I just love that comfy feeling when it’s cold outside, raining, or even better snowing…when the day is coming to its end and I get to sit close to the fire-place and have a cup of tea…I inhale the scent of my favourite blend, feel my fingers getting warm from holding the cup, and I get to think-over the bigger and smaller turn of events of the day, and ponder about what tomorrow may bring…
…Sometimes, I think about how this homeopathic pathway I have chosen has and is impacting my life… occasionally I have focused thoughts because my mind cannot rest from what I am currently working on, and at other times I think of this and that or even not at all. As this is a homeopathic blog though, I wouldn´t post of `this and that´ or of the `not at all´, therefore, of course, my words hover around health, wellbeing and the gentler approach to health care, homeopathy.
I watched a TV program a while back that critically eyed the extensive use of Aspirin, its advantages and disadvantages. Let me summarize what this program reported:
Acetylsalicylic acid, also known by the marketed name of `Aspirin´, is commonly known and used as a painkiller. It is reported to relieve of pain, reduce fever and has anti-inflammatory properties. These properties have nurtured its image as somewhat of a cure-all. Yet a certain, favourable side-effect has raised its use into new spheres, and it has become a standard intervention for heart attack and stroke. In emergency situations and on suspicion of a stroke or heart attack, patients are frequently given Aspirin as a first aid remedy, because it dilutes the blood (ndr.de-a) by preventing the clumping of platelets that can block the veins, which is the primary action that leads to heart attacks and stroke (mayoclinic.com).
90% of infarction and stroke patients receive Aspirin on a daily basis that they must take for the remainder of their life, in order to prevent the formation of such blood clots, and a subsequent recurrence of an attack(ndr.de-a). Yet, this increased use of Aspirin in Cardiology, has led to a rise in reports of side-effects. It can cause gastric and intestinal bleeding, ulcers, and can lead to asthma-attacks and kidney damage (ndr.de-b).
The producing companies of Aspirin and similar drugs containing acetylsalicylic acid, continue to recommend the daily intake for the prevention of a potentially in the future occurring attack. That is, individuals that are considered to bare an elevated risk of possibly having a heart attack or a stroke, because they are deemed to be in a high-risk group, are advised to take low dose Aspirin on a daily basis(ndr.de-a). However, this use, as a prophylactic, is increasingly being viewed critically, because of the numerous side-effects.
This gave me something to ponder about… we have HUGE POTENTIAL (!) in homeopathy to treat pain, fever, inflammation and to dilute blood. HUGE POTENTIAL! …even in emergency cases, and there are many advantages of a homeopathic treatment; in this comparison, in particular the lack of serious side-effects.
The newer use of Aspirin, for thinning down the blood, immediately brought the snake remedies to mind and reminded me of a patient taking Lachesis instead of Aspirin for this very purpose. Of course this remedy had previously been identified to match his symptoms, but why has research never investigated into these properties of homeopathic remedies and for this purpose? For inflammatory processes and fever, research is much more extensive; and for pain that could require an Aspirin, there too are extensive reports of alternative treatments.
My patient, who regularly checks his blood sugar, because his GP tells him he is a risk patient, has reported that he knows exactly when he needs to take `his´ Lachesis again. He says he sees it from the colour and consistency of his blood when he pricks his finger, and has fared well by this method for years now.
The GP still believes he is taking an Aspirin daily… and the patient is happy; he has no concerns over side-effects to his treatment!
Ndr.de –a(2011) Aspirin: Segensreiches prophylaxes-Mittel? Last accessed May 2012 at URL http//:www.ndr.de
Ndr.de – b (2011) Wie gefährlich ist Aspirin? Last accessed May 2012 at URL http//:www.ndr.de
Mayoclinic.com (nd) Daily aspirin therapy: Understand the benefits and risks Last accessed May 2012 at URL http//:www.mayoclinic.com