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Rebecca Beringer

Rebecca Beringer

Rebecca Beringer is a classical homeopath and a CEASE certified homeopath with over five years of experience working with men, women and children of all ages. Her practice serves clients all over northeast Wisconsin and the broader U.S. Her practice is based in Appleton, inside Lawe Street Wellness. She is a graduate of the highly respected Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She can be reached at [email protected] or 920-740-5048. For more information, visit www.healingwayhomeopathy.com. Workshop information can be located under the Community Calendar of this magazine.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 18:17

Homeopathic relief for fever

Fevers are common this time of year, often accompanying viruses, flu, strep throat and other illness. Just because fever reducers are readily available and oftentimes in your medicine cabinet, it is not an indication that they should be used as a first line of defense. A fever is not an illness itself, but rather our body’s natural response to inhibiting the growth of bacteria and virus.

The American Academy of Pediatrics stresses that fever reducers should not be used to maintain a certain body temperature and shouldn’t be used unless the fever is above 102 degrees or there is a history of febrile seizure. This guideline gives room to work with nonmedical ways to bring relief.

For over two hundred years homeopathic remedies have been used to bring relief during a fever. Homeopathic remedies can be used for infants, children, adults or the elderly who are experiencing a fever. Common homeopathic remedies are available locally and online, and are relatively easy to utilize in a fever to bring relief of symptoms.

The best way to apply the homeopathic remedies is to match the symptom picture. Here are some commonly used homeopathic remedies and their guiding symptoms for use in fever:

High fevers

Aconite is appropriate for a high, intense fever that comes on rapidly. Commonly this fever will come on after exposure to cold winds, a shock or injury. The fever may be accompanied by anxiety or fear, a dry chapped, red face and great thirst.

Belladonna is indicated in a high, intense fever that develops rapidly. The fever will be accompanied by a red, flushed face, dilated pupils and a throbbing or pounding headache. The body may be hot while the hands and feet are icy cold. The heat will seem to steam off the person and they may seem out of it or even delirious. This fever is worse at night.

Ferrum Phos is useful when a fever begins but no other symptoms are present yet. The fever could be high but would not develop as quickly as Aconite or Belladonna. This fever involves either red patches or paleness of the face and thirst for cold water.

Low to mid-grade fevers

Gelsemium is appropriate in a low-grade fever that is slow to develop. The fever seems out of proportion to the suffering of the individual, who is very weak and drowsy with droopy eyelids and a dusky red face. Oftentimes the illness is preceded by an ordeal the person had to face.

Pulsatilla is for a low to mid-grade fever in a clingy and whiney child. The child is thirstless and worse from warm and stuffy rooms. Accompanying symptoms may include wet, juicy discharges from the nose or eyes, a wet cough or an earache.

Arsenicum is useful in adults with a fever who feel anxious, restless, extremely chilled and thirsty for small sips of water. This person likes company but may also be rather irritable. This fever may be accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea or aching.

Rhus Tox is indicated in a fever that has a high degree of restlessness that requires the person to want to move, though movement does not bring relief. The person may even rub his feet under the covers. There may be great aching and pain in the limbs and a loss of appetite.

In 2011, The American Academy of Pediatrics published a paper in the journal Pediatrics, to help quell “Fever-Phobia,” a term to describe unnecessary concern around a raise in temperature. This paper stressed the purpose and benefits of fever and specifications around when to use fever reducing medications. “It should be emphasized that fever is not an illness but is, in fact, a physiologic mechanism that has beneficial effects in fighting infection. Fever retards the growth and reproduction of bacteria and viruses… and aids in the body’s acute-phase reaction. The degree of fever does not always correlate with the severity of illness. Most fevers are of short duration, are benign, and may actually protect the host.”

Questions on treating a fever should always be directed to your nurse or medical professional. A professional homeopathic professional can be consulted for further individualized care with homeopathy.


 

Reference: “Fever and Antipyretic Use in Children.” Pediatrics. Janice E. Sullivan et al.

“My favorite aspect of homeopathy is the natural healing from the inside out. Instead of just hiding the symptoms, homeopathy looks at the root of the issue. With my daughter I have used it for acute teething and colds, and also to address long-term healing. In both cases it has helped her handle the healing process. My favorite aspect is knowing her system is getting stronger instead of having to worry about the chemicals in over-the-counter drugs.” —Mandy, mother of two girls, 8 and 9

There is perhaps no better application of homeopathy than in helping raise healthy, robust children. From infancy through young adulthood, homeopathy can be applied to help ease suffering and make the transitions of development smoother. Homeopathy is safe, gentle and effective and takes into account the individual experience of each child, applying a unique remedy to each. Homeopathy works on a deep level and can help restore balance in a gentle way.

