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Factors In Determining The Length Of Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathic treatment has been used for various types of ailments ever since it was discovered by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. The subject of this article will be, specifically, some of the factors that determine how long a particular homeopathic procedure will typically be.

The seven factors

Even those who administer homeopathic treatment frequently have difficulty predicting the exact length of their procedures. However, homeopaths have developed a list of seven factors that can affect the length, and each of them is described in detail in the following subsections.

The patient’s level of vitality

Young people tend to be more physically responsive than older people are. The moods of children can shift greatly from one moment to the next, and their physical symptoms can appear and disappear just about as rapidly.

His or her nature and social background

Those who are poor or otherwise living in relatively simple conditions tend to respond to homeopathic treatment more rapidly than those whose ways of life are more affluent owing to the greater acuteness of the pathologies experienced by such people.

The type of physical pathology present and how severe it is

Severity alone has no bearing on the length of treatment required; it is not the physical pathology per se with which homeopaths deal. Some medical conditions that were considered to be irreversible, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis, may prove the contrary with homeopathy.

How long the signs and symptoms of that pathology have been manifesting themselves

Roughly, for every year that the disease has been present, a month of homeopathic treatment will be required. This, however, is just a  “rule of thumb.”

Whether the condition is hereditary

Homeopaths speak of miasmatic influence (derived from the Greek word miainein, meaning pollution or taint), which is the sum of the negative energetic imprints transferred from parent to child, such as stresses experienced during pregnancy.

Interfering factors in the patient’s life

Such factors can include financial crises, quarrels with spouse and children and commutes to and from work that last for more than an hour. Those who live in rural areas and live quiet lives respond to homeopathy more rapidly.

The level of vitality that he or she is seeking

Some patients are interested in relieving symptoms only, while others want to be released from physical limitations. In the latter case, treatment may last for several years.

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Miasms and Disease – Part 1

What are Miasms?

As we mentioned in our last blog, a miasm is defined as the fundamental cause of an erroneous or diseased state of the body. Chronic conditions are caused by chronic miasms, just as acute conditions are caused by acute miasms. Miasms cause a complete dynamic and physical change to the interior of the whole man…his whole being is altered. It is only after this complete change has occurred that symptoms of the disease or illness are demonstrated.

The original three foundational miasms identified by Samuel Hahnemann are Psora, Syphilitic and Sycotic. About 85% of the diseases are classified in the Psora miasm with the remaining 15% distributed between the Syphilitic and Sycotic miasms.

Starting with the miasms with the smaller percentage of diseases, we’ve listed each one below and their related diseases or areas of body where the disease might develop.

The Sycotic Miasm includes all conditions of excess of the mind and body. Any conditions with the prefix of “hyper”, such as “hyperactivity” and “hypertension” are included. It also includes conditions with inflammation and a suffix of “itis” such as “sinusitis”. It also includes the following types of disease:

  • sexual
  • urinary
  • joint issues
  • mucous membrane afflictions
  • arthritis and rheumatism
  • asthma
  • catarrhs
  • bronchitis
  • cystitis
  • warts (includes all warty excrescences and growths)

The Syphilis Miasm typically involves ulcerative conditions. All diseases with tissue destruction and degeneration are included in this miasm. All conditions with a preMiasms are the foundation of homeopathy diagnosis and treatment in Mesa, AZfix of “dys” are included such as “dystrophy”. It includes the following types of diseases:

  • nervous system
  • blood disorders
  • skeletal conditions
  • range of psychological disorders (including: alcoholism, depression, suicidal impulses, insanity, loss of smell and taste, blindness, deafness and ulcerations)
  • many heart conditions
  • some vesicular skin eruptions
  • diseases that have a definite nocturnal periodicity

The Psora Miasm is the largest and most encompassing miasm. Individuals with this classification typically have a “lack” of mentality and poverty consciousness. They are prone to anxiety and pessimism. The Psora miasm is a disease with deficiency at all levels – knowledge, thoughts/ideas and nutrition. Diseases in this miasm typically start with “hypo”, such as hypotension (low blood pressure). It includes diseases and afflictions such as:

  • all non venereal chronic diseases
  • all skin diseases
  • most mental illness other than syphilitic ones
  • allergies
  • varicose veins
  • hemorrhoids
  • most dysfunctional diseases of organs and systems
  • catarrhs
  • asthma
  • pleurisy
  • haemoptysis
  • hydrocephalus
  • stomach ulcers
  • scrotal swelling
  • jaundice
  • swollen glands
  • cataract
  • diabetes
  • tuberculosis
  • epilepsy
  • fevers

After the initial three primary miasms were identified by the father of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, MD in the late 1700’s, additional and more specific miasms where defined. Not all of them are widely accepted by Naturopathic doctors and other homeopathic prescribers. We will cover a few of these miasms in our next post.

