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Pulsatilla Nigricans: Best for both mental and physical health

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 @ 04:34 PM

Tags: Pulsatilla, Pulsatilla Nigricans

Pulsatilla Nigricans
The use of Pulsatilla for medicinal purposes dates back to Ancient Greece when it was used to cure weepy eyes. In Roman times, it was used for eye infections, cataracts and tooth decay. Pulsatilla Nigricans was originally only found wild in the very north of Europe including Scandinavia but has since spread to all but the very southern parts of Europe. This medicine produces beautiful deep purple flowers with orange centers The whole fresh plant is gathered and made into a pulp, and liquid is extracted and diluted to make the homeopathic remedy.  
It is used to treat a wide variety of disorders with both physical and mental symptoms. It is used for colds and coughs, sinusitis, eye infections with discharge such as styes and conjunctivitis and digestive disorders such as indigestion and heartburn.
There are many other symptoms that Pulsatilla is used for such as hayfever, sore throat, chicken pox, mumps, measles, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fevers that alternating between being hot and cold, migraines, headaches, backache, varicose veins, earaches, toothaches and insomnia with restless sleep with many dreams and nightmares.

Women who have a mild, passive nature and are kind, gentle and loving usually use Pulsatilla. The person yields easily to the requests and is a peacemaker who likes to avoid a scene. The remedy is helpful for female disorders in which there are a variety of physical and emotional symptoms. These include premenstrual tension, menstrual problems, menopausal symptoms, cystitis with accompanying symptoms of mood swings, depression and tearfulness. It is a remedy for swollen glands, inflammation and pain in the bones and joints as in rheumatic and arthritic disorders, nosebleeds, acne, frequent urination and incontinence.

Pulsatilla is used for a variety of ailments which lead to better physical and mental health. 

Schuessler Cell Salts Theory

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 @ 03:18 PM

Tags: Schuessler Cell Salts

Cell Salts

Schuessler Cell Salts are very popular in homeopathy. These homeopathic medicine treat a wide variety of ailments.  There are 12 cell salts that are used in homeopathy.  A combination of these cell salts are also popular.  These are called bioplasma or cell salt combinations.  

Dr. W.H. Schuessler states that the body depends on these cell salts for balance.  If illness occurs, the cell salts are out of balance. Taking the appropriate cell salts helps put the body back into balance.  The cell salts help the body to manipulate vital nutrients to promote proper healing.

These 12 homeopathic remedies are cell salts:

Calcium Flouride

Calcium Phosphate

Calcium Sulphate

Ferrum Phosphoricum also know as Iron Phosphate

Kali Muriaticum also know as Potassium Chloride

Kali Phosphoricum also know as Potassium Phosphate

Kali Sulphuricum also know as Potassium Sulphate

Magnesium Phosphate

Natrum Muriaticum also know as Sodium Chloride

Natrum Phosphorus also know as Sodium Phosphate

Natrum Sulphuricum also know as Sodium Sulphate

Silicea also know as Silicon Dioxide.

Cell salts are taken in lower potency when treating disease.  Cell salts are generally taken in a 3X or 6X potency.  Cell salts treat a wide range of ailments ranging from cramps, muscle soreness, joint inflammation and joint pain.  Cell salts are also used to treat common ailments such as colds, coughs, acne, fatigue, headache, insomnia and indigestion.  

The cell salts to use for certain conditions will be discussed in another blog entry.  Schuessler Cell Salts treat a wide range of ailments using a theory that the body is out of balance.  Using the correct cell salt can put the body back into balance.  Once the body is back in balance, the illness is gone.    

Homeopathic Ointments versus Creams

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 @ 09:47 PM

Tags: homeopathic ointments, homeopathic cream

homeopathic ointment

There is some confusion between homeopathic ointments and creams.  People ask what is the difference between homeopathic ointments and creams?  Is one better than the other?  Which one should I use?  This article will help to answer some of these questions. 

Ointments are oil base topical applications.  This means the product has a higher oil ratio than water.  The oils typically used for homeopathic ointments are lanolin, petroleum or olive oil.  Creams are water based applications.  This means that there is a higher ratio of water to oil in creams than in ointments.  Ointments are slower to absorb into the skin.  This is desirable for some medical conditions.  Creams are generally easier to apply to a large area of the body.  Creams are absorbed quicker by the skin.  This makes creams ideal for acute conditions such as rashes.

Creams and ointments are pretty much the same medication.  A calendula ointment will work the same as a calendula cream.   The ointment maybe better if you want the medication to absorb into the skin slowly.  The cream will be better if there is a large area to apply the treatment.   

