Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Homeopathic Remedies for the Current Outbreak – March 2020

The following remedies have been effectively used by homeopathic practitioners around the
world in response to the current situation. Other remedies may be needed, but the ones below
are widely available and will help a majority of cases.

If anxiety & fear is very strong – start with Aconite or Arsenicum. If dry cough is the main
symptom, start with Aconite or Bryonia. If there is great weakness, use Arsenicum,
Gelsemium, Phosphorus or Antimonium-Tart. If bronchial/respiratory symptoms
predominate, use Bryonia, Antimonium-Tart. or Phosphorus.

Select the remedy that is the closest match to the patient’s main symptoms. Chosen
remedy should be taken in 30c potency, every 2 hours at first then reduce frequency to every
4 hours until symptoms clear. If no relief within 24 hours, or symptom-picture alters,
change the remedy accordingly. If you don’t have 30c potency, use what you have locally
available – if the symptoms match, it will still help.

Patient falls ill suddenly
High fever with great thirst &
Sudden chill
Intense fear, even panic
Short dry cough, no
Give immediately at first
sign of symptoms

Arsenicum Album
Sore throat, runny nose
Breathless, wheezy, chest
feels tight
Chilly, can’t get warm
Restless anxiety
Great weakness
Diarrhoea &/or vomiting
Thirst for frequent sips
Worse midnight - 3am

Cough dry, hard, racking,
painful – holds the chest
Stitching pains in chest
Patient is worse any
movement, worse warm
room, better in cool air
Difficulty inhaling
Dry lips, mouth, throat
Thirst for large amounts
Headache, pain in limbs

Slow, gradual onset
Patient feels drained,
trembling, weak muscles
Can’t think clearly
Heaviness of head, eyelids &
limbs; low thirst
Dull headache, shivery
Dizziness, blurred vision
Chills up & down spine

Mercurius Viv. or Sol.
Profuse sweating
Offensive breath
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Creeping chilliness
Alternately hot & cold, can’t
get comfortable
Worse at night, esp. when
warm in bed

Antimonium –Tart.
Loose, rattling cough
Chest feels full of mucus
Can’t raise the phlegm
Bubbling respiration
Patient has no strength
As if drowning in phlegm
Drowsy, sleepiness
Esp. in later stages of illness

Deep cough worse from
talking, laughing, cold air,
lying on left side
Chest feels heavy
Voice hoarse or lost
Burning sensations
Over sensitive to light,
odours, noise, touch
Thirsty for cold drinks

Note: This information is not intended to replace medical advice or care. Contact a health
professional if you need further medical or homeopathic support. The above remedies can be
obtained at health food shops, some chemists & specialist homeopathic pharmacies.

Version 1 - March 2020 Ian Watson

Monday, October 2, 2017

Homeopathy for the Home & Family Workshop in Slough

Here I am at Quaker House in Slough presenting the theory and practice of 'How to prescribe for the Home and Family' based upon homeopathic principle in byte size.

The aim was to in still confidence in mainly my own clients on how they could themselves prescribe for minor ailments and to familiarise them with the 'go to' remedies, those most often found in Homeopathic 1st Aid Kits.

The first part of the morning session was spent looking at the principles of homeopathy, it's laws, understanding the difference between acute and chronic symptoms and then moving on to what potency to use, plussing & succussion, how often to repeat and when - pretty much answering the usual frequently asked questions when faced with what to do when your homeopath isn't around.

We then moved on to look at the following remedies.
For symptoms that come on suddenly after exposure to a shock or cold windy conditions.  I call this the 'nip it in the bud' remedy!
No. 1 remedy for all accidents & traumas, where there is bruising or head injury.
And in a similar vein covering Arsenicum, Apis, Bryonia, Cantharis, Calendula, Hypericum, Hepar Sulph, Ignatia, Ruta & Silica

We also discussed the ABC childhood remedies i.e. Acontite, Belladonna and Chamomilla as well as how to build resilience and resistance naturally.

