Homeopathy at Home: Avoiding Angina

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Homeopathy at Home: Avoiding Angina

Angina is a syndrome characterized by chest pains that worsen with exertion and improve with taking nitroglycerine. It's usually caused by a spasm in the arteries of the heart or the occlusion of one or more of the arteries in the heart muscle. Angina can also be caused by the head of a rib slipping against the vertebrae of the spine.

Arthritis of the spine may have a similar effect. In these cases taking a deep breath often increases the pain. A chiropractic assessment is a good approach in these situations. Chest pain can also be caused by a diaphramatic hernia, a heart attack, a lung abscess, acute inflammation of the heart and many other conditions. For this reason it is best to get a diagnosis before you decide what treatment to pursue.

On confirming that the chest pain is angina, one option is to consult a homeopathic practitioner. A qualified homeopath usually has passed certification in classical homeopathy or the Diplomate Degree Homeopathic Association of Naturopathic Physicians exam. A homeopath will attempt to find one medicine to cover the totality of symptoms -- physical, emotional and mental. Anyone prescribing more than one homeopathic medicine at a time is not doing "classical homeopathy" and you may want to ask about the rational basis of this treatment.

The Concept of Individuality

All people are unique in why they have angina and in what way their body is trying to cure itself. There are over a hundred homeopathic options for angina. For example:

Aurum metalicum: This is made from pure gold. Angina can appear in these people with severe depression. They constantly feel worthless, reproach themselves and have no hope. They finally believe that suicide is the only way out. I have given this medicine to people who planned to kill themselves that day -- and later heard them say, "I feel I have so much to live for now."

Causticum (Potassium hydrate): Angina can be a prominent symptom for a person who needs this remedy. Typically this patient perceives the injustices of the world and works in practical ways to create social change. He or she works hard for what is just, but this can be a strain over time. Other symptoms: restless legs syndrome; numbness in the arms, especially at night; sensitivity to drafts; and incontinence of urine on coughing or sneezing.

Arnica montana (the mountain daisy): This can be used if a person gets chest pain on exertion. Let's say you haven't exercised for many months. Then your car is caught in the snow and you spend half an hour pushing it out. This type of strain on the heart, even for people that are in shape, can lead to sudden chest pain. The first remedy to take is arnica because it can stimulate the healing of muscle tissue from trauma.

As these examples demonstrate, homeopathic medicine has to fit the individualized symptoms of the person. Ideally it will be the remedy the patient has needed her whole life and could have been given at any time. The constitutional remedy will improve angina as well as other symptoms, such as joint pain, skin problems or emotional difficulties.

The best way to stay healthy is to eat whole organic vegetarian foods, exercise four times a week for at least an hour each time and get a homeopathic practitioner who can treat you at the first sign that your healing system is out of balance. You will most likely never get angina.

Canadian Health Reform Products Ltd.

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By Steven Olsen

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