Depending on the condition, a cream or ointment may be appropriate.  Preference is also a factor to consider.  Some people prefer an ointment for their ailment.  Creams are prefered by other users.  Ointments are ideal for conditions where the medication needs to be absorbed slowly. Creams should be used a treatment where the skin needs to consume the medication quickly.  In many cases, it will not matter which cream or ointment to use.  If your medication is correct, this will not matter that much.

Nux Vomica: Ancient poison turned in modern medicine

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 @ 10:43 AM

Tags: Nux Vomica

nux vomica plant

Nux vomica is the name of an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, especially India and Myanmar, and cultivated elsewhere.  Its dried seeds or beans, and sometimes its bark are used in herbal remedies and homeopathic medicines. The seeds contain organic substances, strychnine and brucine.  Strychnine is a poison that in doses of 5 milligrams can be dangerous. Since the seeds contain strychnine, the native tribes in South America have also used extracts for centuries as a poison for the tips of arrows.  The homeopathic version uses a very dilute solution of Nux vomica therefore it is not poisonous and is used in many treatments.

In traditional Chinese treatment of cancer, it was used in combination with other herbs. Nux vomica was used in small amounts in traditional Chinese herbal treatments for liver cancer and numerous other health problems such as swelling reduction, pain reduction, and to treat abscesses. Some physicians used Nux vomica in the treatment of stomach cancer in the late nineteenth century.  Today, it is rare to find any form other of Nux Vomica other than the homeopathic preparation. Nux Vomica in homeopathy is diluted and has a low dosage of Strychnine.  This makes homeopathic Nux Vomica safe for consumption.

Nux Vomica alleviate indigestions, stimulants the bowel movements and cures chronic constipation.  It is used as a healing tonic and appetite stimulant. Nux Vomica increases the flow of stomach juice. It improves pulse and raises blood pressure and can be used as a tonic for the circulatory system in heart failure. It is used to decrease itchiness and as a local antiseptic.

Nux vomica is also recommended for upset stomach, vomiting, abdominal pain, hangovers, heartburn, insomnia, certain heart diseases, circulatory problems, eye diseases, depression, migraine headaches, nervous conditions, problems related to menopause, cold and coughs and respiratory diseases in the elderly.

Homeopathic Remedies For Cramps

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 @ 02:18 PM

Tags: homeopathic remedies for craps

muscle cramps

 

 

Cramps are caused by too little oxygen to the muscles.  These spasms can be painful.  Cramps happen when laying in an uncomfortable position, dehydration in muscles due to excessive heat, overuse of muscles, pregnancy and lack of flexibility in your muscles.

Mag Phos is the homeopathic remedy used during acute and sharp cramps.  Mag Phos is a cell salt.  Many cramps are caused when excessive sweating is present.  The body losses salt through sweat.  Mag Phos helps to add back the lost salt during muscle spasms.  This remedy also helps with cramps in the stomach,face and cramps caused during pregnancy.  Take mag phos 6Xabout 3 times a day, 4 tablets per serving for about 10 days.

Arnica montana is used to treat cramps in muscles due to overuse.  Too much weight lifting may cause muscles to become weak without enough rest.  Arnica helps these muscles to recover quickly and avoid cramping.  Use Arnica ointment to treat the muscles.  Rub them into the sore muscles to help.  Arnica 6X can also be taken, if some muscles can not be rubbed well. 

Cuprum Metallicum is used to treat cramps in the leg and feet muscles.  These remedy is popular with sport athletes. These cramps start with excessive weather or sudden temperature change. The remedy should be taken in a 6X potency for ten days, 3 to 4 tablets per serving. 

These medicines help to stop cramps and help lessen the severity.  However, some things must be done on the user end to prevent cramps all together.  Going on a regular streching program will help avoid cramps.  This increases oxygen to the muscle.  Going for a massage will also help ease cramps. Massages can also help increase blood flow and work out the cramp from your system.   Monthly massages will help increase flexibility in your muscles.

Homeopathy on Bing

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 @ 12:59 AM

Tags: homeopathy on bing, single remedy searches on bing

microsoft bing

Rewriting microsoft search engine has worked to a certain extent. Bing has taken over yahoo as the second most popular search engine on the Internet according to the Nielsen Company.  Bing now occupies 13.9% searches on the Internet with yahoo share being 13.1%.  Google holds about 65%.

Going through our logs over the past several years.  Hmedicine has see much more Bing usage.  Three years ago, Google generated about 60% of our traffic.  Yahoo generated 10%.  MSN traffic was 2.3%.  Now the traffic has not changed to much as far as Google and Yahoo goes.  Google is still 60% of our website traffic.  Yahoo is 10%.  Bing has jumped incredible to 8%.  In three years, they have more than tripled the amount of traffic coming to our website.

