Tuesday, June 09, 2009
medicine works with the body's ability to heal itself, according to Dr.
Arianna Staruch, ND, who spoke about using natural medicine with
children at the American College of Healthcare Sciencs on June 8. Natural
medicine, Dr. Staruch further explained, helps removed obstacles to
health, such as an unhealthy diet or stress, and then supports the
body's ability to return to balance.
So, why use natural
medicine with children? Teaching children to use natural medicine at a
young age helps to establish healthy lifestyle choices through
adulthood. In addition, natural medicine remedies are safe, natural
supports for everyday problems like the common cold, ear infections,
and bumps and bruises.
According to Dr. Staruch, a kid's job is to
get sick. Infection is how the immune system learns what is good and
bad, and how to respond. Natural medicine works with the body's natural
processes to help build a strong immune system.
natural medicine include? When working with children, some of the
primary natural medicine remedies include use of mild herbs, which can
be made into teas, and homeopathic remedies.
Homeopathy is based on the principle of "like cures like."
A homeopathic remedy is an "extremely dilute form; normally one part of
the remedy to around 1,000,000,000,000 parts of water"
(http://abchomeopathy.com/homeopathy.htm). For kids, homeopathics are
easy to administer, safe, effective, and non-toxic, Dr. Staruch says.
Here are some common homeopathics and their associated uses:
Arnica > for falls, bumps, and bruises
Aconite > First onset of cold
Arsenicum > Digestive upset and diarrhea; chilly; restless
Belladonna > Ear aches and fevers that come on suddenly
Recipe for Calming Tea for Kids
Cat Straw--4 tbs
Cover the herbs with 2 cups of boiling water and steep for 15 minutes. Give one or more tablespoons as needed.
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