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.
An occurrence of syncope needs to be differentiated from a seizure episode since it mimics the later very closely. A recurrent and unexplained episodes of syncope need to be examined for possible structural cardiac pathologies since it can lead to death if not attended in time. Most of the times, syncope occurs suddenly without any warning, but few patients can experience pre-syncope manifestations like light-headedness, dizziness, a feeling of warmth, nausea, and visual blurring.
The transient reduction in the cerebral blood flow is mostly due to three basic causes
1. Disturbance in the vascular tone or blood volume
2. Obstructive cardiovascular disorders and rhythm abnormalities
3. Cerebrovascular diseases
The disturbance of vascular tone or blood volume can be due to situations like cough, micturition, defecation or valsalva maneuver as well as due to carotid sinus hypersensitivity. Also due to orthostatic hypotension because of some vasodilator drugs, pure autonomic failure, peripheral neuropathy, and decreased blood volume. Cardiac rhythm abnormalities like sinus bradicardia, sinus arrest, atrioventricular block or atril flutter and fibrillation can also lead to syncope. Vetebrobasilar insufficiency or basilar artery migraine are one of the cerebrovascular diseases causing syncope.
Disorders that can mimic syncope are few metabolic disorders like hypoxia, hypoglycemia, anemia or hyperventilation or some psychogenic events due to anxiety attacks or hysterical fainting.
Neurocardiogenic or vasovagal syncope is usually associated with both sympathetic withdrawal [vasodilatation] and increased parasympathetic activity causing bradicardia. These are precipitated by alcohol consumption, severe pain, extreme fatigue, hunger, prolonged standing, exposure to hot or crowded environment, and during emotional situation.
The above mentioned pathologies should be ruled out by conducting diagnostic tests after a thorough clinical history – including serum electrolytes, glucose and blood counts. Electrocardiogram, cardiac enzymes need to be checked in case of cardiac causes. An electroencephalogram will rule out the possibility of a seizure activity.
Sporadically occurring syncope attacks do not need any treatment if they are of vasovagal origin. Remedies like gelsemium, belladonna, conium and phosphorus have been most effective in treating recurrent episodes of syncope. The totality should be based on the precipitating factors like exposure to direct sunlight [as in belladonna and gelsemium] as well as the factors that modify the episodes such as getting aggravated on sudden rising, looking up, etc.
Symptoms that follow the syncopal attack too play a significant role in remedy selection. Gelsemium patient will have a drowsy and dull look with reduced thirst. Belladonna will show marked congestion of eyes along with throbbing headache after the episode. Arsenic album will have anxiety with frequent thirst for small quantities of water. Phosphorus patient will have intolerance of light, especially the artificial one. Of course, these symptoms will help to select a remedy for preventing the future attacks.
A well-selected deep-acting constitutional remedy will always have its role to restore the vital force back to normal, so as to treat the basic pattern.
Have you noticed small moving spots that appear in your visual field when you look at some bright object like a blue sky or a plain paper? These spots can be very annoying once you become aware of them and are usually referred as ‘Eye Floaters’ or ‘muscae volitantes’ which in Latin means ‘flying flies’.
Although these floaters are quite annoying, they seldom interfere with your vision. In rare conditions they can cast subtle shadows over the vision but only in certain types of light.
The more you accept them, ignore them or learn to live with these dark transparent objects, you will be able to live with them comfortably. If you can achieve that, these common visual foes will not become bothersome any more.
They usually take various shapes and sizes like black or gray dots, cobwebs, rings, thread like strands that are semi-transparent or squiggly lines. Although they can develop overnight, they do not resolve so fast.
The more you try to focus on them, more they will dart away from you. Most of them are caused by little flecks of collagen, a kind of protein. They are often seen as a sign of ageing, eye injury or diabetic retinopathy. People with diabetes are more prone to getting eye-floaters.
