August 08 Summer Ills
Apologies to my readers for the gap in the Regular Reviews but I have been involved in a new family related web site backed by Disney, and this has taken some time to organise. For anyone that is interested, the website is www.ukfamily.co.uk but it will not be fully up and running until early Autumn 2008.
However, to get back into the swing of things for my own website, I thought that a review covering the homeopathic treatment of common summer ailments might be useful to readers as a companion to my review of November 06 (Winter Ills).
Insect bites and stings
Ledum is traditionally given in a low strength, or potency, for bee and wasp stings, when the pain of the sting or bite is relieved by cold applications. An alternative way of treating bee or wasp stings is to give Apis mel. for bee stings and Vespa vulgaris for wasp stings in a high strength of 10M, repeated every five minutes until the pain has settled.
An excellent remedy for the effects of sun exposure is Belladonna , which can rapidly control the fever, headache and malaise. Glonoine may help if the headache persists.
There is a homeopathic remedy that is recommended both for prevention of sunburn and for treatment when there has been too much exposure to the sun which is called Sol. I was sceptical about this remedy until I tried it for myself and also prescribed it for a patient who had a sun sensitive rash. Much to the patient's surprise and joy, it prevented her rash from erupting and she had a wonderful holiday in Spain instead of spending all her time in the shade. I would, however, emphasise the dangers of too much exposure to the sun, both in the development of skin cancers and for aging the skin. Please note, Sol will NOT prevent those problems from occurring.
Hay fever is the name given to the combination of symptoms triggered by exposure to airborne pollens, typically from trees and grasses. Sufferers can get a variety of problems, ranging from a streaming nose and watering eyes, severe nasal congestion, itching in the nose and throat and, in severe cases, wheezing or a full-blown asthma attack in susceptible patients.
A good general remedy to take is Mixed Grass and Pollen in a 30C dose. One tablet a day as a maintenance dose or up to three times daily will normally help if symptoms are particularly bad, and if sneezing is a problem, then Sabadilla at the same dose may benefit.
There are a wide range of remedies that can be used to relieve hay fever and these will form a basis for my Regular Review in February 09.
Diarrhoea and sickness
This is also known as 'traveller's diarrhoea' or gastroenteritis. My most commonly recommended homeopathic remedy is Ars. Alb., taken at a 30C strength every twenty minutes until the vomiting has settled, then four times a day whilst the diarrhoea settles. The typical sufferer has frequent, offensive, watery motions which burn, together with weakness and sweating which follow the attacks of diarrhoea. Restlessness may also be present.
If the diarrhoea is more colicky and follows too much rich food, or alcohol, then Nux vomica is a useful remedy, at the same dose.
Small sips of water, which are at room temperature, are vital treatment for the dehydration accompanying acute diarrhoea and sickness. Food should be simple and easy to digest and do not worry about eating if feeling sick is a problem. That is nature's way of telling the body that it is not quite ready for food! Once the hunger pangs start, then it is ok to eat, otherwise you will more than likely set off further vomiting as the stomach rejects food that it is not yet able to digest.
I hope that these recommendations help the summer to go more smoothly for my readers but, as always, if symptoms are severe, or persistent, seek professional medical advice as soon as possible.
Dr J Worden