Friday, 1 February 2013

Burns and Scalds. Homeopathy to the rescue

If you spent much of December in  the kitchen, preparing all the food for friends and family over the festive period, then you may have been unfortunate enough to burn yourself as you wrestled the weighty turkey out of the oven or checked the mince pies. 

Homeopathy can be very effective in treating minor burns or scalds by applying a variety of creams to the affected area. 

If the burn stings and is painful but has not blistered externally try rubbing Urtica, Calendula or Hypercal carefully on to the burnt skin immediately  after the burn occurs.

NB. Skin must be absolutely clean when using Calendula or Hypercal. If you only have the tincture of the above remedies: dilute one part tincture to ten parts water and apply frequently until the pain subsides. 

For more serious burns that have started to blister, take Cantharis 30c (in tablet form) hourly, remembering to drink plenty of liquid as the loss of body fluids through burnt skin causes dehydration.

Please note, however, that if the burn covers an extensive area of the body (5% or more), SEEK MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE AT ONCE, but whilst waiting for extra help, take Cantharis as 30c or Causticum 30c (tablet form) every 15 minutes.

The obvious physical ailment being treated is the burn but do not forget emotional shock can often play a large part in the event and, as a result, this may need to be addressed in addition to the burn.

There are two very effective homeopathic remedies for shock - Arnica and Aconite - which, if you are not sure which remedy is best indicated, can be taken in alternation with each other. Take one tablet of Arnica 30c in alternation with one tablet of Aconite 30c, every fifteen minutes for up to six doses. 

The Bach Rescue Remedy can also prove useful and this may be more readily accessible to you. Please note, if shock symptoms persist seek professional help without delay.

(Homeopathy for Common Ailments by Robin Hayfield)

This article first appeared the Homeopathy Healthy Medicine newsletter in January 2010. The ARH offers this to all Homeopaths as a free newsletter.

Homeopathy for Frost-Damaged Plants

Frost and snow are prolific at this time of year, as are the sudden changes in temperature which can occur in the shortest of time frames. 

The snow,while acting as a warming blanket and protecting plants from the extremes of frost, also makes any garden have a fairy-tale quality. 

Frost, on the other hand, hinders plant growth and kills tender plants, which are unable to take up water and therefore die from lack of moisture. Frost also causes water in plant cells to freeze resulting in damage to the cell walls. These problems are often made worse when tender plants face the early morning sun and the heat which causes them to defrost too quickly, rupturing their cell walls still further.

Distinguishing which plants have been frost-damaged is relatively easy as their growth becomes limp, blackened and distorted. Evergreen plants often turn brown and the leaves of tender plants appear translucent. 

Since prevention is always better than cure it is advisable to cover up susceptible plants with straw mats or cardboard on frosty nights. If, however, this is not possible, try watering your damaged plants with a homeopathic preparation of agricultural Magnesia Carbonica – Mag Carb 6X (available from 

Mix ten drops in one litre of water, shake vigorously for about a minute and then add a further twenty litres of water to the mix before spraying on your plants but please ensure this procedure is applied only once the frost has completely thawed. 

Information taken from the book "Homeopathy for Farm and Garden". Valunthanath das Kavaraj.

This article first appeared the Homeopathy Healthy Medicine newsletter in January 2010. The ARH offers this to all Homeopaths as a free newsletter.

Aconitum napellus – Homeopathic remedy to take at the beginning of an illness

Aconite, commonly known as ‘monk’s hood’, is a tall, very poisonous plant which has attractive, hood shaped, blue flowers. It belongs to the family Ranunculacee, and grows in shady, mountainous areas across most of northern and central Europe. 

The homeopathic remedy is made at the start of flowering from the whole plant, including its highly toxic root. It is believed that local people used to dip the tips of their arrows in a preparation of Aconite when hunting wolves, hence the plant’s other name, wolf’s bane.

Consider Aconite as a remedy to take for the early stages of any illness, especially if the symptoms come on suddenly, or the patient has recently become chilled as a result of being exposed to cold, dry winds. 

The symptoms can include aches, pains, colds, coughs, sore throats, flu, chills and fever. 

An example of the rapid onset of symptoms could be that your child is playing quite happily one moment, and then suddenly becomes fractious and feverish just a few moments later. 

Great anxiety and restlessness often accompany a typical Aconite fever. The patient may feel very hot internally, but chilly externally, with dry skin except for covered areas, which become sweaty. They can also be extremely thirsty and drink large quantities of water, often observing that everything tastes bitter, except for water, which just tastes odd. 

The typical Aconite cold comes on suddenly, and is characterised by sneezing, a hoarse croupy cough, and a throat which is painful, red and swollen.

Aconite is especially helpful for people suffering from symptoms associated with sudden shock, fear, or fright. 

So if, for example you suddenly experience a painful, burning, bursting headache following a shock or trauma, Aconite may well be the indicated remedy for your condition. 

The Aconite ‘fear’ expression is characterised by a staring, startled, glassy eyed look (‘rabbit in the headlights’ syndrome), and the patient is in obvious distress. The 30C potency can be taken every half hour for up to four doses, then reduce as symptoms improve.

Our thanks to Pauline Start for helping to compile this article. See Pauline’s web site for more information:

Homeopathy and Nosebleeds

Although nosebleeds are idiopathic, meaning there is often no identifiable cause, one in seven people will develop a nosebleed at some time in their lives. These can occur at all ages,although they are customary with children between 2 and10, and adults aged 50 to 80.

