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Homeopathy for Plants gardening/farming

Homeopathy For Plants
thanks to Irene SChwens

Gentle Remedies for your Garden and Farming

Although homeopathy’s effectiveness is still scientifically disputed, practical experience shows again and again that it works. For people, animals and even plants. Find out here how it works.

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Plants love Homeopathic Remedies too! This discovery is relatively new – but it is finding ever more enthusiastic followers


Homeopathy is gaining in popularity not only in this country. Because of its gentle effectiveness. The finding that even plants respond to homeopathic remedies is fairly new and has become more widespread over the past few years.

In her book entitled “Homeopathy for Plants – A practical guide for indoor, balcony and garden plants with tips on dosage, use and choice of potency”, Naturopath Christiane Maute describes how she discovered homeopathy for plants through a Larkspur (Delphinium consolida). This is a plant from the buttercup family – Ranunculaceae. Larkspur flowers are almost as complex as the Orchids. She has used homeopathic medicine for years to treat her patients successfully. Then one day she bought a Larkspur at the market. When planting it, she dropped it and the main stalk snapped.

She reports that she simply thought she would try Arnica 200 CH. She dissolved a few pellets in water and poured the medicinal mixture over the Larkspur. The next day it stood upright. At first she thought it was a coincidence. She didn’t bandage it or do anything else to it. And then she thought that maybe plants are just as perceptive to certain things as we are and continued testing.

Sometime later the cherry tree in her back yard was affected by brown rot tip drought. A fungal disease that was going around in the whole region at the time. The naturopath poured Thuja 200 CH over it. It had proved to be a good remedy for fungal infections from cold dampness. She reports that the tree recovered quickly, that dry leaves continued to fall but that healthy green started to grow soon. A little later she received a call from one of her neighbors wondering what she did to her cherry tree – it was the only one in the neighborhood that still had green leaves!

The discovery how homeopathy can help plants came about accidentally

How to find the correct remedy

It is within the nature of homeopathy to determine the totality of symptoms by taking a thorough case. The German doctor Samuel Hahnemann who founded the system of homeopathy, saw disease as an alteration of a healthy person’s state of wellbeing, which expressed itself in the form of symptoms. You would approach these by asking: What makes it better? Or worse? What’s the cause? How is the pain, how is the emotional state?

Depending on the corresponding answers, you could be choosing different remedies for similar complaints. But plants cannot be consulted like people can. The only means to come to a remedy selection here is by closely examining their symptoms and cause, and to interpret them as accurately as possible using your intuition. This is where you would rely on your experience in treating people.

Try the key symptom of a remedy that you would normally give to a person, on plants. For example, in cases of freezing where the leaves turn to a light or silvery colour, use Aconite 200 CH. When the leaves are more of a reddish colour use Belladonna 200 CH. Just like with a feverish child. If the child is pale then you know it is an Aconite fever. If is extremely red on the other hand, like a hot tomato, then the remedy is Belladonna. And you see this on the leaves too. You simply convert it one to one.

Homeopathic remedies work on plants similarly to how they act on people. For example, Arnica helps with injuries and Thuja with fungal infections.

Determining which remedy works for what plant problem is often a matter of experience. A recommendation would be using a remedy that is indicated for a person in the given circumstance

It is a matter of choosing the correct Potency

Dosage and potency are chosen as required. Christiane Maute states that here too she uses the same guidelines as she does for people. If the wants to strengthen an organ, she will choose an X potency. For example Calcium carbonicum or Magnesium phosphoricum, but also Ferrum phosphoricum or Kalium phosphoricum. The sames goes for fertilization of plants. She uses 6X potencies for these purposes. When using X potencies you will need half a teaspoon of small pellets dissolved in 10 litres of water.

The higher potencies such as 30 CH or 200 CH are used to treat plant diseases, pests or weather damage. But the dosage is much lower. She uses 6 to 8 pellets dissolved in 30 litres of water here.

The higher potencies are disputed the most among the homeopathic remedies because according to Avogadro’s Law you cannot detect any molecules from the original substance in them. Still, it is astounding to see how fast they act when the right remedy is chosen.

Conventional medicine likes to attribute the effectiveness of the higher potencies to the placebo effect. This means that pure belief in the curative power of an actually ineffective substance causes healing. But in plant homeopathy, this attempt to explain away the remedies’ effectiveness does sound rather strange. So should we then think that it is the gardener’s belief in Cimicifuga 30 CH which is telepathically transferred to plant lice that compels them to leave? Because this has indeed been confirmed numerous times – even though the lice are not impressed by the remedy itself in any other way.

Besides, the biophysicist Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp showed already decades ago that plants do measurably respond to homeopathic medicines up to a potency of at least 12X. When it came to the higher potencies he believed that the resonance principle known in physics could be responsible for the effectual cause. The fact alone that Popp accepted a research assignment for homeopathy, led to him being banned from lecturing and losing his position at the University of Kaiserslautern back then.

This is how it works

Choosing the right Remedy

Carefully observe the plant’s symptoms and all concomitants. Then use a homeopathic repertory to determine the correct medicine.

