Understanding Herbs & Homeopathy

Practical homeopaths may use herbs to enable the organs to rebalance and re-establish equilibrium to support normal and proper function. Generally herbal tinctures will act as a tonic or a food for the organs, and are best used as material substances (although machine made low potency remedies can work just as well).

When is it appropriate to use herbal tincture?

When you are:

• toxic from: drugs ( recreational or medical), dietary toxicity (the wrong foods), environmental toxicity (exposure to dioxins etc.)

• to bring the organ(s) into balance if they are over or under-functioning, or if they are not functioning well. (Organ drainage helps coordinate the organs with other organs of the body).

• for drug withdrawal and support i.e. Asthma drugs. (e.g. Lobelia opens the lungs so the client can start to reduce the use of inhalers, Clients who are on thyroxine can be given Fucus to supports the thyroid while they reduce the amount of thyroxin they are on).

• As a preventative. Physical signs such as yellow / green around the eyes can indicate under function in an organ, (indicates high cholesterol and fatty deposits in the blood) e.g. crataegus can prevent heart pathology.

Possible adverse reactions to herbs: If the lines of elimination are not open properly (the bowels are sluggish) when the organ starts responding, clients may experience skin eruptions, sweating, excessive mucus discharge, or headaches. It is important that the bowels and kidneys are functioning properly and the lines of elimination are open.

Duration of treatment: It can take up to three months for the liver to detox. e.g Dr Knapp ( a famous herbalist) treated goiters with Fucus. He put patient on Fucus Mother tinctures (Æ) for 3 months if it was small, for 6 months if medium size, and for 18 months if very large.

Homeopathic Mother Tinctures: Homeopathic mother tinctures are made from herbs and are used extensively for organ support. They have an alcohol ratio of one part to nine parts alcohol, (which makes them a 1x potency). A lot of homeopaths will only use Mother Tinctures because they think it is safer as they are more diluted. They are normally used by administering 5-7 drops of the mother tincture 2 or 3 times a day in water.

Herbal tinctures: Herbal Tinctures (have an alcohol ratio of one part to three or five parts alcohol which makes them less dilute with more of the material substance in them). A lot of homeopaths do not like using them as they think they are not as safe as mother tinctures. They are however cheaper to buy and normally have more of the organic mineral content in them than the Mother tinctures, and so can be more appropriate if you want to feed the organ. They are normally used by administering 7-15 drops of the herbal tincture 2 times a day in water.

Suppliers of Mother tinctures:

• Ainsworth: 020 7935 5330 http://www.ainsworths.com

• Helios is a company whose aims are to promote and stimulate healing and health using homeopathy. Its many activities support the development of homeopathy in remedy manufacture, treatment and education. Helios: 01892 537 254 https://www.helios.co.uk

• Gailands: 01305 263 996

• Vital Homeopathics: 01484 540 925 http://www.vitalhomeopathics.com/

• The Homeopathic Supply Company: 01263 588788 http://www.homeopathicsupply.com/

Suppliers of Herbal tinctures:

• Avicenna: 01576 471 000 http://avicennacompany.co.uk/

• Baldwin’s: 020 7703 5550 http://www.baldwins.co.uk/Aromatherapy/572

• Herbal Apothecary: 0116 260 2690 http://herbalapothecary.co.uk/

• Herbs & Graces: 01638 750 146

Further studies: If you are a qualified homeopath and would like to improve your diagnostic and treatment skills through having a clearer understanding of the importance of organ drainage as a method, increase your knowledge of the Bio energetic time clock and of appropriate herbal or mother tinctures then go to our website to check out the post graduate Course and other Seminars.

If you are interested in exploring or studying homeopathy or attending our student clinics then contact Ellen Kramer MCPH, ARH, Course Director of The College of Practical Homeopathy • www.collegeofpracticalhomeopathy.com. • Tel: 0208 445 6123 or • email Tessa for help, queries or questions.

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