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Homoeopathy

So exactly what is homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy is a system of healing that stimulates the body’s own healing forces in order to overcome disease.
So how does homoeopathy work?
According to the principle of ‘like cures like’ a substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person, can be used to treat similar symptoms ina sick person.
What are the differences between homoeopathy & conventional medicine?
Conventional medicine has its roots in anatomy, physiology and the ‘chemistry’ focused sciences of biochemistry and microbiology. It is strongly orientated towards eliminating variables in order to find comparable, consistent results. This means that it attempts to treat the symptoms which are common to most people suffering from a particular disease.

Homoeopathy has its roots in the ‘energy’ focused science of biophysics. It adopts a more holistic perspective and encourages that all variables in each person’s experience of a disease are considered. This means that symptoms cannot be viewed in isolation without considering other aspects of the patient’s wellbeing. Unlike conventional medicine, homoeopathy is built on the philosophy that the body has an innate ability to heal itself and should be allowed to do so.

Conventional medicine considers symptoms as an indication that the body has been overcome by disease. Medicines are used as an intervention to act ‘against’ the disease so that the body can return to health. For example, ‘anti-diarrhoeals’ are used to suppress or stop diarrhoea.

From a homoeopathic perspective, symptoms are considered to be part of the body’s attempt to heal itself. Homoeopathic medicines contain no suppressive components and work energetically to stimulate the body's innate ability to heal itself by promoting or supporting the functioning of the various organ systems. For example, diarrhoea is considered to be the body’s attempt to fl ush out toxic materials.

Treatment focuses on supporting the digestive system but allows the body to completely eliminate the toxic materials. The diarrhoea will automatically stop and the body will then return to health.

Conventional medicine, in particular emergency medicine, has made an enormous contribution to mankind by saving lives. Homoeopathy has been used across the world to improve the quality of people’s lives for nearly 300 years. Both systems of medicine have their merits and it is not essential that one system be used to the exclusion of the other.


Rescue

Can I give Rescue remedy to my children?
Yes. Rescue remedy can safely be used for children of all ages. If you are concerned about the alcohol content of the drops, simply put the drops in a small amount of juice or water and allow to stand for a couple of minutes before giving it to your child. This will allow the alcohol to evaporate. Alternatively, you can use the Rescue tablets, which can be crushed into a small amount of food and given to your child.
Can I overdose on Rescue?
No, it is not possible to overdose on Rescue remedy. It is not advisable to take more than the recommended dose, as it will not have any further beneficial effect than if it is taken at the recommended dosage.
Can I use Rescue remedy if I am pregnant?
Rescue remedy has been safely used by many pregnant women. If you are concerned about the alcohol content of the drops, simply put the drops in a small amount of juice or water and allow to stand for a couple of minutes before taking it. This will allow the alcohol to evaporate. Alternatively, you can use the Rescue tablets.
I’ve heard that people give Rescue to their dogs and cats, is this safe?
Yes, it is safe. The Rescue tablets can be crushed into the pet’s food or the Rescue drops can be added to the pet’s drinking water. People have also applied drops to the pet’s feet so that the pet will lick it off.
Which is better: the Rescue tablets or the Rescue drops?
Both products are equally effective. Some people find the tablets more convenient to use and prefer the taste, while some people find it easier to administer the drops


