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  • Homeopathic Remedies for Stressful Times

    by Willa Keizer, CCH Certified Classical Homeopath
    Director, Caduceus Institute

    Homeopathic remedies energetic preparations that are non-toxic and have no side effects. They are inexpensive and have no expiration date. You can keep these remedies around in a 30C potency as each one has multiple uses.

    Aconite – 4 F’s – fear, fright, fast, fever. fear of death-predicts the time. Panic attacks, terror, palpitations, numbness and tingling. Worse at midnight and from dry cold wind. Important remedy in children’s fevers and croup.

    Ignatia – Sudden grief and loss with loud deep sighing, muscle spasms, tics and twitches after grief, lump in throat, short sobs, swallowing, mouth twitching, hysteria. Alert, oversensitive, nervous.

    Arsenicum – Anxious, insecure, restless. World feels out of control, preoccupied with order. Needs control at all times to feel secure. Fear of death, pre-death anxiety in people who are dying. Burning pains, bad cadaverous odors. Useful in many conditions including food poisoning, stomach flu with restlessness and chilliness.

    Stramonium – Terror after life threatening situation. Violent fears, fearful violence. Night terrors, desires light and company, clings to those near. Constant praying. fear of dark, violence, tunnels, animals. Stammering after fright.

    Gelsemium – Confused, dazed, weak, 3 “D”s drowsy droopy and dull after fright or anxiety, drooping eyelids and dilated pupils, extreme weakness. Feels heart will stop beating. Diahrhea after fright, anticipation, bad news.

    Arnica – Physical or emotional trauma, shock, says “I’m okay.” Fear of touch, sore bruised, and lame. Use routinely after traumatic injury, childbirth, overuse of muscles, concussion. Aches as if beaten, bed feels too hard. Historically, used for typhoid and flu. Used postoperatively and after dental procedures for pain and to promote healing.

    Adaptogenic Herbs

    Adaptogenic herbs increase the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional and environmental stressors. They balance endocrine hormones and the immune system, and help the body to restore balance.

    Ashwaghandha – use when “wired and tired”, helps to rejuvenate when tired but also promotes serenity and deep sleep. Reduces elevated stress hormones. A great herb for adrenal fatigue, overwork, lack of sleep, and nervous exhaustion. It helps the whole hormonal system. The powder can be taken in milk.

    Holy Basil – reduces stress, enhances stamina, relieves inflammation, lowers cholesterol, eliminates toxins, protects against radiation, prevents gastric ulcers, lowers fevers, improves digestion and provides a rich supply of antioxidants and other nutrients. Tulsi is especially effective in supporting the heart, blood vessels, liver and lungs and also regulates blood pressure and blood sugar. Can be drunk as a tea.

    In addition, Lemon Balm was the favorite herb of medieval alchemist Paracelsus. It revitalizes the body and is of great use in all complaints caused by a disordered nervous system. “Sovereign for the brain, strengthens memory and powerfully chases away melancholy.” Good for colds and flu as well, grows well in Santa Cruz area.

    Valerian – helpful in nervous unrest, allays pain and promotes sleep. Good for sensitive people suffering from nervous overstrain, used in second world war during air raids. Quieting and soothing effect on brain and nervous system without the side effects of narcotics

    Healing Foods help you stay grounded and balanced:

    Avoid simple carbohydrates (white flour and sugar) which put your body into a flight or fight response and cause inflammation.

    Emphasize healthy fats and oils such as coconut oil, which enhances the immune system and provides energy without engaging the insulin response. Grass fed butter is also good for you! Fat soluble vitamins also enhance mineral absorption.

    Get lots of minerals: By the mechanism of selective uptake, calcium blocks or decreases the absorption of strontium-90, calcium-45 and other radioactive isotopes by the skeletal system. Raw dairy products and seaweeds are good natural choices, and the alginate in seaweed removes radioactivity. Pectin in fruit may do the same.

    ♦ Consider iodine supplementation – iodine is used by the thyroid, breast, adrenals, and insulin receptors. 95% of Americans may be iodine deficient. The average Japanese person gets 12.5 mg./day, which is what our body needs. Detox symptoms may result with iodine supplementation as toxic elements bromine, chlorine, and fluorine in the body is replaced by iodine. It is best to start slowly (3 mg.)

    Fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut, miso, and yoghurt have increased vitamin content and contain enzymes that help with digestion. These foods, especially miso may help to counteract the toxins from radioactive fallout.

    ♦ Eat a protein/fat combination every two hours if you feel stressed, to protect your adrenal glands and prevent burnout. Nuts, cheese, and eggs are all good choices.

    Eat your greens: The US Army found that broccoli, green cabbage and alfalfa reduced the effects of radiation on guinea pigs by 50 percent! Super green foods like chlorella and spirulina can be helpful to increase resistance to and detoxify from radiation