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Tis the season to over eat and drink! Many people tend to suffer with transient heartburn and some quick tips may help you.

For acid stomach, baking soda and water, is a good short term fix. Don't take this long term, there is too much sodium for good health.

For poor digestion of meat, try apple cider vinegar in warm water, with 1 tsp of manuka honey.

For acid stomach from eating too many sweets, try the homeopathic remedy natrum phos 6X.

For heartburn from over doing it with food and alcohol, try the remedy nux vomica.

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Canker sores can appear on the tongue, gums or mouth area. They can be quite painful. The causes vary. Some old books, such as the Cottage Physician from 1892, states that chronic canker sores may be related to mercury toxicity. They recommend a decoction of gentian. In our modern clinic, we attribute the cause to eating too many acid foods like citrus, tomato, pineapples, vinegar, alcohol or food allergies. Candida can also trigger mouth ulcers and canker sores

Treatments include:

  • opening and probiotic capsule and putting the powder directly onto the canker sores
  • taking a zinc supplement
  • using homeopathic remedies such as borax, mercurius or arnica

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Homeopathic remedies are suited to one's unique set of symptoms, two people with the same diagnosis will require different remedies depending on their needs. In psychological issues, Homeopathy doesn't take the place of proper counseling or therapy but can help one feel more balanced within themselves. In the case of low self esteem, the remedies may vary but here are a few common ones:

Baryta carb types are shy, reserved and feels inferior. They hide from strangers. They tend to be slower mentally and may act childish. They are dependent on others and cannot make decisions easily.

Lac Caninum is a remedy who hates themselves, they feel very inferior. They feel ugly, unclean and stupid. They feel ignored, neglected and beaten down like a dog. They have dark depression and blame themselves. They also tend to have rage, hatred and blame others. They can be malicious types.

Silicea is a type that is weak willed, timid and irresolute. They can be stubborn or have fixed attitudes about things. They care about other's opinions and try and live up to a certain image.

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An interesting study published in the journal called "Medicine" found that the herb ashwandha helped to balance hormones by acting on the HPA hypothalamus pituitary adrenal axis. It appeared to reduce morning cortisol and increase testosterone in men.

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The mother tincture, ceanothus has many health properties. It reduces blood clots and is helpful for the symptoms of an enlarged or inflamed spleen. Topically some use it to treat baldness.

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Homeopathy is suited to someone's unique set of symptoms, each person despite their diagnosis of rheumatism will get different remedies depending on their unique needs. For example, some remedies for rheumatism that is:

Worse for warmth are bry, ledum, phos, phyto, puls and thuj.

Better warmth are ars, caust, colch, coloc, lyc, merc, rhus and sulph.

Worse motion bry, ferrum phos, lac can, led, salicy, sticta

Better motion cham, ducl, rhod, rhus, puls

Taken from the book "Pointers to the Common Remedies" by Dr M.L. Tyler

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The herb called, Bitter Melon or Momordica, is a plant food that is bitter or sour. It grows in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. It contains quinine, which is used to treat malaria. It contains many nutrients such as carotenes, lutein, zeaxanthins as well as fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Its actions are as an anti cancer herb, anti viral, anti bacterial and reduces blood sugar. It can be purchased from indian grocers fresh. Some people drink it as a juice or take it as a medicinal tincture or herb. This plant along with others are useful for reducing blood sugar. Others plants such as black cumin, chia seeds, dandelion, eggplant, hemp seeds and artichokes lower sugars along with a lower carb diet.

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Black currants are not easily found fresh, but some may know the syrup called Ribena. Black currants are rich in vitamin C, B5, B6 and B1. They aslo contain minerals like iron, copper, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium and potassium. Their seeds also contain omega three fatty acids and omega 6. Their purple black pigment contains a beneficial antioxidant called anthocyanins. It has many great uses. It acts as an anti inflammatory, support joint health, anti allergic medicine and boosts the immune system.

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The homeopathic remedy, Secale Cor has many indications in homeopathy. In homeopathy, remedies are suited to someone's unique symptom picture rather than a disease name so this remedy is in fact suited to to older people or women of lax muscular fibre. This remedy has symptoms of burning, nerve pains here and there. Burning in the stomach and abdomen. Blood may be thin, copoius, black or offensive in uterine bleeding. The patient may have cramps and spasms in their fingers or toes. They may develop ulcers related to poor circulation and a creeping sensation in their limbs. They may have numbness in the limbs and a loss of sensation. Their legs and feet may be quite numb and cold to touch. It is often used in cases of heavy menstrual bleeding, diabetic ulcers, peripheral vascular disease and neuropathy due to the over lap in their symptoms.

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Oftentimes when people decide to make an effort to lose a few pounds they feel that their appetite is high, and they have cravings. This can be related to habit and enlarged stomach or a physiological reason. Some amino acids are quite helpful for cravings. They control neurotransmitters and neuropeptides in our body that can signal to eat or satiety. The best amino acid for cravings is tyrosine. It helps increase dopamine and reduces cravings for alcohol and binge eating. GABA helps to reduce stress and can help lower stress related cravings. 5HTP is a precursor to serotonin the feel good hormone in the body. If serotonin levels are balanced and high enough the appetite is lower and people tend to eat less. Thus feeling down in the dumps, people do tend to over eat and look for love in all the wrong places like the fridge.

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The amino acid called Phenylalinine is helpful to increase feel good hormones. It is a precursor to the feel good hormones, dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline. These hormones help to act as an antidepressant and natural pain killer. This amino acid is great for depression, pain relief, energy and mood. It acts as a quick pick me up. If one starts with 500 to 1000 mgs, they may want to add in a B complex and vitamin C to help with conversion to tyrosine. It should be taken in the morning to prevent sleeplessness.

