Iberis amara – a remedy picture

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Iberis amara is a homeopathic remedy with major characteristic symptom expressions that make it specific for particular affections of the heart. It affects the muscle of the heart, the coronary arteries, the conduction system of the heart and the peripheral circulation. As such Iberis is indicated for cardiac and coronary insufficiency, arrhythmia (tachycardia), angina pectoris, hypertrophy, myocarditis and endocarditis.

 

The particular heart symptomatology includes palpitation that is instigated by the slightest of physical exertion. Closing a window, coughing, laughing, or turning over in bed may suffice to produce accelerated, irregular beating of the heart. During this episode the individual may experience the sensation of dull heaviness and dragging pressure in the region of the heart, and marked shooting, darting pains that are experienced as stabbing or stitching. These symptoms promote great anxiety in the patient and may cause associated feelings of fear and nervousness. There may be marked coldness of hands and feet, while the face may be flushed with a sensation of fullness about the head and neck. Cold sweat may develop on the face. The patient desires to sigh or draw long breaths.

 

The heart beats faster and stronger and the actual pulsation is visible over the cardia-thoracic area. The pulse is erratic or intermittent, tremulous and not well-defined while being full and strong. The hearts action may at first be weak and is then succeeded by an increased full and strong, irregular pulse rate of +/- 100.

 

Concomitant to the cardiac symptoms there may be anxiety, increased salivation, dyspnea, and shortness of breath, the feeling of constriction and oppression, as well as vertigo. The patient may experience persistent eructation and bloating with an increased frequency of passing soft stool from the ingestion of food and there may be associated digestive weakness. A choking sensation may be felt in the dry throat and there may be the feeling of pressure and pain in the region of the liver. Soreness, lameness and trembling may be felt in the extremities, particular in the upper left arm and hand.

 

The patient feels worse for turning or lying on the left side, at night or upon rising in the morning. Altering the resting position or placing a hand on the chest above the heart does not ameliorate symptoms.

 

Following such an ‘attack’ there may be an increased urge to urinate only scanty quantities, and the patient may feel a general soreness and lameness throughout the body.

 

An interesting aspect of the therapeutic picture of Iberis amara is its association with gastro-intestinal issues. While this is not an integral part of the homeopathic remedy picture, it is so of the Materia Medica as a phyto-therapeutic agent. Iberis has been found to have antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-flatulent and calming properties, which it exerts on the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. As such it has found inclusion in herbal complex preparations aimed at treating an irritable stomach, functional dyspepsia or the colon irritable, the syndrome known as IBS, and ailments of the digestive tract associated with abdominal discomforts such as cramping and pain, motility disruption, diarrhea or obstipation. One such complex preparation is ‘Iberogast’, which in some countries is known by the name ‘STW 5’, and contains a combination of 9 different herbs. Research however has come to conclude that it is in particular the combination of the 9 herbs together that promote the efficacy of the complex. Iberis amara alone has not been found effective for the above mentioned gastro-intestinal issues.

 

 

 

References:

Allen, T. (1877) The Encyclopedia of pure Materia Medica . Internet Archive [Online]. Available at: https://archive.org (Accessed: April 2017).

 

Boericke, W. (2004) Pocket manual of homeopathic materia medica and repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

 

Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

 

DHU (1994) Homöopathisches Repetitorium  Karlsruhe: Deutsche Homöopathie Union.

 

Hale, E. (1897) Materia Medica and special therapeutics of the new remedies. Internet Archive [Online]. Available at: https://archive.org (Accessed: April 2017).

 

Hering, C. (1879) The guiding symptoms of our Materia Medica. Internet Archive [Online]. Available at: https://archive.org (Accessed: April 2017).

 

Madisch, A., Holtmann, G., Plein, K. & Hotz, J. (2004) ‘Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with herbal preparations: results of a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, multi-centre trial’, Aliment. Pharmacol. Ther., 19(), pp. 271-279 [Online]. Available at: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2036.2004.01859.x (Accessed: April 2017).

 

No name (1997) ‘Expertengespräch anläßlich der 51. Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Verdauungs- und Stoffwechselerkrankungen mit Sektion für Gastroenterologische Endoskopie’, Aerztezeitschrift für Naturheilverfahren, 38(2), pp. 146-149.

 

Rahimi, R. & Abdollahi, M. (2012) ‘Herbal medicines for the management of irritable bowel syndrome: A comprehensive review’, World Journal of Gastroenterology, 18(7), pp. 589-600.

A false positive of heart diseases – the Roemheld syndrome

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It has become evident in our modern times, that many of our lifestyle habits, in particular keeping up with our increasingly hectic society, are taking their toll on our health. Our work-life balance is skewed heavily towards stress and our nutritional preferences are dictated by the time available to cook and the income to spare. It is therefore not surprising that our health is impacted negatively by how we conduct our life and manage our care. Such factors lead to the creation of ever new ‘life-style’ ailments that we succumb to, and are very frequently misdiagnosed for what they are not and are as a consequence not seldom inappropriately treated. One such ‘modern’ disease, that likely has some of its causative factors in our life-style and nutritional habits, is undoubtedly the ‘Roemheld syndrome’.

