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Written by Kathryn Jones BA, DiHom, Health Counselor
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Newsletter 1 -Choosing a Remedy
Newsletter 2 -Homeopathic Principles -part 1, Provings
Newsletter 3 -Homeopathic Principles -part 2, Law of Similars
Newsletter 4 -Homeopathic Principles -part 3, Law of Minimum Dose
Newsletter 5 -Homeopathic Principles -part 4, Individualization
Newsletter 6 -Legality of Homeopathic Medicine
Newsletter 25 -Children's Remedies 7-14-00
Newsletter 7 -Weight Loss with Homeopathic Remedies
Newsletter 8 -Safety of Homeopathic Medicines
Newsletter 9 -Balancing the Body with Cell Salts, Homeopathic Nutritional Support
Newsletter 10 -Thinking Homeopathically, part 1
Newsletter 11 -Thinking Homeopathically, part 2
Newsletter 12 -Thinking Homeopathically, part 3
Newsletter 13 -Emotional Healing with Homeopathy
Newsletter 14 -Homeopathy for Our Pets- a personal pet story
Newsletter 15 -Pollutants, and Environmental Sensitivities
Newsletter 16 -Aconite, Keynote Sudden Illness or Fright
Newsletter 17 -Hypericum, Keynote Damaged Nerves
Newsletter 18 -Labeling Indication on Remedy Bottles
Newsletter 19 -Insect Bites and Stings
Newsletter 20 -Veratrum Album, Keynote Heat Exhaustion...
Newsletter 21 -Chronic Disease - Part 1
Newsletter 22 -Homeopathic Constitutions
Newsletter 23 -Remedies for Sinus, Colds, Coughs
Newsletter 24 -Homeopathic Benefits Over Allopathic
Newsletter 25 -Children's Remedies 7-14-00
Newsletter 26 -Aging Gracefully 10-04
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Choosing a Remedy
With over 2000 homeopathic remedies to choose from you can see that choosing a remedy is not easy.
Materia Medicas have the information about remedies taken from provings, or test on humans to see what the symptoms indicated for a particular remedy
Some Materia Medicas are over 4000 pages long. Every Materia Medica is different is what remedies are chosen to be written on and how much detail is given. Some Medicas will give general information. Some will give information on the type of person that the remedy is especially effective.
Repertories index symptoms. When choosing a remedy, a good homeopath will ask many questions and include many symptoms that make up the individual's constitution.
Each symptom, characteristic, and modality are looked up to see possible remedies. Cross referencing all these symptoms and remedies is time consuming.
Each homeopath has their own combination of art and science, books, and computer aids, that serve as tools.
Your health professional/homeopath has had training and experience to match symptoms, remedy, to you, the individual.
For the self-help person, the task of finding a remedy for a loved one can be achieved for first aid treatment, seasonal or acute illnesses.
Beginner level homeopathic books cover 1 to 3 dozen proven remedies for family first aid treatment. With some regular studying, a person can begin to see patterns in illnesses and match the correct remedy for the symptoms.
In time family members will begin to describe their complaints in more homeopathic type detail and help you in referencing your books to choose the correct remedy.
Beginner homeopathic books simplify their materia medicas and repertories.
Some books to look at for excellent beginner level and family self help are
Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic Medicine at Home
I recommend that you purchase Standard's Homeopathic Household Kit
This kit has 29 of the most used family remedies.The kit comes in a handy container well marked and will a booklet describing each remedy.
Each of the books highlighted above also cover these 29 remedies and any one will serve as an excellent companion book to the kit.
Reading homeopathic books are enjoyable and well worth the health benefits to your family. And your homeopathic kit will be opened again and again to make life more pleasant. Best Wishes, Kathryn Jones Health Counselor DIHom
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Homeopathic Principles -Part 1; Provings
Homeopathy offers unique differences with allopathic medicine as well natural health alternatives. These differences are based on Homeopathic principles.
Often I am asked how does this Homeopathic remedy work for my ailment? Homeopathic remedies have actual human testings or Provings backing their action.
