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Homeopathic medicines are a very safe and gentle way to help with the symptoms of gout. The medicines are suited to someone's unique set of symptoms rather than a disease name. However, here are a few common remedies and their indicating symptoms.

Benzoic Acid is a remedy that has arthritic joints that tend to be gouty and deformed. They feel better when urinating and may have crystals in the urine. These types tend to have gout in the knees, ankles, toes, and hands. The fingers and wrists may be deformed from gout. The right big toe is a target in types that need this remedy.

Colchicum is a very common remedy in gout cases. The joint is quite swollen, hot and cannot be touched or moved. These types feel worse at night and with slight motion. The pain may wander and go from left to right. 

Ledum is a great remedy that helps with pains that are ameliorated by cold bathing or compresses. This remedy is also good for gout symptoms that are worse at night, in bed, from heat and better for cold.

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Homeopathic remedies are suited to someone's unique symptom picture, rather than a disease name. A person seeking homeopathic care will be prescribed a remedy based on their unique set of symptoms and needs. The symptoms of fungal skin infections can be addressed by using supportive homeopathic remedies. A few remedies that are commonly recommended are as follows:

Calcarea Carb is a remedy for eruptions that typically appear on the scalp. Children tend to be affected more so with this condition of the head. The head may persipre and the lesions are moist and cause a little bit of itching. The eruptions may show up on the head, scalp, behind the ears, and toenails.

Sepia is a commonly used remedy for fungal infections. It is useful when the skin lesions look dry, whitish and itching. The location of the eruptions may be on the face, mouth, lower lip, head and scalp. These types are worse from cold washing and open air and better for warmth.

Graphites is a good remedy for lesions that appear more moist, crusty and have thick borders. The areas at the edges may be darker. Hair may be matted and come out at the root. These types have crumbling toenails, eruptions on the scalp, face, groin, between the toes and in the toenails. They are worse for perspiration and with heat.

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Ginger has been used for at least 5000 years and has many medicinal benefits. It not only is tasty, it has been touted as helpful for the symptoms of motion and morning sickness, for indigestion and wind, colic, irritable bowel, cramps and acid stomach. It is a powerful anti inflammatory herb, some research suggests it may be benficial in a variety of types of arthritis. As a gargle ginger may help with sore throats and coughs. It can be used in cooking as a dried spice or fresh ginger root can be chopped or grated into cooking.

How to remove 87% of toxins from your air at home?

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N, M.S., CFMP

When it comes to air quality in your home I commonly recommend a good hepa filter like the Austin brand (http://austinair.com). However there is another good alternative that many people are doing and may not be aware of the benefits.

 

This includes filling your home with house plants. NASA has found that some species of houseplants can eliminate up to 87 percent of toxins from the air, including formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, trichloroethylene, carbon monoxide and even dust. The best plants found to be the most effective for optimal air quality include: English ivy, spider plants and the Boston fern. One or two plants won't make that much difference. It is recommended to have many plants through-out your home.

Taken from https://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/1291.cfm

Homeopathic remedies are suited to someone's unique symptom picture. Each person who sees a homeopath would get a different remedy based on one's unique presentation of symptoms and needs. Contrary to popular belief homeopathy works nicely alongside traditional medicine. Here are a few common remedies that are useful in asthma:

Arsenicum Album is a remedy for thin and anxious types. They person may notice that their symptoms are worse from mindight until 2am. They must sit up in bed to help with their breathing. They feel worse with cold and open air, change of weather, on exertion and when catching a cold. These types are better for warmth, hot drinks and sitting upright.

Bromium types have asthma that feels better by the seashore. They have the sensation that they have inhaled smoke. They feel worse from dust, air pollutants, with heat and during the summer. They feel better in the sea and open air.

Causticum types have asthma symptoms that are better when it is damp and rainy which is unusual. They are emotionally intense and sincere patients. These types feel worse on exertion, in cold wind, when laughing and coughing. They feel the need to cough deeper to expel mucous.

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Homeopathic remedies can be useful for the symptoms of the painful condition of bursitis. Homeopathic remedies are suited to someone's symptoms, and a different remedy will be prescribed based on one's unique needs. Here are a few examples of common remedies used for these symptoms:

  • Rhus Tox has tearing, burning pains, stiffness, lameness, restlessness. The pains are worse for raising the arm and putting it behind the back. The symptoms are worse for rest, cold and damp weather and better for motion, heat and rubbing.
  • Ferrum Met has boring pains, in the deltoid, that may shoot right into the elbow. It is worse for motion, putting the arm behind the back, at night, with touch or with the weight of the covers. They feel better for warmth, bending the arm and slow walking.
  • Sanguinaria is a remedy that is suited to right deltoid pains, on top of the shoulder, it radiates down the arm. The arm feels weak and hangs there. The symptoms are worse for motion and at night time and on raising the arm. The pain feels better at night and swinging the arm.