 

This symptom complex of ‘gastric cardia’ was first identified and described as a stand-alone syndrome in the early 1930’s, when Dr. Ludwig Roemheld identified the reflex heart symptomatology specifically caused by gastro-intestinal discomforts. Characterized by symptoms mimicking those of angina pectoris, the Roemheld syndrome is often mistaken for the former. As such the following afflictions are common to ‘RS’: Palpitation, arrhythmia (tachycardia), circulatory disorders, dizziness, dyspnea, and related states of fear and anxiety, panic attacks. Further symptoms associated with ‘RS’ are: Gastro-intestinal discomforts, trapped gas, nausea, hot flashes, sleep-disorders, syncope and tinnitus.

 

Ultimately the cause of the ‘syndrome’ is the development of gas in the digestive tract. This may be of varied origin and besides mal-nutrition, food-intolerance, indigestion, speaking while chewing and as such ‘swallowing’ air, may be caused by life-style factors such as stress, anger, or depression. Our sedentary work practice may play a role. We are accustomed to conduct most of our work sitting down, we engage in little physical exercise, eat rapidly and unhealthily, sooner or later such habits must make us ill. However there are also disease factors that promote Roemheld syndrome. IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, has been named as a potential adjunctive cause of ‘RS’, as has the existence of a hiatus hernia. Neural involvement of the vagus nerve has also been linked to the development of the ‘RS’ symptomatology. In this case sensory communication from the digestive tract to the brain is believed to impact the development of symptoms.

 

During an ‘attack’, the bloated gastro-intestinal tract displaces the organs in the thoracic cavity. To the patient there appears to be insufficient space in the chest. The bloated stomach and bowels push the lungs aside, generating pressure on the heart, causing anxiety, difficulty breathing, oppression, weakness, dizziness and faintness in the patient. The pulse rate increases, palpitation may appear and arrhythmia are triggered, in the form of tachycardia or extra systoles. It is not infrequent that these symptoms take a patient to see a cardiologist. However the causative factors of the presenting symptoms are often misinterpreted as originating from the heart itself.

 

In many cases the management of ‘RS’ can be achieved by altering dietary and lifestyle habits. As such, avoiding certain foods can alleviate symptoms and prevent ‘attacks’. Reducing alcohol and restricting the consumption of fizzy drinks, which promote fermentation in the bowels and thereby produce gas, can be helpful. Fast food, fatty meals, vegetables such as of the onion family, cabbage, pulses, pastry, and particularly white flour products should be avoided; such changes sooth the digestive activity of the stomach and bowels. However surgical intervention may be necessary where a hiatus hernia is identified as causative factor.

 

Conventional medicine suggests the administration of medication that reduces bloating, and inhibits the development of gas in the digestive tract. Yet this medical intervention is one that only palliates and does not remove the underlying cause. The issue remains and drug side-effects can produce consequential troubles in the long run. Acute alleviation can be achieved by herbal tea infusions with fennel, melissa, mint, juniper or black cumin. From a homeopathic perspective, remedies that aim at the removal of the digestive pathology and take into consideration the patient idiosyncratic cardiac symptomatology should be considered (gastro-cardia symptom complex).

 

 

References:

Brisson, J. (2016) Can Stomach Issues Cause Heart Disease? Part 2: Roemheld Syndrome, Available at: http://fixyourgut.com/can-stomach-issues-cause-heart-disease/ (Accessed: 27 February 2017).

 

N.A. (n.d.) Roemheld Syndrome Information and Resources, Available at: http://roemheld-syndrome.com/ (Accessed: 27 February 2017).

 

Stange, D. (2017) Roemheld-Syndrom – Ursachen, Symptome, Therapie, Available at: https://www.gesundheits-fakten.de/roemheld-syndrom-ursachen-symptome-therapie/ (Accessed: 27 February 2017).

It´s moon o’clock – time to chime with the moon

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It has been known since ancient times that nature has its own laws and rhythms. Most prevalent to us ‘modern’ people are undoubtedly the change of season and the turn from day to night, and night to day. Yet in the days of old, our ancestors abode to many more such laws of nature. They were knowledgeable of the wisdom within an array of most essential rhythms that governed their every doing. The application of these laws permitted them to optimize what was given and available, what they needed to grow and form to benefit their lives needs.

 

By observation, interpretation and inherited awareness our forefathers and foremothers learnt to apply natures laws to their cycles of planting and sowing seeds, to the growing and care of crops and life-stock, to the foraging and storing of food, to the maintenance of health and the resolution of sickness.

 

moon-1859616_960_720Nowadays science and technology are used to optimize such aspects of human existence. Yet nothing in nature is pure coincidence, nature had, has and will always have its own irrefutable laws that provide a clear rhythm and schedule for all processes that occur.

 

We ‘modern’ folk have lost much of the sensitivity for, and the ability to, interpret and apply these laws. One such rhythm of nature is the cycle of the moon. The way it exposes its face in the night sky impacts the tides, the weather, the growth on earthen soil, and all organic existence.