Allopathic medicines are often tested only on animals. The testings for cosmetics on animals can be to such detriment to the animals, we see products promising their ingredients have not been tested on animals. Many of the drugs and other over-the-counter medicines used daily by people have no actual proof of effectiveness. We also see drugs taken off the market when, as they are used by people, they are found to be dangerous (we've seen this lately with the heart damage done to Phen-Fen patients).
By contrast, each Homeopathic remedy has had documented Provings done on humans. Healthy humans agree to take a substance and have their symptoms recorded. This shows also the safety of Homeopathy, when even test subjects suffer no ill effects after the testing is over.
In 1790, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, took several doses of Cinchona, which was used to treat Malaria. Symptoms of trembling and cold limbs, heart palpitations, etc. were noted. The symptoms returned with each subsequent dose. Hahnemann recorded that Cinchona Bark was effective against Malaria, because it can produce similar symptoms in healthy people.
This led to testing additional drugs, not previously known to be effective, to find their potential use as remedies. Between 1811 and 1821, Hahnmann carried out provings of many Homeopathic medicines and published the results.
Today new substances go through this process of Proving and added to Homeopathic remedies available.
Hippocrates wrote, "By similar things a disease is produced and through the application of the like it is cured".
People are most often familiar with medicines that suppress symptoms; that actually harm cells in the body; and have other definite negative chemical or physical reaction on the body.
Homeopathy seeks to repel the imbalance from the body and allow the body to heal and rebalance.
Homeopathy stimulates the body's natural curative powers.
Homeopaths therefore choose a remedy based on Provings and the Homeopathic Law of Similars (and not a chemical or suppressive action).
Medica Page for our on-line Materia Medica. 29 remedies are set out in a condensed Provings format.
There are many Materia Medicas (some a 1000 page each) used by Homeopaths today.
The remedy name is followed by Proving symptoms. The categories are similar in each, starting with mind symptoms, head, face, and down to the various system in the body, the extremities, etc.
When wanting to look up a particular symptom and the possible remedies that have shown that symptom under provings, homeopaths look in Repertories. Repertory Page for our on-line repertory of 47 remedies
. The descriptive way to write the symptoms are called "Rubrics". These Rubrics are also listed in same similar order in repertories.
Studying Homeopathy and Homeopathic Remedies in a life long pursuit for Homeopaths.
With a current interest in natural, no side effect healing many new Homeopathic books are on the market.
These books offer in layman's terms the information from Materia Medicas and Repertories. These books also give general health care information.
All homeopathic books help in understanding homeopathic principles.
This is an important step in using Homeopathy for your family.
Books Our Book Category includes books from $6 to $30 that are easy to understand and use.
Surprisely, homeopathic books are enjoyabe reading and hard to put down.
Email or call if you would like help choosing a book specific for your needs. Best Wishes, Kathryn Jones Health Counselor Homeopathy for Health
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Homeopathic Principles -Part 2; Law of Similars
Part 1 was concerning Homeopathic Provings. This newsletter continues in how Homeopathic Principles are used by you & I.
Provings are documented human tests of substances.They indicate symptoms that remedies can then treat in ill individuals.
Remember that Homeopathy differs from other therapies in its effectiveness and safety for all ages.
Homeopaths refer to books called Materia Medicas to match a patients symptoms to the Homeopathic Provings. (Future newsletters will continue with Homeopathic Principles-treating individually and holistically; and minimum dose and potency.)
Materia Medicas can be complex to use, since they indicate such a wide variety of symptoms that a particular remedy can treat.
People do not fit into neat packages of symptoms that match book descriptions. (It would be a lot easier if they did!) Sorting out descriptions and sensing nuances to choose one remedy over another is a developed skill. You pay your Health Professional/Homeopath for that expertise like any other professional.
Basically, we seek a remedy that produces like symptoms. Homeopathic Principle- The Law of Similars.
17th Century, Dr. George Stahl wrote, "To treat with opposite acting remedies is the reverse of what ought to be. I am convinced that disease will yield to and be cured by remedies that produce similar affections".
Samuel Hahnemann and Homeopaths that have followed seek to rebalance the body's systems based on Provings and the Law of Similars.
