"It’s okay to have symptoms."
It's a common remark I have nowadays. Sounds almost too simple or trite to say, or even counter-productive in the practice of homeopathy. But, it has become necessary to assert.
How about you? Have you felt it's not okay to have symptoms? Many others have and I felt it was important to address it.
In a time when there’s great anxiety and fear about contagions, it’s important to know that symptoms and illness serve a purpose. As much as we don't like them, symptoms are not meant to be avoided at all costs. To make sense of this we have to go back to an aspect of homeopathic philosophy which states signs and symptoms are the manifestation of a vital life force that is out of balance, or is ‘mis-tuned’.
Fundamental to the homeopathic understanding of health and disease relates to this natural and innate healing intelligence of the body. Symptoms aren’t meant to be suppressed. Rather, they are meant to be understood in light of the whole person, and they point to where each person needs help with their health being restored, or re-tuned.
It’s unfortunately become almost unacceptable to have symptoms in recent times. Someone with a cough, sneeze, or fever for example can be looked upon as the new leper. We can’t continue like this. Illness and disease will always be a part of our reality. We can’t eradicate it completely since we live in an entire ecosystem with contagions who have their own purpose and desire for existence, as well.
It’s important to keep perspective when things go awry, too. Sickness happens. Symptoms come up. In young children, the healthy maturation of their immune system and development is linked with exposure and supporting the body as it moves through an illness naturally. As homeopaths, our focus is on understanding what is happening in as much detail as possible, then choose the most well-indicated homeopathic medicine to help you. Your vital life force rules with unbounded sway over your entire organism. We just need to get it tuned back up so that your body can finds it’s own way back to optimal health.
I work with many parents and families who have expressed concern about their own children getting sick in recent times. I must reaffirm, regardless of diagnosis, homeopathy will help. If it’s a well-selected homeopathic medicine, it always will. You are not a pariah if you or your children have symptoms. Simply reach out for help.
That said, with kids returning back to school in-person, it is the natural and expected outcome that they will come into contact with contagions more frequently again. No matter! The following lists common ailments kids may encounter as they return back to school, of which I’m also seeing more of in recent weeks (please note this list is not exhaustive):
Those are just some of the physical ailments your kids may encounter. What about their mental and emotional state? This is where I think the most impact will be on your kids. They are being reacquainted with one another again. It may take some time and adjustment for social interactions to smooth out. Like many adults, isolation the past 18+ months has taken its toll on children too. Be mindful of how they’re feeling. Check in with them often. Take note of any changes in behavior or demeanor that seems out of the ordinary.
All told there are innumerable homeopathic medicines that could be helpful for children experiencing some or all of the above. Here are some favorites that could come in handy on short notice:
This is just a small sample of homeopathic medicines that may help your kids from a mental and emotional perspective. It’s important to note that particularly when you’re dealing with symptoms on those levels to seek the help of a professional homeopath. Proper care and attention is paid to each individual and their unique circumstances and situations, and the above list is just the tip of the iceberg of remedies that could help them.
Above all, this blog is intended to let you know that you’re not alone with what you’re feeling; your children aren’t alone either, and that there is help. It's okay to have symptoms. I urge you to reach out if needed. The health of your family and your local community depends on it.