Home Use Stories
I love it when clients and friends share their experiences with homeopathy and recently a friend shared an amazing story. Her cat had been listless and stopped eating or drinking. When she took him to the vet, he had a sad prognosis – the cat had pancreatitis and short of hooking him up and keeping him alive on machines, there was nothing to be done. Given the cat hadn’t eaten for a week and at this point was so weak it was lying still all day, recovery seemed impossible but as a last-ditch effort, my friend got out her homeopathy book and began to look for remedies to try and save him. Using symptoms such as “weakness” and “lack of appetite,” she gave one remedy but there was no response. Looking further, she found another remedy that was characterized as “the corpse reviver” – Carbo-vegetabilis, a remedy which traditionally had been known to rally people (or animals) who had been given up for dead. With nothing to lose, she gave the cat the remedy (he was so weak she could easily slip the pellet into his mouth). And over the next few hours she witnessed the miraculous possibility of the right remedy – the cat began to perk up, within a day was eating, drinking and moving around and today, weeks later, is back to his normal active cat life!
While few of us will have the need for “a corpse reviver,” Carbo-veg can be invaluable in other cases of extreme weakness, especially after an acute illness or draining experience. The person will often be chilly and have a cold perspiration, but need open air – they feel better by being fanned or by an open window. There may be respiratory distress, difficulty breathing, and usually uncomfortable flatulence or abdominal distention, even when little or no food has been eaten. Emotionally, the person may seem dull, listless, or fearful, particularly at night.
A Personal Homeopathic Story
Some years ago my oldest daughter suddenly developed a fear of flying. She was 14 at the time, and a veteran flyer so it was strange that she had become so panicky about being in an airplane. We were boarding a flight and as usual, I had my little homeopathy kit in my carry-on luggage. As we prepared for take-off, I saw her getting pale and starting to sweat. Not having the slightest worry about flying myself, I took her hand – and suddenly became overwhelmed with a huge wave of panic! My heart began to race, my stomach felt sick, I began sweating, and knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that something terrible was about to happen!
As some of you may know, this is a classic “Aconite” state – suddenly becoming overwhelmed with fear, physical symptoms of panic/shock and the absolute certainty that death is imminent! An additional symptom I was experiencing (and can also be part of an Aconite picture) was a type of “sympathetic” reaction as these feelings only came on when I actually touched my daughter and somehow became immersed in this same acute energy of panic. Fortunately I recognized the phenomena we were both experiencing and without further ado, got my kit and gave us both a dose of Aconite. Phew! Before the plane even took off, we both calmed right down and enjoyed the rest of the flight without any concern.
Homeopathic Story from the Road
One of my personal favorite memories of homeopathy coming to the rescue was on a long bike ride in Guatemala; in the middle of a cobblestone street, I hit the brakes too hard and went right over the handlebars! At the time only my pride felt hurt but later that night, despite taking several doses of Arnica, my arm from elbow to shoulder was in so much pain, I knew something serious had happened. I felt shaky and anxious about how I would cope through the rest of our trip.
I was chilled (despite the tropical climate) and soaking in a hot bath made me feel better; I also realized that unconsciously I kept moving my arm around because when still, it hurt more. Suddenly I realized the remedy I needed was Rhus-tox. This is a beautiful remedy for the combination of a painful injury where the person is restless from the pain and therefore keeps moving the painful part, they feel better from application of heat and emotionally feel fear or anxiety – bingo, that was ME! I took 2 doses before bed and slept well for several hours; when the pain woke me in the middle of the night, I took another dose. By morning the pain was almost gone and by the next night I’d forgotten there had even been an injury! The rest of our amazing trip passed without further incident and once again I gave thanks for the miracle of homeopathy!