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A Working Example: I Hurt My Foot

We’re in the middle of the Homeopathy 101 series and I injured myself.  So I’m gonna use this as a working example!

My Trusty Arnica Spray!  It is the only remedy I keep in this all-white natural plastic spray bottle, so that we recognize it quickly and easily when we really need it quickly and easily!
My Trusty Arnica Spray! It is the only remedy I keep in this all-white natural plastic spray bottle, so that we recognize it quickly.

Last night, I dropped an iPad from my chest straight down on its side onto my bare foot.  I was surprised by how much it hurt.  And that I was the only one in my house who knew where to get the first aid remedies!  First, my eldest son grabbed the Arnica 200 spray that I keep around.

Here is a side-story:

Earlier yesterday, my daughterfot hurt, so I pulled out the Arnica spray.  She had been hit with a trapeze bar near her temple.  The area was starting to look bruised.  It was a red circle with a bruised, raised site of impact in the middle.  A dousing of the Arnica 200 spray did the trick and quickly.

But, I did notice that it was running low, so I refilled it.  Glad Spirit had me do that.

Because later in the day, she ran into my youngest while she was in her walker and he was in the swing.  They both were howling, which is unusual, but the injuries were just sporting pink circles.  No bumps or bruising.  Arnica spray for both of them and they were fine.

With all 3 of these injuries, the spray was sufficient–applying it immediately helped, and actually within minutes the appearance of injury began disappearing.

Foot Injury Remedy ComboSo, that evening, when I dropped the iPad on my foot I turned first to the Arnica spray [which was thankfully refilled!].  It helped but I could still see bumps and it still hurt immensely.  I wasn’t able to bear weight on it at all.  So I hopped over to the first aid drawer and pulled out these remedies & potencies:

Arnica 1M [Arnica for bruising/swelling, 1M because the 200c spray hadn’t helped]

Hypericum 1M [Hypericum because it was close to a nerve center and microdose of 1M because a bad injury to a major nerve center can be serious]

Rhus Tox 200c [Rhus Tox for ligaments/tendons because they are plentiful in the foot and 200c for a considerable injury]

Ruta 200c [Ruta for connective tissue and 200c for a considerable injury]

I just popped them into my mouth one at a time then hobbled over to the sofa and raised my foot, spraying it occasionally with the Arnica 200 spray over the course of the next hour.

The intense pain subsided within 10-20 minutes, but it did throb, the bruising was apparent but the swelling had gone down, I could wiggle my toes [so I figured I hadn’t broken anything], and occasionally a spike of pain would shoot into my toes.  That last bit worried me, but I took solace in the fact that the pains as shooting toward my toes rather than up toward more central nerve centers.  I also asked my husband, who does Reiki, to feel the energy of it as to whether it was worrisome and I should go to the ER [he said it sure hurt a lot but didn’t seem to be worrisome at that point].

Within an hour I could bear weight on it and walk up the stairs.  But as I got ready for bed, I realized I couldn’t bear weight on it for long, and even just standing while bearing weight primarily on my other foot was increasing the pain and throbbing in my injured foot.  I had prepared an overnight bottle of remedy water, just incase, so I took a dose before bed since the pain had worsened, albeit from bearing weight on it.

Foot Injury Remedy WaterIn 4 oz. of water in a glass swing-top bottle that I marked with washi paper tape as my signal to everyone else in the family that it was not drinking water, I had included the following remedies:  Arnica 1M [just a few granules because the swelling had all but disappeared], Hypericum 30c [reduced the potency because it did not seem like I had a major nerve injury after all], Rhus Tox 200c, and Ruta 200c [the latter two because my guess was that I had mainly injured ligaments/tendons/connective tissue].

I also sprayed my foot one more time with the Arnica 200 spray before heading to bed.  Putting my sock on was not as bad as I thought, and while I initially made sure the weight of the covers wasn’t resting on that foot, over the course of the night, my injury did not disturb my sleep.

Foot Next DayWhen I awoke, I was impressed with how well it felt., but by the time I got dressed and got my kids downstairs and their clothes on, etc., it was hurting again.  It also was so tender to the touch that I could not wear my slippers.  I had sprayed it with the Arnica 200 spray before putting on my sock, but at this point, I took a sip of the water remedy combination.  That helped tremendously again, and I could wear slippers again.  Midday, I removed my sock to take a photo for y’all, and the bruising is mild and dispersed.

With the 1M of the Arnica, I’ll probably only take one more dose of that remedy combination.  Then I’ll probably make a new combo with all of the remedies in 30c and add Calendula for that yellow bruising stage [to make sure it clears effectively].  I’ll take that a 1-3 times a day for probably another 2-3 days before it is resolved quite completely.