 

‘La Luna’ governs our emotions and schedules the female cycle.  She is not a source of light herself, only reflects the shine from the sun. She lightens darkness, and her shine has a veil of mysticism, a hue of secrecy, for us. In her shade grow plants of poisonous character, the deadly nightshades. Already in the altered exposure of the moon, to the rays of the sun, lie strong forces that have the power to build and grow, to heal and strengthen. Hence, if we step back and pay attention to the neglected, if not forgotten forces of the moon, we can learn and subsequently adapt our actions and direct our focus, to become harmoniously in tune with the rhythms of nature, to benefit from what these laws can give, promote and enhance.

 

 

The moon travels along her periodic path, recurring in the same rhythm, completing the same cycle over and over again. She steps in and out of the shade, from new moon to new moon, travelling her cycle over 28 days. During this journey she always shows the same side towards the earth, always stable on its own axis, never rotating.

 

 

The meaning of the moon phases

New moon/Full moon: The new moon, the time when the moon is exactly between the earth and the sun, marks the starting point of the moons repetitive cycle. At this position, the moon is dark in the sky. No light is reflected from its surface, as the earth-facing side is receiving no light from the sun.

 

At this point the moon begins its cycle. Over the course of the coming 14 nights the surface of the moon increasingly becomes visible from earth. Gradually more sun light reaches the moon and we perceive the moon becoming bigger and rounder. This phase of the moon cycle is described as the ‘waxing moon’. La Luna reaches the half-way mark of its cycle during the 14th night. At this location, its earth-facing surface is fully enlightened by the suns light and we, on earth see the ‘full’ moon.

 

After the full moon, the enlightened area of the moon reduces. Over the coming 14 days, the moon is in its ‘waning’ phase. The dark area of the moon becomes bigger, the enlightened area smaller, until the moon becomes entirely dark again and the phenomenon of the new moon reoccurs. The moon-cycle has reached its end point which is also the starting point of a new cycle.

 

 

For all life on earth, for our human development and existence, this cycle plays a greater role than we now-a-days anticipate or acknowledge. As such there are energetic influences that impact us, our bodily functions and systems, and our doing.

 

 

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At new moon: the body has the greatest capacity to detox. This is a time for cleansing, for chucking out the old and welcoming the new. For endeavors, ventures and quests this is the most positive starting point of the moon cycle.

 

The waxing moon: is the most beneficial time for regeneration, for recovery and recuperation. It is a time of uptake / intake, of soaring energy and of gaining strength and power.

 

The full moon: then is a time of impaired and slowed healing. Wounds bleed more at this time. On this day our emotions are most volatile.

 

The waning moon: is a time of release. It is a phase of increased activity, of greatest power.

 

 

In the old days, much attention was paid to the position of the moon as it provided the schedule for the sowing of seeds, for generating the best crops and growing the strongest plants. The cutting of trees is not recommended on days of a certain position of the moon, as the ‘wounds’ will not heal well and the tree loses much of its life-juice. Similarly, in human health care, surgery is not recommended on some days, in particular at the full moon, as there will be increased hemorrhage and bad wound healing.

 

Only infrequently, if at all, do we nowadays relate any occurrences or incidences to the phases of the moon. The moon hardly plays a role in our schedules, and our hectic lifestyle has no space for the finely tuned sensitivity needed to perceive, or the wisdom to recognize the subtle forces of our celestial luminary. We commonly register the immense impact, without relating it to the moon. Yet, paying attention to those seemingly imperceptible influencing factors, may permit living a more balanced and harmonious existence. Such fluctuations of the rhythms of nature can be very valuable and may have a truly positive and beneficial impact on many aspects of our life [1, 2].

 

 

There is a homeopathic remedy derived from the moons light, ‘Luna’. It is indicated, amongst others, for the following symptoms [3]:

 

Irritability. Sadness, depression. Headache. Weakness of eyes, feeling of sand in eye. Sensation of stinging, smarting in the eyes. Feeling of coldness in head. Bitter taste on the left side of the tongue and increased salivation. Soreness of throat. Sour eructation. Flatulency in stomach with burning. Abdominal colic. Feeling of faintness in stomach with distension. Profuse urination. Immediate desire to pass stool after flatus. Menses returns after two days, after cessation. Sharp pain on left side of vagina. Suffocation sensation around the heart. Rapid pulse. Severe pain in sacral region. Rheumatic pains in left shoulder. Tendency to oedema.

 

 

 

 

References:

[1] Lichtenfels von, L. (2016) Mondkalender 2017, Rottenburg: Kopp Verlag

[2] Paungger, J. & Poppe, T. (1993) Aus eigener Kraft, München: Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag

[3] Clarke, J.H. (n.d) Luna, A dictionary of practical Materia Medica [online] available at: http://www.homeoint.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTC homeopathic flu complexes

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head-1746353_960_720We all know that catching a cold or being struck down with the flu is not only annoying, but challenges our immune system to battle the ill making agents, making us feel run down and tired.

 

Thus it is not seldom that many reach for conventional medication to alleviate symptoms and attempt to speed up recovery. However, there is a gentler option if you must assist your system.

 

In the following you will find a short comparison of over-the-counter homeopathic complexes that can be used to aid recovery from the cold or flu. If you must, then homeopathy is the healthier approach to health care, as it facilitates properties that will stimulate self-healing responses in the body and will trigger the immune system to spur into action and work at removing the ill-making influencers.

