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H-Healing Herbs

Our Herbal Friends

Below is a list of herbs and their common uses.

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H-Ten Best Immune System Herbs

To stay strong, the immune system heavily depends on the stomach for support. Malnourished individuals are more susceptible to disease as opposed to those who practice a nutritious diet. Below are the 10 best herbs and spices for keeping your immune system strong and functioning correctly:

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H-Holiday Eating

Holiday Eating
By Dr. Regan Golob, DC

   With winter and holidays approaching, it is challenging to maintain a healthy alkaline diet. It is not a coincidence that colds and flu incidence increases this time of year. Here are some tips to help you through the season in great shape.

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H-Homeopathic Remedies List

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

 

Acute issues: Lower potencies more frequently

Chronic issues: Higher potencies less frequently

 

1.       ARNICA MONTANA(Leopard’s Bane): I use Arnica more than any other homeopathic remedy, before and after any surgery, soft tissue trauma, bruises, sprains, lacerations, concussions, or ulcerations. It is also excellent for overuse injuries to muscles. Basically it is for any soft tissue injury, and my equine patients seem to have a lot of them!

2.       HYPERICUM(St. John’s Wort):  Use for any injuries to nerves, especially on the ends of digits (toes) or more superficial nerve endings that may be associated with a cut or a bite. It relieves pain after surgery and in Dr. Boericke Materia Medica, he says “it quite supersedes the use of Morphia after operations.”

3.        CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (Marigold): Useful for open wounds, ulcers and promotes healthy granulation tissue and therefore rapid healing by first intention. I use it topically in my wound cleanse and as an ointment or cream, however it is also used as an internal remedy for coryza, hoarseness, and cough with greenish expectoration.

4.       LEDUM(Marsh Tea): Excellent for puncture wounds by sharp pointed objects or bites. Also used for gouty rheumatism that begins in the feet and causes pain traveling upward through the limb. Ledum wounds are very painful and feel better with cold or cold water.

5.       HEPAR SULPHERIS CALCAREUM(Calcium Sulphide): For signs of infection, this is a wonderful remedy to help remove contaminants such as pus and dirt or foreign objects from wounds. Best suited for abscesses, ulcers, and ragged wounds not amenable to suturing. Hepar wounds are painful to the touch and bleed easily.

6.       SILICEA(Silica or Flint): This Remedy can remove scar tissue or foreign material from the body. It can stimulate the body to resorb fibrous tissue and liberate infection or a foreign object such as a sliver of wood, etc. Silicea can help decrease even old scars. A wound will often progress from needing Hepar or Ledum to Silicea when it is cold and no longer painful. It is useful for scar tissue in the eyes, thrush, and fungal infections of the foot.

7.       RHUS TOX(Poison Ivy): For sprains, tendon and ligament injuries I always give Arnica first, then after the pain and swelling are down I switch to Rhus Tox. It is also helpful in many arthritic conditions which present as hot painful swelling of the joints. Rhus Tox patients are always better when moving, in warm dry weather, and get worse when resting and in cold, damp weather.

8.       RUTA GRAVEOLENS(Rue-bitterwort): It is most useful when there is tearing of ligaments at the bone attachment (as in a splint).  Pain in the bones of the feet and ankle, bruised bones, and restlessness are all indications for Ruta Graveolens. Also indicated for tendons (especially flexors), ligaments and joints.

9.       THUJA OCCIDENTALIS(Arbor Vitae): Otherwise known as the tree of life, Thuja is a great remedy for skin problems such as warts, sarcoid tumors, polypi, freckles and blotches. It also helps counteract the effects of vaccinations. Has been found to strengthen soft, brittle nails and hooves.

10.    SULPHUR (Sublimated Sulpher): The great anti-psoric, Sulpher is another remedy for skin problems, especially itchy skin. Hot, burning, itchy skin with dry and hard hair does well with Sulphur. Nose is red and scabby, ears may also be red and infected. Sulphur patients do not want to be near heat or to be bathed, and their head and hands are often hot.

11.    ACONITE (Monkswood): Fear, fevers, sore throats, influenza with a painful, croupy cough that has come on suddenly will do well with Aconite. Fear (thunderstorms for example), anxiety, and restlessness are hallmarks of an Aconite patient. The symptoms are always worse at night. It is also an excellent first aid remedy for an eye injury. Aconite is used mostly at the beginning of an injury or illness. As the symptoms change with the bodies efforts to restore balance we often move on to another remedy.

12.    PULSATILLA (Wind Flower): For any thick, profuse, yellowish, bland discharge from eyes, nose, mouth or vulva. The eyes will be itchy and burning. The nasal discharge will be foul smelling and affluent in open air but may be congested in enclosed areas. A Pulsatilla patient always seeks open air, is usually of a mild, gentle disposition and seeks help for his/her condition.

13.    NUX VOMICA (Poison-nut): The first remedy to use in case of gastro-Intestinal upset; colic, vomiting, diarrhea, motion sickness, etc. After indulging in rich food, coffee, and other stimulants one is bound to feel thick headed, irritable, and have an upset stomach the next day. Nux is great for hangovers. It is a good liver detoxifing remedy for animals that have been on long-term meds, especially steroid and NSAIDS.

14.    RESCUE REMEDY (or Calming Essence). Not a homeopathic remedy, but it is a combination of Bach Flower Essences. A dropper full of this tincture helps produce a calming effect and a stabilizing effect in stressful situations.

H-Horses are Healthy for You

HORSES ARE HEALTHY FOR YOU

Recent studies conducted by the Institute of HeartMath provide a clue to explain the bidirectional "healing" that happens when we are near horses. According to researchers, the heart has a larger electromagnetic field and higher level of intelligence than the brain: A magnetometer can measure the heart's energy field radiating up to 8 to 10 feet around the human body. While this is certainly significant it is perhaps more impressive that the electromagnetic field projected by the horse's heart is five times larger than the human one (imagine a sphere-shaped field that completely surrounds you). The horse's electromagnetic field is also stronger than ours and can actually directly influence our own heart rhythm!

 Horses are also likely to have what science has identified as a "coherent" heart rhythm (heart rate pattern) which explains why we may "feel better" when we are around them. . . .studies have found that a coherent heart pattern or HRV is a robust measure of well-being and consistent with emotional states of calm and joy--that is, we exhibit such patterns when we feel positive emotions.
A coherent heart pattern is indicative of a system that can recover and adjust to stressful situations very efficiently. Often times, we only need to be in a horses presence to feel a sense of wellness and peace. In fact, research shows that people experience many physiological benefits while interacting with horses, including lowered blood pressure and heart rate, increased levels of beta-endorphins (neurotransmitters that serve as pain suppressors), decreased stress levels, reduced feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, improved social functioning; and increased feelings of empowerment, trust, patience and self-efficacy."