You might get some additional updates along the way.  ;]

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Homeopathy 101: Selecting a Remedy, The Process

Post #4 in the Homeopathy 101 series covering the fundamentals of homeopathy so that you can use it effectively for minor issues or even to understand your homeopathic care for chronic issues.

Post #1:  How Homeopathy Started

Post #2:  How Homeopathic Remedies Are Made

Post #3:  Selecting a Remedy, The Tools

Now that you understand the tools that traditionally are used for selecting a remedy, I bet you’re eager to put them to use!

As with many areas in life, there is a spectrum of possibilities in homeopathy.  You can keep it simple, get detailed, or even go intuitive like I now do much of the time.

Easy Way:  In your homeopathic kit brochure or one of the more compressed / beginner self-care books or websites, simply search for the ailment.  Look up cough, cold, acne, hay fever/allergies, flu, bruise, sore throat, vomiting, sunburn … you get the idea.

Once you have the correct ailment category, you need to read the various remedy descriptions to find the one that most closely fits your symptom picture.  When you get to this part, recall the Venn Diagram where you are looking for the biggest overlap between the remedy and your symptoms.

It is important when you are first starting to remember that your symptom picture might not be exactly like any one of the remedies listed, so pick the remedy that most closely describes what you are experiencing.

As a reminder, there are a few resources that I find user-friendly for beginners to homeopathy:  Gabriel Pinto’s book, Homeopathy for Children, Panos’ book, Homeopathic Medicine at HomeHealing with Homeopathy written by two MD’s if that is your comfort level, Hpathy.comNational Center for Homeopathy Remedy Finder [make sure you click on All at the end of the alphabet before each search.

Miranda Castro's  Complete Homeopathy Handbook Internal Repertory
Miranda Castro’s Complete Homeopathy Handbook Internal Repertory

More Detailed, Still Easy Method:  If you are ready for a more involved [and likely more precise] remedy selection process, turn to a repertory-cum-materia medica.  The simplest thorough self-care book I know is Miranda Castro’s The Complete Homeopathy Handbook.  With a resource like this, you will first use the repertory to find your ailment [termed Internal Repertory and starting on page 165 in Miranda Castro’s book].

Not all of the remedies covered in the more advanced books will be available at your local health food store, so you may wish to purchase Castro’s kit or another pre-assembled kit [like Washington Homeopathic or Helios], or just obtain remedies as you go along.

Most likely, once you find your ailment, you will find additional sub-categories, and maybe even sub-sub categories!  For instance, in Castro’s book, under Appetite, there are two sub-categories, Alternating with hunger and Lost.  So that category covers a lost appetite [Chin., Ferr-m.] or likely a lost appetite alternating with hunger [Ferr-m.].  The remedy abbreviations are in italics after the category/sub-category title.  [You can click on each of these photos to open it to a larger size if you are interested in the details.]

Detail of Simplified Repertory
Detail of Simplified Repertory

Once again, you’d be looking for the remedy that most completely covered your symptom picture.  Here, if you were experiencing both a sense of lost appetite and hunger, you first would consider Ferr-m.

That means taking a look in the materia medica for Ferr-m.  So look up remedies beginning with “Ferr,” which is Ferrum [or iron].  Sometimes there are multiple versions, so there might be a Ferr-m and Ferr-p.  Make sure you have the right one.  Then read the detailed information about that remedy to see if it quite correctly captures your symptom picture.  It will include information on the emotional/mental state, possible causes, and general symptoms applying to people needing the remedy for any reason.

Sample of Materia Medica--read about your ailment and any general remedy information
Sample of Materia Medica–read about your ailment and any general remedy information

You don’t need to have all of the other Ferr-m ailments in order to benefit from Ferr-m for lost appetite!

Just look for your ailment, read that portion, and then reference the general remedy information [general symptoms, emotional/mental symptoms] to confirm your choice or if you remain unsure or curious.

Hopefully, at this point, you feel quite solid that you’ve found the remedy that will most help you.  If not, rinse and repeat:  Go back to the repertory, check out the other categories/sub-categories, and look up those possible remedies in the materia medica portion.

Remember that you are looking for the closest match, not necessarily an exact match.

The Full Deal:  You also can use resources like Boericke, Kent, or Murphy [links in Post #3].  Or a computer repertory like Complete Dynamics.  The process is much the same as with the simplified repertory-materia medica, but the books/software are way more detailed and instead of being organized by ailment, it is organized by symptom.

