The Naturopathic Advisor – Natural lifestyle

The Naturopathic Advisor

Natural lifestyle has teamed up with experts at CNM (Collage of Naturopathic Medicine) to answer some of your burning health questions. This issue, you asked:

Is there homeopathic help for cystitis?

Yes, there are a many very good homeopathic remedies for cystitis. If you are prone to frequent bouts of this bladder infection I suggest that you consult a homeopath for individualized advice which can address the cause, which is always the most effective way to help prevent recurrence. Many people have found they become less susceptible to cystitis after homeopathic treatment.

For situations appropriate to self-help, see if your symptoms match one of the 3 homeopathic remedies listed below. Buy the remedy from a homeopathic pharmacy, in the 30c potency, and when you feel symptoms coming on, suck one pill under your tongue, 3 times per day, stopping on improvement. If symptoms do not start to improve within 6 hours of taking the first dose, consult a homeopath, or homeopathic pharmacy, or your GP.

Cystitis can lead to a kidney infection so consult a GP if you have blood in the urine, sharp pain around the kidney area, or additional or prolonged symptoms.

Cantharis

Painful urging to urinate but the patient can pass only dribbles. There is a burning pain before, during and after urination, which is scalding. The patient feels irritable.

Sepia

Sepia may be suitable for recurrent urinary tract infections. There may be a history of thrush and antibiotic use. The woman has a loss of libido, because sex is painful and she fears cystitis may result. She is also worn out and irritable. The cutting type pains are worse before urination and the bladder feels heavy and weighed down.

Staphyagria

Cystitis may come on after intercourse, surgery, a pelvic exam, or after anger or grief that is not expressed. Pains are worse before and after urination and it feels as if a drop of urine is constantly passing along the urethra. The patient will be feeling very emotionally sensitive.

Alongside your chosen remedy, drinking 3 litres of water per day will help to flush out bacteria. Avoid coffee and alcohol. Nettle tea is helpful, also cranberry juice, or cranberry capsules. Eating alkaline foods such as vegetables is very helpful and something you should be doing long term.

Homeopathy for Sports Injuries – Health News

By keeping just a few homeopathic remedies in their sports-bag, athletes can have an effective way to support recovery from injury, at their fingertips.  Here’s my advice for staying in the game, instead of watching injured from the sidelines:

Arnica

It’s the number one home-remedy for sports injury. It helps to reduce swelling and bruising, relieves pain, speeds up healing, and can also help the body deal process the shock that can come with injury. It’s excellent for over-exertion: take one 30c Arnica pillule immediately after a long run or a tough rugby or squash game, to aid the body’s recovery.

Rhus Tox

For the second stage of healing, this remedy is ideal for an injury such as sprains and strains, or torn ligaments where the patient is stiff on first movement, such as getting up out of a chair, but feels better for moving around and loosening up the joint.

Ruta Grav

More appropriate where the person feels better for rest rather than movement, eg, repetitive strain injuries or tennis elbow.

Hypericum

If you have injured any area rich in nerves (eg, fallen on your coccyx when skiing, or shut your fingers in a car door) this is the most suitable homeopathic remedy.

Symphytum

Known as ‘bone-knit’, this remedy can help bones to heal quickly. It is very effective, so it is vital that you ensure the bone has been set properly before taking it! (If you are unlucky enough to have broken a bone, firstly take Arnica for the shock, swelling and pain, then follow on with Symphytum.)
All the above remedies can be bought in pillule form (30c potency) from homeopathic pharmacies or from good health stores. Take twice daily for a week.

In keeping with a naturopathic approach to health, look at your nutrition, too. Eating 3 portions of oily fish per week, such as mackerel or salmon, or taking fish oils (1-2grammes daily) can help reduce inflammation. Supplementing with vitamin D has been found to decrease the likelihood of injury and help faster recovery.