Two Valuable Remedies for Life’s Bruises and Shocks

Last night I received a call from a woman whose husband had fallen down the stairs outside their home. Bruised and battered, but with no clinical signs of internal bleeding, he was left with few conventional options to speed his healing. 

Anyone slightly familiar with homeopathy can recognize what remedy is indicated here-arnica montana, the small mountain flower that’s bruised and battered by the conditions surrounding it. 

Having been used for hundreds of years, it’s surprising how unusual it is for arnica to be used in the emergency room or urgent care settings. It’s very easy to look up online for more information on dosing, indications, and where it can be purchased. 

Along with her husband’s injuries, the woman was also recovering from the fright of her experience, re-living the episode each time she closed her eyes or looked over at the stairs. The fright and shock of the experience made for another clear prescription: aconitum napellus, or aconite for short. This remedy also has a long history of use, and especially helps with “shocks” to the body (cold, dry winds leading to quick onset of illness) as well as shocks to the mind and emotions. In fact, aconite is also known as the “arnica for the emotions.” Like arnica, aconite is very easy to look up online for more information. 

If homeopathy could only offer these two remedies to modern medicine, like the old McDonald’s signs, they would soon lay claim to “millions and millions sold”–that is, millions of people would see the near-miraculous potential they each hold. 

Homeopathy actually offers hundreds and hundreds of other remedies for almost every conceivable problem: other acute injuries such as scrapes, cuts, puncture wounds, burns, as well as all kinds of acute and chronic physical, mental and emotional issues: earaches, flus, indigestion, muscle strains and sprains, as well as low energy, insomnia, problems concentrating, feelings of anxiety or depressed mood. 

Many people ask “can homeopathy help me with …….?” The answer is that while homeopathic remedies can help with most conditions, it’s more important to see whether they’re a match for the person experiencing the condition. That is, homeopathy addresses both the person and the condition, not just the condition alone. 

If you would like to see if homeopathy might be a fit for you or a loved one, give me a call. You can reach me at the Ommani Center @ 262-695-5311.  

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and best wishes to you in whatever ways you work and play to support your sense of well-being.     

October 2020 David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees children and adults of all ages for all types of conditions.  To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 262.695.5311.  During the COVID pandemic he is offering a choice of care via telephonic visits or in-person appointments, for those persons free of COVID19 symptoms.

Homeopathy Another Way

The attached (subtitled) YouTube movie clip from May 6, 2020 provides a clear understanding of the way homeopathy views disease and can be used to stimulate healing for many different conditions.

It’s well worth the time spent. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXpp45i4Vrw&feature=youtu.be

August 2020 David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees children and adults of all ages for all types of conditions.  To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 262.695.5311.  During the COVID pandemic he is offering a choice of care via telephonic visits or in-person appointments, for those persons free of COVID19 symptoms.

10 Essential Remedies for Summer Outings

 

Treating acute injuries is the easiest way to become introduced to homeopathy, because it is the one circumstance where “use this for that” applies! Otherwise for short-term or chronic/long term illnesses, the homeopathic approach is individualized, based on one’s unique presentation of symptoms. So, here’s a recommended list of homeopathic remedies for this summer:

 

  1. The easiest remedy to use is Calendula ointment, which is great for scrapes and other abrasions. By applying to a clean wound, it speeds healing and its bacteriostatic properties help to prevent infection.
  2. Next easiest is Arnica montana, which is used for bumps and bruises, even when they’re quite severe. Arnica works amazingly quickly to reduce pain, swelling and discoloration.
  3. If bruising occurs in an area where there’s not a lot of supportive muscular tissue, such as the breast, then Bellis perennis is often a better choice than Arnica.
  4. Hypericum is an excellent remedy to be used in alternation with arnica when the fingers or toes have been pinched in a door or window, or “smashed” by something dropping on them. Hypericum quickly helps resolve the shooting nerve pain of these types of injuries. 
  5. For 1st degree burns (including sunburn) with a feeling of rawness, Causticum is the remedy to Turn to.
  6. For 2nd degree burns with blistering and a great deal of pain, Cantharis is the next choice. 
  7. For insect bites or puncture wounds in general, Ledum pallustre is excellent for reducing the pain and swelling.
  8. If after a bee sting the symptoms include itching, stinging, redness and swelling, then Apis mellifica will be your friend!
  9. For sensitive skin that reacts strongly to mosquito bites, Staphysagria is the remedy to consider. This remedy will also reduce the sensitivity of straight-line cuts of the skin (paper cuts, knife cuts, etc.) 
  10. If a shocking event occurs that is more scary to the emotions than damaging to the physical body, Aconitum napellus (Aconite) is very good at calming those fears. Aconite is also good for helping when symptoms such as earaches or sore throats and colds start to develop quickly, especially after the physical shock of being exposed to cold, dry wind. 