Homeopathy is useful for children for the following reasons:

Homeopathy is safe and effective. Homeopathy is safe with no harmful side effects. Homeopathic remedies are made from substances found in nature, commonly plants and minerals. They go through a sophisticated process of dilution and succession (vigorous shaking), which allows the memory of the substance to be imprinted in the solution that is then coated on lactose pellets to be taken orally. Homeopathic remedies are readily available and easy to learn how to apply for minor first aid and health concerns. When used as directed by the manufacturer or under the care and supervision of a professional homeopath, homeopathic remedies are extremely gentle, safe and effective. They are safe for infants, babies, children and pregnant women to take.

Builds strength and resistance. Homeopathy works to stimulate the vital healing energy of each person, restoring the balance within the system to create optimal health and vitality. Our bodies have an innate healing intelligence. Over-the-counter and prescription medications often work by suppressing this mechanism. Over time, the healing response system of the body gets worn down from the suppressing action and it becomes less effective. In contrast homeopathy works with that natural force rather than against it. Through the application of homeopathy a suppressed healing response can rebuild, bringing increased strength and resistance to weather life’s storms.

Takes the individual experience and symptoms into account. Homeopathic remedies are selected and applied to match the symptoms of each child individually. It is so effective in the care of children because most children throw off strong vital responses. It is easy to detect their fever, their discomfort, changes in their behavior or eating and sleeping patterns, etc. All of this information becomes clues as to what remedy can be applied to assist their body’s innate healing response.

Involves children in the process of his/her own health and healing. Children love homeopathy. I have never met a child who refused to take a homeopathic remedy! Frequently children will even ask for remedies because they recognize and know that they make them feel better. When a caregiver or parent is applying homeopathy they have to closely observe the child and ask the child to answer questions. In this way children are involved in their healing and begin to know how their own body feels and responds to changes.

“My husband, sons and I have all been able to eliminate our use of over-the-counter and prescription medications. Homeopathy has become our primary tool for my family’s wellness.” —Sandy, mom of two boys, 13 and 15

From acute conditions such as fevers, stomach aches, bumps and bruises, coughs, colds and allergies to more chronic concerns like eczema, allergies, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety or autism — whatever the concern there is a homeopathic remedy to help assist the body in returning to a normal state of health and vitality. Use homeopathy to raise healthy and robust children!

Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for medical attention. Always contact your primary care provider for medical needs and consider contacting a professional homeopath for guidance to your questions. 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:59

Homeopathy for gut health

Recent research is uncovering just how important gut health is to our overall physical, emotional and mental well-being. Homeopathy has over 200 years of history in its use and application so it is not surprising that homeopathy has a wide range of homeopathic remedies that address digestive disorders. Homeopathic remedies work best when selected to match the characteristics of the symptoms and the person. Homeopathic remedies do not suppress symptoms, but instead work with the system to release them. Homeopathy can be applied acutely to relieve bothersome symptoms and can be utilized to heal chronic digestive disorders completely.

Acute digestive distress

Homeopathy can help with acute digestive discomfort by supporting the energetic system of the body to bring about balance. Homeopathic remedies are made from natural sources in FDA-approved pharmacies. They are incredibly gentle in their action and do not produce side effects. A few of the many common homeopathic remedies that may be useful in acute digestive symptoms include:

Nat Phos 6x: This homeopathic cell salt is the “antacid” of the homeopathic world. It works to neutralize excess acid. Characteristic symptoms of Nat Phos include sour burping, a lump sensation in the throat, yellow coating of the tongue and inflammation of the throat or tongue.

Phosphorus: Homeopathic phosphorus can be considered for the symptoms of acid reflux, heart burn, constant burning in the stomach and regurgitation of food. It may also be useful to relieve symptoms of acute vomiting and diarrhea. Phosphorus is best chosen when cold food and drink are desired but then are vomited or make the symptoms worse once it warms in the stomach.

Carbo veg: Carbo veg is great for excess gas in your stomach, indigestion, bloating and belching. It may calm your digestive system from overeating, eating the wrong foods, or poor or slow digestion. Abdominal symptoms may be accompanied by fatigue, constipation and diarrhea, ear ringing or a rattling cough.

Nux vomica: Nux vomica is the remedy for overindulgence and a great one to keep on hand for the overindulgence of the holidays! Nux vomica relieves digestive problems that arise from the modern day habits of working long hours, eating on the go in the car or at our desks, staying up too late and eating too much of the wrong kinds of foods. These habits cause nausea, constipation or diarrhea, belching, heart burn and indigestion.

