Get Back in the Game: Hernias and Homeopathy
Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)
“I thought hernias could only be eliminated with surgery! You mean your hernia is gone from taking homeopathic remedies?”
Marcus was unconvinced.
Yet his squash partner, David, was indeed better.
And he had to admit, the bump was gone, when only last week their game had been cancelled because of it.
Even David’s doctor acknowledged the recovery. But not after re-reading the chart.
Only months before the hernia, David had surgery for his torn meniscus and suffered relentless nausea and headaches from the anesthetic, so when the inguinal hernia made an appearance, he opted for another way.
His wife had been using a homeopath for their children for years, so he thought he’d give it a whirl, only half believing it could help.
The homeopath explained that she had seen many hernias such as his and that sometimes the remedy resolved the difficulty in short order; sometimes it only aided the pain. David’s hernia wasn’t painful, so he hoped that was a good sign.
She also explained that although he was on blood pressure medications, the homeopathic remedy would not interfere with the meds or his blood pressure.
Homeopathy also has a reputation for being non-addictive and without any side effects.
This was more than what David bargained for, but when she told him the cost of the little pills was $15, it seemed too good to be true.
The remedy the homeopath suggested was Lycopodium, but she said it wasn’t the only one they might work with.
Part of her decision to use it was also based on the fact that David suffered from bloating any time he ate rich foods.
He asked if this would be resolved too. “It’s likely to be the first issue to be relieved,” was her answer.
“If that’s so, I guess this must be why my wife and family have been so adamant about me making this appointment.”
The very next day after taking the remedy, David’s mom made homemade strawberry ice cream (his favorite), and instead of the usual swelling and belching, he was quite comfortable after eating a bowl.
In fact, he went back for seconds and admittedly thirds when no one was looking but no bloating. Only half heartedly he thought, “If this is all I can get out of this remedy, I’ll be happy.”
Yet a few days after his ice cream binge, he noticed his hernia was smaller.
And a week after that it was gone! How’d it get back in there?
But he really didn’t care. It was enough to know he didn’t need surgery.
Homeopathy has a reputation throughout the world for addressing diseases that are considered only surgical cases, only with a simpler, safer, more inexpensive method.
Homeopathy is the medicine of the future. And it has another convert in David.
His squash partner, too.
Lycopodium Clavatum is a homeopathic remedy used in the treatment of nausea, constipation, emotional problems, breathing problems and headaches. Lycopodium Clavatum is also a top remedy for liver ailments, and is good for those with a sensitive digestive system such as constipation with offensive gas.
Lycopodium Clavatum is also used for a variety of issues including constipation in babies, earaches, gas, heartburn, and indigestion, nausea, hemorrhoids, enlarged prostate, reddish urine, increase libido, sore throat, dry coughs, fatigue, hair loss, psoriasis, nervousness, headaches, right side symptoms. Often used for people who are melancholy, sensitive, and crave sweats. Symptoms are better with hot food or drinks and at night.
Lycopodium is commonly used for:
Lycopodium Clavatum is good for indigestion with burping, dyspepsia, biliousness, flatulence, and is good for those with a sensitive digestive system such as constipation with offensive gas.
Lycopodium helps with bloated abdomen, baby’s colic or adult indigestion, and when you have a sensation of pressure over the left side of the abdomen. It also helps with those who enjoy eating and overeats at times, then suffers from bloating.
Lycopodium can quickly relieve certain headaches: over-the-eyes sinus pain after a sinus blocking cold, a temple to temple pain or an occipital headache at night. It can be used for relief from neuralgia-type headaches, particularly those occurring on the right side.
Lycopodium Clavatum also helps with headache from missing a meal, headache over eyes and headache with colds.
Cold’s & Flu:
Lycopodium will help the common cold that has yellow-green lumpy mucus, blocked sinuses, a constant worse at night cough, right-sided sore throat that may move left, and fever.
Homeopathic Lycopodium is known to prevent and heal many types of chest infections and breathing problems, and is useful for soothing dry, tickling coughs and sore throats. Lycopodium also helps labored breathing that worsens when the patient lies on his or her back and clears congestion of the respiratory system.
Lycopodium’s Personality Profile:
Lycopodium works well as a homeopathic remedy for those who have great anxiety in their lives. They lack confidence though they come across as arrogant or overly sarcastic. They have a great fear of being left alone and their emotional symptoms often manifest into physical ones.
Lycopodium’s Materia Medica:
Mind: Melancholy; afraid to be alone. Little things annoy, Extremely sensitive. Averse to undertaking new things. Head strong and haughty when sick. Loss of self-confidence. Hurried when eating. Constant fear of breaking down under stress. Apprehensive. Weak memory, confused thoughts; spells or writes wrong words and syllables. Failing brain-power (Anac; Phos; Baryt). Cannot bear to see anything new. Cannot read what he writes. Sadness in morning on awaking.
Head: Shakes head without apparent cause. Twists face and mouth. Pressing headache on vertex; worse from 4 to 8 pm, and from lying down or stooping, if not eating regularly (Cact). Throbbing headache after every paroxysm of coughing. Headaches over eyes in severe colds; better, uncovering (Sulph). Vertigo in morning on rising. Pain in temples, as if they were screwed toward each other. Tearing pain in occiput; better, fresh air. Great falling out of hair. Eczema; moist oozing behind ears. Deep furrows on forehead. Premature baldness and gray hair.
