In our day to day lives, we often fall prey to ailments and diseases that hinder the proper working of our bodies and disrupt our daily schedules by slowing them down. More times than often our busy schedules are precisely the reasons why we meet with such diseases - ever had a stressful day at work which ended with a headache or a back or neck pain? Having a series of work days filled with stress can culminate in some dire health concerns, obesity, diabetes, sleeplessness and heart diseases are just a few examples. It's not that we're all unaware of the fact, just that there's nothing much we can do about it.
It isn't just stress that brings us down; common and inescapable reasons such as the flu and viral fevers that changing seasons bring along, stomach troubles or food poisoning caused by munching on unhealthy food, deficiency of certain vital nutrient and a factor as inescapable as age also brings along its fair share of diseases. Sometimes, no matter how healthy you eat or how fit you are, you tend to fall prey to diseases such as common colds, malaria, chickenpox, bacterial infections, and dengue. Though prevention of any ailment may be an impossible task, its treatment should always be present in your home. And what better than having treatments of diverse ailments presented in little round sugary pills with barely any side effects? Sounds better than gulping down huge capsules and bitter tablets, right?
Homeopathy is recognized by the World Health Organization as the second largest therapeutic system in use in the world. It is a cohesive system of natural health care and has been in use worldwide for over 200 years. Homeopathic treatments examine each person as a unique individual with an aim of stimulating their own healing abilities. A homeopath (a homeopathic doctor or a homeopathic professional) selects the most appropriate medicine solely based on an individual person's specific symptoms and their personal level of health.
Any medical kit should comprise of multiple medicines that would come in handy at any point of time in any given day. Here's a list of common ailments along with homeopathic medicines that treat them.
The type of pain that occurs in the abdomen, between your chest and pelvic regions. Abdominal pains can be achy, dull, crampy, intermittent or sharp. It's also commonly called a stomachache. Diseases or inflammations that affect the organs in your abdomen can cause abdominal pain. Constipation is a common cause of abdomen pain.
Arsenic alb. - The pain caused by food poisoning which causes a burning sensation in your stomach.
Carbo veg. - Abdominal pain caused by acidity and ulcers.
Nux vomica - The kind of cutting pains in the abdomen that happens after several hours of eating. Caused due to irregular eating habits or excessive intake of alcohol.
Colocynthis - The kind of cutting and agonizing pain caused in the abdomen which worsens by bending or any activity that causes pressure on your abdomen.
Magnesium phos. - Cramping pains in the abdomen which is worsened by pressure and warmth.
A few common causes of acidity are obesity (or being overweight), having a heavy meal by lying on your back, lying down right after dining or munching on a snack right before bedtime. It can also be caused by certain medicines such as blood pressure medicines and muscle relaxers.
Lycopodium - Acidity that feels like a heartburn after consuming even a little amount of food.
Carbo veg. - To be taken when you feel a burning sensation in the chest with sour eructation
Nux vom - The kind of acidity or heaviness that occurs after having a heavy meal or overeating, retching with an inability to vomit and excessive alcohol intake.
Pulsatilla - Acidity that is caused due to oily, fatty and rich food.
A ligament strain or a back muscle strain is one of the most common causes of acute pain in the lower back. Lifting a heavy object, a sudden movement or twist can cause the muscles or ligaments stretch or develop microscopic tears which in turn cause pain.
Arnica - To be taken in cases of back pains which are caused due to injuries.
Bryonia - The kind of stiff back ache which worsens with movement.
Rhus tox. - Rheumatic pains, which seem to have temporary relief with movement.
Insect and mosquito bites are common household problems that none of us can escape.
Apis mell - To be taken in cases of insect bites
Ledum - To be taken in cases of mosquito bites
Belladonna - To be taken in cases of animal bites (such as dog bites).
The most common reason for bladder pains is UTI
Cantharis - To be taken in cases of bladder pains which come with a burning sensation.
Colcynthis - To be taken in pains caused by neuralgic pains which are worsened by bending double.
Common causes of bleeding gums can be gingivitis, smoking, poor oral hygiene, unhealthy diet, pregnancy as well as certain medical conditions and medicines.
Arnica & ledum - To be taken alternately in case of gum bleeding after tooth extraction
Carbo veg. - To be taken in cases of easy bleeding and retracted gums
Merc. Col. - To be taken in gum bleeding is caused by mouth ulcers or pus pockets. When you experience bad breath along with itchy and swollen gums along with gum bleeding.
Mouth ulcers are sores that appear in your mouth and can be very painful. There are many things that can lead to mouth sores, starting from minor every day causes to some serious illnesses. A mouth sore might usually develop if you bite your cheek, tongue, or lip, burn your mouth, have an irritation from a sharp object (such as braces, retainer, or dentures).