It is important to note that homeopathy can also be applied in a multitude of acute conditions including colds, flu, viruses, sinus and ear infections, etc. Using homeopathy for these ailments reduces the need for use of antibiotics and over-the-counter medications that may contribute to digestive disorders. Look for further articles on this topic for further explanation.

Chronic concerns

When digestive complaints become chronic, constitutional homeopathy done with a professional homeopath is the key. The goal in constitutional homeopathy is to apply the homeopathic remedies on a whole-system basis to bring about long-term healing. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the innate healing power of the individual so that all physiological systems function at their best. As the person moves toward an optimal level of general health, he feels better. Subsequently, specific symptoms improve as the strengthened body defenses become active. The homeopath views a person’s health as a condition of the entire individual rather than in terms of isolated symptoms. Homeopaths do not diagnose or treat diseases. Remedies are selected that best correspond to the person’s total state of illness.

Stomach pain, bloating, gas, nausea, bowel dysfunction and food intolerances are rampant in our culture. Culprits for poor digestive health are attributed to overuse of antibiotics, bad bacteria, caffeine, processed foods and sugar, prescription drugs, alcohol, viruses, and parasites. With such a list of culprits it can be hard to know where to start finding answers. While prescription drugs help many reduce their symptoms, they can have serious and catastrophic side effects. Changes in diet, lifestyle and supplements may also not be enough. Homeopathy may be the missing link to relief and improvement. Homeopathy is essentially about bringing your life into balance, and giving you freedom from wellness limitation so that you may live your life as you choose!


 

Empower yourself to help heal minor ailments using natural methods! Homeopathic remedies can be used in the home for minor and temporary ailments. Remedies are readily available and easy to learn. Local pharmacies and natural foods stores carry them, as well as countless online retailers. Single and combination homeopathic products are available. When shopping for homeopathic remedies, it is important to keep in mind that homeopathic remedies are different than herbal remedies or home remedies. Homeopathic remedies will be labeled homeopathic.

Information on remedies is easily found in books or reputable websites including the National Center for Homeopathy (www.nch.org), ABC Homeopathy (www.abchomeopathy.com) or Hpathy (www.hpathy.com). You can even buy apps for your phone or tablet.

Homeopathic remedies are chosen based on the symptom picture uncovered through 200 years of clinical trials and use. When applying a homeopathic remedy it is best to choose one that has symptoms closest to the symptoms being experienced by the person. Here is a short description of some of these common remedies.

Arnica

Arnica in the herbal form is contained in sports gels and ointments. Arnica can also be utilized in the homeopathic form. Arnica is a first response remedy for any injury. Keep this remedy on hand for bumps and bruises, head injuries and overexertion of muscles from exercise or exertion. Symptoms will be achiness, soreness, bruises and tenderness.

Allium cepa

This remedy, made from the infamous red onion, is for temporary relief of watery congestion that is excoriating to the nasal passage causing sneezing and a raw feeling in the throat. These symptoms are common during allergy and cold season.

Apis

A bee sting is a well-known experience. Since this remedy is made from the honey bee it will be helpful in similar conditions that contain stinging, swollen, red, hot, puffy and itchy ailments that center on the skin, eyes or throat.

Chamomilla

The homeopathic version of this common herb is a must have in any household with children. Chamomilla helps calm the system’s response to discomfort that comes from teething, fevers, upset stomach or earaches. Chamomilla is indicated when discomfort causes irritability, crying and sleeplessness.

Gelsemium

Made from the yellow jasmine flower, Gelsemium assists the body in recovery from long-time illness or ailments resulting from nervousness or fright. Symptoms present may include diarrhea, heaviness of the eyelids, limbs and back of the head.

Pulsatilla

This homeopathic remedy from the wind flower is indicated in fluent congestion that is watery, yellow or green, especially if the congestion leads to complaints of the eyes, ears or chest. Pulsatilla is a commonly indicated remedy for weepy children who also have eye redness and irritation, earaches or colds.

Rhus Tox

When your camper stumbles upon a plant that causes redness and vesicles that erupt and itch, this remedy made from the poison ivy plant is one to consider. It is also useful in older adults for stiffness and achiness present in the limbs on first movement.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is a wonderful remedy to support the respiratory and digestive systems of the body when they are out of balance. Phosphorus is well indicated in a cough that is dry and hacking and accompanied by thirst. It is also indicated in vomiting and diarrhea that is profuse or when liquids are continuously vomited.

Calendula

Calendula is a wonderful healing agent in both the herbal and homeopathic form. It can be purchased as homeopathic remedy pellets or in the form of ointment or gel. Use calendula to soothe irritated, dry, sun-exposed skin or to aid the healing of cuts and scrapes.