The two main words that people find our site is Bing is homeopathic medicine and homeopathic remedies. I have seen some other searches on single remedies such as coffea crudea lead to traffic as well.  The homeopathy user community seems to be adopting this search engine to a certain extent. Many people believe Bing search results will mirror Google a few years from now.  Bing is going the route of the way Google use to be.  They are making their searches global and not customized.  Bing search engine is open so people can extract information from it easily.  Bing also now powers yahoo search.  There is no point in using both search engines since they are giving the exact same results.

Do you see Bing catching up with Google?  Can their growth continue?  Have you had good results with Bing or do you find the searches on Google more accurate? 

3 News Links Added To Homeopathy Links Blog

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 @ 04:18 PM

Tags: homeopathy links blog

  Just added 3 new links to our homeopathy links blog.

Vote for your favorite links.

Homeopathic remedies to combat sugar craving.

What is homeopathic medicine and why is it so effective is some cases?

Choosing the correct potency for a homeopathic remedy

Hypericum Perforatum: The Healer of Depression

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 @ 01:45 PM

Tags: Hypericum Perforatum, Saint Johns Wort, Herbal Medicine

hypericum perforatum
Hypericum Perforatum pictured above.
Have you ever felt that you’re sleeping more or less than usual, eating more, feeling restless, loss of energy and interest in daily life, feeling hurt easily, feeling guilty excessively, losing interest in activities and have trouble concentrating? The Hypericum Perforatum homeopathic medication could be right thing for you!
 
Hypericum Perforatum is most commonly known as St. John Wort is a wild yellow flower grown throughout most of the United States. It has been used for medical purposes in many parts of the world for thousands of years.  Hypericum is also found in oil and spray form which helps treating cuts and bruises, first degree burns, sunburns, relieves nerve pain, shingles, and muscle strains.  The homeopathic medicine is also used in alleviating stomach upset when taken by mouth. Hypericum could be used in bladder troubles and suppression of urine and diarrhea.  
Homeopaths generally use hypericum to treat injuires and provide pain relief.  Herbalist use this medicine to treat depression and mood disorders.  Today, St. John's Wort is being studied to alleviate mood disorders and anxiety. More than 30 clinical studies have been conducted over the past 22 years.  Short-term studies suggest that St. John's Wort is more effective than placebo, and equally effective as Tricyclic antidepressants, medication used by doctors to treat depression. The first line and most common drug of choice prescribed by doctors for depression is SSRI. However, the FDA has been aggressively warning us that SSRI's are increasingly linked to liver disease, sleep problems, and sexual side effects. Therefore from the scientific research St. John's Wort revealed fewer side effects and also may be just as effective as SSRIs.
 
Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) could be used for many symptoms of depression. Backing with scientific evidence that St. John's Wort is helpful in treating moderate depression and it is a safe homeopathic medicine to use on skin, muscle, stomach, and bladder.  This is the reason why currently Hypericum is used by millions of people around the world.

Homeopathy Usage and Expenditure List

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 @ 03:35 PM

Tags: homeopathy usage, homeopathy spenditure

This power point presentation shows % of people using homeopathy in four countries which are France, India, US and UK.  This also shows the total cost of homeopathy per country.  Interesting data.

Simply double click the link to download the power point presentation.

Homeopathy Usage and Spenditure

What does this data show?  Why does each country have such differences when it comes to homeopathy?

The Homeopathy Golden Remedy Calendula

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 @ 10:11 PM

Tags: calendula, homeopathic uses fo calendula

Calendula Plant

Calendula plant

Calendula officinalis is known as Pot Marigold because of its goldish petals and for its varied use. This plant is widely cultivated and can be grown easily across the world. It is also commonly used in cooking as both a flavoring and coloring agent in soups, cheeses, garnish and as homeopathic medicinal herb in Roman, Arabic and Indian cultures.

 

The use of Callendula comes from its gold petals and pollen because it contains antibacterial, antioxidants, and antiseptic properties. Calendula is a great homeopathic antiseptic. Germs cannot thrive in the presence of Calendula. It is used for painful wounds, un-healing wounds, gaping wounds, neglected wounds, and torn wounds.  Calendula prevents early scab formation at the wound site and stimulates the growth of skin and helps to stop scars. It also promotes healing after dental work.

Calendula is the gold in homeopathic remedy because the whole plant has many uses starting from petals to pollen and leaves and branches is essential. Calendula has been used medicinally for centuries. The extracts prepared from them are used in hundreds of products such as soothing teas lotions, for antisepsis, chapped skin, tooth aches, and insect repellent. The extracts contain soaps and essential oils therefore it can be used in creams and ointments to soothe skin and sprained muscles. Furthermore, the leaves and stems also contain Vitamin A.

Apart from many uses it is also has importance in cancer therapies. Medical evidence was shown by a study done in women receiving radiation therapy to the breast for breast cancer reports that calendula ointment applied to the skin at least twice daily during treatment reduces skin irritation, redness, and pain. In women it was also shown to give soothing relief during and after delivery.