Practical Application

Use only one remedy at a time. Let the pellets dissolve in water, then pour or spray the medicinal water onto the plants. Avoid using metal spoons to stir the mixture. Do not pour the water over your hands and do not inhale the spray mist.

Dosage using CH potencies

For indoor plants use 4 pellets dissolved in 1 litre of water. For outdoor plants, 6 – 8 pellets to 30 litres of water.

Dosage using X potencies

A half tsp. of 6X pellets dissolved in 10 litres of water.


After you first use a remedy, wait and see how the plant responds. If there is improvement, no further action is required. Re-dose only if the symptoms come back after initial improvement. You may wish to choose a higher potency this time. If the symptoms are not better, then change the remedy, and carefully re-examine the symptoms and causes.

For Rainy Days

If it rains for longer periods of time do not pour large amounts of water. In this case use only 6 to 8 pellets dissolved in 150 ml of water and apply in spoonfuls to the root areas.

A few pellets are often enough to heal plants. Even stubborn plant lice can be driven away with homeopathic medicines.



A Healthy Walnut Tree thanks to Homeopathic Remedies

Over the course of time, Naturopath Christiane Maute tried a number of homeopathic remedies for different events. Sometimes it took several attempts to determine the correct medicine. One day a neighbor came to her and complained about her walnut tree bearing black nuts. She first gave her Carbo vegetabilis 30 CH and then Arsenicum album 30 CH. Finally she thought that if the nuts are black, then they might have fallen victim to a fungus infection and tried the remedy Thuja 200 CH. The result: The walnut tree cast three black nuts. In the year before it was thousands of black nuts!

In the treatment of trees it has been found that pouring the medicinal water over the tree trunk and the soil within the radius of the tree crown was effective. Smaller plants can be watered or sprayed.



To treat your plants homeopathically, dissolve the pellets in water. Then rain it on the plants, spray it on or pour it in the area of the root ball.


Simple Instructions for Treatment

The indications in plant homeopathy are surprisingly diverse: Bacteria, viruses, weather damage, fungi, pests and even “emotional” problems. The practical examples that are easiest to follow are ready-made prescriptions in homeopathy. Slumping, a blow or a fall will respond well to Arnica. Cracks respond to Calendula or cuts after pruning are treated with Staphysagria 200 CH. When replanting or relocating a plant, Christiane Maute uses Arnica, simply to encourage root formation again.

Sometimes plants can be downright offended or very sensitive and then she gives Ignatia, a remedy for grief. Even when they are neglected when you are away on vacation for example, she gives a grief remedy which is a salt at the same time: Natrium chloratum in 30 CH.

The stress a plant is subjected to on relocation or pricking out can be relieved homeopathically as well – using Calendula 30 CH for example. Calendula has been found to act as an antiseptic and re-constructively and it makes the plant less prone to disease and bugs. The same goes for seeds – therefore she recommends that you put the seeds in Calendula water for a few hours prior to seeding your vegetable or flower plants. Two pellets to one litre of water will be enough.

Homeopathy even has antagonists to help treat scale insects and inch worms.



How to Protect the Environment

In plant homeopathy, not only the Law of Similars is effective. For this reason, agents that are commonly used in agriculture can be applied homeopathically. For example Petroleum for scale insects, or Copper and Sulphur for mildew.

In this way, the same effects are achieved in a gentler, cheaper and environmentally friendlier way – and this is one of the main advantages of plant homeopathy: getting away from the countless pesticides that poison not only our environment but in the end more and more us ourselves.

Another advantage of plant homeopathy is that it can be used proactively as well, for example for difficult to predict changes in the weather. Christiane Maute states that if she applies Aconite 200 CH early in the spring before budding, before proliferation of the leaves of the roses, and Belladonna 200 CH one week later, then frost damage is minimal. The plants also get black spot disease or rust fairly late in the season. Or, if it rains for a longer period of time and the roots of tomato plants are standing in the wet, then she gives Natrium sulphuricum 30 CH proactively. If it is cold, simply Belladonna 200 CH. This will start the heat. This will give them another good boost and the tomato late blight is significantly less.

Blight or rust are fungal infections that like to infest roses


Applications for Gardeners

Plant Lice
◾Cimicifuga 30 CH (rolled up leaves/ flowers, sticky secretions) – works really well for roses and rosaceae
◾Natrium chloratum 30 CH (for neglect or over-fertilization)
◾Psorinum 200 CH (weak, puny plant sensitive to the cold)
◾Staphysagria 200 CH (plant weakened by injury)

Spider Mites
◾Petroleum 30 CH (outdoor: weakness after the cold, indoor: warm, dry air, lack of light)
◾Psorinum 200 CH (weak, puny plants sensitive to the cold)
◾Sulphur 200 CH (sensitive to the cold, thirsty plant with problems absorbing water)

◾Psorinum 200 CH (weak, puny plants sensitive to the cold)

Sulphur 200 CH (sensitive to the cold, thirsty plant with problems absorbing water)



Helix tosta 6X (put the remedy in water and pour it over the ground)

Brown Rot
◾Carbo vegetabilis 30 CH (yellowish-brown leaves, black fungal spots, sensitive to the cold)
◾Cuprum metallicum 30 CH (brown leaves, result of wetness)
◾Natrium sulphuricum 30 CH (result of long periods of rain with humid weather)