From this basic list, your knowledge of homeopathy and homeopathic remedies can grow to cover endless uses. Homeopathy and homeopathic remedies are not a substitution for medical attention or advice. But in minor situations homeopathy can be used to aid the body in its efforts to provide a healing response. By collecting and learning just a few remedies can go a long way toward a goal of natural health and healing! 


 

Hope and support to those with autism and ASDs lies in the field of homeopathy. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the innate healing power of the individual so that all physiological systems function at their best. It acts on an energetic level and has a broad effect, shifting mental, emotional and physical symptoms. Since homeopathy is used to assist people rather than treat disease, anyone, whatever his or her diagnosis, can benefit from homeopathic care. Therefore, homeopathy has an absolute place in the support of autism through individualizing the experience of each client.

In the late 1990s Tinus Smits, a homeopath and physician in the Netherlands, released his research and findings on using homeopathy in autism and ASDs. His method for applying homeopathy in this manner is known as CEASE Therapy. CEASE stands for the complete elimination of autism spectrum expression. Dr. Smits had such success with his method that he began training and certifying homeopaths and medical professionals throughout the Netherlands and worldwide to carry forth his work.

CEASE begins with the application of a homeopathic remedy tailored to the specific symptom picture of the person. The homeopathic remedy is given to support the vital energetic healing system of the person to bring about improvement in energy, mood and experiences. If and when necessary, detoxification of toxins or environmental blocks is added to the process. Detoxification is done through homeopathy and isotherapy (a form of homeopathy).

Homeopathy is tailored to the specific experience of each client. Therefore, two people with autism seeking homeopathic care would not necessarily receive the same remedy. The common attributes of autism are taken into account: deficits in verbal and nonverbal communication, difficulty developing, understanding and maintaining relationships, underdeveloped emotions with difficulty expressing or exchanging emotional context, etc. Then a further exploration into the finer nuances and experience of each client is considered. Symptoms such as the anxiety and fears, rigidity or flexibility, bowel and gut discomforts, eating challenges, sleep disturbances, aggression or passivity, etc. These finer nuances guide the homeopath to the best choice for homeopathic remedies.

Autism Speaks, a world leader in autism Science and Advocacy reports that autism affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys, and figures are growing. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism and it is estimated to cost families $60,000 per year. There is no medical detection or cure for autism so Autism Speaks urges early intervention and detection, and if your child exhibits any of the telltale symptoms of autism, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation.

Autism has become so common in the United States. While the diagnosis can carry a label of struggle, we are also beginning to understand the gifts that the autistic person has to bring forth in this world. This is why utilizing therapeutic healing modalities such as homeopathy is imperative. Homeopathy lessens the suffering so the gifts can come forth.

The CEASE method has now spread from the Netherlands to all parts of the world. And in the years since the original application of Dr. Smits work in assisting the autistic client, homeopathic professionals have realized the broader application of the principals in CEASE for many other concerns such as attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, etc. CEASE can and should only be carried out by a certified CEASE therapist and professional homeopath. A listing of such professionals, as well as more information and testimonials can be found at www.cease-therapy.com. More information can be found in Dr. Smits book, “Autism: Beyond Despair.”


 

Spring is here! The trees are budding, the grass is starting to green up, the birds are singing and it won’t be long before we see the first blooms of daffodils and tulips. For many this is a time of rejuvenation and return to outdoor activity. Unless you are one of the unfortunate people who suffer from springtime allergies! These lovely signs of spring often send you back inside instead of basking in the return of the sunshine. For those suffering from allergies, spring brings on watery and itchy eyes, scratchy throat, sneezing, congestion, haziness or even asthma.

Common approaches are to use over the counter and prescription antihistamines or avoidance of the common triggers. No one wants to avoid spring and over the counter medications can have side effects. If you haven’t given homeopathy a try, applying homeopathy for allergies is a great approach! Homeopathy acts on an energetic level, therefore it has a broad effect, shifting mental, emotional and physical symptoms in a positive direction. Homeopathy helps by increasing the individual’s strength and resistance.

Homeopathy can be applied two different ways for allergy relief. The first is to utilize commonly used homeopathic remedies for allergies. These can be found at local health food and drug stores such as The Free Market, Red Radish, Natural Healthy Concepts and allergy combination remedies can even be found at Festival Foods and Walgreens! Hylands homeopathic company even makes special formulas for children. Common historical homeopathic remedies for allergy use include: apis, natrum muriaticum, allium cepa, euphrasia, sabadilla, nus vomica, pulsatilla and histamine.

How is this applied?

