Pregnancy-safe Cold & Flu Remedies

Homeopathy offers literally thousands of pregnancy-safe cold and flu remedies, as well as literally thousands of other acute and chronic symptoms.I wish someone had told me about homeopathy when I was pregnant and had a cold! Even though I was hardly the internet-educated, supre-crunchy mom of today, my gut told me that taking drugs while pregnant was something I should avoid, for the sake of my baby.  Here are tips that may help avoid drugs, but also give symptom relief.

Colds:  Over-the-counter combinations are wonderful. My personal favorite is Boiron’s Cold Calm®.  It can be purchased at many health food stores, and if you can’t find it anywhere else, our office keeps it on hand for our clients.

Coughs:  While there are many individual remedies that are great for coughs, there are several OTC combination remedies that we love.  Boiron’s Chestal® and B&T’s Bronchial Cough Formula® are two of my favorite cough syrups.  Again, they’re readily available OTC.

Flu:  The best remedy in the world for flu, in my humble opinion, is Oscillococcinum.  We’ve even personally found that it may well be helpful with other viral illnesses, as an early-onset immune booster.  Whenever I fly it seems I land next to someone who is obviously ill.  So I start popping my Oscillococcinum® and most of the time I find that I stay healthy.

Stomach “flu”:  Again, I suggest Oscillococcinum, along with homeopathic remedies specific to such illnesses.  For instance, Arsenicum album is excellent for stomach and abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.  It is my go-to remedy for “food poisoning” as well.  It typically knocks the symptoms out very quickly, and has no side-effects of its own.

Of course, there are other remedies that are great for the nausea associated with early pregnancy, such as “morning sickness” (even when it lasts all day long), such as Cocculus.

Fever: two of the best remedies for fevers are homeopathic Ferrum phosphoricum Belladonna.

Homeopathy is safe medicine

Even though Belladonna is a toxic plant, when rendered in the diluted homeopathic form, any toxin becomes a remedy for the same symptoms the toxin would bring on.  And virtually all homeopathic remedies are non-toxic by their very nature.

If you are pregnant and need homeopathic help, we LOVE working with moms-to-be.  We can also help you do a safe detoxification before, or even during, pregnancy.    We can also help with allergy symptoms, almost any new or chronic illness during pregnancy, and can help you stay healthy or get healthy while pregnant, safely.

Of course, if you have any doubts about taking any homeopathic remedies during pregnancy, call us. We can help you find remedies that are safe and effective for whatever might come up during this wonderful time of life, all without side effects!

Call us today.  We’re here for you. And CONGRATULATIONS!

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7 Homeopathic Remedies for Healthy Holidays

Homeopathic Tips for Healthy HolidaysDon’t let holiday travel and stress get the best of you! Try these homeopathic tips for healthy holidays to stay well in this season when families are close, travel is frequent and the food is awesome (and hard to resist!).

There are lots of opportunities to get sick during this season: unhealthy food is abundant, stress and fatigue from travel reduce the immune system’s responsiveness and germs are easily swapped in close proximity with our families (not to mention airplanes—yuck!).

It’s no fun to be sick during the holidays!

The most important thing to remember is to be kind to yourself.

Get as much sleep as possible, drink plenty of water (not juice, not soda, not Gatorade®—WATER!), keep your sugar intake low, wash your hands frequently, get outdoors to breathe some fresh air and stay warm and dry when you can.

It may also help to increase vitamin C intake and take some vitamin D3 on a daily basis.

Now that we’ve sounded like your grandmother (who was very wise!), let’s get some really good homeopathy tips in your hands.**

(If Grandma had known about these, we bet she would have passed them on, too!)

If you are traveling, prepare yourself with the above advice for several days ahead of the trip. Then, take our handpicked remedies with you.

