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Appreciating the homeopathic process

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So, you have decided to try homeopathy after being referred by a friend or reading an amazing article that convinced you it might work. You are ready to book an appointment with a homeopath about your issue of chronic anxiety and the more immediate problem of burn out and fatigue rather than taking medications, asking for stress leave, risking the flow of your career, and maybe upsetting your relationships in the process. With curiosity and an open mind, hopefully anyways, you would like to see what homeopathy can do instead.

No longer a parts based system, but a whole human being approach

The first thing to remember is that homeopathy is going to be very different than seeing a conventional doctor or a GP. Get out of that mindset that you can only bring one problem or issue to each visit. While a doctor may address you as parts containing diseases and symptoms to fix, a homeopath is going to want to spend more time going over all the symptoms around your issue. They see you as a whole that needs some fine tuning, not a nervous system or a gallbladder that needs to be repaired, removed or replaced.

Also a doctor usually works with the short-term results, so if the symptoms can be altered or reduced quickly, then the person is considered better and all is well. The homeopath is looking at your long-term health, and so giving medications that alter or suppress a symptom without first looking into the original underlying reason for the anxiety or the fatigue is considered a risky short cut. A short cut that can lead to side effects from medications, a need for long term medicine use, or further health complications down the road. The better approach is to address the whole person, and to see that the treatment leads to the best possible long-term outcome for that person. The concept of wholeness is further explained in this article by Judyann McNamara, What is True Healing.

Chronic illnesses may be a reality but the idea that we have to feel worse over time is just not true. We can feel better and be healthier, and adapting and adjusting as we go is something homeopathy has the capacity to help us with.

A collaborative and self-responsible relationship of health

Another major mindset that needs to change is the relationship between the patient and the practitioner. Going to the doctor we have become used to presenting our problem, being questioned briefly, being examined, getting some tests done, and then we go home and wait for the prescription or referral to a specialist. This is easy from the patient’s point of view, yet it is also passive. You don’t have to do anything other than show up, and then continue to show up for follow up appointments when they are scheduled. A homeopath will want to see you for the initial consultation, and maybe a second time to clarify their direction in selecting a remedy or support. Then, once you are given the suggestion, they would like you to stay in touch! They actually prefer if you give them feed back on how you are doing and what is happening.

This is the only way the homeopath can know what to do next, or what to do in the case you are struggling with the healing process. Your process and experience are going to be different from another person’s, even if you came in with the same issue of chronic anxiety and burnout, so to follow a predefined protocol or therapy is not the optimal for each individual. The homeopath understands how significant the process back to health is for you, and by collaborating with you and following your needs, they can offer the best possible support and tools for you.

This is difficult to accept perhaps, but a homeopath wants to work with you, to hear from you and to know how you are doing.

Self rated health outcomes over generic test results

Unlike conventional medicine where it is the test result that directs the treatment process, homeopaths prefer to use the self rated health scores of each person. Researchers have found that Self Rated Health tests show the best indicators of overall morbidity (rate of disease) and mortality rates. How many times have you wanted to go to the doctor but you don’t because you already know that they will say, “Your test results are inconclusive so I have to conclude that there is nothing wrong with you!” This has to be the dumbest, pardon my French, part of the current medical system. No wonder we have so many people with full-fledged pathological diseases such as coronary artery disease, cancer, or arthritis in the hospitals. If they had been able to seek treatment when they first felt something was off, … maybe the functional changes in their body systems could have been avoided and they would have been able to adapt and stay healthy, and avoided the need for painful, expensive and complex treatments later on.

A homeopath is going to work with you at any stage of the disease process, and the earlier the better for everyone. They trust that you know your own state of health and that you also know when you need support and tools for regaining your health. Think about a space ship that at the start of journey is only a fraction off its course to Saturn, many years later and it has little chance of even seeing Saturn! The earlier the course is corrected, the better chance the ship has to reach its destination.

This leads to self responsibility in health. Sounds daunting perhaps, but think about it. You are the one responsible for your health and healing. Not a doctor, or GP, or a blood test, or a specialist. You. Feels good somehow doesn’t it?

