Gear up for the winter months – fight winter ailments from colds to depression!

                                                                                                              

Flu’s, colds, ear infections, sinusitis, sore throats….Most of us seem to be affected by these winter ailments while a few with stronger constitutions seem to sail through!

Homeopathic remedies are safe to use and it has been shown that homeopathy is useful in treating upper respiratory tract infections, otitis media and sinusitis (www.homeopathy-soh.org).

Less activity in the winter may also accompany feelings of sluggishness and procrastination. There tends to be an increase in feelings of depression during the winter holiday season. The decrease in exposure to sunlight may be responsible for the low moods. Depression can encompass many symptoms including; apathy, isolation, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, anger, resentment etc. People experience sadness in different ways.

Homeopathy recognizes these individual responses to depression and works to heal the source of their pain and trauma, even if it began many years ago. There are no set rules because we are all individuals with our own unique personality traits, past history and physical, emotional and mental qualities. Homeopathy truly treats your entire being because it takes all these personal characteristics ‘that make you’ into consideration. If you are already feeling ill, homeopathy can shorten the duration of your illness and help to prevent it from returning. It works to strengthen your entire system.

Following is a list of remedies used in acute cases of colds and flu, although making an appointment with a registered Homeopath is preferable as it helps to build overall constitution.

ACONITE 30

Use this medicine at the first signs of colds and earache that comes on quickly after being out in cold winds. You feel shivering, restless, anxious and weak.

ARNICA 30

This medicine can be used for bruises, falls, trauma and shock, it also calms the nerves when rushing around Christmas shopping!

BELLADONNA 30

Use this medicine for colds or influenza with a high temperature, earache, feel as though you are burning up, redness of the face, neck or ears.

BRYONIA 30

Use this medicine for dry sore throats, dry coughs and colds when you don’t want to move, you just want to sit perfectly still.

GELSEMIUM 30

This medicine is excellent for flu-like symptoms with shivering, aching joints, sneezing, runny nose, dull heavy feeling and sensations of trembling inside.

NUX VOMICA 30

This medicine is good for an upset stomach after too much rich food and alcohol.

PULSATILLA 30

A medicine for coughs and colds with thick yellowy catarrh, you feel really vulnerable and a bit weepy.

RHUS TOX 30

This medicine is very useful for stiff, aching, painful joints worse in the morning and worse in cold weather. You feel better after moving about.

By Dr Vinita Pandey (BSc, PhD, LCHE, RSHom). Homeopath at the Health Zone Clinic.