Here are the most commonly indicated Homeopathic remedies for bedwetting or enuresis
Fear is one of the basic emotions that every living organism experiences and our beloved pets are not an exception to it. Though dogs are known for their courageous attitude, some dogs do face situations where they exhibit signs of fright, requiring a professional handling.
Unlike human beings, who are able to express their emotions in a refined manner, dogs can’t communicate their feelings in an explicit way, but a close observation of their behavior can lead us to significant information about their mental state. A dog may display his fear in varied ways: he may try to escape from the room, or may stay motionless, or can become intensely restless, or can soil the room by submissive urination, or might just bark/growl at the fear-object. In extreme cases, he can even become destructive.
Bach Flower Remedies:
Bach Flower Remedies are a collection of 38 plant and flower-based remedies discovered in the 1930s by Dr Edward Bach, a Harley Street physician. Each Bach remedy deals with a specific negative emotion, so we can select and take one or more remedies to match the exact emotion or reactive pattern. These remedies can help our animals get over their own emotional difficulties. They are completely natural and harmless. Flower remedies help to restore the peace and harmony among the negative behavior of our pets.
Though indicated as the behavioral patterns of the fear, as a part of treatment, it is extremely essential to get the dog examined by a veterinarian, to rule out any signs of organic disease, which might manifest in the similar manner. Once it’s confirmed to be only a fear, it’s worth giving a well-suited Bach Flower Remedies.
The selection of the remedy (-ies) is very simple and is based on the reaction pattern of the dog. Here are the most commonly used remedies for the fear seen in dogs:
Mimulus: Mimulus deals with fear of known causes. If you can identify the fear-object of your dog, he may need Mimulus to get over it. The commonly seen fear of loud noises or crackers in dogs can be relieved with Mimulus. Few dogs are afraid of water being poured on them, which calls for Mimulus.
Rock Rose: Rock rose will also show fear but in an extreme manner – in a state of Panic. Thus an intense fear of known or unknown reason, but manifested in a state of panic calls for Rock Rose. The state where the dog takes the whole house on toes with his frightful behavior, can be easily relieved with Rock Rose. The key is the intensity of the fear reaction.
Star of Bethlehem: This remedy relieves the state of sudden shock or trauma. A puppy, who has seen an accident and gets into attacks of fright, or a dog who was mishandled by his previous owner, or the one who has escaped a situation of great danger needs this remedy to get over the state of shock or emotional trauma.
Walnut: Walnut is the remedy for adaptation. If a puppy brought from a breeder or your friend’s house, shows signs of fear in the process of getting used to the new environment, he needs Walnut to aid in the adaptation. A dog separated from his mother and exhibiting fear will get relieved with Walnut.
Rescue Remedy: This is not a different remedy but a mixture of five remedies that are used in the state of emergency. This can be used if you can not decide which remedy to be selected or if the state of your dog is of an intense one, like the one of emergency. The unique formula contains Star of Bethlehem for shock, Rock Rose for terror and panic, Cherry Plum for lack of self-control, Impatiens for agitation, and Clematis to counteract faintness and bemusement.
Two drops of the selected remedy (-ies) can be added to the watering bowls or food, that the dog will drink regularly. Otherwise, two drops (each) of the remedies can be added to a 30 ml bottle containing water and four-six drops from this treatment-bottle can be administered to the dog on regular basis (at least four times a day).
It can also be put directly in the mouth of your dog, if he allows. One can also drip few drops on the nose of the dog so that he can lick it off. In case of emergency, where it is not possible to make the dog drink the medicine, few drops can be applied onto the back of the ears (being a sensitive skin area) which can get absorbed through the skin.
The remedy combination should be repeated until required. There would be no harm if you select an incorrect remedy or continue to administer the remedies even after their need is over. If any other pet drinks water from the same bowl, it should be fine, since the remedies do not modify healthy emotions.
If you would like to learn more about the application of Bach Flower Remedies email Amit Karkare, a Homeopathic Consultant & Certified Bach Flower Practitioner who treats Pets’ emotions with his flower essences,
Shobha came to visit my clinic with a complaint that for her was quite funny to narrate. She felt that though she gets good sleep at night, the legs do not. She had an unpleasant tingling sensation in the legs, especially in the calf muscles, which made her to move around or apply bandage tightly. She felt better by stretching the leg out, but still the uncomfortable pain did persist for some time. The intensity of the pain also prevented her to fall asleep or getting continuous refreshing sleep.
Shobha was suffering with nothing but ‘restless legs syndrome (RLS)’. In this condition, one or both legs can get affected. Though the name suggests it being a disease of the lower limbs, some patients also complain of similar symptoms in the arms as well. Apart from the sleep, the symptoms can get precipitated while being in a prolonged position like sitting at a desk, driving a car, watching a movie. The symptoms appear abruptly and can have a pulse-wave pattern of recurrence, making it more troublesome.
The prevalence of this disease increases with the age and it is believed that almost 10-15 per cent of the population is affected by RLS. It has been reported to be one of the leading causes of sleep-loss or insomnia in elderly population. It is seen more often in women than men. Though rare, children too can get affected with it, but the diagnosis is made difficult and can lead to various hyperactivity disorders or growing pains.
