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With the holiday season nearly upon us, over-indulgence of food and drink can bring about or exacerbate digestive problems and cause discomfort.

One of the attractive features of homeopathy is that with a vast amount of homeopathic remedies available, the most appropriate remedy for the individual symptoms presented by the person are chosen, rather than treating a named illness.

The Merck Manual 15th edition defines Irritable Bowel Syndromes as “motility disorders involving the small intestine and large bowel associated with various degrees of abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhoea, largely as a reaction to stress in a susceptible individual”. It may also be referred to as nervous or functional diarrhoea or mucous colitis.

Taking a detailed case history from a patient usually uncovers stress factors the patient is / has been subjected to, and IBS can be one of its manifestations. Here are a look at five remedies that I have successfully used in practice for symptoms of IBS and the personality types that these are most suited to.

 Natrum Muriaticum: (Sodium Chloride – Salt) This remedy is suited to persons of an intensively private and sensitive nature, not known for making small talk or gossiping so they appear reserved and shy. They prefer to avoid social gatherings and enjoy their own company. Their sensitivity means that they can be easily hurt, and once upset they tend to hold insults and grudges. They have a dislike of slimy foods such as undercooked egg white, oysters and bread, but like salty and starchy foods. Mid-morning is the time they would feel hungry or their symptoms aggravate and when under stress they can lose their appetite.

When affected by the symptoms of IBS they could experience indigestion, cramping pains, wind, hiccups and bloating that is worse after eating. Their mouth is dry with a bitter, salty taste, and when in pain they become very thirsty. They will strain to pass a stool and after completing the act of defecation feel as though more stool remains in the rectum.

Lycopodium – (Club Moss) This remedy is suited to people who can be  angry but have difficulty expressing their feelings. They can be easily offended or embarrassed and have a fear of failure, particularly of exams of public speaking or of being lost, and since they are intellectual people it can make them seem impatient and irritable, rude and domineering. They do not like to be alone but also do not like company, preferring to know that there is someone else in another room in the house or office.

Although they are hungry for their food, they feel full up quickly even when they have only eaten a small amount, can suffer with flatulence and dislike the feeling of pressure of tight clothes. They like to eat chocolate and sugary, sweet foods but have a dislike of onions; their symptoms can be worse between 4.00 and 8.00pm. Symptoms of constipation, flatulence, indigestion, belching and heartburn are commonly found with this remedy. Beans, cabbage, onions and other flatulent foods can distress this person’s digestive system and passing wind will give relief.

Pulsatilla (Pasque flower) A gentle, mild natured individual that is easily moved to laugh or cry, shy initially yet make, and keep, lots of friends. They are very easily influenced or hurt and will suppress their feelings, becoming moody and full of anxiety. They particularly worry about what others will think of them;  if they feel humiliated they blame themselves for what has happened. With a desire to be in the fresh air, all their symptoms are improved.

Their appetite is changeable and they are sensitive to fatty or rich foods, they tend not to feel thirsty but experience a bad or bitter taste in the mouth in the mornings. Bitter belching, indigestion and heartburn pains are worse at night, stomach rumbles and wind is difficult to expel. Their stool can change from constipation to diarrhoea within the course of a day. Changeability is the keynote of this remedy.

Calcarea Carbonica (Calcium Carbonate) Where Nat Mur types tend to be lean, the Calc Carb personality is more robust. They are happy, contented types when they are well, but once stress affects them it makes them very anxious and cause them to worry about everything, particularly their own health. When under stress they become sluggish both mentally and physically, becoming concerned about what other people might think of them. They are dependable and reliable and take their responsibilities very seriously with a tendency to overwork, leading to exhaustion; they will plod on because they are so stubborn and fearful they might lose their job.

Sweating occurs on both mental and physical exertion and is more profuse during sleep. They experience a bad, sour taste in their mouth and feel much worse when the atmosphere is cold and damp, being in a draught and for drinking milk. Their digestion is sluggish, their metabolism is slow and therefore they can gain weight easily and their stool symptoms are constipation at first, followed by sour-smelling diarrhoea. Tight clothing does not suit them, since it makes the painful bloating worse. Belching is sour and they suffer with flatulence.