Our personal short list homeopathic travel kit includes homeopathic Oscillococcinum® flu remedy, homeopathic cold combination tablets such as Coldcalm®, our HCH First Aid Cream and HCH Joint and Muscle Cream, HCH Sinus Nasal Spray, nux vomica and arsenicum album 6c or 30c. This time of year, we also typically include a homeopathic cough remedy as well.**

‡Oscillococcinum® flu remedy can be used to help boost your system to fight off viruses (including the flu, colds and stomach viruses) quite well if taken early. That’s why we give our loved ones a few pellets daily!

Personally, we take it 2 or 3 times on days of air travel as a basic immune system support. While it is mostly known for reducing flu symptoms, it can help with the nausea and other symptoms from so-called stomach bugs. In our 20+ years of experience with it, we have seen that it also seems to help boost the system to resist illness.

‡Coldcalm® and other similar homeopathic cold combinations are also great for travel. They pack easily, are low potency (so they’re not as negatively affected by airport X-rays as higher potencies may be) and have a broad combination of remedies that will help with the most common cold symptoms, including fever, sore throat and even nausea.

Coldcalm® and some other combination cold remedies incorporate some cough remedies as well. Read the label indications to be sure.

Arsenicum is our recommendation for travelers. ‡**Traveling brings new foods and different drinking water into your system, so this aid for nausea, diarrhea, cramping and vomiting from bad food and water is great to have. It also can help with certain types of coughs and motion sickness.

**Nux vomica can also help with nausea and with digestive symptoms related to overeating, overdrinking, overwork or lack of sleep. If something can be overdone and brings on symptoms, nux can be your friend. That’s what makes it so great for this season of overindulgence.

Nux vomica helps with nasal congestion from colds, allergies and dry, heated air, especially congestion that moves from side to side when you roll over in bed! It’s also great for hangovers (just sayin’!) and relieves constipation from too many hours in a car or airplane seat.

‡Joint and Muscle Pain Cream is great for anything related to joints or soft tissue—strains, sprains, overuse, pain from tears and even bruising—which is why I travel with it. Murphy’s Law reigns during travel. Have you ever dropped your suitcase off the luggage carousel onto your toe? Too bad it won’t fix your abused luggage!

‡Homeo-Health, Inc., First Aid Cream (available in two sizes, exclusively through our office) is also great for scrapes, cuts, burns, sunburns and almost any other skin injury or irritation—the typical things that Murphy’s mischievous elves also see to during holiday celebrations and travel.

‡Our HCH Sinus Nasal Spray is great for keeping your nasal passages moist while soothing the irritation and congestion that can come from colds, flu or simply dry, heated air.

Arm yourself now for those minor problems that creep into the holidays, so you can enjoy the moments that matter most with the people you love. No more excusing yourself from the Thanksgiving dinner table every 2 minutes to blow your nose!

Homeopathy is a great choice for discerning families seeking a holistic answer for holiday (or everyday!) health! Please call us at 713-366-8700 if you need an appointment with one of our practitioners (appointments available wherever you are!) or if you would like to purchase some of our exclusive HCH and Homeo-Health, Inc., products! Make sure you also watch for our online store and product line introduction in coming months!

If you feel out of your league but want to use homeopathy as an alternative for any minor illness for you or your children, whether from travel or anything else, such as ear or throat infections or croupy coughs in little ones, we offer an inexpensive, minor acute illness consultation through our office.

You can fill out our simple acute care intake forms and fax, email, mail or bring them to the office, and we will get you in with the first available consultant. You don’t even have to leave home!

Our appointments are quickly and conveniently available via phone from wherever you are, and then we ship your remedies to you. If you’re in the Houston area, you may choose to pick them up yourself from our office.

‡ These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
** This information is for educational purposes for self-care of minor symptoms only, based upon standard homeopathic indications as outlined in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States, and is not meant as medical advice. If you have a medical problem, please consult a qualified practitioner.