An open, accepting space to tell it how it is

Since the homeopath is looking at the whole of you, you can pretty much talk about any odd, seemingly unconnected, unusual thing that you want or feel like bringing up. It is distracting to the doctor, they want to stay on point and to keep things symptom related to the part being discussed. Homeopaths on the other hand have been trained to sit in discomfort, to be ok with feeling confused as to the situation the patient is describing, and to not judge the person for whatever they may have experienced. It is all part of the homeopathic system of case taking. There is also a fundamental trust that everyone has the ability to heal already within them, even if at the moment it is latent. You are not coming to be fixed, but for tools and support, basically a get-unstuck-agent that will put you back on the road to good health and help you on your path.

Unlike a doctor that takes charge of the treatment process, a homeopath is merely the one to objectively fit together the presenting symptoms to see how they express the whole, like seeing a large unfinished jigsaw puzzle. Then they pattern match what they see in that puzzle image to what remedy or other suggestion can help you the most.

And get it out of your mind that a remedy is going to take over the healing for you. It is just a tool that helps stimulate the body to heal itself, as the body would be able to do naturally before it got stuck, and does at all times when we are healthy. We don’t pay attention while we feel great, but what is happening to bring about that great feeling? It is essentially the countless natural and internal processes at work keeping us alive. The body is an amazing phenomenon if we stop to ponder it!

What can you do to get the most out of homeopathy?

  1. Share ALL the important things going on, it is not necessary to limit what you say or self censure.
  2. Be yourself at the consultation. The good, the bad and the ugly all matter when considering the whole.
  3. Be engaged in your own healing by asking questions and learning what you can do yourself. Learn to be self-responsible and self-empowered again.
  4. Give honest and current feedback about what you experience after taking a homeopathic remedy or suggestion. Keeping a journal with dates can be very helpful.
  5. Learn to trust in your own healing capability again, it is after all the only way we ever really heal.

What to expect after seeing a homeopath?

Again, this is going to be as unique as you are. Everyone is different and has different experiences and needs. And in all honesty homeopathy is not always immediate and easy. It might take time to find the best remedy match, or for you to feel empowered and trusting again so that the whole of you is on board to regain your health. However, when it works homeopathy changes lives and does ‘miraculous’ things. What do I mean by miraculous?

The global or whole person action of homeopathy means that when we take a remedy or support we may suddenly feel inspired to eat better, to go to the gym, to buy that house we always dreamed of, or to drop the procrastination that is holding us back, to reach out to friends, or to see our loved ones with greater appreciation. Remember, it is the whole of you that has the potential to improve! And the main complaint that brought you to see a homeopath, the anxiety and burnout, that too improves. And if it does not completely disappear, you can see it differently and discover ways to improve it, whereas before it was stuck, and you could only see one possible, off course outcome. I encourage you to get the most of what homeopathy can offer! And to appreciate the journey back to health.

 

 

I had the chance to talk about what I do on an American radio station. It was great to answer Michael’s questions and to explore what it is like to see a homeopath.

Anxiety and connection

We live in a world where it is increasingly difficult to feel connected, connected to other people, to nature, to our work, to our reality, to ourselves even. And we feel increasingly anxious. Anxiety before a big date or a final exam is one thing, but chronic anxiety is often a symptom of a prevalent, serious and persistent health problem. It can affect our behaviour, thoughts, feelings and even our physical sensations, and it often works as a feedback loop further amplifying the anxiety and therefore the disconnection we feel. It is estimated that up to 10-20 per cent of people experience some kind of anxiety disorder. I have had my own personal experience with an extreme social anxiety, and at its worst I felt utterly disconnected from other people. They went together I found, anxiety and isolation.

The human being is essentially a social animal, we belong to families, groups, communities, and this means we need to communicate to belong. Communication is not about grunts of approval or dislike, or posting a Facebook comment, it involves a complex understanding of metaphor, symbology, and meaning on many levels. When we interact, we communicate more than just the words we speak. Anxiety can arise when communication is not helping us feel more connected.

Asking the following questions can be the catalyst for resolving if our anxiety is due to a communication disconnect. And have heart, there are definitely solutions for anxiety, and for improving communication.

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Questions about communication and connection

When you spend time with someone, do you feel lonely?

When you are with another person, do you feel more energetic or less?

Do you sense the other person finds you boring and would rather be somewhere else?

Do you feel like your attention goes past the person rather than to the person you are speaking with?

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When communicating, do you ask questions? When you ask questions, does the other person respect your questions and answer them without judgment?

