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Flu Season, Again – Taking Care Of Ourselves

This is the time of year that I usually write a post about the flu. We actually have not heard too much about how this flu season is looking. That doesn’t really matter. There are ways to help care for ourselves and our family as a whole if we do come down with the flu, or experience lingering affects from the flu. Homeopathy can help with all of these.

Previous Posts About The Flu

Here are links to prior posts that I have written about the flu:

  • Gives some homeopathic remedies that are helpful if someone comes down with the flu. (Click here)
  • Talks about taking care of yourself, and the history of using homeopathy during the flu season, specifically mentioning the 1918-1919 flu epidemic. (Click here)
  • Talks about how some people may move through the flu fine, but experience lingering affects afterwards, and how homeopathy is helpful. It is called “never been well since”. (Click here)
  • Talks about homeopathic care before, during and after pregnancy. If a pregnant woman comes down with the flu, homeopathy can be very helpful.  (Click here) (Unfortunately, it is becoming more common for pregnant women to be given the flu vaccine. The vaccine used to not be given at all at this time, knowing it was dangerous for the mother and the developing fetus.)

Taking Care Of Ourselves

Changes are happening all the time in our lives. We have losses – a loved one dies, a marriage ends, an expectation isn’t met, being fire from a job. We have new beginnings – a new home, a new educational program, a new job. Even the changes of the seasons and the time can affect us. It is okay that we are affected by these changes. It is life happening.

When these these changes happen, how do we respond to them? How do we react? cup-of-tea-and-honeyHow do we go through these events/changes? How do we listen to ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What do we do? What do we not do? Do we ask for help, if needed? How do we take care of ourselves during this time?

If we are not in our best health, we may be more susceptible to coming down with the flu. Taking care of ourselves can involve different kinds of healing modalities, walks, pursing activities we love, eating good food, sleeping well, exercising, laughing, being with people we love, and more. When we take good care of and respect ourselves, we are in a better place to care for our loved ones.

It Is Okay

Know that it is okay to get sick. It is okay to have the flu.

In a way if we do become ill, with the flu, it is often our body saying, “Hey, I am making you rest so you can take of yourself. Slow down.” And the body has a wonderful ability to heal itself, of taking care.

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If I can be of any help, regarding the flu or any other health concern you may be experiencing, I encourage you do contact me here or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com. Homeopathy helps and heals in many ways.


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Our Triggers

Events happen in our lives. Events that are personal, political, and global. These events may trigger emotions, feelings, thoughts, behaviors, symptoms, physical states, and memories. Our buttons have been pushed. It is natural that this happens.

As we experience this, we may in a way take a look at what is happening. How do we feel? What are our responses, and what are we responding to? Are we reacting to the present or to the past? Does this event remind us of something or someone that we know? What actions or no actions do we take?

We may be just affected for a brief time, and then feel better. Or the affect may linger, and balls-knocking-into-ballswe are not able to move forward at all. We are stuck, with whatever has been triggered within us, affecting us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This is a good time to take care of ourselves.

In My Practice

As a patient tells me what is bothering them, often a physical complaint, I hear about events and relationships that have happened to them in their life. They may be talking about present or post relationships or events. No matter when this occurred in time, it still is affecting them, and triggering them.

As the person is talking and describing their experience, specific words and language are used, often accompanied with hand gestures. The person’s words/language/hand gestures represent what and where their sensitivity lies, and how they experience their world. In a way I am learning the person’s language, which helps me to better understand their world, how they experience what happens to them, and what it is that bothers them about their symptoms.

Two Women

One woman is experiencing pains in her neck and shoulder. The pains are almost all the time. She accepts the pains, and has experienced them most of her life. She talks about an old relationship. In some ways this relationship is still present because of her connection to this person through other people. Recently there has been more of a connection with this person. This has been a trigger. What she says and shows helps guide me as a homeopath in selecting the homeopathic remedy that will be healing for her. The homeopathic remedy will be for her emotional state, and for the neck and shoulder pains she experiences. Homeopathy treats the whole person.