Thuja 30 CH / 200 CH (result of long periods of rain with cold weather)


(grey-whitish layer on the leaf surface)
◾Cuprum Metallicum 30 CH (white layer on the leaf surface)
◾Natrium sulphuricum 30 CH (after humid warm weather)
◾Thuja 30 CH (rainy spring and summer)

Lettuce Downy Mildew

(grey to greyish-purple layer on the leaf’s underside)
◾Cuprum Metallicum 30 CH (after lots of rain)
◾Natrium sulphuricum 30 CH (after rain with humid warm weather)
◾Thuja 30 CH / 200 CH (after long periods of rain)

Sulphur 200 CH (in the heat or cold followed by heat)

Black Spot Disease

(black, star-shaped spots on green leaves)
◾Carbo vegetabilis 30 CH
◾Cuprum metallicum 30 CH (after lots of rain)
◾Natrium sulphuricum 30 CH (after rain with humid warm weather)
◾Thuja 30 CH / 200 CH (after damp cold weather, high humidity)
◾Rhus toxicodendron 30 CH (after cold, wet weather)

Leaf Spot Disease
◾Lycopodium 30 CH (bugs and wet weather)
◾Rhus toxicodendron 30 CH (after cold, damp weather)

◾Aconite 200 CH (after a sudden storm, cold front)
◾Arnica 200 CH (slumping, a blow or a fall)
◾Calendula 30 CH (abrasions, cracks)
◾Gelsemium 200 CH (injury due to repotting)
◾Staphysagria 200 CH (cuts after pruning of trees)

General Weakness
◾Arsenicum Album 200 CH (plant stays small, after periods of heat and dryness)
◾Calcium carbonicum 6X (good fertilizer for lime-deficient soil)
◾Calendula 30 CH (weakness due to torn off roots or injury)
◾Kalium phosphoricum 30 CH (at first lush, then begins to ail)
◾Psorinum 200 CH (dwarfish, not thriving plants)
◾Silicea 200 CH (strengthening of the plant’s cellular tissue)

Thuja 30 CH / 200 CH (after wet cold weather, high humidity)

Exchange of Experiences is important

Homeopathy by principle is a science based on experience. And with respect to plants we are really only at the beginning. In her book which has become a bestseller in the meantime, Christiane Maute addressed a large number of plant lovers and started an active exchange of experiences. There have been numerous reports from plant lovers, one for example of a lady stating that although she is not a big gardener, using Aconite for rose rust gave her a huge sense of achievement – her roses have never before been this nice!

How Professionals are using this Knowledge

But it’s not only the home gardeners who are favoring homeopathy over pesticides. Followers include seasoned professionals as well, whose existence depends upon the growth and wellbeing of their plants. It’s been an exciting journey for many. Seeing mealybugs disappear after being treated with Cimicifuga 30 CH, for example. These are difficult to combat using even conventional / chemical substances. Or to see the robust scale insects die off as if by magic, thanks to Petroleum 30 CH.

Of course there have been disappointments too, because the correct remedy is not always obvious at first. But all in all, success speaks for itself. Some horticultural engineers have reported using 90 % less chemistry in the past year thanks to homeopathy and plant fortifiers. This was possible because preventative homeopathic measures were taken and only the seemingly unsolvable acute problems were combatted using classical fixes.

Pellets – Success in the Vineyard too!

These experiences are exemplary for the vineyard too as they offer a promising outlook, economically and environmentally. There are wine growers in Germany who have farmed their vineyards not only organically, but using homeopathy as well. And the resulting wine has earned numerous awards of excellence.

Always in tune with Nature

You need to watch for sufficient greening in between the vine rows, to think holistically, so to say. The more you are concerned with the vine, making sure that it feels good within a diversity of flora, the more you can be certain of a resulting product that you can be proud of. By abandoning pesticides and chemical fertilizers, a better quality of grape can be achieved.

Higher potencies that are used include for example Belladonna to reduce susceptibility to infections in hot humid weather and Dulcamara in damp foggy weather. Also, Cuprum has been used for Lettuce Downy Mildew, preventatively too, and Aconite for sudden events such as a cold front coming through. Silicea is used on the vineyard to strengthen the tissue structure of leaves and new shoots, and Arnica for injuries of vines and grapes.

Medium to low potencies are also used when needed: For example Hypericum 6X if the sun is too strong or Crategus if a vine needs a boost to get over critical situations. The German wine maker Rainer Loacker who is also founder of the Italian homeopathic manufacturing company Remedia, has demonstrated for the past 35 years that success in the vineyard is possible using biodynamics and homeopathy. But he hasn’t found many followers yet, because most of his colleagues find his method too cumbersome. He feels that if you want to use homeopathic medicines then you really need to delve into it. Because homeopathy is so comprehensive that he has never really stopped learning, he says.

Still, it would be desirable to have the enthusiasm for plant homeopathy that we see among home gardeners expand also to full-time farmers. Because every reduction in pesticides that poison us and our environment is to be welcomed. Besides, this offers not only a health and environmental advantage, but also an economical advantage which is not to be poked fun at. Because 30 litres of homeopathic medicinal water cost no more than $ 0.30, as calculated by Christiane Maute.

