Sarsaparilla

Common names Sarsaparilla, wild licorice. origin Native to Central and South America and Jamaica. background Long used medicinally by indigenous tribes in South America, sarsaparilla was introduced to Europe in the 17 th century as a cure-all. It was later used to flavor root beer. preparation The dried root is steeped in alcohol, diluted, and succussed. Sarsaparilla is most effective for people who are depressed and anxious, blaming their state of mind on the pain they feel. They tend also to...

Remedy profile

This remedy is best suited to people who have lost all conception of time and feel separated from ordinary life. They may be introverted, lethargic, depressed, and resentful and distrustful of others, and can experience irrational changes in mood. A general loss of identity and willpower may affect them, along with an impression that life is meaningless. They may have the strange feeling that their whole being has become transparent, enabling them to see their internal organs. The symptom...

Anxiety shyness

Symptoms Self-doubt, lack of self-confidence, shyness, and indecision. There is a tendency to anticipate the worst, to be full of anxiety, and to become upset over the slightest thing, which frequently causes depression or overexcitement. Concentration may be poor, and may even develop into dementia. Fastidiousness and perfectionism are further common Graphites traits. Symptoms better For walking in fresh air for the dark for being in a moving vehicle. Symptoms worse On waking for music during...

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Bacillinum pulmo (Bacillinum) 129, 282 back pain Berberis vulgaris (Berberis) 41 Ferrum metallicum (Ferrum met.) 81 Kalium carbonicum (Kali. carb.) 88 Kalium phosphoricum (Kali. phos.) 89 Badiaga 282 see also Spongilla fluviatilis balanitis 264-65 balsam of copaiva see Copaifera officinalis baneberry see Actaea spicata Baptisia tinctoria (Baptisia) 40, 282 barberry see Berberis vulgaris barium carbonate see Barium carbonicum Barium carbonicum (Baryta carb.) 76, 266-67, 282 Barium chloratum...

Toothaches

Often an indication of tooth decay, a toothache may also be a symptom of infection such as gum disease, an abscess (a pus-filled sac surrounding the root of a tooth), or sinusitis (seepage 226). The pain may be sharp and shooting or dull and throbbing it may be continuous, come in waves, or occur only when a decayed tooth comes into contact with sweet foods, or very hot or very cold foods. SELF-HELP Rub oil of cloves on the affected tooth and surrounding gums, except when taking a homeopathic...

Homeopathic medicine

A homeopathic practitioner will take a full medical history, paying particular attention to the onset and progression of rosacea and its possible triggers, followed by an examination of affected areas. Many remedies are suitable for the constitutional treatment of symptoms of rosacea (see page 18), but prescription will depend upon the individual. Among the remedies often chosen are Carbo veg., for when blood stagnates in capillaries, resulting in poor oxygen supply to facial tissue and...

Teucrium Marum

Common name Cat thyme. origin Native to Spain and southern Europe, and now found worldwide. background Cat thyme has traditionally been used by herbalists for its properties as an astringent and stimulant. It has also been used in the treatment of gallbladder and stomach disorders. preparation The fresh aerial parts without the woody lower branches are finely chopped before being macerated in alcohol. including their symptoms. They are easily overexcited and exhausted. The primary affinity of...

Hamamelis virginiana Key uses

Hemorrhaging, such as heavy menstrual periods or nosebleeds See Materia Medica page 145 See also pages 230-31, 238-39 Bone disorders, such as exostosis and osteitis Glandular swellings, especially in the neck Osteosarcoma and sarcoma, especially in the jaw, head, or legs

Lifestyle

A diet that is low in animal fats, gluten-free, and high in gamma-linoleic acid (found in sunflower seeds and oil) may be beneficial, while caffeine is best avoided. Regular exercise and rest are important. A daily routine might include three rest periods of 10-20 minutes each and fairly vigorous exercise such as weight-lifting, which should be built up very gradually. If, despite all treatment, the condition continues to deteriorate, consult a doctor. If a person affected by multiple sclerosis...

Asarum Homeopathy Insomnia

People who respond best to Asarum are nervous, excitable, and oversensitive. They are usually weak, often feel chilly, and are unable to live robust, ordinary lives. Often they are overly ambitious and exhausted due to a stressful occupation. Asarum is also given to recovering alcoholics. The classic symptom picture for this remedy is of nervous hypersensitivity and edgy, hysterical behavior even the sound of scratching on cloth becomes unbearable. Other symptoms commonly include nervous...