Are you truly interested in the person you are communicating with?

Do you have enthusiasm in the topics you are discussing?

Are you comfortable showing your enthusiasm and your interest in the other person?

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Can you listen to what they have to say for a long period of time?

Do you interrupt with assumptions instead of hearing the other person speak?

Do you cut the flow of communication by interrupting or proceeding to talk about yourself?

Does the flow of communication stop with uncomfortable silences?

Do you have a desire to talk about yourself but then don’t see the same desire in others?

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Does your childhood story affect your present moment?

Could the person in front of you be replaced by anyone else without you noticing?

Are you just repeating facts you have heard?

Are you saying meaningless things just to say something?

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Do you feel the other person is your equal and that you can be yourself with them?

Do you feel there is a special, distinct interaction between you and the other?

Are you trying to create a special relationship, even though temporary, between you and the other?

Are you finding meaningful interactions regularly each and every day, in all places?

Do you crave such meaningful interactions?

Are you being honest, sharing real stories about yourself with the other person?

Can you tell them your own opinions, feelings, reflections honestly?

Could you say that you want to be communicating with the person in front of you?

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Are you trusting that a community can heal and help you?

Are you willing to be part of that community?

Some of these questions are difficult to ask, and certainly taking the time to reflect on our experience relating to the questions is a valuable exercise. Try to embrace the discomfort, it is where the magic happens!

Solutions for anxiety and communication

So what can be done. There are many articles on the reasons for increasing anxiety, cell phones, changing times, less social interaction, more xenophobia, more judgment and bias, even the law of attraction can be considered as a reason. However, I think the fundamental reason lies in how healthy we are and what tools we have learned to use when it comes to communication. So using our cell phones less, trying to be more tolerant, wanting to attract positivity to ourselves, are all actions that, without a fundamental depth or capacity, are no different than weight lifting in our mind and hoping our muscles get bigger.

I would suggest investing in your health, as a holistic experience, looking at all sides of who and what you are. Health can be breathing deeper, it can be eating less chocolate, it can be taking an extra moment before speaking, it is our challenge to learn what is healthier and what is not. And to know that we may well-nigh see a healthy choice before us but can’t for the life of us make it so. That is when you need to engage outside help. Make the investment, it is worth it.

Intuitively I believe we know what can make us healthy again. Seek out practitioners who follow the understanding of individualized medicine and who trust in the person’s own ability to heal. Anxiety improves when our health improves. I gleaned this quote from the book Medicine of the Gnostic by Abdul-Wali, Salik ages ago,

“When the lion is sick, he eats of a certain shrub and cures himself. He does this because the illness has an affinity for a certain plant, of for the essence of it. The cure is always known to the disease. Release this knowledge and you will know more than the doctor who can only recall facts and memories which seem to apply. There is a difference between hopeful assumptions and positive knowledge. And every case of sickness is slightly different.”

As for tools, learning to communicate is a skill just as math or the culinary arts is. It is best not to leave it to chance, or to your tribe’s capacities or lack thereof. Study up on Non-Violent Communication, and on David Bohm’s Dialogue methods. These two tools are going to bring a more holistic dimension to your connection by communication. Ted Talks is an amazing resource for how to connect to others and challenging our beliefs to stretch our comfort bubble. Practice and cultivate your inner seeds and watch your garden of connection grow.

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How does holistic treatment support healthy living? Why try homeopathy? Having a life long study in the principles of nature and healthy living, Lauren Trimble DHom, Nd is happy to share her knowledge and experience. The art of retuning the body’s natural healing capacity & developing consciousness in a compassionate and gentle way is the gift that homeopathy brings to her current holistic practice. If you enjoyed this article find out more at Birdsong.

First-Aid-Homeopathy

Are you looking for a safe and natural way to treat yourself and your family at home? No longer satisfied with possible side effects or long term complications from various medications and treatments? Homeopathy is a wonderful option that anyone can learn to use for general first aid and acute situations.

I am excited to share what I know about using homeopathy and if you are following this blog, you might be excited to learn more and especially how you too can use homeopathy to improve your health. Join me for a one hour talk on how to use four well known first aid remedies:
Arnica for bruising,
Aconite for shock,
Rhus tox for tendons and ligaments and
Nux vomica for intoxications.

