It is often said ” Sleep is the best cure for waking troubles ” and indeed how true it is !!
But very often people are deprived of a sound peaceful sleep .Sleeplessness or medically known as Insomnia is defined as inability to fall asleep and or difficulty in staying asleep..
Insomnia can occur at any age group , can be short term ( upto 3wks ) and long term ( more than 3-4 weeks).
Consequences of sleeplessness:
These may vary from person to person and include some or all of the following in varying intensities:
Lack concentration at work
Accident proneness or automobile related accidents
Inability to handle stressful situations effectively
Can trigger Headaches like Migraine etc.
In the long run, sleeplessness can also be the trigger for many gastrointestinal disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, frequent heartburn, frequent indigestion, etc. Long term insomnia can also increase the risk for developing Hypertension and Diabetes (Type II).The biggest impact of sleeplessness is that it reduces your quality of life and leads to daytime tiredness which makes you feel drained.
Out of desperation,sometimes sufferers take sleeping pills which can help when used occasionally but long term use can cause addiction .
Difficulty in falling asleep in the beginning of night ,is often a symptom of Anxiety.
Also,Early morning awakening,or getting up (more than 30mins ) earlier than the desired time with inability to go back to sleep is often a characteristic of Depression.
Insomnia affects all age groups but people in the following group have higher chances of acquiring Insomnia:
Individuals older than 60
History of mental health disorder including depression, etc.
Working late night shifts
Travelling through different time zones
Treatment : It is most important to rule out medical and psychological causes to decide the treatment.Treatment will depend on the cause and treat medical conditions contributing to insomnia like depression,breathing problems and chronic pain
Homeopathic treatment for Sleeplessness:
Homoeopathy treats the cause ,so whether it is anxiety,stress,hormonal disturbance or depression or any medical condition, the treatment is aimed towards the cause and hence cures the sleeplessness from the root level.
Benefits of Homeopathy in Sleeplessness:
Treats the cause
Improves the quality of sleep
Not Habit forming
No have any side-effects
Calms and relaxes the mind
Helps to effectively handle the stress if the cause of sleeplessness.
Few Homeopathic medicines for Sleeplessness : Every case of sleeplessness is different as every individual is different.Homeopathy treats the individual and not the disease per se. Hence , a detailed evaluation of the case is required.The medicines listed below is only for the purpose of information . Kindly do not self medicate .
Nux vomica : said to be the medicine of modern lifestyle ..commonly known as ‘Poison Nut‘. and is used for various ailments from drug abuse to acidity and also sleeplessness.Patient cannot sleep at night and goes to sleep early morning .Eventually has difficulty in getting up and is unfresh . Feels has not slept enough …sleeplessness due to the stress of modern lifestyle.
Coffea Cruda : prepared from roasted coffee beans.especially suited for people who are over sensitive to any external stimulus and over reactive.Sleeplessness accompanied with restlessness is a key note.Insomnia due to disturbed dreams,excitement, joy or surprises,fright or grief.Lots of thoughts …mind full of ideas !
Passiflora incarnata : also known as ‘Passion flower‘ for sleeplessness due to mental exhaustion. Passiflora calms the nervous system and induces a sound and peaceful sleep.
Kali phosphoricum : A good remedy for Somnambulism.Conditions arising from neurasthenia,mental and physical depression have shown wonderful effects with this medicine.
Self Care tips :
Maintaining a consistent sleeping schedule, such as waking up and sleeping at the same time.
Drug companies won’t like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients.
Researched by western scientists:
HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.
ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.
BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?
CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent . As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.
COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!
UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.
GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.
INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals
INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.
RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.
PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.
SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.
WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.
BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day. HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. CIN
‘Navratri’ is specifically known for worshipping goddess Durga. Dandiya and Garba Rass are the highlights of the festival in Gujarat, while farmer sow seeds and thank the Goddess for her blessings and pray for better yield.
Navratri is usually accompanied by a change in weather which generally affects the body’s ability to fight diseases. Also people after their regular whole day of work play Garba raas at night which goes on till the wee hours in the morning and hence there is a total disturbance in their daily routine. Under such circumstances the immunity tends to slighty fall inviting some common ailments like fever, cough and cold etc…
Some of the common ailments during these 9days of Navratri are :
Dust allergy: Due to the exposure of dust while playing Dandiya and Garba ,many people tend to suffer from dust allergy which include symptoms like incessant sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose ,irritation in the ears,nose. Take Sabadilla 30 3pills three times a day and Hepar Sulph 30 3pills three/day for throat irritation.
.Cracks on feet : As they dance bare feet on ground , many are prone to get cracks on their feet. Treat it by putting feet in warm water containing salt and later apply Petroleum 30 ointment twice/day.
Acidity ,Indigestion: Due to late nights and irregular routine , one is prone for heartburn, gas formation . Take Nux vomica 30 3pills three times a day.
Nickel allergy : Wearing artificial jewellery may not suit all, Some may get rashes,redness and itching. Take Graphites 30 3pills three/day.
