Boy, do I love a massage.
The morning after a massage? Not so much.
The day after having a massage I ache terribly and am pretty much desperate for another massage to recover from my massage.
Generally speaking, this pain doesn’t last terribly long and all told, most of the time I’m better off having had the massage despite the 24-48 hour set back.
Turns out I’m not alone in this. A small study was done on this subject and they found 10% of massage clients experienced discomfort following the massage (Cambron et al. 2007). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17983334/
Alas. What’s a girl to do?
Years ago, I was listening to a lecture by Dr. Robin Murphy. (I refer to him often.) In this lecture, Dr. Murphy explained how he opted to not use Arnica regularly and, instead, when he suffered from sore muscles, he would use homeopathic Lacticum acidum.
Dr. Murphy’s repertory shows Lacticum acidum has a strong correlation to:
Where else is homeopathic Lactic acid indicated? In nausea during pregnancy — morning sickness. Interestingly, in my crawl around the web, I see some studies indicating lactic acid in relation to nausea in sprinters as well as nausea in Lactic Acid Syndrome.
I’ve seen the studies and read the theories and I’m going to guess that a number of readers will take issue with the idea of Lactic Acid and massage and I’m not here to argue with you. All I know is that homeopathic Lacticum acidum has greatly lessened my discomfort following a massage. In fact, it has worked so well in my n=1 experiments that I now take it immediately following any body work and the couple of people I have suggested it to have tried it and found benefit following massage, as well.
If you, too, have experienced the unpleasant after effects from a wondrous massage, try Lacticum acidum and let me know what you think!
Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath
Calza, L., Manfredi, R. and Chiodo, F., 2005. Hyperlactataemia and lactic acidosis in HIV-infected patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. Clinical Nutrition [online], 24 (1), 5–15.
Cambron, J. A., Dexheimer, J., Coe, P. and Swenson, R., 2007. Side-Effects of Massage Therapy: A Cross-Sectional Study of 100 Clients. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine [online], 13 (8), 793–796.
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Did you know that October 18th is World Menopause Day? (Nor did I.)
The International Menopause Society says it is, so it must be true. The IMS have a goal “to work globally to promote and support access to best practice health care for women through their menopause transition.”
A good goal, to be sure. I certainly hope they include homeopathy in their best practices!
This year, IMS is focusing on Cognition and Mood associated with menopause. Their website provides a leaflet on Menopausal Brain Fog with some interesting data, if you’re curious.
Brain Fog is a complaint I hear often from women of a certain age and I addressed it here where I shared the Banerji Protocol for menopausal brain fog — an excellent place to start for “Cognition and Mood” during menopause. Protocols don’t address every condition for every person, so if you try the protocol and don’t get any joy, work with a professional homeopath to relieve your specific condition.
Homeopathic remedies can be very helpful in relieving the symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause in general. In addition to brain fog, hot flashes are right up there in common complaints.
Homeopathic Ammonium carb may address some level of hot flashes, especially when there is heat in the face and/or sweaty feet. Becoming heated can cause aggravation or even result in a headache. Unlike some of the remedies that follow below, Am-carb women may have an aversion to open air.
Lachesis is my “go-to” remedy for hot flashes as I have seen some pretty amazing things happen when women suffering from hot flashes use homeopathic Lachesis. Hot flashes may be more intense around the head and neck while their hands and feet remain cold. They have no tolerance for warm and stuffy rooms; craving cool, fresh air. There is also very little tolerance for tight or constricting clothing, especially around the neck or waist. All symptoms may be worse on waking. Because of this, falling asleep may be daunting.
Sepia can be cold during the day and hot during the night resulting in drenching sweats only to end up chilly again. These sweats may also show up from minimal physical effort. Hot flashes may begin down low and move upward. Women benefitting from homeopathic Sepia often suffer from low energy but are energized through exercise.
Pulsatilla hot flashes may be experienced when anxious or upset. Open windows with fresh air are are needed all the time…, they feel better outdoors. Constant fluctuation between being too hot and too cold. This changeability may be found elsewhere: mood swings, constantly changing bowel habits and wandering pains.