Another woman has a flare up of an abscess in scar tissue. This seems to happen when she is feeling angry at others, at herself, and/or what happens in her life. She takes it out on herself, feeling very angry about herself and her life. Often some event or interaction will happen, triggering something within her, and then manifesting in both emotional (anger) and physical (the abscess) symptoms. Since using the homeopathic remedy that is similar to her, she has been noticing these triggers when they balance-15712__180occur, and has become much more in touch with her feelings and responses. She has become more proactive in her self care. The flare ups in the scar tissue are becoming less severe, and are taking less time to heal. Homeopathy is stimulating a deep healing within her.

Our Triggers

When an event occurs in our life, it may be a trigger to past or present relationships, circumstances, events, behaviors, feelings and more. (I think for some people this past election may have been a trigger for some people.) When we do experience a trigger, it is a good time to help ourselves. The affects we are experiencing at this time are more on the surface and more prominent, and are therefore more readily expressed and available, making it a good time to start a healing process.

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Are you being triggered?

I invite you to contact me here or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com. I would be happy to talk with you.

And to all my American friends and readers, thank you for reading my blog, and I wish you a wonderful and yummy Thanksgiving!

 


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The Beauty Of Our Flaws

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Today, being election day in the USA, I think we need a space, a time to just breath, and to be nice to ourselves. I saw this quote and image on Facebook a week ago, and had shared it on my Facebook page then. Some of you may have seen it already. I wanted to post it here, today.

It was posted on Facebook by “Poetry and every Emotion”. It may be a quote by Emily McDowel, and an image from a greeting card company.

Kintsugi

The Japanese art of repair is called Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi. It means to repair with gold or a golden joinery. The broken pieces of the pottery are glued together with a lacquer. With the last layer of lacquer, a fine gold, silver, or platinum powder is also used. Then the pottery is burnished and polished. In a way, this repairing process creates a whole new piece of pottery. If you google Kintsugi you will see some beautiful pottery.

A Wonderful Message

To me this quote and image are a healing message. We live our lives. We experience successes, joys, pains, disappointments, hurts, adventures and more. All of this shapes us, making us who we are, and creating the beauty that is unique to each of us.

Wishing you all well.


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Physical Complaint – Door Into the Whole Person

People often say to me – I have a skin issue (or some other physical complaint) and this is what I want to be better; and, isn’t homeopathy just for physical complaints?

It is true that most of the time someone does come in for homeopathic care for a physical complaint, such as skin eruptions, digestive issues, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, ongoing pain, women’s issues, recurring colds, and more. But homeopathy addresses and doorheals the whole person. The physical complaint is many times the “door”, the opening to knowing more about the person. It is the starting place.

As The Patient Talks

As the person talks about their physical complaint, more comes out about them – the door opens. The person will talk about the sensations they experience; their feelings and emotions; how they look at the world; fears; dreams; reactions and responses to things happening in their life; their interests; and their history. This is all expressed through the words and the language used, the hand gestures that are made, and their body movements. The homeopath listens, observes, witnesses, and follows all of this.

Often, the physical complaint is reflecting where the individual person’s sensitivity lies – a particular part of the body, a particular discomfort or pain, the functioning of a part of the body. The physical complaint may be experienced more frequently when the person is feeling stressed, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, and/or spiritually stressed. We often hear people saying things like, my stomach just gets so upset when this happens (fill in the blank). Or I notice that my skin breaks out when ____________ . The physical complaint is not a separate part from the emotional or mental state. Everything is all connected.

One Woman

One woman came to homeopathy for a physical complaint. She had experienced a very severe head trauma, for which she was receiving treatment for, but she was experiencing lingering affects from the trauma and wanted more help. She had difficulty doing         particular tasks and her functioning ability was much lower than it had been before the trauma. She also had headaches. This was her “door”.

