If you’re suffering from allergies right now, know that you’re not alone! We’ve already seen some pretty high levels of cedar pollen this time of year. The “Cedar Season” usually lasts from mid- to late-December through about mid-February, but it can continue even later than that. I wanted to provide insights into some homeopathic medicines, or remedies, that may actually help you survive the allergy onslaught often felt this time of the year.
Before I mention that, it’s important to note briefly about homeopathic treatment and how it helps people suffering from allergies. Homeopathy is an all natural treatment that seeks to stimulate your bodies own natural healing intelligence. We use homeopathic medicines that are derived from something in nature; mostly plants and simple minerals. That plant or mineral then undergoes a unique preparation process that dilutes away any toxicity from the original substance. What’s left is the energetic healing principles that are then transferred to inert, organic, sucrose sugar pellets. Those pellets are taken orally, preferably dissolved under the tongue. There are other ways to take homeopathic medicines, but a sub-lingual dose like this is the most common.
If you’ve seen over-the-counter versions of homeopathic medicines at local stores, you’ll often see noted indications. Yet, every homeopathic medicine has a vast array of uses and will not be limited to what you read on the product, or even what you research online. It’s always best to consult with a professional to ensure you’re taking the right remedy for you. In my practice I see people all the time for allergies. The best treatment is when you are taking a “constitutional” remedy, which is an individualized homeopathic medicine that is targeted to your unique symptom picture. Not everyone with allergies, or cedar fever, will need the same remedy. So much goes into it. Book an appointment if you’d like help.
The following is a list of various homeopathic medicines that may help you get through the season. Each one will have a unique symptom description. You may not have all the noted symptoms, but choose the one that most resembles your personal situation:
Allium Cepa: Acrid (burning, caustic) nasal discharge, which may even burn the nose or upper lip. Profuse watery discharge from the nose, like a "dripping faucet." Usually effects the left nostril more. You feel better in the open air, rather than indoors.
Arsenicum album: Also acrid discharge. It drips from the nose, which may also be totally obstructed. Usually the right nostril is more affected.
Euphrasia: Eyes feel inflamed, extremely irritated, with burning and itching. Bland nasal discharge, but with profuse acrid lacrimation (secretion of tears from eyes). Watery eyes that burn.
Nux Vomica: Terrible sneezing, especially in the morning on rising from bed. Stuffed, irritated nose that becomes fluent in a warm room - this generally relieves the stuffed nose. Nasal discharge may be very fluent in the morning and daytime, but horribly dry with raw obstruction at night and in bed.
Pulsatilla: Awful itching and lacrimation of eyes which feel better from applying a cold application. Everything is worse by being over-heated, such as by the sun, eating hot foods, or the heat of the bed, etc. Much worse in the open air. Much better in air conditioning (no exposure to pollens).
Sabadilla: Tremendous paroxysms (spasmodic) of sneezing; debilitating sneezing.
The above list is not exhaustive, but will help you get through some pretty rough situations. They are common remedies that can help for common displays of “cedar fever.” Your unique situation may require professional help to ensure an individualized approach is taken that best suits your needs. Contact me for more information.
In good health,
It’s that time of year again. If you haven’t already, you will soon hear about the flu and what you should do. It is entirely up to you what you choose for you or your family’s health. I’m a strong proponent in making informed decisions and I hope to arm you with additional information today. As the saying goes: “Knowledge is power” so I hope this helps to empower you.
One service I provide is called homeoprophylaxis, or HP. I am certified HP supervisor from the organization Free and Healthy Children International (FHCi). Through FHCi I’ve been helping families with HP since 2012. In light of the emphasis being placed on infectious, contagious disease this year, I thought it’d be important you knew a bit more about it.
HP seeks to educate the immune system in a call-response methodology. A specific kind of homeopathic remedy, called a nosode, is used to initiate a self-regulating healing response of the body. The response is innate and exists for every living being. In HP that healing response is to a specific pathogen that occurs in the natural environment, such as influenza.
There have been numerous studies conducted on HP. Overall, HP has about a 90% efficacy rate. This is outstanding, but does not make it a panacea.
