Finding the right homeopathic remedyHow to select the best remedy
You need a book on homeopathic remedies for use in the home - there are a number available in the shops.
Try to match the symptoms as closely as possible to the description. Remember that the description of each remedy is only a very small part of what is available to a trained homeopath who will also look at a much wider range of remedies. However the ones in the books are often useful and readily available. If you can't match exactly try the nearest - this can often help even if it doesn't do everything.
If your symptoms don't match or don't respond or stop responding to these remedies then you probably need more expert help in the shape of a full consultation with a qualified and experienced homeopath. When you come to see a homeopath they take into consideration many more details of the symptoms, how you react generally to what life throws at you, likes, dislikes etc and then select from a very wide range of remedies and perhaps use higher potencies.
How to buy and take homeopathic remedies generallyMany chemists and most health food shops stock and sell homeopathic remedies. They come in a wide range of different potencies but the ones in the shops are the lower potencies - "6" or "30".
The best way to get the remedies out of the bottle and into your mouth is to put one tablet into the lid and then tip it straight on to the tongue - though you may not be able to do this with small children (see below). They work best if you leave a gap of ten minutes before and after the remedy when you don't eat or drink or clean your teeth. The tablets should be sucked preferably until they disappear but for as long as possible. Remember it is contact in the mouth which is important.
For small children and babies, crush a tablet between two spoons and place the powder on the tongue or just inside the bottom lip. Or you can put the tablet in a little water (you don't need to wait for it to dissolve), stir it and put a teaspoonful in the mouth or rub a little on the inside of the child's wrist.
A general rule of thumb is to take the tablets one at a time as you seem to need them - being guided by your symptoms. At first you might need to take one every half an hour or so but if you find that symptoms get better but then start to return sooner, take another tablet. Likewise if there is still an improvement when the half hour is up - wait until the improvement stops before repeating.
Vitamin DThere has been a lot in the news recently about Vitamin D. We get most of our Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight so getting time outdoors - walking or gardening for example - can help, although some experts argue that it is impossible to get enough exposure to sun to keep up adequate production of Vitamin D in an average British winter.
It is also available in oily fish, cod-liver oil, milk, butter, cheese and eggs among other foods. Normally associated with calcium metabolism it increases the absorption of calcium and phosphate from food and is necessary for calcification of bone. It helps our bodies to re-absorb calcium from urine in the kidneys so it is re-cycled rather than being lost.
A number of studies recently have linked low levels of Vitamin D to a wide range of health problems. To read more about Vitamin D and research you can go to the website of the Vitamin D council by clicking here. Studies into vitamins and minerals have mixed results so here you will also find expert analysis on some of the research.
A number of GPs now prescribe Vitamin D supplements to some of their patients who they consider may be at risk of not getting enough Vitamin D from the low levels of sunlight during the winter. The University of Aberdeen is currently conducting research to see whether light therapy or food supplementation is the best method of raising Vitamin D levels in those who do have a recognised problem.
If you think you may be lacking in Vitamin D it would be wise to discuss it with your GP or a qualified nutritionist.
First aid homeopathic remedies, herbal tinctures and creams can be obtained from:Boots and other pharmacies, Health Food shops and Neal's Yard in Exeter, or Oasis, The Strand, Exmouth just CLICK HERE to go straight to their website or Mother Earth on the corner of The Strand and the Parade.
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