Lisa’s Natural Birth ala Heilkunst

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Our baby, Seamus is our “opps baby”. The pregnancy was a bit of a surprise since we weren’t trying and both of us are 44.  We both have been in treatment with our Heikunstler (and I am a Heilkunstler in training) for over 15 years, eat organic and try to live a healthy lifestyle so getting pregnant easily should have been no surprise since fertility and health go hand in hand.

My pregnancy was routine and uneventful and I did remain active throughout it – down hilled skied until I was 20 weeks, biked until 30 weeks and hiked until 35 weeks, this was on top of taking care of my two other boys (13 and 8 yr olds) and a female Newfoundland puppy. My last baby was born at home, and I planned a home birth for Seamus as well.

I went overdue, a new experience for me as both of my other boys were born at 39 weeks. As I approached 41 weeks with an OP position (posterior) I started taking homeopathic remedies to help turn my baby, along with seeing my acupuncturist and chiropractor. My labour started (literally) with a splash when my water broke all over our family room floor at 10:30 pm on a warm summer night. I called out to Doug but he was putting our youngest to bed and didn’t hear me, so my oldest son, told him my water had broke and I needed some towels. He ran downstairs with our “good” towunnamed-4els which I refused to use and frustrated him since he wasn’t concerned about what towels we used – he did go up and get different towels. He seemed more panicked than I expected and when I asked him what was going on, he replied that the last time my water broke, I had delivered within 15 minutes. Once I explained to him that I had been in active labour for a few hours then, and that this was the start of this labour, he settled down and we both laughed about the misunderstanding.

We put our boys to bed, who wondered if the baby was coming soon and we told them that it could be hours yet. At 11:00pm, I called my midwife and as there was no active labour pattern, she told me to try and get some rest and call her when labour had established itself. Doug and I chilled out in our bedroom – it was a wonderful restful, intimate time as we chatted and relaxed. Contractions started at 11:30pm (it should be noted that we were so relaxed that Doug dozed off while timing the first few contractions. LOL) and by12:30am they were becoming uncomfortable, so I asked my midwife to come and got into my tub to get some relief.

Our midwife and douunnamed-3la arrived at 12:45pm and my contractions were 3 minutes apart and were lasting 1 minute. At this point things went fast, and got blurry as I quickly dilated (my midwife did not do any internal exams – she usually doesn’t do them as she can usually tell how quickly a woman is dilating by observing her). I can remember feeling some fear as my contractions got more intense and asked Doug to write out a paper remedy for aconite which took care of it instantly. My doula and midwife were amazing using comfort methods between contractions such as ice cold cloths on my shoulders, giving me ice and water (at this point I wanted nothing to eat) and lots of encouragement, especially when I hit transition and decided that I didn’t want to have a baby after all. LOL. Doug was a rock star went things got tough for me, helping me in and out of the tub, keeping me reassured when I felt I couldn’t do one more contraction, and letting me squeeze whatever parts of him I had a hold of during contractions. I had assumed a half squat in my tub and it was suggested that I move around more but after changing positions, I quickly realized that I had naturally assumed the best position for me and quickly went back to it and stayed in that position until I was fully dilated – a great example of my body knowing what is right for it when left alone to follow its own guidance.

I started pushing at ~2:35am and started to lose control for a moment with the tremendous forces urging this baby down. My midwife quickly runnamedeminded me that this was a big baby and if I didn’t go slow, I could tear. I listened to her and put every effort into relaxing and letting my body move the baby on its own. At this point I was lying back in the tub and Doug was supporting my upper body. As Seamus was moving down, I could feel my hips shift slightly to accommodate him and within 10 minutes he was crowning. He had turned during labour from OP to OA (I had been doing paper remedies of Kali-carb throughout labour to help him turn) and once his head was out, I took a two-minute break while waiting for the next contraction – my midwife said he was rotating his shoulders underneath the public bone during this time. This seemed like a long time for Doug who initially worried about our baby’s head being out under water for such a period of time, but my midwife assured him, that baby was fine and was being given oxygen through his cord. I didn’t want to push anymore at this point (not that I had done a lot, as my body had done most of it without any effort on my part), but my last contraction took over and with one push, Seamus was born at2:50am.

unnamed-1He gave a little cry and quickly settled on my chest. Heated towels were put around him while we relaxed in the tub waiting for the placenta to detach. The cord stopped pulsating after 15 minutes so Doug cut it and my placenta was delivered 15 minutes later (actually I stood up and after the smallest of pushes it fell out). I had no tears from the delivery which was great seeing that he was our biggest baby weighing 8pds, 7 ounces. Seamus was peaceful and alert after the delivery and Doug and I spent the rest of the night/morning relaxing in bed with our new baby (I did a paper remedy of arnica to help me with my recovery).