 

Over the counter complexes for the cold and flu-like diseases are a gentle alternative to conventional treatment and albeit not classical, they are homeopathic and are applicable to the broader spectrum of the symptom complex of the common cold.

 

The cold or flu is the infectious disease that is most common in our population. It has a distinctive array of symptoms that are specific for acute infection of the mucous membranes of the nose and throat. A patient may experience soreness of the throat, coryza, cough, headache, heaviness of the limbs and pain in the joints. There may or may not be slight fever and the patient may feel run down and fatigued.

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Included in this list of cold/flu remedies are complexes that are available world-wide, at pharmacies, health food shops or via international/online pharmacies.

 

Gripp-heel:

Manufacturer: HEEL

Indicated for: common cold, flu-like symptoms – runny nose, soreness of throat, cough, aching muscles, raised temperature.

Ingredients: Aconitum D/X4, Bryonia D/X4, Lachesis D/X12, Eupatorium perf. D/X3, Phosphorus D/X5

 

Aconitum: Acute inflammation of the mucous membranes, coryza, sneezing, headache. Pain, burning, redness of throat. Heaviness of limbs.

Bryonia: Inflammation of the larynx, cough. Swelling and obstruction of nose, inflammation. Coryza. Sore throat with hoarseness and difficulty swallowing. Dryness in throat. Tenacious mucus. Cough which appears to bruise the chest, rattling in chest. Limbs painful, stiffness. Weakness.

Eupatorium: Feeling run down, chilly, headache, runny nose with sneezing, dry nervous cough. Hoarseness of voice, joint pain, slight fever.

Lachesis: Headache, inflamed mucous membranes, chill. Tickling in throat, soreness, inflammatory swelling, dryness and redness. Much sticky salivation. Coryza. Dryness and burning pain in larynx, tickling. Cough, constant, irritating, with and without expectoration. Wheezing on chest. Stiffness of muscles, pain in bones, weakness of whole body.

Phosphorus: Inflammation of the airways. Dryness. Dryness of mouth with increased salivation. Aching, burning throat, scraping, hoarseness. Weakness and soreness of joints.

 

 

Oscillococcinum:

Manufacturer: Boiron

Indicated for: Symptoms such as body aches, headache, feeling run down, fatigued, feverishness, chilly.

Ingredients: Anas barbariae hepatis et cordis extractum 200CK

Anas barbariae hepatis et cordis extractum: It appears that this remedy has no entry on any of the older or current materia medica. However, according to Julian, there is a nosode of Oscillococinum. It is indicated for influezal otitis, mastoiditis, common col. The suggested potency is D/X15. Whilst I doubt Anas bar. and Oscillo. are the same remedy, their action radius is likely very similar.

 

 

Contramutan:

Manufacturer: Klosterfrau Healthcare Group

Indicated for: Cold and flu, feverish cold with inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.

Ingredients: Tablets: Eupatorium perf. Ø, Aconitum Ø, Belladonna Ø, Echinacea ang. Ø

Juice: Eupatorium perf. Ø, Aconitum D/X4, Belladonna D/X4, Echinacea ang. Ø

 

Aconitum: Acute inflammation of the mucous membranes, coryza, sneezing, headache. Pain, burning, redness of throat. Heaviness of limbs.

Belladonna: Inflammatory swelling and redness of the nose, coryza of alternating nostril, with stoppage of nose. Paleness, heat and burning of face. Saliva sticky, thick. Burning in throat, inflammation, swelling, swallowing impaired. Hoarseness with tenacious mucus in chest. Soreness. Heaviness of limbs.

Echinacea: Nostrils are stuffed, mucus in nostrils and pharynx, soreness. Mucus in throat, burning and soreness, constant need to clear throat. Sore feeling in chest. Weakness of limbs, exhaustion, general aching all over.

Eupatorium: Feeling run down, chilly, headache, runny nose with sneezing, dry nervous cough. Hoarseness of voice, joint pain, slight fever.

 

 

Meditonsin:

Manufacturer: Arzneimittel Pütter GmbH & Co. KG

Indicated for: Cold, acute inflammation of the throat and nose.

Ingredients: Aconitinum D/X5, Atropinum sulf. D/X5, Mercurius cyanatus D/X8

Aconitinum: Headache, burning throat, difficulty swallowing, malaise, general heaviness of body, fever, sweating, coldness.

Atropinum sulphuricum: Hotness of head, burning in throat caused by coughing, dryness, redness. Heaviness of limbs. General weakness.

Mercurius cyanatus: Face pale or flushed. Inflammation of buccal cavity. Salivation, great pain on swallowing. Roughness of throat, raw, sore. Great weakness.

 

 

Influenzinum – single homeopathic remedy

Manufacturer: Diverse producers

Indicated for: Cold, flu, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, increased thirst, chill, muscular soreness, sweating, headache

Ingredients: Influezinum nosode

Influenzinum: Cold, flu, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, increased thirst, chill, muscular soreness, sweating, headache, moderate fever. Suggested potency for the acute state are: D/X8, D/X10, D/X15, D/X20.

 

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References:

Julian, O. (1960) Materia medica der Nosoden, 3 edn., Heidelberg: Haug Verlag.

Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

 

Product-information:

Gripp-heel:

http://www.gripp-heel.de/home.html

http://www.heel.ca/upload/Gripp_Heel_PF_En_Jan_2010_7296.pdf

Oscillococcinum:

https://www.boironusa.com/products/oscillococcinum/

http://www.oscillo.com/

Meditonsin

https://www.meditonsin.de/

https://www.medice.de/produkte/erkaeltung-und-grippaler-infekt/meditonsin/meditonsin-packungsbeilage-englisch

Contramutan

http://www.contramutan.de/

http://www.paulsmarteurope.com/contramutan-n-saft-150-ml/

Influenzinum

http://www.boiron.ca/nos-medicaments/tubes-boiron/influenzinum/

http://www.homeoint.org/clarke/i/influ.htm

http://www.homeorizon.com/homeopathic-articles/materia-medica/flu-vaccine-influenzinum

 

 

 

Learning from the Organon – Knowledge and wisdom on the practice of homeopathy derived from the aphorisms mapped out by Ch. S. Hahnemann

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Reference used: Hahnemann, S. Organon der Heilkunst (2.Auflage). Heidelberg: Karl.F.Haug Verlag; 1974.

 

  • The natural law of Homeopathy – Aphorism 26

The yet unproven, albeit perceptible principle of natural healing, according to Hahnemann, follows the fundamental law underlying the homeopathic art of healing.  This emphasizes that a weak dynamic affection that acts within the living organism is removable only by one that is more forceful than that dynamic impact. Yet this is solely possible if the latter, the greater affection is of permanence within this organism, and very similar to the expression of the former.

 

 

  • The disposition to disease – Aphorism 31

In this aphorism Hahnemann draws attention to the fact that it is not at all times that an individual may fall ill with a disease. He stresses that a person falls ill when the human organism is disposed to an attack by illness, one could say when the organism is weakened or in disequilibrium.  Illness therefore does not befall every individual and not so at all time.

 

 

  • The limitation of the healing art – Aphorism 76

Here it is stated that Homeopathy is only helpful in the treatment of natural diseases. Those ill-making factors created from mal-handling of disease can only be revoked by the vital force itself, lest it is not too weakened by the infliction. Here Hahnemann stresses that the identification of the underlying chronic miasm may be helpful. Furthermore, he emphasizes that a healing art capable of restoring harmony to the organism, that has been affected by the ‘abnormalities’ of allopathic treatment does not exist, and will not exist.

 

 

  • The totality of symptoms – Aphorism 136

In the light of the idea of remedy provings, Hahnemann mentions that, during a proving, no participant will express all the symptoms spanning the entire expression of the remedy. However, this Hahnemann highlights, the remedy has the predisposition to arouse all of these within an individual. He explains this by referring to the natural law that insists on the similitude of the selected remedy to the symptoms that a patient expresses. The remedy creates an artificial state similar to the expression of the natural illness that the patient is suffering of.

 

 

  • The alternation of two remedies – Aphorism 169

Before alternating two remedies which have similar symptom expressions, Hahnemann reminds of the following: In the event that a case-taking suggests two remedies that both cover, in part, some of the symptoms expressed by the disease, the better suited remedy should be given, yet, the other closely matching remedy should not directly follow the administration of the former. This second remedy should be re-evaluated to the altered state following the administration of the first remedy. An entirely different remedy may become necessary. Hahnemann here laments the lack of extensive and exhaustive remedy descriptions in the Materia Medica.

 

 

  • The beliefs of the patient – Aphorism 208

Hahnemann warns to pay attention to the age, the art of living, diet, work, household and social rank of a patient. This he reminds is essential in order to make out any aggravating influencers and underlying factors impacting the patients’ treatment. Furthermore, he stresses to take note of the patients mentality and disposition, as these may obstruct the cure, or may be directed, to promote or alter the cure.

 

 

  • The antidote in aggravations – Aphorism 249

This aphorism teaches us that in the event of the appearance of new symptoms, following the administration of a remedy, that are not those expressed by the disease, yet troubling to the patient, the given remedy must be considered inappropriately selected.

 

If the aggravation is prominent an antidote should be administered, prior to giving a more appropriately selected remedy. If the aggravation is only minor, the better matching remedy may be given directly.

 

 

  • Dosage – Aphorism 272

This most important aphorism explains the topic of dosage. A globule, or pellet, according to Hahnemann, retains its medicinal strength for many years, if it is kept from sunlight and heat. The smallest dose of a homeopathic prescription is one single pellet, or globule, placed dry onto the tongue of the patient. It is considered the smallest dose for the treatment of the less severe, just developed states of sickness. A dose as such is said to touch only few nerves.

The same globule, or pellet, mixed with some milk sugar (lactose), diluted in water and vigorously shaken prior to administration, becomes one of the strongest medicines for use for many days, so Hahnemann stresses. Even the smallest amount of this dilution touches many nerves in the patient.

 

 

 

 

 

Must have … Hypericum!

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This is a remedy that comes in handy where the little accidents in the household need tending to.

