Classical Homeopathy

Lycopodium Personality

I started studying Classical Homeopathy in the last year so I decided to make it part of my healing journey as well. I had my first appointment last month to hopefully get my body functioning properly. After all these years since my organs shut down prior to 2013, some are still not back to normal. I am very close to having my gut functioning optimally though so that is encouraging.

One of the many astonishing, delightful and almost incredible things about homeopathy is the fact that unlikely and sometimes completely inert substances, when prepared homeopathically, are transformed into powerful and deep acting medicines

I sent her all my symptoms from the time I was born in 1972 along with a timeline of all the illnesses, the treatments and responses.

Within a week I have had osme progress. Healing naturally is a slow process it is definitely NOT a quick fix.  A quick fix is only masking the illnesses symptoms so don’t be fooled by western medical treatments, it is not healing your illness.

Some progrss is a win in my books!

The result: Lycopodium

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Lycopodium is an excellent example of an unreactive substance within which are extraordinary healing properties. Although normally inert, if a powder of Lycopodium is thrown into a naked flame it explodes. The Lycopodium patient, although normally retiring and outwardly calm, is capable of sudden bursts of temper when things become “just too much” for them.

Lycopodium clavatum (Lyc) is a widely used homeopathic medicine for the liver, urinary and digestive disorders.

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From Homeopathyplus dot com

General Information

Lycopodium Clavatum (Lyc.) is a key remedy for lack of confidence, and types of acute and chronic digestive disorders. Physical symptoms such as eczema and cracked heels tend to be on the right-side of the body, be worst on the right side, or start on the right and before extending to the left. Symptoms worsened by warm rooms and between 4 – 8pm. Those needing Lycopodium often have dry skin or mucus membranes, and crave sweets.

Mental-emotional Symptoms

Egotistical,. Love of power which is used to dominate.
Lack of self-confidence – feels weak and inadequate so avoids responsibility. Anxious about speaking in public but often does it well.
Covers up lack of confidence with haughty, boasting, domineering or bullying behaviour. Pleasant, ingratiating behaviour with authority figures.
Lack of discipline and lack of commitment.
Irritability on waking in the morning.
Intellectual pursuits are preferred over energetic sporting activities.
Respiratory Problems

Nose blocks on lying down at night.
Gastrointestinal Problems

Bloated and full of gas. Flatulent. Rumbling in the abdomen.
Symptoms aggravated by flatulent food such as beans, onions, cabbage.
Heartburn with sour belching. Constipation when travelling.
Headache or other symptoms from missed meals.
Preference for warm drinks. Craving for sweets.
Changeable appetite – appetite either lost or increased by eating.
Night-time hunger – may wake with hunger.
Skin Problems

Hair graying in patches or streaks, especially on the right side.
Deep furrows or creases in forehead.
Dryness of skin and mucous membranes.
Cracked heels which start or are worse on the right.
Male Problems

Promiscuity and lack of commitment. Premature ejaculation.
Impotence with long-term partner but no problem with new partners.
Sleep Problems

Waking unrefreshed.
Waking with hunger.

From homeopathiremedies dot com

Lycopodium is commonly used for:

Gastric Upsets:
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.

Headaches:
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.

One Year Remission

July 2017 – 2018

This month marks one year since my Crohns flare has been in remission and I started my trek of recovery. Remission as in no more ulcers, fisculas, pain, diarrhea, bleeding and inflammation was not present from this flare. No more symptoms. Clinical Remission was reached just prior to my colonoscopy on July 24, 2017.

Even though Crohns and Colitis were in remission my body still had a lot of rebuilding to do. Remember back in the earlier posts in 2016 when I talked of organ failure e.g: skin shutting down, muscles had wasted and loss of an incredible amount of tissue throughout my body, hair loss and failure of the lungs, gut, bowel, etc.  This repairing had to take place since my gut was absorbing finally and my body was able to start recovering.

My blog is my journey from extreme illness to the the diagnosis of Crohns to reaching remission naturally. No western medicine. No surgery.  How I recovered and how I worked through the process of healing. I’ve learned so much about health and even more about myself.

Right after the colonoscopy UC was triggered either from the procedure itself or the laxatives taken for the procedure.  So, again I regressed. And again it took time to rid my body of the inflammation and then time to heal. (UC is also in remission) With natural healing of autoimmune diseases, time and patience are huge parts of the success in the journey.

You have to understand how the body heals itself, and in this process from extreme illness of disease to recovery, I have observed it first hand. In the homeopathic textbooks Hahnemann discusses how once in diseased state, the healing process of the body reverses to its natural centered state. Before I read this I had already witnessed this occurring and had documented it. My observation of the reversed order of occurring symptoms was completely part of my soul searching journey.