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Treating OCD Naturally

Treating OCD Naturally

Treating OCD Naturally in Mesa, AZ

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

OCD is an anxiety based disorder where repeated actions or thoughts relieve tension.  Everyone feels the need to go back and double check whether the door is locked or the coffee pot is off.  But those with OCD have an uncontrollable need to repeatedly check things or perform rituals and routines over and over.  The thoughts and activities typically interfere with normal life.

How many people suffer from OCD?

Between the ages of 18 and 54, approximately 2.3% of the U.S. population are treated for OCD in a given year.  It affects men and women equally.

What are the traditional treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

OCD is traditionally treated with psychotherapy, medications or a combination of both.

Psychotherapy:  One type of psychotherapy typically used is called exposure and responsive prevention.  It works to teach a person to react to stressful situations with less fear and anxiety so that obsessive thoughts and compulsive activities are not necessary.

Medications:  Typically antidepressants and/or antianxiety medications are prescribed.  It takes up to 10 to 12 weeks for these medications to be effective and often produces side effects such as:  headache, nausea or difficulty sleeping. Please note that antidepressants have been given a “black box” warning by the FDA (the most serious possible) because they can cause suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts in some individuals.

How is OCD treated naturally without harmful side effects?

Homeopathic treatments are based on the understanding that the mind and body are dynamically interconnected and that both directly influence each other.  It is the most effective way to rebalance a person’s mental, emotional and physical well-being, allowing OCD behaviors to diminish over time.  Treatments are developed for each individual by a highly trained homeopathic doctor. This includes a complete medical history, physical and mental constitutional analyses and consideration of any miasmatic tendencies which are believed to be a predisposition or susceptibility to chronic disease.

The following are common treatments:

  • Natrum Muriaticum – Obsessive about being in control and alone.
  • 5-HTP – Stimulates the productions of serotonin (low serotonin levels exacerbate OCD symptoms)
  • Arsenicum Album – Obsessive about appearance.  Fear of illnesses
  • Inositol –  Calms patient throughout the day and makes it easier to sleep at night (primarily effective on undermethalyted/high-histamine patients).
  • Calcarea Carbonica – Obsesses about natural disasters and social problems.
  • Carsinosin – Obsessive about diseases, for self and family.
  • Hyoscyamus – Obsessive about sex and obscene gestures. Also picks at fingers and clothes.

The above list are only a few of the many numerous treatments for individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder.  Please consult with a trained homeopathic doctor to obtain a treatment specific to your symptoms.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Treat ADHD with homeopathy

Is It Possible To Treat ADD and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) With Homeopathy?

What is ADD/ADHD?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects both children and adults and can drastically affect a person’s ability to learn or work in most traditional settings.

There are three types of ADHD:

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  1. Combined ADHD (most common), patient has both inattentiveness and hyperactivity/impulsivity.
  1. Inattentive ADHD (previously known as ADD), patient has impaired attention and concentration.
  1. Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD, patient has hyperactivity without inattentiveness.

What are the symptoms of ADD/ADHD?

Typically to be diagnosed with ADHD, symptoms that cause impairment must be present before age 7 and in more than one environment.  The symptoms fall into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

Common inattention symptoms:

  • Consistently producing messy and incomplete assignments/work.
  • Easily distracted by small noises or activities that others easily ignore.
  • Unable to follow conversations, not listening to others, constantly shifting the conversation from one topic to another.

Common hyperactivity symptoms:

  • Inability to sit for prolonged periods of time, even when absolutely necessary.
  • Often “on the go”.
  • Talking excessively.

Common impulsivity symptoms:

  • Extremely impatient.
  • Obsessively blurting out answers to questions before the question has been asked.
  • Interrupting conversations to the point of causing issues.