In summary, Calendula is wonderful to have around the house in many forms, as a cream, in tincture, ointment form due to its varied uses.  It is definitely gold of homeopathic remedies.

Google Instant Search On Homeopathy

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 @ 12:54 PM

Tags: instant search on homeopathy, homeopathy searches

Google has just introduced a new type of search.  This is an instant search where google fills in the search.  The search is customized to each invidual user.  Each user will get different search results.  The question becomes how will the google instant search change the user experience.

Let us do a common search for homeopathic remedies.  This is what happens now.  As you are typing this long tail key word, different results show up as I type.  I typed home which show home depot and things not relevant to the search.  I keep typing though.  I type homeopath which actually shows me all of the search results for homeopathy. I further type homeopathic which gives me search results for that word.  I finish typing homeopathic remedies which gives me the final results.  I typed one word but I received the relevant results for homeopathy and homeopathic before I received the search results for homeopathic remedies.

I am not sure if this instant search really helps the user that much.  If I wanted results on homeopathy and homeopathic, I would have typed that in.  I am also seeing more local business on my searches.  Google is pointing me to local homeopaths in my area as I type for homeopathy and homeopathic.  This is good if you are looking for a homeopath in your area.

I did another search on kali phosphoricum. I got search results form kali which was not relevant.  I did get good search results from kali phos.  This is pretty much what I needed.  In the future, searches need to be optimized for abbreviated items since instant search will automatically show these.  I finished the phrase to get my final search results.  Once I received the results from kali phos, I did not really need to finish my search.

Google has stated the instant search will not change google pay per click and organic search listings that much.  However, it will be difficult to gauge search rankings since every user will get different results on their search.

Tell us what you think of the google instant search.  Has it made a difference when you are searching for things?  Have you noticed more local results?

Homeopathic Remedies For Scars

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Sat, Sep 11, 2010 @ 01:24 AM

Tags: calendula, homeopathic remedies for scars

Scars are a common occurrence for most people.  Many wounds do leave a scar mark.  While most scars are not life threatening, they certainly do not look attractive.  We are going to list some homeopathic remedies below that you should use to prevent scarring if you have a  cut.  Keep in mind if the cut is too deep, stitching maybe needed to prevent scaring. 

Calendula is the most popular homeopathic remedy for scars.  This remedy is generally applied as an ointment.  Calendula can also be applied as an oil or mother tincture.  The remedy can also be taken in pills to help prevent or lessen the scars.  Calendula is usually applied to small cuts.

Graphites is used to treat scars from skin issues such as acne or eczema.  Graphites helps heal the skin back from the disease state that it was in.  Graphites ointment or creams are often mixed with calendula to help with the skin disease and heal the cut. 

Causticum is a treatment for burn scars.  After the burn happens, causticum tablets should be taken immediately.  Causticum is not readily available in an ointment or cream form.  Causticum can be applied to the skin in liquid form.

These are the main remedies in homeopathy to treat scars.  They should be taken topically as an ointment or mother tincture in a 1X form if possible.  If they are taken orally, choose a 6C potency.

Please list some other remedies to treat scars in the comment section.  I have just listed a few.  I am sure everyone wants to know what other remedies are out there.

Searching for homeopathy on Google

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Thu, Sep 02, 2010 @ 01:31 PM

Tags: Homeopathy Trials, homeopathy searches

This article will focus on proper ways to search for homeopathy information on the google search engine.  You will get more out of the search if you follow these tips on the search.

  For example of a search is using explicit search.  I look for homeopathic trials.  In google, I put "homeopathic trials" in the search.  The double quotes make this explicit.  I received content with the words on homeopathic trials.  

Now, I want a more specific search.  The Homeopathic trials were too generic.  I put in the search "Homeopathic Trials" + "Double Blind".  I now get double blind homeopathic trials in my search.

I also needed some documents on homeopathic trials for the research that I was doing.  I put this in the search.  "homeopathic trials" filetype:doc.  This gives all microsoft word documents on homeopathic trials.

This is a common search for me.  I want to get information on homeopathy but I want to exclude all of things related to homeopathy as being quackery.  I put into the search "Homeopathy"-"Quackery".  I get the information on homeopathy omitting all the quackery.   

Looking for a definition of a remedy.  Type define:ruta graveolens.  This will give you a basis information on ruta without overwhelming with too much information.  

You can you these simple search tips to get more effective information on homeopathy without getting overwhelmed with information or getting incorrect information.

Tell us your search tips in the comments on finding information.

Referenced from

http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/1264/12-Quick-Tips-To-Search-Google-Like-An-Expert.aspx

http://www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html