Most of the above remedies can be found at health food stores with homeopathic remedy displays, and all of them are available online. Dosing is 2-3 pellets of a 30C potency, repeated as symptoms dictate for 1-3 days. Using a homeopathic first aid book can also be useful for helping to learn more about these very safe, amazing remedies.

Of course, the above is not intended as medical advice. If there is any question about your medical situation or condition, please contact your health-care provider.    


June 2020 David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees children and adults of all ages for all types of conditions.  To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 262.695.5311.  During the COVID pandemic he is offering a choice of care via telephonic visits or in-person appointments, for those persons free of COVID19 symptoms.

The Homeopathic Periodic Table

Our own David Johnson, Certified Classical Homeopath, recently gave a talk for the National Center for Homeopathy in conjunction with the publication of his new book, Radiance, Resonance and Healing: The Homeopathic Periodic Table.  Although the talk is primarily directed to the homeopathic practitioner, it includes a wealth of information for the patient interested in homeopathy as a treatment modality.  Attached is the link to that talk > https://www.homeopathycenter.org/homeopathy-and-periodic-table-elements-david-johnson-cch  

This talk addresses the history of the periodic table and the manner in which it is useful to inform the homeopath about these living elements that are available as a source of remedy for the practitioner when working to provide healing support for his/her client.  It provides an intimate look at the manner in which David personally works with the table, his clients, and the broad range of “dis-ease” that is possible to treat with homeopathy.  It’s an amazing picture of the quote by Paracelsus: “Every physician must be rich in knowledge, and not only of that which is written in books; his patients should be his book, they will never mislead him…and by them he will never be deceived.”  

May 2020 David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees children and adults of all ages for all types of conditions. To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 262.695.5311.  During the COVID pandemic he is offering a choice of care via telephonic visits or in-person appointments, for those persons free of COVID19 symptoms.  

How Can Homeopathy Help Me?

Homeopathy for Colds and Flu

The home use of homeopathic remedies is easily accomplished with careful observation of symptoms, which can be very different depending upon the person.  When using homeopathic remedies at home, the first thing to determine is what is characteristic or distinguishing about the problem. In other words, if we had only one word, one sentence, one paragraph to describe our experience, what would that be? Remedies are matched with these characteristic symptoms, and often NOT by the indications on the vials, which can be too general to be helpful.

Here are some examples of cold and flu symptoms, matched with homeopathic remedies:

Arsenicum album

Symptoms:  Chilly, restless, anxious, burning pains, thirsty for small sips of water.

Belladonna

Symptoms: Sudden onset of high fever with flushing of the face, pulsating or throbbing in the head or elsewhere, profuse perspiration, and sensitivity to light and noise.

Bryonia

Symptoms: Fever with body aches improved by sitting/lying still, and aggravated by movement.

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Symptoms:  Aching pain in the bones and body.

Gelsemium

Symptoms: Weakness, dizziness, headache, fever, heaviness of the eyelids and limbs. “Hit by a Mac truck.”

Nux vomica

Symptoms:  Irritability, impatient, chilled, gastrointestinal nausea and cramping, and possibly painful cough and paroxysmal sneezing. Headache with oversensitivity to sound, light, and odors.

Oscillococcinum® and Children’s Oscillococcinum®

Symptoms:  General flu-like symptoms: tired, body aches, chills and fever.

Rhus toxicodendron

Symptoms:  Restlessness and body aches: worse with first movement after sitting or lying, then better with continued motion. Restless desire to find a comfortable position for relief of the body aches.