Homeopathic remedies are made in FDA-regulated pharmacies according to strict guidelines for purity. They are “all natural” because they are made from single substances in nature such as plants and minerals. Homeopathic theory and application can be summed up with the Latin phrase, “similia similibus curentur,” which translates to “let similar things take care of similar things.” This is where the common homeopathic phrase, “let like cure like” comes from. Therefore, the symptoms that can occur when exposed to a substance and curative in an illness with similar symptoms. Allium cepa is red onion. It is common when cutting red onion to experience watery, itchy eyes, sneezing and a scratchy throat. If one is experiencing these symptoms during an allergy attack, using the homeopathic preparation of allium cepa is a good choice. Any products purchased from your local health food or drug store will have indications and direction for use.

Allergies are so common that we may tend to think they are just a normal occurrence. In actuality, allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system. Mayo Clinic describes: When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify a particular allergen as harmful, even though it isn’t. In the realm of homeopathy, the homeopath views allergies as a pattern of stuck energy and the allergic symptoms as the body’s attempt to regain balance. The application of homeopathic remedies helps to stimulate the body’s own vitality to produce a healing result. Therefore, a second application of homeopathy for allergies is to consult a professional homeopath. Through a consultation, a professional homeopath will take a complete inventory of your symptoms and help provide guidance as to which homeopathic remedies could be useful for your concern. The homeopathic process addresses the root cause of allergies; and applying appropriate homeopathic remedies in that manner can bring about long-term healing from suffering. Homeopathy acts on an energetic level, therefore it has a broad effect, shifting mental, emotional and physical symptoms in a positive direction. Homeopathy helps by increasing the individuals strength and resistance.


“I used to grab the bad feeling and stay there. I am much healthier than I was six months ago. I have a peace deep down and it is going deeper. It is like an elevated place or a platform where I feel safe and predictable. It is a stable place, one step up the ladder at a time.”

—The experience of a client under homeopathic care

Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine over 200 years old that uses substances from nature made into homeopathic remedies in Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated pharmacies to address issues of concern. Depression, anxious feelings, low mood and energy, sleep difficulties and the winter blues are all within the scope and practice of homeopathy, and its application is shown to have incredibly positive results without harsh side effects.

There is no better time of year to be talking about depression and how it can be healed on a deep and natural level with homeopathy. We are plunged into the depths of winter, longing for the warmth of summer days and the feeling of sun on our skin and faces.

Some are more negatively affected by this time of year than others. It is estimated that 6 percent of the U.S. population in the Northern climate are affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and another 14 percent have a lower form of SAD referred to as “the winter blues.” These conditions, similar to general depression, are characterized by a lack of energy, difficulty waking, weight gain and food cravings of starch and sugar. Accompanying feelings include melancholy, malaise and sadness. Concentration becomes difficult and many withdraw from friends and family. Treatment usually includes supplementation with vitamin D, light therapy, counselor care and medication.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that between the late 1990s and 2008, prescription antidepressant use rose 400 percent amongst all ages and that by 2008, 1 in 10 Americans was using an antidepressant. These are staggering figures. For those interested in a natural approach, Homeopathy holds an answer for children, teens, adults and seniors who are suffering from any form of depression, from the winter blues to major depression.

Homeopathic philosophy attests that symptoms being experienced by a person are an imbalance in the energetic system, and the application of a homeopathic remedy helps stimulate the body to heal itself and release from these stuck patterns. Thus, many find relief in using homeopathy to manage and lift the depression experience.

Some reasons that homeopathy is a wonderful choice for natural support of depression:

  • It is gentle and noninvasive.
  • Homeopathic remedies can be used in conjunction with existing medications. A person does not have to change any of his current care to begin homeopathy.
  • Homeopathy is incredibly inexpensive in comparison to the cost of prescription drugs. Costs involve a modest fee for consultation and remedies.
  • Homeopathic remedies do not have side effects.
  • Homeopathic remedies assist with all areas including sleep, overall energy, mood and any accompanying health concerns.

Yet can homeopathy really work as well as an antidepressant? Yes! One study of 91 patients conducted by the Department of Psychobiology at the University of Brazil in Sao Paulo showed that individualized homeopathic application performed as well as Fluoxetine (Prozac) in the treatment of moderate to severe depression. The outcomes were similar, showing that homeopathy is not inferior to this popular antidepressant. The one difference that was noted was more interruptions in care due to adverse side effects for the antidepressant group.

If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, this time of year or any other, consider homeopathy as a gentle, holistic approach to heal. For chronic or serious concerns, such as depression, homeopathy is most successful when a professional, qualified homeopath is consulted.


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