Sulphur is kind of the “mother of all hot flashes.” They are warm all the time and rapidly overheat. These flashes can be very distressing and may be followed quickly by chilliness. In general, homeopathic sulphur has irregular heat distribution throughout the body. They may also find some parts are hot while other parts remain cool. They have a tendency to sweat excessively, especially around the head, feet and armpits and this sweat may be strongly odiferous. They are too hot for covers at night, especially the feet, and may also suffer from rashes, which are worse from heat.
The experience surrounding menopause can last for many years — the perimenopause leading up to, the menopause itself as well as the years following the cessation of periods. That’s potentially a very long time to be suffering needlessly. Do yourself a favor and try some homeopathy.
Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath
Bloody noses are a bloody bother.
Thankfully, that’s only what they are, generally speaking. Rarely are bloody noses an emergency. According to verywellhealth.com and NHSinform, you need to seek medical assistance for a nosebleed when:
Some people have chronic bloody noses*. All 3 of my sons have experienced periods of regular bloody noses and homeopathy has been amazingly helpful in dealing with this, especially in the moment.
I have seen nosebleeds stop shockingly quickly with a few of the appropriate little homeopathic pellets.
What are the appropriate remedies?
Dr. Andrew Lockie (1993) recommends using the appropriate homeopathic remedy (he says in a 6c potency) every 2 minutes for up to 10 doses. (In my experience, nosebleeds stop much faster than 10 minutes when using homeopathy. If the bleed hasn’t stopped in a few minutes, try another remedy.)
I present to you here, in alphabetical order, some of my favorites:
Arnica, especially for nosebleeds following an injury. Nosebleeds with a cough or from blowing the nose. Nosebleeds from exertion or from washing your face. (I have never seen this one, but I do know of people for whom nosebleeds occur while in the shower and Arnica just might be their answer.)
Ferrum phos, either as a cell salt (6x) or in potency (6c or 30c). Nosebleeds in children; nosebleeds accompanying a fever; bright red blood.
Hamamelis — with dark and thin blood. Nosebleeds in the morning.
Ipecac — bright blood, clotted or coagulated.
Phosphorus — bright red blood, bloody nose as a result of blowing the nose; in children; noses that bleed easily.
What else can help?
Once upon a time, long before I knew about homeopathy, I read that cayenne pepper (a pinch in a glass of water, then drink it) can help. Well, a visitor, an adult, was experiencing a bloody nose. I got out the cayenne pepper and I was getting the water and the person took a little dab of the cayenne pepper and put it right up their nose. The bleeding stopped immediately and though they had been experiencing regular bloody noses, one didn't return again for many years after that! (Be forewarned, though -- this person had quite a shocking experience with that jolt to the system!)
Another little tip I’ve learned with my boys… paper towels are much more effective than tissues.
I leave you with this joke, simply because I couldn’t resist.
A British man says, “I’ve got a bloody nose!!!”
His friends reply, “yeah, we all do.”
Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath (and re-teller of bad jokes)
* If you or your child suffers from regular nosebleed, it might be worth considering a consult with a homeopath to see if you can get to the bottom of the issue.
Photo by Brittany Colette on Unsplash
Lockie, Dr. A., 1993. The Family Guide to Homeopathy. USA: Simon & Schuster.
NHS Inform, 2019. Nosebleed causes and treatments [online]. Nhsinform.scot.
Perko, S. J., 2008. The homeopathic therapeutic subject reference : a homeopathic practice guidebook for physicians and health care practitioners. San Antonio, Texas.: Benchmark Homeopathic Publications.
Ratera, Dr. M. M., 2016. First Aid with Homeopathy. Kander, Germany: Narayana Verlag.
Upjoke.com, 2022. The 20+ Best Bloody Nose Jokes - ↑UPJOKE↑ [online]. upjoke.com.
Weintraub, S., 1999. Natural healing with cell salts. Pleasant Grove, Ut: Woodland Pub.
Julia Coyte, CHom
I am passionate about homeopathy and I love sharing this passion. Having a working knowledge of homeopathy shouldn't be kept a secret. If people have the ability to help themselves, their children and their friends when they have minor ailments, life just gets better for everyone. That is the purpose behind Ruminating on Remedies.