The first of many pages of results for a simple search of "appetite" using Complete Dynamics.  Each symptom listed is called a "rubric."
The first of many pages of results for a simple search of “appetite” using Complete Dynamics. Each symptom listed is called a “rubric.”
Some of the Appetite Wanting rubrics on Complete Dynamics.  A lot more than the two listed under Appetite in Miranda Castro's repertory!
Some of the Appetite Wanting rubrics on Complete Dynamics. A lot more than the two listed under Appetite in Miranda Castro’s repertory!

That means you should choose your chief symptom[s], locate them in the repertory.  Most of the time, this sounds much easier than it is, though using a computer repertory like Complete Dynamics makes it easier because you can search for your ailment then choose the relevant symptoms to add to your analysis.  And the analysis is done for you!

A search for "appetite alternating" yields a variety of potential rubrics, including a close match.  The [11] after the highlighted rubric indicates 11 remedy matches for that rubric.
A search for “appetite alternating” yields a variety of potential rubrics, including a close match. The [11] after the highlighted rubric indicates 11 remedy matches for that rubric.
The analysis shows the top remedies  for both rubrics, Waning Appetite and Waning Appetite Alternating with Excessive/Ravenous/Canine Appetite.
The analysis shows the top remedies for both rubrics, Waning Appetite and Waning Appetite Alternating with Excessive/Ravenous/Canine Appetite.

If you are to the point in your use of homeopathy that you want to get this detailed, it’s probably time to start a more formal study course.

Easiest Way:  I gotta tell you, if you are in-tune with your intuition or your connection to Spirit, one of the easiest ways to select a remedy is to ask for help from above!  You could run through a list of remedies and use your usual method to determine which one is right.  I always like to double-check that with published information about the remedy in a materia medica if I can.  Some people use muscle-testing to select from a finite number of remedies, too.

What Next?

Once you have selected the correct remedy, it is time to select a potency and dosing schedule, so stay tuned for that information in the next Homeopathy 101 blog post!

Meanwhile, though, take a look at these Top Remedy lists:

Mine, which is in a printable reference sheet that is approximately wallet-sized

Edward Shalts, in the form of a book

And, from National Center for Homeopathy:

5 Remedies You Must Have in Your Medicine Cabinet! 

Arnica – The #1 “accident remedy” for bruises, bumps, and bleeding.  Take immediately after injury or surgery.  You will be amazed at how quickly you heal! Also helps jet lag.

Aconite – The “fright remedy” relieves states of shock and panic. Also used for colds or flu that come on suddenly after exposure to cold wind.

Ignatia – The “grief remedy” soothes those suffering loss (e.g., death, divorce, relocation), especially if they sigh frequently.

Nux Vomica – The “hangover remedy” for overindulgence in food or drink with irritability.  Helps most acute digestive distress.

Chamomilla  – The “teething remedy” helps sick kids who are angry, demanding, inconsolable, and want to be carried.  Soothes teething, colic and earaches.

 

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Homeopathy 101: Potencies & How Remedies Are Made

Entry 2 in my baby steps blog posts about homeopathy as well as how to use it for self-care.  [Entry 1:  How Homeopathy Started.]    Maybe I should call it my Homeopathic Empowerment Series.

MedicatingPotency
Medicating Potency, Unmedicated Granules, Vial of Remedy

For me, homeopathy is empowering.  Even knowing how remedies are made is empowering:  If you understand how remedies gain potency, you are able to better understand and fine-tune dosing for yourself and your family.

Homeopathic remedies are made by first grinding up a substance, then serially diluting it and succussing it.  Succussing [pounding] also is referred to as “potentizing” because it is here that the remedy gains its potency.

This results in a liquid sometimes called the medicating potency.  The medicating potency is then applied to various kinds of sugar pillules or into a liquid formula.

Tip:  Because there is no additional protective coating [such as one might find on Advil], we typically pour the requisite pillules into the remedy’s vial cap, then directly under the tongue.  This reduces the likelihood that some of the remedy will rub-off on your hand, etc.  It also means that this rule is not rigid–it is only an optimization technique!

More details ….

A mortar and pestle often is used to triturate a remedy.
A mortar and pestle often is used to triturate a remedy.

The grinding process is called trituration, and it’s much like grinding spices or grains with a mortar-and-pestel.

How often a remedy is serially diluted and succussed determines its potency.  The more dilution-succussions a remedy undergoes, the more potent it becomes.  So, the higher a remedy’s potency, the more diluted it is.

Tip:  In a pinch, when you need a higher potency but only have a lower potency, you can recall this information to increase the potency by putting the remedy in water and then pounding it to increase potency.

Potencies are given using a number and a letter [or letters].  The number represents the number of dilution-succussions, and the letter represents the potency scale used.

