Homeopathic medical treatment for anxiety and depression.

Did you know that patients with anxiety and depression disorders (ADD) who choose homeopathy are more likely to experience clinical improvement than patients managed with conventional medicine?

This is because of a number of reasons:

  1. You have the time to talk about what bothers you.
  2. We explore what the cause was, or the first time you felt this way.
  3.  I take into account your constitution and your temperament.
  4. The homeopathic remedy will resonate with you – the remedy will have a similar symptom picture.
  5. The effects are gentle, quick, and without any side effects.
  6. You will start to feel better right away.

Common Homeopathic remedies for anxiety and depression include:

Aconite napellus, Argentum nitricum, Arsenicum album, Calcarea carbonica, Gelsiumium sempervirens, Ignatia, Kali arsenicosum, Kali phosphoricum, Lycopodium clavatum, Natrum muriaticum, Phosphorus, Sepia.

Here is a link to an abstract of a study on general practice in France, which included GPs and their patients.  The conclusion in this study was that patients treated homoeopathically fared better: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27145957

ANXIOUS?  DEPRESSED?  

Want to start feeling better now?

Call today for an appointment (416) 823-7918.  

You will be happy you did!  😆 

Homeopathic medicine a non-addictive alternative to opioids

Opioids are a family of drugs that have morphine-like effects. Doctors typically prescribe opioids to relieve chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting more than three months and can be a result of conditions such as osteoarthritis, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis or lower back pain. About 20 per cent of Canadians suffer from this type of pain.

The problem with Opioids is that anyone who takes opioids regularly will develop physical dependence. Opioids are addictive and can be dangerous.1

According to the Canadian Government, Canadians are the world’s second largest per capita consumer of prescription opioids after Americans.2 But while U.S. use is beginning to decline, Canada’s numbers keep rising, according to the International Narcotic Control Board, which monitors countries’ prescribing levels.3

We are in the midst of an epidemic of opioid use and abuse.  Over the last few years there has been a dramatic rise in opioid deaths in Ontario.4

As redress, on May 8, 2017, the Canadian Medical Association published new guidelines for prescribing opioids.5  The new recommendations seek to minimize harm for a range of patients with chronic pain, including people with current or past substance-use disorders, other psychiatric disorders and those who suffer from persistent pain despite opioid therapy.

Of the key recommendations in the guidelines the one that I want to address is:

“For patients with chronic, non-cancer pain, before considering opioids use non-opioid pharmaceuticals like some anti-inflammatory medications (such as NSAIDs). Also, consider non-pharmaceutical therapy like physiotherapy or massage therapy.”6

Bill 41, the Patient’s First Act, 2016, is about integration of the regulated health professions in Ontario.  Helping patients choose and receive the type of treatments that will best serve their needs.

Homeopathic medicine is the most effective alternative treatment to opioids. Here is why:

  • No side effects
  • Non addictive
  • Homeopathic treatment is typically a short term therapy
  • Homeopathic treatment is very cost effective

Homeopathy could be a first line pain therapy whose efficacy would be determined quite quickly.  Homeopathic treatment could divert many patients away from the dangers of opioids. Homeopathic treatment can also address withdrawal symptoms from opioid use.

If you would like more information you can contact me at 416-823-7918.  

 Mural by street artist Smokey D. about the fentanyl and opioid overdose crisis, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C.

 

1.  https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-abuse/prescription-drug-abuse/opioids/about.html

2. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-abuse/prescription-drug-abuse/opioids/about.html

3. http://www.macleans.ca/society/inside-the-history-of-canadas-opioid-crisis/

4. Gomes T, Greaves S, Martins D, et al. Latest Trends in Opioid-Related Deaths in Ontario: 1991 to 2015. Toronto: Ontario Drug Policy Research Network; April 2017. http://odprn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ODPRN-Report_Latest-trends-in-opioid-related-deaths.pdf

