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Three Homeopathic Staples For Your Medicine Cabinet

Updated on December 14, 2014

Treating Like With Like

The word Homeopathy comes from the Greek homoeo , meaning similar, and pathos , meaning suffering and is a based on treating like with like. Similar examples in mainstream medicine are vaccines. Remedies used in homeopathy are derived from naturally occurring substances such as plant extracts and minerals, and then specially diluted to leave only the energy of the substance. These substances simply stimulate the body's innate capacity to heal. For example, if my symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea are similar to food poisoning, then a homeopathic remedy might be a substance that, in its natural form, would promote severe vomiting and diarrhea. In its pure form it could make one severely ill or dead! In its energetic form it simply triggers the body to go into the healing mode for vomiting and diarrhea. It is almost like an electro-magnetic switch for the healing system. The difference is, it is specific for the cause of the symptom. More important, there are no side effects and no drug interactions with homeopathy because of this special process of dilution to energy.

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Safe Yet Powerful Fighters

Although the body knows how to heal itself, homeopathy speeds up the healing by stimulating the proper agents within the immune system to do its job better, before the cause of the symptoms can do more harm by spreading. Imagine the immune system as encompassing special agents, each with its own specialty. For instance, the local police are better at solving local crimes. The US Secret Service is specially trained to protect the President and the CIA for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers to protect our country. When we get sick with either a virus or infection, the immune system sends in the best agents for the job of destroying the invader. However, first they must recognize the invader. Immunizations send in weakened invaders to stimulate the healing process. However, sometimes the weakened invaders regain strength and increase in enemy numbers. In the case of the flu, it is a guess as to the similarity between the immunization and which flu actually will be present; it is only helpful against that one particular strain of flu. The common cold and flu viruses cost billions of wasted dollars on ineffective antibiotics, since antibiotics are useless against viruses. They can also contribute to antibiotic resistance, leading to a weaker immune system and can change the beneficial bacteria present in the patient's GI system. The so called common cold is actually caused by a huge variety of viruses which mutate frequently during reproduction, resulting in constantly changing virus strains. Thus, there is no immunization now and it is highly unlikely there will be one in the near future. Through homeopathy’s advanced energetic “picture” of the invader, all agents gather together to protect and eradicate stronger and faster, before the invader proliferates.

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The 3 Basics For Your Medicine Cabinet

A Homeopath asks many questions to find the “like” remedy that will give the correct picture to the immune system. However, a few remedies we use at Sedona Holistic Medical Centre are great for generally anyone. Following are three great ones to keep on hand at home. Remember, it is important to take a remedy at the first onset of symptoms.

Arnica (Ár-ni-ca ) technically called Arnica Montana. We recommend the ointment and oral capsules as household staples for the relief of bruises, stiffness, muscle soreness and sprains. It is most effective when used immediately. If you wack yourself on a limb and think it will cause a bruise, use Arnica right away. Dr. Ronald Santasiero, MD, DABMA, has introduced Arnica to professional athletes and they are amazed. Arnica must only be in homeopathic form, because it is toxic in its natural state. Never take Arnica without talking to your doctor if you are taking blood thinning medicine, such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), aspirin, or enoxaparin (Lovenox).

Calendula Used as a topical ointment and an alternative to cortisone cream, Calendula is thought to cure a range of skin problems from burns to acne. Calendula is basically an anti fungal, antiseptic and astringent. It promotes fast healing of minor wounds, soothes bee stings, eczema, cysts, burns, bleeding, and persistent ulcers, diaper rash and cradle cap. As a tea or a poultice, Calendula can be effective in relieving symptoms of shingles.

Oscillococcinum® (oh-sillo-cockś-ĕ-num ), made by Boiron, is used sub-lingually (under the tongue). Used for flu-like symptoms, Oscillococcinum is regulated as a drug by the FDA, and its use is supported by published clinical studies as well as more than 65 years of worldwide use. It is also safe for children over the age of 2 years. It does not prevent influenza, but found to reduce its length. It should be taken at the first sign of flu symptoms.

Keep these three in your home and travel first aid kit. After you have used them you will be convinced of their effectiveness. Your doctor should know about any medications you take, no matter how safe they are.


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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 6 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hello toddwertz,

      You are most welcome. I am so happy you got something out of it. Thanks also for commenting. I appreciate the gesture.

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 7 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hi Neil,

      You are welcome. If there is anything else you'd like me to share, just let me know.

      Thanks for reading

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      Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      new to me --- thanks for sharing.

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 7 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hi PegCole,

      I am very glad you like this hub. Sometimes simple is better,which is what I tried to accomplish with this hub. Thanks for commenting. I appreciate it. Nice to meet you too.

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      Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Good hub to bookmark and come back to when needed. Thanks for sharing this helpful information. Nice to meet you here on HubPages.

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      Tasia Beaudin 7 years ago

      Thank you for useful information. In my own opinion, homeopatic medicine always wins against synthetic medicine ;)

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      Hi again, Mekenzie,

      Which do do you use now? How do you like it and use it? I'm interested. I'm working on more that may surprise people. So glad to hear from you. Thanks,

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Interesting article; I will bookmark this one.

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 7 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hey, there Mekenzie,

      Ciao. I am always so happy when someone gets a benefit out of my writing. I hope you let me know how you like them, how they work out for you. Of course, I hope you don't need them any time soon ;)

      God bless,

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      Susan Ream 7 years ago from Michigan

      Dr. Cherie, I'm so glad to have found your hubs. I have done a lot of research through the years into whole foods and holistic health. I've practiced prevention through the use of vitamins, minerals and herbs. Always believed God has provided everything we need, in nature, to treat ailments .. it's just up to us to find it? Thanks for the recommendations. Two of them are new to me .. I appreciate your sharing your expertise on the HUBS and look forward to learning more. Blessings!

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 7 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hi there, Ms. Pamela99.

      Great to see you got something positive out of my hub! We take Arnica everywhere we travel. I won't say I tend to bump into things or anything like that...;) but, it's always in our home. To me, it's the most useful homeopathic there is.

      Thanks so much for your comments!

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 7 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hi Tonymac,

      Great to see you!

      I do not personally have a lot of experience with Oscillococcinum because I don't get sick. We have used it with our kids and grandkids, and it helped to lesson symptoms and shorten the duration of flu-like symptoms. However, it is best taken at the VERY FIRST signs of "something" coming.

      Nothing's great for everyone, but at least you tried it. Arnica and Calendula are for sure the best to keep around.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 7 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hey Ghost Whisper,

      Thanks. I will ask Dr. Ron, but I would try it on a rash. I'll get back to you on that. One thing about homeopathy is, because it heals with the energy of the plant, it is safe.

      Thanks again and God bless

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      All are new to me and I thank you for the information :-)

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Good information and interesting hub. I will keep arnica on hand as that sounds like the one I need the most.

      Good hub.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Great information. I am a great fan of arnica and calendula, but have not found oscillococcinum that helpful. Maybe didn't use it properly.

      Thanks for sharing this.

      Love and peace


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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 7 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      I have never heard of these herbal first aid remedies. Interesting. Wonder if they will cure a lingering rash? Good Hub Dr. Cherie. :)