My recovery was very short as all soreness had left within 24 hours of the birth (I also took birth remedies after the delivery), and all bleeding at stopped 4 days after delivery. I had my placenta encapsulated and started taking the capsules 5 days after birth. Breastfeeding is going well, and I’m feeling great. ~ By Lisa Power

 

Lisa asked me to point out to you the paper rx written on paper and laying on her chest in the photo above for those of you in the know. <wink>

Arnica for Bruises … as per our patient Sara T.

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Wanted to share this experience with you….
Yesterday Sam and Sonja crashed into each other while riding bikes.  (Sam was riding his friends bike and forgot it only had hand brakes….oops!).   Sam somehow landed on one of the handle bars, and it left about a 2 1/2 inch scrape down his ribs.  He was doubled over clutching himself saying he couldn’t breath!

 

 

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Once we got inside, I immediately started giving him Arnica, and continued several times throughout the evening.  He barely complained last night, and said he had a few pains by bedtime.  This morning there was ZERO bruising, and the scrape looked better too.  He said it hurts just a bit.  And I know he hit the handle bar hard…the other handle bar left a hole in the ground….(although it did rain and the ground was soft).  ZERO bruising…I’m even more impressed with homeopathy than before!!

Best of luck with packing and traveling!
Sara T.

(The children’s names have been changed for the public sharing of this article)

 

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Sleep Baby Sleep

Practical Tips for Helping Baby to Sleep

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Attachment Parenting: is the latest buzz-term amongst natural parenting advocates.  At Arcanum Wholistic Clinic, we’re big proponents of attachment parenting which includes wearing baby in a sling by day and, by night, nursing on demand and co-sleeping or bed-sharing.  Parents of various native tribes around the world raise their babies this natural way. When baby is born, it takes months (possibly even a year or more) for him to realize that he’s actually a separate entity from you and so he prefers as much of a womb-like existence as possible in order to thrive,  with constant doses of warmth, comfort, nurturance, sustenance, and a clean habitat.

Bowen, Massage, or Chiropractic: are great modalities to help with sleep.  I’m a Bowen Practitioner and can attest to how many babes lose sleep due to a misalignment from the birth trauma, affecting literally the way their head is screwed onto their neck and shoulders.  I’ve done minor soft tissue releases on babies and had parents report that baby sleeps soundly from then on.  At home, you can rub your baby’s feet with coconut oil before bed, helping baby to relax and promote digestion, along with releasing any withheld gas that can cause baby to have a sleepless night.

Aromatherapy: is very helpful as mentioned in prior sections.  One drop of lavender oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil (such as coconut oil) works well for massaging baby’s feet.  You can also use the same ratio for a humidifier, vaporizer, or diffuser.

Cherry Pit Pillow/Pack: is an old European household remedy for colic and sleep.  You can buy these small pillows from eBay or look for them at a reputable eco baby supply store, where more natural methods of healing are promoted.  Simply heat it on a pan in the toaster oven for 10 minutes to heat up the cherry pits.  When placed on baby’s belly, the cherry pits release a soothing, moist heat, helping bubbles of gas to diffuse.

A Wool Soaker: is a great way to help baby stay dry from a leaky diaper during the night.  Sheep’s wool is designed to keep the rain from permeating to the animal’s skin through absorption, while the lanolin closer to the skin prevents the water from reaching the epidermis level, acting like a natural rain repellant.  The company “Pooters Diapers” states, “When baby’s diaper becomes wet, the wool soaker wicks the moisture away from the diaper by absorbing it.  Lanolin … keeps the urine from leaking back out of the wool …”.  Baby is more likely to sleep through the night if her clothes stay dry and more comfortable.