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In North America, I find it interesting that we have so many skeptics and special interest groups trying to squash homeopathy as a medicine but other countries embrace it with great results. Whenever negative press comes out in Canada, it is amusing, I seem to get more client calls to book appointments. Having traveled to India and seeing the number of cases who benefited from homeopathy, it is utterly amazing. The Ayush minister of India, claims that homeopathic use is up 50% due to its safety and patient satisfaction. A quote from the minister,  “Homeopathy is not a pseudoscience. The conclusion of most comprehensive systematic reviews of studies based on classical homeopathy has concluded that it has a positive and specific effect greater than placebo alone,” he said in a written reply in the upper house." Read more, https://www.hindustantimes.com/more-lifestyle/traditional-medicine-50-rise-in-patients-seeking-homeopathic-treatment/story-52z9z5s4BNXauWr81CjBrJ.html

When I treat a client with carpal tunnel syndrome, I treat the person infront of me. They may be a person who is low in vitamin B6, zinc or they may need a homeopathic targeted to their condition. Typical homeopathics used are:

  • hypericum for nerve pains,
  • ruta for tendons and ganglions
  • bryonia, when they cannot move their wrist or even write.
  • arnica if carpal tunnel comes after an injury

Each person is different but carpal tunnel symptoms can be greatly helped with natural remedies, best to try the natural route before surgery.

 

The Medicinal Properties of Hibiscus Tea

The Medicinal Properties of Drinking Hibiscus Tea

By Heather Caruso B.Sc., DHMS, HD

     When the fall approaches, many of us bring our beautiful hibiscus plants indoors with hopes of seeing their beauty last until next year. Hibiscus is a native of Africa, and typically is a yellow flower with a red center. This flower is the national flower of Haiti, South Korea and Malaysia. It is also used in a spiritual way in Hindu writings and art. Hibiscus tea is often paired with rosehips or cranberry, and is chocked full of vitamin C. It contains polyphenol compounds that are anti-inflammatory. Gaia herbs writes that ”5-30 percent of the hibiscus plant is made up of plant acids, including citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid and allo-hydroxycitric acid lactone — i.e. hibiscus acid, which is unique to hibiscus. Other chemical constituents are many; however, some of the most important include alkaloids, anthocyanins, and quercetin.”

     Many people don’t know that hibiscus tea is beneficial for many health reasons. Most people use hibiscus as a tea but it comes in standardized capsule form as well. This herb had been toted as useful for the symptoms of many problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, anxiety, digestive and immune system support and lower inflammation.

     Hibiscus is often used for respiratory problems, coughs, bronchitis or mucous build up. The German Commission E, writes that is helps to reduce and dissolve phlegm. It is often used in combination with other herbs in natural cough syrups. Since it has a significant amount of vitamin C, it is helpful for the immune system. It can also help with the discomfort caused by a fever. A bigger use of the tea is for help with high blood pressure. The American Heart Association wrote in November 2008, that consuming hibiscus tea, lowers blood pressure in pre or mild hypertension. Another study on rats published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, June 2003, found that this herb both decreased blood pressure and reversed cardiomyopathy. Keep in mind this was a lab rat study. It acts as a slight diuretic and anti-inflammatory which helps blood pressure. Research done by Tufts University, found it can reduce blood pressure by 10 points. The participants drank three cups per day, every day for a few weeks.

     Another study of 53 participants published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, August 2009, found that consumption of hibiscus tea helped diabetics lower their cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). It did not appear to increase HDL (good) cholesterol.

     One interesting study published in a journal called Food and Chemical Toxicity, May 2000, found that the pigment (coloured) compounds called anthocyanins in hibiscus can protect the liver from free radical damage from certain chemicals. Hibiscus also contains a compound called “protocatechuic acid “ which has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. A study published in the journal called “Biochemical Pharmacology”, August 2000, found that these compounds increased cell death in cancerous leukemia cells.