Irene Schwens, DHMHS, C.Tran.

Owner / Homeopath

K-W Homeopathic Medicine and Wellness Clinic

Homeopathy ….Anxiety +fear

Overcoming anxiety and fears
By Janet Gray

As people react in different ways to the same stress, says Janet Gray, homeopathy has so much to offer

One can think of all sorts of occasions in which fear and anxiety manifest themselves and cause difficulties in handling the situation. For example, one may be an entirely competent driver, but put into the context of a driving test, may go to pieces and fail. In such circumstances some people simply freeze, and are unable to think what to do next. Some break out in cold sweats and palpitations, while others have to dash off to the loo. A homeopathic remedy can be tailored to the individual reaction of the person.

Let’s look at some remedies in different situations. Take Mike, for instance. He was a 21 year-old motor cross competitor, who was extremely successful on the British circuit. When he went abroad to compete, however, for some reason he found himself “freezing” on the start-line, and doing very badly. He told me that his legs felt like jelly, and his mind just went blank – not knowing what he was meant to be doing. Gelsemium (false jasmine) soon put him right, with one dose the night before, and another one hour before each race. He was soon back to his previous form as British Supercross Champion.

I am frequently consulted about pre-examination nerves. Aconite is an excellent first-aid remedy – it will calm down the adrenalin levels instantly, but as it is not a deep-acting remedy, it will not result in a lasting cure. It can, however, be repeated as frequently as needed.

If the sufferer is extremely restless, unable to sit still, waking at two in the morning worrying about the forthcoming exam and sometimes feeling sick and shaky, a dose or two of Arsenicum album will soon dispel the nerves.

If, however, like Mike, the anxiety manifests itself as a complete inability to concentrate on the revision, and when confronted with the paper the mind goes blank, and the student is totally unable to recall any facts, the medicine needed is Gelsemium.

Other medicines that may be useful for exam nerves are Argentum nitricum, Lycopodium and Anarcardium. Like Gelsemium, the anxiety displayed by Argentum nitricum and Lycopodium is anticipatory. That is to say, the sufferer starts the symptoms when even just thinking about the forthcoming event, unlike Aconite and Arsenicum, which is more immediate.

The sufferer requiring Argentum nitricum will get the feeling that there is a tremendous hurry to get the work done, and that there will not be enough time for all the revision. They get very hot and bothered, and often suffer from palpitations. The stress brings on a craving for sweet things, but they also have a strong liking for salt, and may binge on sweet and savoury food alike.

The Lycopodium type conceals his nerves better, but at a great cost to his guts. He has great ambition, and is determined to do well, but his own high standards cause their own stress. He may well develop irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia or migraine. He also likes sweet foods, but they disagree with his stomach, causing bloating and wind! On the day of the exam he will probably acquit himself well, but is dogged by reversing letters, or failing to think of the right word.

We tend to think of Anarcardium for memory disorder and depression, so it can be very useful for teenagers getting in a right state over their exams. They have great difficulty remembering what they have revised and completely lose their confidence. So great is the psychological disturbance due to the stress of possible failure, that they may be driven to suicide.

Problems at school
Another area of stress for which I am frequently consulted, is that of school in general. Younger children may be unhappy at school for various reasons: they may be being bullied, they may have a very strict teacher of whom they are scared, they may have difficulty making friends.

Sarah, aged 10, was brought to see me suffering from tummy aches, which had begun two years previously when a new girl started at school, who “took over” her best friend. She was a sensitive girl who was often anxious and worried about being told off in class. On starting school at the age of five, she had displayed considerable separation anxiety, and even now her mother suspected that sometimes the tummy aches were a ploy to be able to stay home with her. She often had a sweaty head and hands, and loved eggy bread, but hated milk. At two or three in the morning she would wake with a bad dream, often of dead men, and would go into her parents’ bedroom for comfort. She was scared of heights and thunder.

I gave her Calcarea carbonica, which not only settled her tummy aches, but also helped her with her self-confidence, and she started making new friends.

Penny, aged nine, hated school, even though she made friends easily, and had two special friends there. I eventually discovered that her problems had started when a disabled child was admitted to the school, and this distressed Penny immensely. She could not bear to see the child in her wheelchair and was so upset that she would cry all night. She often felt sick with her anxiety. She also worried about the state of the world, and the health of her parents and loved ones. At night she had to have a light on, and she hated going to stay with her grandparents as they had a “scary house”. She often dreamed of burglars. With this degree of sensitivity and caring, Phosphorus was well indicated, and I gave her one dose per week until she settled. After one month, she was attending school happily, and was not so anxious when around the disabled child.

Teen troubles
Teenagers have worries other than exams, because growing up is a stress in itself. John was one such lad, who at the age of 16 started having episodes of fainting. His GP had excluded any serious pathology and had put it down to “nerves”. John told me that he hated school and he hated being a teenager. He was self-conscious of his spots and felt that his girlfriend had gone off him. He was avoiding social situations because of the fear of fainting. Over the past year he had grown rapidly, and his appearance was that of a lanky bean-pole. His mother complained of the terrible smell from his shoes, and although he admitted to being sweaty, he was very chilly. One of his complaints was headaches, which were helped by wrapping his head warmly, but his bobble hats made him feel more self-conscious. At school he lacked confidence and under-achieved. His teachers made the common comment – “could do better”, but somehow he lacked the ability to try.

