Why Acute illness is GOOD, really, really GOOD.

Imagine you are a little kid that spends much of your time in the company of your family, in your familiar home and in a routine that is built mainly around you.  To make the transition to a daycare or school requires all kinds of new neurological pathways to evolve and as this happens, children get sick.

Every sight, smell and sensation is unknown in this environment – new care providers, new companions, new food, new touch, new rules, new pace, new ideas –

Children do not mentally hold their stress, they are experts at discharging and will blow all that overload out via mucus, fever, skin rashes, vomit, diarrhea, sweat.  They let it go physically as they adapt and thrive mentally/emotionally.  You can try to ease these transitions in all the ways you know how,  but there is just inevitably growth.  Growth and change are reflected in the body and as parents you need ways of allowing it.

bed in the forest

Homeopathy allows the change, supports the mental/emotional expansion and does not suppress the discharge.  Think of all the suppressants we use on ourselves and our children – in the form of creams, ointments, deodorants and decongestants.  If we allowed our bodies to just do what they are inclined to do – would our level of health change?

You can model this way of being in your body to your kids – take time off when you feel ill, offer yourself comfort and enjoy the mental/emotional relief of having some time to integrate fresh experiences.  Use homeopathy if you feel the illness is out of proportion or stuck in a particular phase.

I offer online and in person consultations and free homeopathic inductions.  Please visit my website to access my services – http://www.pipermartin.com




The Cough that goes on and on and on


I have been seeing a lot a particular kind of cough in my practice lately – one that tends to go on and on.  After experimenting with a few different remedies – Spongia, Drosera etc. I hit upon Tuberculinum 200C and it seemed to do the trick.

I recommend only giving one dose (two pellets) or putting the 2 pellets in 1/2 cup of water and giving a teaspoon of the mixture morning and night.  One dose is all that is needed to create a shift.  The specific symptoms:

  • little coughing in the day but when it does happen it sounds fairly juicy.
  • cough is dry and constant at night once it begins
  • seems to happen a few hours after falling asleep
  • little mucus from nose
  • thirsty for water in the night
  • this is a cough that has stuck around for several days

The Night before Back to SCHOOL…

A child sleeping.
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The night before school begins can be a tough night.  If anyone in your home is experiencing trouble sleeping consider the following remedies: 

Coffea 200C – this is the remedy that feels as if you have had too much coffee.  It is a giant feeling of excitement and as if you can’t shut your head off.  Thoughts and ideas just keep bubbling up – this is a pretty joyful anticipatory state. 

Phosphorus 1M – Phosphorus is famous for being excited and anticipating to the point that parents do not want to tell their Phos children when something fun is approaching.  They are unable to contain their joy about seeing their friends – they are very socially driven and the thought of being amongst all of those PEOPLE makes them so happy they can’t sleep! 

Aconite 1M – Aconite is for people who are fearful and anxious about school to the point of experiencing panic.  The anxiety usually comes on the day before school and is then quite intense.  They can feel dizzy, sweaty, restless, have heart palpitations, nausea and wake from nightmares the night before school.  

Gelsenium 200C – is for fear as well but it has the opposite reaction to Aconite.  Gelsenium people feel heavy, tired and the dread makes them feel unable to cope or get out of bed.  They don’t want to face the day and can often feel like they are getting sick.