As she healed, her quality of functioning improved and her headaches decreased. She said she felt more relaxed about the events in her life and with the interactions with other smilepeople. I don’t get as worried as I used to, she said, and I don’t have the angst that I had before. The  healing with homeopathy helped with her physical complaint, and with her emotional and mental health as well.

Healing The Whole

Nothing is in isolation. The physical complaint is not separate from the whole. The physical complaint is often the “door” in, into hearing about the whole person. The healing is of the whole person – the physical complaint and more.

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If I can be of any help,please contact me here on this blog or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com. I would be happy to talk with you.

 

 

 

 

 


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My Skin Always Bothers Me

I have had several patients come in for homeopathic care recently who are experiencing a skin eruption. For one, it is eczema, which they have experienced all of their life. For another it is vitiligo (leucoderma), a condition where white patches appear on the skin, especially after the skin has been bruised or scratched. Another person has bumps and rashes on the skin. And another has Hand, Foot and Mouth disease (Coxsackie Virus).

These patients are of all ages, ranging from young children to older adults. 3-handsAll of them have experienced an ongoing skin discomfort, for either a short time or for a good part of their lives.

Wanting To Get Relief

Most of the time, a skin eruption is very uncomfortable in some way. It is very itchy. It can be red and inflamed. It may ooze and/or bleed. It is painful. The person wants to scratch it, constantly. He may not want others to see it, feeling very embarrassed about it. And scarring may occur, affecting the texture/smoothness and tone of the skin. It seems to be ongoing, with some relief sometimes, but it is always there in some way.

People do many things to take care of their skin, wanting relief. They use creams, watch or change the foods they eat, try to monitor their stress levels, and keep the area as clean as possible. Cortisone creams are often proscribed. These creams may give relief, but they are not truly healing, and are in fact very suppressive. The skin may be better, but the person may develop other health issues, such as breathing difficulties or asthma, muscular pains, and other complaints.

(Suppression. The dictionary defines the verb suppress as “to put down by authority or force” and to “subdue”. And a suppressant is defined as “an agent (as a drug) that tends to suppress rather than eliminate something”.)

Healing The Whole Person

The skin eruption is not a separate issue; it is part of the whole picture. It is a reflection of a deeper systemic condition in the person. We hear the expression – “it is only skin deep”. That really is not true with skin issues; it is deeper than the skin. That is why using topical creams does not heal at the root core or cause of where the skin eruption is coming from. .

As each of the patients I mentioned above talked about having skin eruptions, I heard how it felt – itchy, burning, hot, and inflamed. I heard how they responded to the discomfort – wanting to rub it against something, scratching it till it bled. I heard what happened to the area – becoming infected, becoming a lighter skin tone once healed. I heard what made it better and what made it worse. As they told me these things, I was paying attention to the words and language they used, to the hand gestures and the body movements they made. They talked about other things bothering them as well. The young child wanted to be comforted more than usual. The school aged child wondered what his classmates thought if he made a mistake in class. The older person had a deep concern and desire to help other people. And more.

All of this – the skin, how they talked, how they responded to things happening in their life – are the pieces of the puzzle that fit together to make the whole picture of them. The given homeopathic remedy was similar and matched this wholeness, stimulating the person’s innate healing abilities.

If you have a skin issue that is always bothering you, I invite you to see how healing homeopathy can be for you. You can contact me here on the blog or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com. I would be happy to talk with you.

 


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Health Is Having Movement

Health is having movement. When we are healthy we don’t get stuck in one place,   whether it is a physical symptom, an emotional state, persistent thoughts, certain behaviors or the same reactions. We may experience some of these, sometimes, but we waterfall-204398_1280don’t get stuck and stay in them. We are able to move out of these stuck places.

I like to give the image of a pole. Each end is the extreme. Perhaps health is being in the middle of the pole. I think really health is moving back and forth between the two ends, through the middle, not getting stuck anywhere on the pole.

Health Is Movement

As my patients talk about how they are feeling better, I often hear them talk about this movement of health. It is interesting how each person words it. Here are two patients that I have seen over the years.