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Resist the Flu – Take Care of YOU – Common Sense & Homeopathy

Common sense tells us that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In our experience, the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from flu is to take care of yourself every day, boost your “vital force” and detoxify with homeopathy.  Here are some ways to pamper yourself right now, plus options for “tuning up” an ailing immune system with homeopathic remedies if you catch the flu – or it catches you!
My Favorite Homeopathic Flu-bug Chaser

To boost myself during cold and flu season I take a few pellets weekly of Anas barbariae heptica et cordis 200x,  sold commercially as Oscilloccoccinum®, before I get sick. I also take it when traveling to keep from getting sick during the inevitable rigors and uncontrollable exposures during a trip. I’ve been very pleased how seldom I seem to become ill, and if I succumb to a “bug” it’s usually milder and/or shorter-lived than those around me. I usually increase my intake of Vitamin D3 and Vitamin C as well.

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Homeopathic Detoxification – help for now, help for later

When the body is bogged down by toxins it can increase inflammation, slow down digestion, and everything runs inefficiently.  Enough buildup leaves us vulnerable and susceptible to mild illness such as colds, flu, and other viruses, as well as chronic illness, including cancer.  So the first step is to clean up your environment and diet so you don’t put in any more toxins.  Then let us help you cleanse and restore health on every level – cellular through the whole body and mind.  Even emotional toxicity can be addressed gently – all without pharmaceuticals! A clean body is a healthy body, suffice it to say.

Incorporating the principles of homotoxicology (the study of the effect of toxins on humans), the Houston Homeopathy Method is a highly individualized detoxification system. It can safely and gently aid the body in reducing levels of toxicity of all sorts, from both internal sources and dysfunction, such as “yeast” or fungal dysbiosis and its die-off toxins, as well as environmental toxins, even electromagnetic field damage can be reversed through sequential homeopathy. More detailed information on the Houston Homeopathy Method and its results can be found throughout our website.

Sleep

Sleep is critical for processing, rebuilding, resetting and recovery for the entire being. Without adequate sleep our minds and bodies cannot reset from today’s assaults, both emotionally and physically, and prepare themselves for what tomorrow may bring.  So many adults push themselves, and even their children, with late nights, early mornings, and not enough sleep between to awaken refreshed and recharged.  This means lowered resistance. So resist that temptation to get wrapped up in your favorite TV show or book at bedtime.  Turn out the light and go to sleep. And even with fall/winter holiday excitement in the air, make sure that even during the fun, naps and bedtime remain a priority for the kiddos, as well! ANOTHER TIP: When I can’t “shut it down” mentally and fall asleep, I reach for homeopathic coffea cruda to help calm the nerves and soothe the brain to rest!

Healthy eating and drinking

Think organic, raw, minimally cooked and few or no processed foods.  If it is WHITE – avoid it as much as you can.  Refined  white flour and too much sugar can take a toll on the immune system, leaving one open to illness. Likewise – read the ingredients.  If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it! In the long run, fresh, organic, home-made products are better for all of us.  Fall is apple season – as well as a host of other fruits and fall veggies.  Eating what is in season, locally grown, and organic was shown by Weston Price, DDS, to have such a beneficial effect on the immune system, that it’s even possible to improve one’s teeth!  Truly let medicine be your food, and food be your medicine.  That doesn’t mean the occasional indulgence is out of the question.  The occasional treat is savored more!  Health-enhancing products such as kombucha and fresh, organic juicing are a great addition of concentrated nutrition in an easily digested form, so at least a bottle of fresh cold-pressed green juices, even if you mix with fresh, cold-pressed fruit juices to suit your palate, help promote health and can cleanse the system, as well.

Common Sense & HomeopathyIf you get the flu, let homeopathy FIX you!

If you or child gets sick, here are our three most commonly used remedies for flu symptoms.  Remember, you match the symptoms to the proper remedy for the best response.  If it is a mismatch, worst case, nothing happens. And if you are uncertain, my favorite way to use single remedies is often to combine just a few pellets of each into a water bottle.  We often will combine the remedies below with a few pellets of Oscillococcinum(R) for good measure as well.