Sciatica

This term describes pain that is transmitted along the sciatic nerve, the principal nerve in the leg and is connected to nerves in the pelvis and spine. Sciatica pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve may be felt in the thigh or buttock and below the knee. It is usually referred pain from the nerve root or from an abnormal joint such as degeneration of a disk from osteoarthritis (see page 196) or from a prolapsed intervertebral disk, or from spinal stenosis. Sciatic pain is exacerbated...

Headaches

Symptoms Pain that is like a crushing weight on the temples or the top of the head, possibly with dizziness and eye strain. These headaches particularly affect schoolchildren, especially girls, who are overstudying for exams (see right), and those stressed at work. They may also be caused by exhaustion, grief (see left), or prolonged periods of standing or walking. Symptoms better For warmth for movement for short naps for pressure on the affected area for excitement. Symptoms worse For cold...

Migraines

Symptoms Severe headache, with a sensation of great heaviness at the back of the head. The scalp is sensitive to the cold and to touch. The head may feel sensitive, as if a cold breeze is blowing on it, or numb and wooden. A degree of temporary deafness is a possible associated symptom, and there may be an accompanying feeling of nausea (see above). Symptoms better For pressure on the temples. Symptoms worse For cold for touch for shaking when coughing.

Irritability insomnia

Symptoms Hangover-like symptoms, with disrupted sleep and great irascibility, due to an excessive lifestyle with too much alcohol, coffee, or other stimulants. A headache that feels as if a nail has been driven into the forehead is typical, as is waking at around 4 a.m. feeling very irritable and unable to sleep again until morning. Symptoms better For warmth for rest for hot drinks. Symptoms worse For cold for open air for noise for light for strong odors. Buttonlike seeds are obtained from...

Digestive disorders

Symptoms Diarrhea, loud, explosive belching, a distended abdomen, and flatulence. The stools are smelly, watery, and green. There may be vomiting exacerbated by nervousness or anticipatory anxiety (see below, left). If symptoms persist, colitis or irritable bowel syndrome (see below) may develop. The digestion is sensitive, with possible cravings for salty or sweet foods, although the latter may trigger headaches or diarrhea. Symptoms better For fresh air in cool surroundings for pressure on...

Restless limbs chorea

Symptoms Constant jerking and trembling of the hands and legs. There may be constant movement, a compulsion to hurry, and frenetic, excess energy, although walking and kneeling may be difficult. The twitching and jerking movements are random and unpredictable, possibly with pins and needles or numbness. Sleep is restless, and there may be a headache that feels as though needles are pricking the brain. There may be great irritability and impatience. Symptoms better For fresh air for seeing...

Urinarytract infections

Symptoms Sharp, burning pain on urinating, perhaps with a yellow, pus-filled discharge or blood in the urine (indicative of nonspecific urethritis), or with a frequent urge to urinate, if cystitis is the cause. In severe cases, kidney infections such as renal colic may follow In men, if accompanied by pain in the abdomen, lower back, rectum, or testicles, fever, and a urinal discharge, symptoms may be due to prostatitis (see right). Symptoms better For kneeling on all fours for lying on the...

Zingiber

ORiGiN Native to southern Asia and grown background Ginger has played a major cultures for millennia, and is highly valued, especially for relieving indigestion and nausea and stimulating the circulation. preparation The rhizome is dried and stripped of its outer layer, before being macerated People who benefit most from Zingiber are cheerful even when in great pain. They are nervous and fidgety, and often restless at night, despite being sleepy. Digestive disorders are chiefly associated with...

Womens Health

The average woman ovulates about 400 times between puberty and the menopause, usually at intervals of around 28 days. If an egg is fertilized, pregnancy follows if not, the lining of the uterus is shed during menstruation. The PMS affects 75 percent of women to some degree over several days preceding a menstrual period, and includes physiological and psychological symptoms. Many women continue to lead more or less normal lives despite feeling glum and irritable, but in ten percent of cases...

