It is really hot outside. Yesterday felt hotter than those three summers when I lived in Austin, Texas. Now, that is hot. As Canadians, we always yearn for the warm weather especially since we live through colder temperatures for most of the year.
We should remember that extreme heat can negatively impact our health. Sometimes, symptoms can sneak up on us as well. The biggest concern is people at risk such as the elderly, children, people with chronic diseases such as heart disease, and emphysema and people on certain medications. Part of the issue is also mobility. Many people don’t have access to air conditioning and find it difficult to get out to a cooling centre or a cooler environment.
The main concern is Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. Heat exhaustion occurs when your body gets too hot. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating. But if you are exposed to high temperatures for a long time (working outdoors in the summer, for example) and don't replace the fluids you lose, the body systems that regulate temperature become overwhelmed. Heat exhaustion occurs when your body gets too hot and your body is not able to cool itself down anymore. Heat stroke can be very serious to the point that if you suspect you have heat stroke you should access emergency medical treatment immediately.
How Can Homeopathy Help?
Homeopathy can be very helpful in cases of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. We need to be able to understand the symptoms of heat stroke and make sure our patients have access to emergency medical care. That being said, Homeopathy can still be of use as a complement to emergency medicine. Some remedies that may be useful are:
This is one of the top remedies to consider in heat stroke especially in the following symptoms are present; eyes fixed without expression, glassy eyes, pupils contracted, pulse either barely perceptible or so quick it can’t be counted, loss of speech, face pale, white or yellowish-red; cold sweat, body cold and head hot to the touch.
It is easy to confuse Belladonna and Glonoine (see above). They both have cold body with a hot head, fixed or staring eyes etc. However, there are some differences. Typically you would see dilated pupils in Belladonna. In addition, the face will typically be red. Other symptoms that indicate Belladonna can include involuntary stool or urination, twitching or trembling of the limbs, bending the head backwards and an unusually heavy sleep.
Aconite can also be useful. Symptoms calling for this remedy can include heat in the whole body (and not as much in the head as in Belladonna and Glonoine), contracted pupils, hard and full pulse. One way to differentiate Aconite is its characteristic anxiety and restlessness.