Aconitum napellum helps most in the first 24 hours.  Especially helpful if you become ill after exposure to cold wind or becoming chilled, as well as after a sudden fright (think HALLOWEEN for little kids!) and helps with the feeling of “I fear I’ll get worse” or “I’m so miserable I fear I will die.” Helpful for hot, dry fevers, with either pale or bright red face, restlessness, symptoms worse in the evening.

Baptisia tinctoria  works well for throats so sore one can only swallow liquids, bruised sensation of the limbs, achiness of joints and great exhaustion and indifference towards any stimulus. It helps also with mild diarrhea, swollen glands in neck and jaw area.

Eupatorium perfoliatum should be used in presence of watery eyes, mild vertigo, and feeling of deep achiness in the bones, as if they were bruised or broken.  The pains tend to come and go quickly. Also for loose coughs, with soreness in the chest so that one supports it with the hands while coughing. It helps with fever with chills, and insatiable thirst just prior to onset of the chill.

A great investment is one of our 50 remedy kits.  It truly is a “Family Urgent Care Clinic in a Box.”  And it’s available 24/7 right in your cabinet or suitcase! We also carry a number of homeopathic cough, cold and flu remedies.  Join our mailing list for notices of upcoming special offers to save money on your own homeopathic “flu season survival kit”!

If you have a family and would like to have access to our homeopaths, you can fill out our client intake forms ahead of time and we will get you set up so all you will have to do is call if someone becomes ill.  We can do a brief consultation for acute, minor illness, family wellness, and tailor remedies for your immediate and specific needs. Virtually all health support systems work best early in onset.

Our homeopathic “Homeopathy Clinic in a Box(TM)” remedy kits are popular this time of year.  They make great gifts, too. Often, if you have a remedy kit on hand, we can schedule a phone appointment to get you started towards relief immediately by helping you use those remedies first. Please sign up for our newsletter or LIKE us on Facebook so you won’t miss out on special offers this season!

Here’s to a happy, healthy fall, and may the flu-bug not bite.

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Colds and Flu Homeopathy has Remedies for YOU!

Homeopathic Tips for Colds and Allergies

With much of the northern hemisphere already sneezing and blowing, here are some timely  Homeopathic Tips for Colds and Allergies suggestions from our homeopathic experts.

Homeopathic Tips for Colds and Allergies

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Homeopathic remedies can help with the short-term symptoms of both colds and allergies.  Because we base our remedy choices by matching symptoms to the proper remedy, and colds and allergies often share similar symptoms, it’s possible to gain relief of either without necessarily knowing which it is.

Grab and Go with Combination Remedies

Some wonderful combination homeopathic remedies are available over the counter as well as through our office for cold and allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, stuffiness, mild fever and body aches, sore throat and cough. These combination remedies usually contain a broad enough spectrum of remedies to cover the most common symptoms or combinations of cold, flu, or cough related symptoms to work well as an easy “grab and go” approach.

Try your hand at classical homeopathy armed with a remedy kit and a bit of knowledge

Homeopathic Tips for Colds and Allergies

“Family Clinic in a Box”

If you wish to try your hand at a few single remedies, here are a couple of our favorites.  These remedies can be purchased over the counter at most health food stores, are included in our custom 50 remedy homeopathic remedy kit (available through our office) and it won’t matter whether your sniffles and snorts are from a cold or allergies, if they match how you feel:

Allium cepa: made from red onion, this remedy can help you when you have all the head cold or allergy symptoms that look just like you’ve peeled an onion! Red rims around the watery, burning eyes, runny, burning, thin nasal discharge, lots of sneezing, and a craving for fresh air characterize the symptoms this stand-by remedy can help.

Euphrasia: for stuffy, congested, packed sinuses with constantly watering eyes, red, swollen and burning  of the upper lip, post-nasal discharges in the morning that are so difficult to hawk up that you sometimes gag, grab Euphrasia.  It’s also great for coughs that are so hard and long you may gag.

Nux vomica: Irritability, impatience, and a general grumpiness coupled with copious sneezing and fevers with a need to be constantly covered mark this remedy.  It also helps with “stomach flu” nausea, hangovers (!) or constipation.  A great all-around remedy to keep on hand.