I gave him Silica, one dose weekly, and after a month his skin had cleared and he had had no further fainting episodes.

There are all sorts of other situations that can be helped by homeopathy, such as fear of flying, going for interviews, public speaking and appearing on the stage. For patients suffering from chronic anxiety, such as panic attacks and agoraphobia, the case must be taken in depth by a qualified practitioner in order to achieve effective relief, but in acute situations, such as examination nerves, the general public can reach for the Aconite bottle with confidence.

Janet Gray MA MBBCh FFHom DRCOG DFFP, a GP for over 20 years, has used homeopathy in her Bristol practice for some 15 years. She lectures in homeopathy at the Bristol Teaching Centre

Abandonment issues & Bach flower essences for animals

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Abandonment Issues & Essences for Animals
By C.M Barrett

21419114.thbSome people think that dogs and cats, because they were long ago wild animals, can simply be dumped and thrive in the outdoor world. This is a dangerous misconception. Over the eons of their association with humans, both dogs and cats have lost many of the traits that enabled them to survive as wild animals. Some of this is due to the selective breeding of pedigreed animals. Some of it comes from the reality that those puppies and kittens that seem friendly and docile are more likely to be adopted and thus have a better chance of surviving. Whatever part of their temperament is genetically based will be passed on.

The bottom line is that domesticated cats and dogs aren’t wild animals. Experts on feral cats say that their life expectancy is about two years. Dogs may live longer because of their tendency to form packs, but their way of life threatens their well-being and often that of humans. Rescued animals have a better chance of survival, but they need extra understanding and care.

Abandoned animals may have special issues about food. Cats or dogs born to a mother who was malnourished during her pregnancy will also be malnourished. They will need extra and high-quality nutrition, and they may at first act frantic about food.

In many cases the same remedy recommendations work for abandonment as work with abuse, and animals often have a history of both issues. They may be highly traumatized. The survival strategies that animals develop to cope with their situations can include aggression, withdrawal, fear, and other negative emotions and behaviors.

Star of Bethlehem. This is the most important Remedy for abused and abandoned animals. All animals (including humans) have the primary goal of surviving and avoiding pain. On this basic level, abused and abandoned animals have experienced severe difficulties in achieving this goal.

Every animal, again including humans, has what is called the primitive or reptilian brain. This brain knows three basic responses: flight, fight, or freeze. Fight and flight are self-explanatory, but the freeze response is more complex and is usually the origin of trauma. In the wild, this doesn’t often occur.

Domesticated animals (and humans) don’t always have access to this life-giving relief. When a chained dog with a natural tendency to obey its master is beaten by that same master, it may neither flee nor fight. Instead it will freeze. The freezing literally imprints the agonizing memory of the beating—and sadly, it may experience more than one—into its awareness. Anything that reminds the dog of that experience will throw it into the same helpless, suffering state.

20836301.thbStar of Bethlehem can help to heal traumatic memories. If you even suspect that these conditions may be part of an animal’s history, recommend it or administer it.

Holly. An animal traumatized by abuse can naturally learn to defend itself with an aggressive front. Animals that display extreme forms of aggression are not considered eligible for adoption.

This Remedy can help mild to moderate cases of aggressive behavior, especially if it is combined with one of the two primary remedies for fear. Holly can also be very valuable for animals that are aggressive in protecting their food supplies.

Mimulus. As you gain experience, you’ll find that close questioning about and observation of the particulars of an animal’s current behavior can
lead you to draw accurate conclusions about the source of its fear. Even if you don’t have specific information, though, the animal knows what frightens
it, and Mimulus, the Remedy for known fears, can be very effective.

Among the emotions abandoned animals may experience, the fear that they will be abandoned again predominates. Their human companions need to consistently give them affection and attention. The humans will also benefit from understanding some of the behavior patterns a previously abandoned animal acts out. These can include a high level of dependence and possessiveness. The animal may never want the new human out of its sight and may be particularly fearful when it senses that a human is going away, whether it’s for a few hours or a vacation. Once the animal’s fear has been addressed, the secondary behavior patterns often dissipate.

Aspen. This Remedy is for unknown fears. An abandoned animal remembers that life became uncertain and frightening once it was forced to be on its own. Abandonment also means a loss of a known environment. This particularly affects cats in terms of a familiar space, as felines are very territorial. A dog might be more affected by the loss of pack members, whether animal or human.

If you notice that an animal is generally fearful, but you can’t connect the fear to anything specific, Aspen is a good Remedy choice. In addition, since Remedies don’t have negative effects when not needed, it does no harm to give an animal both Mimulus and Aspen.

Overall, it’s important for the human companion to have realistic expectations about an abused and/or abandoned animal. Consistency and lots of affection can ease many of an animal’s fears, and essences can do a lot to help. All rescued animals have good chances to become approachable and affectionate pets.