Aconitum napellus

Symptoms:  Sudden onset of high fever, often after the shock of exposure to a cold dry wind. Hot face and dry skin. 

Apis mellifica

Symptoms: Facial flushing, swollen tonsils and sore throat. Eyelids may also be swollen. Dry fever alternates with sweating. Pain may extend to the ears. May feel better with cool air and cold applications. Usually thirstless. Irritability, disliking interference.

Phosphorus

Symptoms: Thirsty for cold drinks, may then throw them up after they warm up in the stomach. Fever, easily-flushing face, weak and dizzy. Cough, sore throat, hoarseness and headache. May also have strong anxiety and fears, better with company and reassurance.

Sulphur

Symptoms: Used when symptoms are not as clear, or have been longer lasting and lingering. Digestive or respiratory symptoms may have a hot or burning quality, and one may feel hot and sweaty, with low-grade fever and red mucous membranes. Worse from heat; often worse after bathing.

All of these remedies are generally available at pharmacies or health food stores that carry homeopathic products and/or online. You do not need a prescription to purchase. A typical and easy to remember dosing regimen for home remedies is 30C potency pellets; 3 pellets 3 times daily for 3 days, as long as symptoms are being helped during that time. Usually a person will notice improvement after 1-3 doses, and if not, then the remedy may need to be switched. Of course, the above is not intended as medical advice, but rather as a resource to be used with other homeopathic information resources, and conventional intervention if necessary. Also, a visit to your homeopath will always be helpful.

January 2020 David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees clients of all ages for all types of conditions. To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care or to schedule an appointment, please call Mr. Johnson at the Ommani Center: 262-695-5311.

Reduce Symptoms of Depression, Grief, Low Motivation with Homeopathy

We all experience “low points” in our lives.  Those episodes are unique and different for each of us despite the fact that we tend to lump them under the umbrella of depression. A homeopath’s approach is to carefully listen to a client express and describe their singular experience of distress. It’s the client who is the expert of their distress and the approach of careful listening is the only way to accurately evaluate a person’s pain and need. After that time is spent, the homeopath then selects a specific homeopathic remedy that matches with a person’s unique experience.  In turn, a well-matched remedy is expected to help physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Here is a YouTube link (best opened in Chrome) in which a woman, Jan, talks about her experience of grief, lack of motivation, and out of control feelings.  She sought homeopathic care and after one dose of her remedy immediately noticed positive improvement in her mood. Results aren’t always that quick, but careful commitment to the homeopathic approach can be life-changing, as it was for Jan.

July 2019 David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees clients of all ages for all types of conditions. To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care or to schedule an appointment, please call Mr. Johnson at the Ommani Center: 262-695-5311.

RN Describes Her Intro to Homeopathy

Complementary and alternative medicines are often the target of skeptics, and this is particularly true of homeopathy. When I was teaching clinical medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the top students confided how she used remedies for her children. My response to her was also doubtful: ‘Do those really work?’ I asked. She nonchalantly shrugged her shoulders and answered ‘Yes, of course.’ I had no real basis for my skepticism, except that homeopathic remedies were foreign to what I (thought I) knew.

At the time I was perfectly content practicing and teaching as a physician assistant, and for many reasons, I could not have imagined changing careers. I certainly did not expect the sacrifice that would follow, because I had accepted and was accustomed to the support of the established medical industry. This all changed as a homeopath, where instead of swimming with the current, I “decided” to turn upstream!

Nevertheless, after twenty years of practice as a homeopath I am still grateful. As with other complementary and alternative approaches, problems are understood much more deeply and in consideration of the individual. And because those approaches are individualized, it is difficult to conduct a double-blind study regarding effectiveness of particular treatments, which is one of the criticisms of skeptics. Whereas current studies test one treatment for one condition, in homeopathy any particular medical diagnosis is approached in a variety of ways, depending on the person and their particular life challenges.  

In this YouTube video, a nurse describes her introduction to homeopathy and how it helped her with eczema. The homeopathic interview explored her problem holistically, and revealed what was unique and characteristic about it. A remedy was then matched with her as an individual with eczema, rather than with the eczema alone.

