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Homeopathy is relatively straightforward to use for everyday ailments and accidents and positive results can be obtained when selecting the correct remedy.

Each month I will be introducing a remedy that is used in Homeopathy for you to become familiar with and this month we are looking at Calcarea Carbonica better known as Calc Carb.

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Calc Carb is one of the polychrest remedies (most commonly prescribed), and ranks with Sulphur and Lycopodium at the head of the antipsorics. These three are in a sense the standards around which the rest are grouped. All three have a very wide range and deep action.

The metallic element calcium is widely found in various compounds in minerals, animals and plants. Calcium salts give us our skeletal framework and the remedy is made from the inner layer of the oyster shell.

Calc Carb can be suited to quiet, shy, sensitive people who are subject to depression;  a feeling of being looked at by everyone and a fear of being laughed at; embarrassment when entering a room full of strangers. The typical Calc Carb patient is responsible and hard-working; they have a strong focus on security and practicalities. In many cases there will be a sense of being overwhelmed by the amount they have to accomplish. This in turn creates anxiety and fear.

Some of the keynote symptoms that may arise when needing a dose of Calc Carb are:

  • excessive appetite
  • overweight
  • disliking milk
  • craving for eggs and sweets
  • may feel generally better when constipated
  • tendency to feel the cold and to catch cold easily
  • cold hands
  • cracked skin in the winter
  • itching skin
  • profuse periods, period pains, premenstrual tension
  • toothache
  • vertigo
  • insomnia with much sweating once asleep

Worse: from cold, in damp weather, at night, from standing
Better: in dry weather, from warmth, while lying on the painful side

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne

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Sarah’s Blog on how to survive Christmas with the aid of Homeopathy was so popular last year that we thought we would post Irritable Bowel Syndromeit a little earlier this year so that you can prepare and stock up on appropriate remedies.

It all starts with…

Anticipatory anxiety

A lot of the anxiety felt at this time of year is about performance and expectation. Will you live up to your own or others, sometimes impossible standards? If you also lack self-confidence and don’t enjoy meeting new people try a dose of Silica 30c before the event.

If you have a tendency to nausea and diarrhoea (especially after sweet things) and feel rushed and stressed a dose of Argentum Nitricum 30c may help.

Lycopodium 30c is a great homeopathic remedy for those who don’t like the thought of public speaking but are fine once they get going (playing host, proposing a toast etc), often feeling bloated and gassy when they feel anxious.

If you are almost unable to speak or function and suffer sore throats or loose bowels before a social engagement a try a dose of Gelsemium 30c beforehand.

 

Hangovers and eating too much

The over-indulgence of Christmas whether excess of food or drink can be relieved with a dose of Nux Vomica 30c.

If you are aware of your swimming head before you sleep take a dose and have a large glass of water beside your bed. Ideally drink the equivalent water as booze to help keep you hydrated. The herbs Chelidonium or Milk Thistle help to support your liver.

Carbo Veg 30c can help when feeling sluggish and cold with bloating and flatulence after eating too much especially if burping relieves symptoms.

Pulsatilla 30c can be taken when overeating fatty foods causes the usually sweet natured to become tearful and emotionally upset with a tummy ache.

If you suffer Irritable Bowel Symptoms read this blog to select the appropriate remedy and keep an eye open for our NEW GUT HEALTH CLINIC starting early in the New Year 2013.

 

Strung out kids

Over tired children who can’t sleep can try a dose of Coffea 6c to calm them.

If the excitement causes tantrums, with shouting and throwing things Chamomilla 6c should do the trick.

 

Exhaustion

If you’re feeling exhausted from all the shopping and preparing for the big day the wonderful homeopathic remedy Arnica will be of benefit. If your legs are aching and although you’re not yourself you will be telling others “I’m fine” especially if accompanied by a detached almost jet lagged feeling try a dose of Arnica 30c to help.

 

Coping with the In-Laws

Now… that’s asking a bit much of homeopathy!!!

Merry Christmas and health and happiness for 2013

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   

February sees Cupid draw back his bow and shoot an arrow straight through the heart, or so the song goes. Love is intrinsically good for us and good for our hearts. It is one of the things that make us human. You could even say consciousness is love, or love is a large part of consciousness; love of sweethearts, love of family, love of friends, love of what we do, love of being alive, and of course love of the self.

 

 

In Chinese medicine joy is the emotion of the heart, and the spirit (or shen) is said to reside in the heart. This aspect of spirit refers to emotional intelligence, or the intuitive feeling part of consciousness which is stored in the heart. So often we treat the heart and pericardium channels in acupuncture to affect problems with the spirit or mind.

 

Problems such as depression, panic attacks, forgetfulness, anxiety, palpitations and insomnia, all show that the heart organ, or the fire element is out of balance.