Although most of the times these objects are benign (meaning harmless) in nature, one must consult an ophthalmologist if they are accompanied by flashes of light, pain or any loss of visual power. Serious causes include retinal detachment, retinal tear and bleeding within the eye.
There is no drug-treatment available for this ailment. In case they become really bothersome, a surgical procedure called vitrectomy can be performed, but it can lead to retinal detachment or tears or early cataract in few patients.
Homeopathic medicines do not remove eye-floaters completely but can reduce their size, number and shapes significantly, as seen with numerous cases treated till now.
The primary aim of homeopathic treatment is targeted towards restoring the constitutional balance within, to aid in setting the body-equilibrium. It is achieved by carefully selecting an appropriately suited remedy for an individual patient, considering the various characteristics at the physical, emotional and intellectual sphere. A professional is trained in ascertaining these qualities and analysing them to arrive at the most-similar remedy selection.
For homeopathic students: the local remedies that have given good results in eye-floaters are Aesculus hippo, Caust, Cocculus, Natrum mur, Nitric Acid, Phosphorus, Physostigma and Silica.
Dentition can be a nightmare for few children and of course, for their parents as well. The irritability, tearing and biting, fever, convulsions and diarrhea… all can lead to a bad time period for the parent to manage one of the most important epochs of life.
Homeopathy can help you during this tough phase to promote a healthy and natural teething without much complaints or difficulties.
Here are five best homeopathic friends during teething age
Whenever you see a cranky child that is throwing a lot of temper tantrums during the period of dentition, you will be considered as the biggest savior after prescribing Chamomilla. It is the most useful remedy for dentition problems, especially when they are associated with marked irritability and violent manifestations. Child who needs chamomilla is peevish and fretful. You can’t stand his irritability and if it crosses your threshold, you may feel like giving a tight slap to that child to make him quiet. The child wants to be carried always and can demand lot many things, which when given are refused or rejected.
There is associated fever with one cheek red while the other pale in appearance. Head and scalp sweat easily and in large quantities. Child also gets diarrhea which is greenish and with offensive odor. Chamomilla usually works well in medium potency.
A child that always lands into an episode of high-fever, with a lot of congestion of the face, eyes, ears and throat, is an ideal candidate to prescribe belladonna. It always presents itself with congestion and intensity. The symptoms appear suddenly and can reach its peak within few hours. Thus a child who was playing calmly in the evening can develop high-grade fever and extreme prostration within no time.
Like chamomilla, there is marked violence but of tearing and biting kind. The dental irritation leads to an impulse to bite everything.
It is suited in the condition of cerebral hyperaemia and tendency to convulsions. Belladonna is the most commonly used remedy for febrile-convulsions.
Not all dentition difficulties manifest themselves as diseases. In some children, dentition may not trouble with a disease, but the dentition itself can be slow and difficult. Calcarea carb, a homeopathic remedy prepared with oyster shell, helps those children who show slowness in teething, with convulsions, or opposite state, where children teeth too rapidly. Calc-carb has shown good results in cases of backward dentition,where the gums are pale and shiny and teeth taking a long time in coming through.
A typical child who needs this remedy shows chubby body that perspires heavily, mainly on the scalp. The perspiration smells sour.
Kreosote is an excellent teething remedy, especially when the dentition is very painful and difficult, the gums are spongy and painful, and the child worries and tosses all night. There is either constipation or undigested diarrhoeic stools that go with the dentition symptoms.
This remedy can be indicated in children who get profuse diarrhea during the time of dentition. Each tooth will lead to profuse, watery, pungent smelling, offensive stools that further lead to prolapse of the rectum. The condition is usually painless.
Amit is practising & studying Homeopathy and Bach Flower Therapy for over a decade through his patients & students. As a research-oriented homoeopath, he has worked extensively in cases of Refractory Epilepsy, ADHD, Infantile Autism, and Plantar fasciitis. Thousands of patients, spread across all continents, have regained their health with his Ethical, Rational, and Patient-centric Clinical Practice.http://www.dramitkarkare.com