21418953.thbThe human, however, needs to realize that the animal may not turn into a tail-wagging or purring creature that loves every human in sight. It’s important for the human companion to accept the animal at each stage of its development in socialization. If the human is disappointed in the animal’s progress, the animal will realize this and may have self-esteem issues.

The best general advice for anyone who takes in a rescued animal is that any animal placed in a loving household is likely to improve considerably. Patience and loving understanding will help the animal grow in trust.
Fortunately, those who knowingly take on a cat or dog with a history of abuse are also those usually have the commitment and compassion to appreciate the courage and devotion of an animal that, regardless of its degree of socialization, has triumphed over great adversity.

Remedies for Humans Who Have Adopted an Abandoned or Abused Animal

The Remedies below are generally helpful when you have an animal whose behavioral/emotional issues may frustrate you.
•Impatiens. This teaches acceptance of the animal as it is and appreciation of its rate of progress, regardless of the length of time it may take.
•Beech. This Remedy helps to release any judgment one may feel about an abused or abandoned animal’s behavior.
•Pine. This Remedy can help if you are feeling guilty about either impatience of judgment. It also helps to remind yourself that you’re only human.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: C. M. (Connie) Barrett has been a flower essence practitioner, teacher, and writer since 1990.

Hair Problems and the use of Homeopathy

Hair Problems and Homeopathy.

Thanks to Homeopath Dr. Shreya Deshpande, BHMS

Hair fall is one of the commonest symptoms with which patients present to us. Sometimes it is an associated symptom of some other major disease symptom or it is the disease per say. I have not observed any age limit for this problem. Rather, the age limit is decreasing sadly day by day for hair problems. Earlier hair troubles usually used to start during mid thirties, but today many teenage girls and boys complain of some or the other hair problems. The major complaints about hair are hair fall, dandruff, alopecia aerata, premature graying of hair, brittleness of hair, split ends, dry scaly scalp etc.

Many times first question asked to us doctors in our clinics is- “Which oil or shampoo shall I use to grow nice and healthy hair?” Well, do these oils and shampoos really help your hair? At least these external applications are mere external and never lead to any inward nourishment, however their advertisements may boast. No wonder anti-dandruff shampoos lead to enhanced dandruff 2 to 3 days after shampooing. That’s why it is necessary that one treats any hair problem internally.
Classical Homeopathy
Also the increasing pollution, stress, night-outs, etc are some other factors that have aggravated the hair problems in many. Therefore, even if we suggest internal medication in homeopathy, we must also ensure that we educate the patient about right modes of living, natural lifestyle, and how to handle stress. Then only it will be what we can say as a “Complete Therapy”!

Factors important to consider before one starts hair treatment homeopathically-

(1) Root cause- In most cases of hair fall, some or the other cause can be traced, given the patient gives apt history to his doctor (Well, it’s certainly the duty of doctor to pursue the patient to give apt answers). The cause can be physical like some intermittent fever that could be traced back, child-birth, lactational phase, some chronic illness, some drug abuse, excess alcoholism, bad hygiene, some hormone treatment, etc. The importance of telling this is that, unless one knows the cause, complete hair treatment cannot be undertaken. And it is also important to note that if the causative factor turns into maintaining cause (like for example, in case of bad hygiene), no treatment can be of help. Depending upon the cause, apt homeopathic medicine and its dosage can be chosen, but in case of external cause, it has to be nullified before starting treatment.

(2) Internal factors- This is what is called as constitutional factor in homeopathy. Every individual is born with certain traits. Those traits need be identified and treated according to the physical characteristic and mental characteristic symptoms of the patient. It is imperative to ask questions right from the childhood of the patient to identify an unknown cause that may be the cause sometimes. Also the miasmatic study is extremely crucial in case of hair fall. Identifying difference between psoric, syphilitic, sycotic, and tubercular hair fall paves the way for better recovery and faster compliance from the patient.

(3) Hereditary factor- One of the commonest questions some patients ask is- “My Dad is a bald guy and he developed baldness in his mid-forties. Do I still have a chance not to develop baldness at such a young age with your treatment?” Important question indeed. Definitely certain hereditary or genetic factors play a crucial role in hair growth and maintenance. We often see nice long hair in a girl whose mother also has thick and shiny hair. Obviously the opposite is also true. The rule of thumb in such cases is that, if the homeopathic treatment is started immediately after you notice the start of developing baldness, better are the results. There have been cases of baldness successfully treated with homeopathy in middle age too, but such cases are few and we must acknowledge that. Start your treatment early and you certainly have a chance to have thick hair in your middle age when your Dad was a bald guy!