Circulation

How do you measure 'pulse rate'?
You use two fingers pressed lightly on the thumb-side of the wrist with palm facing up. You count the number of pulses over the time period of a minute (60 seconds).
What is blood made up of?
There are three types of blood cells: Red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, all of which float around in plasma. The blood that you donate can be separated into these constituent parts. Your body usually replaces the volume of the blood you donate within 24 hours. Restoring red blood cell levels to normal can take up to two months though.
What is BMI and how is it calculated?
The body mass index (BMI) is a useful tool in determining if you have a weight problem. To work out your BMI, take your weight (in kg) and divide it by your height in metres squared.
This is what the figures mean:
  • Less than 18,5 = underweight
  • Between 18,5 and 25 = normal weight
  • Between 26 and 30 = overweight
  • More than 30 = obese
For example, the BMI of a person of 1,7m, weighing 75kg, is 25,95, indicating overweight. Try your best to keep your BMI below 25.
Why is high cholesterol dangerous?
High cholesterol levels are often only diagnosed after having caused substantial damage to your health, according to heart specialists. Cholesterol is laid down in fatty deposits inside blood vessels. This in turn causes an obstruction to the blood that flows through the blood vessel. Reduction of blood flow to vital organs, like the heart, brain, liver and gut, can have very serious consequences and may lead to strokes, heart attacks and ultimately death. The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends that your
  • total cholesterol reading should be below 5mmol/l.
  • HDL (considered "good" cholesterol), should be greater than 1,2mmol/l,
  • LDL, ("bad" cholesterol) should be less than 3mmol/l.
A cholesterol reading of over 7mmol/l could indicate a need for immediate lifestyle changes (mainly dietary) and perhaps medication, and certainly warrants a visit to a doctor. Yearly checks are advised if you have high cholesterol.


Digestion

How can dietary changes prevent digestive discomfort?
Many digestive problems can be prevented with lifestyle changes. Poor eating habits, such as eating too quickly or skipping meals, can result in digestive discomfort. Be sure to eat food slowly, chewing thoroughly. You might want to try eating several small meals throughout the day to help lessen any symptoms of digestive discomfort. In addition, eating a balanced diet can help you avoid digestive discomfort. Unhealthy diets can contribute to digestive system difficulties. Many people eat too much processed food and sugar, and not enough fiber, fruits, and vegetables.
When Should I Call the Doctor About Digestive Problems?
You should call your doctor if you have any of the following digestive symptoms.
  • Heartburn that persists and/or becomes more severe, or is not relieved by medication
  • A sensation of food caught in the chest or throat
  • Unusual or persistent abdominal pain
  • Discomfort that interferes with daily activities
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Heartburn that causes vomiting
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Bloody or black stools
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Persistent hoarseness and/or a sore throat
  • Episodes of choking
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • New or persistent constipation


Ear, Nose, Throat & Chest

What are sinuses and where are they found?
Your sinuses are air spaces in the bones of your skull. They are lined by a membrane which can produce mucous in response to an irritation or infection. Your frontal sinuses are found in your skull above your eyes and the maxillary sinuses are next to your nose in your cheek bone.
What’s the difference between a ‘cold’ and the ‘flu’?
The flu is a much more serious infection than the common cold. The common cold is typically caused by one of a number of different ‘Rhinoviruses’, while the flu is typically caused by one the ‘influenza’ viruses. The fever which accompanies the flu is typically much higher than that of the common cold and the muscular aches and pain are more severe. There may be nasal congestion and frequently a runny nose will linger after the flu. Headaches, sore throat, a cough, fatigue and weakness or exhaustion are all symptoms of the flu. Nausea and vomiting may be present; however they are not common symptoms.


Female

I am a peri-menopausal woman, is there anything that I can do to prevent osteoporosis?
There is a lot you can do to prevent osteoporosis. The experts recommend the following:
  • A balanced diet
  • Calcium (1000 to 1500 mg/day) is important to attain peak bone mineral density in the young and prevent bone loss in the aged
  • If required, vitamin D can be added in a dose of 400 to 800 IU daily
  • If magnesium deficiency is present (for example, in diabetics, alcoholics or those who are using diuretics), magnesium should be supplemented
  • Limited alcohol consumption
  • No more smoking
  • Avoiding drugs which are toxic to bone
  • Taking up physical exercise and (in the elderly) preventing falls to limit osteoporotic fracture
National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa
PO Box 481
Bellville
7535
Tel. (021)-931 7894
I have been told to follow a ‘balanced diet’, what are the guidelines for a ‘balanced diet’?
The following 10 points are broad guidelines for a ‘balanced diet’:
  1. Reduce your total fat intake, particularly your intake of saturated fats
  2. Ensure adequate intake of mono- and certain poly-unsaturated fats
  3. Reduce your intake of foods high in cholesterol
  4. Reduce your intake of foods high in trans fats
  5. Increase your fibre intake
  6. Use sugar and foods high in simple carbohydrates in moderation
  7. Use less salt
  8. Eat a variety of foods
  9. Drink alcohol only in moderation and regularly rather than in binges
  10. Drink enough water or other fluids throughout the day (let thirst be your guide - remember that drinking too much water can actually be dangerous)