Eyes: Styes on lids near internal canthus. Day-blindness (Bothrops). Night-blindness more characteristic. Sees only one-half of an object. Ulceration and redness of lids. Eyes half open during sleep.
Ears: Thick, yellow, offensive discharge. Eczema about and behind ears. Otorrhœa and deafness with or without tinnitus; after scarlatina. Humming and roaring with hardness of hearing; every noise causes peculiar echo in ear.
Nose: Sense of smell very acute. Feeling of dryness posteriorly. Scanty excoriating, discharge anteriorly. Ulcerated nostrils. Crusts and elastic plugs (Kal b; Teuc). Fluent coryza. Nose stopped up. Snuffles; child starts from sleep rubbing nose. Fan-like motion of aloe nasi (Kali brom; Phos).
Face: Grayish-yellow color of face, with blue circles around eyes. Withered, shriveled, and emaciated; copper-colored eruption. Dropping of lower jaw, in typhoid fever (Lach; Opium). Itching; scaly herpes in face and corner of mouth.
Mouth: Teeth excessively painful to touch. Toothache, with swelling of cheeks; relieved by warm application. Dryness of mouth and tongue, without thirst. Tongue dry, black, cracked, swollen; oscillates to and fro. Mouth waters. Blisters on tongue. Bad odor from mouth.
Throat: Dryness of throat, without thirst. Food and drink regurgitates through nose. Inflammation of throat, with stitches on swallowing; better, warm drinks. Swelling and suppuration of tonsils. Ulceration of tonsils, beginning on right side. Diphtheria; deposits spread from right to left; worse, cold drinks. Ulceration of vocal bands. Tubercular laryngitis, especially when ulceration commences.
Stomach: Dyspepsia due to farinaceous and fermentable food, cabbage, beans, etc. Excessive hunger. Aversion to bread, etc. Desire for sweet things. Food tastes sour. Sour eructations. Great weakness of digestion. Bulimia, with much bloating. After eating, pressure in stomach, with bitter taste in mouth. Eating ever so little creates fullness. Cannot eat oysters. Rolling of flatulence (Chin; Carb). Wakes at night feeling hungry. Hiccough. Incomplete burning eructations rise only to pharynx there burn for hours. Likes to take food and drink hot. Sinking sensation; worse night.
Abdomen: Immediately after a light meal, abdomen is bloated, full. Constant sense of fermentation in abdomen, like yeast working; upper left side. Hernia, right side. Liver sensitive. Brown spots on abdomen. Dropsy, due to hepatic disease. Hepatitis, atrophic from of nutmeg liver. Pain shooting across lower abdomen from right to left.
Stool: Diarrhœa. Inactive intestinal canal. Ineffectual urging. Stool hard, difficult, small, incomplete. Hæmorrhoids; very painful to touch, aching (Mur ac).
Urine: Pain in back before urinating; ceases after flow; slow in coming, must strain. Retention. Polyuria during the night. Heavy red sediment. Child cries before urinating (Bor).
Male: No erectile power; impotence. Premature emission (Calad; Sel; Agn). Enlarge prostate. Condylomata.
Female: Menses too late; last too long, too profuse. Vagina dry. Coition painful. Right ovarian pain. Varicose veins of pudenda. Leucorrhœa, acrid, with burning in vagina. Discharge of blood from genitals during stool.
Respiratory: Tickling cough. Dyspnœa. Tensive, constrictive, burning pain in chest. Cough worse going down hill. Cough deep, hollow. Expectorations gray, thick, bloody, purulent, salty (Ars; Phos; Puls). Night cough, tickling as from Sulphur fumes. Catarrh of the chest in infants, seems full of mucus rattling. Neglected pneumonia, with great dyspnœa, flaying of alæ nasæ and presence of mucous rales.
Heart: Aneurism (Baryta carb). Aortic disease. Palpitation at night. Cannot lie on left side.
Back: Burning between scapulæ as of hot coals. Pain in small of back.
Extremities: Numbness, also drawing and tearing in limbs, especially while at rest or at night. Heaviness of arms. Tearing in shoulder and elbow joints. One foot hot, the other cold. Chronic gout, with chalky deposits in joints. Profuse sweat of the feet. Pain in heel on treading as from a pebble. Painful callosities on soles; toes and fingers contracted. Sciatica, worse right side. Cannot lie on painful side. Hands and feet numb. Right foot hot, left cold. Cramps in calves and toes at night in bed. Limbs go to sleep. Twitching and jerking.
Fever: Chill between 3 and 4 pm, followed by sweat. Icy coldness. Feels as if lying on ice. One chill is followed by another (Calc; Sil; Hep).
Sleep: Drowsy during day. Starting in sleep. Dreams of accidents.
Skin: Ulcerates. Abscesses beneath skin; worse warm applications. Hives; worse, warmth. Violent itching; fissured eruptions. Acne. Chronic eczema associated with urinary, gastric and hepatic disorders; bleeds easily. Skin becomes thick and indurated. Varicose veins, nævi, erectile tumors. Brown spots, freckles worse on left side of face and nose. Dry, shrunken, especially palms; hair becomes prematurely gray. Dropsies. Offensive secretions; viscid and offensive perspiration, especially of feet and axilla. Psoriasis.