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

 

 

 

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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.

Contusion – a common sports-injury

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One of the injuries most frequently acquired during sports is a contusion, so to speak bruising to the muscular tissue. While most such bruising is of little concern and will quickly resolve on by itself, more severe contusion that involves deeper lying tissue, may be a complication to athletes, causing them to have to refrain from any physical activity for quite a long time.

Damage to tissue beneath the skins surface may involve the crushing of muscles and connective tissue, and the rupturing of small, peripheral vessels, leading to the leakage of cellular fluids and blood into the surrounding tissue. The blue or blackish discoloration of the affected is a sign of such fluid leakage. The skin is usually not broken.

Contusions occur when an injury is produced by a direct, blunt, forceful impact to the body’s soft tissue, such as a blow, falling or jamming. At the located area there may be swelling and pain. There may be weakness and stiffness of the affected part. In some cases there may be the formation of a hematoma (blood collected at the point of impact that may be felt as a lump on the site of injury).

Complications to this type of injury are deep contusions impacting internal organs or bones.

Conventional 1st aid: RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate; Medication for pain relief.

Major 1st aid homeopathic remedies for contusion are:

Arnica: For all types of contusion. Great pain relief remedy

Bellis perennis: Follows well after Arnica. Rapid onset of healing.

Hamamelis: Indicated where Arnica fails to do something.

However there are other remedies for such injuries: Aconite, Calendula, Conium, Echinacea, Hypericum, Ledum, Rhus tox., Ruta, Symphytum to mention a few.

 

 

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2016)Muscle Contusion (Bruise), Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/ (Accessed: June 2016).
  • 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.
  • Morgan, Lyle (1988) Homeopathic treatment of Sports Injuries, Rochester: Healing Arts Press.
  • Walker, Brad (2007) The Anatomy of Sports Injuries, Chichester: Lotus publishing.
  • WebMD LLC (2016)Contusions Treatment & Management, Available at:http://emedicine.medscape.com/ (Accessed: June 2016).

Must have … Arnica!

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Arnica

Arnica is an all-rounder in the homeopathic home-kit, and definitely a must have! It is indicated for all those injuries, bruises and traumas that may well occur in the household, while conducting household chores, gardening, or out at play or recreation. It may be the muscular bruise from bumping into the table corner, or that from handling a garden tool; it may be the soreness following an over-exertion form work, exercise or play, all are handled very well with Arnica.

 

Pain that shouts for Arnica is one that feels as if bruised or beaten, or has the sensation of a sprain or dislocation. The soreness of muscles of Arnica may be followed by swelling or stiffness of the affected area, and damage to the skin, such as hematoma, contusion or trauma, may leave the injured area red, bluish, green, yellow or even blackish.

 

For fever, Arnica may be the right choice if there is shivering and cold all over the body, but the head is red and hot, or where there is coldness of the extremities, but internally the sensation is one of heat.

 

Arnica has a broad spectrum of indications, for example the symptoms of arteriosclerosis, often accompanied with hypotension, coronary sclerosis, muscle and joint rheumatism, stiffness of joints, rheumatoid pains, and others. It is a remedy indicated following surgery, as it helps speed up the healing process. As such it is also ideal for treatment after tooth extraction or during child birth. It is for nosebleed after coughing, for swelling of the throat in acute tonsillitis, and the hoarseness of the voice after extensive talk. It is one major remedy for cases of angina pectoris, concussion and apoplexy. Such severe health concerns though, belong into the hands of a capable professional homeopath or other health care provider.

 

 

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.

 

A short differential comparison of the Barium remedies

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Of the Bariums there is an infantile type, and one of old age. The infantile is characterized by a torpid scrofula, the ‘old’ affections by changes in the vascular system.

For both types there are symptoms of chilliness and sensitivity to cold. There is aggravation from thinking about symptoms, and from lying on the painful side.

 

 

Barium carbonicum: Acts on the heart, vessels and glands. Aneurism & Atheroma. Indicated for scrofulous glandular affections, arteriosclerosis, tonsillitis & hypertrophy of the heart. Senile heart. Multiple sclerosis.

Involves less the mucous membranes, but the glandular parenchyma.

Indicated for physically and mentally poorly developed children. Dwarfed, learn to speak and walk very late, dull, disinclination to play, learn poorly. There is a general tendency to angina (also with suppuration) Swollen tonsils after exposure to cold.

Childish old people. The aged that are weak and tired. Disturbed cerebral circulation. Weakness of memory. Marked action on the heart and its vascular system, also on the vessels of the central nervous system. Arteriosclerosis of the CNS. Chief remedy for end-results of cerebral sclerosis, for the manifestations of a typical apoplexy; aneurysm.

Sarcoma of neck with burning. Fatty tumors, especially neck and occiput, swelling and induration of glands.

Paralysis of mind and body. Palpitation with soreness of heart. Acute sense of smell. Outstandingly offensive foot sweat.

A slow acting remedy, needs to be given over a longer period of time. Requires 2 to 3 weeks to produce an effect. To be given in lower attenuation.

 

 

Barium muriaticum: Acts on affections of the heart and arteries, the peripheral circulatory system, indicated for the senile heart, coronary sclerosis, arteriosclerosis. Abdominal / aortic aneurism (!). For recurrent affections of the nose, throat, larynx, ear, tonsils. There is a tendency to catch a cold. Disposition to tonsillitis.

Palpitation, Hypertension, but also Hypotension. In hypertension Bar.mur . should be given in the higher potencies, in hypotension in the lower potencies. Weakness and heaviness in the lower extremities. Weakness and the sensation of emptiness in the epigastrium.

Convulsions, periodic attacks with excessive twitching and tossing about of limbs. Swelling of salivary glands. Parotid glands, hard and swollen (esp. right side). Acts also on pancreas.

 

 

Barium iodatum: Arteriosclerotic hypertension (!), exudative diathesis. Glandular enlargements and new growth. Bar. Iod. is very similar to Bar. Carb., but has a more marked impact on glandular affections.  Treatment with Bar. Iod. requires a long term therapy, 2 to 3 months.

 

 

 

 

References:

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

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

[3] Lesser. O. (1983) Textbook of homeopathic materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.