Nux Vomica (Poison Nut) The personality associated with Nux Vom is one who is excitable, enthusiastic, ambitious, a workaholic with a creative mind who is critical, fussy and easily frustrated by limitations and can become irritable and argumentative at home or at work. They dislike being contradicted or being disturbed and if this happens they may shout or swear at the person who has offended them.

They have a tendency to eat highly spiced foods, smoke, like alcohol, drink excess coffee and over-indulge in the wrong foods at the wrong times, often due to the effect of mental and emotional stress. They may take medicines to combat the effects of insomnia brought on by overwork, living on stimulants and a lack of exercise.

Overindulgence can lead to a slowing down of the digestive process, causing the stomach to feel heavy and bloated particularly after eating. Other symptoms would be cramping, heartburn, indigestion, flatulence and constipation. A hot drink and passing wind helps to relieve these symptoms. Working late and eating at irregular hours may lead to a bad night’s sleep so for the person who wakes jaded with the feeling of a ‘hangover’, breakfast is certainly out of the question;  the day will start with a cup of coffee. When the hunger pangs kick in later on there will be a craving for foods that further stress the digestive system. A hard stool, alternating with watery diarrhoea and a possible feeling of faintness is associated with their digestive complaints.

Where to buy Homeopathic remedies – Homeopathic remedies can be bought from healthfood shops chemists or pop into the clinic.

Homeopathic remedies are often used as self-help for simple conditions, however for more serious complaints a homeopath, GP or health professional should be consulted before using homeopathic medicines.

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne, Homeopath.

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Yoga postures for relaxing and restoring energy

Following on from part one of my Yoga for the Autumn and Winter (part 1) blog, as promised here are a few yoga postures and stretches that you can use in times of need!   The suggestion of these exercises assumes that you are in good health and physically fit. 

 

Swaying palm pose:  an energising stretch that helps to balance right and left postural muscles.

Stand with feet parallel and shoulder distance apart.  Interlace your fingers together and push the palms away.  Inhale and raise your palms up towards the ceiling.  Exhale bend to your right from the waist.  Inhale back to centre.  Exhale bend from the waist to your left.  Repeat 5-10 times then from the centre, exhale to lower your arms.

          Ensure you do not bend forwards or backwards or twist your spine

          Keep both feet firmly grounded throughout.

 

Cobra pose:   a back bending posture for energy.  Strengthening the muscles of the back and toning of the lower abdominal organs are just a few of the benefits.  Follow this with a forward bend such as Childs pose.

Lie on your front with your feet together, soles facing up.  Place your palms on the floor with your thumbs at mid-chest height and outer edge of hand a little wider than your shoulders.  Elbows tucked into ribcage and shoulder blades sliding down your back.  Rest your forehead on the floor and relax your whole body.  As you inhale, use your back muscles to slowly raise your head, shoulders and chest from the floor as high as possible, hold for a moment, then exhale slowly return to the starting position.  Repeat 5 times.  You may choose to hold the posture and breathe there.

          Advanced variation of this pose, which will increase the massaging effect on the organs is to begin straightening your arms to deepen the backbend once you have lifted as high as you can using just your back muscles.

 

Childs pose (Balasana):  a restorative forward bending pose that quietens the mind and provides a gentle stretch for the muscles of the back.

Kneel on the floor on a yoga mat or towel with the tops of your feet on the floor and knees hip distance apart.  Fold forward to rest your forehead on the floor and rest your arms by your sides with your palms turned upwards. Completely relax your shoulders and allow the tops of your arms to drop towards the floor.  Ensure that the back of your neck is long.  Breathe deeply into your back ribs, feeling them rise and fall with each breath.  Stay for a few minutes or more.

  •         If the forehead does not touch the floor you can rest it on a yoga block or folded blanket.
  •         If you have trouble sitting on your heels, place a folded blanket between your thighs and calves. 
  •        Do not attempt this pose if you are pregnant or have a knee injury.

 

Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani): a restorative version of supported shoulder stand, this pose reduces stress and fatigue and is also excellent for relieving aching, tired or swollen legs.  A great one to do after your Christmas shopping!

This pose can be practiced with or without support.  Using a support will allow more opening for the front of your body, refreshing the heart and lungs. The support can be a bolster as shown here, or a small stack of folded blankets or towels.  You also need a clear wall space.