How many people are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD?

The most recent statistics on the number of people, in the United States, diagnosed with ADD/ADHD are from a 2013 CDC (Center for Disease Control) report which analyzed findings from 2011.

  • 1 in 10 school-aged children were diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by a healthcare provider in 2011.
  • The number of children ages 4-17 diagnosed with ADD/ADHD is on the rise.  A 42% increase between 2003 and 2011.
  • Approximately half of all children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD continue to experience some level of impairment from the symptoms in adulthood.

What are the traditional treatments for ADD/ADHD and are there side effects?

Typically ADD/ADHD is treated with medications and behavioral therapies. Finding the right medication, dosage and schedule can often take quite a while.  Typically doctors will start with pyschostimulant or stimulant medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta or Dexedrine.  This class of medications is effective in 70% to 80% of patients.  If this class of medications does not work or if the side effects are too great then nonstimulant medications are tried such as Strattera or Intuniv.  If neither the stimulant or nonstimulant drugs are effective or well tolerated then there are a handful of other medication options such as Wellbutrin, Elavin or Catapres.

The side effects of stimulant drugs typically go away after prolonged use.  They include: weight loss, sleep problems, headaches and jitteriness.  Occasionally severe side effects such as cardiovascular problems, depression, psychosis or anxiety occur.  It has also been shown that stimulant drugs are toxic to nerves because they stimulate the cells until they exhaust their energy reserves and die.  In some instances, growth and maturity has been impaired in children.  It also can inhibit the normal development of attention span which leads to adults with ADHD.

How can ADD/ADHD be treated naturally with homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a very effective and gentle treatment option for ADD/ADHD. Homeopathy takes a holistic approach by first removing all toxins from the diet such as: artificial sweeteners, caffeine, all forms of sugar, MSG, artificial colors and all allergic prone foods (milk, wheat, etc.).  After all toxins are removed, a natural and organic baseline diet is implemented. Then treatments can be given based on the patient’s remaining symptoms and medical history.  Options include:

  • Aranea iaxabola – Encourages others to misbehave.
  • Baryta carbonica – Acts out, class clown.
  • Baryta iodatum – Difficulty concentrating.
  • Chamomilla – Irritable, impatient, restless.
  • Cina – Very difficult behavior, disobedient.
  • Cornus circinatus – Cannot concentrate, doesn’t want to read, think or work.
  • Zincum metallicum – Fidgety and restlessness.

The above list should not be used for personal diagnosis and treatment.  This is a short list of possible treatments.  The exact treatment, dosage and schedule should be determined by a trained homeopathic doctor.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Treat PTSD with Homeopathy

Treating PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) with Homeopathy

In Mesa, AZ, treat PTSD with Homeopathy

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What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety condition that develops when an individual experiences or witnesses any event that produces extreme fear; such as a murder, physical abuse or even a severe motor accident.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include nightmares, flashbacks, severe anxiety, intrusive thoughts about the event, feeling detached and unable to connect with loved ones, depression, being overly aware of danger and anger outbursts.

How many people suffer from PTSD?

Simply going through a traumatic event does not mean you will develop PTSD.  Currently, about 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime.  A much smaller percent of individuals develop PTSD, as follows (based on US population figures):

  • 7-8% of the population will develop PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • About 5.2 million adults will experience PTSD each year.

Who is most likely to develop PTSD?

  • History of physical or sexual abuse
  • Working in a high risk situation such as a policeman, fireman or active military personnel
  • History of depression or other psychological disorder
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Non-existent or poor support system
  • Women are twice as likely to develop PTSD
  • Veterans
  • Survivors of terrorism, car wrecks, fires or other unexpected events

What’s the long term prognosis for PTSD sufferers?

The long term prognosis for PTSD sufferers varies greatly and depends on many factors.  Your ability to cope with stress, temperament, preexisting depression, support network, use of alcohol and/or drugs to cope, general stress level and the ability to remain in treatment can all affect the long term outlook.

In general, with proper treatment:

  • 30% will recover completely
  • 40% will get better, with only less intense symptoms remaining

What are typical treatment methods?

