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  • I am taking the opportunity to thank Andrea for thoroughly reviewing with me the best practice for selecting  “key symptoms” and how to repertorize them accordingly.  Analysis - paralysis can sometimes be a tendency when  a student, particularly a student with a very detail-oriented and analytical mind.  Also, I very much...
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  • "The more you learn in homeopathy, the more you discover there is to learn. I was approaching the end of my final year of homeopathic education, and as much as I had learned, I was eager to maintain my momentum, extend my learning and application of this powerful medicine, and...
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  • Having returned in April from a trip to Taiwan and the Phillipines, I would like to tell you how homeopathy ‘saved the day’ as per usual!  Since I never travel anywhere without my kit, I was especially glad to have brought it on this trip.  Personally, I used remedies for...
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  • Hi Kim, my name is Martina and I was one of the post grad students you had this weekend for CCHM. Thank you!! Your teachings in the webinar were fascinating, invaluable, insightful and humbling. I have so much to learn!  --Martina M.

  • My experience working with yourself, Dr Joe and the school has been absolutely wonderful! I was apprehensive and nervous having an appointment over a computer but with in minutes I was comfortable.  Dr Joe is very good, I felt his concern and compassion even on a monitor! Big thank you...
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  • Hi Kim,  Just want to thank you for a very informative, challenging yet interesting weekend. I couldn't communicate in the last half of today's lecture due to some mic issues but didn't miss a word you said.  Thank you very much again for sharing a treasure of knowledge with us. you...
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  • Hello, I wanted to say how much I loved Joan Weirs class. After spending the day with her my perspective was changed for the better. We need more Joan Weir through out our 3 year course, especially when trying to keep yourself together during 2nd and 3rd year. Also, today's...
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  • I loved Sunday with Dr Saunders. He has so much insight and his lectures are so interesting.  I love how he presents his own case, then talks about physiology, pathology, pharmacology, medical terms, peppered with the materia medica and nutrition, and a bit of posology and philosophy. He is such...
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Homeopathic Remedies For The Winter Cold Season

By LINDA TAYLOR, DCHM

Reprinted with permission from Vitality Magazine, February Issue

This is the season of the common cold, and with it comes coughs, fevers and congestion. In my practice, I often see patients coming in at this time of year with one or more of these symptoms. While many people’s automatic response is to turn to the aggressively advertised cold medications that mask the symptoms, homeopathy is a valuable alternative that can actually stimulate the body to heal itself.

Homeopathy draws from a vast array of plant, mineral, and animal substances which are diluted many times over and designed to trigger a healing response in different situations. In order to select the correct remedy, the symptoms of an illness are matched with the symptom picture of a particular homeopathic medicine. Classical Homeopaths conduct in-depth case taking with each patient in order to explore a person’s deep constitutional nature, and then a remedy is selected which matches that person’s constitution. Alternatively, homeopathy can be used as a first-aid intervention when the signs of sickness appear. In this article, we will look at specific remedies that may be useful in treating certain cold symptoms, depending on the complete symptom picture.

COUGHS

Coughs associated with colds are the body’s natural defense intended to clear the airways of unwanted mucus and irritants. Before taking a cough suppressant – which may impair the body’s natural defense system – you may want to first allow homeopathy to help provide relief by supporting the immune system with the right natural remedy.

The fact is, not all coughs are the same; nor are their cures. Dry coughs usually produce no mucus and include an irritating tickle in the throat, while loose coughs produce a great deal of mucus and may involve a rattling in the breathing and in the cough. Other coughs involve episodes of violent and prolonged spasms. In each instance, the best homeopathic remedy will vary. For example:

1) In the case of a dry and severely painful cough felt in the whole head and chest, and which is worsened by swallowing, bending the head back, becoming overheated, or sitting up from a lying down position – for this I’ve had the most clinical success with homeopathic Bryonia;

2) In the case of a dry, tickling cough accompanied by a chest infection, laryngitis and hoarseness that involves a great thirst for cold water, is made worse by going from warm to cold air, and improves with warmth and with lying down on the side – for this my favourite remedy is Phosphorous;

3) For a loose, rattling cough accompanied by shortness of breath and distinct rattling when breathing in and out – my favourite remedy is Antimonium tart;

4) For a tickling cough accompanied by scant, difficult expiration which may vanish for periods of time during the day and return at night – my favourite remedy is Causticum.

FEVER

Fever develops either as a result of external factors such as infections, or internal factors such as auto-immune disorders, and is the body’s natural defensive response. For many people, a fever below 102°F is not too serious; however, such a fever in infants, small children, the elderly, or those with specific serious illnesses can be a danger sign.

Again, it is useful to differentiate the nature of the fever when considering the best homeopathic remedy. For example:

Homeopathic Remedies

1) For a fever that strikes suddenly following exposure to cold air or wind, is worse at night, is temporarily relieved by sitting up and breathing open air and is accompanied by fear, anxiety and a great thirst – my favourite remedy is homeopathic Aconite. 

2) In another type of fever, the head is hot but the body and hands are cold. This fever may come and go, is generally worse after midnight, generates much restless anxiety, and the person wants to sip at warm drinks – for this, my favourite is Arsenicum. 

3) In the case of a sudden, intense fever, possibly including delirium, the face may be brightly flushed and the eyes glassy with dilated pupils. In this instance, the person may also have a sore, bright red throat, thirst for sour drinks, and the fever may worsen with motion, light or noise; for this, my favourite homeopathic remedy is Belladonna.

These are only a few examples. Much depends on the person’s overall symptoms and general constitution when choosing the remedy for fever.

SINUS CONGESTION

This condition occurs when swelling of the membranes of the nasal passageways takes place. This is a frequent symptom of a cold and it makes breathing difficult. Locating the correct homeopathic remedy may largely depend upon the nature of the discharge, the presence of crusts and scabs, as well as the other symptoms most often described as “a stuffed nose.”

    Here are different options to look at:

1) One remedy I frequently prescribe for complete nasal obstruction that is worse in the cold and better with heat, is accompanied by a nasal tone of voice and thick, stringy mucus, is Kali-bich.

2) Another favourite of mine for nasal obstruction that tends to be one-sided only, and where the mucus runs by day and is blocked at night and may be accompanied by chills and irritability, is Nux-v.

3) Still another I might choose when there is dryness in the nasal passages, mouth, throat and palate, and crusts and scabs may be present in the nose as a result of such dryness, is Sticta.

Needless to say, the choice of a remedy depends on the full nature of a person’s symptoms. For this reason, a full homeopathic case-taking is always needed before choosing the best homeopathic remedy for your cold symptoms, or for you constitutionally.

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