If using support for the pelvis, place it about 6 inches from the wall if you have stiff hamstrings, or closer if you are flexible.  Sit on the support sideways to the wall and simultaneously swing your legs up the wall and, using your arms for support, lower your upper body to the floor.  It may take a few attempts to get this right the first time you try it.  The back of your pelvis should be resting on the support with your sitting bones just off the edge nearest to the wall and your shoulder blades should be on the floor.  Your front torso will gently arch and the back of your neck should be long.  Breathe deeply into your abdomen.  Stay for 5 to 15 minutes.  To come out – do not twist through your torso – bend your knees and push your feet into the wall to lift your pelvis, remove the support, then roll to one side and push your hands into the floor to come up.

  •          If the back of your neck is flattening, try placing a rolled up towel near the base of your neck to restore the natural curve.

 

 If in any doubt of the suitability of these exercises, please consult a qualified yoga teacher or your healthcare practitioner.

Written by Ginny Haswell 

Check out our Yoga Class Schedule to find a class convenient for you.

What is it? 

Jala Neti is a nasal cleansing practice used in Hatha Yoga.   A salt water solution is used in a specially designed ‘Neti’ pot to irrigate the nasal passages and sinuses, allowing air to flow without obstruction.  The salinity of the water is the same as in the body and therefore the solution is neither rejected nor absorbed.

What are the benefits?

The practice of Jala Neti rids the nostrils and the frontal and mid-nasal sinuses of debris, pollution and excess bacteria-filled mucous.  It is excellent in managing sinusitis.  It relieves the symptoms of hay fever, allergic rhinitis, colds and reduces inflammation of the mucous membranes.  Research also suggests that as dirt and pollution are prevented from travelling further into the respiratory system, it is also helpful in managing respiratory tract diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and even disorders of the ears, eyes and throat.   It also removes feelings of grogginess in the head, leaving you feeling refreshed and clear-headed. 

Who should I do it?

 If you suffer from any of the conditions previously mentioned or if you are a mouth breather, live in a city or come into contact with pollutants regularly, then Jala Neti will help to maintain good health of your nasal passages and sinuses.  Yoga practitioners may choose to practice Jala Neti  to ensure the nostrils are clear for pranayama (breathing exercises) and to achieve a state of balance between left and right nostrils.

When and how often should I do it? 

Once daily, either morning or evening for maintenance.  Up to three times daily to relieve colds, catarrh or allergies.

Where can I buy a Neti pot? 

Pots come in various sizes.  The best ones are lightweight plastic and inexpensive.  Online yoga shops such as Yogamatters sell them, as do Yogatrading on Edward Street in Brighton.  Prices range from about £3 for a simple small pot, to £15 for a branded version including some salt.

Contraindications:

 If you suffer from persistent nose bleeding you should not do Jala Neti.  Constantly experiencing difficulty passing water through the nose may indicate a structural blockage so you should seek medical advice.

Instructions:

You will need a Neti pot, clean warm water, natural sea salt, a measuring jug and spoon.  Measurements should be precise.

Dissolve 1 tsp salt (natural sea salt, not table salt) per 500ml of body-temperature water.

Fill your Neti pot with the solution.

Stand squarely and lean forward over a sink or bowl.

Tilt your head to one side and breathe through your mouth.

Insert the nozzle into the upper nostril, gently but firmly pressing against the nostril to avoid water leakage.  Tilt the Neti pot so the water runs into your nostril and out of the lower nostril.  If water passes down the back of the throat or into the mouth, adjust the position of your head slightly forwards.  Use half your solution for one nostril, then gently blow to remove any mucous before repeating with the second nostril.

Here is a video on how to do it!

 

Drying the nostrils:

It is important to follow this procedure for drying the nostrils.  Forceful blowing of the nose with a tissue may push water into the ears and will not sufficiently dry the sinus cavities.

Stand erect with the feet apart.  Close right nostril with your thumb and breathe in and out through the left nostril.  The exhalation is as if you were gently blowing your nose, the inhalation should be passive.  Repeat 10 times each nostril.

Then bend forward from the waist so your torso is parallel to the floor.  Tilt your head to the right, close your right nostril and repeat the same process as above through the left nostril; then tilt your head to the left, closing the left nostril.  Then centre the head and repeat another 10 times through both nostrils.  This will clear any trapped water from the sinuses.