Are you willing to consider something other than treatments matched with a broad population? If you would like to address your physical, mental, or emotional challenges more holistically, and are wondering whether homeopathy is a fit, you can call me at the Ommani Center @ 262-695-5311. I will be happy to talk with you about your current situation and how it would be addressed homeopathically.  

May 2019David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees clients of all ages for all types of conditions. To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care or to schedule an appointment, please call Mr. Johnson at the Ommani Center: 262-695-5311.

Radiance, Resonance and Healing: The Homeopathic Periodic Table by David Johnson, CCH

David Johnson, CCH, our homeopath at the Ommani Center, has just completed a book ten years in the making! Radiance, Resonance and Healing: The Homeopathic Periodic Table was written for students, practitioners, and others interested in the use of periodic table elements for healing. He states “it is truly amazing to see how Nature has so precisely accounted and provided for all the different physical, mental, and emotional struggles we encounter, including low energy and insomnia, distractibility, memory issues, anxiety, and depression. Elements of the Table address these different problems, as well as more specific concerns related to connection, performance, suppression of one’s voice, and joy, ‘not wanting to be here,’ and feeling dragged down by heavy responsibilities.” David  has practiced homeopathy for over twenty years, and for twelve years prior to that, he worked and taught as a physician assistant in a variety of settings.

Mar2019David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees clients of all ages for all types of conditions. To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care or to schedule an appointment, please call Mr. Johnson at the Ommani Center: 262-695-5311.

 

Important Things to Know About the Way Homeopathy Works

According to the World Health Organization, Homeopathy is the second largest therapeutic system in use in the world today.  So what should you know about the homeopathic method? How does it cure disease or injury?

The body, mind and emotions function as an inter-connected whole, and function to help us survive, grow and unfold. In other words, they maintain “homeostasis” in the midst of life’s stresses.

So when we’re stressed by various circumstances, the body, mind and emotions respond to stress in an interconnected and integrated way. But for that period of time, we are also experiencing a state of imbalance relative to the rest of our lives.  This imbalance reveals itself via the symptoms we experience.

Under normal circumstances, our innate self-correcting, self-healing capacities would return us to a state of balance or homeostasis. This cycle, which brings us to balance, is constantly in motion.

When stresses are too strong, or too prolonged, however, we remain in the stress response, or return to it very quickly when we perceive similar stressful circumstances. At an extreme, this is called “post-traumatic stress disorder,” but even less dramatic stresses can result in imbalances in the form of chronic physical, mental or emotional complaints.  For this reason, the entire body needs to be considered as a single organism and the Homeopath treats you, the individual organism, not the symptoms.

The exaggerated stress response, which could also be described as a survival response, interferes with our growth and unfoldment, and our physical, mental and emotional symptoms are the messengers informing us about our imbalances. In concert with the patient, the homeopath will attempt to decode the messages of those symptomatic messengers.

As the patient begins to describe these symptoms, they “speak” a very specific language, revealing the nature of our imbalance. That is, just as everyone responds to stress in their own specific way, our unique and “stuck” stress response also “speaks” a language specific to our greater distress.  It’s the “greater distress” that gives the homeopath clues to remedies that might be helpful to the individual.

The homeopath will ask the patient questions like “what this is like for you, how does it feel, and how does it affect your day” which help reveal why the symptoms are present for us.  

The basis of Homeopathy is that Nature very specifically addresses these different challenges and dilemmas, and natural homeopathic remedies help inform our body, mind and emotions about the price exacted by our chronic stress experience.

So what’s actually happening when the patient experiences symptoms or discomfort? After clearly receiving and recognizing “here is what is happening,” our system begins the process of correcting out of its imbalances. That is, just as self-preservation is a very strong instinct, growth and unfoldment are equally strong instincts.

Is the homeopathic remedy curing my chronic or emergent disease, illness or injury?  A homeopathic remedy does half the job of informing, and our system does the rest in terms of self-correction and re-balancing. In other words, a well-matched remedy initiates the process of greater freedom on all levels–mental clarity, emotional balance and physical well-being.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about whether homeopathic care is a fitting option for you… David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees clients of all ages for all types of conditions. To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care or to schedule an appointment, please call Mr. Johnson at the Ommani Center: 262-695-5311.