Reach for a remedy


Posted on: 16th January, 2014

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Homeopathy is a natural medicine derived from plants and minerals and is a safe and gentle approach to healing. Homeopaths Sue Brown and Vera Hammeau write that following our festive indulgences and with January blowing forth her usual storms and high winds our immune systems will be faced with some considerable challenges. Sue and Vera advise on some of the main homeopathic tools to deal with the most common winter ailments.

Nux Vomica deals beautifully with that cranky hungover feeling and is an essential tool in your recovery following festive food and alcohol overindulgence.

If exposure to winter winds whips up a sudden cold, cough or earache reach for Aconite as your first course of action. Belladonna will help to control a fever red, an inflamed throat and ears, as well as a barking cough. If you find yourself chilly and irritable and craving warm drinks Hepar Suph may help. For more chronic throat infections with ulceration it’s Mercury to the rescue.

It’s never easy to identify the exact cough remedy so you may need a couple on hand, as the cough progresses and symptoms change. Phosphorous, Arsenicum, Ipecac and Bryonia are four good remedies to keep in mind.

If your tickling cough sends you in search of a cold drink, Phosphorous is the remedy to consider, especially if it is aggravated by a change in temperature, for example returning to the fireside following a brisk walk, or visa versa.

Restlessness and anxiety characterise an Arsenicum cough. If you’re feeling chilly and in need of hot sips of tea, this may be the remedy for you. It’s also the main remedy for food poisoning, vomiting and diarrhoea, so keep it close at hand!

If you have no thirst but feel choked or wheezy and bouts of coughing lead to vomiting, Ipecac may be what you need.

If your cough is deeper following a slow or gradual buildup and you feel like a bear with a sore head reach for Bryonia…or rather, ask someone else to bring it because any movement will aggravate your condition.

When your poor immune system is under winter pressure and cold sores tingle, Nat Mur will be your very best friend.

One of the beauties of homeopathic remedies is that they are perfectly safe for very young babies and children. All the remedies above can be used with your smallies, though they will respond to both Pulsatilla and Chamomilla particularly well.

If your little one is tearful, whiny and clingy try the former. Pulsatilla is often indicated for coughs and earaches especially if snotty noses run yellow/green and thick. If teething causes problems and your little one is cross and hard to please offer Chamomilla.

Homeopathic Remedies in 6c and 30c potencies are available at your local health food shop. Don’t hesitate to ask the staff for advice.

These remedies work very well in acute situations and as first aid tools. If you present with longer standing chronic illness do consider a visit to your local Homeopath. With a longer consultation you can illustrate in detail the particular and individual characteristics of your condition helping your practitioner to find the remedy unique to you.

We hope you will find some of these remedies helpful and wish you a happy and healthy 2014.

If you would like further

information or to book a

consultation contact

Sue Brown Lic .I.S.Hom,

086 1639583 / practicing at Fionnuisce in Bandon and throughout West Cork;

Vera Hammeau Lic. I.S.Hom., 087 2846286 / practicing at Fionnuisce in Bandon, Ballintemple/Crosshaven.

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