Finally stand upright.  Close your right nostril and exhale forcefully through the left nostril while bending forward from the waist, keeping your back straight (bend your knees to avoid straining your back).  Repeat 10 times.  Repeat this again closing left nostril and exhaling through the right.

And here is a video on how to dry your nostrils correctly.

Written by Ginny Haswell 

Further reading on Jala Neti: 

www.jalanetipot.com

www.healthandyoga.com

For all you Strictly Come Dancing fans – and I know you are out there – we thought we would give you a quick anatomy lesson to explain the injury that Artem has picked up in this seasons filming with his partner Holly Valance.

Initially they thought he had fractured the transverse process of a lumbar vertebra. This is one of the bones in the spine of his lower back.

lumbar-vertebra

The transverse process is a key place for the back muscles to attach to. So a fracture (or break) of this part of the bone would be very painful and take time to heal, as it is difficult to keep the area still to fuse together. 

Luckily the doctors have changed their diagnosis (which can happen once swelling goes down and it is easier to see what is going on). It is now diagnosed as a joint and soft tissue injury. The muscles, ligaments and joint capsules around the spine are very pain sensitive. If they are over used or have small tears they become inflamed and irritated. This leads to pain and a change in ability to function. This kind of injury needs some rest and manual therapy (such as osteopathy, chiropractic or massage) to allow it to heal well. As well as rehabilitation exercises to make sure that the scar tissue is laid down in the most efficient way and that the surrounding muscles are strong and not too tight. Reducing any lasting weakness. The same can be said of any musculoskeletal injuries.

We wish Artem well in recovering and the competition.

Written by Margaret Sinclair

 

Ref:

http://www.homebusinessandfamilylife.com/images/vertebra.jpg

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/strictlycomedancing/2011/11/artem.shtml

 

 

We have a new hatha yoga class starting at 6.15 on a Wednesday evening.

Here is more about Emma, Yoga Instructor and her class. 

Emma Carter – My biography:

I have been practicing yoga for over 10 years, first being introduced during travels in India.

I remember my first yoga class on my return to the hubbub ofLondonas a kind of revelation!

It has stayed with me as a constant companion and helping hand.

As well as being a Yoga Instructor, I am a qualified Primary School Teacher with 6 years teaching experience in schools in the UK and Thailand. My yoga practice has benefited my teaching (and alleviated the stress from working in inner cities) enormously.

Living in Thailand for 3 years inspired me to qualify as a Yoga Instructor and bring my beliefs and teaching back to the UK. I have a dedicated belief in the value of yoga practice and a healthy lifestyle in our modern world. My travel and living experiences across Asia have aided my personal development in yoga enormously.

My inspiration largely comes from the beautiful ancient works of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the work of BKS Iyengar – and a particularly great practitioner of his work that I had as my teacher in Thailand. A recurring back injury has been eased time and time again by careful alignment and precision in my yoga practice and I bring this into my own classes.

I love the holistic combination that is ‘yoga’. Physically developing while learning how to still the mind, truly focus on the moment and, of course, the feeling of complete relaxation that carries you throughout your day afterwards.

My style of class:

Classical Hatha Yoga – An ancient form of yoga practice uniting opposites to create balance and harmony.

With a focus on deep, full breathing leading the body into a series of different poses to increase strength, flexibility and the flow of energy to each part of the body and mind.

A gently controlled form of yoga practice developing quality concentration and deep relaxation.

Class will start with a short relaxation, time to feel your body and focus your mind.

 

After a gentle warm up of the joints and spine, a series of Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) help to warm up every part of the body. These lead into a sequence of postures focusing on the different limbs, muscles and energy points. Reap the benefits of inversions, energising back bends, balances, gentle twists, perfecting spinal alignment and much more. Then to finish, a lovely long relaxation (Savasana) to leave you feeling uplifted, tension free and with a true sense of well being.

Call the clinic on 01273 321133 to book your place.

Book and pay for a treatment of Reflexology by November 18th and all you will have to pay is the reduced rate of £30.

We will also donate a further £5.00 to Children in Need.

It’s a win win situation.

Call us now on 01273 321133 or check out our website www.coast-chiropractic.co.uk

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