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Alopecia 69 hairy henbane see Hyoscyamus niger halitosis 232-33 Hamamelis virginiana (Hamamelis) 145, 230-31, 238-39, 293 hashish see Cannabis sativa 'Indica' hawthorn see Crataegus laevigata hay fever 206-7, 224-25 Allium cepa (Allium cepa) 224-25 Arsenicum iodatum (Arsen. iod.) 224-25 Euphrasia officinalis (Euphrasia) 224-25 Solanum dulcamara (Dulcamara) 62 Tuberculinum Koch & T. bovum (Tuberculinum) 115 hazelwort see Asarum europaeum head pain 62, 78, 95 Acidum arsenicosum (Arsen. alb.)...

Temper Tantrums

A young child has outbursts of anger, shouting, and crying when thwarted. The causes may be emotional tension within the family a lack of parental affection, inconsistent disciplining by parents, which may produce insecurity, or simply a child testing the boundaries. Tantrums are exacerbated by teething, allergy, or digestive ailments. SELF-HELP Discipline a child consistently, and avoid arguments. Give the child plenty of attention except during a tantrum, when unacceptable behavior is best...

Joint pain

Symptoms Stiffness and pain in joints, aggravated by damp. Symptoms better For warmth for movement. Symptoms worse For cold for damp for extremes of temperature for inactivity. See also Severe eczema, page 194 Sore throat, page 226 KEY SYMPTOMS irritability overly critical nature tendency to be highly driven and ambitious chilliness desire for rich foods and stimulants indigestion and constipation sleeplessness The poison-nut tree was brought to Europe from southeast Asia in the 15 th century....

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Mouth ulcers 70, 232-33 unconsciousness, first aid 270 upright virgin's bower see Clematis recta uranium nitrate 310 see also Uranium nitricum Uranium nitricum (Uranium nit.) 170, 310 Urginea maritima var. rubra (Squilla) 170, 307 urinary disorders 58, 79 see also individual ailments by name, e.g., incontinence & frequent urination urinary tract infections 43, 110 see also cystitis see also genital disorders urinary disorders Urtica urens (Urtica urens) 170, 310 burns 270 minor burns &...

Hiccups

Hiccups are caused by spasms of the diaphragm that produce a rush of air into the lungs. This causes the vocal cords to snap shut with a click. The spasms are caused by irritation of the diaphragm due to too much air in the stomach, laughing, being tickled, or emotional stress. SELF-HELP Traditional cures include holding the breath, breathing rapidly, breathing into a paper bag, having someone give you a shock, or squirting lemon juice down the back of the throat. Water with a little glucose...

How nerves function

A nerve is made up of strings of nerve cells, or neurons, which are the basic units of the nervous system. Some nerves carry instructions from the brain or spinal cord to muscles, glands, or other tissues throughout the body Others carry information to the brain from sensory receptors, sensory organs such as the eyes and ears, and internal organs. Each nerve cell (see right) has parts that receive electrical messages from other nerve cells, and parts that transmit messages to nerve cells or...

Bibliography

This selected listing of reference works is provided as a guide for those who are interested in learning more about the history, science, and present-day practice of homeopathy Concordant Materia Medica (Emryss, 1977) Classical Homoeopathy (Beaconsfield Publishers, 1986) The Challenge of Homoeopathy (Unwin Hyman, 1985) Materia Medica with Repertory (Boericke & Tafel, 1927) The Complete Homeopathy Handbook a Guide to Everyday Health Care (Macmillan, 1995) Dictionary of Materia Medica...

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See also Selenicereus grandiflorus Cadmium met. cadmium 283 see also Cadmium metallicum Cadmium metallicum (Cadmium met.) 131, 283 see also Cadmium sulphuricum Cadmium sulphuricum (Cadmium sulph.) 131, 284 Caladium seguinum (Caladium) see also Calcium carbonicum Hahnemann Calc. fluor. 284 see also Calcium fluoratum Calc. iod. 284 see also Calcium iodatum Calc. phos. 284 see also Calcium phosphoricum Calc. sil. 284 see also Calcium silicatum Calc. sulph. 284 see also Calcium sulphuricum Calcarea...

Rhododendron

Common names Siberian rhododendron, yellow snow rose. oRiGiN Found mainly in alpine areas of Siberia, but also in mountainous regions of Asia and Europe. background An infusion of this plant is a traditional Mongolian drink used by hunters to ease weary, painful limbs and for gout and rheumatic pains. Rhododendron is most suited to nervous, overly sensitive people who are deeply affected by the weather. Prior to a storm, they may feel confused, excited, and faint, alternating feverish...

