Homeopathic First Aid: Gelsemium
Gelsemium is an important homeopathic remedy for anxiety and flu-like ailments. Gelsemium is notable in homeopathic practice especially for its treatment of anticipatory anxiety and acute, flu-like ailments.
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#1 Sep 22, 2011
Well this was an interesting article. Not sure if it was written tongue in cheek or if it was serious. If it is true, amazing what little known plants can do to affect the brain, just with the sensation of aroma. It appears that aromatherapy is on the rise as people search for more natural solutions. i stumbled across as great read at ElanVeda blog on the use of aromatherapy in the products they make. Quite interesting.
#2 Nov 6, 2011
Homeopathy is a branch of alternative medicine which assumes a curing effect from an alleged memory of water.
Homeopathy, furthermore, is based on the idea that substances that induce a condition similar to a disease can, in very small dosages, cure this disease.
This idea is derived from the well-established mechanism of negative feedback regulation of any animal's, including humans', hormonal (endocrine) system.
For example, the first effect of high testosterone is that the body down-regulates testosterone synthesis. And it works like this with all hormones.
Homeopaths call this the law of similars, which is, however, not a law of nature but just a conclusion from some observations.
Immunology, and the idea of vaccinations, is often based on similar observations (with more scientific proof to them). For example, because causative agents and symptoms of small pox are similar to those of chicken pox, an infection with chicken pox protects against small pox. The immune system remembers characteristics of the pathogen, and is prepared to fight its variations, or anything similar.
Alas, water does not have a memory.
But taste buds have.
This recognition is a definite component of the Serge Kreutz diet.
The Serge Kreutz diet is based on a simple idea: not all food that makes it into the mouth has to make it through the esophagus.
Spit it, don't shit it.
Cheese, red wine, olives, cognac, black forest cake, all these taste great, but the value as nutrients is questionable at best, and totally negative at worst.
Water does not have a memory, but taste buds have.
You can try some red wine or cognac. Don't swallow it. Just role it in your mouth, than spit it out. You can even rinse your mouth with water after spitting out the red wine or cognac, to make sure no alcohol will make it to your stomach and onwards where it would be absorbed. Thus, no alcohol will make it past the blood-brain barrier.
Nevertheless, if ever you have actually swallowed alcoholic drinks, the signals your brain receives from your taste buds will induce some slight physiological reaction or counter-reaction which is associated with alcoholic drinks.
It will be a similar story with coffee or tea which is rolled in the mouth and then not swallowed but discarded.
Thus, alcohol and coffee can be truly designated as homeopathic foods.
The same applies, albeit more indirectly, to other food.
If on the day we first dated our next-to-be wife or husband, we dined on Parmesan-heavy spaghetti, any occasional diner on this recipe, even decades later, may bring back memories and associated mental states.
Swallowing is not needed for this effect.
This may not be a significant observation for those with no food sensitivity to Parmesan. But for many of those who get migraine or lesser headaches from biogenic and psychoactive amines in food, this differentiation is very important.
Plus, food, of course, makes fat. Gulping down tons of Parmesan-heavy spaghetti oversupplies calories, which will lead to obesity, which is a disease.
Thus, my advice is to indulge in Parmesan-heavy spaghetti in the Serge Kreutz manner.
Chew it, then discard the bolus into a plastic bag, not into your stomach.
A wasteful attitude? Haha. If you are above ideal weight, the spaghetti you swallow are more expensive than the spaghetti you spit out. Because the spaghetti you spit out just cost you your money. But the spaghetti you swallow, by making you overweight, cost you your health.
#3 Nov 6, 2011
Homeopathic Gelsemium is also great for certain emotional responses to hearing bad news. For example, the woman whose doctor has just told her that her tests shows the possibility of a cancerous growth. The woman who needs Gelsemium in an instance like this one sits trembling (like the donkey in this article) and as if paralyzed. It's also the number one remedy for people who have a fear of going to the dentist.
There are literally 100's of high quality studies showing that homeopathy produces significant and sometimes substantial health benefits. They have been published in 86 respected, national and international peer-reviewed journals like Cancer, Int'l J. of Oncology, Rheumatology, Pediatrics, Phlebology, Scientific World Journal and Archives of Emergency Medicine.
Some of them can be seen at:
#4 Nov 6, 2011
Bad news like you are full of carp? There are literally 100's of low quality studies showing that homeopathy produces barely measurable health benefits. As soon as proper controls are applied to these studies these slight positive results vanish. BTW peer review does not always result in a quality journal (there is a ranking system). If all the peers are dimwitted idiots such as homeopaths then the journal is going to be full of BS studies.
#5 Nov 6, 2011
Cowpox is a skin disease caused by a virus known as the Cowpox virus. The pox is related to the vaccinia virus and got its name from the distribution of the disease when dairymaids touched the udders of infected cows. The ailment manifests itself in the form of red blisters and is transmitted by touch from infected animals to humans. Cowpox is similar to but much milder than the highly contagious and sometimes deadly smallpox disease. It resembles mild smallpox, and was the basis of the first smallpox vaccines. When the patient recovers from cowpox, the person is immune to smallpox.
The cowpox virus was used to perform the first successful vaccination against a disease, smallpox, which is caused by the related Variola virus. Therefore, the word "vaccination" — first used by Edward Jenner (an English physician) in 1796 — has the Latin root vaccinus meaning of or from cows. World Health Organization in 1980 announced that smallpox was the first disease that had been eradicated world wide by a program of vaccination. Despite the eradication of smallpox in the past century, other orthopoxviruses, such as monkeypox virus, vaccinia virus in Brazil, and cowpox virus (CPXV) in Europe, still infect humans. CPXV has been restricted to the Old World with wild rodents as its natural reservoir. Human CPXV infections are commonly described in relation to contact with diseased domestic cats, sometimes directly from rats or domesticated house mice. Human infections usually remain localized and self-limiting but can become fatal in immunosuppressed patients.
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