The holidays will be here soon and as well our tendency to overindulge while celebrating! Here are a few remedies to think about should this be the case over the next few weeks.
Nux-vomica: This is the preeminent homeopathic remedy to resolve or even prevent hangovers after too much celebrating! Ideally the remedy would be taken before bed after an evening of too much fun, to prevent the headache and fatigue sure to follow the next day. But, should you forget to take it before bed, be sure to take it on waking the next morning and you will be amazed at how much better you quickly feel! Take 1-2 doses (an hour apart) for relief.
Pulsatilla: This is the homeopathic remedy to think of if you’ve eaten too much, and especially too much fatty, rich, fried, heavy food and your belly is protesting. Take 1-2 doses to feel relief, as soon as you realize you are not feeling well.
Lycopodium: Theoretically one of the most common homeopathic remedies for digestive upset, consider it when you have too much bloating or gas from eating a meal rich in onions or garlic, beans, lentils and cruciferous veggies, foods that can be notoriously difficult to digest.
Be gone Hangover: Now while I only prescribe single homeopathic remedies, Washington Homeopathic Products does make a combination remedy containing Nux vomica, Coffea cruda, Carbo veg., and Ipecac. Worth trying if one of the singles listed above fails to help.
Finally, while it has nothing to do with digestive upset, holidays can be a stressful time. For many, though we love our families, it can be hard to spend prolonged amounts of time with them—old resentments and patterns can resurface. For others, thinking of loved ones who have died over the year, or breakups we may have had, can trigger enormous sadness. In all these cases—disappointment, anger, sadness—think of Ignatia. It might be a life-saver.
Remember (particularly if you’re new to homeopathy) the key to choosing the correct/helpful remedy is always the same. One must match the “characteristic symptoms” (i.e., unusual or peculiar) of the person you are caring for (not the common ones like a headache, sore throat, cough, fever, etc.) to a remedy capable of producing similar characteristic symptoms to have success. If you choose a remedy with characteristics most similar to the characteristic symptoms of your family member, you should have a happy outcome every time. If you don't, you or they will either feel no effect or one that is mildly positive at best, but there is never a bad effect from choosing the “incorrect” remedy.
Once you have chosen a remedy that appears to match your symptoms, dose with a 30C or 200C to start by placing one pellet under the tongue or one pellet in water, stirring vigorously and then giving a teaspoon dose as needed. Always cease dosing when relief begins and only redose if symptoms again worsen. It is always advisable to discuss the use of any medicine, including homeopathy, during pregnancy or when nursing, with your licensed practitioner. And as with any medical condition, consult with your physician if you have any concerns about the severity of the problem as it may first require medical diagnosis and/or intervention and monitoring.