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.

 

The Language of Symptoms

Each and every approach to health care carries assumptions related to health and disease. In conventional medicine, for example, uncomfortable symptoms are generally regarded as “bad,” and the disappearance of those symptoms is generally regarded as “good.”

In the 1970’s and 80’s, however, the well-known stress researcher Hans Selye, MD, PhD demonstrated how uncomfortable symptoms are often our attempts to restore balance. A simple example is fever–while it may feel uncomfortable, it plays a vital role in helping the immune system rid the body of infection. Yet so often we’re taught that fever is a “bad” thing, and we need to lower it “for goodness’ sake!”

In homeopathy, these uncomfortable symptoms speak the language of a broader imbalance. That is, as we describe our physical discomfort, our mental and emotional symptoms are also expressed. Mind, body, and emotions are intimately connected (and never were disconnected) making each of us “experts” in our experience–and expression–of our health problems.  

So our very unique experience and description of disease also provides the key to solving our imbalance. Nature is incredibly specific about the different dilemmas we find ourselves in–physically, mentally, and emotionally–and its homeopathic remedies are matched with our symptoms. When old survival patterns outlive their usefulness, they begin to interfere with our growth and unfoldment. And that imbalance between “survival”–vs. growth and unfoldment–creates the experience of “dis-ease.”

In homeopathy, then, disease is not “opposite” to health, but a reflection of our “exaggerated” instincts to survive. Rather than battling the symptoms arising from that process, homeopathic remedies inform us about the fuller price we’re paying. Matching remedies provoke the deep healing potentials that lie within all of us, leading to greater balance on all levels.  

Do you have chronic physical, mental, or emotional symptoms that persist in spite of conventional treatment? If so, you can call to see if your current problems are a good match for homeopathy care.

Apr 2018 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.

 

Homeopathic Remedies for Flu

Whether we’re experiencing a short-term illness or a longer term issue, in homeopathic treatment we always look for what is characteristic, unique, and specific to the individual. This is true of any type of illness, including the flu.

Let’s take a look at and compare three common homeopathic remedies for the flu.   

Gelsemium – Gelsemium covers a large percentage of ordinary, typical flu cases familiar to us all. It is used when we feel very weak, sleepy and heavy. In fact, even our head and eyelids feel heavy, and eyes can appear half-open. Sometimes our symptoms can feel temporarily better after urination. A “gelsemium” flu is usually slow in onset that gradually, over period of 8 to 10 hours, produces the feeling of intense weariness.

China officinalis was the first remedy to be proved by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (a German physician, born in 1755, who is the founder of homeopathy). It is a remedy for fluid loss, and in cases of the flu, this could mean you’re experiencing a great deal of vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, abdominal bloating, gas, and discomfort.

Eupatorium perforlatum is a remedy used when the bones themselves feel very achy. The pain of flu that should be treated with this remedy has rapid onset.  Patients often state they feel their joints are being dislocated or bones feel as if broken. Not only is it used for this type of flu, it’s also used to heal fractures of bones!

All of these remedies are readily available for anyone to purchase at most health food stores. Potency and dosing instructions can be found online.

Do you have a chronic problem that continues to bother you? Have you noticed physical, mental or emotional symptoms that are unique, that are speaking a specific language–that characterize the problem for YOU? If so, how would you describe your experience to someone else? This is the approach used in homeopathy, and after sharing your global experience, the homeopath matches your symptoms with a natural compound to start the healing process.  If you’re interested in learning more about homeopathy and whether it’s appropriate for the problem you’re experiencing, you can call the Ommani Center and ask to talk with Mr. Johnson, our homeopath for the past 16 years.

March 2018 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 our office at 262-695-5311.

 

Bruising and Arnica

Many people are familiar with the important role homeopathic remedies play in acute illness and injuries. But homeopathy can also help with longer standing problems, including mental and emotional distress. Arnica Montana is known as the mountain daisy and is the most commonly used homeopathic medicine in the world. It is typically used for physical bruising and injuries.  We carry Arnica cream at Ommani and the doctors regularly recommend its use for this purpose. But Arnica can also be used for “emotional bruising.”

Included is a short four-minute video in which, Karl Robinson, MD, describes how Arnica, helped a patient with severe emotional trauma. Dr. Robinson illustrates how Arnica helped heal the deeper emotional state.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmSWyMbaiN8

This simple history introduces this expanded use of Arnica, but also gives us an example of the wide variety of physical, mental and emotional conditions homeopathic remedies are capable of helping. If you’re interested in learning whether homeopathy is appropriate for you, you can call the Ommani Center @ 262-695-5311 and Mr. Johnson will be happy to answer more specific and personal questions you might have.

Feb 2018 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.

Homeopathic Home Use Remedies-Second in a Series

Homeopathic remedies for home use are easiest to use with injuries and first aid. They’re more difficult to use with acute (short-term, self-limited) illnesses. Their use in chronic, long-standing conditions requires formal training and experience. So most homeopathic remedy displays in health-related stores supply remedies related to the first two situations.

Last month we talked about calendula, arnica and bellis perennis for acute injuries. This month we are covering another three well-known remedies, known as the ABC  for acute illnesses – aconite, belladonna and chamomilla.

Aconite (aconitum napellus) is sometimes called “arnica for the emotions”. This is because it can be used for emotional shocks, where we’ve been frightened by situations (such as accidents) more than physically injured. It helps calm the fright, shock and “shaking nerves” after such incidents.

But aconite is also good for shocks to the body, such as being exposed to cold, dry winds, followed by the rapid development of inflammatory symptoms such as sore throats, coughs, earaches, irritated eyes, etc.  It is the best “first” remedy when these physical symptoms of inflammation (heat, pain, redness) initially appear.

Another remedy for quickly developing symptoms, especially high fevers, is belladonna. With belladonna we’ll see more flushing of the face, heat radiating from the skin, strong pulses and throbbing types of pains, and agitation.

The third is an excellent remedy for irritability, anger, and colicky type pains (those that come and go). It is chamomilla. There are many stories of children who are nearly inconsolable because of an earache, stomach pain, teething, etc.  This is a perfect example of where chamomilla helps them to quiet down and sleep.

Generally speaking, 2-3 pellets of the 6c or 30c potencies for all of these remedies, repeated according to symptom response, is a good starting point for dosing and these can be safely used for a few days, as needed.

The above information is simply a distillation of clinical experience over the past two hundred years and more. More specific information about the use of remedies in the home is available in numerous, easy to acquire, books.

Jan 2018 David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees clients of all ages. To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care, you can reach and or schedule an appointment with David at the Ommani Center: 262-695-5311.