Source:  http://www.pootersdiapers.com/wool-soakers/

Homeopathic Remedies for Sleep

There is typically a reason for baby to wake during the night.  As his parents, it is up to you to go through a mental checklist to determine why this is.  Co-sleeping babes do best with an easily accessible breast for nourishment and comfort.  Most moms learn to sleep through baby’s latching on to the breast and subsequent drifting back off to sleep.  Occasionally, baby will be wet and need to have a diaper change before sleep can be restored.  

When baby is 4-7 months, teething can be the issue as he matures.  A nightmare or night terror can be the cause for his waking.  At other times, it can be due to the fact that there is a full moon!  Here are some safe homeopathic remedies to use for specific issues.  If this doesn’t help, it’s because there is a deeper issue, like vaccines or a genetic miasm (inherited predisposition to disease) in the way, preventing baby from getting a deep, restorative sleep.  Let us know if the latter scenario is the case as we bring years of training to be able to solve the root cause of baby’s ills, so that you can all sleep like babies!

Aconite: is a great remedy for when baby has been exposed to a dry northeast wind during winter, aggravating a high fever of even 105 degrees Fahrenheit, along with an earache.  Baby might be just fine upon going to bed, however, he wakes shrieking around midnight, clearly in pain.  Look for restlessness, dry body heat, and increased thirst.  Baby may be writhing in pain with extreme sensitivity to touch, suffering burning or even violent pain.

Arnica: is a good remedy for when baby seems to have his internal clock mixed up; drowsy without being able to nap during the day, but able to sleep during early evening and then wakens with a hot head at night, with fear that he will suffer pain again.  Older children will complain of feeling exhausted upon waking with terrible dreams about animals, death, and even mutilated bodies.  During sleep, children who need Arnica will groan, murmur, talk, snore, and pass stool and urine involuntarily after having toilet trained.  

Belladonna: is one of our chief remedies for right sided earaches and for waking violently with pain and high fever at midnight, as mentioned in the prior section.  Baby will be restless, agitated, and typically screeching in pain.  Belladonna with solve this state outright.

Chamomilla: is a great remedy for fussy babies who need to be constantly rocked or nursed to sleep.  Look for right-sided earaches, red face, a more low-grade fever, around 102 or 103 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a Cham. state, baby will give you the impression that there is absolutely nothing you can do to appease her as she’ll reject absolutely everything that you offer, pushing it and you away.

Coffea: is derived from coffee.  In homeopathic terms (like cures like), an over-stimulated baby needs a stimulant to calm down.  I used to keep a tin of organic coffee in the freezer for my own children to take a wee sniff from.  Actually, I still have the same tin at my office (I don’t drink coffee) for babes I see in person who are suffering an over-stimulated melt-down.  All I do is open the lid of the tin of coffee in my office and watch for baby, and mom or dad too, to take a couple of whiffs of the aroma. Within a couple of minutes, baby is completely calm, gurgling, and usually drifting off to sleep.  If you’re nursing, you can take the homeopathic remedy to promote sleep for your baby as it transfers through the breast milk.  We will never recommend drinking coffee while breastfeeding as in this volume, you’ll actually create the opposite result by aggravating baby’s delicate nervous system and making them wired on caffeine with disastrous sleep results.

Nux Vomica: is for what I call the jack in the box syndrome.  It will seem that you just get baby off to sleep and he keeps popping awake all night long for no rhyme or reason, like he’s woken by the least noise or movement.  In proper ascending potencies, Nux. will also help detox baby’s organ system of any prior medications or antibiotics should the situation arise, helping baby sleep more soundly.  

Medications, and vaccines, administered at birth can play havoc with baby’s central nervous system and digestive organs, making it difficult for him to settle properly into sleep.  Nux. is one of the remedies we use when clearing the actual drug nosodes from baby’s system based on natural homeopathic law. A nosode is the homeopathic term for the remedy made from the exact drug administered, taking “like cures like”, or the similimum, up to “exact cures exact”.

Pulsatilla: is a great remedy for right-sided ear infections, as mentioned above, with a more low-grade temperature around 103 degrees Fahrenheit.  Your baby will be profoundly clingy and needy with a desire to be carried everywhere, consoled, and kissed, but is less capricious and contrary than the Chamomilla state described above.