This amino acid in some people can cause anxiety, insomnia and hypertension. 

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A natural compound called choline is good for our brains, in particular our memory. Choline rich foods are helpful such as salmon, eggs, peanuts, chicken, navy beans, broccoli, beef, milk and shrimp. Often just eating choline rich foods is not enough, one should take choline along with other brain healthy vitamins. B5, B12, B1 and vitamin C are all required to convert food's choline into acetylcholine in the body. Thus taking a B complex, Vitamin C and a tbsp of lecithin every day can help with memory and may thwart cognitive decline with age.

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People may naturally feel down after a grief of loss of a loved one. It is normal for at period of 12 months to feel depressed after. In these situations, time will heal but counseling can help as well. Some people feel depressed for no particular reason or cause. These types of depression may be linked to diet or a natural biochemical lack of certain nutrients, amino acids and neurotransmitters. For example, low B12 levels are linked to depression and fatigue. People who require more B12 may not have great stomach acid and need B12 sublingually (under the tongue) or injections. They may also be not eating foods that contain B12 such as meat. A general B complex is quite helpful for mood. As well vitamin C and the minerals magnesium and zinc help with mood. The herb griffonia seed extract and St Johns Wort are natural anti depressants. Amino acids are found in food however, may be lacking. L tryptophan, phenylalinine, tyrosine and SAMe are all helpful for mood. Omega 3 fatty acids found in fatty fish contain EPA and DHA and help with mood, cognition and decrease inflammation in the body.

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Magnesia Muriaticum, Mag Mur, is a homeopathic remedy that is suited to one's unique symptom picture. It is useful for nervous, restless patients who tend to have liver and digestive problems. People who are suffering from indigestion and enlarged livers may require this remedy. These types tend to suffer from constipation and small hard stool. The tongue may be imprinted with the teeth. They have chronic symptoms like chronic indigestion and biliousness, diarrhea and constipation. They may suffer from cramps particularly at night. they are very tired and lack tone and power. This may mean, that they have to use the bathroom for stool or urine and they cannot pass a normal amount due to weakness. They have to press on the bladder to move things. These types are sensitive, weak, anxious and cannot tolerate noise. They may have trouble with milk products. Sometimes children with difficult teething require this remedy.

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The remedy Euphrasia is a homeopathic preparation that is suited to someone's unique symptoms. These types tend to have profuse, burning tears due to allergies and non burning nasal discharge. They tend to feel that their symptoms are worse at night and in the morning. Typically symptoms come on in the fall.

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Natrum Mur is a homeopathic remedy potentized from sodium chloride. It is what is called a polycrest remedy and is suited to one's unique set of symptoms like all homeopathy is. The mental and emotional picture of natrum mur is one of grief. Their grief may stem from loss or broken hearts. They may tend to fall in love with a person who is already married or unavailable. They have a disposition to be weepy and tearful but consolation aggravates them because they prefer to be alone to express their emotions and they don't want to be pitied or deemed a burden. These types startle easiliy and can become quite angry quickly and tearful. They have a sadness under the surface. These types tend to hang onto thoughts and griefs that go around and around in their mind. Physically they may tend to be thin, weak and retain water. 

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Vaginal dryness can occur at any age but is more prevalent as people age.  It can be related to nutrition, hormones and irritation from soaps or bath products. Dietary and nutritional reasons many include a lack of healthy fats in the diet, simply increasing one's healthy fat intake and foods containing vitamin E, such as wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, broccoli and other nuts can help. Supplements such as vitamin E, A and zinc help with healing and nourishing of delicate issues. Food sources of zinc are found in mainly in oysters and pumpkin seeds. Essential fatty acid supplements containing GLA help nourish and protect these tender tissues and include oils such as borage, evening primrose and flaxseed. Fatty fish high in omega threes such as salmon, arctic char and sardines also contain healthy fats.

Homeopathic remedies are suited to the person's unique set of symptoms. For example, natrum mur is a good remedy for vaginal dryness with a raw, red and inflamed sensation. They may also suffer from cold sore or herpes in past. These types may also crave salt and brood over past hurts. Sepia on the other hand is useful for dryness, indifference to sex and their partner. These types are typically worn out but feel better for strenuous exercise. Angelica Sinensis is a remedy that helps with vaginal dryness during menopause.

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An interesting article shared online, discussed that children don't verbalize their anxiety, they say they have stomach aches. In the clinic, we have noticed this as well. However, many kids may have stomach aches, especially around the belly button and have parasites and some children have food sensitivities. When we work with children a little extra investigative work needs to be done. Many children's tummy aches are passed off as anxiety but may actually be a sign of something else.

High Creatinine can be related to a natural waste product that comes from using our muscles. It is found in the blood and urine and is processed out of the kidneys. Speak to your doctor about the causes of high creatinine, it may be temporary or related to a kidney disorder. The webpage, medical news today, offers some quick diet tips to lower creatinine such as:

Reducing protein intake, especially cooked red meat.

Increasing dietary fiber. According to a review in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, dietary fibre helped people with chronic kidney disease lower their creatinine levels.

Be careful not to become dehydrated. Take in plenty of fluids. If you dislike water, put a slice of lime, lemon or orange in it. Also herbal teas help.

Avoid creatine based supplements for body building. They use it for muscle energy, but if unused it has to be processed in the kidneys.

Certain herbs can be used in tea form or standardized, such as salvia, nettle leaf, dandelion, astragalus, ginseng, chamomile, cinnamon and chicory. Be sure to check with your doctor for drug interactions.

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