Kidney & Bladder

What is cystitis and who does it affect?
Cystitis is commonly known as a bladder infection or urinary tract infection (UTI). 25-30% of women between the age of 20 and 40 years have had urinary tract infections. 40% of patients with a urinary tract infection have a recurrence within one year
What is the prostate gland?
The prostate is a gland found only in men. They main purpose of the prostate is to produce seminal fluid. It is shaped like a cashew nut and wraps around the urethra (tube through with urine from the bladder and seminal fluid leaves the body).
Why are women more prone to bladder infections (cystitis) than men?
80% of bladder infections are usually caused by a bacteria (E.coli) which travel from the outside the body up through the urethra (the tube through which urine is passed) into the bladder. Women tend to be more prone to bladder infections because the urethra is much shorter and the infecting agent therefore has a shorter path to travel in order to reach the bladder.


Mom & Baby

At what stage can I consider resuming exercise after my delivery?
After your birth it is strongly recommended that you attend post-natal exercise classes where the emphasis is on reshaping and toning your body. These classes should not be started until you have had your six week post-natal check-up.
How do I administer Natura products to babies and small children?
Dilute the drops in a little water or add to juice or formula. Tissue salt tablets can be crushed and diluted in a little water for babies, and small children can suck the tissue salt tablets.
How do I know if my baby has started teething?
A baby’s first tooth can arrive as early as three months, but the average age is seven months. The following signs may indicate that your child has started teething:
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Refusal to feed
  • Irritability
  • Struggling to sleep
  • Ear pulling
  • Drooling
  • Cough – due to increased saliva
  • Chin or face rash
  • Biting
  • Pain and discomfort
Is exercise safe during pregnancy?
For the mom-to-be with a healthy, normal pregnancy, exercise can be very safe. For those who have experienced pre-term labour, or had some obstetrical complications in this, or previous pregnancies, exercise may not be recommended, or a programme may need to be specially tailored to fit their specific needs. The bottom-line? Pregnant women should not attempt a fitness programme without consulting their practitioner first. Only by taking a full medical history can your health care provider recommend a routine that will be right for you and your baby.
Why is breastfeeding encouraged?
Breast is best because it is human milk made for human babies. It contains all the nutrients that a baby requires; and the mother’s body has the ability to change breast milk as the baby grows and his needs change. The antibodies in breast milk enhance the baby’s immune system and protect him from infections. There are antibodies present to everything that the mother has ever suffered herself, to everything against which she was immunized and also to everything to which she is exposed. Within 12 hours of exposure of the mother to a particular bacteria/virus the antibodies are present in the milk. Breast milk is a convenient and economical choice. It is the ONLY free consumer product. There is no such thing as weak milk or strong milk. It is always correct for the baby, at the right temperature too.
Will exercise make my labour easier?
Unfortunately, nobody can guarantee a pain free labour. However, approaching labour with a strong, healthy and toned body will provide you with the stamina for the strenuous task of delivering your baby.


Muscles, Joints & Bones

How many bones are there in the human body?
206
What is the largest bone in the human body?
The Femur
What’s the difference between a tendon and ligament?
Ligaments connect bone to bone. They are tough regularly arranged connective tissue that is slightly elastic. Tendons connect muscle to bone. They are non-elastic, but flexible connective tissue which allows the muscle to pull on the bone to create a movement.
Which are the smallest bones in the human body?
3 bones in the ear (stapes, incus, malleus)
Why is it necessary to stretch before exercise?
Stretching should be done before and after exercises. When you stretch before exercising, you need to warm up the muscles first, follow this with stretching, and then proceed with your exercise routine. When you exercise, your muscles contract and relax, contract and relax. The repeated contraction can lead to shortening up of the muscles. Stretching helps prevent this. Many injuries are caused by poor flexibility.