I will explain why you need to have these remedies at home in your kit and how to use them for basic situations like injuries, accidents and generally overdoing it. They are easy to use, inexpensive, and safe and natural. The perfect first aid solution for the 21st century.

This talk includes a PDF handout of the intro with instructions on when to use the four remedies. For anyone wanting to learn more about homeopathy and how to use it themselves in an easy and simple way, this is a great intro to gain some knowledge and confidence.

The date is 7pm EST, Thursday the 18th of May 2017.
Cost is 10$ CAN

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You can comment on the event page on Facebook, or go to my website to contact me for more information.

And is there treatment for paruresis?

What is paruresis?

Many people can have difficulty going when in a bathroom if other people are nearby. This is not uncommon. However paruresis, also known as shy bladder syndrome, is when shyness, embarrassment, or fear of being judged for not being able to urinate develops into a phobia or irrational fear.

There can be a spectrum of what is ok or not ok. One guy is ok when there are empty spaces and there are large dividers between the urinals, but if there are no dividers or someone is right next to him than he can’t go. Or a guy can go if they use a closed stall and don’t consider this as a problem. At the other extreme a person can only go when they are at home and no one else is in the house, or if they use a catheter. I have known people that resorted to using a catheter during a long airplane trip, as there was no other way that they could take a 14-hour flight without intense discomfort and pain.

Why do people develop paruresis?

Why does someone have this? Good question! Certainly there is sensitivity, and a heightened awareness of one’s surroundings. Keep in mind that virtually no one can go when their body has shifted into the fight or flight mode. This is part of the biological design of mammals. When we are running away from a tiger the last thing we are going to do is stop and take a leak, we are just going to keep running like mad. Or we may freeze and every non-vital function is going to be put on hold as long as we are gripped by fear. This includes digestion, rational thought processes, and also the sphincters that are related to urination are going to close up. And for a person with paruresis, absolutely nothing they think or will to happen in that moment will loosen those sphincters! Not until the fear passes and they can relax again.

I find the main issues about shy bladder to one or a combination of the following:

  • Visual, being seen going to the bathroom. If there is a stall without large gaps in the structure, or a urinal with large divisions between the basins, they are usually ok to go in public.
  • Auditory, this is more about being heard than seen. Often the standard pubic washroom design makes going impossible. In Japan, they play music in bathrooms, or the toilets make noise to mask the sounds of going to the bathroom.
  • Proximity, this is about how close the other person is. It can be ok if they are five urinals away, but not two. Or if they are eight stalls away or across the hallway, but not right next to you. It can also be that they are only able to go if there is no one inside the same building or house.
  • Delay, this is about how long it takes to start going. If it seems that someone else is listening or can hear and is therefore judging the person about how long it is taking them to go to the bathroom, this can start anxiety. Once the anxiety is triggered it can be impossible to start.
  • Knowing that someone is waiting can also be an issue. Even if that person is outside of the washroom, just knowing they are waiting is the issue.
  • Some people have a germ phobia, so this is more about the uncleanliness of a public washroom rather than paruresis.

Stigma and shame

Unfortunately being teased or laughed at for this particular phobia is common. And usually people either think that they are the only person on the planet who has this thing, and that everyone else can go easily whenever they need to. Some will think, “Am I crazy. I don’t understand this.” Or they are too ashamed to ask for help and to reach out to friends or professional support. The result is that people with paruresis are often very isolated and don’t seek help. Then the phobia can easily become the center of their life.

My own story with paruresis

Part of the path to cure is knowing what we are feeling anxious or fearful about. For me it was the amount of time, I couldn’t just sit down on a toilet seat and start to go. I finally realized my main issue was the delay. I felt embarrassed about how long it was taking me, especially with people waiting to use the bathroom. I was convinced other people were keeping track and that they could notice my hesitation. That combined with my usual anxiety, and my issues I found through homeopathy of vulnerability, safety and performance, and I started to take longer and longer to be able to go. And eventually I completely blocked.

So in less than six months after moving to a large city, where bathrooms are always filled with people, I went from being a bit shy about going in front of others to only being able to go if I was alone at home with the door closed. It happened so fast, and led to a closing in of my life. I became very isolated in many ways and I also felt ashamed and at fault for what had happened. I was so completely unaware that other people also have this problem at first. I mean really, who can’t go to the bathroom! We all need to go, every day, several times a day, and no one talks seriously about not being able to go, they just laugh at the idea.

