Homeopathy is a medical philosophy. It's based on the idea that the body is capable of healing itself. introduced in the late 1700s in Germany, it's been widely practiced throughout Europe since then. If you practice homeopathy, you view symptoms that accompany an illness as your body's attempt to balance and regain its health.
Based on the idea that 'like cures like,' the theory is that if something is causing an issue, giving you a small amount of the substance causing the problem may enhance your body's natural and normal self-regulation process.
Homeopathic practitioners use liquid mixtures or pills that have only trace amounts of active ingredients (typically from a mineral or a plant) to treat disease. The homeopathic treatments are highly diluted. These potentiated substances are used to maintain health and treat lots of different symptoms. Many use homeopathy to treat allergies, irritable syndrome, dermatitis and even rheumatoid arthritis.
Homeopathy isn't just used in Europe and India, though. More mamas than ever are turning to homeopathy, and so we decided to republish this guest piece by Dr. Amy L. Lansky, author of The Impossible Cure. Amy left her Silicon Valley job to pursue a passion in homeopathy after finding success for her autistic son, and we're sharing her must-haves with our readers here.
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Guest Post By Amy L. Lansky, PhD
If you are interested in trying out homeopathy for your family, I recommend the twenty remedies listed below as an excellent start for your home remedy kit. The 30c potency is the probably the best all-purpose potency to buy initially. You can find all of these remedies in any health food store. Many online homeopathic pharmacies also offer cost-effective starter kits. Visit the web site of the National Center for Homeopathy (NCH)- www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org-for a list of pharmacies and other homeopathic resources. By joining the NCH, you will also have online and print access to its invaluable magazine, Homeopathy Today, which includes countless articles loaded with self-treatment tips. The NCH website also includes complete information about each of these remedies in its "Remedies & Symptoms Database" (accessible to members only). The following books also provide excellent guidance as you get started in your homeopathic journey:
Self Help (How-To).
- The Complete Homeopathy Handbook, by Miranda Castro.
- Homeopathy: An A to Z Home Handbook, by Alan Schmukler.
- Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines, by Stephen Cummings and Dana Ullman.
- Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, by Amy Lansky. Best-selling general introduction to homeopathy that includes history, philosophy, how to prepare for appointments, what to expect from treatment, scientific studies, and dozens of first-person testimonials from around the world.
First Aid Remedies
(1) Arnica. Number one remedy for accidents, shock, injuries, and bruising. Patient has a fear of being touched and may say they are "all right" when they clearly are not. Other applications include pain after dental work and jet lag.
(2) Calendula. Number one remedy for healing wounds. Useful as a topical cream in low potency. Quickly seals wounds, so make sure wound is completely clean before use.
(3) Hypericum. Number one remedy for injuries to nerves. Pains are sharp and shooting. Useful for pain after dental injection.
(4) Apis. Number one remedy for bites and stings. Helps with redness, pain, and swelling.
(5) Ledum. Number one remedy for puncture wounds. Also useful for animal and insect bites. Along with Hypericum, a useful remedy for tetanus. An important remedy for Lyme disease. Pain is better from cold application, worse from heat.
Remedies for Specific Situations and Acute Illnesses
(6) Kali-bichromicum. Number one remedy for sinus infections.
(7) Chamomilla. Number one remedy for teething.
(8) Ignatia. Number one remedy for acute grief or emotional shock.
(9) Belladonna. Number one remedy for high fever.
(10) Aconite. Number one remedy for nipping a cold in the bud, especially if onset is precipitated by a cold, dry wind, or a fright or shock. Useful when illness comes on very suddenly.
(11) Gelsemium. Number one remedy for the flu. Extreme prostration and weakness, shivering up and down the spine, trembling, aching muscles, heaviness of head and eyes.
(12) Eupatorium. Another important flu remedy, especially if characterized by extreme aching in the bones, as if they were broken.
(13) Arsenicum Album. Number one remedy for food poisoning. Also useful for the flu. Patient is anxious and restless and does not want to be left alone. Fear of death. Worse between midnight and 3am. Thirst for frequent sips of water.
Common Remedies for General Constitutional Use
In addition to the above remedies, the following commonly used remedies have frequent application to many illnesses and chronic conditions.
(14) Pulsatilla. Number one remedy for childhood ear infections. Patients are clingy and tearful, are thirstless, feel better when outside, and tend to have thick yellow-green discharges. Can be a useful remedy for stomach upset after eating fatty foods.
(15) Nux-Vomica. Number one remedy for hangovers and overindulgence in food. Patients tend to be ambitious, angry, tense, and irritable. Sensitive to light and noise. Like to be warm in bed.
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(16) Natrum-Muriaticum. Number one remedy for cold sores. Patients tend to be closed and sensitive. Silent grief. Craves salt.
(17) Sulphur. An important remedy for itchy skin problems that are worse from warmth. Patients tend to be warm-blooded, and like to kick the covers off in bed. Hungry at 11am. Loves sweet and spicy foods. Intellectual or philosophically-minded individuals.
(18) Lycopodium. The insecure bully. Anxious and lacking in self-confidence, but can be aggressive toward others. Fearful when trying to do something new. Complaints tend to be right-sided. Flatulence and bloating. Worse from 4-8pm.
(19) Lachesis. An important remedy for left-sided tonsillitis. Patients are talkative and amusing, but also suspicious and jealous. An important woman's remedy, especially around menopause. Left-sided complaints. Craving for alcohol.
(20) Phosphorus. An important remedy for tickling coughs, worse from laughing and speaking. Patients are bubbly and outgoing, but with poor boundaries. Fearful and anxious. Fear of thunderstorms. Thirsty.
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