If I choose, for example, the remedy Chamomilla for a client, it is not based on a known chemical reaction, but on the Law of Similars - Provings Law of the Minimum Dose - Potentization Law of Individualization - Holistic Healing Materia Medicas listing Chamomilla are from 1 page to 7 pages long. From that long list of symptoms and descriptions, a keynote symptom is picked out to conform to FDA rule -that a keynote symptom be on the label. If you picked up a bottle of Chamomilla, it would be labeled "teething". More than once, I have had customers think perhaps my hearing is bad when handed "teething" another problem e.g. for their severe mentruation; or their tinnitis. Considering that during Provings most remedies affect various body systems, having only 1 symptom on the bottle is very narrow minded.
DON'T GET HUNG UP ON THE LABELING ON THE BOTTLE OR ONLY ONE SOURCE OF INFORMATION ON A REMEDY IF THEY DON'T MATCH! Law of Similars involves the whole person, their temperament, responses, weaknesses,etc.
Homeopathy is not about suppressing a symptom, but stimulating the body's natural curative powers. The body heals!
When I do a Health Consultation for a client, I ask many questions of the client, and consult several books to get a holistic view of which remedy truely matches the individual based on the Law of Similars.
This is a lengthy procedure, but gives the best results.
Remember your Homeopathic Thinking from past newsletters.
Include details when emailing questions or filling out the questionnaires.
The information is crucial in matching remedy to your symptoms.
Homeopathy for Health offers education in Homeopathy in layman's terms. To help clarify and simplify the maze of homeopathic terms & remedies.
We are continually adding online information to help you choose the best health care for you and your loved ones. I can help you in choosing safe, natural rebalancing homeopathic products. Homeopathy works! Best Wishes, Kathryn Jones Health Counselor DIHom
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New in our PET CATEGORY “Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide for Dogs & Cats” Updated Edition. Excellent information to ensure optimal health for your animals. This book covers almost any health problem you might have with your cat or dog. Allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, distemper, emotional, leukemia, lyme, skin problems, weight problems. Section on using Homeopathy for first aid treatment. Excellent section on determining how often to repeat remedies. One customer emails, "Dear Kathryn, For the past several years, I have kept my three dogs and one cat in optimum health with three important resources: an excellent veterinarian, your homeopathy website, and a copy of Dr. Pitcairn's Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. The book gives useful guidelines to the constellation of symptoms in each ailment and the recommended homeopathic, herbal, and naturopathic treatments. And your website provides excellent service in recommending the best supplies to have on hand and for fast and efficient order fulfillment. For example, our 7-year-old Australian Shepherd-Lab sometimes eats things she finds in the yard that aren't on the health-foods menu! A simple application of a homeopathic remedy selected from my collection of tissue salts from ELIXIRS.COM has allowed her to feel better within an hour or two. It's truly gratifying to be able to see an improvement right away." K B, WA.Click onto our Pet and Animal Category! for our best books and products for pets.
Here's some ideas (while we work to eliminate
pollution and our exposure) to keep our body systems strong in
order to roll with the punches of pollutants:
1) Use homeopath
for seasonal complaints. Remember if the complaint is viral,
antibiotics will have no effect.
2) Use homeopathy constitutionally to keep your immune system strong.
3)Build up your body's resourses with homeopathic Cell Salts
4)Use homeopathy prior and after exposure to allergens and pollutants to rebalance.
Allergy Category for a variety of products for rebalancing and eliminating toxins. An innovative new product called- Body Pure- treats symptoms of environmental sensitivity, such as, fatigue; mental unclarity or confusion; skin, eyes and throat irritation; headaches, etc.
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Homeopathic Remedy -Aconite
One benefit of practicing your Homeopathic Thinking is in treating acute illnesses for yourself or your loved ones. Acute illnesses are illness that are not chronic. The illness may be severe, may be seasonal, or a temporary imbalance.
With Homeopathic Thinking we become in-tune with our body and the signals and symptoms the body send out as signs of imbalance.
