We have always heard that we are product of our thoughts, but never imagined that it is scientifically true as well. Till date we believed that we are controlled by our genes but that’s not true .Its actually the perception or beliefs that select our cells or genes and hence our behaviour. With the help of epigenetics, meaning ‘on top of genes’ or ‘in addition to genes’, biologists find out that epigenetics are the factors that determine how and when a gene is expressed. Epigenetics is a new type of science gaining popularity in the scientific world today by research conducted by wellknown biologists namely Bruce Lipton and many others. Our cells get influenced by the external and environmental factors around us and hence accordingly turn our genes on and off. He explained this with the help of an experiment, wherein same cells were placed in 3 different medium’s – and the outcome of these same cells were different- due to the environment in which they were placed.. ..cells from one dish became bone ,another became muscle while the cells in the third dish became fat. This means, the environment determined the fate of these cells and not their genetic pattern. Similarly, moving our body from one environment to another alters the composition of our blood ( which is the culture medium).Hence this environment affect our cells and their behaviour. In other words, our thoughts and perception have an overwhelming effect on our behaviour! And changing our perception, our thoughts will change the activity of our cells too… In simplest terms, we need to change the way we think in order to heal ourselves……we are not in control of our genes rather it’s the environment that selects the gene .So it is how we see things or perceive them , i.e our beliefs are altering our biology.
This is what Homeopathy is all about, rather this is what spiritual leaders have discovered many many years ago! Homeopathy treats the person as a whole—mind and body together .Any emotional or physical stress caused to the individual ,the way he has perceived it and reacted to that situation decides the disease and hence the correct remedy or medicine which removes this perception. This perception, like in cases of congenital diseases is analysed from the time of conception and the intrauterine life, while in cases of autoimmunity like rheumatoid arthritis or Parkinsons, detailed history is taken of the patient to understand the environment or stress in which his perception changed and thereafter started getting symptoms.
In short, the new science of epigenetics promises that every person on the planet has the opportunity to become who they really are, complete with unimaginable power and the ability to operate from, and go for, the highest possibilities, including healing our bodies and our culture and living in peace. And that we are responsible not only for ourselves but our health too!
Constipation and Homeopathy
It is said that 80% of ones immunity lies in the gut .
Constipation is one such common symptom which can hamper our daily routine and ease.
Most of us have faced this symptom some time in our lives but what is the exact meaning of constipation ??
You are said to have constipation if you have two or more of following for atleast 3months :
- Straining during a bowel movement more than 25% of the time
- Hard stools more than 25% of the time
- Incomplete evacuation more than 25% of the time.
- Passing stools twice or even less in a week.
Common causes of Constipation are :
- Inadequate fibre or roughage in your diet
- Inadequate fluid intake
- Irregular diet and frequent travelling
- Not going for stools when the urge is there…very common in children and adults
- Neurological conditions like parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Overuse of laxatives which over time weaken the bowel muscles
- Colon cancer
- Drugs like iron tablets etc…
- Bloated feeling of abdomen
- Uneasiness and pain in the lower abdomen.
- Difficulty in passing stools
- Vomiting occ
Most of the time a change is our lifestyle helps in relieving constipation but sometimes investigations are required .
- Colonoscopy to look for obstruction in the large intestine.
- Blood test to rule out Thyroid function.
- Barium studies
Homeopathy has an important role to play in treating Constipation. Homeopathic medicines gently bring back the funcitoning of the bowels back to normal.It not only improves the stool but also regularises the bowel movements and reduces the dependency on laxatives and purgatives.
Constitutional Homoeopathic medicines treats the cause of constipation and hence improves the overall health of the indivual.
Few Homeopathic remedies for constipation :
- NUX VOM : Constipation due to irregular lifestyle and irregular eating habits. Stressful ,hurry worry routine in ambitious and workholic people.Stools are incomplete with ineffectual urge to go stools often.
- SULPHUR : Incomplete stools ,have to rush to the toilet as soon as he gets up .Also insufficient and unsatisfactory stools . Stools are dry ,hard and have to strain especially initially with burning and itching at the anus.
- Bryonia :Large, dry, hard ,knotted stool as if burnt is the book picture of Bryonia.No urge for stool and dryness of the rectum. stools are passed with great difficulty.Often helpful in children with constipation .
- OPIUM : Here the constipation is due to absolute inactivity of the rectum.No urge whatsoever and slow peristalsis.Stools are impacted,hard,dry black balls.
- PLUMBUM MET: Here there is some intestinal activity.Lead colic is one of the effects of the drug.There is loss of muscular activity and diminished secretion of intestinal glands.
- ALUMINA : one of the important medicines for constipation where even soft stool needs straining.Dryness of the rectum with diminished peristaltic movement.very useful for constipation of infants and children
Many patients suffering from constipation have been treated successfully at ‘Care N Cure” Homoeopathic clinic.Also these Homoeopathic medicines are not habit forming.
However, the importance of balanced regular diet,exercise and lots of fluids cannot be overemphasized when it come to managing constipation . So, it is suggested that people suffering from constipation will definately find solution in Homeopathy.
Disha is a Direction of Hope for a better world for people with Disabilities. Having Founded in 1999, Disha charitable trust runs Special school and Autism Centre , Community based rehabilitation program and Vocational training for people with special needs. Over the years, Disha has established itself as a premiere institution in India providing comprehensive and wide range of services under one roof for people with Autism, Downs syndrome, Cerebral palsy and Multiple disabilities.
As part of an annual activity, Disha School organizes a Medical Camp every year . The medical camp for 2014 was conducted on 14 th Dec 2014 . Medical experts like Paediatricians , Opthalmologists, Ent specialists, Dentists, Homeopathic consultants and Audiology technician were on the panel . Patients were given free of cost medication, knee gaiters, hand calipers , audio aids etc.