Social life and isolation

You can see how much this might affect a person’s life in terms of relationships, friendships, socializing, work, and career. There is a preoccupation with what you drink, especially before you leave the house, with where you are, and what options are available for using a bathroom. Every day is taken up with these kinds of thoughts. You change your habits and social behavior in order to compensate. It is no longer easy to plan on going to a friend’s house, a party, or the theatre. The longer it goes on, the more the person can forget how it was before they were phobic and not realize how much the phobia is affecting their life and their choices. After time a person is a person controlled by his or her own fear and shame rather than being able to be spontaneous and social.

What I did to get better?

Since it happened so fast I realized I could not live like that, being unable to go out without extreme anxiety and discomfort. I stubbornly reached out for anything that might help me. Once I found the definition for paruresis online and realized that this was a thing that could happen to people, around 7% of the population, I could at least say to myself that this was a real thing. At that time there was not much online about it. I found the International Paruresis Association in the United States and this encouraged me to start and lead a support group in my city.

I wrote emails to people with shy bladder, I read books, I did the graduated exposure therapy practice in the malls, I went to Baltimore for a workshop for women, I saw a cognitive behavioral therapist, I helped host workshops in my city, whatever I could do I was going to do it to get better. And it helped; I went from a nine to around a five or four in a couple of years. The biggest piece was understanding the cycle of anxiety and how to stop it, and that no matter what I do, I will tend to have a delay before I can go. So if I could sit in the delay and avoid the anxiety, all was well.

Homeopathy and phobias

I started studying homeopathy and got my degrees, and through that process my facilitators and instructors treated me. After several core remedies and exploring the symbols related to safety, vulnerability and performance, I was much less triggered and anxious in general. One day I noticed that I was no longer phobic about going to the bathroom anymore. This is not to say that who I am completely changed, sometimes there are situations where I don’t want to go or can’t go. So, as I was before the phobia, I am still a bit shy. However, I don’t feel anxious or uncomfortable anymore.

Needless to say my work life, social life and relationships have all changed immensely for the better. My day is never overshadowed by worry and concern for what may happen, or where I will be, or what I might have to say to avoid discomfort or embarrassment. With homeopathy my perceptions changed in many aspects and now that I don’t feel worried or ashamed and my shyness never escalates back into a phobic condition. I feel I have gone from a 5 down to a 1. And as I mentioned above, lots of people are shy about using bathrooms, they just aren’t phobic about it.

How homeopathy is different?

Homeopathy is based on the principles of individualization, minimum dose and like cures like, and it uses a truly holistic approach. The aim of homeopathy is not to treat phobia, or shy bladder, or any disease diagnosis, but to explore the root source of symptoms and individual susceptibilities. Homeopaths don’t separate the mind and the body into various parts and systems that are treated independently of each other. They see that all aspects of any person are dynamically interconnected and directly influence each other. Liver, nervous system, anger, ego, soul, any symptoms the person focuses on are considered during a homeopathic session.

It is always great to start early as well. As a child I was terrified of the dark, timid, shy, and in my early teens developed epilepsy. These can all be treated in children simply with homeopathy. I had to wait until my 30s to find homeopathy and this after having years of living with anxiety, depression, and the shy bladder phobia for a short time. For an adult, symptoms usually get more complex, we have compensated, suppressed, denied our experiences, been further traumatized, and gotten further and further away from our true self. And by this I mean the inner self that is not our personality, or ego, or our social mask. This is one of the best parts of homeopathy, it brings us back in touch with this inner self, and it reminds us of who we really are, of what our purpose is. After all, this is the key question all spiritual paths eventually ask of us, “Who Am I.”

What is the expected process?

The most common response to a well individuated remedy is a nearly immediate reduction of anxiety. We can start to feel whole, the root of the anxiety is addressed and we are able to start the healing process. Healing is not that different than being able to go to the bathroom, we can’t heal when we never relax and we are anxious all the time! The rest of the process may take time, depending on each individual person, there is no way to know in advance. However, as the response to a core remedy is global, the results can be wide reaching and often unexpected! And no matter how challenging the process, it is certainly worth the investment if we can regain our life and joy of living.