Notice the first signals & symptoms and treat with homeopathics for quick and natural rebalancing. Homeopathic Cell Salts, constitutional remedy, combination products are important homeopathic products to bring the body back into harmony.
Keynote symptoms are distinctive characteristics used to distinquish between using one remedy instead of a different remedy. Each remedy has its own unique "picture". Matching this picture to the acute keynote symptoms can give us the correct remedy. An interesting way to determine, then study the "picture" of a remedy, is to learn the source of the remedy.
The book "Homeopathy for Common Ailments" is beautifully illustrated with plants that are the source of many remedies.
Aconitum Napellus, or Aconite, is Monkshood. This plant has been used in the past as a poison for dipping arrows. Aconite's poison acts very quickly on the systems of the body.
Treating with the homeopathic principle "similar with similar", Aconite is used in treating sudden symptoms. [Homeopathy is unique in turning poisonous and toxic substances into safe medicines. Vibrational medicine without side effects.]
An Aconite cold or headache won't creep up on you. Aconite's keynote is the child who's playing one minute and then very sick the next moment.
Aconite is a remedy to have on hand so you can give at the onset of sudden symptoms.
Other keynote symptoms:
suddenly red face, pales when rising;
croupy coughing; restlessness and person appears anxious & frightened. Whether treating with Aconite for acute or chronic illness, look to a sudden cause. (Remember our Homeopathic Thinking technique of thinking back to the original stressor before the onset on a chronic condition.) Examples woule be a terrible fright or accident followed by the illness. Sudden emotional fright or fear. Subjected to a sudden drop of temperature or wind.
One person recovered from a chronic condition
with Aconite. The original stress was caused by a childhood brush with death in a
car accident. Have on hand as an emergency pregnancy remedy if
the mother fears she are going to die.
With Aconite being one of the most used acute remedies, it is no wonder that Aconite is included in the all our
The last newsletter on cell salts and the focus on Magnesium Ph, has brought more questions on nerve pain. This newsletter will focus on a great companion remedy to Mg Ph-Hypericum. Hypericum Perforatum is derived from the herb St. John's Wort. This herb has been getting lots of attention lately, even on news shows for its tremendous help as a nerve tonic. Hypericum aids with anxiety, sadness and depression on the emotional level. Hypericum acts on our nerve centers and the central nervous system. On the physical level, hypericum is indicated for a variety of nerve injuries, spinal nerve trauma and pain, sciatica, neuralgia, neuritis, etc. Shingles would cetainly fall into this category. If anyone has had experience using Hypericum for Shingles, please Email me. Remember to keep Hypericum on hand to use as 1st Aid treatment for crushed fingers, puncture wounds(to prevent lockjaw!), dental work, etc. Remember Hypericum's keywords -nervous system- and you won't underestimate its importance.
FDA made a ruling a few years back that any over the counter
Homeopathic product must have a indication on the bottle.
That is, the label includes specific symptoms.
This labeling is nice to have when purchasing homeopathic remedies without any guidance.
With some of the keynote symptoms on the bottle- help is right on the bottle. You can easily match your problems and symptoms up with the proper remedy.
But sometimes, this labeling is troublesome.
The label certainly can't list pages of indications, symptoms, and keynotes.
There just isn't space for more than one or two short phrases.
This can be disconcerting if you were told to take a remedy for a headache, but the remedy label indicates it is for diarrhea!
