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‘Homeopathy Mom’ to the Rescue

The eldest Chattering boy slammed the car door on a left-hand finger right outside school this morning. He was in terrible pain. The cure here is usually a huge hug from Mom, ice, and the homeopathic remedy Hypericum (a highly-diluted essence of St. John’s Wort). I feel like I’ve stored Hypericum in our car’s glove department for twelve years in anticipation of just this event, but alas, when I pawed through the car’s interior and my purse (a mess again), my reassuringly blue Boiron tube wasn’t there. Drat. No Arnica either (a bruise-inhibiting remedy derived from a yellow daisy that grows through much of Europe).

In the meantime, Chattering boy’s middle school friends had gathered, and once they realized he wasn’t headed for the hospital, their light-hearted jokes eased the pain. (“Do you see the light? Don’t go towards the light! That’s only New Jersey!” said his friend Camilla.)

“Mom, it still hurts,” he whispered to me, dissolving into tears again. There’s no parking at meters until nine a.m. on these mean Brooklyn streets–and no homeopathy for sale until nine too–so I drove six blocks to a regular drug store, threw the blinkers on, and told my son, “Look, if the police try to give us a ticket, just tell them you are hurt and that I had to run in here.” I returned minutes later armed with Neosporin with Pain Relief, and a special finger bandage, relieved to see that by that time, he was contently reading a vintage Mad magazine.

I couldn’t cease my interior chatter about how homeopathy would really fit the bill here, so after dropping him back at school, I drove to the health food store Back to the Land, (which everybody calls “Back to the Bank” since it’s so expensive). Got the Hypericum and the Arnica. Called my son out of class to give him the first dose; left him with instructions to take the next thirty minutes before lunch.

Later, when digging through my purse for more parking-meter quarters, I found an old vial of Bach Flower’s Rescue Remedy rattling around under my wallet. Ha! If I’d found that when I needed it, it could have helped!

So I just gave myself a dose.

Click here and here and here to find wonderful books on household homeopathy and floral essences; they make fantastic gifts for yourself, or a friend, especially a new parent.

If you truly want to curl up with this subject, the most magnificent books on homeopathic medicine ever written are by Catherine R. Coulter. In three volumes, she delves passionately into matching the right homeopathic remedies to specific constitution types (since people developing chronic conditions generally resonate to one “overseeing” remedy more than any other). Coulter’s descriptions of people’s presenting symptoms and mannerisms, her literary allusions, and her stunning understanding of health and human nature, make her writings on homeopathy required reading for any actor, fiction writer, or psychotherapist. We’re all living organisms in and out of connection to the essences of Mother Earth, aren’t we?

Anyone else out there (besides J.D. Salinger) a homeopathy lover? Do you treat yourself or your family on your own? Or do you consult a professional homeopath? (It’s really the best way to learn.) I could write about my fruitful encounters with the pros (if you’re interested), or tell you about the day Mr. Chattering and I had one of the biggest arguments we’ve ever endured over whether to try a remedy given to us by a liscensed homeopath, OR put our then-15-month-old son on a third round of antibiotics to heal a chronic ear infection. In the end, we used homeopathy and I’ve sworn by its effectiveness in relieving the aggravations of common ailments ever since.

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Laurie Sue

posted October 27, 2006 at 2:33 pm

Hope young Chatterling is feeling better! What a clever and caring Mommy you are. Yes, I usually keep Rescue Remedy in my purse and arnica in the house. Helps the dog too!

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posted October 27, 2006 at 7:12 pm


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posted October 28, 2006 at 7:23 am

Amy, I have a wonderful book on homeopathy by Amy Lansky, Impossible Cure, well worth the read. She cured her child of a kind of autism. My brother is a homeopath and I have been to atleast 15 in the past 20 yrs. Some have been MD’s and others just certified in homeopathy. I now have arnica and hypericum in a few places, car and home. Ten years ago I was in a car accident and broke a bone in my nose. My brother brought arnica to the hospital. It was midnight. That’s love for you!! Actually, Susan Sonz, a homeopath herself holds classes on weekends at my health center, HealthyBody NYC. What a good dose of homeopathic talk. You asked!

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posted October 28, 2006 at 3:12 pm

Dear CM, There’s a school of thought that says that illness and even injuries (like the one your son experienced with his finger) are messages from our psyche. We can interpret the injury or illness, like we would a dream, to find out what our inner self is trying to tell us. Somewhere I have a book that lists many ailments and their possible “meaning”, but unfortunately, I can’t find the book (we recently moved and are still a bit disorganized!) which is too bad, because I d love to look up what an injury to a finger could mean. I think different fingers have different meanings. What you’re doing or where you are when the injury takes place can often yield clues as to the message the injury is trying to deliver. Because the injury occurred to your oldest son on his way in to school, perhaps he is currently facing some sort of frustration in school. Also, which ever side of the body the injury occurs, can also have significance. se

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posted October 29, 2006 at 6:56 pm

dear cm, i’m very interested in homeopathy. i would love to hear more on the subject.

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posted October 30, 2006 at 5:16 am

Becky, Read Amy Lanksky’s Impossible Cure. You will get a good wonderful reading dose of homeopathy.

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posted October 30, 2006 at 6:29 pm

you called him back out of class to put a different brand of goo on his finger. what on earth lol

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Marsha K

posted October 30, 2006 at 7:10 pm

Becky: You can check out the National Center for Homeopathy. They can lead you to study groups, homeopathic doctors, where to buy remedies, books, etc. I’ve used homeopathy for 25 years, raised 4 children on homeopathy, and will always use homeopathy. Marsha

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Marsha K

posted October 30, 2006 at 7:20 pm

I have used hypericum for little fingers getting smashed in car doors, for whip lash, for any type of nerve damage. I started a homeopathic study group in 1983 and we have been meeting once a month since then. Anyone interested in learning homeopathy can look for a study group in their area. Just contact the National Center for Homeopathy, or call 877-624-0613. They can direct you to the nearest study group or to the nearest homeopathic practitioner. I am never without my arnica. I have raised 4 children on homeopathy. I am also 55 years old and have never been to a doctor. When I get sick (seldom) I find the right remedy and it cures whatever ailment I have, doesn’t suppress or mask symptoms, but cures. The trick is finding the right remedy and that takes either studying or finding a good homeopath. My latest success story was my nephews 2 month old baby, had severe colic, gave him chamomilla and he is fine. The best first book to get is HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE AT HOME by Dr. Panos.

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posted October 31, 2006 at 6:55 pm

Marsha, what city is your group in and how can I contact you? Thanks, Myrna

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posted November 6, 2006 at 9:59 pm

i got sinus infections all year.. what can I take for that. what brand of goo do i eat

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posted January 13, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Very interesting post really as we all know that homeopathy is a complex subject and quiet difficult to remember as hundreds of medicines are indicated in a disease,but in only 3 medicines are given with their symptoms, which makes this blog unique and comprehensive.

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