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Nail conditions Acidum hydrofluoricum (Fluoric ac.) 69 Graphites (Graphites) 83 Silicea terra (Silica) 97 Stibium sulphuratum nigrum (Antimonium crud.) 98 Naja naja (Naja) 156, 300 Naja tripudians see Naja naja naked ladies see Colchicum autumnale narcolepsy 60 Narthex assa-foetida see Ferula assa-foetida Nat. ars. 300 see also Natrum arsenicum Nat. carb. 300 see also Natrum carbonicum Nat. fluor. 300 see also Natrum fluoricum Nat. mur. 301 see also Natrum chloratum Nat. phos. 301 see also...

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IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) 74, 189 Ignatia amara (Ignatia) 57, 294 absent periods 256-57 fainting 275 hiccups 234-35 insomnia 244-45 vaginismus 260-61 immune complexes 206 immune system 204, 206 ailments serious ailments 197, 205-9 see also individual ailments by name e.g., hay fever impotence see erectile dysfunction incontinence & frequent urination 268-69 Indian cobra see Naja naja Indian cockle see Anamirta cocculus Indian hemp see Apocynum cannabinum Cannabis sativa 'Indica' Indian...

Health In Adolescence

Adolescence describes the transition from childhood to adulthood, and is ushered in by hormonal changes that occur at about 10 or 11 years of age in girls and a year or so later in boys. Height and weight are gained during This viral infection is spread by personal contact. It starts like influenza, with fever, sore throat, headache, and general aches and pains. Within a day or two the lymph glands, especially those in the throat, become swollen and painful and the tonsils enlarged and...

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Paeonia officinalis (Paeonia) 158, 302 pain acute fever & pain 39 see also by part of the body affected individual ailments by name, e.g., sciatica painful periods & menstrual pain 39, 46, see also Palladium metallicum Palladium metallicum (Palladium met.) palma Christi see Ricinus communis palmated larkspur see Delphinium staphisagria palpitations 186 papal cross spider see Araneus diadematus Papaver somniferum (Opium) 60, 301 papoose root see Caulophyllum thalictroides Paracelsus 13...

Acidum Nitricum For Heartburn

See also Schoenocaulon officinale Sabal 305 see also Juniperus sabina sacred mushroom see Anhalonium lewinii SAD (seasonal affective disorder) 212 safe position 270 safety issues 9 saffron crocus see Crocus sativus sailor's tobacco see Artemisia vulgaris St. Ignatius's bean see Ignatia amara St. John's wort see Hypericum perforatum St. Mary's thistle see Silybum marianum sal ammoniac see Ammonium chloratum sal mirabile see Natrum sulphuricum sal volatile see Ammonium carbonicum Salicylic ac....

Conventional care

Allergies are investigated by means of skin-testing. A small amount of the suspected allergen is pin-pricked under the skin, or placed beneath a patch resembling an adhesive bandage, and the reaction is monitored. Blood tests can measure the reactions of antibodies and allergens that have been highlighted by dyes. Elimination and challenge, whereby a suspected irritant is removed from the diet or the surroundings for a while and then reintroduced, is another method of allergy identification....

Major plant remedies

Plants have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, and the plant kingdom also provides the source for the majority of homeopathic remedies. in this section, some of the most important plant-based remedies are looked at in detail. KEY SYMPTOMS complaints triggered by shock or exposure to cold winds panic attacks and fear of death acute infections of sudden onset Historically, the deadly juices derived from this plant were used as an arrow poison, hence the name aconite, from...

Urtica Urens

Origin Found wild in temperate regions background In the 1st century ce the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides advocated this nettle and its relative, Urtica dioica, as a treatment for festering wounds, nosebleeds, and delayed menstruation. The plant has a long tradition of use for many ailments in Western herbalism, and is still highly valued today. preparation The whole flowering plant, including the root, is steeped in alcohol.

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a persistent noise in the ears, commonly ringing or roaring. It may be due to the presence of a foreign body in the ear canal, barotrauma after flying, or taking certain drugs, especially aspirin. It may be brought on by influenza or aging, and is an occupational hazard for those employed in noisy workplaces. The condition may be accompanied by deafness and giddiness, tenderness as a result of pressure on the nerves at the base of the skull, or headache. SELF-HELP Place two drops of...