Pulsatilla: Whine, whine, whine is the stellar attitude in those who need this remedy.  It helps with bland, yellow discharges from the nose, ears or throat, with a dry mouth, but little thirst.  Also great for ear pain from the congestion of a cold.

Still not finding the answer? We’re here to help.

A simple 15-30 minute minor illness consultation and a few remedies from our office may get you back in the pink with simple colds or flu symptoms. If you’d like to be able to call on us immediately during cold and flu season, you can even send in your paperwork for your family early, with a note that you only seek our care on an “as-needed” basis.  And if you’re fed up with allergies, our sequential homeopathy approach can combine detoxification from heavy metals which can be behind many allergies, while offering supportive symptom relief as needed and desensitization remedies for common allergy triggers as well.

Grab ‘n’ go, do-it-yourself, need to buy a family kit, or call in the cavalry, we are just a phone call away!

 

 

 

Homeopathy Cold And Flu

Homeopathy Remedies for Colds and Flu

While no approach can claim a cure for the common cold, homeopathy offers many remedies that can significantly reduce the misery of the symptoms, and shorten the duration.  Homeopathy can also help with typical “secondary infections” that may follow a cold, such as ear aches, lingering coughs, or sinus infections.  Of course, if those problems crop up every time a person has a cold, they will likely need long-term cleansing and healing of the weaknesses that have caused them to become recurrent or chronic.  But there are some wonderful combination remedies that we recommend to our clients.

Homeopathy Cold And Flu
First, the earlier in the onset a homeopathic remedy is used, the more likely the duration and intensity will be improved.  If you have been exposed to a cold wind just prior to the onset of cold symptoms, we suggest that you take a few pellets of Aconitum napellum 12C or 30C, dissolve them in a “sport bottle” of drinking or spring water, and sip on the remedy 3-6X hourly for several hours.  Once the symptoms have subsided, begin hourly sips of the remedy, throughout that day. If the symptoms are gone the next day, probably you have escaped a full-blown cold.  This remedy is especially indicated where there is a degree of fear of becoming ill.

If you have cold symptoms that “sneak up” slowly at the onset, with an odd feeling that something isn’t quite right, as soon as you realize there is a problem, another remedy to try, as early as possible, is Ferrum phosphoricum 12C or 30C.  Again, we suggest dissolving a few pellets in a bottle of water, and sipping frequently for several hours, then spacing out the sips as the symptoms dissipate.  This remedy will only help prevent a full-blown cold if used frequently and early. After about 24 hours, unless there are other symptoms, such as nosebleeds, fatigue and paleness, if the cold is intensifying, Ferrum phos. may become useless.  At that point, the symptoms must be evaluated and appropriately matched remedies must be given.

Another remedy that is very helpful if there is concern about contracting either cold or flu, is Anas barbariae hepatis et cordis extractum.  This is sold under a variety of commercial names, sometimes by itself, or with other remedies in combination.   We have found both to be useful for consumers.  Again, this is a remedy that works best when used frequently and early in the onset.  Our office usually keeps both on hand for sale.  They also are widely available at many health food stores, as well as some pharmacy chains. This is a remedy I suggest that all my clients keep with their remedy kits at all times, since early administration is imperative.  As with Ferrum phos, this remedy works best in the first 24 hours.

If you have symptoms that include a high fever, stiffness of the neck or back, or other possibly serious symptoms, please consult a healthcare professional, as these could be signs of something more serious.

Our office offers acute care, but because homeopathy requires us to know how our clients typically respond to illness or toxicity, we offer a “get to know me” consultation to establish the relationship when clients and their families are healthy, then if an illness or accident arises, we can offer an immediate acute care option.

For chronic health problems, such as chronic sinusitis,  we work with clients in an ongoing basis, to find the causation.  Sequential homeopathy can allow us to strengthen and cleanse the overall immune response systems so that colds and flu are either less frequently contracted, or they are minimal in their effects.