The border between herbal medicine and homeopathy is blurred and to be a complete healer we need to take into account other forms of healing. Energetic prescriptions dont always work on a physical level and sometimes we need an organ support to boost the failing organ. If severe pathology is not being touched with homeopathic remedies then consider using an organ support.
Circumstances in which you could use an organ support
1. When the constitutional remedy has a strong affinity for the weakest organ, you could us an herbal tincture or a low potency of the chosen remedy. When an organ has been strengthened by the herbal tincture you could go on to use the constitutional remedy.
child with eczema even low potency sulphur could aggravate. If
skin is weakest organ then give mother tincture that supports
skin. When skin is almost clear you can then use your chosen
remedy in the 30th potency. Eczema can aggravate easily
but is usually ok with the mother tincture.
Usually when you have treated the weakest organ, you can clearly see the constitutional picture. If one is off balance everything else is also off balance.
2. Where there is obviously organ disease and all symptoms point to the organ.
3. Where an organ has been removed or damaged due to injury even if they have had the organ removed the energetic organ needs treating. Use 30c potency.
4. Where there is a lot of toxicity you may get an aggravation as the body releases toxins.
there is an energy blockage or leak Physical or spiritual.
2 types of prescription
1) Liquids herbal tinctures macerated in alcohol these last for a long time.
Some herbs require more alcohol to extract goodness, there is no set amount.
Standard adult dose is 5 drops in water three times a day; you can alter the amount after the initial week unless the herb is highly toxic.
Kidneys seen as the root of yin & yang of the body, they dominate the reproductive system & regulate fluid balance & support the lungs, they also have a role in strengthening the bones According to Chinese medicine we are born with a certain amount of Chi & it cannot be replenished except by drinking your own urine. People get colder as they get older & bones weaken. Kidney Chi can become stagnated and needs releasing this can be done with organ support.
Jing = essence of life
Chi = energy that keep functions going
Jing = controls the development & provides us with our basic constitution. When kidney jing is impaired the vital force is impaired leaving us open to disease. Impaired congenital jing leads to learning difficulties & retarded growth, infertility, sexual disorders, premature senility and Kidney (jing) responsible for production of bone marrow = essential element of bones, spinal cord.
Signs of Kidney weakness
Cystitis, cloudy, smelly, lack of & too much output, going to urinate during the night is a sign of kidney weakness, incontinence.
Morning = high ying, low yang = loose stools particularly in the morning (sulphur)
Tai- Chi = improves the chi in the body.
Arthritic patients, when put on kidney support may see a rise in cloudy smelly urine which is a good sign
Willpower, anxiety and fear are said to be centred in kidney kidney root of your sense of power and will to succeed. Poor function leads to timidity or feelings of weakness (personality)
Check amount of protein in diet as too much puts strain on kidneys
Equisetum Arvense (horsetail).
Herbal picture is very large 35% of the plant s silica called the vegetable silica. Problems with teeth, bones, nails, skin & ties in with kidney weakness. Has an affinity with all hard tissues cartilage, arteries, bones, mucous membranes.
Calcium, phosphorous, manganese, potassium, sulphur, magnesium, aluminium, 15 types of bio-flavanoids (body uses what it needs).
Impotency it encourages the balance of minerals it also promotes detoxification. Good for eczema, gout, cysts, dry skin, arthritis.
The tincture in herbal doses is considered safe for non pregnant adults. We do not know if there are any adverse effects interacting with CNS stimulants because of the nicotine content
Many mls per day
Best remedy for urinary problems made from bark stripped from the root, has a wide action. Best remedy for getting rid of deposits round joints in arthritic persons.
Radiating pains stimulates digestion, good for constipation, covers both liver and kidneys, jaundice & Hepatitis, urinary infections, yellow discharge, venereal disease, dry vagina, coition enjoyment absent, good detoxing remedy.
*urges to urinate, burning last drops, pains extending around abdomen area, across back down legs. Rheumatic particular affinity for the knees < walking downstairs.
* pains in balls of feet, very stiff lameness.
* Kidney stone colic-needs high dose 20 drops in water (hot) sipping it every 5 mins
Patient may experience a reduction in energy when detoxing, this is a good sign, what they need, helps to regulate calcium in the body, good for gouty eczema.
No interaction known of.
Stools float (fatty) problem digesting fat, either drink lots of alcohol or cant drink.
History of Hepatitis
Gall bladder problems ( stones, growth, colic ).
A bad case of flu can leave liver weak (also spleen)
Pains can radiate
Can be palpated
Person can be chilly in extremities
Eye problems, yellow, conjunctivitis, pains (bright white eyes indicate healthy liver.
Ovarian cysts body will dump toxins in cysts
Liver controls flow of chi in body
Stagnant liver chi leads to
Emotional stagnation can damage liver chi
Anger and stagnation
Controls tendons & ligaments and the way they control muscles important for movement & flexibility
Liver exercises control over person
Healthy liver good level of control
out of balance too rigid over controlling, totally loses control leading to outbursts of anger (temper tantrums).
Sleep disturbed by dreams liver or heart dis-harmony.
Signs of liver damage can be seen before detection by allopath through blood tests.