Next workshop will be on Managing through to Menopause, so watch this space.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Something to soothe the soul

According to Lakota lore, a long time ago, during a time of famine, a woman appeared, wearing white buffalo skin, and carrying a sacred pipe. She explained that the wooden stem was for the trees, and everything growing on earth, the red bowl symbolized the flesh and blood of all people, and the smoke was the breath of their prayers going to Wakan Tanka, the Creator. The woman showed the people the pipe ceremony, where offerings were made to the four directions, while drums were played, and sacred songs were sung. The people learned of the connection between the sky and the earth and the unity of all life. They learned that offering thanks to Wakan Tanka with the pipe would yield many blessings here on earth. Before leaving, the woman said that she would return when the time was ripe. Then she turned into a buffalo, changing colors several times. Finally, she changed into a white buffalo calf, and disappeared into the distance. The people followed her teachings and were hungry no more.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mary's Story by Jeremy Sherr

I've just returned from another four days immersed in delicious homeopathy in Sweden with Jeremy Sherr, a highly skilled master of our craft and shaman of our medicine, and with whom I feel truly blessed to be learning from. Below he talks about his work at his charity, Homeopathy for Health in Africa.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fasting for Health and Happiness!

For me, fasting is such an important spiritual and devotional practice and one that takes a warrior's will to embark upon and courage to endure. It somehow seems to halt a restless internal clock and allows for a reconnection with the more subtle energies. As the digestive system is given a well earned rest and opportunity to heal, the body softens, time becomes expansive and spacious, thoughts and actions more mindful and meditative and the breath, the source of all inspiration, becomes the prayer and mantra.

I've recently returned from a detox retreat with Sura Detox in the lushness of Devon, a treat to myself for my 50th birthday.  I've fasted in various different ways before but this was my first time with a group of people in a semi-structured setting and daily DIY colonics (yep!). Suffice to say the retreat was beautifully held by Dao and the team and as a group of twenty we worked very well together finding solace in each other when we needed to. There was release and discharge happening on all levels, as we cleansed our minds, emotions and spirit, as well as lightening up our bodies. I slept and dreamed deeply. I thought about food a lot! I treated myself to some great massage and bodywork to help me, and I read, played on my sitar and wrote in my journal. I relish such days as I am reminded how it is to be nourished without eating. Each day there were also inspiring talks, debates and discussions on nutrition, food and politics as well as gentle yoga and Tai Chi. I came and went as energy directed as I relaxed and surrendered to the flow that always guides me anyway when I'm wise enough to get out of my own way. Altogether, the experience was perfect!

Freedom from eating and being around food somehow peels away at the layers of routine and habit, exposing the rawness and reality that lie behind the safety cushion of fat and the masks behind which we hide from one another. Fasting enables one to journey into the shadow, to those places that otherwise feel too tender to touch. The more I could look, and be a silent witness, the lighter I felt and the less hungry I grew!

As a healer, I always feel more empowered and blessed after a fast.
I am re-booted!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Honouring all trees!

Jesse Rosten on Vimeo

Hermann Hesse’s Bäume: Betrachtungen und Gedichte [Trees: Reflections and Poems]
'For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.
A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.
When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. . . . Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.
A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.
So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.'

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Re-birthing Breathwork

Re-birthing breathwork utilises a conscious, rhythmic breathing pattern in order to release mental, emotional, physical and spiritual blocks to happiness, creativity and well-being. It is also known as conscious connected breathwork or integrative breathwork and was established by Leonard Orr in the 1970's who proposed that life’s biggest traumas can be healed through this practice, the ultimate disturbance being the birth trauma (at which point the first breath was also taken).

Conscious breathwork supports the principal that the root of pain in the physical body is emotional disharmony. During the breathwork process the energy (prana or life force) which is drawn into the body in large quantities will automatically congregate at the area which is blocked or in physical pain and as a result of this increased energy many physical ailments can be shifted through consistent use of this conscious breathing therapy.

The rebirthing process is safe and gentle and takes about two to three hours in a supportive environment with a trained re-birther who guides the process so that negative suppressed thoughts which create tension, unhappiness and dis-ease can be dissolved allowing us to replace them instead with thoughts of self-esteem and love.
I was raised on yoga and pranayama as a regular practice at home, so I naturally approach the Breath as a vehicle for a deep connection with the Divine as well as a direct experience with one’s true self. I trained on Breathwork for emotional release under different teachers from the USA, Mexico and Austria and my exploration and fascination for this incredible healing tool finally led me to my Re-birthing Guru, Minood from India under whose guidance I experienced my most profound transformation. I now live and work in the UK and combine the Breathwork I do with shamanic journeying.
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