A few centesimal potencies of Arnica
A few centesimal potencies of Arnica

The potency scale is determined by how much a remedy is diluted in each dilution-succussion.  Three potency scales are employed in homeopathic practice, though the most typical scale is the centesimal scale.  The centesimal scale is represented by potencies that are followed by a c/C, ck/CK, CH, or M [M being 1000C and above]. In the centesimal scale, the dilution is a 1:100 ratio.

Typical potencies in self-care are 6c, 30c, and 200c.

Thus, a remedy such as Arnica 30c would be made by taking the whole Arnica plant, grinding it up [typically with milk sugar], then diluting it 1:100 and pounding 10 times.  This dilution-succussion process would be employed 30 times for a 30c.

A side-note:  although homeopathic remedies reach Avogadro’s Number by the 30c potency [meaning none of the original substance exists in it], newer technology is now able to recognize energetic imprints of the original substance in higher potencies.

So, a little background helps us understand why many people refer to homeopathy as a form of energy medicine–it is essentially the energetic imprint of the original substance which offers itself in a homeopathic remedy and brings our vital force one step closer to full health.

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Homeopathy 101: How Homeopathy Started

This is the first in the Homeopathy 101 series, which will cover most of what I would cover in a workshop of homeopathy fundamentals.  That includes the basics of homeopathy–how it works and how to put it to use in your life for self-care.  By self-care, I mean issues that are not chronic, such as in recovery from a minor fall, a cold, an insect bite.

The story begins with Hippocrates, who came up with the Law of Similars.  Then it fast-forwards many many years until about 200 years ago. Samuel Hahnemann was dissatisfied with the level of healing being achieved by the methods of medicine being employed at the time.  The treatments and side-effects also were bringing misery to many a patient.  Discouraged, he set about researching medicine and healing, which is how he discovered Hippocrates’ work.  Hahnemann  was intrigued by what is now called the Law of Similars, that “like cures like,” and hence the name, “homeopathy.”

As Mr. Hahnemann set about determining how to take substances from nature and work with them so that they would promote healing in affected patients, he discovered and refined his methods and processes, creating a healing modality that was first a gift to those in his local area and eventually to kings and queens, presidents and authors, farm workers and mothers.

All in his lifetime.  What a gift.  Many great contributors to art, music, and science never  live to see the benefits of their work or receive public appreciation for their talents.  So this was a gift to Hahnemann, and a gift to homeopathy because it gave Hahnemann many years in which he refined homeopathy, proved numerous remedies, taught many practitioners, inspired numerous others, and cured countless grateful living things.

Next up:  How Homeopathic Remedies Are Made.

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Homeopathic Corpse Reviver

The other day, my dog soaked in the sun and the fresh air, came inside, made his way upstairs to me, and sat down.  He was panting in the middle of Winter, and every once in a while, he would just stop breathing.  His eyes were glassy and seemed difficult for him to keep open.  For a long time, I sat with him, loving on him, thinking that this was our good-bye.

He is 8 years old in a breed that generally lives 15 years or so, but a year ago he had a severe reaction to a vaccine.  He almost died, but I treated him homeopathically for the vaccine injury.  Still, his health has not been optimal since then.  Cynthia Slon had recently warned me that his aura was detaching from his body.  Not a good sign.  But at least it prepared me for the day where he sat with me trying to have what I thought was his last breath.Doggy Love

But on that day, he was holding on.  So after some time, I fetched the Homeopathic Corpse Reviver from my collection.  I gave him a 6c, and he stopped panting and walked around for 5 minutes after that.  But then the breathing issues started back in.  So I gave him a 200c.  That was the end of that.  It’s probably been a month, and he has had only one short episode of panting and coughing since then, which quickly resolved on its own.

The No. 1 Homeopathic Corpse Reviver is made from vegetable charcoal and called Carbo Vegetabilis.  It’s available at many health food stores and in the Helios self-care kits, where the Accidents & Emergencies kit has a 200c.

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What’s in Your Wallet? Homeopathic First Aid for Your Wallet

wallet remediesIf everyone in the world knew how to use and had access to these few remedies, our world would be an easier place!

If you aren’t already familiar with how to dose using homeopathy, please read the As Needed post, which explains how to implement the homeopathic Minimum Dose.

If you carry just a single dose of remedy in your wallet, you can make one dose into many doses simply by dissolving it in a water bottle.  Ideally, you will use purified water and a bottle with a sports spout to minimize the addition of backwash.  Each teaspoon or little squirt or sip you take is a dose of the remedy.  If you have a topical injury [e.g., burn, sprain, bruise], you also can apply some of that remedy water to your injury.  Works like a charm, usually within 10 minutes — you might not even need to take the oral dose!

