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Homeopathic e-Newsletter January 2014

In this issue:

  • Winter Vomiting Bug
  • Free downloadable e-version of What Doctors Don’t Tell You
  • What Do You Think?

Winter Vomiting Bug

Heading for a cruise or even just your local hospital? The Winter Vomiting Bug, or norovirus, has struck again. Reports of 600 people being ill on board a cruise ship in the Caribbean are making the rounds (1), hospital wards in different areas of the country have closed or restricted access (2, 3, 4) and even schools have been affected (4).

The vomiting and diarrhoea caused by the norovirus are not usually life-threatening (though critical dehydration can occur in the very young and in the elderly) but it is nonetheless a very debilitating illness – and highly contagious too! Flu-like aches and pains and lethargy are other common bothersome symptoms of the disease and in some cases recovery can be slow.

Strict hygiene, rest and plenty of drink are essential common sense treatment. Water is ideal but slightly sweetened drinks (no artificial sweeteners) or diluted fruit juices may be preferred and can give some energy. Even if liquids don’t stay down for long, it is still very important to take them, even if only in little sips!

If food is tolerated then only give light, easily digested meals. Toast, vegetable broth or a thin brown-rice-porridge can be a good start. Avoid dairy until symptoms have calmed down. Breastfed babies should be encouraged to have as much as they want. Rehydration drinks should only be needed in serious cases.

There are many possible remedies that could help symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea and expert help is best. Any persistent symptoms should be seen by a medical professional. Slow recovery is definitely a reason to visit your local homeopath. However, here are a few homeopathic remedies that might be useful:

Arsenicum:
Alternating between vomiting and diarrhoea, with a burning pain after stool. Aggravated by sight, smell or even the thought of food. Exhaustion which can be sudden and extreme. There can be a faint feeling, with a fever alternating with chills; can be so chilly that they look close to collapse. Very thirsty for sips of water. Worse after midnight. There might also be a restlessness anxiety not easily reassured.

China officinalis:
Once vomiting and diarrhoea has stopped but lethargy is remaining. Keynote: Exhaustion from excessive discharges.

Gelsemium:
A very popular flu remedy. Symptoms come on slowly, with intense weariness, aching in the muscles, chills up and down the spine, hot flushes, sticky skin, acute nasal discharge and sneezing. The patient wants to be left in peace, has a feeling of instability and feels better for sitting still with the head propped up. Nausea and burning in the stomach, with sour belching. Diarrhoea with wind.

Ipecacuanha:
Violent and persistent nausea, worse at night. No relief from vomiting. Worse for any movement, after eating and for smell of food. Hot or cold sweat. Chills, pains in bones as though torn to pieces. Often with a cough, but mucus difficult to get up.

Nux vomica:
Constant nausea with lots of saliva and inability to vomit, with retching. May feel faint, with headache. Maybe a bloated feeling with belching and heartburn. Chilly, irritable and impatient.

Phosphorus:
Great thirst for water and ice cold drinks but vomits up shortly afterwards. Vomits even the smallest amount of food and drink. Diarrhoea gushes out painlessly. Wants sympathy and reassurance. Exhausted.

Veratrum album:
Vomiting can be sudden and projectile, often with simultaneous diarrhoea. Sensation of coldness in the stomach, beads of cold sweat on the forehead. Stools escape involuntarily or when wind is passed.

For guidelines on how to take homeopathic remedies please check the Self Help page. Remedies are available in Aardvarks, Carmarthen, or directly from a homeopathic pharmacy like Helios.

Disclaimer: Nothing contained in this e-Newsletter should be taken as individual medical advice or as a substitute for consulting a professional homeopath or healthcare practitioner.

Free downloadable e-version of What Doctors Don’t Tell You

By no means do I endorse the views published in What Doctors Don’t Tell You, however, because there is a free downloadable e-version available I thought I share the link and you can make up your own mind.

What Do You Think?

In my e-Newsletters I usually write about something topical to the season or the news. However, I want to invite you to get in touch with me if you would like any specific topic addressed. I look forward to hearing from you!