  • Cognitive behavior therapies – Techniques are learned to help cope with thoughts and feelings of the events. Gradual exposure to events and places reminiscent of the traumatic event may be suggested to build up a tolerance and lessen fear.
  • Stress management therapy – Techniques are taught to relax and overcome fear and anxiety.
  • Psychotropic medications for depression and anxiety are prescribed.
  • Antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), or paroxetine (Paxil).
  • Benzodiazepines, a group of medications sometimes used for anxiety, including lorazepam (Ativan) and alprazolam (Xanax). These drugs have sedating properties and may cause drowsiness, constipation, or nausea. Do not take them if you have narrow angle glaucoma, a psychosis, or are pregnant. They also interact with other drugs, including some antidepressants (such as Luvox).
  • Dopamine-blocking agents, such as neuroleptics. There is some evidence of increased dopamine presence in children and adults with PTSD.

Can PTSD be treated naturally with homeopathy?

Homeopathy has proven to be very effective in the treatment of PTSD.  Homeopathy gives doctors the ability to treat each patient’s symptoms specifically rather than prescribing a “blanket” medication that treats a range of symptoms. This approach eliminates the negative side effects of traditional psychotropic drugs and offers a more gentle and individualized treatment plan.

The following list are examples of how homeopathic treatments and herbs can treat specific symptoms and should not to be considered a treatment plan. If you, or someone you know, suffers from PTSD it’s best to consult with a homeopathic doctor for individualized treatment.  There are many factors when determining exactly which treatment is prescribed.

  • Stramonium is effective for nightmares and night terrors.
  • Gelsemium eases the fear that something bad will happen in the future.
  • Aconitum eases reoccurring panic after the event.
  • Amica for chronic conditions such as depression.
  • Hops can ease anxiety and stress.
  • Green tea boosts the immune system and can assist PTSD suffers to resist illnesses.
  • Valerian promotes calmness and relaxation.

As mentioned earlier, the list above is a very limited list of possible treatments. A specific treatment plan should be developed by a trained homeopathic doctor based on the patient’s symptoms, severity of those symptoms and medical history.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Treat Schizophrenia with Homeopathy

Schizophrenia: Treatment with Traditional Medications vs Homeopathy?

Schizophrenia can be treated naturally in Mesa, AZ

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In a prior article called,  Homeopathic Treatment of Schizophrenia, the symptoms of schizophrenia as well as the potential to treat it with homeopathy was discussed. When deciding which treatment method is best for you or a loved one, we felt it would be advantageous for you to understand the side effects of some of the more prevalently used prescription medications by conventional medicine.

According to a 2011 analysis of prescription drug data by a pharmacy benefits management company, one in five Americans takes some kind of psychiatric medication. The number of prescriptions for psychiatric and behavioral drugs rose 22% between 2001 and 2010. It was said that 26% of women and 15% of men take these drugs.

Medications Used to Treat Schizophrenia

There are at least a dozen prescription medications used to treat schizophrenia.  The following are the four most common medications as well as their possible side effects:

Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)

Common side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety, sleep problems (insomnia), breast swelling or discharge, changes in menstrual periods, weight gain, swelling of hands or feet, dry mouth or stuffy nose, blurred vision, constipation, impotence, or trouble having an orgasm.

Haloperidol (Haldol)

Serious side effects include dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeat; restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck; tremor (uncontrolled shaking); seizure (convulsions); pale skin; easy bruising or bleeding; flu-like symptoms; very stiff (rigid) muscles; high fever; sweating; confusion; fast or uneven heartbeats; tremors; feeling like you might pass out; stabbing chest pain; feeling short of breath; cough with yellow or green mucus; sudden mood changes, agitation, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior; or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include headache, dizziness, spinning sensation, drowsiness, sleep problems (insomnia), feeling restless or anxious, mild skin rash or itching, breast enlargement, irregular menstrual periods, loss of interest in sex, dry mouth, blurred vision, or urinating less than usual.

Perphenazine

Serious side effects include twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs; tremor (uncontrolled shaking); drooling; trouble swallowing; problems with balance or walking; feeling restless, jittery, or agitated; confusion; unusual thoughts or behavior; feeling like you might pass out; seizure (convulsions); decreased night vision, tunnel vision, watery eyes, increased sensitivity to light; nausea and stomach pain; skin rash; jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); high fever; stiff muscles; confusion; sweating;, fast or uneven heartbeats; rapid breathing; pale skin; easy bruising or bleeding; fever; sore throat; flu-like symptoms; urinating less than usual or not at all; joint pain or swelling with fever; swollen glands; muscle aches; chest pain; vomiting; unusual thoughts or behavior; patchy skin color; slow heart rate; weak pulse; fainting; slow breathing (breathing may stop).