Based on my professional experience over the past 10+ years, HP is a good adjunct to constitutional homeopathic care, but is not a good replacement for it. HP remains a small part of the services I offer in my practice, yet a very important one for families looking for specific help on this one particular issue. In my opinion, HP is best used when it augments the intended outcomes from constitutional homeopathic care, which include boosting overall vitality and strengthening your body's defense mechanisms.
All the same, in light of the heightened attention being paid to the flu nowadays, I wanted you to know that HP nosodes are available. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions about them. Please note that HP nosodes are also available regarding other nefarious issues you’ve likely heard much about.
If you’re currently undergoing constitutional homeopathic care in my practice, please discuss with me on whether or not HP is right for you and/or how to proceed in light of your current treatment plan. I offer HP only to established clients so if you’re new to my practice please establish care by scheduling an "Initial Consultation." There, we can discuss HP nosodes relative to your needs and concerns, in addition to your overall constitutional care. If you’d like to enroll exclusively in a comprehensive, multi-year program which provides HP nosodes in response to at least nine different infectious diseases, schedule a "Homeoprophylaxis Program" session instead.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, or prevent disease. If you have any questions about your health, contact a licensed medical provider.
It can be hard to tell at times. Both conditions have similar symptoms, but there are distinct characteristics. And in a time where having symptoms at all can feel like a cause for concern of something greater, perhaps it’s a good idea to sort this out a bit.
Lately I’ve received a lot of calls for people suffering from allergies. This is not new, especially with living here in central Texas where the “allergy season” seems to be year-round. There is such a convergence of different topographies in this region, which makes it so beautiful, but that beauty also brings with it a vast array of different environmental pollens as well.
At present, ragweed is causing major issues for people. But, it’s been presenting in such a way to cause confusion as to what’s really going on. Is it something more than allergies? Is it a cold? Is it a sign of something greater or more severe?!
To clear some confusion about what you may be experiencing, here is a brief rundown of symptoms for each.
Generally, you can most easily tell you’re experiencing allergy symptoms when they tend to happen around the same time each year. Every geographical region will have it’s own “allergy season” so it’s best to become aware of what that is in your respective area. The trouble nowadays, though, is that people who have historically had seasonal allergies are now taking one or more common suppressive medications on an almost daily basis. So it will be hard to tell if you’re having an exacerbation of those allergies, or if in fact a cold of some kind is developing.
Here are some common allergy symptoms:
As you can see this could also seem like a common cold. Colds are caused by viruses in the environment, whereas allergies are the overactive immune response to an outside substance, such as an environmental pollen. How many times have you heard the phrase, “It just must be something viral” when no other explanation can be found?
Common colds viruses will present with similar symptoms as allergies, but there are a couple differences:
Note that there are overlap with the allergy symptoms, but the main differences are aches and pains, sore throat, and fevers are more common with colds than allergies. Both can have runny noses or post-nasal drip, which can also cause throat issues, like pain and/or irritation.
As with all situations for all people, you may have more specific symptoms that aren’t included in either list. That’s because it all depends on your individual susceptibility which is derived from many different factors like your family history or personal health experiences.
Fortunately, it matters not what the source is for homeopathy to help you. We’re simply focused on the presenting signs and symptoms, as told by you and observed by your homeopath. Sure, knowing if it’s an allergy “attack” occurring in your life at the present time, or if you’ve “caught” a cold may help your homeopath distinguish between certain remedies that may help you, but it’s certainly not a deal-breaker. And I think that’s one of the great benefits of homeopathic medicine: treatment is individualized to the person, and not to the condition.
There are truly innumerable different homeopathic remedies that could assist each person at any given time. The best approach is treating you “constitutionally” with a well-selected homeopathic remedy that addresses your unique health profile. Though, at times, we need to address the individual situation with specific acute homeopathic remedies, too.
I hope this helps clear some confusion as to what you may be experiencing at the present time. As always, it’s important to let your homeopath know when you become ill so we can most readily help you before things progress or become worse.
In good health,
I'm grateful to have continued offering homeopathic services to individuals and families throughout this year. The journey towards better health is one of the key functions of a homeopath. And since homeopathy takes a holistic view of health, I can't help but try to understand this entire situation as a whole. Through continued observation, we have each landed somewhere individually, but as part of a collective. I've heard a lot of diverse perspectives across the spectrum of possibilities on what we each think and how we each are responding to present-day circumstances.