 

Flower Essences for Sleep

To help yourself and baby to sleep, we recommend Bach’s “Rescue Sleep” and “Rescue Sleep Liquid Melt”.  I recall certain stressful days with my own baby where I was still measuring my own sense of self by how many things I was able to tick off my list.  Being attached to certain outcomes with an infant or toddler creates a sure disaster.  When children out number the parent or parents, you’re bound to be pinioned under your children’s expectations over and above your own.  This is just how it is, for now.  It will get easier, but for now, you answer solely to your child’s needs, dropping most of what you desire to do or find fulfilling.  You’ll get back there.  

Often, when I had a yearning to do something, or I had a deadline, or place to be by a certain time, I would be rendered a high-strung anxious mess by the time bedtime came around with unresolved feelings of failure that turned up as left-over anxiety, resentment, or even anger from the day.  I learned first hand that this is a disastrous state of mind to try and put a baby down to sleep, when I was feeling electrified with unresolved impatience.  I’ve often referred to infants, babies, and toddlers as being the canary in our adult coal mines, picking up on every miniscule bit of angst, mirroring every bit of it for our not so pleasurable viewing.  They will literally torture you with your own mirror.  

Bach’s Flower Essences, including Walnut, in the case I just described above, in addition to the remedies below, can help you and your child calm, relax, and let go to sleep; enabling you both to face another day with refreshed eyes, letting go the unnecessaries, focusing more on simply “being” than “doing.”

Here are the remedies contained in “Bach’s Rescue Sleep” Remedy, captured right from their website:

White Chestnut: To help ease restless mind.

Star of Bethlehem: For trauma and shock.

Clematis: For the tendency to “pass out”, and unconsciousness, being ‘far away’ and not present mentally.

Cherry Plum: Fear of mind giving way, verge of breakdown, anger.

Impatiens: For irritability, tension, and fidgety.

Rock Rose: For frozen terror and panic.

Source:  http://www.bachflower.com/bach-rescue-sleep/

 

Essential Oils for Sleep

Essential oils, or aromatherapy, for baby is safe provided you stick to the oils recommended in this book and use them according to the dilution that we’ve suggested.  In the early evening, I used to prepare a warm bath for my baby (be sure to use only natural cleansers for baby’s tub!) with a drop of lavender.  Usually their dad did the bathing as this was their time to connect and give me a moment to clean up the kitchen after supper, or to just sit and have a moment to orient myself in the world, to make note of some grocery items needed, or to just ponder my own feelings with some chamomile tea and my journal.

After baby was out of the bath, their dad would give them a baby gentle massage over their little bodies, putting them on the floor while they lay on a cotton receiving blanket or on their changing table.  I taught him how to always massage baby’s belly in a clockwise motion to encourage the release of gas bubbles and good digestion, by following the large intestines natural route to the rectum.  When massaging baby, the pressure should be about the same as you would use to rub your eye-ball when your lid is closed.  This is a good way to remind our stronger, more burly hubbys what the pressure should be.   Baby will love the wonderful time to bond and relax through touch with their daddy.  

Massage Oil Blend

1 drop of Lavender

1 drop Geranium

1 drop Roman Chamomile

and 30 ml of Sweet Almond, Olive, or Coconut Oil

Blend all of the ingredients together well, using on babies 3 months and older.  As mentioned above, you can use a drop of lavender or chamomile in their bath with some raw goat’s or cow’s milk to help promote sleep.  I would also wear lavender oil on my own clothing or skin while nursing baby before bed.  I still do this when a cranky baby comes in for a consultation with their mom, to promote comfort and security for both of them.

I’ve always used essential oils in a room diffuser, vaporizer, or even a pot of steaming water that a child can not reach.  One drop of lavender, Roman chamomile, or geranium in about 3 cups of water works well.