Less serious side effects may include dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety, blurred vision, headache, sleep problems (insomnia), strange dreams, constipation, dry mouth or stuffy nose, breast swelling or discharge, changes in menstrual periods, weight gain, swelling of your hands or feet, impotence, trouble having an orgasm, mild itching, or skin rash.

Fluphenazine

Common side effects include drowsiness, lethargy, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, sweating, dry mouth, blurred vision, headache, or constipation.

Homeopathy vs. Traditional Treatment Methods

Now the question…which treatment method do you pursue? With conventional prescription medications there’s no way to tell which side effects, if any, you’ll experience.  There’s also no way to guarantee the successful treatment of schizophrenia with prescription medications.

This is not the case with homeopathy, which uses a system of medicine based on the law of similars —“like cures like.” Your symptoms are matched to the symptoms a homeopathic medicine produces. When a match is made, the medicine stimulates the body’s own healing process in a gentle way. The results using Dr. Kaufmann’s homeopathic approach — with no harmful side effects — are successful.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Treat Schizophrenia Naturally

How Do You Treat Schizophrenia Naturally?

Treat Schizophrenia Naturally

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What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a mental illness characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to recognize what is real. Symptoms include:

  • Delusions – strongly believing something is true even when there’s no evidence of it
  • Unclear or confused thinking, speaking, or behavior
  • Hallucinations – seeing or hearing things that others do not
  • Reduced social engagement, emotional expression and withdrawal from the things a person used to enjoy
  • Inappropriate appearance, hygiene or conduct with possible loss of motivation and judgment


Causes of Schizophrenia

The causes of schizophrenia are thought to be both genetic (inherited) and environmental. Having a non-parent first-degree relative (sibling or offspring) who’s had the disease gives an individual a  6.5% risk of having it themselves, a 13% risk if one parent is affected, and a 50% risk if both parents are affected. It is thought that many genes are involved with the inherited risk.

Environmental Factors

Environmental factors associated with a higher risk of developing schizophrenia include prenatal stressors (environmental hardships or stressful life events during pregnancy), use of drugs such as amphetamine and cocaine or excessive alcohol use, childhood trauma, death of a parent, being bullied or abused, and factors causing social isolation (immigration due to social adversity, family dysfunction, racial discrimination, unemployment and poor housing conditions).

People Suffering from Schizophrenia in the U.S.

More than 2.2 million people in the United States suffer from schizophrenia. The average age of onset for the disease is 18 in men and 25 in women. Schizophrenia onset is rare for people under 10 years of age, or over 40 years of age.

Prognosis for People Suffering from Schizophrenia for More Than 30 Years

The current prognosis for people diagnosed with schizophrenia more than 30 years ago:

  • 25% — Completely recovered
  • 35% — Much improved, relatively independent
  • 15% — Improved, but require extensive support
  • 10% — Hospitalized, unimproved
  • 15% — Deceased (mostly suicide)


Homeopathic Treatment of Schizophrenia

Traditional medicine is not always successful in the treatment of schizophrenia. Homeopathic medicine has been used successfully to treat schizophrenia dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s when conventional medicine failed.

Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on the law of similars —“like cures like.” Basically, a patient’s symptoms are matched to the symptoms a homeopathic medicine produces. When a match is made, the medicine stimulates the body’s vital force to heal itself in a gentle way.

Homeopathic medicines follow FDA guidelines. The most common form of homeopathic medicines are small round pellets. The pellets are dissolved under the tongue or in pure filtered water and can be taken daily or as a single dose. There are over 3000 homeopathic remedies available.

Homeopathy identifies conditions which may interfere with healing, such as thyroid imbalance, nutritional deficiencies or a toxic relationship. Homeopathy may also be used with a number of supportive therapies such as orthomolecular medicine, clinical nutrition, lifestyle changes, thyroid therapies, dietary supplements and prescription medicines if necessary.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Homeopathy Effective in Treating Depression

Homeopathy Effective in Treating Depression

In Mesa, AZ we treat depression naturally with homeopathy.Feeling a bit down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when feeling down is replaced by feelings of emptiness and despair, it may be depression.