Why Would People Say Things Like That?

One patient, often talked about feeling they she is attacked or insulted with things that are going on in her life. Why would people say things like that, she would say. She wanted to speak up, sometimes, even wanting to stomp her foot, saying hey, don’t talk to me like that. Instead, she just felt upset and hurt. Physically, she often felt very weak and anxious, with palpitations, and would need to lay down and rest. She also would have digestive issues; diarrhea would wipe her out.

When she came in for a follow up appointment after several months using a homeopathic  remedy, she related an incidence in which she felt she had been treated very poorly. She said, that in the past with a situation like this, she might have just backed off, not saying anything, but feeling inside, why did they say and do this to me? With this situation, she felt angry that she was treated so poorly, and wanted to speak up about it. And that is what she did.

She was not going to either of the extremes. One being so angry, venting, feeling attacked and hurt that she felt sick. And, the other extreme of wanting to attack, to stomp, and to hurt the other person. What she did was to speak up for herself. The two extremes merged, in a way. She felt them both, and found a way of handling the situation that was positive and constructive. This is health, movement of health.

She was also feeling less anxious and the weak episodes were occurring less often.

I Am Feeling Myself Again

Another woman would often talk about being heavy, enclosed, not able to move, needing to be at home, and needing/wanting to be very much in touch with a spiritual life. She also talked about some physical complaints she experienced, such as headaches, fatigue,  difficulty focusing and anxiety. The heaviness and the spirituality are the extremes of the pole, her pole.

As she was healing and feeling better, she talked about these two extremes at the same time. And she was experiencing them at the same time. Before, she had talked about them separately, and wasn’t experiencing the spirituality that she cherished. Now, she said, I am feeling like myself again. I feel grounded in my body, and I am also feeling the spiritual connection again. I had lost that connection. I am feeling it again and I feel inspired. What she expressed was health -movement of health.

She was calmer, and had more direction in her life. And her headaches were much better.

Healing With Homeopathy

Most people come to homeopathy for a physical complaint. As they are talking about what bothers them, I start to hear their “pole”, their sensitivity, their extremes, how they experience their life. With a healing, the physical complaint is better, and the person is also feeling better in themselves. They are moving. They are not stuck in their physical complaint, an emotion, a behavior, a thought, nor a reaction. This is health. I find it exciting to see my patients experience this.

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I invite you to experience movement in your health. You can contact me here on this blog or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com.

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Calendula Cream – Soothing and Healing to the Skin

I often suggest to many of my patients and to my friends, to use calendula cream if they are experiencing a skin eruption, a rash, a cut that isn’t healing well, an open sore, a fungus on their foot, anything on the skin that is not healing well. This cream is helpful for the healing of an episiotomy or tear after childbirth. It is a wonderful healing cream. It is made from the marigold plant. It’s full name is Calendula officinalis. It has also been potentized and made into a homeopathic remedy. In this post, I am just talking about the cream.

I specifically suggest the calendula cream, Baby Face Cream made by Weleda. Weleda is a German company and makes many products. Don’t be put off by the name and think you marigold-calendula-creamhave to be a baby to use it, or have to just use it on your face. This product is pure, of good quality, and can be used anywhere on the body. It can be purchased at your local health food stores. It comes in an orangish/yellow 1.7 ounce tube.

When I suggest to use calendula cream to my patients, it is in conjunction with the homeopathic remedy being used, the one being given that is similar to what they are experiencing. The cream will help if the skin area is itchy, burning, or sore, and takes the place of other creams or ointments that can be very harsh. Being topical, the cream doesn’t necessarily heal deeply. The homeopathic remedy, which is taken orally, promotes a deep healing by stimulating the person’s own healing ability.

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If you have used this calendula cream, leave a comment below telling us about your experience. And if I can be of any help to you or your family regarding your health and homeopathy, please contact me here on this blog or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com. I do work with patients via Skype who do not live in the San Diego area. Wishing you well.