Onto the remedies…

Trauma–emotional and physical

These are the most crucial.  If I only carried one, I’d carry Arnica.  Two, Arnica and Aconite.

Shock, fright.  Something happens, you are shaken and cannot truly calm down.  Aconite.  Also called Aconitum Napellus.  One dose of 200c typically is sufficient, especially if you take it soon after the event.  If you only have 30c, you may need 2-3 doses.

Swelling, bruises.  You fall, you are in an accident, and you sustain an injury.  Arnica.  Also called Arnica Montana.  If it just hurts, take nothing or a dose of 30c.  If you are thinking, “This could be pretty bad,” take a dose of 200c.  Do not take another dose unless the previous dose gave you improvement which subsequently waned.  And certainly seek medical care when necessary!  If your injury was to a nerve-rich area, such as fingers, toes, or tailbone, turn to Hypericum where you normally would turn to Arnica.

Owies–emotional and physical 

If you have space for a few more remedies, consider these, especially if you are prone or have kids who are prone …

Sprains and Strains.  If you or your kids are active in sports, it would be worthwhile to either just take Arnica 200 with you [or send it with them] or to make a little combination of Arnica, Rhus Tox, and Ruta in 200c potencies for injuries with the uh-oh factor.  Arnica for swelling and muscle injury, Rhus Tox for ligament/tendon injury, and Ruta for connective tissue/tendons.

Stings, bites.  Apis for red, hot, swollen stings [like bee stings] and Ledum for hard puncture wounds [like mosquito stings and even injuries at the site of injections].

Cuts.  Calendula supports healing and is known to fight infection.  Staphysagria is helpful for healing incisions or other clean cuts similar to incisions.

Burns.  My favorite is Cantharis, which always has worked if I take it immediately after the burn.  I also really like Hawaiian Moon Aloe for small kitchen burns and sunburns.

Sorrow.  Ignatia for ailments from grief [when you are so sad, you just cannot get a grip].

Ruh-roh–I think I’m gonna …

Food poisoning.  Arsenicum Album is the most common remedy for food poisoning from bad meat.  If you are terribly sick, you probably want to use a 200c, as needed.

Overdoing it.  Too much rich food, too much drink, even too much work.  Nux Vomica!  Way too much coffee or tea leave you feeling sick?  Chamomilla does the trick [you’ll probably need the 200c if you’re that sick]!

Carry ’em

Key Fob Kit .  Remedia makes a great little key fob that holds 3 vials of remedy.  Choose from their selection [Arnica 200, Ledum 200, and Nux Vomica 200] or get empty vials and fill them with your choice of remedies.

Little Envelopes.  I like to use what are called “coin envelopes” to slip 1-3 doses of remedy into a small space, like a pocket, wallet, waterproof iPhone case [mine pictured here], etc.

Here's a quick reference card you can print out and keep handy in your wallet or bag.
Here’s a quick reference card you can print out and keep handy in your wallet or bag.

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Resources

Introductions to Homeopathy

If you are new to the concept of homeopathy, the two books I typically recommend are Beyond Flat Earth Medicine and Impossible Cure.  Beyond Flat Earth Medicine is written by an ND/MD and is a  simple introduction to the idea of homeopathy.  By comparison, Impossible Cure is a detailed introduction to homeopathy and can be especially helpful for those who are seriously interested in pursuing constitutional homeopathic treatment.  I have found both books at the library, too.

The National Center for Homeopathy [NCH] is another resource.  They put out a newsstand magazine called Homeopathy Today, which is aimed at introducing people to homeopathy and providing useful information to those new to homeopathy.  The NCH also is the main contact point in the United States for media, policy engagement, etc.  NCH membership also brings access to the Homeopathy Today archives and a couple of online homeopathic repertories.

Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic Remedies

Beginners Level Home Treatment

For those interested in self-treatment using homeopathy, I have found the following books and website useful:

Homeopathy for Children is a nice, basic book.  Even though it says it is for children, the indications are essentially the same for all ages.  In fact, I think prescribing for a child is harder, so this book makes it even easier to find a remedy for an adult.  The remedy descriptions are detailed and offered in bullet-point lists.  It also offers a dosing schedule, etc.

Healing with Homeopathy is a nice introductory book written by MD’s who use homeopathy.

Hpathy.com also has [FREE!] detailed descriptions of homeopathic remedies used for common ailments such as cough and injuries.  [A quick tip:  catarrh is basically mucous.]

Helios also makes homeopathic kits that are completely self-contained and compact.  The remedies are in small vials [though each pillule is a dose, so each vial contains 30-some doses].  It also contains a small booklet that describes how to use the kit and homeopathic remedies.