Let’s see some important homeopathic medicines that help in treatment of baldness-

1. Fluoric acid-

- Alopecia, tendency to develop alopecia in families

- Alopecia aerata

- Brittle hair

- Idiopathic hair fall

- Hair falls in spots, vertex baldness

- Hair tangles easily

- Buoyant attitude towards life

- Extreme irritability and anger

- All complaints aggravated by warmth and better by cold application etc

2. Phosphoric acid-

- Any sort of grief leading to hair fall

- Takes stress easily

- Early graying of hair (sometimes in childhood)

- Progressive thinning of hair

- Difficult comprehension of things

- Long-standing effects of mental agony and patient lives in the state of shock for long

- Extreme debility

- Craves juicy things

3. Phosphorus-

- Patchy baldness

- Dryness of hair and scalp, itchy scalp, dandruff

- Hair fall in handfuls while combing

- Alopecia aerata

- Frontal baldness

- Thin physique, long fingers, high cheek bones

- Weakness with excess emotional vulnerability and impressionability

- Extremely sympathetic persons who go out-of-the-way to help others

- Hair fall after any hemorrhagic disorder

- Scurvy

- Fearful when alone

- Better in company

4. Graphites-

- Hair fall on sides

- Patchy baldness

- Itchy, humid eruptions on scalp that emit fetid odor

- Constipation associated with hair fall

- Chilly, fat patient with tendency to develop one or the other skin problems

- Menopausal hair fall

5. Mezereum-

- hair stick together

- fall in handfuls

- crusty eruptions on scalp leading to hair fall

- itchy scalp, dandruff

- psoriasis affecting scalp leading to hair fall

- sensitive to cold air, skin rashes, eruptions, crusts below which is yellow purulent matter

6. Sepia-

- Baldness menopausal

- Hair fall after delivery of the child with mental depression, leading to indifference later on

- Hair pains when touched because of extremely sensitive hair roots

- Irritability increased, with snappish attitude

- Pimply eruptions near the hairline on forehead

7. Silica-

- Baldness in young people

- Hair fall in frontal and forehead region

- Early graying of hair

- Chilly with excessively sweaty cold palms

- Nervous and anxious disposition

- Mild types

- Fixed ideas, highly impressionable

The above given are thus some of the most widely required drugs for the different hair problems. Apart from them, Psorinum, Medorrhinum, Natrum mur, Selenium, Lachesis (typical pregnancy hair fall), Merc sol, Kali carb, Lycopodium, Borax, etc are some other important drugs. Finally the necessity to figure out the exact constitutional remedy is the crux of long-term positive result in cases of hair fall and baldness!


Dr. Shreya Deshpande is a senior homeopathic consultant of India and is running Online Homeopathic Consultation at She has penned several articles and papers regarding homeopathy and is a popular homeopath and a health counselor globally. Watch her health blog at for interesting health info!


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Kinetic Muscle testing- What is it?

written by Lauren Felts
Muscle testing-
Muscle testing is a form of applied kinesiology that is utilized by holistic practitioners as a method to evaluate the body’s imbalances and assess its needs. At the Chalkboard, we’re always fascinated to learn more about these types of testing techniques – and love that our readers are too. Although muscle testing may seem like an esoteric form of nutrition testing, we have had positive experiences with it, and are always open to learning more about this popular technique, especially when it is directly from an experienced expert.

Rachel Lazenby is a holistic nutritionist that has taken the world of muscle testing and made it her own. Running a successful clinic in Santa Monica called The Premier Center, she is the go-to woman for uncovering client’s nutritional needs by focusing on the root cause of their issues rather than merely addressing symptoms. Whether it is through the ancient practice of mud therapy or by delving into emotional blockages, she utilizes the skill of muscle testing to unravel the most stubborn of issues. She is as much of a gentle force in her personal relationships as she is in her professional ones, which is why she has such a dedicated following of clients, all of whom firmly believe in her abilities. With her bright and sunny disposition, she turns this technique into an art form, and helps us uncover this elusive form of kinesiology.

The Chalkboard Magazine: For those out there who aren’t familiar, what is muscle testing?

Rachel Lazenby: Muscle testing is a kinesiologic Western medicine principle. It is the science of how the nerves transmit impulses across the muscle tissue. There are different forms of muscle testing. The particular form that I use is called the bi-digital o-ring test. It was developed in 1980 by an M.D. named Yoshikai O’Mura. It is considered the most accurate form because it involves the least amount of muscle groups. It is making an “o” out of the thumb and another finger, typically the 4th. The grip strength is then tested by the practitioner. If the person is weak, it becomes impossible to keep the “o” made by the two fingers together, and if the person is strong, the “o” ring will remain strong. It is from here that we determine what is needed by the body.

TCM: How does it work?

RL: Since it is not a strength test, but neurological one, when you are weak on a point, it is physically impossible to remain strong. Concurrently, if you are strong on a point, your body will remain strong. Strong refers to the body’s cells, whether an organ or gland system or a tissue itself, having an affinity for a substance or concept; weak on the other hand shows an aversion. Whether the body has an affinity for or an aversion to a substance or concept, all depends on two factors – the energetic strength of a substance and the body’s need for that substance or concept. The substance can be anything from a food, to a supplement to a personal care item, while the concept can be anything from asking if the body needs to perform a cleanse (like a Pressed Juicery cleanse), or if it needs to clear an emotional blockage.

TCM: It sounds a lot like “magic” – how do you find that it is validated?

RL: Kinesiology is a validated scientific principle in Western medicine. So the science of it, in and of itself, is undisputed. Whether or not a person decides to buy into the fact that our body is made up of a system of electrical pathways has no bearing on whether or not the tests work. I think the largest problem with muscle testing is that the practitioner really has to know what they are doing clinically, and also has to know how to test the client’s strength correctly. There are subtleties to it, and I find that is the area where people (meaning the practitioner) can be off-base. It is all about mastering the fundamentals of the testing and having some clinical knowledge as well. It is interesting to put it to the test, such as having a very “strong” person hold an object that would make them weak (something knowingly toxic such as aspartame), and watch them not be able to maintain their strength.