It is believed that RLS runs in the family; and is triggered or aggravated by epochs like Pregnancy, or systemic illnesses like kidney failure, and anemia related to iron or vitamin deficiency. The insufficient iron, which is a common manifestation of the above conditions, can be the reason to have the basic lack of dopamine. The brain uses dopamine to control limb movements. The diagnosis is usually made according to the symptomatology and clinical presentation. There is an opinion to check the levels of iron in the blood, although many people who have RLS can have perfectly normal levels of iron but abnormal levels of iron in the cerebro-spinal fluid that bathes their brain.
The treatment primarily includes dopamine-like drugs, sedatives along with behavioral strategies that include stretching, taking a hot bath, or massaging the legs before bedtime. The patients of RLS are often asked to avoid caffeinated beverages to reduce symptoms. If required and documented by the blood level tests, one can be given iron, vitamin B12, or folate supplements. Some patients may even require mild doses of anti-convulsive therapy, while some do feel relieved with analgesics.
Homeopathic medications have found more effective in relieving the symptoms of RLS without causing any unwanted side effects that are seen with any of the above treatments. A constitutional medicine approach along with the acute remedial prescription based on the symptom-similarity is the best approach to deal with this ailment.
Rohini, a television anchor and a news reader by profession, visited my clinic with a very strange complaint, she had never even heard about before. For the last few months, she was observing patchy white areas of yellowish white coat on her tongue. She first ignored it thinking it just due to the disturbed gastric schedule, but within a couple of months, she started getting burning or soreness in the tongue area on eating any citrus fruits like oranges or lemon. These areas were getting resolved spontaneously, but a new patch used to appear on the other region of the tongue, thus not letting the lesions resolve completely.
She had been to her local physician for the same, who first prescribed her local mouth wash, but instead of relieving the complaints, it aggravated the irritation further. She was then treated with antihistamines and topical steroids, without any significant improvement in the lesions. She was thus asked to continue a dose of multi-vitamin tablet, especially of b-complex vitamins.
Apart from the soreness, the major concern for Rohini was the dirty appearance of the tongue, which was prominently hampering her screen-image. She was once asked by the cameraman not to laugh with mouth wide open, since it made the appearance of the tongue much obvious. One of her friends then suggested her to take a homeopathic treatment and thus she came to me. Rohini suffered with what is called ‘Benign migratory glossitis’ or ‘Geographic tongue’.
As the name suggests, the condition is benign [possessing very less morbidity and no mortality] affecting almost 4% of the human population across the world. It is mostly asymptomatic but patients can experience burning, irritation or soreness that gets aggravated by certain food items and astringent flavored items. Many patients also get swelling of the tongue along with the appearance of deep fissures on the tongue surface.
It is believed that it is more common in patients suffering from psoriasis, but it is insignificant to link the two ailments since geographic tongue is seen commonly in non-psoriatic patients as well. It is also linked with hormonal changes withing the body, diabetes, smoking and spicy diet. It can be seen running in the family, but it is attributed more to the diet pattern than the genetic predominance. Females are seen getting affected more than males.
Ideally, there is no particular treatment for this ailment. Mostly the lesions can resolve without any treatment, giving undue credit to the multi-vitamin or local steroidal preparations prescribed empirically.
Homeopathic approach towards this ailment is that of a constitutional disorder. Rohini was interviewed in detail for the constitutional assessment and was prescribed Natrum mur, which not only resolved her tongue patches but also relieved her recurrent migraine attacks.
Other significant remedies that can be useful are – Nitric acid, Rhus tox, Taraxicum, Arsenic, Kali bich and Mercurius.
“Doctor, please do something for these white patches that appear on his cheeks I have started giving him oral calcium supplements but it didn’t help. Do you think it is because of worms?” a mother was asking me anxiously. She was worried about the light-colored circular patches that had appeared on the cheeks of her son. This is a very common complaint encountered in pediatric patients. Mostly parents connect it with either a deficiency of calcium or due to worm infestation; while some go to the extent of considering it a pre-vitiligo stage. The worried mothers empirically start treating the child with some OTC drugs, without knowing what is it actually?
What Is It:
Pityriasis alba, is a common skin disease, predominantly affecting children of 3-16 years of age [boys affected more than girls] and affects almost 8-10% of children at least once in their lifetime. The word ‘pityriasis’ denotes the finely scaled appearance while the word ‘alba’ is Latin for white, the color of the patches. The patches are definitely not permanent and the condition is known to be self-limiting, resolving on its own after a certain period. There is no evidence that it progresses to vitiligo in future, since pathophysiologically, both are completely different entities.
Pityriasis alba falls under idiopathic dermatosis, which means the cause is yet unknown.
It is considered as superficial dermatitis, that is usually seen in atopic [prone to allergy] children and presents with dry-scaled, light colored patches on the face – especially around the mouth. Due to its color, it seems accentuated during the summer. It might itch during the early stage of appearance.
It is most likely to be mistaken with vitiligo or leucoderma, where there is a complete absence of the dark pigmentation. The pityriasis alba lesions do not usually have a well-defined border [like in vitiligo] and they do not coalesce [as in tinea versicolor].
Ideally, treatment is not necessary for pityriasis alba, but one should consult a physician to rule out the other causes of hypopigmentation, which might need treatment. Antifungal ointments have shown improvement in some patients.
Homeopathy can help these patients with its constitutional treatment approach as per the assessment of individual psycho-somatic disposition.