5. http://www.cmaj.ca/content/189/18/E659

6. http://www.cmaj.ca/content/189/18/E659

Resources:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2010004/article/11389-eng.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3298051/

http://prc.canadianpaincoalition.ca/en/canadian_pain_fact_sheet.html

http://camh.ca/About_Addiction_Mental_Health/Drug_and_Addiction_Information/opioids_dyk.html

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/investigations/oxycontin/article33448409/?ref=https://www.theglobeandmail.com&

http://www.macleans.ca/society/inside-the-history-of-canadas-opioid-crisis/

http://www.macleans.ca/news/ontario-sees-dramatic-rise-in-opioid-related-deaths-say-researchers/http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/opioid-health-cmaj-guidelines-epidemic-mcmaster-university-1.4100833

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/opioid-health-cmaj-guidelines-epidemic-mcmaster-university-1.4100833

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Homoeopathy-pills-as-effective-as-painkillers-finds-study/articleshow/33518170.cms

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/hpcdp-pspmc/31-4/ar-04-eng.php

Treating a cough with homeopathy.

 

 

Had a young child in the office yesterday. He presented with only a cough for the last 6 or 7 days. His mother tells me that the Doctor said it’s a nervous cough. I treated him with a homeopathic remedy that showed it’s efficacy before he left. Guess what? I woke up sick this morning. This always happens to me when I have a sick kid in my office. I get sick, bingo! Just like that! Well, Doctor…….that’s no nervous cough.

What it means when I say that, “a remedy that showed it’s efficacy before he left”: With acute treatments, such as coughs, colds, flu, traumas like accidents, sprains, broken bones and things like that, I have the patient take the remedy in office and wait for a moment, or two, to see if the remedy is working.  Love homeopathy.  Homeopathy rocks.

Homeopathic cold syrup effective for young children

Washington Researchers have just published their study confirming that homeopathic syrup is an effective treatment for reducing the severity of cold symptoms in preschool children.

“Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies are being used by an increasing number of people in the United States and can potentially reduce the epidemic overuse of antibiotics and other pharmaceutical drugs,” said lead author Dr. Jennifer Jacob

Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, clinical assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, partnered with Dr. James Taylor, a professor of pediatrics at the UW and director of the UWMC Newborn Nursery conducted the study.

There you have it.  With the use of homeopathy we can avoid antibiotics, steroids and other drugs, all with side effects.  Homeopathy is safe, effective, low cost treatment and also preventative.  Why not give it a try?

Here is a link to the article:

http://www.aspph.org/washington-researchers-find-homeopathic-cold-syrup-effective-for-young-children/

 

Homeopathic consultation with me includes nutrition and lifestyle.

 

 

The Quest for Perfection

I want to share this episode of “The Quest for Perfection” in the Myth of Science 2 series of The Nature of Things with you. In this episode Dr. Jennifer Gardy investigates lifestyle and nutritional ideas.  The results of her findings are backed by science and have changed my views on certain things, which will impact the advice I give in clinic.

I graduated from a homeopathic college where there was an emphasis on the health sciences, and nutrition was taught. I keep up with the newest trends or research in diet and lifestyle issues so that I can better help you. In many cases the obstacle to cure, or the maintaining cause, of someone’s health may be corrected with dietary and/or lifestyle shifts in addition to homeopathic treatment.

 

Some of the things that I learned from watching this episode:

  • The best way to exercise for strength and durability – good news if you can’t or don’t want to spend an hour a day in the gym:

High intensity exercise:

1 minute exercise as fast as you can

1 minute recovery

10 times

3 times per week

 

  • The best way to eat vegetables – surprise for the Raw Foodists and the Paleo’s:

Raw or cooked?  Yes and no.

 

  • Can you do something about your lack of willpower?

YES   – watch for the easy exercise to do.

 

  • Should you watch the news, or any down pulling shows or movies, just before bedtime?

Hmmmmnnnnn……

 

Watch the episode:

The Quest for Perfection

 

More on exercise from my blog:

Don’t think of it as exercise.

Walking meditation

 

More on Food and nutrition from my blog:

Canada’s new food guide

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food

Nuts and seeds in my pantry

Healthy recipes

Going organic and growing demand

 

Homeopathy for anxiety and panic attacks.

