“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper”...Eden Phillpotts
For the past two months it’s been nearly impossible for me to post to this blog as often as I'd like. I've been working hard on the development of my new website: www.Well4Good.com (set to launch in the not-too-distant future) and the creation of a new daily-digest style blog (set to launch even sooner).
I also hostessed a Thanksgiving celebration that included a sit-down dinner for 35 at my house... gratefully sharing food prep (and dish washing) with my delightful posse of foodie friends and family. (see the photos of the ingredients that soon became Roasted Hubbard Squash Soup with Hazelnuts and Chives (Fine Cooking Oct/Nov 2008), wild rice stuffing with dried cranberries (featuring rice that was lovingly harvested, by hand in Minnesota, by my dear friend, and fellow homeopath, Jake Kiakahi), fresh cranberry/ginger/orange chutney, gravy, and a Pumpkin Mousse Trifle...
But the biggest draw on my time and energy has been the arrival of Fall and its fresh batch of
colds, coughs, a nasty stomach virus, and a boatload of new clients. I have been one busy Homeopath.
Which reminds me to remind you that Homeopathy is a very good choice when dealing with acute ailments such as the previously-mentioned seasonal colds, flu, and of course, the crud.
Sometimes it’s like a parlor trick where a remedy is taken and symptoms disappear, POOF! And many times it simply, yet effectively, shortens the duration and eases the suffering, thus allowing the body to heal itself in a more efficient manner.
For example, a stomach bug is making its way through our house (yes, homeopaths and their children get sick just like everyone else!). Number Two came home early from school on Monday afternoon and after getting a remedy the vomiting stopped and he started to feel better. He still, however, needed another day at home under a blanket with loads of TLC to recover fully. His symptoms included: feeling relief immediately after vomiting, thirst for ice cold drinks but feeling worse after they warmed in his tummy, and an overall sunny disposition despite the fact that he had just thrown up. The remedy that helped him along was Phosphorus…
This morning, Number One woke with vomiting and so I immediately gave him a dose of Phosphorus. Guess what happened? He threw up again. Drat. So I looked more closely at his presentation and discerned that he was not acting at all like his brother. Number One was noticeably anxious (didn’t want me to leave his side), he was chilled and trembling. He said the vomit burned his throat. Aha! One dose of Arsenicum and he immediately fell back asleep and has been peacefully resting for about five hours.
What’s important to note here is that not everyone with the same bug needs the same remedy. Each person experiences symptoms in their own, unique way. Homeopathy is about the person—not the illness.
It's also important that I note (for liability reasons) that the above examples are not meant as medical advice; they are simply to offered to help open the mind to thinking about the body in a different way, right?
If you are interested in learning more about using homeopathic remedies for yourself or your family, I recommend these two comprehensive, easy-to-use books:
Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines by Stephen Cummings and Dana Ullman
Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants by Dana Ullman
Homeopathic remedies are FDA regulated and approved and many health food stores carry a basic selection. If you start using homeopathy more regularly, it’s good to have a home “kit” on hand. My favorite comes from Washington Homeopathics and features 50 remedies in a handy storage/travel container.
And if you are looking for a Homeopath in your area, be sure to check out the National Center for Homeopathy’s comprehensive database, or send me an email and I will try to direct you to someone who would be a good match.