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Current Stomach Bug

A wee stomach bug seems to be making its rounds.  Depending on health, its manifestation may be horrendous or slight.

PodophyllumFor those seeking to treat this unkindness in the body homeopathically, seek help from podophyllum.

You will know you can benefit from podophyllum if your eructations are bilious or otherwise disturbing.  You might simply feel nauseated or loose stools present themselves and unnerve.  This presents itself in remarkable contrast to the great flood of stool and vomit at the other end of the spectrum.

A little remedy in some water will have you feeling remarkably better in no time.  Sip at it like it is hot tea; your body will know what to do from there.

 

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Rigid Mucous Cough Relief

One of my most surprising homeopathic learnings this year was of the value of the remedy ipecac for respiratory issues.

Unfortunately, I learned of it from my naturopath when my son suddenly had trouble breathing during a bout of croup.  Homeopathic ipecac 30c had him breathing reasonably well by the time we made it to the emergency room [though we gave him the recommended chest x-ray and steroid anyway…then we dealt with the side-effects of those interventions homeopathically!].

When I called to order more homeopathic ipecac 30c from the pharmacy, my intuition told me to buy a big bottle, and I thought, “uh-oh.”  Indeed, there are coughs going around that would benefit from homeopathic ipecac.  These are phlegmy coughs, sometimes with a hoarse voice, where there is either wheezing or difficult coughing from super tough mucous in the throat.

http://www.materiamedica.info/en/materia-medica/william-boericke/ipecacuanha
Boericke’s Description of the Respiratory Afflictions that Benefit from Homeopathic Ipecac

Homeopathic ipecac is in some homeopathic kits, and also is available at most health food stores in the handy blue vials.

Consider water dosing in sips if you have a small amount of the remedy and want to stretch it out!

Ipecac

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Remedies for December 28, 2015-January 3, 2016

As we prepare to bring in the new year, our choices come into play more than ever.  Our Heavenly Helpers would like to begin there then move on to some specific selections for your health and wellbeing this week.

Prepare for the New Year

This week is worth a fortune, truth be told.  Make sure you claim yours!

You can start by reflecting on your life and the changes you would like to see in it not only for yourself but also for your loved ones:  Where should you go?  What should you focus on–why are you here and what gift are you meant to share with the world?

As you begin to gain clarity about your direction, your choices also will become more apparent:  What must you do, make, receive in order to enjoy the vibrant life you imagine for yourself and your loved ones?

Capture this moment of possibility with a script that you repeat often.  Seal it with a kiss.  Your love is of the force that can make it happen.

Remedies for the Week

Your remedies for the week may surprise you, bring you joy.

Take for example the flu which is “headed your way.”  Your fear reigns then joy subsides.  Prepare yourself and use discipline on all fronts so that joy can preside:

Wear a hat and coat, scarf, mittens.  Stay warm is the point.  Do not under-prepare or give sway to propriety or aesthetic.  Let function be your guide.

Play soothing music and relieve stress rather than building tension.

Have on-hand top remedies to take at the slightest provocation:

Gelsemium
Eupatorium Perfoliatum
Aconitum
Hepar Sulphur
Kali Iodatum

Your choice is available for you:  will it be joy or will it be fear?

May Love, Peace, and Joy be your guides.

KilaueaFlowers
Leaves that appear as flowers near active volcano, Kilauea.

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The Quick Six: Immune Support

I’ve written a fair amount about immune support.  Most of us don’t care to fall ill, for some of us it is especially problematic, and for some of us some of the time it is especially problematic.

Constitutional homeopathic work typically takes people a long way toward a healthy immune system.  And if you have a really good match with your homeopathic remedy, you likely could simply take a dose of your constitutional if you feel something coming-on or avoid it with some simple support like vitamin C.  For this Quick Six kit, you might get a kit that holds a few extra remedies so you can carry your constitutional remedy with you.

For those of you just looking for a general immune supporter or a works-on-anyone-anytime kind of an immune booster, here are my suggestions for your Quick Six kit.

ImmuneBoostThe Remedies:

Oscillococcinum.  Dana Ullman calls it the equivalent of homeopathic chicken noodle soup.  The manufacturer says it is for reducing the severity and duration of the flu.  I say it has helped us avoid the flu, particularly when taken in micro doses [a few granules rather than a whole vial] when you know you’ve been exposed to the flu.