Listen to my interview about paruresis and phobias with NotBroken Radio, April 17, 2017.

 

 

 

World Homeopathy Awareness Organization

10 GOOD REASONS TO USE HOMEOPATHY

1. NATURAL ACTION
Homeopathy works by stimulating the body’s own natural defence mechanism to promote health and to resist infection and susceptibility to disease. Although gentle, the results can be powerful and long lasting.

2. HEALTH & WELL-BEING
Homeopathy improves health generally, rather than merely alleviating localized symptoms. It treats the whole individual, acting on the mental and emotional levels as well as the physical level, providing a balance in overall health and an increased sense of well-being and quality of life.

3. EFFECTIVE MEDICINE
When used correctly, homeopathy can be an extremely effective system of medicine, providing long-lasting relief from many acute and chronic conditions and illnesses.

4. NO HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS
Homeopathic treatment offers a gentle and non-invasive approach to health, producing no toxic side effects, no dependency or addiction, and no withdrawal.

5. COST EFFECTIVE
Homeopathic medicines are surprisingly inexpensive to purchase, especially when compared to over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

6. FAST-ACTING FIRST-AID RELIEF
Homeopathy can be safely used at home or on the road to provide rapid relief for minor problems such as bruises, simple burns, sprains, insect bites, gastric upsets, etc. However more serious or long-lasting complaints should be treated by a qualified homeopath.

7. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS
Homeopathic medicines are tested only on healthy humans in order to determine the range of action of each remedy.

8. COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE
Homeopathic medicines can be used independently or along with conventional drugs and other therapies (with the full knowledge of your other healthcare providers). It can often alleviate unpleasant side effects of conventional treatments (e.g., chemotherapy).

9. ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY
Homeopathy has no adverse impact on the environment. There is not waste of energy or natural resources in the manufacturing process and no pollution of the water supply, oceans, or dump sites when used. In fact, homeopathy is the ultimate Green Medicine!

10. MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE
Homeopathy is the second most widely-used system of medicine in the world. It is available in most countries and is gaining in popularity as an alternative to conventional medicine.

From the Canadian Society of Homeopaths at www.csoh.ca

 

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Natural prevention, tick removal, recovery and post-recovery support for Lyme

How can you prevent Lyme disease? What if you get Lyme disease? And what options are available for long-standing chronic Lyme disease? The standard medical treatment for Lyme is antibiotics. However, this may not work for everyone. Read on for ideas on prevention, acute treatment and natural treatments. The body knows how to heal itself with a little help.

Natural Lyme prevention

A natural way to immunize against Lyme would be to take the homeopathic Lyme disease remedy. The protocol is to take 2-3 doses of the Lyme remedy, also known as the Borrelia remedy, in a 200c potency. It is good to do this in the spring, spreading the doses out over a couple of weeks or more.

Lemongrass essential oil is suggested to deter ticks. You can make a spray with water and use a bit of the oil to put on socks, shoes, pants and sleeves. It is safe to put directly on the skin since the oil is diluted.

Tick removal

If you find a tick that is attached, pull the tick out safely. DO NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products to force the tick out of the skin. This can make things worse and the chances of leaving the head of the tick in the skin are much higher. It also stresses the tick, which may mean greater discharge of toxic materials into the skin. Remove attached ticks with tweezers gently to avoid crushing the tick’s body. Grasp the tick firmly and as close as possible to the person or animal’s skin. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. Do not be alarmed if the tick’s mouthparts remain in the skin. (Watch this Video by tick expert Kateryn Rochon)

Homeopathically it is good to give a dose of Ledum palustre 200c while removing the tick. I will discuss the use of Ledum in homeopathic protocols later on.

Cleanse the area with an antiseptic or lavender essential oil. You can put a drop of lavender oil at the site right away. It is antibacterial and antiseptic yet will not suppress any symptoms. You can also mix the lavender with coconut oil or other carrier oil to dilute the essential oil so it will not affect sensitive skin.

Calendula helps the skin to repair and heal without scarring. There are some calendula wax-based or cream formulas available that would be good to apply after the lavender oil has set in. Another option is to use a Bentonite clay poultice to draw out anything left in the wound. You can add some lavender oil to the Bentonite poultice.

