How Homeopathy Can Help

Homeopathy, founded by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, is an extremely cutting edge medicine system that possesses the aptitude to successfully cure all living things, including humans, animals as well as plants. Moreover, it is effective for adults as well as children.

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Chronic and acute disease

For instance, influenza or flu is generally categorized under acute ailments. However, chronic ailments are actually entrenched health problems that generally become worse as time passes. Ailments under this category comprise tendencies that have been inherited as well as vulnerabilities like arthritis and asthma. In fact, both asthma and arthritis respond excellently to homeopathic remedies. Nevertheless, the fact is that acute ailments usually resolve quite fast, but the causes for chronic ailments are very complex and it takes some time to clear up as well as cure them.

Homeopathy and the common cold

Nearly everyone suffers from colds at some point of time in their life, while there are several people who often get colds - almost each winter. For several decades, this severe ailment has been puzzling scientists and till date they have not been able to discover a safe and reliable cure for this condition. In such cases, using homeopathic remedies may prove to be helpful. They can be useful by preventing the ailment from inflicting people or by systematically itemizing separate symptoms plus prescribing the appropriate remedy based on the principle of 'like cures like' - the cause of the problem itself works to alleviate the problem.

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Homeopathy distinguishes that the inclination to catch colds actually arises due to several dissimilar reasons, including those inherited by an individual or those acquired by him/ her at any point of time in their life. For instance, it has been found that as a result of the extensive use of BCG (the vaccine for tuberculosis) several people have got a level of tuberculosis vulnerability embedded onto their fundamental constitution, making them more prone to catch a cold. Using the homeopathic remedy Tuberculinum in appropriate doses helps such people to overcome this kind of weakness.

It has been discovered that the kind of cold one catches is subject to the influence of the bacteria or viruses on the basic constitution of the individual and any particular stimulating reason. For homeopathic remedies to work effectively, it is important that they must be selected very cautiously depending on the signs and symptoms of the suffering individual. This will help greatly in deciding on the homeopathic remedy that is most suitable for a particular individual.

Irrespective of the type of cold one might catch, the appropriate homeopathic remedy should be taken at the appropriate time, as this will greatly help to diminish the distress as well as cure the cold at the earliest. For instance, taking the homeopathic remedy Aconitum 30 is most suitable for an individual who suddenly feels cold, which occurs together with a dry, hurting cough and the condition deteriorates when the patient is exposed to chilly and dry weather conditions. People suffering from fever, excruciating headaches and insomnia also respond well to Aconitum.

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Another homeopathic remedy for common cold is Gelsemium 30. However, this remedy is used for treating altogether different cold symptoms. An individual suffering from the characteristic Gelsemium cold will generally feel very dozy and have heavy, flaccid or droopy eyelids. In this case, probably the cold has developed gradually, particularly when the weather conditions are mildly damp. In addition, the person suffering from this type of cold will also experience chilliness all over their back, stuffy nose, pain behind their head and lack of appetite and need for liquids. In addition to Aconitum and Gelsemium, there are several other homeopathic remedies for different types of cold and they should only be prescribed after finding the type of cold affecting the patient.

Natural defences

Generally, allopathic drugs work by suppressing the typical symptoms of colds and flu. Homeopathic physicians have noticed that this tendency only compels the ailment to go further deep inside the body, probably making it all the more severe. A bad cold usually occurs with an increase in body temperature or trivial fevers and allopathic physicians prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin to restrain these symptoms, although fever is an essential element of defence mechanism of our body.

Elevated body temperature is actually a consequence of the body's combat against infections by augmenting the number of leukocytes (while blood cells). When our body is invaded by any alien body the activity of the white blood cells increase and they produce additional interferon - a protein produced by the body to thwart the growth of viruses. At the same time, it is important to know that when one suffers from fever for a prolonged period, it can be harmful and requires necessary treatment. In homeopathy, there are several remedies for fever and these may be prescribed subject to the specific symptoms and signs developed by the sufferer.

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It has often been found that using nasal sprays and decongestants to treat cold also suppresses catarrhal discharge. So it shows that using such usual methods to treat cold does not help our body in any way, but, on the contrary, may possibly even worsen a common cold, particularly in children. Basically, catarrh is a toxic waste produced or accumulated in our body and when we suffer from a cold our body cleanses itself by disposing of such wastes. Precisely speaking, catarrhal discharge encloses viruses, bacteria, dead leukocytes (white blood cells) and mucus. There it is common knowledge that one would feel better when such substances are thrown out of the body. Turning to homeopathic remedies may help in lessening the occurrence of common colds, as they ensure that our body completely cleanses itself, but does not slow down or adversely affect our immune system, which protects us from infections and invasions by all foreign bodies.

