Eat your broccoli!
When I first became interested in the study of natural medicines, I was baffled by the gap in the armour of nature’s cures regarding a natural pain reliever. How is it possible that nature omitted to give us a substance which could reduce pain while healing took place? I often thought. It just didn’t seem right. Within the pharmacy of nature, help abounds. There are plants which act as antibiotics, such as Echinacea and Golden Seal, to name but two. In homoeopathy we know of the fast action on pus and infections by using Hepar Sulph and Gunpowder. Pyrogen is another big gun in the army of natural healers to rid the body of violent infections, even as bad as septicaemia and gangrene. Anti-inflammatory helpers can be found in Ferrum Phos, Belladonna and Apis Mellifilica. You can virtually see how the inflammation disappears within hours of giving the correct similar remedy.
We know and use plant extracts to eliminate mucous from the lungs and sinuses like Kali Bich, Helpar Sulph, Hydrastis and Pulsatilla. Discharges from the body are never suppressed in natural therapy. This cleansing process is always encouraged to clear toxins from the system. In fact when discharges set in, in the course of a treatment, I always feel very relieved as I know the condition is now leaving the body, in a manner of speaking, to bring a complete resolution without the possibility of a recurrence in a few weeks; as you often see when mucous-linings have been “dried up” by conventional drugs.
Fevers are not an issue to the experienced prescriber. The fact that a good fever is appreciated in the development and resolving of an illness, is acknowledged by practitioners of natural medicine. A fever is a friend, not a foe. However, fevers can present dangerous brain reactions in small babies and should therefore be treated by a professional person, or, the parents need to be well-informed and guided by a homoeopath or naturopath. The Belladonna fever can be quite violent with starry wide pupils, shiny eyes, face flushed and red, with no thirst, which is odd when a person is burning with fever. Very often the patient talks rapidly, seeing spiders and other hallucinations. Only when you have been in this situation, with Belladonna in a homoeopathic potency to administer, can you truly speak of the rapid action of these tiny little white pills! There are many other remedies which are used with excellent results to assist the body at times of need when fighting a viral or bacterial invader which requires the body temperature to rise. Aconite, Chamomilla, Gelserium and Ferrum Phos, are all known fever remedies, invaluable in the hands of the prescriber. So I can go on to mention the full defence offered by nature through her plants, minerals and animals. Then I was introduced to the work done by a man in America!