When testing a client, I will uncover things that I would have no way of knowing. Things that they may have forgotten to tell me, or things that they are not even aware of themselves. Muscle testing will often back up what a client already knows or suspect about themselves as well, which is important for the practitioner client relationship. Muscle testing will also show weaknesses in the body that we would have a very hard time determining otherwise. These weakness can be generated by nutritional deficiency, toxicity, infection, or trauma and we then have ways to determine what is causing the weakness as well. This is essential to the full resolution of health problems, because we get to the root of the root, rather than continuing to chase symptoms.
TCM: What type of practitioners use it?

RL: All types of practitioners in the field of medicine and healing are integrating it into their practice. Medical doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, herbalists, massage therapists, nurses, etc.

TCM: How does it compare to Western testing techniques such as blood, hair and stool testing?

Muscle testing can support results found in traditional testing methods, but it can also point out deficiencies or toxicities that may not have shown up in traditional testing. Since Western techniques are testing for disease-states, it often misses pre-pathological conditions. This is important because it is in these pre-pathological states where we have the best chance of preventing disease from setting in. For example, if the pancreas tests weak, we can support it with digestive enzymes, oftentimes preventing the onset of hypoglycemia. This is vital because blood work or other type of analysis might not show anything outside of normal parameters, which does not draw attention to an underlying, slow developing condition.

TCM:Why do you find it the most effective technique for working with clients?

RL: It is effective because it shows us problem areas and deficiencies we wouldn’t otherwise know about. It also allows us to pinpoint the exact dosages of nutritional and herbal supplements, taking all of the guesswork out of it. As a result, the programs are highly effective, and we get results fairly quickly.

TCM:Who can benefit from muscle testing?

RL: Anyone and everyone. Anyone dealing with a chronic issue that they are unable to solve, or perhaps people that want to get off medication for high blood pressure or other concerns – these are common cases we see. For example, we see a lot of clients dealing with chronic sleep issues, infertility, liver/gallbladder issues, thyroid concerns, digestive problems, lack of energy, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, the list goes on and on. Of course it is also very helpful for folks who just want to optimize their health.

TCM: Muscle Testing is not mainstream. You must enjoy seeing a first-time client really experience a healthy change for the first time! Tell us about that.

RL: This is true. I love it when a skeptical person comes in, and I am able to tell them something about themselves that they may not have shared with me, or because of the testing, put them on a nutritional program that is very effective, allowing them to feel results within just a couple of days.

People who come to see me are usually dealing with chronic issues that they have not been able to solve yet, which is where the really fun part happens. For example, if a person has not slept well their entire life, I can get them to the point where they are sleeping really well with just one or two supplements and that is really rewarding. Each person comes in with a different set of symptoms, health history, body type, and life experiences, so it is like solving a puzzle. The muscle testing really helps get to the bottom of issues that have been unresolved otherwise.

TCM: What is something new that a client may take away from a session of muscle testing that they may not have experienced before?

RL: One unique aspect of our testing method is that we test trauma sites on the body. Trauma sites are any areas that have been injured, scarred or have undergone a surgical procedure. Trauma sites affect the biofield (the energy field making up and surrounding the body) in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. They can inhibit natural energy flow, therefore affecting the lymphatic and circulatory systems, and they can even cause an increase in toxicity at a cellular level. Therefore, through muscle testing we are able to see if an area (such as an organ or gland) is affected by a trauma site, which is often a root cause for dysfunction. For example: If a patient was delivered with the use of forceps, the forceps may have caused a trauma to their temples. As a result, this trauma may be affecting their vision and their brain chemistry such as pituitary gland, so muscle testing will reveal this connection. The next step would be to reconnect the interruption in energy flow through the trauma site with ancient mud therapies, therefore allowing the affected area to restore health. This is probably one of the most unique but effective things we can do with muscle testing.

TCM: In what other ways do you use muscle testing?

RL: Muscle testing can be used to test your environment, for instance, to see if the level of EMF (electromagnetic fields) you are being exposed to (TV, cell phones, wireless internet) is affecting your health. Muscle testing can also be used to test any substance that you would want to ingest or put on your body, to see if it is good for you. For instance, if you are having an immune reaction to dairy, or even your favorite skin care product.

Another interesting thing we do with muscle testing is using it to identify emotional blockages. We test for concepts, perhaps an affirmation, such as, “It is okay for me to do everything in my power to be healthy,” to uncover latent emotional issues. Often times people have psychological blockages to concepts, say for instance, not loving themselves because of a relationship with a parent, which is actually the root of their health issues. So in many cases, a physical health problem is due to an emotional issue, not a physical one, and through muscle testing we can uncover that and then resolve it.

So as you can see, you can literally test anything and everything, from the physical to the ethereal. Seeing is believing though, so you have to experience it firsthand to really grasp its power. It proves that we are all highly sensitive energetic beings, and that is really amazing to see and FEEL!


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