Spirit also gave me this formula for immune support:  echinacea angustifolia 12c + echinacea purpurea 9c + propolis 200c + chelidonium 6c.  You likely will recognize the first three–echinacea and propolis.  The chelidonium is a liver tonic, recommended as mother tincture for avoiding mosquito bites and therein tropical illnesses.  This has worked wonders for us both in terms of preventing illness with micro-doses and knocking-out a full-blown flu when a full dose was taken as soon as the cold sweat and weary feeling set in..

How to:

I take one of these remedies [and give it/them] daily during exposure and/or when I can feel that I am fighting-off an illness.  As long as we stay on top of it and take other reasonable steps for optimal health [like avoiding alcohol, sleeping adequately, and avoiding sugar], these remedies have helped us stave-off illness surprisingly well.

If you’re using it preventively, you also can put it in water.  But if you are actively fighting off illness, I’ve found that it’s better to take at least half a dose, if not a full dose.

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Physically Exhausted? From the flu, exams, trials, conferences, ….

The flu that is going around has reminded me of the value of Kali Phosphoricum, a “tissue salt” or “cell salt.”  More on that part later.  The short of it is that Kali Phos or kali-p is crazy helpful when you’ve just endured something physically depleting.

Beforehand:  If you know you are headed into something physically depleting, like a court trial, conference, performance, emergency response team, or tournament, you can take it once a day for unto two weeks to help keep your vitality up.

Afterwards:  If you’re depleted from the flu, Kali Phos 3X or 6X can ease your symptoms at that end stage and shorten the duration of it too.  This is especially true if your symptoms get worse as the day goes on, and if you feel sluggish in general, even though you’re over the worst of it.

The same goes for depletion after a court trial, exams, conferences, performance, tournament, etc. if you didn’t anticipate it with the Kali Phos!

12 Tissue Salts & Kali Phos
12 Tissue Salts & Kali Phos

Cell Salts:  There are 12 so-called tissue salts, also called cell salts.  They were determined by Schussler to be the foundation of all the cells in the body.  You can get a 12-salt combo, sometimes called BioPlasma, for those states of real depletion.  [I mentioned this combo in the post about remedies for business travel.]

Dosing:  Typically, we take cell salts in lower potencies on the X scale, which means you probably would be taking it 3-4 times a day for a few days to help coax yourself back to full capacity.  They can be helpful as a general go-to, during or after a draining experience, or in times of crisis when you need to stay well–and indeed often are used for so-called vulnerable populations [elderly, children] by homeopathic teams responding during times of crisis.

Learn More:  Miranda Castro has written a substantial and well-regarded piece on the 12 cell salts, for those who are interested in learning more.

To your health!

When you feel well, your light shines brighter.  When your light shines brighter, you share it with more of Creation.  It’s a beautiful, magnificent Light Ripple, and it starts with you!

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A Good Remedy for Thick Mucous + How to Use Homeopathic Combinations and Syrups

There’s a flu going around just now that responds to Oscillococcinum initially–also if you take a microdose [just a few granules] after exposure and before onset, you can stave it off completely–and then moves into a congestion stage with frontal sinus pain, post-nasal drip, and/or cough.

I’m a fan of Kali Iodatum for a lot of these thick mucous – cough situations.  It is not in the homeopathic literature with that kind of description, exactly.  Boiron says it’s for colds with frontal sinus pain.  Similisan has it in a mucus syrup for cold, fever, sneezing, runny nose, and head congestion.

But I actually find it helpful in situations where one might consider Kali Bichromicum but Kali Bich does not help or where one is more mucous than that.  In a lot of ways, it is actually my go-to for a mucous cough.

Combinations:  Useful, and Here’s a Trick:

Similisan's Mucous Syrup Active Ingredients List + Kali Iodatum in 30c and 200c.
Similisan’s Mucous Syrup Active Ingredients List + Kali Iodatum in 30c and 200c.

I discovered Kali Iodatum on account of success using Similisan’s mucous syrup for my daughter.

One thing I used to do early on in my homeopathic usage days was that if a commercially available combination worked [such as in this syrup], I would check the back of the box/bottle.  There, you’ll find a list of the homeopathic remedies contained in therein, as well as the symptoms for which they are included.  I’d pick the remedy that I thought most closely matched the symptoms for which I was using the product, and then I would buy that remedy in potency.