Borax - To be taken for painful blisters in the mouth
Merc. Sol. - To be taken for painful mouth blisters accompanied with a foul smell.
The exact causes of high blood pressure, (also known as hypertension) are not known, although many conditions and factors may play a role in its development - these factors may include smoking, being overweight or obese, excessive consumption of salt or alcohol, genetics, stress, kidney disease, lack of physical activity and age.
Belladonna & Aconite (alternately) - Take these medicines alternately in cases of a sudden rise of blood pressure with redness in face and pulsation.
Glonine - Take this when the blood surges from your head and heart, and sunstrokes.
The common factors that cause low blood pressure can be thyroid conditions (such as parathyroid disease), adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease), and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), in some cases even diabetes can trigger low blood pressure. Other causes include - dehydration, pregnancy, heart disease, blood loss and lack of certain nutrients in your body.
Carbo veg. - People who tend to fall sick easily (or continuously) and have a weak digestion
China - Take this medicine in cases of low blood pressure which is caused by loss of vital fluids from any part of the body.
Burns and scalds are considered basically the same thing - damage to the skin caused by heat. A burn is caused due to dry heat, by an iron or fire, for instance, and a scald is caused due to something wet like hot water or steam. The treatment for both is the same.
Cantharis - To be taken for all kinds of burns and scalds.
Being constipated typically means that your bowel movements are difficult or irregular, or happen less often than normal. Almost everyone experiences this terrible state at some point in life, it is usually not serious. Common causes of constipation are irritable bowel syndrome (or IBS), excessive consumption of dairy products, pregnancy or underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
Alumina - To be taken in cases when one has no desire or has difficulty in passing stool for many days with a dry rectum
Bryonia - To be taken when one passes stiff, dry and hard stool along with no desire or has difficulty in passing stool
Lycopodium - To be taken by people who tend to get constipated after traveling.
Nux Vomica - To be taken by people who have constant but ineffectual urge for emptying their bowel
Silicea - To be taken in cases where the stool seems to pass partly but ineffectually
Fever is one ailment that can attack any member of the family at any time, and to have a medicine at hand to cure it can be really beneficial in desperate times. Bacterial or viral infections and heat exhaustion are the most common reasons for fever.
Aconite - To be taken if the fever is caused by exposure to cold dry wind
Arsenic alb - To be taken if the fever is caused due to food poisoning; if the fever causes restlessness and great thirst
Belladonna - To be taken if the fever causes the body to burn up; if the tonsils are swollen red and glistening
Bryonia - Fever with bronchitis, excessive thirst, dry throat and dry cold
Rhus tox. - To be taken if the fever is caused by exposure to cold and damp weather; if the person feels as if cold water has been poured over the body
Gelsemium - Fever accompanied with body ache, headache, heavy eyes and the feeling of dullness and weakness
Glonine - To be taken if the fever is caused by exposure to sun's heat
Injuries, Cuts & Wounds
Arnica - To be taken immediately in any kind of injury (with or without bleeding); before and after tooth extraction; in concussion and contusion of the brain
Arnica - To be taken to heal bruises
Hypericum - To be taken if the cut of injury is at or around the parts of body which are clouded with nerves (fingernails and spine for example)
Ledum - To be taken for puncture wounds in order to avoid tetanus
Homeopathy is founded on two main principles - the first principle being, 'like cures like', it can be looked in multiple ways. One of which is to assume that your body knows what it's doing and those symptoms are your body's way of reacting to overcome illness. This sort of healing response comes automatically in living organisms and is termed as the vital response. A similar medicine acts as a stimulus to the vital response of your body giving it the information it requires to complete its healing work.
Before any medicine is decided upon, its curative powers are discovered by testing them on healthy human subjects and mindfully noting mental, emotional, and physical changes in them. This process is termed a 'proving'. This information constitutes the basis for 'like cures like', for a medicine's unique symptom picture must match up with the individual's unique expression of their disease, i.e. the present and persisting symptoms of the disease.
The second principle is 'the minimum dose' - it is believed that only the minimum dose should be employed based upon the knowledge that the stimulus of the medicine works from within the vitality and is not imposed from the outside. Only enough assistance is administered to initiate the healing process, which then carries on to the body, driven by its own internal healing mission. Therefore, homeopathic medicines are given in minimum doses; that is why they do not produce the gross side effects which are so often the drawback of conventional treatment, while they do stimulate your body's vital response.
Hi! I’m Gunjan, a self-proclaimed tea fanatic and intrigued with alternative ways to lead a healthy life. I firmly believe that we should take care of our bodies because it’s the only place we live in.