In illness is the old traumas that have been stored over a period of time. In order to heal the body it finds ways to resolve these traumas so that the body can be cured. It is the souls way of healing. If we were wise enough to listen to our bodies better we would have less illness, pain and suffering.

I have had set backs but I did accomplish my goal of healing naturally through what I ate, getting restorative sleep, movement, and holistic modalities.

Many milestones have been reached over the last three years which I’ve worked extremely hard to accomplish. I’m so glad to finally be on the other side of illness with all the resources I need for my future.

love light peace ~Andrea

Figuring out where your blocks are through books (self help & memoirs)

I think we need to stop, take a step back and examine what is not working in our lives. Take time to find the block or blocks.  Ask ourselves “Where is it that the flow has stopped?” or “Why is the flow not what it use to be?” From there we see the past, going through the steps we took and what happened when the change took place. What was it that occurred? Was it a mistake, a failure, trauma, a time when we were off or weak? [In these words I use loosely as I don’t believe in failure or weakness or even mistakes. I see everything that happens in our journey as a milestone, a learning experience, a process that was necessary in our evolution. But in this context I use these words to express my point.]

The hurdles in our path make us put up barricades to protect our emotions and allow us to carry on. Once this happens again and again we form blocks that are so deep that it’s hard to get unstuck. We can become numb or so use to acting a certain way to hide the pain and hurt that we are fake which forces us to atomically go through our days like a robot. Running from the pain, not dealing with it just pushing it down further and further, so the block is changing the course of our lives. We can get so far off our path until we get to the breaking point, that rock bottom. In my case it was illness; autoimmune disorders.

Being in these blocks is like drowning, we are pulled under then for a split second are above water able to gasp for air only to be pulled under again. In this pattern of ebb and flow our bodies become imbalanced which leads to a down hill spiral of negative events. These events are our path, they take us to where we are suppose to be and gets us to where we are intended to go. It’s the “work” we do in that pain that is mandatory to get us to the other side. To be free!
When we release all that takes us to that place of rock bottom we transition into a new person, we become that of which we were always suppose to be. That detour was the doing of psychology, the way in which the human brain works. The brains way of dealing with emotions, not wanting to be hurt or damaged and to suppress pain and the hurt that is taken on by the individual.

Every one of us is different, we can be in the exact same place experiencing the exact same thing/situation yet our experiences will be nothing alike. It’s the way our brains are wired, how we interpret the actions, words, expressions of others. We don’t think about how we are affecting others around us, in that we don’t know how our actions affect people. Psychology!

Here is a link to “THE WORK” with BYRON KATIE, everyone will take from resources what they need and leave the rest. This is how I live my life, I think we all do. But for me it’s not out of ignorance or a closed mind it’s simply the info in front of me was not meant for me at that time. When I need it, somehow it reenters my life, just at the right time…synchronicity! I moved mountains in my life by reading and learning from this brilliant women’s work. – LOVING WHAT IS

In 2013 I was extremely ill (ANEMIA) with undiagnosed Crohns; the culprit of my declining health. I had no idea how sick I was. I was in an unhealthy relationship with a couple of people in my life (along with other people in the background sabotaging the one relationship, truthfully, it surely didn’t need that to decline) and somehow it ALL was wearing on my health. (how to deal with toxic people)  You might want to google NARCISSIST too! Anyway….I was a new emptynester as well, as both my daughters moved out at the same time and I was all alone for the first time in 20 years. IN TWO F**KEN DECADES!!!!

So, there I was living alone in a basement apartment, unhappy in a unhealthy relationship, anemic for over a year at this point and my body was starting to waste away in that my lungs were shutting down, my muscles had started to waste, started to  lose body tissue and I was already extremely unbalanced (mind, body and soul). I was searching for ways to get back my balance and trying to figure out what was going on. The two doctors I had been going to were not helping me in anyway. And this is what I felt like….when things fall apart!

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This is the first book I read once I realized I needed help to get through whatever it was I was going through. Now, I had never felt sadness or depression before but I was experiencing sadness and had no idea what this emotion was, if you can imagine. Yup, that’s right, I had experienced an incredible amount of death in my younger years but had never had this emotion before. Ends up is was ANEMIA! so the doctor said.

This book started it all….and I mean it ALL! This was the declining stage of my life and for the next five years progressively became worse, in different ways and has challenged me in ways I hope to NEVER be challenged again. EVER!!!!!!!!!! But this book gave me a different outlook, a change in my view of life and mindset. I needed this book as badly as I needed to end the relationship I was in. You should read it along with the other books and links I provide in this post. Who knows you may need one of these resources to help you on the road to healing!