Often, combination homeopathic products contain low potencies — often X potencies and sometimes low C potencies.  So if a combination homeopathic product is helping but not enough or for less than two hours between doses, consider selecting the best-matching remedy from their ingredients list and purchasing that one in potency [e.g., as 30c from your local healthful store or 200c from some specialty pharmacies, like Hahnemann Labs].  You might recall that’s my ‘ping’ method:  If a remedy works a little bit but not enough, chances are that you need a higher potency.  If it helps sufficiently but you need to re-dose in less than 2 hours, it’s also often a sign that you would benefit from the next-higher potency, if you have it.

A Couple of Stories:

My dad recently caught the flu from someone sitting behind him on a 4-hour flight.  The poor fellow was hacking and coughing miserably the entire time, and by the time my dad returned home a few days later, he was sinking quickly.  Had he taken Oscillococcinum or other immune boosters right then and there, he might’ve been fine.  But anyway, he took Oscillococcinum for a couple of days until the aching and fatigue and fog lifted.

Then the nasal stuff set-in.  He used a combination of what he had–Kali Bichromicum 30c and Similisan Mucous Syrup–in water for a couple of days, which eased his cough to the point where he considered it a simple trail-end of a cough and helped him sleep at night.  [In particular, the Kali Bich seemed to reduce the kind of prolonged coughing sessions, but the Similisan syrup helped him sleep at night.  So we combined them in 8 oz. of water for dosing day and night, if needed.]

Though my father felt that there was no more help to be had, I was thinking that he should continue pursuing healing from this, and here’s why:

–The guy on the plane was miserable, so it sounded to me like one tough virus.

–I had heard that people using conventional approaches were suffering a flu that was followed by 3-4 weeks of a miserable cough.

–It is much easier to maintain a healing momentum, to nip something, than it is after the vital force has been made dreary by weeks of fighting the virus.

So, when I saw my father, I gave him one dose of Kali Iodatum 30c and one dose of Kali Iodatum 200c.  He putt he 30c in water and felt only a little benefit.  So he put the 200c in water, and he was finally cough-free for 12 hours.  But he still was a little gunky, so occasional dosing was still required.

Tip:  One of the mistakes that we tend to make with homeopathy is dosing too seldom and for too short a duration.  Make sure that you really stay tuned-in to how you are responding to a remedy, and stay on-top of your dosing.  Don’t quit too soon, either!

One more story that also relates to combinations… My neighbor’s little one was suffering from colic.  She had tried everything and now was considering just about anything.  I said I’d put together a remedy for her, and I intuitively chose Carbo Veg 200c.  Meanwhile, she was headed to the store where she picked up Cocyntal, a Boiron homeopathic combination for colic.  She had to give him doses every few hours, but she was amazed at how well he responded to it and that he was able to sleep so easily, etc.  Ironically, it has Carbo Vegetabilis in it!  So, when she gave him the Carbo Veg 200c the next day, he only needed one dose and that was the end of his colic!

Sidenotes:  I read an interesting article in Homeopathy Today about the use of Polarity Analysis in cases of infant colic.  The author stated that typically one dose of the correct remedy in 200c is sufficient to put an end to the colic.  Although Carbo Vegetables is not an oft-cited remedy for colic, it is remarkable that Boiron selected it for inclusion in their colic combination.

Interestingly, Carbo Vegetabilis is made from vegetable charcoal and the “homeopathic corpse reviver.”  In my reading on the matter I discovered that infants who were blue or flat-lined or lacking that initial first breath and then develop colic often benefit from Carbo Vegetabilis.  My neighbor did not know for sure if her son fit that profile, but her labor and delivery were complicated and ended with a difficult forceps delivery.  I thought how beautiful of homeopathy and Spirit to know that and help this baby heal from that experience and its ramifications.

Unrelated Tip:  If life is rough and you find yourself feeling sorry for yourself, or like you are not worthy, or you do not have enough, give.  Do something for someone else in whatever way feeds your soul.

 

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  • The information on this site is posted for educational purposes only, and not intended to constitute medical advice. As with any important medical matter, you are advised to consult an experienced health care provider concerning your specific health concerns.
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  • Pamela Lialias has made reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of information on this blog site, but absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.
  • Always check with your health care provider.