Recovery from Lyme with Western medicine

Going to the doctor will result in tests and antibiotics. There are cases where there is no response or an incomplete response to antibiotics. In these cases either oral or intravenous antibiotics are continued for months at a time. Some patients ultimately respond well to this aggressive treatment, others do not, or they may suffer extensive side effects from prolonged antibiotic use.

For many with a strong immune system and vitality, the recovery is quick and effective. However, cases in which the symptoms return after months of an apparent cure, or never completely go away with standard or aggressive treatment, there can be serious suffering and health deterioration. Patients in this category are said to suffer from chronic Lyme, or post-treatment Lyme disease. This is not recognized by all medical systems and treatment is therefore often unavailable.

There are also problems that can arise with only using antibiotics as a treatment. All bacteria create biofilms in the body. Similar to a house or roof, they build a stable place to exist. When under assault by the immune system or antibiotics, they form spherical shapes and can thus hibernate in a comatose state like a seed. They then constantly monitor the environment waiting for the opportunity to ‘wake up.’ They are more difficult to remove from the body when in this state. It is also well known that it is not advisable to take antibiotics over a long term. This can disrupt the delicate balance of the body’s microbiome and lead to problems with basic body functions such as digestion and assimilation. It is possible therefore that using only allopathic treatments can suppress symptoms that come back later, and residual effects can be carried for years.

If you do not recover from antibiotic treatment, or have relapses requiring stronger antibiotics, this suggests there is an issue with your immune system response. Although antibiotics can help the body to remove bacteria, without the body’s own adaptive response and immune system response doing that work there is little chance of a full recovery. There are other treatments that can naturally stimulate the body’s immune and adaptive responses. They can help wake up the awareness of the bacteria causing the imbalance, and then the body can remove it gently and completely in most cases.

The Herx reaction
A Herxheimer reaction refers to the release of endotoxins where bacteria die off during antibiotic treatment faster than the body can remove the toxins. Symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, and overall increased Lyme symptoms. This reaction can produce symptoms more severe than the disease itself, and so care must be taken to help the body clear the toxins or to reduce the intensity of the antibiotic reaction. If the issue is blocked lymph nodes for example, then to do an intensive antibiotic course before addressing the lymph drainage would perhaps do more harm than good.

Using Homeopathy to support Lyme recovery

It is always better to treat the current and complete symptom picture of each individual, although there are many homeopathic protocols that may help for Lyme infections. Keep in mind it is possible to combine natural approaches along with antibiotic use, depending on what you feel most comfortable doing. However, it would be good to have the advice of a professional homeopath since antibiotics can complicate the body’s response to the natural treatments.

After the tick bite
If it is the first or second day of the bite, use Belladonna 30c or 200k to wake up the vital force and help rally the immune system to act. Indications are if there is any fever, redness, pain or red swelling. Also take Ledum 200c or 200k. Use only the Ledum if the bite has been there for a while, since the Belladonna is no longer useful once the acute phase has passed. The Ledum is excellent for insect bites and reduces inflammation and itching, redness with swelling, and throbbing pain.

In the case that the person is freaking out and worried they might die after the tick bite, you can easily calm then down from fear with Aconite 30c or 200k. Give them one right away, and another dose shortly after if they still need it.

Next steps
The best course of action with homeopathics is to individualize the treatment if at all possible. With the help of a homeopath it is good to use the person’s core or global remedy to help the body heal completely and fully. This addresses the previous issues that lowered their immune system response and increased their susceptibility to contracting the Lyme disease. This is best done with a professional homeopath, who will determine the complete set of symptoms and then match that to a remedy picture.

A homeopath will explore much more than just the physical symptoms and this unusual approach is only one principle that sets them apart from a general practitioner’s methods. After finding a core remedy or specific protocol, a homeopath can suggest the dosage, potency and duration of the chosen remedy. They can also suggest when to switch remedies, or if adding other remedies would be helpful. This makes healing a collaborative process between you and your homeopath, allowing for the best possible outcome.

Other remedies
After the initial protocol or core remedy, it is possible to use other remedies for particular symptoms as they appear during the healing process.

When someone is irrationally afraid of Lyme disease, consider Syphilinum. Their fear will often lead to a profound aversion to dirt or to touching dirty things. Lyme is similar to the Syphilis bacteria. There is an acute phase, dormant phase, and a progressive chronic phase where it gets worse with time. As mentioned above, an acute state of panic and fear of death can also be helped with Aconite. Homeopathy can definitely help with the feelings of despair, depression or even suicidal thoughts that may result from chronic Lyme disease.