My main focus in every interaction I have with each patient is to distill down where everything meets. We in homeopathy see symptoms as just the sign of something "off" in the entire system; not to be addressed singularly as an isolated incident from a specific location of the body. Rather, there are connections to be made with all of our symptoms. Homeopathy is both a medical art and science. The art in homeopathy involves understanding the nuances of these symptoms and how they relate to the person as a whole, including also our mental and emotional health. The art of homeopathy is one of the reasons I love practicing.
One can also see the situation of a virus in the context of the greater societal impact it is having. It's possible to take a giant step back and see the whole situation from a meta-perspective, so to speak, just like I do with individual health. I've seen so many different ways in which our societal health has been impacted. It has left me with the sincere declaration that each of us have control in the status of our health. Knowing that we have control in the status of our health is also an inherently critical part of actually achieving it. We, in homeopathy, are in lock-step with you throughout that process.
As you go forth this weekend and celebrate the Labor Day holiday, know that no matter what you've been told, there is always more. More to you, to your potential, to your well-being; how you live this life, the freedom you feel, the creativity you experience. There is always more to YOU.
You are in control of your health, and I appreciate you allowing homeopathy into that process.
Yours in health,
I hope you're enjoying the summer months so far! I will be taking some time off this summer and wanted to send you a quick notice about some known dates I will be out of the office (as of publishing):
I will have a backup in place should you need homeopathic assistance or an immediate need for remedy refills during these times. Her name is Su and she will take good care of you. She can be reached either by email ( email@example.com) or by phone at 612-889-2683. Please note standard "Acute Care Consultation" rates will apply. I will also include a link to this blog in my "Out of Office" automated response email, should you email me while I'm out, and need Su's information.
As always, I'm sending you my very best and am excited to be accompanying you on your healing journey. Thank you for choosing homeopathy and my practice for your wellness needs!
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The term is being used a lot these days. Essential businesses have been able to remain open amidst a worldwide quarantine. There is ongoing debate about which business is truly essential or not to continue engaging in commerce. Though what is not debatable are the vital efforts of homeopathy’s true essential workers: mothers.
Without mother’s looking out after the health and wellbeing of their children - always seeking to find the best way for their optimal health - we homeopaths would not be able to continue doing what we love to do. It’s amazing working with mother’s and whole families, plotting out how best to help each person with whatever may come your way. The care and concern, dedication and willingness to go the extra mile on behalf of your children helps make the world go round.
It’s very sacrifical, this parenting. As a father, I experience that, as well. Though, the heart of every family lies in the love of a mother. When you’re exhausted and feel you’ve lost your way; when it seems problems or issues in the family are insurmountable; when you make health decisions for your family that are not widely supported or according to conventional wisdom; when your painstaking efforts seem overlooked - we hear you, we see you, and are right there with you in homeopathy.
In the middle of a pandemic and societal shutdown, when it feels all has fallen on you to feed, care-take, work, and now educate your children - all in isolation - we see and acknowledge everything you’re doing. It may feel like it, but truly, you are not alone.
In gratitude, we at Austin Clinic of Homeopathy celebrate Mother's Day by thanking you mother's: true essential workers.
How are you doing?
It’s a simple question asked everyday in my practice.
No, really…how are you truly doing?
It’s a question that goes beyond common pleasantries and deep into the heart of everything that matters, at least to a homeopath.
I’ve had the privilege of continuing consultations in my practice nearly 100% remotely. It’s a different dynamic, and something all of us are doing our best to get used to.
Sometimes, the human connection is lost when visiting remotely. But, the meaning of where you are, and how you’re doing is no less important. In fact, amidst a pandemic, it seems especially important.
From the vantage point of a homeopathic practitioner, we’re all dealing with the “shelter in place” reality in our individual ways. All of us have unique dispositions and distinct susceptibilities based on life experiences and circumstances which help us make sense of our world and garner meaning from any perceived stress. Based on how we’re individually perceiving this stress, we are all uniquely responding to it, as well.