Intermediate Level Home Treatment

A detailed book for homeopathic self-care, Homeopathic Medicine at Home, has remedy options for each ailment, and then each section ends with a comparative table that can be very helpful.

Miranda Castro is a great resource for acute prescribing in homeopathy, and her simplified repertory and materia medica are a great next step.  The Complete Homeopathic Handbook is mainly a materia medica with a repertory at the back.  Materia Medica is the detailed description of each remedy, and the Repertory is essentially a list of symptoms followed by the remedies that can benefit those suffering those symptoms.  [Incidentally, her succinct write-up on cell salts also is of interest to the intermediate home user, and her flu remedies article with summarizing table is a nice resource too.]

Additionally, there are books written to help the home user treat pets, plants and home gardens, livestock, farm animals, horses, and even farm crops.

Homeopathic Courses

There are a number of homeopathy schools around the world, many of which are conforming to standards that allow for certification as a homeopath upon graduation.

If you want to learn more about homeopathy for use with family and friends or to become a lay homeopath, you can do it from home through a variety of courses, including Luminos, which is the online program with which I started.  Luminos has an online foundation course and a more advanced Homeopathic Master Clinician course, which takes place in person.

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The Sooner The Better

The sooner you get to an issue, the better.  Pretty much always, and with every modality.  For acute issues and issues that have become chronic.

This is why I am a huge proponent of treating children [yes, even babies] who are having a tough time.  And one reason I carry remedies with me at all times.

Many issues result from some sort of trauma.  The sooner you remove that traumatic layer from your body and psyche, the better!  You will still remember it and be informed by it, but it will no longer have a hold on your body or your emotions.

We can even take a simple example like a baby who enters the world with a physical issue.  The resulting accommodations–logistical, emotional, in parenting–can change the parent-child dynamic, the child’s expectations of the world, etc.  The longer they persist, the more likely they are to be internalized by the child, etc.

It is exactly like habit formation—it is easier to prevent a bad habit than it is to break one.

And it’s a bit like making a snowman out of a snowball.

Prevent Trauma from Taking Hold

I like to keep Rescue Remedy [a Bach Flower Essence] and homeopathic Aconite [for fright, shock, trauma] with me.  I find Rescue Remedy and EFT helpful for milder situations, and Aconite 200c tends to be what I use if I’m so upset that I’m shaking or my child is so upset s/he cannot catch a breath to speak.  It resolves the fright so that we can deal with the situation at hand calmly, which has lovely practical implications!  It also heals the fear immediately so that it doesn’t have a chance to get a foothold.

I carry a single dose of Arnica 200 with me everywhere!
I carry a single dose of Arnica 200 with me everywhere!

The cause of the emotion, and the emotional state itself, are clear in that moment and the moments that follow.  That makes them exceedingly easy to treat right then.  But if you let “time heal all wounds,” without addressing the actual emotional injuries as well as any physical injuries, the physical injuries might heal while the emotional ones simply fester.  You might be able to look back and say, “It all started after that incident.”  And you might be able to recall the emotions that arose then.  But often we simply don’t recall all of those details or are simply in the habit of ignoring our emotions.

Prevent Sickness or Ailments from Taking Hold

There are numerous proponents of leaving fevers/colds/coughs/flu’s to do their thing, but if you simply do not have the wherewithal to do that, the earlier you treat them, the better your results are likely to be.  If you’re really in-touch with your body, you’ll know when you’re just a bit too fatigued or you have a vaguely sore throat, and you can boost your immune system with vitamin C and the like.  Homeopathically, you can take something like Ferrum Phosphoricum 6x or 6c or 30c when you are feeling those early symptoms.  If it comes on suddenly and with vigor, you could take a small dose [5-10 granules] of homeopathic Oscillococcinum to try to stop it in its tracks.

For physical ailments, I carry Arnica 200c with me at all times–I even put it in a waterproof iPhone case for the beach and pool!  It doesn’t cover everything, but it is the one thing most likely to help in most situations where you are in an uh-oh state!  In fact, recently on a family trip to the beach, my husband was stung by something when a wave rushed in while working on a sandcastle.  He took the stinger out immediately, and I gave him a dose of Arnica 200.  At that point, we had no idea what it was, only that it wasn’t good.  It helped tremendously, even though Arnica is not the most oft-described remedy for assisting with stings, bites, or the like.

Prevent a Chronic Issue from Worsening

For chronic issues, the sooner you address them, the better, in my opinion and my experience.  Chances are that you will need the help of a healer with that, so start asking around for some referrals!

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What are Resonances?