With warmest wishes
Petra

References:

  1. Reuters: Over 600 passengers and crew fall ill on Royal Caribbean cruise, accessed 27/1/2014
  2. Leamington Observer: Norovirus closes wards at Warwick Hospital, accessed 27/1/2014
  3. Wigan Today: Norovirus closes hospital wards, accessed 27/1/2014
  4. BBC News: Norovirus: Warning as cases hit three south Wales' hospitals, accessed 27/1/2014
  5. Leicester Mercury: Outbreak of norovirus hits Leicestershire school, accessed 27/1/2014

Homeopathic e-Newsletter December 2013

Seasonal Joys and Stresses:

  • Winter Blues and SAD
  • Christmas ailments

Winter Blues and SAD

Does winter and the holiday season bring you joyful anticipation or dread or both? The idea of a white Christmas, blue skies and snow covered hills may be very appealing, but the reality of another grey, cold and damp Welsh winter may not hold quite so much appeal. For some, Christmas time brings additional stresses: Planning and organising the festive gatherings; anticipating the emotional stresses of difficult family get-togethers; reminders of Christmases gone past and the grief they brought… And this may well be topped with a bit of SAD, to make you feel emotionally and/or physically less strong and capable to deal with even minor upsets in day-to-day life.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and its little brother “Winter Blues”, are common in the UK. The NHS estimates 2 million Britons to be affected by SAD alone (over 3% of the population). (1) Studies in North Wales and Scotland show an incidence of 2.4% and 3.5% respectively of definite diagnosis of SAD whilst pointing out that the majority of cases may well be undiagnosed. (2)

Antidepressants are commonly prescribed for SAD sufferers. However, some lifestyle changes can improve your mood already:

  • Physical activity, especially outdoors (yes: to get the light!), is good for everybody, but apparently even more so for people suffering from depression and/or SAD. Why not join the Ramblers?!
  • Get out as much as you can in daylight hours, especially when there is a bit of sunshine. However, do not wear sunglasses if you can avoid it, as they stop the light entering your eyes and therefore making a change in the brain!
  • Open the curtains as much as you can and sit by the window if possible. Remember, this is about getting more exposure to sunlight, little as there may be.
  • Light therapy with so-called light boxes can be beneficial too. I would suggest you do some research yourself as well as discussing this with your GP.
  • Watch your diet: You may be craving sugary and starchy foods but why not try some fresh fruit instead. It is important to include loads of fresh, raw vegetables into your daily diet to benefit from their vitamins and minerals at a time when your body is a bit run down.

Whilst these common sense measures are pretty essential, it may take a lot of willpower and determination to put these into practice if you are feeling low already, at which point it is all the more important to take action!

I wish I could say, “take the homeopathic remedy XYZ and you will feel wonderful.”

However, I can say that many people who consult with me for feeling emotionally low and/or lacking physical energy report with increased energy and a better sense of well-being after an individualised, holistically prescribed remedy.

Don’t wait for New Year to make the resolution to look better after yourself! How about an early Christmas present to yourself with the potential promise of feeling more at ease over the holiday season?

Christmas Ailments

If you are one of the lucky ones who doesn’t take an emotional nose dive over the winter, you may well still be suffering from some Christmas-induced ailments (usually caused by overindulgence).

Here are just a few remedies which might help you through the downside of the festive period:

Nux vomica:
Known by some patients as “the hangover” remedy, Nux vomica can also be used for the general symptoms of digestive over-indulgence. Symptoms include nausea, headache, sensitivity to noise and light and irritability. Particularly suits people who tend to burn the candle at both ends, keep going with coffee and feel the cold.

Arsenicum:
May help with the symptoms of food poisoning, with vomiting and diarrhoea, a deathly pallor and anxiety. Could also be used when the diarrhoea is anxiety-induced, worse at night with burning in the stomach and a desire to sip water. It suits restless people who are fearful worriers, need to plan and feel the cold.

Sulphur:
Symptoms include offensive diarrhoea which drives the patient from bed in the morning, excessive sweating, and burning feet. Suits stubborn people who need praise, worry about their health, can be peevish with lots of big ideas they find difficult to actualise. They crave sugar and spicy food.

Lycopodium:
Symptoms include bloating with wind, a huge appetite, and waking as if from a fright. There is heartburn with sour burping. Suits fearful people lacking in confidence but can be bragging and assertive at home. Doesn’t like undertaking new things.

Argentum nitricum:
The heartburn remedy Number 1. There is burning and belching, possibly nausea and vomiting. Stomach pain feels almost like an ulceration. There is restlessness and desire for fresh air, as well as for sweets, though these aggravate the symptoms. Fears are common – they may think they have a heart attack!

Arnica:
Don’t forget this great remedy to help with bruising and that “battered” feeling you get after Christmas shopping or bargain hunting in the January sales!

For guidelines on how to take homeopathic remedies please check the Self Help page. Remedies are available in Aardvarks, Carmarthen, or directly from a homeopathic pharmacy like Helios.

Disclaimer: Nothing contained in this e-Newsletter should be taken as individual medical advice or as a substitute for consulting a professional homeopath or healthcare practitioner.

Wishing you all a comfortable and enjoyable season!

With warmest wishes
Petra