 

Hypericum must be thought of in injuries to the fingers or toes; in particular where the nails and the tips of respective digits are concerned. Where such injuries are extremely painful, as for example from mechanical impact, nails, splinters, needles or hammer, and wounds are of lacerated, punctured or crushed nature, Hypericum is indicated. The associated pain may be excruciating. Such injuries not infrequently cause neural damage. Here Hypericum can greatly relief of associated symptoms and pain.

 

Hypericum is needed where neural damage involves inflammation of the concerned nerve, and is accompanied by symptoms of numbness, burning and the sensation of tingling. Injuries that stem from animal bites may express such symptomatology, as may neuralgia of the face where there may also be tearing and pulling in the affected area. It is also a remedy indicated in spinal concussion with muscular jerking and twitching, lameness, inability of walking, cramps in calves, crawling in hands or feet. Here the slightest movement of arms or neck makes the patient cry in agony. There is a general sore, bruised feeling.

 

In the homeopathic home-kit Hypericum is, generally speaking, a remedy for traumatic wounds and neural affections. The shock and fright from such traumatic injury can leave the patient nervous and depressed. The perception of pain is then much increased. Mentally, this patient may express confusion, heaviness, vertigo, may be irritable, may forget what he or she was going to say, may forget letters when writing. There may be weakness and numbness in limbs, with crawling and trembling in hands and feet.

 

 

 

References:

Boericke, W. (2004) Pocket manual of homeopathic materia medica and repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

DHU (2011) Homöopathisches Repetitorium  Karlsruhe: Deutsche Homöopathie Union.

The Solanaceae – a family of remedies

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‘Solanaceae’ comes from the Latin word ‘solumen’ which refers to solace, consolation, or comfort.

 

The Solanaceae are a plant family that is referred to as the ‘deadly nightshades’. On account of the intensive scent that these plants release, solely at night, and that gives humans headaches, they have acquired this name. Not all plants of this species are poisonous; some are even edible and are in daily use in our kitchen.

 

Paracelsus (1493 – 1541) said of poisonous plants:

 

Does there exist a thing of God created,

which has not been bestowed with a gift?

Which cannot be used for the benefit of man-kind?

Who despises the poison does not know what lies within.

Does there exist a thing that is not poison?

All things are poison – and nothing is without poison.

Alone the dosage is what makes the poison!

 

Common features of the poisonous plants of this family are the instigation of an inappropriate cheerfulness. They cause delirium, and heightened sensitivity of the auditory and at times the visual senses. Diverse fears are a great feature of such poisoning. On a physical level there can be severe forms of convulsion. The pupils’ become dilated, speech may become erratic, and there is dryness of mucous membranes.

 

The Solanaceae are a group of plants from which some great homeopathic remedies have been produced. The following gives an insight into some of the properties of some of the most common homeopathic remedies from this family.

 

Atropinum

Frenzied excitement, mania. Vertigo on turning head. Heat on head. Bright spots, flashes before eyes. Stomach area very sensitive. Accelerated pulse. Numbness and heaviness in limbs. Hyperaesthesia of nerves.

 

Belladonna

Frenzy, madness, violent delirium. Congestion of head, dilated pupils. Redness, burning heat, congestion, convulsion, excessive hyperaesthesia of senses. Hallucinations, acuteness of senses. Palpitations. Restlessness. Anxiety.

 

Capsicum

Dullness of senses. Timidity. Stiffness, cracking of joints. Aversion to motion. Great sensitivity to cold. Phlegmatic. Lazy, unclean, fat.

 

Dulcamara

Delirium. Restlessness from within, impatience. Quarrelsome. Congestion of head with impaired hearing. Great emaciation. Plethoric, sluggish. Acts on mucous membranes. Burning pains. General chilliness. Peevishness, Exhaustion.

 

Mandragora

Peevish and taciturn. Dullness of senses. Heaviness of head, vertigo. Burning and aching pains. Dryness of eyes with burning, dim-sightedness. Jerking, pulling and tearing in limbs. Paraplegia.

 

Nicotinum

Delirium. Vertigo with headaches, dullness and heaviness. Pupils dilated. Trembling. Tonic and clonic spasms. Great sensitivity of eyes to light. Stomach with disagreeable sensation, emptiness and faintness.

 

Physialis

Languor and weakness of muscles. Paralysis of face. Stiffness of limbs. Stabbing sensation in chest. Enuresis and marked urinary symptoms.

 

Stramonium

Delirium. Raving mania. Trembling, twitching and crawling of limbs. Convulsion. Insensitivity. Sensation of separated-ness of limbs and body. Suppression of secretions and excretions. Delirium tremens. Parkinson. Loquaciousness, stammering.

 

Hyoscyamus

Imbecility and irrationality. Shamelessness and lasciviousness. Melancholy. Quarrelsome and obscene. Nervous agitation. Restlessness, twitching of muscles.

 

 

 

References:

 

  • Boericke, W. (2004) Pocket manual of homeopathic materia medica and repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.
  • Boger, C. (2008) Boger Boennighausen’s Characteristics & Repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.
  • Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.
  • McElroy, M. & Mittelstadt, U. (2010) The Solanaceae – Presentation [unpublished]

Analyzing the pyromaniac

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In the wake of the many wildfires that repeatedly torment our planet in the summer seasons, frequently reported so in the media from Canada, the US, Australia and Southern Europe, it becomes obvious that quite often what ignites such fires is malicious arson.