     Other sources claim that hibiscus tea is beneficial for menstrual cramps, weight loss, constipation and water retention. Hibiscus tea is very tasty hot or cold and can be blended with other fruit teas to enhance its taste. Do not use if you have low blood pressure, are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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     Heavy menstrual cycles can be quite exhausting and painful for women. The Center for Disease Control defines heavy menses as bleeding longer than 7 days, needing to change tampons or sanitary napkins every two hours or more and clots larger than a quarter. Heavy cycles tend to run in families and be caused by other conditions like:

  • Uterine fibroids and lesions on the cervix
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Cancer of the uterus or cervix
  • Hypothyroidism, liver or kidney disease, pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Certain medications like blood thinners and apsirin
  • Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriages
  • Birth control like IUDs, intrauterine devices, birth control pills
  • Alcoholism
  • Hormonal imbalances like high estrogen or low progesterone.

 

     First of all have a gynecologist determine the reason for this condition because different causes need different treatments. If a more serious disorder is present one needs to be aware of what they are dealing with. If the bleeding is severe and long term, anemia, shortness of breath and exhaustion may result.

     Medical doctors typically recommend using hormonal drug treatments to suppress menstruation, an ablation which is a surgical procedure that scrapes the lining of the uterus or a hysterectomy. These treatments may be used as a last resort in severe non respondent cases. However, there are natural treatments that are quite useful for this condition. Get tested for hormone levels. A lot of holistic doctors use a salivary hormone test to detect levels of hormones like cortisol, estrogen, progesterone and DHEA. It is best not to assume what type of levels you have because supplementing with a hormone someone doesn’t need is a sure fire way to mess up other hormones. If the hormonal imbalance is excessive estrogen, there are ways to bind that and excrete it better. A compound from broccoli called Indol 3 Carbonol I3C and/or DIM diindolylmethane help the liver to excrete excessive estrogen. If the trouble is due to low progesterone one can take the hormone progresterone as prescribed by their doctor, or turn to more natural remedies such as wild yam, evening primrose, chasteberry or progesterone 4CH in a homeopathic potency. Excess estrogen is thought to affect thyroid hormones, so many people with high estrogen show signs of hypothyroidism which are weight gain, fatigue, cold body temperature, uterine fibroids and excessive flow. Also low progesterone symptoms are similar to hypothyroid symptoms as well.

 

     There is a lot women can do to naturally to improve their menstrual cycle. Diet and lifestyle are prudent. Here are a few tips:

  1. Caffeine tends to promote fibroids and cysts. Try to avoid caffeine as best you can. Caffeine is found in tea, coffee, chocolate and soft drinks.
  2. Quit smoking. Smokers tend to have more menstrual irregularities and cancer than non smokers.
  3. Try and eat organic foods as much as possible because pesticides are endocrine (hormone) disrupters. Foods that contain the most pesticides in order are apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, kale and collard greens.
  4. Aim to eat foods that are low glycemic, avoiding high glycemic foods. High glycemic foods are foods that turn into a sugar quickly in the blood and can in the long run decrease health by increasing the incidence of diabetes, insulin resistance, certain types of cancer and increase fat deposition. The more body fat, the more estrogen because fat cells can produce estrogen and inflammation as well. High glycemic foods are sugar, white rice, white bread, refined grain products found in cereals and wheat products.
  5. Avoid alcohol consumption because it is linked to an increase in hormonal cancers like breast and uterine cancer. Alcohol in the form of red wine, seems to be more beneficial for men’s heart health but not for women. That is because the detoxification of alcohol also travels into the liver and impairs its ability to metabolize and detoxify negative and excessive hormones in our body. This is why women who drink more often than others, tend to suffer with more breast cancer than those who do not.
  6. Green leafy vegetables contain iron and vitamin K which promotes blood clotting. Cruciferous vegetables contain compounds that help the liver to detoxify. Cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli, cauliflower, mustard greens and Brussel sprouts, are best cooked because when they are raw they contain goitrogens that can negatively influence thyroid function.
  7. Increase the intake of fiber and eat more vegetarian meals. Fiber binds excess estrogen and brings it out of the body. Daily intake of fiber should be at least 25 to 35 grams per day. Work up to this amount slowly to allow the body to adjust or excessive gas will be the result.
  8. Moderate exercise is best. Those women who over exercise, tend to have heavy flow and/or bleeding during exertion. In traditional Chinese medicine over exercise is said to deplete the kidney and liver yin. This yin weakness is linked to not replenishing the depleted blood supply, exhausting the yin further and the perosn. It is best to exercise 45 to 60 minutes per day.
  9. Manage stress levels naturally with moderate exercise, meditation, yoga, tai chi, counselling or changing negative situations. High cortisol from stress can blunt other hormones from working well in the body, affect sleep negatively and increase weight gain expecially around the midsection.