Got anxiety?  Having panic attacks?  You are not alone.  Approximately 12% of Canadians suffer from anxiety in any year. (1)

As a matter of fact anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in Canada. (2)

These are the six main anxiety disorders diagnosed:

  • social anxiety
  • post-traumatic stress
  • panic with or without agoraphobia
  • obsessive-compulsive
  • specific phobia
  • generalized anxiety
  • separation anxiety

Children, as well as adults, suffer.

Students can experience exam anxiety.  People feel anxiety at work.  People have anxiety from being in a car accident, stressful childhood, financial problems,…the list is long.

According to clinical studies Homeopathy may be useful in the treatment of affective and anxiety disorders in patients with mildly to severely symptomatic conditions.

There are many remedies that are beneficial and each are targeted to how you experience your anxiety, how it affects you mentally, emotionally, and physically, and how you react and behave.

No side effects. Non-toxic. Non addictive. Effective. Safe.

Over 500 million people worldwide use homeopathy.  Why not you?

 

  1. Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada   http://www.anxietycanada.ca/english/
  2. Ibid

Homeopathic treatment of depression and anxiety. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8997804

Dose-effect study of Gelsemium sempervirens in high dilutions on anxiety-related responses in mice. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20401745

World Homeopathy Day, April 10th

 

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Today World Homeopathy Day is celebrated around the world in remembrance of Dr. Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann’s birthday, this year being his 261st.  Dr. Hahnemann made the law of similars (like cures like) into a system of medicine, called homeopathy, today known as nano-medicine, and is the second most widely used medicine around the world.

In 2014, The World Health Organization (WHO) created the current strategy for traditional medicine, which includes homeopathy,  at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. This current strategy has important implications for homeopathy. WHO strongly encourages promotion and inclusion of traditional medicine into universal health care and into primary health care services. The WHO document can be found on the WHO’s website.

The week following is World Homeopathy Awareness Week.

World Health Organization celebrates ‘World Health Day’ April 7th every year

The World Health Organization (WHO)  celebrates ‘World Health Day’ every April 7th to raise awareness on health, disease and cure. I want to share awareness on health, disease, and cure, from a homeopathic point of view because the practice of Homeopathy is based on a philosophical approach to health, disease and cure. This philosophy is what guides us in practice and the reason for homeopathy’s survival and popularity all around the world.

The following article is by Dr. Nancy Malik, a prolific writer about health, disease, cure, from a homeopathic point of view. Quotes and references are from The Organon of Rational Art of Healing, the philosophical and practical guide for homeopathic practice.

World Health Day on 7th April

by Dr. Nancy Malik BHMS

INTRODUCTION

‘World Health Organisation’ celebrates 7th April every year as ‘World Health Day’ to raise awareness on health, disease and cure. Let us review each of them.

HEALTH

Health is not just merely an absence of disease but a dynamic entity where a state of equilibrium keeps the constitution of an individual whole in harmony [1] [click to tweet]. Constitution means a person’s state of health, including their temperament and any inherited and acquired characteristics. Genetic code genome is responsible for what’s going to constitute the make-up of a resulting individual.

Health is also defined as freedom from pain on physical plane, confusion on mental plane (mental clarity) and passions on emotional plane (emotional calm) [2]. Signs of good health, apart from others, are mental clarity, emotional calm and refreshing sleep.

DISEASE

Disease is dynamic disposition in harmony of constitution due to either non-maintenance of equilibrium or physio-chemical alteration of tissues. Symptoms are the language of a disease. The genetic code map is responsible for physical, mental and emotional symptoms, which are a result of both functional disorders and structural changes in the body. Environment (stress, shock, traumas producing changes in glands) modifies the constitution.

Diseases which when untreated or maltreated, lead to chronic disease syndromes related to natural progression of disease or lead to an increase in susceptibility for other diseases when immunity is low.

CURE

The single purpose and highest ideal of the medicine is cure. Cure is “the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable, and most harmless way, based on easily comprehensible principles” [3]. Cure means the recovery of the state of stability of physiological norms [4].