Homeopathy and allergies

Despite all efforts to contain or eradicate them, it appears that allergies are on the rise. It is important to note that the severe phase of any allergic reaction apparently has a lot of resemblance to an aggressive cold. Generally, the usual allergic reactions include recurring runny nose, watering eyes and sneezing. In effect, these symptoms are caused by our immune system's over-reaction to the allergen or the alien body that invades us.

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Several substances, including pollen, household chemicals, cosmetics, animal hairs and various foods may trigger an allergic attack, especially in people who are vulnerable. Health conditions like eczema and asthma, which makes the life of many people miserable, are also called allergic reactions - despite the fact that these conditions may be induced due to different emotional conditions as well as stress. According to homeopathic physicians, allergies are indicative of a basic chronic condition and they endeavour to reinforce the general resistance of our body to enable it to combat the condition. In several instances, allergic attacks may be reduced or even completely eradicated through proficient homeopathic care.

Hay fever

This health condition is actually a periodic allergy attributable to pollens. Usually, hay fever is treated using antihistamines that, in any case, do not cure the ailment or offer any relief on the long term basis. Antihistamines are just effective in suppressing the symptoms that accompany allergies. Moreover, the use of antihistamines may result in a number of side effects, including drowsiness that makes it risky for one to drive a vehicle or operate any machine. Therefore, homeopathic remedies may be most appropriate and safe for people suffering from this condition.

Asthma and eczema

Often health problems like eczema and asthma inflict an individual in his/ her childhood and these conditions may possibly or may not become a serious problem till the patients become mature. Normally, these two ailments accompany each other and are found to be related. Homeopathic physicians are of the view that suppressing eczema during one's childhood by using allopathic drugs like steroid cream is likely to compel the disease to embed itself further deep into his/ her body.

It may often be difficult to treat asthma using homeopathic remedies, as the patient might have already been using different allopathic medications to suppress the ailment for a prolonged period. In fact, it is especially tricky to find an obvious 'homeopathic picture' of an adult suffering from asthma with a prolonged history of using the conventional medicaments. Actually, several practitioners of homeopathic remedy do not seem to be too keen that their patients stop using inhalers (which are actually used during severe asthmatic attacks), because discontinuing the use of inhalers all of a sudden may make the condition all the more complicated. Usually, the homeopaths help their asthmatic patients to gradually give up the use of inhalers and prescribe proper homeopathic remedies as a substitute. Hence, treating asthma with homeopathic remedies is a long-term process. Nevertheless, in the case of children, the picture is completely different. Provided children suffering from asthma are seen by homeopaths during the early stage of the disease's development, the asthma can be controlled even without the patient having to depend on inhalers for their entire life.

As mentioned earlier, eczema and asthma are intimately related. Hence, it is imperative to be aware of the fact that in the case of people suffering from asthma/ eczema, while the asthma improves, the eczema eruptions of the patients may become worse, albeit temporarily. In any case, the patients or their physician should not make any attempt to suppress these eruptions. However, if any attempt is made to suppress the eruptions, asthma will relapse and it will never be possible to break this vicious circle.

While the precise cause of eczema still remains a mystery, often this ailment is inherited. It appears that psychological aspects like stress and anxiety help in augmenting the seriousness of eczema attacks and such patients are also likely to suffer from other different allergies like hay fever. When any such patient visits a homeopathic physician, the latter would enquire whether the condition worsens during night or in moist weather conditions. It is also important to know about the body area where the patient experiences inflammation, because this will help the homeopath to decide on the exact remedy that he/ she needs to prescribe. Homeopathy is able to offer productive help to people suffering from eczema when there is an improvement in their general health condition.

Homeopathy, pregnancy and birth

Several present day mothers have now started looking for safe and sound healthcare during their pregnancy, labor as well as during their breast-feeding period. Fortunately, this is one area where homeopathy can play a vital role and offer a practical alternative. In fact, there are many reliable and effectual homeopathic remedies for conditions like morning sickness, which is experienced by most pregnant women. Similarly, there are other homeopathic remedies for effective treatment of heartburn, breathlessness, edema (especially swollen ankles) and all these are safe. It has been proved that these homeopathic remedies neither harm the infants nor the mothers. They also do not have any adverse side effects.