Though mostly what I practice would be classified as classical homeopathy, I recently have begun working a little bit with resonances.  What is appealing about the resonances is that they are simple in designation and form.  Whereas classical homeopathy treats the individual, resonances treat the disease or trauma.  So, for instance, there are resonances for spina bifida, birth trauma, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s.  Resonances can be used alone or in conjunction with homeopathy.

My experience with the resonances is still new, but in general, the response has been positive.  Some more positive than others.  Some simply sleep better [some a lot better], and some have had physical complaints abate with use of the resonances.  Almost everyone also is on a homeopathic constitutional remedy as well.  The resonances simply provide a second route of healing.

So, for instance, one person who is using a resonance reports very sound sleep, and longer sleep, with the resonance.  In addition, the frequency of dosing for the constitutional homeopathic remedy lessened with the use of the resonance.  However, the discontent and cognitive activity that were the hallmarks of the time to re-dose with the constitutional remedy do recur, resulting in a redose, then improve again with the redose.  So there does seem to be a symbiotic relationship.

The story below is like that.  Catherine had been on a constitutional homeopathic remedy that had done wonders for her–it had increased her cognition, resulting in greater contentment and ability to be alone for longer periods and without constant entertainment.  Catherine also had improved immune function and better sleep–her sleep medication was half what it once was.

When I heard about the resonances, I asked Catherine’s mom if she wanted to try the Birth Trauma resonance for her daughter [her daughter’s birth was traumatic and the source of her physical problems].  As with the person described previously, Catherine continues to benefit from her constitutional homeopathic remedy, but she also is  benefitting from the Birth Trauma remedy.  Initially, she noticed that Catherine was able to fall asleep quickly.  The constitutional remedy was helping her sleep through the night, but the nightly Birth Trauma resonance was helping her fall asleep quickly, whereas it used to take 2-3 hours.  That’s serious moola in the Mama Resources Bank!  But the benefits heightened, as her mother describes:

Catherine has suffered from constipation pretty regularly (no pun intended, hee hee) for most of her life.  We have tried many things including Miralax, increased fiber, increased liquids, essential oils, etc, etc  with varying levels of success, but mostly not.  The last year I have had to give her a laxative suppository once or twice a week and an occasional enema just to keep things moving.  We started giving Catherine this remedy about a month ago.  Since then, she has been able to have a Bowl Movement on her own about 80 percent of the time.  Before this, she was never able to get things moving without a suppository.  Further, Catherine has favored her left hand to the near exclusion of her right for the last four years since she discovered she had hands.  She occasionally moves her right hand, but only when I limit the movement of her left hand and not with any sort of accuracy.  Since using this remedy, Catherine has started using her right hand to bat at toys and reach for things in her field of vision.  She still is not able to grasp with either hand, but this newfound interest in her surroundings with BOTH hands is so exciting.  I am happy for her to be able to explore so much more and am anxious to see where this will take her.

Pamela has been incredibly patient with me as I have stubbornly dragged my feet into the world of Homeopathy.  She is knowledgeable, compassionate, and endlessly patient.  Spirit Homeopathy is so perfectly named for this incredibly gifted practitioner.

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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.
  • No doctor-patient relationship is intended, implied or created by the posting or viewing of information on this site; nor is a doctor-patient relationship created by the submission or exchange of questions or information via email or otherwise with Pamela Lialias.
  • Readers are responsible for their use of information provided on this blog or linked to from this site. Pamela Lialias assumes no liability for the same.
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Insistent Nurslings

