- by Kristen Santangelo, Certified Classical Homeopath
Homeopathics have been used successfully to help those suffering during epidemics for over 200 years. With the current outbreak, homeopaths around the world have been gathering and sharing information about what is helping. Homeopathy has a lot to offer for this current epidemic as it can be used prophylactically, when illness is first coming on, and can be adapted and changed if needed as symptoms develop. Having a homeopathy kit on hand will provide you with many of the remedies that are proving helpful during this illness.
A single remedy for the this virus has not been determined since it seems to have different presentations in different parts of the world and thus different homeopaths are suggesting varying remedies for prophylaxis or prevention. As time passes we will know better what the best choice will be. Some remedies mentioned for prevention:
1st choice for someone with symptoms of the virus, in the early stages: Aconite. This is the remedy to try in the first 24 hours (unless the symptoms clearly point to another remedy). Past the 24 hour mark another remedy should be selected. Symptoms for use of this remedy include sudden onset of inflammatory symptoms like fever, anxiety, restlessness, possibly one red cheek/one pale cheek, and strong thirst for cold drinks. This is also a main remedy for early onset pneumonia with difficult breathing, oppression of chest, stitches in side of chest especially from breathing and coughing, and dry cough.
Other remedies that are proving helpful as symptoms progress are Phosphorous, Gelsemium, Stannum, Stitca. As always, consult your local homeopath to determine the right remedies and dosages that are right for you.
Another possible remedy to take for fear of contagion if Arsenicum doesn’t seem to help is Calcarea carbonica. Bach Flower Rescue Remedy can help ease fears as well.If you feel like you are coming down with an illness and the symptoms have just started, possible choices would be Homeopathic Aconite and Boiron Oscillococcinum (“Oscillo”). If there is a high fever then homeopathic belladonna is a possible choice. Other acute onset remedies include the homeopathics Ferrum phos, Gelsemium, Bryonia or Arsenicum if the symptoms match.
If symptoms progress to coughing or respiratory difficulty, remedy choices might be Antimonium tart, Byronia alba, Phosphorus, Squilla, Kali carbonica or Lycopodium, and if severe, Carbo veg. The remedy would need to be selected based on symptoms. This is where your local homeopath can help.
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If you’ve ever seen the thin layer of clear tissue around an uncooked chicken breast, you’ve seen fascia. Fascia has an elastic component, allowing it to move freely with body movement, enabling structures to move unimpeded over each other. Injury, stress, work-related repetitive movements and the effects of aging, even dehydration, can cause fascia to lose its elasticity and become thicker, denser and tighter, eventually binding some structures together and drawing us into abnormal posture and movement patterns.
Some issues people can experience due to fascial restriction:
How Fascia Works
Fascia is made up of two main components that are quite different from each other. One is elastin, a substance that gives tissue its ability to stretch. The other is collagen, a denser and less malleable substance that gives tissue its support and structure. Because of these two components, fascia responds to a very specific type of touch, namely, slow, steady pressure and warmth. When fascia is initially addressed, the elastin gives way and allows a practitioner to move the tissue. At the point the tissue stops moving and a practitioner continues to apply steady pressure and heat to the tissue, the tissue will slowly give way into a further stretch and release. It’s much like working with a cold block of clay….not easily manipulated at first, but given consistent pressure and heat, will start to become more malleable.
Some Methods of Releasing Restrictions in Fascia
To understand how knees can go bad, it is necessary to understand the relationship between all the joints. If one joint is a relatively stable and fixed joint, the joints above and below it are generally more mobile and flexible joints. Such is the relationship of the knee to its neighbors, the hip and ankle.
The knee is a mostly stable, fixed, hinge joint that moves in one plane (with a teensy, weensy bit of rotation), extending and flexing the lower leg. It allows us to sit and stand with ease, to climb and descend stairs, and even fold ourselves into tiny airplane seats. If we didn’t have hinge flexibility in our knees, imagine how unbelievably hard it would be to get up from a chair or climb stairs….seriously, imagine. At the same time, if we didn’t have the lateral stability of the knee as well, we’d be walking around like the scarecrow in our favorite movie about Oz. Part of the stability comes from the structure of the bones themselves, and part from the myriad of ligaments that stabilize the knee.
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by Hilary Sohn, LMT/Owner of The Healing Sanctuary
As we enter into the holiday season, snow and celebrations are on people’s minds. The aromas of the season surround us….bayberry, pine, cranberry, peppermint….and it is this last classically winter scent – Peppermint - that is one of the most effective essential oils for helping us through the stresses of the winter months: easing backaches from snow shoveling, indigestion from rich celebratory meals, sinus and chest congestion.
The Peppermint plant gives us aromatic leaves for tea and essential oil that works wonders on the body. Besides its characteristic fragrance that seems to instantly clear the sinuses, Peppermint essential oil has a number of beneficial effects including treating bowel spasm, easing gastrointestinal distress and nausea, relieving headaches, reducing itching, calming cough, relieving chest congestion, and improving concentration and focus.
Most commonly, Peppermint oil is used for temporary relief of muscle and joint pain. In fact, the main chemical component Menthol, found in Peppermint oil, is used in many topical sports creams. Peppermint’s characteristic cooling sensation (remember the old York Peppermint Patty commercials? “… I get the sensation of being on top of a cold mountain, and all I want to do is yodel . . .”) is one of the main factors in reducing pain. Acting as a counterirritant, the menthol in Peppermint stimulates thermoreceptors (temperature sensors) in skin cells causing a signal to be sent that the brain interprets as cold. This cold signal overrides the pain signal because the conduction velocity of a cold thermoreceptor is faster than that of a pain-perceiving nociceptor.
Additionally, Peppermint’s cooling sensation also triggers a process called vasodilation in which blood vessels increase in diameter and increase blood flow to the affected area. This process increases oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and increases the rate at which cellular waste is carried away, helpful in situations where a muscle is experiencing ischemia (dysfunction or damage due to a restriction in blood supply). With more nutrients available, healing is able to occur more quickly and pain lessens.
Peppermint also has local mildly anesthetic properties when applied topically, causing a numbing sensation of the surface and consequent relief from pain. So, if your muscles are sore from shoveling, Peppermint is the oil for you.
Using Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is fairly irritating to the skin used at full strength, so the best way to apply Peppermint oil to the skin is to dilute 2 to 3 drops of the essential oil in approximately 1 teaspoon or more of a carrier oil like olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil. It can simply be applied to the temples or the base of the skull for headaches or massaged into the skin over muscles that are aching. Peppermint oil can also be used in vaporizers or even inhaled from a tissue in order to clear sinus and chest congestion.
If you are able to obtain food grade Peppermint oil, it can be ingested for relief of gastrointestinal distress. Simply add a drop or two to a beverage, stir or shake and drink up. Beware non-food grade versions of Peppermint oil; they are fine for topical use, but may cause harm if ingested.
Warning: Very high intake of peppermint oil can also cause nausea, loss of appetite, heart problems, loss of balance, and other nervous system problems. Excessive doses of peppermint oil can be toxic, causing kidney failure and even death. Peppermint oil should not be used internally or on or near the face of infants and young children because of its potential to cause bronchospasm, tongue spasms, and, possibly, respiratory arrest.