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Natural Birthing; Principles and Remedies

I just recently attended a Womyn’s Summit with about 35 local birth-workers last weekend.  There were Doulas, Midwives, birth attendants, and even a native elder (Sister Morningstar) from Missouri who champions “hands off” births.  Sister told of a beautiful story where she was attending a birth with new Mom with a footling breach who’d just arrived at the hospital.  The babe’s foot was clearly dangling from Mom’s birth canal.  When the woman asked Sister Morningstar what to do, she simply replied,”Hang on to baby’s foot and relax.”  By the time the Emergency Medical team could be summoned, baby was already safely born into her Momma’s arms without the aid of any medical personnelle or even the interfering hands of her mid-wife.

When new Moms come to me in preparation for birth, I typically recommend that they view two movies, “The Business Of Being Born” and “Orgasmic Birth.”  The first one is about how our natural capacity for giving birth out of our own volition has been virtually hijacked by allopathic medicine producing the lowest rates of mortality as a result.  Orgasmic birth is all about remembering why we’re giving birth with our beloved partner and how to use love-making endorphins to ease the birthing Mom’s stress and discomfort in the comfort of her own home.

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In my second book, “Unfolding The Essential Self,” I write about the principles of natural labour by telling my own birth story with regards to my daughter born just an easy 10 minutes after dilating.  This after, I was told that a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-Section) would not be possible after by son’s horrific birth chronicled here.  Here’s a good reason to consider having your baby naturally at home:

“In an industry where the mortality rate of babes born in hospitals is alarmingly high, especially in the U.S. (Canada comes in a sad second) and especially in babes of racial minorities, it can feel like we’re victims of a medical industry that does not wholly have our best interests, or that of our babies, at heart. The fact that expectant mothers become patients in gowns, encouraged to use a wheelchair and to lie in bed waiting to be put out of their misery with an epidural is thankfully now becoming a thing of the past. Until recently, the options were not so great. Did you know that all women in Canada receive up to eight different drugs (including Oxytocin in their IV drips or in a shot in their shoulder) to encourage contractions whether they want to or not? Most women have no clue that their bodies are being invaded with “poisons” in this way. Birth is not a disease, condition, or illness, and should not be treated as such, especially not without our consent!

Hypno-birthing, doulas, water births, successful breach deliveries, and mid-wives are all terms we women are now championing as we take the fundamental right back to have our babes in the way that is most resonant and congruent for each one of us. In an article written by Jennifer Griebenow on the safety of hospital births versus home births, she was shocked to learn that “a study in the Netherlands done in 1986 on women who were having their first babies showed these results: out of 41,861 women who delivered in the hospital, the perinatal mortality rate was 20.2/1,000. Of 15,031 women who delivered at home with a trained midwife, the rate was 1.5/1,000 (Kitzinger 44).” She goes on to say, “I know, I thought it must be a typo too.” Read it again if you need to. I had to, too!”

Source:

Jennifer Grebienow, Home Birth and Out-of-Hospital Birth: Is it Safe? How Safe is that Hospital Anyway?, http://www.gentlebirth.org/ronnie/homejjg.html

Sister Morningstar also shockingly reported that if 4 generations of women have C-sections, by the 5th, the DNA code for birthing naturally will be so altered that the woman’s body of that generation won’t even attempt a natural birth.  In effect, we’ll have de-programmed the body’s cellular memory for this normal biological function right out of our cellular matrix.  The hormones won’t even bother to step up on our behalf.  In fact, it takes a huge amount of concerted and conscious effort for a Mom to actually have a VBAC at all after a single C-Sectioned babe.

This wise woman went on to say that if we’re a culture bent on 100% life births then C-Sections should be championed, however, be aware of the inherent health risks of babes who’ve not had to fight their way through the birth canal to get here.  My own C-sectioned son suffered lung issues, severe colic, allergies, autism, severe behavioural issues and gut dysbiosis alone associated with his birth.  He also suffered the state of mind that everything be handed to him easily as this is what he’d learned to expect.   He could never play on his own, always expecting us to play with him.  He had very big issues with autonomy and struggle until Heilkunst Medicine.

As I’m writing this, I can’t help but think of the story of the Monarch butterfly:

“Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it.  The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put plants to eat, and a stick to climb on, in the jar. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.

One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly. The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.

At first the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! It looked like it couldn’t break free! It looked desperate! It looked like it was making no progress! The boy was so concerned he decided to help. He ran to get scissors, and then walked back (because he had learned not to run with scissors…). He snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger and the butterfly quickly emerged!