I’ve consulted with many people from all walks of life throughout this current pandemic situation. One commonality arising out of this is the feeling of loneliness - in both young and old alike. How we experience loneliness is unique to each individual, but it is a prevailing theme throughout, regardless of age and circumstance.
That has really struck me over the past several weeks. I felt compelled to let you know that you are not alone. It’s easy to go there; to mire in despair. So many others are feeling the same, or in a similar, way. In my opinion, there isn’t one best way to deal with life as result of the coronavirus. Though, based on my consultations and known effective healthy lifestyle strategies, I’ve compiled the following list of ways to manage stress and loneliness during this time. Perhaps you may also find them to be of use right now.
In no specific order of importance:
This list really could go on, but it’s at least a start to helping remedy the natural feelings of stress and loneliness associated to this time.
I remain here for you and available in all the ways I can as a practitioner of the healing art and science of homeopathy. I’m also a fellow human being who is living this out the best way I can with a compassionate heart for all the suffering that is occurring. Hopefully this information was helpful for you in navigating it all, as well.
Do stay in touch.
Thank you for allowing me to be of service to you and your family during these challenging times. I value being a trusted resource for you and I hope also a voice of calm amidst this storm. I know deeply about the promises of what homeopathy can offer, and I truly believe it can aid you in so many ways during this time. It has done so in past epidemics, and will continue to do so through this one.
I also wanted to send you a few recent updates occurring at Austin Clinic of Homeopathy during this pandemic:
First, we remain open.
Despite the “Stay Home Stay Safe Order” effective March 25, 2020 for Williamson County, Healthcare operations are considered an “Essential Business.” As such, in-person appointments are still available to you. Though, per Williamson County Health Department, if you are experiencing any respiratory infection symptoms; symptoms of COVID-19, which may present with fever, cough, shortness or breath, body aches, and/or unexplained fatigue; or have had any known exposure to the coronavirus, please stay home and complete a Telehealth appointment. Also, anyone entering the building will be required to have their temperature taken. With this in mind, if you’d prefer or need to meet remotely, let me know ahead of your appointment time and I will supply you remote conferencing information.
As of publishing this post, the vast majority of my current appointments are being completed remotely with minimal or no issue. The only disruption is related to weak wifi connections. Please ensure you have privacy and a strong internet connection for remote appointments. As needed, phone visits can also be completed.
The following policies remain unchanged:
The following is a new policy:
In light of the rise in needs from many in our community, after-hours consultation rates have been discounted while this pandemic rages on. You can reach out to me on evenings and weekends for the same rate as regular “Acute Care Consultations” in my practice ($40). To do so, complete this online form. I will respond as soon as I’m able. If you have an urgent need, call me and leave a voicemail. Please note that this service is for active, current clients, and is not limited to COVID-19 symptoms. To learn more about this offering, as well as how to establish care in my practice, please read a recent blog post on this topic.
Continue to stay in touch with me about your homeopathic care, and if you have any questions or concerns during this time. I’ve been asked a lot what can be done about COVID-19. Truly, your best homeopathic approach is to maintain your constitutional care, despite what you may have heard online or on social media groups about various homeopathic remedies. Keep working with a trusted, board-certified professional, especially one that knows your individual case and needs well. Anxiety and fear is natural response to unknown factors, especially pandemics. It’s understandable to seek out something - anything, that could help. Just stay the course. Talk to your homeopath about your individual needs. Together, we’ll get through this.
As COVID-19 cases rise dramatically in the United States, so do the growing health and wellness needs from our community. I know those needs don't end when regular business hours do. To help meet that need, I'm offering discounted rates for after-hours consultations. This special offer is available while our local community and greater society all feels the impact from this virus. Please note you do not have to have COVID-19 symptoms to utilize this service, but is being offered amidst the rise in needs from all across our community.
After-hours start at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and on the weekends/holidays. Regular rates for after-hours consultations are $100. During this time that has been discounted 60% and is now the same rate as regular "Acute Care Consultations," which is $40.
Please read the following important information about utilizing this service, then click the link below to access the form that submits your consultation information to me.
The fine print:
Click here to submit your After-Hours Consultation Form.