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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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            So it is father’s day soon, that time of year when it is Dads turn to be remembered and recognised for what they do. Traditionally men have a role of provider and protector and of putting others first; acknowledging illness or weakness were simply not allowed. (Except man flu of course!)

I don’t know how much that holds true these days but all I know is 75% of my patients are women. Most men only seek treatment for pain, so why is that? I`m sure men suffer from insomnia or depression or reduced fertility but it takes a lot for them to come for treatment. Perhaps it’s just our nature, acknowledging those things is a sign of weakness whereas women just don`t have that mind-set. Perhaps it’s just our nature to soldier on regardless until our wives and partners drag us into the clinic!

All I know is the men I do treat are very cool. As the world we know gets crazier to live in, I see a proportionate growth in consciousness and awareness in both sexes, and often the men that do arrive for treatment are part of this wave. Letting go of outdated mind-sets is essential for growth in the 21st century. Life goes so fast we have no option  but to let go of things that are just not useful anymore.

 

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The speed of evolution being offered is huge in this age. Just look at some of the things we do here at Coast: yoga, pilates, Qi gong, homeopathy, massage, sacro-cranial, chiropractic, osteopathy, and acupuncture. All of these things have moved from esoteric to mainstream in the last twenty years.

Yoga used to be what Madonna did, now everybody understands it’s one of the best things you can do for your health. Even Tai chi, most people understand, is a way of maintaining good mental and physical health. Maybe it’s the growth of this feminine principle, of this consciousness that`s making us blokes uncertain of where we fit in. But like all good Tai chi, modern life needs aware male energy just as much as female. We must find a way to marry technology and sustainability, both together are the only way forward if we are to survive and thrive in this age.

So this Father’s day, whether you are a father or not, let go of some limiting belief about yourself and do something that you have wanted to do for a while but have been putting off. Join the evolution; you owe it to yourself, your community and your planet!

Written by Jeremy Marshall, Acupuncturist, TaiChi/QiGong Instructor

A few weeks ago I took a long weekend; my first break in ages. I needed some time and space away from my normal environment to make a new life plan, as I felt I had lost the plot a little as far as work / life balance was concerned. So I spent 4 days with a friend, at a beautiful spa resort in Sussex. It was perfect. I slept and I ate and I slept and I exercised and I slept and I read and I slept and I was massaged and I slept and I slept and I slept. I felt so good and it showed on my face.

I really didn’t realise I needed to sleep so much. I knew I was stressed, running a small business in this economic environment is difficult, plus there is always some crisis either just happened or about to happen, so sometimes my sleep patterns are disturbed as I toss and turn when my thoughts won’t stop. Now I realise, I was sleep deprived.

A recent study conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm investigated whether sleep deprived people were perceived as less healthy and less attractive than people that had had a full night’s sleep. They took 23 participants aged between 18-31 years and photographed them after a full 8 hour night’s sleep. They then deprived the participants of sleep and once again photographed them in the morning. These photographs were then presented to 65 untrained individuals, between the ages of 18-61, to rate the participants attractiveness and perceived health on a 1-10 scale.

Their findings revealed that those images showing the sleep deprived versions of the participants had overwhelmingly lower scores and that those versions of the participants were perceived as less healthy, less attractive and more tired compared with when they were well rested.

So beauty sleep is just that; a chance for your mind and body to rest and recover. And for those of you that didn’t see me in the first few days after my return to the clinic (and therefore can’t disagree with this statement) I looked REALLY good.

Now there are other studies on sleep deprivation that suggest that poor sleep effects heart health, cholesterol levels, hormone levels, the appearance of skin and hair, obesity, depression and diabetes.

Sleep, is obviously, one of the most important aspects of our health and well-being. The average adult needs 8 hours of sleep per night. However, studies show that most adults get a lot less than that, an average of 5 hours of sleep per night (that’s probably all you parents out there). Insomnia caused by stress causes more stress and can be a vicious cycle. So here are some tips for a good night’s sleep.

  • Regular exercise like walking will reduce stress hormones (but don’t exercise within two hours of your bedtime, it may keep you awake).

  • Don’t nap late in the afternoon.

  • Don’t drink caffeine drinks (coffee, tea, soft drinks) after 3pm.

  • Avoid large meals a couple of hours before you sleep. A light snack is fine.

  • Stop working on any task an hour before you retire to bed, so that you have time to calm your brain.

  • Don’t discuss emotional issues right before bedtime.

  • Don’t watch TV or work on the computer in your bedroom.

  • Make sure your bedroom room temperature is comfortable and well ventilated.

  • Keep noise and light to a minimum.

  • Learn a relaxation technique.

 

Here are some products that have been known to aid a good night’s sleep

  • Chamomile – tea and essential oil have been used for their calming effects and for insomnia relief. Do not use if pregnant as it may stimulate uterine contractions.

  • Valerian – has been found to not only decrease sleep onset time but also promotes a deeper sleep in small studies. This herb becomes more effective overtime, so taking it nightly works better than taking it only on the odd night.

  • 5HTP – is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter (you may have heard of because of the rampant use of antidepressants) which then goes on to make Melatonin that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle (circadian cycles). This product can help whether the trouble is falling asleep or staying asleep. Melatonin is available over the counter in North American but unfortunately, you cannot buy it here, however, 5HTP is available in this country. Do not take this product if you are on antidepressants.

Get a good night’s sleep and chances are you will live a longer healthier life AND look good.

Written by Anne French

 References-:

Association of onset of obesity with sleep duration and shift work among Japanese adults.

Itani O, Kaneita Y, Murata A, Yokoyama E, Ohida T.

Sleep Med. 2011 Apr;12(4):341-5. 

Obesity and metabolic syndrome: Association with chronodisruption, sleep deprivation, and melatonin suppression.

Reiter RJ, Tan DX, Korkmaz A, Ma S.

Ann Med. 2011 Jun 13.

 Beauty sleep: experimantal study on the perceived health and attractiveness of sleep deprived people.

Axelsson J, Sundelin T, Ingre M, Van Someren EJ, Olsson A, Lekander M.

BMJ. 2010 Dec 14;341:c6614. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c6614.

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