Nosebleeds tend to occur more often during the winter months and in dry, cold climates. This is because children are more likely to have colds during this period, and the subsequent nose blowing can often trigger a bleed. Moreover, the drying effect of central heating can cause irritation of the delicate mucous membrane which lines the nose. This then becomes inflamed, crusted or cracked and is much more likely to bleed.

Nosebleeds are generally harmless and stop of their own accord. If anyone in your family suffers, you are advised to tip their head forward, ensuring it is held up well above the level of the heart. Encourage  the patient to breathe through their mouth while you pinch the soft part of the nose, just below the bony part, whilst pressing the nose firmly towards the face. This position should be kept for five minutes or until the bleeding stops.

If the bleeding persists, try one of the following remedies: 

Arnica – re-absorbs the blood of nosebleeds resulting from an injury.

Phosphorous – an all-purpose haemorrhage remedy, particularly useful for persistent nosebleeds that pour without warning or reason

If the nosebleed continues for more than half an hour or so apply a cold pack of ice to the face continuing to pinch the nose whilst seeking medical advice from you local homeopath or your GP.. 

And now, to Detox

The Christmas baubles have been packed away in the loft for another year, the grandiose celebrations of the New Year have passed and many people are concentrating their time and energy on detoxing from fatty foods and alcohol, at the same time as attempting to return to the weight they were before the festive season began!

Our attention, however, should not only focus on reducing our body weight. We should also consider consuming foods which help prevent disease and maintain health. 

It has long been understood that a Mediterranean diet - rich in vegetables, fruit, fish and olive oil - is far better at combating heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions than the processed food now occupying most of the Western shopping market aisles. 

The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths, with this in mind, has looked at recent research into the foods we eat and the positive effects the consump- tion of same has upon our well-being. You will find, listed below, certain conditions alongside foods, which will help in the fight against these conditions, and which can consider adding to your regular diet.

Alzheimers Disease. Brussels sprouts, shellfish, apple juice, olive oil

Cancer.  Brussels sprouts, brocolli, seaweed, rhubarb

Diabetes (type 2). Grapefruit, pink grapefruit, black tea, blueberry juice

Heart problems - watermelon, eggs, oily fish, beetroot juice, dark chocolate, grapes, almonds, flaxseed

High Cholesterol - eggs, almonds, flaxseed 

Hypertension (Raised blood pressure). Watermelon, beetroot juice, dark chocolate, grapes

Prostate cancer.  Pomegranate Juice

Stress - walnuts, walnut oil, oily fish

If you would like to read a more detailed review of the findings and additional information about foods, please read the December 2010 issue of ‘What the Doctors Don’t Tell You’.

This article first appeared the Homeopathy Healthy Medicine newsletter in January 2010. The ARH offers this to all Homeopaths as a free newsletter.

Are You Resisting Antibiotics this year?

Antibiotics have been life-savers, and reduced illness and suffering in the past. But, as with most conventional pharmaceutical drugs, they come with risks. There is, every winter, a seasonal increase in the number of antibiotics prescribed to the public.

The widespread use of such medication has contributed, over the past few decades, to the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria whereby short courses of antibiotics can leave normal gut bacteria harbouring drug-resistance genes for up to two years after treatment. 

It was previously believed that the impact of antibiotics was short-term and normal health would be restored several weeks after completing a course of antibiotics. 

But Swedish scientists have now confirmed otherwise. The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control states - “this could reduce the success of future antibiotic treatments and lead to new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria".

So, with this in mind, finding alternative ways to treat common ailments and illnesses will enable you to regain your health in a risk-free environment, whilst continuing to maintain a natural defence for any future illnesses. 

Homeopathy helps to stimulate the body’s healing response instead of causing imbalances through the use of antibiotics - an artificial medicine unable to differentiate between friend and foe in the bacteria within the body.

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This article first appeared the Homeopathy Healthy Medicine newsletter in January 2010. The ARH offers this to all Homeopaths as a free newsletter.

Why not try walking as a New Year's Resolution?

January heralds the start of a new year and is the opportune time to reflect on the past and decide on any changes which you may wish to make for the future. 

The ritual of making New Year resolutions began circa 153 BC when Janus, a mythical king of early Rome, was placed at the head of the calendar. The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus the god of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances. He was always depicted with two faces, one on the front of his head and one on the back, thus he could look backward and forward at the same time. 

So, at midnight on 31 December, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new, which led to the introduction of resolutions. 

Nowadays, resolutions are synonymous with the New Year and the most common are those associated with health. These include losing weight and taming the festive bulge, quitting alcohol and/or smoking and generally getting fit.

An easy and completely inexpensive way of exercising, which in turn will help to trim the post-Christmas waistline, is to take up walking. An investigation into the walking habits of 299 volunteers over a four year period has shown that people who walk at least six miles a week have larger brains and a better memory capacity by the time they reach retirement age than their non-walking counterparts. 

The research, which was undertaken at the University of Pittsburgh, concluded, at the end of the four-year trial, that 40% of the volunteers had developed cognitive impairment of dementia but those who walked the most had cut their risk in half.

(WDDTY - December 2010 or

This article first appeared the Homeopathy Healthy Medicine newsletter in January 2010. The ARH offers this to all Homeopaths as a free newsletter.