More than just feeling “blue” depression can make it difficult to function and enjoy life. The things you used to enjoy and friends that once interested you no longer keep your attention. When you’re depressed you’re exhausted all of the time and just making it through the day is almost overwhelming. When struggling with it, things may seem hopeless but with the care of a qualified naturopath physician and treatment with the correct homeopathic medicine you can get better.

Though the precise cause and nature of depression is not clearly understood, it is believed to be related to an imbalance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. This chemical imbalance may be caused by one or more of the following factors:

  • Some types of depression run in families, suggesting that the condition can be inherited from parents and grandparents as a genetic predisposition.
  • When this genetic predisposition is amplified through stresses at work or school, it can lead to depression. Stress can also be elevated due to a serious loss, difficult relationship, financial problems or any stressful change in life patterns.
  • People who have low self-esteem and consistently view themselves and the world in general with a pessimistic attitude are easily overwhelmed by stress and prone to depression.
  • Medical illnesses such as stroke, heart attack, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and hormonal disorders can also lead to depressive illness.

Very often a combination of genetic, psychological and environmental factors are involved in the onset of depression.

Homeopathy offers an excellent treatment for all stages of depression and is particularly effective in the early stages of the disorder. A wide variety of symptoms can be dealt with successfully through homeopathic care. Homeopathy can positively influence personality traits that are at the base of the disease.

The important factor is that when genetic predispositions are coupled with environmental stress the result is depression. Homeopathic medicines are particularly successful treating depression through their deep acting nature, countering genetic tendencies. Homeopathic medicines address the root cause of the disease and work to prevent a relapse or recurrence of the condition. And unlike other conventional medicines, homeopathy is free of negative side-effects.

If you have a question about homeopathy, call Dr. Andrew Kaufmann at (480) 840-1841.

 

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Can Homeopathy Help Bipolar Disease?

Can homeopathy help bipolar disease?

Treatment of bipolar disease, in young and old, can be treated effectively in Mesa, AZBipolar disease is no longer a condition that is unfamiliar to the most of us. Many people suffer from this sometimes disabling disorder both young and old. Although we all have our mental ups and downs, for the person with a bipolar condition these mood swings can range from totally normal to a manic attack on the other side.

If you know someone tormented by this disorder you are probably wondering what can be done to help. There are two distinct approaches to treat bipolar disease, allopathy which merely treats the symptoms of the disorder, or homeopathy. Of the two, homeopathy is uniquely suited in its ability to treat mental disorders in general and bipolar disease in particular.

Homeopathy is based on the principle that “like cures like.” Simply stated, this means that a remedy must be capable of producing similar symptoms in a healthy person. Homeopathic medicines used for bipolar treatment are similar to those used for unipolar disorders such as depression and mania. Although the treatment of bipolar disorder is more difficult than unipolar disorder, homeopathy offers excellent long-term treatment options.

Successful homeopathic treatment relies on a few things. The experience and knowledge of the treating naturopathic physician plays a significant role in how successful treatment will be but the patient also plays a large role as well. Patients must accurately report symptoms to their physician as well as rigorously follow the prescribed treatment plan to achieve optimal success. It is also vitally important for patients to tell their physician about all medications and vitamins they are taking.

A bipolar patient under naturopathic care can also expect to make some lifestyle changes that might work to counteract the homeopathic treatment or make the condition worse. These changes may include restricting caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, spices or herbs.

The list of homeopathic medicines used to treat bipolar disorder is extensive but some the commonly used medicines for depression are anacardium, sepia, naja or natrum muriaticum. Some of the commonly used homeopathic medicines for mania are belladonna, stramonium, hyoscamus, tarantula or syphilinum. Sufferers of bipolar disorder must NOT attempt to self-treat. Although some of the suggested homeopathic medicines may be found in the local health food stores or vitamin/nutrition stores, only a licensed physician or certified homeopathic prescriber is able to determine the correct homeopathic medicine and dosage for your individual needs.

If you have a question about bipolar disorder, please call Dr. Andrew Kaufmann at (480) 840-1841.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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