In fact, homeopathic remedies are very helpful during labor, as it is possible to use them to make the mother stronger physically as well as mentally, lessen the time taken for delivery and also accelerate the recuperation following child birth. In 1987, three French scientists undertook a double-blind study to test the safety and effectiveness of five homeopathic remedies that are generally prescribed to assist labor. The findings of this study were released later. It is worth mentioning here that a double-blind study in a trial wherein neither the doctor giving the medication nor the patient is aware of the precise substance that is being administered. Thus, it is claimed that it is an excellent means to make an independent evaluation of the substance and learn about its actions. However, this method cannot be applied to test homeopathic remedies, as these medications are normally prescribed depending on the personal traits and signs and symptoms of a patient.

Nevertheless, the double-blind study conducted by the French researchers effectively demonstrated that using Caulophyllum (also known as blue cohosh) helped in lessening the birth time as well as the problems during labor. On average, the women who received the homeopathic remedies spent as much as 5.1 hours in labor, while women who were given a placebo spent an average 8.5 hours in labor. It is important to note that the reputation of Caulophyllum in accelerating the childbirth process is such that this substance should never be administered by the woman requiring it, because it can itself cause premature labor. Following the birth of the baby, homeopathic remedies may be used to ease the problems related to breast-feeding, post-natal incontinence and also depression after child birth.

Homeopathic care of babies and children

In addition to adults, even infants and children have been found to respond excellently to homeopathic remedies, which are all the more beneficial because they do not cause any harmful side effects. Homeopathy may prove to be very useful in treating colic in just-born babies. In fact, colic in infants is not only distressing for suffers, but their parents too. A number of homeopathic physicians as well as practitioners specializing in this medicine system are of the view that homeopathic remedies may prove to be very effective in treating various other problems related to children, for instance, hyperactivity.

Conventional medicaments, present day hygiene as well as nutrition have all definitely aided in lessening the rate of infant mortality. Today, several children suffering from various ailments continue to recover and survive owing to the use of antibiotics as well as the incredible progress made in surgical procedures. All said and done, it is prudent to avoid this kind of impressive medical intervention on children for curing them of their common health problems, such as colds, trivial infections, and teething. In fact, using antibiotics like tetracycline at random may also prove to be detrimental and may cause adverse impacts on the growth of their bones, result in damaged liver and also leave an ugly stain on a child's teeth forever.

It is important to note that homeopathic remedies may especially be effectual in treating the adverse consequences of vaccinations. While vaccines have proved to be invaluable in protecting numerous children, who have been saved from suffering distressing conditions like whooping cough, diphtheria, polio and even tetanus, they also cause some adverse effects, such as augmented production of mucus and catarrh by the body. As a result, several children have had to endure 'glue ear', because the mucus accumulate somewhere in the space located in mid-ear. Although this condition is not a very severe one, it may often result in considerable deafness, typically the degree of which is dissimilar in each ear. Conventionally, this problem is treated by inserting grommet (also known as an ear tube or T-tube) in the ear to drain out the accumulated mucus. However, if the child is treated with suitable homeopathic remedies soon after he/ she is administered the vaccines, they can avoid the troublesome grommet insertion process.

Homeopathy at home

It is quite easy to cure most of the commonly occurring minor health problems at home using homeopathic remedies. In fact, several pharmacies selling homeopathic remedies offer off the rack first aid kits for use at home. However, it is important to note that if you are suffering from any chronic or miserable symptoms, you should essentially consult a competent physician. However, it is possible to cure the everyday problems at home with homeopathic remedies.

In most cases, taking a minimum of 4 to 5 doses of homeopathic remedies should be enough to yield the desired results. It is important that you discontinue taking the medications immediately when you notice improvement in your condition. You may take the homeopathic doses at intervals of half an hour if you are treating any acute condition. As you notice improvement in your condition, reduce the frequency of the doses to one dose in every two to three hours. You should remember that since the homeopathic remedies are very sensitive as well as subtle, you need to wait for at least 20 to 30 minutes after consuming any food and before taking the medications. It should also be the same if you are taking the medications prior to meals. It is important to wait for about 30 minutes after taking a homeopathic dose before taking any food. In addition, you need to avoid taking or using things like coffee, camphor, tobacco, and peppermint toothpaste for about 30 minutes prior to as well as after taking homeopathic remedies, as these substances may possibly interfere with the action of these medications. This is the reason why some homeopathic pharmacies also sell special, insipid homeopathic toothpastes.

It is also important that you store all your medications, including homeopathic remedies, away from sunlight and in a cool as well as moisture-free place, where these medications would not be exposed to any substance having potent smells. Such substances may damage these medications. When you store your medications carefully, they will remain valid for a longer period. Some experts are of the view that homeopathic remedies can remain effective for as long as 50 years, provided they are stored in an appropriate manner.

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