Archive | September 2015

Naturopathic book of the month is….

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Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology!! We had a nutriceutical rep, who was selling this book more than 75% off than it would have been if buying it from Amazon. I cannot wait to dive into this book. I love endocrinology and naturopathic medicine! I am reading this book for the month, I will let you know how it is! My advice to students, buy these books and read them now, especially if you can get the discounts! Absorb the knowledge now and do not wait until you graduate. You will be surprised how much you know and how you can really help your patients (even in the student clinic!) when you up your game. Go above and beyond. So, choose a book for a month and read it. I know, buying all of these cool naturopathic books can appear overwhelming. I would take a book at a time. Read a chapter each day for a month. Or, you can read half a chapter a week. Pick books you feel require much of your time now and what your future practice mainly focuses on. Once finished reading, reflect on what you have read. Write treatment plans down and test you will run. I guaranteed, you will see a case, especially hypo or hyperthyroidism! I wish I would have read this book sooner! A lot of excellent treatment plans in here. Shock your patients, supervisors, and yourself! 🙂

Cheers 😀

Krystal

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Book Review: “Herbal Medicine the Heart of the Earth~By Dr. Sharol Tilgner, ND

Featured imageAs a naturopathic medical student, I try to support our medicine and our doctors. Who have dedicated their time, money, and efforts into publishing these books. Wait until you see the other books I have brought and supported. They maybe costly (which I can understand because these authors are putting a lot of time and their lives into these books), but are worth buying.

Anyways, my review. I must say, that This is a must have for naturopathic physicians! I will share with you, the jammed-packed up to date herbal goodies in this book. This information would make you not want to put it down!

~Properties and actions of herbs

~Herbal Preparations

~Materia Medica of herbs (parts used, taste/smell, constituents, dosage, indications/contraindications, uses, and tendencies such as whether it is considered cooling or warming)

~Tons of formulas, for health conditions and organ systems (GI for example. Gives you an antifungal/candida formula. List the herbs, scientific name, and percentages and dosage in the formula. It gives you methods on how to support a healthy digestive tract, actions and indications for the formula, adjunct therapies, contraindications, profiles of herbs used, and treating the acute stage with liquid extract, tea, topical, and vaginal douche. It tells you when and how much you should take for such and such days)

~Intense herbal preparation guide for dosages (this gives you dosages for different ages, which is helpful!)

~Herbal preparations for elixirs

~How to collect, dry, store herbs, and make capsules

~How to make herbal compresses, poultices, slaves, teas, suppositories, and fomentations

~Glycerite, hydrotherapy and herbal bath preparations

~Herbal oils, liquid extracts, and tincture formulas

~Formula for herbal slippery elm gruel

~An appendix with tons of charts, references, and calculations on preparations

This book is awesome! I really wish I would have brought it during my first year in medical school. It is a gem for your future practice! I highly recommend this book.

Cheers~<3

Homeopathic Remedy Experience: Allium Cepa!

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This is my first article and experience with homeopathy. Very exciting! I am in a homeopathic clinic shift (watching these remedies in action 😉 ) and taking Homeopathy II. So far, we are learning a couple of first aid remedies. Homeopathy I, was just a crash course on the philosophy and history of Homeopathy. The more I learn about homeopathy, the more I am curious and excited to try it. So, I will tell you a tale, that happened last May. This happened three days before my clinic entry exam. It was the strangest thing, I RARELY catch a cold. But, going through a large amount of stress for this exam, lack of sleep, and not taking care of myself like I usually do, really knocked down my defenses. Anyways, I had a huge headache located on my forehead. I had a lot of discharge (one nostril would become blocked and alternate) and was coughing. I felt awful! I don’t take cough medicine, but I have decided to drink tea, have a bowl of soup, go to bed, and let my body handle itself. The next day, I felt okay, but not myself. This cold just would not break! So, I looked around and saw my first aid homeopathy kit, one of the naturopathic student reps was selling awhile back. At the time, taking Homeopathy I, we learned how to “repertorize” our symptoms. In homeopathy vocabulary, repetorization means to look up the symptoms to the corresponding homeopathic remedies. This helps in the selection of an appropriate remedy based on detailed observations of the patient’s symptoms and medical history. For my case, my symptoms pointed towards “Allium Cepa”, which is red onion. I’ve learned that allium cepa is considered a first aid remedy for colds. I’ve decided to give it a shot. So, I took the pellets as needed and went to bed.

Hours later, my headache got worse, my lymph nodes around my jaw were swollen, and my nasal discharge increased! I haven’t felt this uncomfortable in my life. My symptoms were getting worse. I was experiencing something called ” Homeopathic aggravation”. According to the Organon, a homeopathic aggravation is “The worsening of the symptoms. A very similar medicinal disease (medicinal disease is the homeopathic remedy), that displaces the patient’s original disease. While it appears the symptoms are worsening, it is actually the initial action of the homeopathic medicine whose symptoms are somewhat stronger than those of the natural disease. In other words, the patient with a homeopathic aggravation is experiencing stronger medicinal symptoms, not his original disease”.  Which means, the homeopathic remedy is doing its magic. So, I have to get worse before I get better.  🙂

So, the next day, I felt a million times better! I took the remedy one last time that day and my cold was completely gone. I didn’t have to worry about being sick during the clinic entry exam! That cold just would not leave. I am very glad I have gave homeopathy a shot. Now, I am hooked! I want to try out more remedies. Homeopathy does work! I will keep you posted!

Cheers!

Krystal