Pentagen

Can I give Pentagen to my children?
Yes, it is definitely safe for children. In particular, clinical trials have shown rapid recovery for children with non-group A beta-haemolytic streptococcus tonsillopharyngitis.
The following dosage is recommended:
Children 6-12 years: Take 20 drops (1ml) 3 times daily.
Children 6 months- 6 years: Take 10 drops (0.5ml) 3 times daily.
Can I use Pentagen if I am pregnant?
Safety in pregnancy and lactation has not been studied, as it is unethical to conduct clinical trials on pregnant women.
How soon will I feel better while using Pentagen?
The common cold usually lasts between 7-14 days. Pentagen is a herbal-homoeopathic complementary medicine with antibacterial and immune modulatory properties which promotes the function of the immune system to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms of colds and flu. For best results, use at the first signs of cold or flu and take Pentagen for at least 5 days. Continue to take for at least 2- 3 days after symptoms have abated to prevent recurrence.


Phytol Plus

How do I wean myself off HRT?
You should not attempt wean yourself off any medication before consulting your healthcare provider. This is especially the case for long-term treatments like HRT.
If I have history of liver damage or disease, can I use Phytol Plus?
Because many hormones are processed by the liver, any hormonal treatments should only be done under the supervision of a registered healthcare practitioner, if there is a history of liver damage or disease.


Skin

What are the layers of the skin?
The skin consists of a thin outer layer (epidermis), a thicker middle layer (dermis), and the lower layer (subcutaneous tissue or hypodermis).
Why is the skin important?
The skin is the body's largest organ. It regulates body temperature, protects against injury, and prevents infection. The skin contains nerves that sense cold, heat, pain, pressure, and touch.


Stress

If I manage my stress, won't I become laid back and inefficient?
Some people like to function on the "edge". They find that they work best under pressure and deadlines. They feel that stress actually makes them more productive and efficient. These people may not seek stress management training as they feel it will make them too relaxed and laid back to be productive. Fortunately, this is not the case.
Is depression more common amongst women?
Yes. Twice as many women than men are affected. Some estimate that as many as one in five women will experience an episode of depression during any given year.
Is Post-partum depression the same as "baby blues"?
No, post-partum depression is more severe and of longer duration than transient 'baby blues'.
What is the difference between stress management and relaxation?
Stress management helps you to avoid stressful situations, while relaxation training teaches you how to remain calm and quiet in the midst of stress.
Why do we experience a stress reaction?
Stress is the response our bodies experience as we adjust and adapt to our continually changing environment. It is aimed at helping us to survive and even thrive in our world. That’s why all living things have survived up to now!


Tissue salt range - Combins

Can I give tissue salts to my children?
Yes, it is perfectly safe to give tissue salts to children. There are no known side effects.
Can I use more than one tissue salt at a time?
Yes, it is perfectly safe. Tissue salts do not adversely affect one another and are often used in various combinations for best results. They also have no toxic build up in the body nor any accumulative effects from prolonged use. Tissue salts are also very unlikely to interact with any other medication which you may be taking, and can in fact be used as adjuvant treatments for most conditions.
Can I use tissue salts if I am pregnant?
Yes, it is safe. They will not harm either you or your unborn child. There are no known side effects.


Tissue Salts: Simplex

Can I give tissue salts to my children?
Yes, it is perfectly safe to give tissue salts to children. There are no known side effects.
Can I use more than one tissue salt at a time?
Yes, it is perfectly safe. Tissue salts do not adversely affect one another and are often used in various combinations for best results. They also have no toxic build up in the body nor any accumulative effects from prolonged use. Tissue salts are also very unlikely to interact with any other medication which you may be taking, and can in fact be used as adjuvant treatments for most conditions.
Can I use tissue salts if I am pregnant?
Yes, it is safe. They will not harm either you or your unborn child. There are no known side effects.