 

Insomnia is a very common problem people seek acupuncture for and is a classic sign the heart energy is not settled. In Chinese medicine the shen is said to be anchored by the yin of the material blood. i.e. when you fall asleep there is enough blood to pull down and ground the spinning yang activity of the mind and produce that delicious moment where you fall asleep. When there is a lack of heart blood, the thoughts continue to spin around and around for hours, or one falls asleep but for an insufficient time and the shen pops awake again at 3 in the morning bright as a button. Heat can also be involved in agitating the shen or depleting the yin (fluids and blood) and contributing to insomnia.

 

So treating the heart is often key to insomnia and most problems where we feel too much or too little. The heart is known as the Emperor in Chinese medicine because it is where the spirit resides. It is through our spirit that we perceive ourselves and others and interact with the world around us.

 

So if my heart is happy, I love myself and my experience of life is better.

 

So more love the better right? Why not take the next 30 seconds out to complete this life changing exercise! It’s simple and free and nobody will know you are doing it so you won’t feel silly! Just close your eyes (after you`ve read this) sink your awareness down inside your chest, midway between the breast bone and spine and just become aware of your breath. Just focus on the rising and falling of the chest and relax. Then, when you’re ready, just look down with your mind’s eye and smile. Not with your mouth but just with the same feeling a smile would create. An inner smile. Smile at your heart and feel good. Now you have connected to your heart energy feel free to affirm anything you want. Don’t forget to say I Love you, it is Valentine’s Day soon after all!

Written by Jeremy Marshall, Acupuncturist

Craetegus was regarded as a valuable heart remedy as far back as the Middle Ages. The Hawthorn was considered sacred in early times and believed to furnish the Crown of Thorns. Legend has it that between 30-63 AD Joseph of Aramathea came to England and planted his hawthorn staff in Glastonbury soil.

Hawthorn’s therapeutic actions come from the berries, flowers and leaves. The plant constituents are considered valuable as a remedy for those with circulatory and cardiac problems, improving blood flow to the vital organs. By dilating vessels, Hawthorn decreases blood vessel resistance and lowers blood pressure. In addition, by improving oxygen utilization the heart is more effective.

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the principal that ‘like cures like’, in a tiny dilution. Craetegus is a well established Homeopathic remedy used for a multitude of heart conditions.  If your symptoms fit with the symptoms of Crataegus, then it may be of benefit.

The uses for Craetegus include the following symptoms: general heart weakness, bouts of anxiety that result in a weak feeling of the heart (a sinking heart), symptoms of angina pectoris, hypertension (high blood pressure) and also hypotension (low blood pressure), pain under left scapula, and insomnia. A low potency such as 3x or 6x can be taken to maintain a regular heart action and remove associated symptoms.

Craetegus is also used for serious heart disorders and has been found to be of specific use for post stroke and heart attack conditions regulating the heart and strengthening its muscle. However this would be best prescribed with the support of your homeopath or health professional.

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

Anticipatory anxiety

 A lot of the anxiety felt at this time of year is about performance and expectation. Will you live up to your own or others, sometimes impossible standards? If you also lack self-confidence and don’t enjoy meeting new people try a dose of Silica 30c before the event. If you have a tendency to nausea and diarrhoea (especially after sweet things) and feel rushed and stressed a dose of Argentum Nitricum 30c may help. Lycopodium 30c is a great homeopathic remedy for those who don’t like the thought of public speaking but are fine once they get going (playing host, proposing a toast etc), often feeling bloated and gassy when they feel anxious. If you are almost unable to speak or function and suffer sore throats or loose bowels before a social engagement a try a dose of Gelsemium 30c beforehand.

 

Hangovers and eating too much

The over-indulgence of Christmas whether excess of food or drink can be relieved with a dose of Nux Vomica 30c. If you are aware of your swimming head before you sleep take a dose and have a large glass of water beside your bed. Ideally drink the equivalent water as booze to help keep you hydrated. The herbs Chelidonium or Milk Thistle help to support your liver. Carbo Veg 30c can help when feeling sluggish and cold with bloating and flatulence after eating too much especially if burping relieves symptoms. Pulsatilla 30c can be taken when overeating fatty foods causes the usually sweet natured to become tearful and emotionally upset with a tummy ache. If you suffer Irritable Bowel Symptoms read November’s blog to select the appropriate remedy.

 

Strung out kids

Over tired children who can’t sleep can try a dose of Coffea 6c to calm them. If the excitement causes tantrums, with shouting and throwing things Chamomilla 6c should do the trick.

 

Exhaustion

If you’re feeling exhausted from all the shopping and preparing for the big day the wonderful homeopathic remedy Arnica will be of benefit. If your legs are aching and although you’re not yourself you will be telling others “I’m fine” especially if accompanied by a detached almost jet lagged feeling try a dose of Arnica 30c to help.

 

Coping with the In-Laws

Now… that’s asking a bit much of homeopathy!!!  Happy New Year and health and happiness for 2012

 

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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