As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shrivelled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would shrink and the butterfly’s wings would expand.

But neither happened!

The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shrivelled wings.  It never was able to fly…

As the boy tried to figure out what had gone wrong his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college. He learned that the butterfly was SUPPOSED to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly.”

Source: http://instructor.mstc.edu/instructor/swallerm/Struggle%20-%20Butterfly.htm

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However, we can help Moms and babes birth more easily, without taking away the experience of having struggled into this world.  In Heilkunst terms, we call this leaving the realm of crude nature and harnessing the principles of refinement.  Here are just some of the remedies in alphabetical order from one of our newest books, “Natural Home Pharmacy for Women” to help you to easily give birth to your own babe, at home, in the company of your choosing, with as littler intervention as possible:

Aconite napellus (Acon.) – For when you feel that you “may

die” and contractions feel like a runaway train and the intensity

is taking your breath away. This remedy can help to mitigate

fear and anxiety so that you don’t feel so restless and agitated.

This can also help baby to resolve shock or fright through all

stages of birth.

Arnica montana (Arn.) – Our paramount remedy for feeling

bruised, sore, and beaten-up during labour. The individual in

this state does not want to be touched. It will help with any soft

tissue damage to the birth canal and perineum, and is one of

several remedies we use in our post-surgery complex.

Arsenicum album (Ars.) – is a chief remedy for anxiety,

restlessness, diarrhea, or vomiting. It is also helpful when mom

can’t let go of the reins and trust her doula or midwife. She may

have a control-freakish nature and just apply the same fear of

losing control of her birth process, anxiously mired in the details.

The mom will also generally feel chilly and perhaps try to go off

on her own in an anxious state. This is the time to set up the

birthing pool with warm water and give Arsenicum, to help with

exhaustion and to ease with transition.

Bellis perennis (Bell-p.) – This is our choice for deep bruising

or deep tissue damage, beyond Arnica. It is useful when the

pelvis is sore from baby’s head coming through or mom has felt

she needed to push too concertedly. This remedy is ideal in the

case of surgery or any fractures.”

 

Please let us know if we can be of service to your during your birth plan.  We’ve been Skyped in during a birth, and have even done hourly CoRe Bioresonance Feedback sessions to help with Mom’s state of mind during birth. We’re here if you feel that you need a hand or foot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armoring of the Thoracic Segment

This blog is part of a series; its original title was Heilkunst Basics : University, 3rd Year (Armoring of the Thoracic Segment)

The thoracic (or chest) segment is a big crossroads in our system, where many of the processes of our upper self meet and mingle with those of our nether self. In Anthroposophical terms, this is the home of our rhythmic system, which is the mediator between our nerve-sense and metabolic-limb systems. If you think of the top listed causes of death, you’ll see that both the heart and lungs seem to take the brunt of life’s stressors, and can be the first to go.

When looking at the thoracic segment from a more strictly orgonomic perspective, it is important to note up front that one of the primary mechanisms in armoring is what Reich called the “chronic inspiratory attitude”. The chest, and more specifically, the lungs are the seat of this defunct breathing pattern which many people don’t even notice that they fall into continually.

Some other physical indicators of an armored chest segment can include a posture of hunching over, as if in protection of the vulnerable heart and emotions. Conversely, there can be the opposite form of defense, which is a compensated posture showing over-confidence. More severe breathing difficulties, such as asthma-like conditions are also included here. The patient, themselves, may report a feeling or sensation of heaviness in their heart, or it may be observed by their general attitude in life. Any suppressed sobbing is stored in this segment. (Whereas suppressed tears are more related to the ocular segment, for example, and the root of sinus headaches).

The thoracic cavity is also directly connected with the arms, and with all of the emotional actions they take, such as reaching out (as in the feeling of ‘longing’), or the opposite gesture of punching in anger.

The modalities of treatment will vary with the needs in the moment of the patient, and may include : punching a pillow or punching bag; reaching out towards an imagined object or person of desire; breathing exercises, working towards a full and deep respiration; the homeopathic remedy aurum to release the feeling of heaviness in the heart; pressing on the patient’s chest to help them fully exhale while breathing.