NOW>>>>> These are books I read and go back to many many times. I may read a book or a page or a paragraph, sometimes a sentence then revisit it a year later and get something completely different out of it. That’s how it works for me. I hope that you find this post helpful to get to where you are searching to go!

Pema Chodron – Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change was also an amazing book. She’s written 40 books so there is a lot for you to choose from.

Next was Elizabeth Gilbert, she is an amazingly talented writer, I aspire to be this type of writer. EAT PRAY LOVE, BIG MAGIC!

Then Gabriel Bernstein – I started meditation and was introduced to tapping. SPIRIT JUNKIE, ADD MORE ING TO YOUR LIFE, THE UNIVERSE HAS YOUR BACK. I can’t wait to read her new book JUDGEMENT DETOX!

And all the others who changed my life…

Wayne Dyer – an amazing life of work! SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS

Glennon Doyal Melton – LOVE WARRIOR

Brene Brown- DARING GREATLY, THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY. I can’t wait to read her new book BRAVING THE WILDERNESS

Kris Carr – meditation

All things HAY HOUSE Books, Radio

C.G Jung – SYNCHRONICITY

Tedtalk.com – speakers (most of the ones I’ve listed here)

Deepak Chopra – THE BOOK OF SECRETS

Eckhart Tolle – THE POWER OF NOW

The mind is a powerful thing! Be curious, be adventurous, be open minded, be KIND always. DO THE WORK, enjoy the journey of getting to your authentic self.

Enjoy your weekend friends.

~Andrea

Never Defined

I’ve never played the victim to my illnesses. My daughter said to me a couple of years ago `You are not defined by anyone or anything. “ I had two thoughts; one I had never thought about it before and wow that is a major statement coming from a 20 year old. Playing the victim to an illness is not helping your situation, in fact it is making it worse. Having that mentality is detrimental to your health. When I first started on social media about this last Crohns flare it was for one reason only, to let others know they are not the only one, that others are struggling and going through the grieving and healing process too.

As I posted and my followers grew I followed them too. But then I realized that almost everyone of them who was dealing with autoimmune disorders were sucky, poor me, look what happened to me now. This victim mindset was prevalent on more accounts than not. It was toxic. It disgusted me. I unfollowed every single one of them because it brought me down, it made me think this isn’t how this should go, why would you let others see you being weak and pathetic. I’m not like that I can’t watch this happen. I’m strong, I’m a fighter, I don’t back down. Never have!

So, for all you who have an autoimmune disease(s) I am a fact based person, here you will find my journey to figure out how to get from almost dying to healthy and beyond. And most importantly, to never ever let that happen again!

I think it is important for people to know the facts, to hear what happens to others so that we can learn and so that maybe I can help someone avoid what I’ve gone through. At 17 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in Toronto, Ontario by a specialist. At that time I was told to go on disability. I refused. I’m a fighter I’m not going to be labeled at such a young age. I am not giving in to disease, I’m not a quitter and I most definitely did not want people looking down at me. Wasn’t gonna happen! I’m still not on disability even as my diseases multiple but you know what I can see that I will have to at some point and there is nothing wrong with that. But at that young age all I could see was people would take over my life, that they would have control over me. And I’m glad I didn’t at that time.

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We don’t have to be victims to our circumstances, to illness, to diseases. Speaking our truth is different, it’s telling the facts, educating and advocating. Advocacy for ourselves, for others, for disease, for healing and for strength. So, please don’t mistake the content in my posts as playing the victim or wanting sympathy or attention. If you knew me you would know that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Thoughts become words which become actions. Being a victim is hard for me to understand so I had to do a little research.

Victim: One who is harmed by or made to suffer under a circumstance or condition. Victim mentality is an acquired personality trait in which a person tends to recognize themselves as a victim of the negative actions of others, and to behave as if this were the case in the face of contrary evidence of such circumstances. Victim mentality depends on clear thought processes and attribution.

I think the worst part of playing the victim is not making changes to your life.  I have talked to many and they refuse to make changes.  If you have illness, your lifestyle is not working for you. You have to change your thinking, your lifestyle and your surroundings. We all struggle, there are far worse situations to be in that others are dealing with right now. Be a fighter, win back your life, DO THE WORK! You will get there. Don’t give up.

Tell your story! But for the right reasons. To educate, inform, advocate and to heal!

Light Love & Peace ~Andrea xo