Here in Washington State we have had over 10 days of 100 degree weather. Newspapers are giving warnings of the dangers of heat exhaustion, especially for those who work outdoors, and those without air conditioning To prevent heat exhaustion, keeping proper mineral balance is essential! Always take water and Bioplasma before and after physical exertion. Bioplasma can keep cellular levels of sodium and potassium to prevent fatigue, muscle cramping, lightheadedness, disorientation. Bioplasma contains the 12 basic minerals used within the cells. These mineral salts, called Cell Salts, can be used for illness, disease, general health and prevention. Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion: disorientation cool, clammy skin excessive perspiration dilated pupils rapid pulse headache, may be with nausea and weakness nausea with vomiting abdominal cramps, muscle cramping lightheadedness Sunstroke or Heatstroke can lead to convulsions, collapse, coma. This is life threatening because the body's heat regulating system is no longer functioning! The person needs help to bring their temperature down. Emergency proceedure includes removing outer clothing, ice packs to cool the body; place the person in car with the air conditioner facing them while seeking the emergency center. Symptoms of Sunstroke/ Heatstroke: body temperature above 102 degree flushed, dry, hot skin constricted pupils disorientation rapid pulse seizures unconsciousness Prevention is a must. Use hats, seek shade, always carry a water bottle, have sports drinks and Bioplasma handy, use portable fans and indoor air conditioning. Veratrum Album is a first aid remedy that should come to mind with sudden shock and collaspe, including heat exhaustion, sunstroke/ heatstroke. Indications for Veratrum Album: cold perspiration on the forehead naseau with vomiting abdominal cramps, muscle cramping with exhaustion shock disorientation, stupor feeble respiration rapid weak pulse face pale lightheadedness headache, may be with nausea, vomiting fainting shortness of breath head burning hot and covered in sweat severe weakness, can't stand or hold head up Other remedies for Sunstroke/ Heatstroke: Belladonna - face very red, hot, without perspiration Glonine - head feels like it's going to burst Bryonia - severe headache from sun Cuprum Met - severe cramping of muscles Information on Bioplasma Health Category on Minerals/ Cell Salts 10 question quiz on Veratrum AlbumBack to Top of Page
ACUTE Disease or Illnesses are of a temporary nature. Symptoms come on suddenly and resolve rather quickly. Use our REPERTORY at http://elixirs.com/remedy.htm for help with homeopathic remedies for acute illness. CHRONIC Diseases are those health problems that linger and deepen as we age. Further illnesses and stress add layer upon layer. Homeopathic remedies seek to stimulate the body's immune system and strengthen our ability to balance. With Homeopathic treatment of Chronic Diseases- one layer, then another, then another is removed. Hering's Laws are used to explain how the healing process moves in our bodies. Hering's Laws state that as a person progresses towards health: 1) symptoms move from upper parts to lower parts of the body (i.e. brain symptoms are deeper in the system than a foot problem); 2) symptoms move from the inside to the outside i.e. a liver problem is deeper in the system than a foot problem) 3) symptoms move from more vital organs to less vital organs 4) symptoms will disappear in reverse order of their appearance In our efforts to rid our bodies of sometimes natural immune responses, we suppress or cause a deepening of dis-ease. Then during Homeopathic treatment, we will find a return of old symptoms as they are worked out of our system. An example is suppression of eczema with cortisone. Later, the child develops asthma. Suppression of the asthma with drugs comes next. Later, as an adult, the person has hormonal imbalances. With Homeopathic treatment, and according to Hering, healing would first remove the hormonal problem, next the asthma, and finally the eczema. Working from last problem to first; from most vital to least vital; from inside the body to the outside. More on Chronic Disease, Homeopathic aggravation in this series. As a further side note on our above example- According to experts such as Rudolf Verspoor, 60% of children who suffer from eczema and suppress the eczema from allopathic treatment later develop asthma or lung problems.Back to Top of Page
ACONITE- for sudden onset of illness, sudden fright or shock, first signs of illness-the early stages.
Indicated in fevers, cough, croup, hoarseness, colic, childhood trauma, anxiety.
ARNICA- first aid in a bottle!
Use immediately following injuries, scraps, blows, shock.
Always use after that get better kiss.
Helpful also in black eyes, sore muscles, bruises.
This remedy travels with us in the car, to camps, and on vacations.
BELLADONNA- fevers, redness and fever from headache, earache, sunstroke.
Belladonna should be in every home for childhood fevers.
CALENDULA- non alcoholic topical dressing- antisceptic for scraps, abrasions, sunburns, etc.
Calendula does not cause burning. Use Calendula to prevent inflammation and scarring. Speed healing.
CHAMOMILLA- #1 remedy for the peevish, irritable baby or child.
Teething, earaches, irritability. For colic, baby screams with pain and pulls up legs.
This child is very vocal with his complaining. Low pain threshold.
