Seasonal Tips

Treating colds/flu (3)

Well-matched remedies can speed up the process of recovery

SELF-HELP TIPS

Rest                                                                                                                                                       Drink lots of fluids                                                                                                                         Steam Inhalations – Lean over a bowl of recently boiled water with a towel over the head.                                                                                                                                                  Increase intake of fresh fruit and vegetables.      P1340819                                                            Decrease intake of dairy,bread,sugar and ‘junk foods’ as all increase the mucous. Echinacea during and after cold.                                                                              Decongestants aren’t advised as these can irritate nasal passages and make matters worse once the response has worn off.

 

 

Aconite  take as soon as there is any sign of a cold. Works best in the first 24 hours.

The following remedies are just some of the commonest ones that may help if the symptoms are similar to those outlined below. below.

Arsenicum  Lots of sneezing and watery discharges. Burning eyes, nose and lips. Stuffed up at night. Thirst for small amounts of water. Good for influenza too.Gelsemium     

Hepar sulph Nasal  catarrh, smelly and yellow. Sneezing brought on by draughts or by being uncovered.                                                                                                                             

Nux vomica  Eyes watering. Burning watery nasal catarrh. Blocked nose at night. Frequent sneezing, sore throat and can have headache. better in fresh air. N.B. babies breastfeeding can benefit if they are blocked up at night and have difficuty feeding and are sensitive to mothers’ food.

Pulsatilla If cold is persistent. Stuffed up at night and in a warm room. Discharge thickand yellow. Chilly back and loss of appetite taste and smell. Feels better out of doors.

First Aid (Acute) Remedies can be found in Health Food Shops or from Homeopathic Pharmacies such as:       Helios     or   Nelsons

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Disclaimer:  The contents of this website are for general information only. It is your responsibility to seek medical help and diagnosis as required. Homeopathy does not replace your GP or the need for hospital when appropriate.

 

 

Preparing for Seasonal Celebrations (2)

For a lot of people Christmas can prove a very stressful time in all sorts of ways; from the organising of shopping , decorating and being host to relatives and friends to the worry and sheer physical exhaustion of it all. Then the inevitable over-indulgence with the P1340116familiar phrase. “oh go on then, it only happens once a year!”

A specified time of ‘happiness’ can sometimes just prove too much! Once more homeopathy comes to the rescue and can gently help the body return to a healthy state.

The remedies described below can also apply to any other similar situation.

Worry/Stress  – Think Arg.nit. This can be a wonderful remedy for people that worry. The worry can often cause gastric problems and the person may suffer from bloating, flatulence and loud burps. Lycopdium is good for the anticipatory anxiety and fear of not coping but the person usually sails through with no problems. Again the anticipation can lead to gastric problems with bloating straight after food and often reaching a peak late afternoon to early evening.

Problems Sleeping – Coffea is great if there is difficulty in sleeping with a restless mind. If the person does sleep it is often restless and wakeful with lots of tossing and turning.

Headaches – Aconite this is a good remedy not only for headaches but for anything that comes on suddenly. It is especially effective if you take it in the first 24 hours of symptoms.  Belladonna This is good  to use if the headache suddenly comes on settling around the eye or the temple. It can often be (though not always) right sided and is described as throbbing . The pain may suddenly go only to return later.

Digestive Issues – Nux vom This is a briliant remedy for over-indulgence of rich food, alcohol , coffee….The person may be nauseous and think they’d feel better from vomiting. Also good for indigestion. May feel bloated and have a lot of belching. It is also another good headache remedy if over-indulgence is the issue. It is the No.1 remedy for hangovers! Arsenicum is the No.1 remedy for food poisoning and for violent vomiting and diarrhoea.

First Aid (Acute) Remedies can be found in Health Food Shops or from Homeopathic Pharmacies such as:       Helios     or   Nelsons

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Disclaimer:  The contents of this website are for general information only. It is your responsibility to seek medical help and diagnosis as required. Homeopathy does not replace your GP or the need for hospital when appropriate.

 

 

Adapting to the changing weather (1)

This changeable weather means that our body has to constantly adapt to changing temperatures and a strong immune system helps this process and so helps us to not get ill with every cold going around. It really is good advice to eat a well-balanced, predominantly plant-based diet to build that strong immune base. A good amount of sleep and a mindfulness around stress levels all again help with maintaining this. Homeopathy can help too, as it is a holistic medicine and looks at the whole P1320924person there are constitutional remedies that can help maintain that immunity. These match the patient’s overall sensitivities and symptoms and help their system balance itself to best deal with past, present and future challenges. This is why it is good to see a qualified Homeopath once or twice a year to keep supporting our bodies.

At this time of year (early Sept)) we need to be even more aware of wasp stings as the wasps begin to run out of their natural sweet food, usually aphids. There are remedies that can help on a first aid basis that you can administer yourself if you, family or friends are unlucky enough to get stung by a wasp or bee.

Wasp sting: bathe the area with diluted vinegar or lemon juice

Bee sting: bathe the area in a solution of bicarbonate of soda.

Apis              –     If the site is hot,red and shiny with swelling. Pain is burning and stinging.

Ledum         –     If swelling is a puffy blue /purplish colour, with numbness and coldness.

Urtica           –     Rash or hives type of reaction with burning, itching, stinging pains.

Caladium    –      For itchy swollen Mosquito bites.

First Aid (Acute) Remedies can be found in Health Food Shops or from Homeopathic Pharmacies such as:       Helios     or   Nelsons

 

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Disclaimer:  The contents of this website are for general information only. It is your responsibility to seek medical help and diagnosis as required. Homeopathy does not replace your GP or the need for hospital when appropriate.