 

Where there are no commercial interests driving such arson, it is likely to be a mental derangement. Who is the pyromaniac that has the impulse to start such horrific destruction? The repertories have only few remedies in the specific rubric looking at the desire of setting something on fire.

 

Murphy’s repertory [1] and Schroyens’s Synthesis [2] have listed the following remedies in the rubric “Mind – Fire – set things on fire; wants to”:

Alco., Ant.t.. – [1]

Alco., Ant.t., Bell., Carc., Hep., Hyosc., Phos., Staph., Stram.. – [2]

 

 

Below is a collation of mind symptoms of these remedies, which may reveal some insight into the personality of such pyromaniac personalities. These are taken from the Materia Medica of Boericke [3], Clark [4] and Allen [5].

 

 

Alcohol:  There is an inclination to quarreling, cursing, frenzy and mania with this remedy. Within the manic outbreak this individual has a disposition to commit murder or incendiarism, that is, maliciously setting things on fire. There is a heightened self-esteem and self-importance, loss of judgement, grief and sadness, and depression. In a state of melancholy there may be the inclination to commit suicide.

 

Antimonium tartaricum:  In this individual there is great despondency and agitation. There is anxiety about the future and fear of being alone. He or she may be peevish, and quarrelsome. His or her actions may be the consequence of anger or vexation. There may be a tendency to suicidal mania.

 

Belladonna: This person lives in a world of his own, has visions and is oblivious to his surroundings. Illusions and hallucinations and an acuteness of his or her senses are present. There is a fear of nearing death, melancholy with grief, and mania with rage and fury. Fearfulness and suspicion, and a desire to escape torment this individual.

 

Carcinosin [6], [7]: There is a marked sensitivity and tender heartedness to this individual. He or she has very low self-esteem, feels lost and abandoned, and is emotionally very needy. In stress there is anxiety which leads to an emotional shut-down. This character is easily influenced and shapeable, and there is a destructiveness, rage, and cruelty about him or her. There may be mania and thoughts of suicide.

 

Hepar sulfuris: Extreme apprehension, anguish and sadness may at times point to suicidal tendencies of this individual. This character reacts extremely to irritation and vexation. There may be fury, anger, dejection and ferociousness.

 

Hyoscyamous: Great suspiciousness, anguish and fear are marked, as is a fear of betrayal and of being poisoned. This individual is peevish and quarrelsome. There is rage, perversion, melancholy and lascivious mania.

 

Phosphorus: Sadness and melancholy, apathy and anguish are part of the picture of portrayed by this individual. There is much fear, about his or her future, of darkness, of death. This person may have a disgust of life, is low spirited, indifferent, easily vexed and angered. In great anger there may be violence.

 

Staphisagria: This character may have sadness, grief, peevishness and fear of the future. He or she may suffer of violent, yet passionate outbursts. There is anxiety and agitation, and a desire for death.

 

Stramonium: Characteristics of this state are hysteria, mania, melancholy, sadness and great anguish. He or she has fixed ideas, suffers of mental derangement, has visual and auditory hallucinations, and fears he is losing his senses. This individual may be violent and lewd, may have delusions about who he or she is.

 

 

There are numerous characteristics that these remedies have in common, as such the loathing of life, ie. the suicidal aspect. They all have an element of fear, melancholy and sadness. Many have hallucinations and are peevish, quarrelsome, and have a deficiency of self-esteem.

 

 

 

References:

[1] Murphy, R. (1998) Homeopathic Medical repertory, 2nd edn., Delhi: B. Jain Publishers.

[2] Schroyens, F. Synthesis 9.0 (English), Radar.

[3] Boericke, W. (2004) Pocket manual of homeopathic materia medica and repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

[4] Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

[5] Allen, T. F. (2000) The Encyclopedia of pure Materia Medica Homeoint [Online]. Available at: http://www.homeoint.org (Accessed: September 2016).

[6] Nissen, M. (2016) Carcinosinum: A Clinical Materia Medica, Available at:https://homeopathy.org (Accessed: September 2016).

[7] Mehta, N. (2013) Materia Medica CARCINOSIN, Hpathy, [Online]. Available at:http://hpathy.com/materia-medica/carcinosin-2/ (Accessed: September 2016).

Some rare symptoms and their remedies – according to H. Leers

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Removes blanket despite being cold – Mur. ac., Camph., Carbo veg., Sec., Tab.

Acne following the ingestion of cheese – Nux vom.

Allergy / Intolerance to Strawberries – Coff., Fragaria, Nat. mur.

Breathing, as through a sponge – Brom., Spong.

Feels observed – Calc., Meli.

Beer ameliorates – Aloe

Disgust at sight of food – Colch.

Disgust at talk of food – Ars.

Extra-systole – Adon., Cact., Conv., Crat., Dig., Gels., Spart.-sc.

Believes does everything wrong – Aur., Sil.

Extremities as if separated from body – Bapt., Bar.-c., Op., Stram., Thuja

Smiles without reason, always – Sumbulus

Music ameliorates, despite intolerance to noise – Aur.

