Homeopathy for the Holidays
HOMEOPATHY IS A COMPLETE SYSTEM OF MEDICINE that uses remedies to trigger the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It is based on the principle of “treat like with like” – if a substance in nature can cause symptoms in a healthy person, then, in homeopathic doses, it can stimulate the healing of similar symptoms in a sick person. Classical homeopathy is the use of a single homeopathic remedy to stimulate the deepest healing.
When the body is out of balance, it produces symptoms. Conventional pharmaceuticals work by suppressing symptoms. However, the underlying reason for the problem has not been resolved. The body is still out of balance, so it works harder to overcome the drug and express the symptom.
Homeopathy helps the entire body regain balance so symptoms improve. Remedies are not directed at simply removing symptoms or killing germs, but toward strengthening the person so their own healing capacities work more effectively.
Homeopathic remedies are often prized around the holidays for their effectiveness with common GI problems. Here are some homeopathy for the holidays. Remedies to consider adding to your kit for digestive issues. You can find these remedies at most health food stores for around $10.
Arsenicum Album – This remedy is called for in cases of food poisoning, traveler’s diarrhea, and any digestive ailments that burn.
Cocculus - Useful for vertigo or motion sickness resulting from travel. Indicated if vertigo comes on even from simply watching things in motion.
Ipecacuanha - Homeopathically prepared Ipecac is a gentle solution for nausea, vomiting, and stomach “flu” which is worse from the mere smell of food.
Lycopodium – Indicated when the person is suffering from heartburn with boating, gas, burping.
Nux Vomica – Highly useful for digestion problems from doing things in excess – hurrying, eating, working, or partying. Vomiting can be painful or attempts to vomit might be ineffectual. Reach for Nux to ease tummy aches from too much Halloween candy… and even your holiday hangover.
Just remember, homeopathic remedies are not a substitute for conventional medical care when such care is necessary. Standard first-aid practices always apply. If you are unfamiliar with basic first-aid techniques, contact the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association for a class near you. I highly recommend a first-aid class for every parent. They’re informative, fun, and can make a big difference for your family in an emergency situation.
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