The Physician’s high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed 

— Samuel Hahnemann, Aphorism 1, Organon der Rationelien Heilkunden (Organon of Rational Art of Healing), 1819

If all biochemical reactions in human body are balanced and not independent of each other, this balance is called homeostasis. The disturbance in above balance is due to mal-synthesis, introduction of protein in human such as insect bite, bacterial toxin, toxins from killed bacteria after antibiotics, etc. Disturbed homeostasis impairs immunity and results in physical and mental symptoms.

The direction of cure was first mentioned [5] by Hippocrates. In the 49th of his aphorisms he writes, “In a person suffering from angina pectoris the appearance of swelling and erythema on the chest is a good sign, for it shows that the disease is moving towards the circumference”. And in aphorism 26 of section 6, he writes, “If the erysipelas moves from the outside to the inside, it is a bad sign, but if the opposite happens it is a good sign.”

The progress of cure in chronic diseases was mentioned [6] by Dr. Hahnemann where he stated that during the course of treatment the cure progresses from above (top of the body) downwards (head to chest to abdomen to legs), from within (inside of the body) outwards (exterior, often as skin eruptions), center to periphery, from more important organ to less vital one (brain followed by heart, liver, kidney and lungs followed by muscle and skin), in reverse order of coming of the symptoms (presenting symptoms disappear in the reverse order of their appearance i.e. first in last out, so old symptoms might resurface).

“The bloodbrain barrier provides both anatomical and physiological protection for the central nervous system, strictly regulating the entry of many substances and bloodborne cells into the nervous tissue” [7]. This indicates how the body is designed to actively protect the systems that are most vital to survival.

MEDICINE

Albrecht von Haller had postulated as early as 1771 that the effect of a drug ought to be tested on healthy persons before it was given to the sick but it was Hahnemann who in 1790 first tested the effect of drug (Cinchona) on healthy human being [8] and published [9] the results in 1796.

The goal of the medicine is to stimulate the body’s defense system to assist itself to encourage its natural healing process and clear itself of any expressions of imbalance.

DIET AND HYGIENE

1792: Dr. Hahnemann advocated healthy accommodation for the sick, before anyone else

1795: He advocated improvements in public hygiene measures, before anyone else

1841: He had identified the need for healthy diet, including avoidance of excess use of sugar and salt, before anyone else.

POLL

Poll: Which system of medicine would you prefer to use?

CONCLUSION

A real and fundamental improvements in health care management with patient’s health in focus should be the central theme.

REFERENCES

[1] Nancy Malik, Basic Principles of Homeopathy Explained, Version 25. Science-based Homeopathy. 2016 Jan 6.

[2] George Vithoulkas. The Science of Homeopathy. The Three Levels of the Human Being: The Definition and Measure of Health. page. 40.

[3] Samuel Hahnemann. Organon da arte de curar. 6th edition. São Paulo: Robe; 1996.

[4] Vitalism and vital normativeness, Denise Scofano,Madel T Luz
Reference Link

[5] George Vithoulkas. Homeopathic Medicine for the new millennium

[6] Samuel Hahnemann. The Chronic Diseases: their nature and homoeopathic treatment1stedition, page 135, 1828

[7] Pachter JS, de Vries HE, Fabry Z, “The blood-brain barrier and its role in immune privilege in the central nervous system”, J Neuropathol Exp Neurol, 2003; 62(6): pp. 593–604

[8] B.K. Sarkar. History of Medicine with special reference to Homoeopathy, Sept. 1949, Essays on Homoeopathy, Hahnemann Publishing Company Pvt. Ltd, Calcutta, India, 1968. FULLTEXT
Reference Link

[9] Samuel Hahnemann, “Experiments concerning a new principle for the discovery of the healing forces of drug substances besides a short review of what is known so far”, Zeitschrift für Praktischen Medizin (Journal of Practical Medicine), Vol.1, Issue 1, 1796.


FURTHER READING

World Homeopathy Day on 10th April
World Homeopathy Awareness Week 10-16 April

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