Updated: Jan 14, 2019
It’s that time of year when we are at our busiest; rushing around trying to squeeze as much in as we can before the children break up from school and the festive season commences. We are constantly bombarded with companies telling us what we can do during the festive period and more commonly how to part with our well-earned money. To top it all off, the temperature is up and down and with it goes our heating systems and so the colds start….
Homeopathic remedies are fantastic to keep close at hand during this season. I always make sure that I have my Ainsworths Remedy Kit with me and as soon as symptoms start to show I take the best indicated remedies to nip it in the bud as soon as possible.
Having spent yesterday watching my daughter play hockey on what was a beautiful, sunny yet freezing cold (northerly wind!!) day, last night I suddenly felt the start of a cold brewing. The remedy Aconite is the best first line of defense in this situation; where a cold is bought on by cold, dry weather and where the symptoms start to come on in the evening.
If the cold progresses beyond that, then there are some more wonderful remedies waiting in the wings. For homeopathy to work it is important to choose the remedy that best matches your symptoms. It is not the same as popping to your local pharmacy and choosing a one medicine fits all solution. Below is a list of some of the main remedies I prescribe during the cold season and how I differentiate them:
Arsenicum Album: Streaming colds with burning, watery discharge from the eyes and nose. The symptoms are worse for cold, better for warmth and worse at night. Symptoms cause restlessness and these patients desire frequent sips of cold water.
Allium Cepa: Use when you are sneezing lots (especially when you enter a warm room) and the watery mucus produced is making your top lip and nose sore. The eyes are watery and sensitive to light.
Euphrasia: Similar to Allium Cepa except that the watery eyes sting and the discharge from the nose is bland. The mucus is watery by day but blocked up at night.
Kali-Bich: When the mucus has thickened, becoming ropey, tenacious and is yellow/green in colour. It is difficult to shift and there can be sinus pains in the forehead also. Symptoms generally feel better for heat.
Gelsemium: Flu like symptoms; chills and shivers; a heavy dull headache, aching limbs and a sore throat.
Nat Mur: When your mucus resembles egg whites. There can be a loss of smell and taste. Thirsty with a desire for salty food. It also well indicated when your cold is accompanied by cold sores and/or sore, dry cracked lips. Feel better in the fresh air; worse in the morning and when heated.
Nux Vomica: Chilly and irritable with sneezing and catarrh. Feel blocked up at night and in fresh air but the nose streams when indoors.
Pulsatilla: Changeable symptoms. The mucus can be clear, green or yellow, fluid or thick. Symptoms are far worse in a warm, stuffy room, and the mucus is worse in the mornings and evening. Often the symptoms can be one-sided. Can be teary and feel a bit sorry for yourself. Tend to be not want a drink even though the mouth is dry.
Silica: Recurrent colds that are slow to heal. Useful towards the end of a cold to help clear up any lingering catarrh.
If you are unsure of what remedy is best for you, you can now book an acute appointment with me to discuss your symptoms.
If you are susceptible to multiple colds or longer term illnesses then a full consultation will work better for you. Please do contact me, I would love to hear from you.