         Homeopathic mother tinctures are made from herbs and prepared according to the homeopathic pharmacopea’s instructions. They are not diluted and potentized like other homeopathics that have numbers and letters after their name like X, D, K or CH. Some tried and true mother tinctures for heavy menses are as follows:

  • Aletris Farinosa is a tincture made from the herb stargrass. It is useful in women who have profuse menstrual flow, labor like cramps with a feeling of a heavy uterus. Women who need this remedy are flat out exhausted from being anemic and may also suffer with yeast infections.
  • Thlapsi bursa pastoris is a tincture made from shepherd’s purse. It is an excellent remedy for hemorrhaging from uterine fibroids, with clots and cramps. The blood may be dark, staining. Women who need this remedy suffer from extreme pain and uterine colic.
  • Rubus Ideus is usually made into a gemmotherapy remedy, not a mother tincture. That means it is a 1DH potency in a glycerine macerate base. This remedy is made from red raspberry and is useful for painful, heavy menses, vaginitis. It is a drainage remedy for the liver and the pelvic organs.
  • Vitex, Agnus Castus is a remedy made from the herb chasteberry. Chasteberry increases one’s production of progesterone and may reduce bleeding.
  • Apium Graveolens is a tincture made from celery. It is useful for menstrual disorders with headaches, sharp or aching pains and heavy flow. They suffer with pains in the left ovary that cause the patient to double over. These types may have tender nipples around their monthly flow as well.
  • Millefolium is a tincture made from the common weed, yarrow. It is a great remedy for profuse bleeding and bright red blood. It can be indicated when bleeding occurs from heavy lifting or exertion.

 

     Homeopathic remedies are suited to the symptoms of the patient, so two people with menorrhagia would get different remedies depending on their unique set of symptoms. The beauty of homeopathy as opposed to drugs, supplements, herbs or even mother tinctures is that a potency over 6CH has no side effects. Homeopathic remedies are an energy blueprint of an original substance and are a nanoparticle medicine. Homeopathy matches the symptoms of the patient to the homeopathic remedy and in turn this stimulates one’s own healing mechanism to recognize abnormal symptoms and correct them gently and swiftly. If someone mistakenly takes the wrong remedy, it is simply does nothing because the symptoms don’t match and the person’s healing mechanism doesn’t respond to energies that don’t match. Consider it similar to a key that fits into an ignition to activate healing. Typically a remedy will be administered in a 6, 30 or 200CH potency. Health food stores carry 30CH potencies but a professional homeopath may recommend a different potency based on your specific needs.

 

     Keep in mind there are at least 279 homeopathic remedies listed under menorrhagia, so symptom matching is the key. Sometimes a homeopath like myself thinks about how much easier it would be to be a gynecologist and opt for birth control, ablation or hysterectomy, only three choices! Here are a few examples of homeopathic that suit heavy menses. For example:

  • Calcarea Carb is useful for types that have heavy flow that starts too early, profusely and lasts too long. They tend to clotting of all types. They may suffer from fibroids and or hypothyroidism. These types may tend to gain weight easily, have cold and clammy hands or feet. Perspire on the scalp during sleep. They feel worse from exertion, mental or physical, cold environments, wet weather and at the full moon. They feel better lying on the painful side and in dry warm climates.
  • Lachesis types tend to have excessive flow during menopause. They suffer from hot flushes, feel worse in the sun, morning and having anything touching or around their neck. They can be feisty, irritable and talkative types.
  • Phosphorus types may be blonde, blue eyed and freckled people, but this is not necessary. They tend to be full of anxieties, are sympathetic and friendly people. They have a hemorrhage between their menses. They may not have profuse flow but it lasts too long. They may have uterine polyps and feel weepy before their periods. They are worse from touch, exertion both mental and physical, change of weather, lying on the painful side or during a thunderstorm. They are better lying on the right, in dark, cold food, open air and sleeping.
  • Sabina types have a mix of clots with fluid blood. They may have a tendency to miscarriages in their third month. Uterine pains may extend to the thighs. They have flow between their menses and may have or have had moles in the uterus.
  • Thyroidinum is a remedy that helps to support types that tend to have hypothyroidism. They may have cold dry skin, tend to water retention, heavy menses and aches and pains.

     In an ideal world everyone would have access to a professional homeopath for remedies suited to their special and unique case. Hahnemann the father of homeopathy, said that individualized medicines are best for treatment. Homeopaths see disease not as an entity onto itself, but an expression of the person’s inner dynamics and treat a person as a whole. Thus two people would have remedies tailor suited to their individualized needs. Homeopathic medicine continues to amaze me over the almost two decades that I have been a homeopath. If you would like more information about homeopathy and how we can support you naturally go to http://www.carusohomeopathy.com/appointment-booking and book a free get acquainted chat today.