I support breastfeeding and co-sleeping when that is what works for the family; occasionally a nursing relationship becomes complex in the toddler and preschool years if the whole relationship becomes about nursing:  The nursling wants to nurse every time s/he sees the mother, insists on it, throws a fit if s/he cannot nurse then and there, etc.
I have helped families dealing with such a situation, so I’m offering a little bit of insight here.  Although it is not exclusively the purview of milk remedies, older children who still are wanting to nurse frequently often benefit from a milk remedy.  [I learned this from Lou Klein.]  Milk remedies are made from the milks of animals–lioness, mare, dolphin, for instance.
There is a more specific picture, I find, for toddlers and preschoolers who need the remedy Lac Maternum.  They will want to nurse upon seeing the mother, and nursing often ends up defining the relationship.  Even patient, generous, breastfeeding-committed mothers become exhausted in such a relationship, not to mention that the relationship feels one-dimensional.  [My early awareness of this remedy’s existence was courtesy of Pat Deacon.]
The pregnancy that carried a child who benefits from Lac Maternum often seemed idyllic to the mother.  She will describe the pregnancy as being so amazing, that she spent a lot of time meditating, walking, etc.  This part gets a little “out there,” so beware:  Apparently, the issue, then, for the child is that the space is so open that s/he doesn’t come fully into his or her body and cannot individuate or needs the comfort of that attachment to the mother to comprehend connection to the physical world.
Say what?!  Here’s what it might look like in a child …
One boy I helped, G, was a year old when his parents asked for my help.  He woke frequently at night to nurse, couldn’t nap outside her arms, and wanted to nurse every time he was reunited with her–even if she’d simply left the room for just minutes.  She was exhausted, as you can imagine [she had two older children too!].  I inquired about the pregnancy and, sure enough, she described the amazing pregnancy she’d had–meditating, etc.  I suggested Lac Maternum 30c.  G did incredibly well on the 30c … for 24 hours:  He woke only twice at night, napped by himself, was much more contented.
Since it lasted him only 24 hours, I suggested Lac Maternum 206c next.  Yes, you read that correctly–206c.  There was no 200c, only 206c.  G’s response was magical–much greater contentment, easier time with visitors, blossoming relationship with his mother that was not confined to nursing, asking to sleep in his crib, and eventually sleeping through the night.  His parents reported that G was much happier and that G’s progress opened up possibilities for their family and a lovely new family dynamic, not to mention better sleep for his mom!  G took doses as needed from then on, approximately monthly for several more months, and of course with each dose, the difficulties dissipated more while the joys increased exponentially.  Such a blessing!
In another case, a girl, D, was on the cusp of her 4th birthday.  D wanted to limit her nursing according to her mother’s wishes, but she just wanted to nurse soooo badly!  If she couldn’t nurse, she’d ask to just hold her mother’s breasts.  Her mother worked outside of the home, and immediately upon returning home was greeted with an eager nursling.  D’s younger brother nursed even less than she did!  What struck me about D was that she did not have favorite anythings–except nursing.  No favorite color, game, etc.  And her mother had enjoyed long meditative walks, frequent meditation, etc. during pregnancy.  D took Lac Maternum 206c, after which she blossomed with a brightened confidence that showed itself in independence [playing on the backyard swing by herself, for instance], had a better appetite, and became less and less interested in nursing.
D’s mother left on the longest business trip of the D’s life [one week, overseas] just one week after D started the remedy.  This did affect D’s swift progress, but I’m glad she had the benefit of the remedy when she was going through the difficulty.  And, on her fourth birthday, D officially and happily weaned and never looked back.
One of my goals on this site is to share with you others’ stories of healing with homeopathy in their own words, to share the uniqueness of each homeopathic journey.  Here is one such story of someone who asked for help with her daughter, L, who was a very insistent nursling.  By the time L was 3 years old, it became physically and socially awkward to nurse L in some public places.  L responded by throwing tantrums when her demands to nurse were not met at the grocery store, family gatherings, etc.  Here’s the summary, in her mom’s words [italicized, parenthetical notes are mine]:
Our family has used homeopathy for over 10 years, the majority of it being pretty basic: Arnica for trauma & bruises, Calendula for stings & scratches. After reconnecting with Pamela a few years ago, and finding out she studied homeopathy, she has become our go-to person for various ailments.
Awhile back, I asked Pamela for help with weaning L.  Pamela noted that young L reminded her of a cat, with a Cheshire cat grin.  [As confirmation, kittens were L’s favorite animal, too.] And Pamela and I discussed how difficult L can be, beyond the typical “terrible two” behaviors.   It was obvious she has a strong personality but our whole family had been negatively affected by L’s intense outbursts and unreasonable demands. Pamela felt that I should try Lac Felinum (Cat’s Milk) as a remedy for L. We tried it and it worked! After a dose, L was much more reasonable and cooperative, and not prone to terrible outbursts.
[Initially, L’s outbursts centered around demands to nurse.  Not long after she began the Lac Felinum, she weaned herself.  Lac Felinum has continued to be beneficial to L, however, when L became exceedingly uncooperative or clung so to her mother that L was unable to enjoy even her favorite activities.]
More recently, Pamela provided valuable assistance with my husband’s minor surgery. She gave him a special surgery remedy and recommended dosages before and after his surgery. Of course the hospital provided vicodin for pain, but with Pamela’s special surgery remedy (and continual contact) he was able to heal and recover without taking any of the pain medications. She checked in with us all weekend to see how he was feeling and made changes to dosages as needed.
We feel very fortunate to have had Pamela’s homeopathic assistance over the years.

DISCLAIMER:  THIS INFORMATION IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY

  • 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.
  • No doctor-patient relationship is intended, implied or created by the posting or viewing of information on this site; nor is a doctor-patient relationship created by the submission or exchange of questions or information via email or otherwise with Pamela Lialias.
  • Readers are responsible for their use of information provided on this blog or linked to from this site. Pamela Lialias assumes no liability for the same.
  • 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.