Baby who cries no matter what you do to entertain them.
FERRUM PHOS- #1 remedy for inflammations. Homeopathic iron, so is helpful for fatigue, weakness.
Illness has drained color out of the child's face.
Main remedy along with Belladonna for fevers.
Keynote is gradual onset on illness. This is the opposite of Aconite.
In homeopathic form, this mineral goes right into the cells to help with oxygenation.
Ferrum Phos is considered by many an appropriate addition to any homeopathic treatment
Ferrum Phos is helpful for infections, inflammations, fatigue, lack of stamina, chronic conditions.
For more information, see our Cell Salt Category
HEPAR SULPHUR- sore throats, hoarseness, croupy coughs, colds, abscesses, acne.
This remedy helps with skin eruptions, noted for its benefits with teenage acne.
Hepar Sulphur is known for its ability to encourage suppuration of boils, skin eruptions, abscesses, etc.
Hepar Sulphur also acts upon the respiratory mucous membrane.
Indicated in constant coughing where you fear the child is choking.
Sensation of a ball of mucous or swelling, worse when swallowing.
The sensation of something caught in the throat, with the feeling of a splinter in the throat.
Person also becomes more sensitive and irritated by touch, etc.
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Refills are listed online and can be purchased separately also.
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Summaries of over 35 essential homeopathic remedies.
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Bedwetting is found in children from all countries and races.
Boys are more likely to suffer from bedwetting.
The term Enuresis is used in homeopathic books for both bedwetting and adult incontinence.
For adult incontinence, see our Uri-Control tablets
Don't overlook the possible cause of bedwetting being due to food sensitivities and food allergies.
Food sensitivities and food allergies can contribute to irritation, and relaxation of the bladder neck muscles,
which allows the urine to leak during the night.
Urination may come during the very deep sleep stage.
The foods most likely to offend are milk, orange juice, peanuts and sugar.
The homeopathic remedies for bedwetting include:
Arsenicum album is suitable for children who wet the bed after a traumatic day.
They feel insecure, lonely, nervous, and fearful. They sleep restlessly and toss and turn.
Online information and secure ordering Arsenicum album 30X
Belladonna Bed-wetting after midnight and before getting up in the morning. Bed-wetting during nap time.
Child sleeps restlessly, dreams about going to the bathroom, may talk in their sleep.
Strong-smelling urine, the urine causes stains in the sheets.
Bedwetting TabletsHyland's brand of Bedwetting Tablets contains Equistum 3X; Rhus arom 3X; Belladonna 3X.
Causticum is for children who wet immediately on going to bed. Worse in winter.
Online information and secure ordering Causticum 30X
Cina is used in cases of urethral or bladder irritation.
The irritation may be from the colon and due to worms.
Child may sleep on his stomach, and grind his teeth during the night.
Equisetum is a main remedy for enuresis during the day as well as the night.
For weak bladder control with no known cause.
Equisetum in our Uri-Control Product
Equisetum in our Bedwetting Tablets
Lycopodium is for children who wet the bed and may also dribble all day.
Suitable for children who are fearful, afraid of their dark bedroom. Children hardly use the bathroom during the day,
but at night they relax physically and emotionally as they go to sleep and then wet the bed.
Online information and secure ordering Lycopodium 30X
Natrum mur is for children who try to hide their bedwetting.
They feel they are not getting enough love and affection.
Children who don't won't use the bathroom when away from home.
Online information and secure ordering Natrum Mur 30C
Pulsatilla is for bladder weakness and dribbling. Helps to relieve irritation of the lining of the urinary tract system.
Emotionally suited to children or adults who are sensitive, emotional, better with fresh air.
Sepia is for bedwetting in the first hour, as soon as the body is relaxed.
Helpful with incontinence where there is weakness of the bladder, a cough or sneeze will cause dribbling.
Thuja is for repeated wetting the bed throughout the night.
The child may even wake up with the urge, but doesn't have enough time to make it to the bathroom.
To your good health,
Kathryn Jones Homeopathic Specialist
Newsletter copyright by Kathryn Jones 2000
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