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Homeopathic Remedies for Physical Ailments in Seniors

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - November 15, 2011

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It's not always a question of conventional medicine vs. homeopathic medicine; in fact, for most people it's a matter of marrying the two. Homeopathic medicine and remedies aim to help your body do the work for itself. It can lessen your need for conventional medicines, making you healthier, and perhaps less in need to take medication.

Homeopathy is increasingly popular in the States and in the World, and for good reason. People want to aim to be naturally healthy. Health food stores are popping up not only in every major city, but also in the smaller towns as well, providing natural organic foods and of course, a section with natural homeopathic remedies.

Homeopathic medicines should be checked with your doctor, or, you can also see a homeopathic doctor and get a consultation with them.

Amongst some of the physical ailments common in seniors are:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease and/or High Blood Pressure
  • Bodily Aches & Pains
  • Arthritis
  • Mental Confusion
  • Indigestion

For all of these ailments, homeopathic doctors and/or pharmacies can help you find a remedy to help. All of these categories have several different remedies you can take. You may find some ideas of remedies you can take at home for some of the ailments listed above, but again, don’t take our word for it – make sure to see your doctor or a homeopathic doctor to see what’s right for you.

Homeopathic remedies for these ailments do not claim to treat or cure, but rather to assist the body to help itself. Homeopathic remedies are easy on the body and do not carry some of the heavy side effects that conventional medicine does. Most don’t have any side effects at all, unless you have allergies to certain products.

Natural remedies, or homeopathic remedies, have been used for medicinal purposes amongst tribes and nations of people for thousands of years.

Many of these age-old remedies work extremely well, and others that are completely false in their claims. In today’s world of medicinal science, the remedies have been narrowed down to what works.

A brief look at some herbal remedies, and what they do for the body:

Goldenseal for indigestion and various other health issues

Goldenseal, also called Orange Root, is known for its natural antibacterial properties and use in herbal remedies. This herb is often used to help with indigestion, diarrhea, ulcers, colds, and gingivitis, among other health problems. It is also very useful for killing internal parasites such as giardia and yeast infections. Its properties are anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antibacterial.

Goldenseal can also be mixed with other herbs to create a more potent medicinal aid. You can buy Goldenseal health products in a bulk powder, tablet, or salve for home use.

Calendula for irritated or inflamed skin

A Calendula tincture can be used to reduce inflammation of the skin. It is a soothing herb that calms irritated areas. Calendula also seems to have antiviral effects on people.

Feverfew as a natural pain reliever – and prevention of migraines

Feverfew is a natural pain reliever. Feverfew has been especially known for helping to prevent migraines, when taken for four to six weeks as natural medicine. Feverfew is also a great herb to take for arthritis and various digestive problems, or basic bodily aches and pains.

You may purchase Feverfew either through a capsule or tablet form, or by the leaves – you can use the leaves to make Feverfew tea.

Garlic to lower blood pressure

Garlic comes in tablet form, and many studies have shown that it can help to lower blood pressure when taken daily. However, garlic can also thin your blood and prevent clotting if too much is taken.

Cod Liver Oil to regulate and lower blood pressure

Studies have shown that fish oils and Alpha Linolenic Acids can act as a high blood pressure natural remedy. Omega 3 fatty acids are very essential to the body, so make sure that you eat fish or take supplements regularly.

Rosemary to improve memory & concentration

A research done by University of Maryland Medical Center concluded that the smell of rosemary herb helps in improving the memory.

Rosemary essential oil is very popular oil in aromatherapy treatments and it helps in improving the levels of concentration as well. A single rosemary leaf once undergone study and was revealed to contain several antioxidants and many other compounds that create an impact on your brain. Specifically, it prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine, which is a chemical nerve transmitter responsible for memory retention. In addition to improving your memory capacity, it also reduces the risk of certain neurological problems.

The introduction of rosemary oil properties into your brain helps to stimulate it, delivering higher amount of oxygen-rich blood into your brain and improving your capacity to retain any information you have gathered throughout your waking moments.

Ginkgo Biloba for memory enhancement

These well-studied botanicals remedy increases blood flow to the head, has a reputation as a memory-enhancing agent and may slow the progression of dementia in early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidants such as those found in ginkgo can help neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.

You can have this herb in pill form or grind it up and sprinkle on top of food or drinks. If you have this herb on regular basis then results will start showing in about two to four months.

Again, let us make it clear…

Again, for any of these remedies listed here, consult an experienced herbalist, doctor, or homeopathic doctor for the right dosage for your condition, and to make sure it’s safe for you to take.

And keep in mind – many of these remedies you can grow from your own garden!

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