What’s in Your Remedy Kit for Labour Day Weekend?

We’re approaching Labour Day, which many people consider to be the last long weekend of the summer. People tend to try to pack a lot in to this weekend, whether the last time up to the cottage, or other forms of “weekend warrior”, or just plain partying.

Here are some of the remedies which you may find useful to have with you this weekend:

  • Arnica – for any strains or sprains you may suffer in a sporting or recreational accident, or merely for “overdoing” it, and pushing yourself too hard.
  • Nux Vomica – for the other kind of overdoing it, and you end up with a hangover to deal with the morning after.
  • Walnut (Bach Flower Remedy) – to help with all aspects of the transition back into another school year. Getting the kids ready for the first day of school, and keeping your composure while the entire house routine is turned upside down in preparation.
  • Natrum Muriaticum – If you are acutely feeling the emotional “loss” of the summer, and aren’t feeling ready to let it go yet.
  • Hornbeam (Bach Flower Remedy) – If Tuesday morning comes, and you’re having a really hard time responding to the call of the alarm clock, this can help put a little mental focus and energy into your morning.

What else would you carry with you in your remedy kit this weekend?

First Aid Remedies For Summer

I’ve recently written about summer and its connection with the syphilis miasm, in terms of its essence of things falling apart or breaking. Accidents of all kinds can be caused by a strong inheritance of this miasm, and this makes summer the perfect time to brush up on some first aid remedies.

  • Arnica – The quintessential first aid remedy, good for shocks of all kinds, as well as physical strains and other conditions of over-exertion. Syphilis is also the doorway into the Chthonic Realm, and deeper Arnica states may be surfaced during this season, where people’s deeper, darker fears can become more active.
  • Helleborous – Another chthonic remedy also plays double-duty in the first aid jurisdiction. Helleborous is used for head injuries, particularly involving a contusion to the top of the head.
  • Natrum Sulphuricum – This is the more generic head injury remedy, and is part of the concussion formula, along with Arnica and Helleborous. Some of the more typical post-concussion depression is helped with this remedy.
  • Hypericum – For injuries involving nerve damage and/or spinal impacts. This is also a component of the head trauma formula. Any injury involving nerve-rich areas, such as crushed fingertips is very much helped with it.
  • Symphytum – This remedy is sourced from the herb comfrey, which was traditionally called ‘knit-bone’. It was well named, as it is an amazing remedy for helping a bone to heal after a break or fracture. It is so amazing, in fact, that I caution patients NOT to use it, until they have verified by x-ray if the bone has been correctly reset in the right place. It is also the remedy for black eyes, and is thus called ‘The Arnica of the eye’.
  • Aconite and Ignatia – All of the traumas, accidents, and otherwise disturbing events triggered by Syphilis will often stir up emotional reactions of anxiety, and a generalized feeling of losing control in the face of them.

The Chthonic Realm : Arnica

Arnica is probably the most well known homeopathic remedy, and is used very frequently for day-to-day first aid situations, including bumps and bruises in children, as well as all forms of sports injuries, or even general states of exhaustion, particularly from over-exertion. It is also the primary remedy used to assist in the recovery from, and after-effects of heart attacks or strokes.

Aside from these common physical symptoms, Arnica is also one of the key remedies in the Chthonic Realm, and works at a level in parallel with Belladonna, as they both represent functional blockages of the physical body. Going into this deeper level of Arnica, we discover a fear of being penetrated, either literally or metaphorically. The first aid use of this remedy in cases of shock extends into this deeper theme, where we find individuals who either have an extreme aversion to physical touch, or with making emotional contact with others. This can emerge from a degree of armoring which has been created in order to keep anything or anyone from getting inside, and may sometimes manifest physically, particularly in women who have symptoms of pain upon intercourse, or a generalized aversion to contact. These are the victims of “the war of love”, who exist in a perpetual state of post-traumatic stress disorder.

At all levels, they may behave as solitary heroes, in a relentless pursuit of completing a job or project, and who keep pushing themselves beyond their limits as they can never concede to needing help, or surrendering to the impossibility of their task. Deep states of physical and/or mental exhaustion may often be the condition, in which someone in this state will be found.