally used to treat teething in infants but it can also be helpful in treating toothache. The pain is made worse after warm drinks and may be described as unbearable. The person may also be very irritable and...

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Homeopathic Remedies for Baby Constipation

Constipation is a condition that affects almost all babies and infants at some time. The exact definition of constipation varies from a couple of days to one week without passing a stool.  A more accurate definition is an irregular and painful passing of stools. There are many reasons why constipation affects babies and infants. These vary from a developing digestive system, problems with feeding and in older infants, toilet training. Constipation can also be a sign of dehydration. Homeopathy offers a safe and effective solution to this common condition. Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body to heal itself. These natural remedies are safe for all babies and in most cases only a few doses will be required. Conventional medicines work by stimulatingthe muscles in the bowel to produce a movement, or by softening the stools, sothey can pass easily. Medicines that are usually prescribed to young childreninclude Lactulose, Glycerol Suppositories, Senna and Sodium Picosulfate. Longterm use of these medications leads to the muscles in the bowels becoming weakand dependent on stimulation by these medications. The following homeopathic remedies can begiven in drop form. Two drops in 5mls of water is equivalent to one dose. As ageneral dose, you can give one dose three times a day for up to three days. Thesehomeopathic remedies can be given in the 30c potency. You should also give yourchild more water to speed up recovery. If the condition has not improved,please consult a qualified homeopath. Nux Vom. This remedy is ideal for babieswho have alternating constipation and diarrhoea. The child may be irritable andchilly. This remedy should be considered if your child feels the urge to pass astool but is unable to. Bryonia is the indicated remedy if yourchild is dehydrated and has a dry mouth. The stools are large, very dry andhard. This homeopathic remedy is useful if your child is also teething. Bryoniais the remedy of choice if your child is also irritable and upset by movingabout and noise. They prefer to rest and be in a quiet room. Calc Carb is must have homeopathic remedy for your kit. The child feels better when constipated. The stools are large and hard. Lycopodium. This homeopathic remedy should be given if there...

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Homeopathic remedies for after child vaccinations

Vaccination is a very controversial and difficult decision that many parents face. There is a lot of conflicting information regarding the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccines. One of the main issues regarding childhood vaccines is the amount of vaccines that babies are exposed to, even before their immune systems are fully developed. On average a baby will have up to 20 vaccines, before the age of 2. This can put a lot of strain on their immune systems. Vaccines can cause a host of side effects, ranging from a mild fever, rashes, vomiting, through to seizures and anaphylactic reactions. There are many books and websites that offer you advice and alternatives to vaccination. A website that I recommend to parents is www.informedparent.co.uk. This site provides impartial advice to parents regarding vaccination. Many parents also complain that their G.P’s pressurise them and often feel bullied into vaccinating their children without being able to make an informed choice. It is therefore important to do as much research as possible before deciding whether or not to vaccinate. If you choose to go ahead and vaccinate your baby, there are homeopathic remedies that you can give to help prevent some of the side effects, and help to clear the toxic effects of the vaccines.  I have recommended the following remedies for many babies, including my nephew and niece. These natural homeopathic remedies have helped to prevent many of the side effects of vaccines, but they need to be given correctly. The main remedies are Silica and Thuja. I usually combine these into a single remedy. The most effective way that I have found is by giving these remedies in a liquid form. Two drops of this remedy 5mls of water is equivalent to one dose. You will need to purchase these remedies from a specialist homeopathic pharmacy, such as Ainsworths, Helios or Weleda. This remedy should be given alongside a homeopathic remedy made from the specific vaccine. For example if your child was having the DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) vaccine, you should give a dose of DTP 30C before vaccination, after vaccination and a last dose that evening. The Silica/Thuja 30C combination remedy should be given straight after vaccination, and then twice...

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Homeopathic remedies for backache during pregnancy

Lower back ache is a common problem in pregnancy due to the extra weight of the baby, and the ligaments of the pelvis begin to stretch in preparation for birth. Pregnant women should take extra care when bending, stretching or lifting at this time. There are some specific homeopathic remedies for backache during pregnancy that can be taken at this time. The remedies should be taken in the 30c potency, three times a day for up to 10 days. If the symptoms persist after this, please consult a qualified Homeopath. Kali Carb will be helpful if the lower back feels weak and the pains are sharp and extend up and down the back. Arnica. This remedy should be taken as soon as possible if the backache is due to an injury. Taking Arnica will reduce the inflammation and any swelling or bruising. Rhus Tox is helpful if the backache is worse first thing in the morning and improves with movement. This remedy is also helpful if the backache is improved with hot applications. We hope you found this article on homeopathic remedies for backache during pregnancy useful. Please let us know by rating it...

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