Liver also has relationship with lungs, people presenting with lung problems quite often have liver problems.
Persons who have stopped smoking could need remedy, will cough up lots of sputum.
Chinese medicine gall bladder controls judgement & used to be called inner liver.
The longer bile is stored, the thicker it becomes. Thick bile can block up the tubes making it more difficult for bile to pass through and thick bile leads to constipation.
A build up of bile can cause stones to form.
Excess bile - bilious indigestion ( distension and wind ).
Gall bladder headaches ( up side of head, across temples & into eyes, one side or both
Gall bladder, liver weakness associated with migraines look for this when treating migraines
Ask the patient how they feel when they first get up in the morning if they feel awful, take a long time to wake up, this could indicate liver problems.
treatment the liver must be protected
Chelidodium ( member of the poppy family)
Uses- herbal and homeopathy are similar.
This is one of main remedies for gallbladder stagnation with thick bile blocking ducts etc. bile backs up into the liver causing swelling and could lead to jaundice.
There are lots of similarities with lycopodium
Right sided complaints
warm food and drink for eating
can be domineering ( Lyc)
often given when Lycopodium doesnt work
Two extremities mentally disinclination to move, work other end cannot rest because of anxiety.
Liver remedies (magnesium) Mag-c, Mag-mur etc
Liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidney, lungs and eyes.
Functions ( herbal)
Reduces liver congestion
Stimulates bile flow
Pain under rib cage, right side, can move through to the back.
Migraines tend to settle over right eye
Covers jaundice, hepatitis, gall stones
Chelidonium can cause gallbladder to discharge stones.
Chlidonium also restores heart and circulation.
Releases chi constraint in lungs
Congestion particularly in right lung
Characteristic cough-chronic, dry, short, hollow < mornings, excited by tickling in Larynx as if dust in trachea
Violent palpitations another symptom, if patient develops palpitations take off remedy for a while then re-introduce at lower dose.
Promotes tissue repair reduces inflammation
Reduces tumours and warts
Once thought superior to Arnica for bruises, sprains etc
Shown to reduce cancerous tumours
Stomach and skin
Old remedy for warts (apply direct as thuja)
Good for piles
Mathew wood used it for coming off mind altering drugs as these cause irritation to liver.
When prescribing put contraindications on bottle
Keep away from young children
Single drop doses often sufficient
Low potency 3x & 6x work well
Do not use in pregnancy ( stimulates uterus)
Analgesics, antibiotics, cardiac & antibiotic agents.
Always look for contraindications.
If concerned give low homeopathic potency
Use as ointment for leg ulcers & skin diseases
Red grapes good for
St Marys Thistle
Our Ladys Thistle
Usually made by the deeds of the plant
Bitter tonic which stimulates gall bladder and bile ducts
Haemorrhagic tendencies blood in everything sputum, stool, vomit, heavy periods.
Liver or spleen weakness
One of main liver remedies
Popular homeopathic remedy
Liver and spleen weakness (covers both )
Symptoms indicate association with spleen
Hypocondriasis & joylessness
Antidote for death cap mushroom
Also good for other poisons that affect the liver
1. Stimulates digestion
Reduces liver congestion
Hepatitis (main remedy) Tincture small doses
Important to support liver when on allopathic medicine
Good as preventative to protect liver
Cirrhosis, fatty liver
Gall stone colic
Oedema secondary to liver disease
2. Stimulates circulation, dispels cold
Good for cardiac oedema
Kidney chi stagnation
Eczema, skin rashes, fatigue
3. Vitalises blood
Good for menopausal women
Promotes tissue repair, benefits veins
Strong affinity for portal circulation
Good for venous circulation
Good for varicose veins
Good for varicose ulcers
Relatively non toxic, no known interactions
5 drops 3 times daily
Root is used to make remedy
Has been terribly over used
Clark more cases of cancer have been cured with this remedy low potency single drop Ǿ. Pre cancerous stage generally feeling unwell
Not normally given in high potency
Cannot remember what is reading or talking about
Moans and groans
High stage before hitting the low
Relieves liver congestion
Burning bowel movement
Blood in stool
Skin eruptions itching, burning skin
Can be used internally and external discharges
Otitis media (best remedy) purulent discharges
Acts on all mucus membranes
*Pulsatilla, Kali Bich, hydrastis (excellent catarrh remedies)
3. Vitalises the blood
Good venous blood stagnation
Heavy tired aching legs
Reputation for reducing tumours esp breast & stomach
Stimulates digestion & appetite
Gallbladder, stomach chi congestion
Emptiness in pit of stomach
Effective convalescent remedy, acts as tonic
5. Promotes and enhances labour
6. Promotes tissue repair
Benefits skin wounds
> small drop doses 1 to 5 drops
Overdose can cause liver & kidney damage
Can kill of beneficial
bacteria in gut as well
It is not within the scope of this article to mention all liver remedies, a good book on herbal remedies is a necessity I suggest Encyclopedia of Herbal medicine by Thomas Bartram.
herbal medicines can have side effects and it is advisable to
contact a qualified Herbal Practioner if in doubt, or for more
serious complaints, do not exceed the doses above.
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