Not only children from Disha School are benefited, but our Special educators identify such patients from slums of Vadodara and adjoining rural areas and extend the benefits of this medical camp to them.
I am honored to contribute as a Homeopathic doctor in these camps since last 5 years. Homoeopathy helps in improving the patients immunity so that he /she does not catch recurrent infections, and also help in improving the development of the child , as well as their adaptability to their surroundings. Also , as they are safe , easy to administer and without any side effects, Homoeopathy is a preferred choice amongst many now!
I would like to extend the benefit of an annual medical camp further , by conducting regular follow ups once a month. i.e on every first Wednesday of the month between 9 a.m to 10a.m.
Enclosed is a snippet of ‘Maitree’, the magazine,a Bulletin of Rotary Club of Baroda, which covered the event, apart from various local news channels and newspapers.
BACH FLOWER REMEDIES
Many of us have heard a bit of flower remedies, but don’t know how exactly it works and for what ailments it can be best given! We also doubt the efficacy of these medicines and wonder whether they actually act! So, as it is only experience that would enforce the belief about its action,let me share a bit of information about these flower remedies!
Invented by Dr. Edward Bach, these are also known as Bach flower remedies. Dr. Bach isolated and classified 38 flowers from which he extracted 38 essences with which he succeeded in healing patients’ ailments while taking into account their individual emotional states. Dr. Bach found that certain flower essences led to self-healing, as they purified the patient of negative elements that adversely affected their health. Though these cannot strictly be classified as ‘medicine, we must bear in mind that these are ‘regulators’ of the human mind. As mind is always altered in every physical and mental disease, these flower remedies are prescribed based on the mood and disposition of the patient.
Some FAQ’s :
- Is it safe to take the remedies alongside other kinds of medicine?
Normally there is no problem with taking Bach remedies alongside other medicines. The active ingredient in a flower remedy is an energy from the plant, not a physical substance, so it will not interfere with the physical action of the other medicine. Nor will the other medicine stop the Bach remedy from working.
These can also be given along with Homoeopathic medicines ,i.e it does not impair the action of Homoeopathic drugs .Unlike Homoeopathy ,wherein there are many number of medicines, these flower remedies are only 38 in number and no potencies of these remedies.
There are absolutely no diet or other restrictions when one takes these remedies. It is not habit forming nor does it have any side effects. Upto 3 to even 6 medicines can be mixed and given together
- Can you take the remedies in tea, coffee and so on?
You can put the remedies in tea, coffee, fizzy drinks etc., and in this respect they are not like homoeopathic remedies.
Putting the drops into a hot drink has the advantage of evaporating the alcohol. We sometimes recommend this method to people who for one reason or another dislike the alcohol content.
- I have heard that if you take a remedy for too long you will experience the negative state of that remedy.
This is not true. The remedies are entirely positive and cannot under any circumstances cause the negative state to appear.
- When does one stop taking the remedies?
When the problem that is being treated has gone. There is no need to continue taking them in case it comes back and of course no need to wean oneself off the remedies gradually, as you have to do with drugs like steroids and beta-blockers. Nor do you need to take a complete course of doses over a specific number of days, as you do with antibiotics.
- Is it always better to select as few remedies as possible?
The normal guideline is to try to use no more than six or seven at a time, since experience has shown that more than this number is not usually necessary if a little thought goes into the selection process. Taking more remedies than are actually needed means that the focus is lost.
Two methods are used to make remedies. Most of the more delicate flowers are prepared using the sun method. This involves floating the flower heads in pure water for three hours, in direct sunlight. Woodier plants, and those that bloom when the sun is weak, are generally prepared by the boiling method – i.e. boiling the flowering parts of the plant for half an hour in pure water.
In both cases once heat has transferred the energy in the flowers to the water, the energised water is mixed with an equal quantity of brandy. This mix is the mother tincture.
Mother tincture is further diluted into brandy (at a ratio of two drops of mother tincture to 30 ml of brandy) to make the stock bottles that you see in the shops.
Nowadays there are many companies making the 38 remedies. Any well-made remedy will work as well as any other. Our advice is to pick a brand you trust.
- Guide to few remedies: Here I share of few of my own experiences in using these flower remedies.
Walnut – useful to help one overcome the difficulty one faces during CHANGE—eg change of place, profession, change of life like puberty ,menopause ,teething troubles in children etc..
Concentration in studies : especially in children to improve their concentration I generally prescribe Scleranthus and Chestnut bud. Chestnut bud especially when children make a lot of silly mistakes again and again.
For Fears – fear of known eg. Fear of darkness,theif,animals etc given Mimulus .But for extreme fear or Terror eg. Terror of bombing ,floods,panic give Rock Rose.
I have given Crab apple with a lot of beneficial effects in many cases of skin infections like pimples, unhealthy skin ,dermatitis .
For a Possesiveness and self love ,Chicory can be given.The Chicory type tends to be possessive of others and would keep them close to her and try to control or direct their lives.’ Think what I have gone through for you, what I have done for you’ would be typical line.
Holly for hatred, anger envy,jealousy and suspicion.
Larch for lack of confidency in self and hence expectation of failure
Star of Bethlehem is a another remedy widely used by me , in after effects of shock –both mental or physical.eg. sudden sad news, frights, sudden unhappiness..
This is just a glimpse of few remedies which have helped me in my practice. Such and many others are there to help the sick individual.For further reference , one can read – Beginner’s Guide Bach Flower Remedies— by Dr.V.Krishnamoorty.