Pharmaceutical clean up
In the case where antibiotics or other medications have been used, it can be good to do a drug detox for the system. Sometimes this is required before using natural protocols so the remedies can act fully to initiate the body’s response. This is mostly indicated in sensitive or very fatigued persons, although it can still be helpful for most people. There are various protocols that can help the body detox.

Food and Diet
Whole food supplements can also boost the immune system and help with fatigue. They can be used along with the homeopathic protocols and/or antibiotic treatment.

Spirulina contains essential amino acids, iron, protein, B vitamins, and vitamins C, D and E and supports the body, boosts the immune system and helps with recovery from fatigue.

Bee pollen is also a potent whole food supplement. It contains beta-carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin, the complete B and E complexes, vitamins C and D as well as protein and trace minerals including iodine, magnesium, and selenium. It is known as the most complete single food on earth.

Organic alfalfa is one of the most mineral-rich foods with optimal levels of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and trace minerals such as selenium, copper, sulfur, and zinc. These minerals are in balance naturally and promote proper absorption.

I prefer these natural whole food supplements to taking specific or multi vitamins that can be synthetic, unbalanced or difficult for the body to absorb and use.

Post-Treatment Recovery

It is important to rebuild the physical structures that were affected such as the collagen tissues, where the bacteria get most of their nutrients to survive. To rebuild the affected structures you can use homeopathic supports, nutritional whole food supplements and herbs, as well as a strong whole food diet. The areas mainly affected will show up in the symptoms that are expressed in each individual. It might be in the brain as neurological diseases, the joints as arthritis, or the heart as heart disease. There will most certainly be a nutrient deficiency.

Quinton’s Plasma is a good tonic to restore nutrients in the more serious cases that have lead to long-term fatigue. Mycoplasmas scavenge B vitamins, so taking whole food supplements can be helpful along with eating different whole foods that contain the range of B vitamins. If they have disrupted the GI tract, this can cause bowel permeability. Taking Aloe Vera gel for a short time can help repair the mucosa. It may also help to change your diet temporarily, reducing foods that cause any inflammation or irritation. Homeopathic intestinal flora remedies can also help with recovery in this department.

After using antibiotics, it is important to repopulate the digestive tract with healthy bacteria again. You can consume raw or unpasteurized fermented foods that still have living beneficial bacteria. There are many probiotic foods as well such as plain yogurt and kefir. Also important are foods that offer prebiotics such as onions and under-ripe bananas. These contain the food that the healthy bacteria need to survive and grow once they are inside the digestive tract again. For a more intensive recovery, the Genestra HMF probiotics are human-sourced proprietary strains that adhere better to the gut lining and more efficiently colonize the intestinal tract. Most probiotics just pass through the intestines and so continued use is required. Many of the Genestra strains will actually repopulate the internal flora for the longer term.

Homeopathic Tissue Salts can be very useful in a wide variety of functional disorders and physical symptoms. They are based on the 12 essential minerals the body needs to repair and maintain itself, and they help to regulate and restore these minerals and their functions. There are other homeopathic supports that can be used as well and if often depends on the homeopath’s familiarity with each system.

Other methods to consider alongside conventional medication include following the GAPS diet, osteopathy, cranial-sacral therapy and Traditional Chinese tuina massage and bone setting. It is not recommended to have acupuncture during homeopathic treatment as both methods are energetically based and may counter act each other.

There is a natural way to support Lyme disease, and to recover our lives and rediscover our potential!

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Natural support for Lyme disease
I offer support for Lyme disease all over the world via Skype or, at my office in Montreal, Quebec. Ask about a free 15-minute consultation. It is possible to work with the use of antibiotics, medications and other treatment protocols or to use a totally natural approach.

How does holistic treatment support healthy living? Why try homeopathy? Having a life long study in the principles of nature and healthy living, Lauren Trimble DHom, Nd is happy to share her knowledge and experience. The art of retuning the body’s natural healing capacity & developing consciousness in a compassionate and gentle way is the gift that homeopathy brings to her current holistic practice. If you enjoyed this article find out more at Birdsong.

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