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     Quinoa, pronounced "qin-wah" was a staple in the Andean culture. The Incas began to cultivate it as one of their staple crops because they believed it gave their warriors more stamina and healing powers. The seeds are round, about the same size as millet and can come in a variety of colours such as red, yellow, off white or even purple. When cooked quinoa is light, fluffy, crunchy with a subtle flavor. It is easily digested and has optimal nutrition.

     Quinoa has a variety of nutrients in it compared to other grains such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and the amino acid lysine which is known to help with tissue repair and combat viruses such as herpes. Quinoa is a gluten free grain, so it can be used in a celiac diet or those with autism. It can be made into a flour for baking. The fiber content in quinoa is high and it contains twice as much fiber as most grains. Thus it is helpful for constipation, reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The fiber acts as a prebiotic, which means it feeds the microflora, good bacteria in the intestines. This superfood also contains a lot of protein compared to other grains and all 9 amino acids which makes it excellent for blood sugar and vegetarian diets.

     Quinoa should be rinsed thoroughly on cooking because it has a saponin that acts to repel bugs that makes it quite bitter if not. Some people who are not used to higher fiber foods may develop gas or frequent bowel movements if they take too much quinoa at once. Start with one cooked cup. It can be used in place of any dish that calls for rice.

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      Being a homeopath and nutritionist for the past 20 years, I like any other person get the odd cold, cough or sinus infection. However, in doing what I do I treat myself with natural remedies. My son brought home a cough from school. It it has went through our household. Yesterday I started with very dry and sore throat. Today it has progressed into a productive cough.

 Here is how I typically address my own ailments:

First sign of sore throat or cough, give the indicated homeopathic remedy, oftentimes for me it is Ferrum Phos or Aconitum. Homeopathic remedies are suited to people's symptoms. However, this time I should have taken something on the first day, but I was not home to take remedies and it progressed to a cough. Often one of these two remedies are all that I need.

I will prescribe based on symptoms. For example, dry throat, hoarseness of throat, dry cough, cough better after drinking. The remedy in this case is phosphorus.

If the virus is strong I will take a couple of remedies from St Francis Herb Farm, such as VIRAFECT and RESPIRAFECT as directed. One helps with viruses and the other one helps with coughs and respiratory bugs.

I also bump up my vitamin C, zinc and probiotics, all of these things help the immune system.

Thus far I have been able to fight off any cold, flu, ear ache or sinus infection naturally without the use of antibiotics.

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In homeopathy, our forefathers often used mother tinctures. These are herbal preparations made from herbs in order to treat certain ailments. Some remedies work better in a herbal tincture potency and some work better when prepared and diluted homeopathically.

One remedy that is excellent for colds and flu is a  little known herb called Quillaya Saponaria, or Chile Soap Bark Tree. This is a tincture of the dried bark. This remedy is most effective for the beginning of colds, coryza and sore throats. It is good for a sensation of heat and dryness and pain in the throat, runny nose and sneezing. It is suited to coughing when no mucous comes up, it is dry. Quillaya will often effectively check a cold and prevent further development.

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      Interestingly everyone has had periods of stress that were difficult to manage. Everyone’s perception of stress is different and what is a mountain to climb for one, may not be for another. Short term stress in certain situations may be normal and typically doesn’t require medication but some simple coping strategies. For example, a car accident, a new job or starting a new school can cause an increase in stress hormones in the short term. However, ongoing stress increases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that impacts health.

     Stress can be managed often with a few adjustments such as:

DAILY EXERCISE. Exercise increases feel good hormones, endorphins and increases oxygen to the brain. It helps to reduce cortisol. Everyone has varying degrees of fitness and some exercises are better for others. For those who feel stressed, irritated and more wired vigorous activity such as running, speed walking, aerobics, rowing, running or karate may be helpful. Others who may feel burned out, will find benefit with more gentle exercises such as walking, yoga or tai chi work better. Walking on a nice trail in nature helps to change focus and divert one’s mind from daily stressors.

BREATHING EXERCISES AND MEDITATION. Taking simple deep breaths from your belly can bring a feeling of calm and help to reduce stress greatly. Deep breathing is easy to do anywhere. Also meditation can be helpful for supporting deep breathing but also guided meditations to support certain goals such as to reduce stress, switch up a mindset, and provide relaxation and deep belly breathing techniques.  

TAKE MENTAL NOTES AND CHANGE YOUR THINKING. Everyone perceives stress and life events differently. A way to shift your mindset from stress is to empower yourself by changing your thoughts of the experience. Make notes on how this experience is helping you in a certain way. Some thoughts may be, it is teaching me time management, compassion for others or myself, forgiveness of myself or others and so on. Some people find that writing down what they are grateful for daily, helps to shift one’s mindset onto things that help focus on positivity rather than lack. Know that if the situation cannot change, it is something you cannot control. However, you can control how you react and learn from the experience.

DON’T SELF MEDICATE WITH FOODS AND OTHER STIMULANTS. Aim to eat whole foods as much as possible. Drinks should be water or herbal tea. When people become tired or lack sleep they tend to over indulge in coffee, tea, sweets and or refined carbohydrates. In the long term, those choices influence contribute to a cycle of energy and fatigue, blood sugar issues and more hormonal problems.

TRY NATURAL REMEDIES. If the above steps do not provide enough relief, certain herbs and supplements may be helpful depending on your reaction to stress. For example,

FOR BURN OUT. Try B Complex, Vitamin C and the herb called Rhodiola.  Tyrosine is an amino acid that helps with multi tasking and stamina. The homeopathic remedy, Kali Phos, helps to support the nervous system during times of stress. It is also good for burn out from over work or over study.

FOR WIRED ANXIETY STRESS. Try herbs such as magnolia, ashwaganda, holy basil or avena sativa. Other supplements such as magnesium, calcium, zinc and the amino acids taurine and l theanine may prove useful.

Homeopathic remedies are very helpful in supporting one’s individual needs when the right remedies are found. Homeopathy is a medicine that is suited to one’s unique symptom picture, so two people suffering with symptoms of stress would require different remedies according to their symptoms. Homeopathic medicines help the person suffering from their unique symptoms not just the name of the disease. Homeopathic medicine in a potency higher than 6CH does not carry any side effects. There are many remedies for stress and homeopathy but it would provide a deeper level of health support, than supplementing with vitamins, herbs or amino acids. For example, the remedy Ignatia is useful for stress from a grief or loss of a loved one. The person may feel emotional, weepy and have the sensation of a lump in the throat. The remedy called colubrina is useful for people who are sedentary, may over work in a desk job. They may feel stressed and drink alcohol and then in the morning look for caffeine for a boost. They may have a tendency to constipation and a bad temper. These remedies are much more individualized than herbs and supplements are.

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The herb called Japanese Knotweed, polygonum cuspidatum is a herb that is a very good source of resveratrol, vitamin C, rutin, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and manganese. It has an antioxidant, anti aging, anti inlflammatory action according the the Herbal Wellness Guide, by Robin Murphy. It is often used in cases of arthritis, injuries, joint pains, lyme disease and heart disease. It seems its power is in that it improves circulation and lowers inflammation.

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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