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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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There is great controversy about menopausal women taking estrogen and progesterone. Research shows that women who take these hormones after menopause have an increased risk of certain types of cancers. In the female body there are certain types of estrogen and some are more detrimental to health than others. Having a healthy liver that can excrete negative hormones is key. In the clinic we do a saliva hormone testing to see if hormones are at ideal levels and choose what treatment to take after the fact. If you are taking pharmaceutical medications it may be worth assessing what your levels are, moving to a more safe approach to hormonal imbalance through supplementation, herbs or homeopathy, rather than risk an increase chance of developing breast, ovarian or cervical cancer.

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An article from the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology published a research study in November of 2008, that strongly correlates a high glycemic index diet with the development of alzheimers disease. Thus Alzheimer's is now called type 3 diabetes. Those people who tend to consume too many starchy carbohydrates, sugars and alcoholic drinks have an increased risk of Alzheimers disease. A lower carbohydrate Mediterranean diet is best for those who want to preserve their health and cognitive function.

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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,

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.


A few recent studies have noted that the antiseptic chemical trisoclan, is linked to an increase in breast cancer. If one must use hand sanitizers, try using a natural product instead, not only does it protect you, but it also helps reduce the contamination of our water, with chemicals when we wash.

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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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