- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Homeopathy - post-holiday health
Christmas has come and gone and we are now firmly in the 2014. Perhaps you are still riding the festive season high or perhaps not. There are a myriad of reasons why January is a challenging month. For some, holiday travel, expectations and family dynamics make this a most stressful time of year. Many of us have long-standing emotional issues that seem to swell up during this season. These may seem intense and holiday related, but often, they are old themes revisited. In such cases, homeopathy can gently relieve the pressure with some appropriately chosen emotional remedies. You may want to try some Ignatia if you are generally sad and tearful, feeling better when distracted or laughing one moment and sad the other. On the other hand, if you were in a situation where you found yourself swallowing your angry words and repressing your frustration, Staphysagria would be the remedy of choice.
Others find these cold winter months challenging because they are prone to bronchitis or chronic coughs. We have even heard that tuberculosis is making a comeback and we are bombarded with media ads promoting flu shots. There is no denying that those who are pre-disposed to these conditions are most likely to see them flare up at this time of year. If one were to try and treat such chronic ailments with acute homeopathic remedies, the effects would be transient at best. What is needed is a treatment that takes into account the chronic nature of the symptoms and the inherited pre-disposition to such ailments and treats them with the appropriate remedies. Only then can one be assured of a permanent removal of disease. On the other hand, if you have an acute cough, you may want to look at remedies such as Spongia, Rumex, Antimonium tart, Bryonia, Kali carb,Drosera or Hepar sulph.
And what article dealing with post-holiday health can be complete without mentioning the ill effects of overindulgence. Despite our best intentions, it is often difficult not to succumb to second helpings, more sweets, just one more glass of wine. At a time of year when we are generally less active such overindulgence can have long term repercussions. Homeopathy can be most helpful in reversing this trend by using remedies which are known to restore balance through a gentle detoxification process. And one of the top remedies for ailments from over-indulgence is Nux Vomica. It is a good alternative to "a hair from the dog that bit you" the morning after a night of excesses!
As always, prevention is the best medicine. Eating a balanced diet, making sure you engage in moderate exercise and get sufficient rest will go a long way in keeping you healthy. And for those times when you are unable to keep the winter blues away, there is a homeopathic treatment available to gently bring you back to a state of optimum health.