Climate at sea, ameliorates – Med., Nat.mur.

Climate at sea, aggravates – Nat.mur.

Talks to self, in old age – Stram.

Toothache, cold water ameliorates – Clem., Coff.

Reaction to pain is delayed  – Alum., Cocc., Mang., Plb.

Hallucinations upon waking – Cina

Senility, asks questions without awaiting a response – Ambra

Strawberry tongue – Ant.t., Arum, Bell., Fragaria, Lach., Tub.

 

 

 

 

Reference:

Leers, H. (1973) Sammlung seltener Symptome, 2 edn., Heidelberg: Karl F. Haug Verlag GmbH.

Some recommendations for heart and circulatory health

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In order to maintain a healthy heart and blood circulation it is not wrong to occasionally take supportive measures. Sufficient movement in fresh air, moderate exercise, such as walking or swimming, or hot / cold alternating baths, are true restorers and preservers of a healthy heart and blood circulation. Proper hydration and healthy eating do the rest for good circulation.

But there are also other methods to support the system.

 

Red wine is good for you!

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Scientific studies have repeatedly demonstrated that red wine is good for your heart! However, only in moderation! With a moderate consumption of red wine, which means no more than 150ml per day, such consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease by about 30%. The reason for this, researchers have found in the composition of the wine. The ingestion of flavonoids and resveratrol, the main constituents of the wine, results in dilation of the blood vessels and thus increase blood flow. Blood clotting is reduced and the formation of clots thereby limited. This in turn reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Incidentally, more recent studies have provided evidence that white wine too has these properties.

 

The Hildegard heart tonic

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Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 17.09.1179) already ascribed a healing effect to red wine. The abbess recommended the ingestion of ‘Heart-wine’ to strengthen the heart and the revitalization the circulatory system. This recipe however, not solely consists of red wine, but is a concoction of wine, parsley and honey. The relaxing and calming effect of the Heart-wine potion on the cardiovascular system may, apart from the wine, come from the vitamin- and mineral- rich composition of the parsley, and the antioxidant properties of the honey. Together these ingredients cause the coronary arteries to expand, lower the blood pressure and strengthen the heart.

 

 

Hildegard heart-wine:

* 10 parsley stems

* 2 tablespoons wine vinegar

* 1 litre of red wine

* 200 – 250ml Honey

 

In preparing the wine, the parsley stems, vinegar and wine are placed in a pot to boil. The concoction should simmer for 5 to 8 minutes. Then the concoction should be strained and left to cool. The honey should only be added once the mixture has cooled to merely lukewarm. Adding the honey to the hot brew is likely to ruin the effective ingredients contained in the honey.

It is recommended to consume a liqueur-glass of this ‘Heart-wine’, up to three times a day, to relieve said heart problems, and strengthen the heart

 

Hawthorn – Crataegus

 

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Crataegus is the Latin name for Hawthorn.

It grows as a low tree, rather a bush, whose white flowers bloom in spring. Its fruits ripen towards late summer and autumn, and are of a fiery red colour. Hawthorn belongs to the genus of the rose family, and there are between 100 and 200 different species. It grows along roadsides and in hedges.

Its potential as a medicinal plant is focal on, in particular, the weak, and elderly heart. Accordingly, preparations of hawthorn are recommended for patients with decreasing cardiac output or cardiac insufficiency, the senile heart, arrhythmia, and the sensation of a narrowing or pressure in the region of the heart. Crataegus also has a stabilizing effect on blood pressure, and helps to regulate low and high blood pressure.

There is evidence that hawthorn promotes the contraction of the heart muscle and improves the hearts’ pumping force. The circulation of the coronary arteries is increased. The heart is thus strengthened and its efficiency increased.

A treatment with Crataegus can be drawn into consideration if the following symptoms are noted:

– Low exercise capacity

– General lassitude

– General rapid fatigue

– Palpitation, fatigue and / or shortness of breath after only slight exertion

There are no known adverse effects of taking Crataegus.

 

Circulatory complaints in the legs

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When legs suddenly feel heavy or painful, when ankles are swollen, the leg cramps, and the skin shows discoloration or varicose veins, a circulatory issue is often the cause. In such cases the blood circulation in the lower extremities may be limited, and often some simple measure suffice to bring about relief. For example, movement, massage, stretching exercises, or elevating the legs may reduce the symptoms.

 

Other measures included the use of various creams and preparations, containing for example, Aesculus (horse chestnut) or Hamamelis (witch hazel). These may be taken into consideration in the prevention and treatment of such circulatory disorders.

In homeopathic form, Aesculus and Hamamelis may be used in low potency, for example 6X.

 

Aesculus is indicated if:

– The legs are heavy and tired.

– The skin on the legs feels tense, and swollen.

– The veins appear jammed or inflamed.

– This ‘Aesculus’ circulatory disorder is not necessarily painful.

– The patient has is a tendency to thrombosis.

 

Hamamelis is indicated if:

– There is a sensitivity to touch, pressure and heat.

– Varicose veins are painful.

– There is a prevailing feeling of exhaustion in the legs.

– The veins shine through the skin, in a dark bluish colour.

– Water accumulates in the ankles.