Malandrinum Homeopathy For Acne Treatment

Maceration, remedies 29 Mag. carb. 298 see also Magnesium carbonicum Mag. mur. 298 see also Magnesium chloratum Mag. phos. 298 see also Magnesium phosphoricum Mag. sulph. 298 see also Magnesium sulphuricum magnesium carbonate see Magnesium carbonicum Magnesium carbonicum (Mag. carb.) Magnesium chloratum (Mag. mur.) 153, 298 magnesium chloride see Magnesium chloratum magnesium phosphate see Magnesium phosphoricum Magnesium phosphoricum (Mag. phos.) 90, 246-47, 256-57, 298 magnesium sulfate see...

Restless Legs

This condition may be partly hereditary and partly nervous in origin, and is most common among the elderly and those who smoke, or if the leg muscles are overexerted and fatigued. It has been linked to diabetes, vitamin-B deficiency, excess caffeine, drug withdrawal, and food allergy. Symptoms are tickling, burning, or prickling sensations that are mainly in the lower legs and cause involuntary twitching or jerking. SELF-HELP Use a hot-water bottle in bed or wear warm socks. Cut out caffeine...

Thuja Occidentalis And Rosacea Aggravations

Aaron's rod see Verbascum hapsiforme ABC of resuscitation 270 abdominal cramps 80, 90 abdominal pain 106 Abies canadensis (Abies can.) 118, 276 Abies nig. 276 see also Resina piceae abnormal discharges 89 Abrotanum 276 see also Artemisia abrotanum abscesses, breast 201 absent periods 256-57 Absinthium 276 see also Artemisia absinthium Acanthia lectularia (Cimex) 118, 288 Acetic ac. acetic acid 276 see also Acidum aceticum Achillea millefolium (Millefolium) 118, 300 Acidum aceticum (Acetic ac.)...

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See also Nicotiana tabacum tablets 216, 271 tailed pepper see Piper cubeba tarantula see Tarentula hispanica Taraxacum officinale (Taraxacum) 168, 308 Tarentula 309 see also Tarentula hispanica Tarentula cubensis (Tarentula cub.) 168-69, 309 Tarentula hispanica (Tarentula) 114, 309 tartar emetic see Tartarus stibiatus Tartarian southernwood see Artemisia cina Tartarus stibiatus (Antimonium tart.) 100, 279 tautopathy 21 tea see Camellia sinensis teeth 188 see also teething tooth conditions...

Skin teeth nail bone conditions

Symptoms Slow eruption of teeth, wisdom teeth problems, and defects in skin, hair, and nails, due to poor absorption of minerals in the diet. Brittle, distorted, infected nails and ingrown toenails are also common symptoms. Wounds, even scratches, suppurate and heal slowly abscesses may form anywhere, including in the roots of teeth. There may be itchy scars or keloids after larger wounds, persistent acne, and copious, smelly sweating. Backaches are common brittle, poor-quality bones are slow...

Bloating Flatulence

Bloating and flatulence a feeling of fullness in the stomach associated with burping or the passing of air out through the anus may be due to constipation (see page 238) or intestinal dysbios (an overgrowth of bacteria or fungi in the intestine). The condition may be worse prior to menstruation, and is aggravated by anxiety, food intolerance, or swallowing air. SELF-HELP Avoid eating legumes, onions, cabbage, and nuts, and use cumin, aniseed, or ginger in your cooking. Bloating after eating...

Boils

A boil is a firm swelling (nodule) beneath the skin caused by the infection of a hair follicle. Thick, white or yellow pus accumulates and comes to a head. Boils may be associated with illness, being run-down, fatigue, or stress. Recurrent boils may be due to an infection or they may be a symptom of diabetes. SELF-HELP Bathe a boil with a solution of hypericum and calendula (see page 271). Never squeeze a boil, and if it bursts, let it drain naturally. Avoid handling food after dealing with...

Mens Health

Medically speaking, men are less complicated than women. The most troublesome of their problems that are suitable for self-help are usually the result of infections. The urethra in the male is much longer than that in the female, and therefore tends to be less susceptible to invasion by germs. Men thus experience fewer problems with urinary control and infection than women. However, because the urethra is connected to the testes, epididymes, and prostate gland, Problems with erection may result...