Take Berberis Aquifolium 30 twice a day to have a clear spotless skin. Always wash off the make up before going to bed.
Moreover, eat small quantities of food at regular intervals even if you are fasting to make this navratri joyful and healthy.
Correct Homeopathic treatment prior to conception can prepare you for a healthy pregnancy. Homoeopathy has the capacity to significantly help women during pregnancy which in turn helps the baby who is still in the womb. A healthy state of mind & body of the mother and father helps in healthy conception, healthy infant and a healthy child.
Homeopathic medicines play an important role in the preconception and in the pregnant state. It can aid in conception and address sexual problems as well. Cases of infertility, erectile dysfunction, tubal blocks,irregular menses,cystic ovaries have given results with homeopathy.
Homeopathy eases the phase of pregnancy. Homeopathic medicines are safe for your growing baby because only a minute amount of the active ingredient is used in their preparation. They work by stimulating the body’s own healing powers.
Let us understand the use of Homoeopathic medicines in various stages of Pregnancy:
1.The First Trimester : The first three months are of extreme importance,as it is during this period that maximum amount of brain development takes place .Hence the development of congenital deformities and birth defects happen here.Thus it is generally advised not to take any strong medication during this time.However ,this is the best time to treat the mother’s constitution with Homeopathy,to raise the resistance of the mother and reduce the chance of some hereditary or genetic disorders. This can be done only under the guidance of a qualified and experienced Homoeopath ,as it needs detailed history and sound knowledge.
Miscarriage : The first three months are also important as maximum number of miscarriage are known to occur during this time. Some women however,abort repeatedly.Homeopathy is valuable not only in controlling abortions,but in also helping to eliminate the tendency for habitual abortion.
For eg. Homeopathic medicines like CAULOPHYLLUM has proven to be useful in cases of Habitual abortion.Likewise, SABINA in cases of Threatened abortion and ACTEA RACEMOSE in repeated stillbirths.
Morning sickness : A common and visible sign and symptom of pregnancy is Nausea /Morning sickness.Here
Colchicum 30 — smell of food being cooked is intolerable
Ipecuac 30 — prepared from Ipecac root ,containing Emetine used commonly in allopathy for persistent nausea.
2. The Second Trimester and Third Trimester : is generally a less eventful period . This is the time to undergo various tests,to determine the Rh factor,VDRL,Urine , and blood pressure and sugar levels and treat them if diagnosed to have . Also few other complaints like back ache,constipation ,acidity and varicose veins tend to increase during this phase.Homeopathic medicines help in giving a prompt relief without any side effects.
Backache : Homeopathic medicines like AESCULUS H helps is useful when there is fullness felt in the lower parts,while KALI CARB helps when the small of the back feels weak and RHUS TOX when the pain is better by continuous motion .
Constipation : This occurs due to the pressure of the expanded uterus on the rectum,which causes stasis of blood in the pelvic region. Here drugs like ALUMINA (soft stool also requires straining) and OPIUM ( no desire to pass stool ) ,SENNA which is a component of allopathic purgatives ,is used homeopathically as a safe laxative.
Piles : This can be very uncomfortable and painful..and at times cause bleeding as well. Homeopathic medicines like AESCULUS H ( piles associated with low backache) and COLLINSONIA.
Varicose Veins : The expanded uterus can increase the possibility of varicose veins in the legs due to stagnation of blood supply. It is manifested by symptoms of pain ,burning sensation while hanging the legs down and cramps in the calves.Homeopathic medicines like PULSATILLA 30 ( shifting pains ) ,VIPERA 30 ( burning sensation while hanging the legs down) ,HAMEMMALIS 30 are found to be very useful. Along with medication , ofcourse care should be taken to not stand for a very long time and to elevate the legs while sleeping.
Dental Caries : A pregnant women tends to be prone to dental caries ,due to the increased demand for calcium made by the foetus’s body.This leads to toothaches .Hence,oral hygiene is very important during pregnancy .Homeopathic medicines like CHAMOMILLA ( irritable ,shrieking toothache worse by warm drinks),PLANTAGO ( can be applied locally) ,COFFEA ( toothache better by cold water),KREOSOT are found to be very useful for toothache and dental caries.
AFTER DELIVERY: After the delivery , ARNICA 200 given three times a day, for first 3-4days promotes healing and recovery.
Breast care and Lactation : Breast care is of utmost important . Homeopathic medicines like ASAFOETIDA ( hing) , PULSATILLA ( anxious patients with swollen and painful breast and milk suppressed ) are given to increase the flow of milk .Fissures of nipples during lactation can be treated with RATANHIA 30 and also GRAPHITES 30 for cracked nipples.
So, to conclude ,Pregnancy is a beginning to a new phase of a women’s life .So,be happy and be healthy and enjoy every bit of it !!
NOTE: Kindly note that the above medicines are examples of few Homoeopathic medicines which have been useful to many patients , but it is only with correct individual history and examination that an accurate remedy for that patient can be decided upon.