Homeopathic SelfHelp

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It is said that more people have been attracted to homeopathy  and homeopathic selfhelp through the use of Arnica than from anything else! Arnica Montana, (pictured - left) to give it its full name, is a plant found in the Alps.

Traditionally it was apparently used by guides, who chewed the plant as they walked and climbed, because of its reputation for reducing the effects of trauma, such as from falls.

The Vital Force

Nowadays, we use Arnica for all sorts of disturbances in the Vital Force with symptoms of trauma. When analysed from the point of view of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it seems to act so as to harmonise what are called ‘Qi and Blood’. 

In an accident, shock often leads to

  • pallor, 
  • shortness of breath, 
  • anxiety, 
  • shakiness, 
  • increased pulse, and so on. 
  • In bad shock, you may fall in and out of consciousness. There may be bruising, 
  • sore muscles, 
  • twitching and 
  • prostration. 
  • Though tired, the victim cannot get comfortable or sleep. 
  • There may be involuntary bowel movements or urination.
  • Breath may smell of bad eggs. (I once diagnosed myself on the basis of this, soon after arriving on holiday after a very heavy work schedule, and couldn't understand why, though tired, I couldn't get comfortable or sleep in bed. After a few days my wife complained about my breath. I took one dose and slept like a baby. AND my breath improved!)

But you can get this – or some of it - from other situations too:

  • fright, 
  • anger, 
  • indignation,
  • shock, 
  • overuse of some part of the body, 
  • overexertion, 
  • excessive sexual indulgence, 
  • even from being stressed or over-hurried. 
  • The symptoms also arise in some kinds of septic fevers, such as typhoid and after an operation, or where there are pustular swellings.

Bear in mind that homoeopathy treats disturbances in what is called the Vital Force. It does not treat diseases. 

The homoeopathic repertories such as those by Kent described symptoms which people experienced, allowing homoeopaths to grade what patients said in a way that lead to a choice of the most suitable remedy, no matter what the Western or orthodox medical definition of the disease might have been.

Indeed, the name of the disease is often a distraction from the essential task of finding the remedy that is homoeopathic to the patient.

In classes with people interested in learning more about homoeopathic selfhelp, this important point is hard for them to understand, so used have we become to defining disease in terms of a Western orthodox medical diagnosis.

Just to repeat:  homoeopathic remedies interact with what is called the Vital Force. Every classical homoeopathic understands this but often only after several years trying to get their heads round it!

Patients who understandably want help, define their problem in terms of Western orthodox disease, and seek reassurance that homoeopathy can treat that disease successfully.

But homoeopathic teaching deals with the Vital Force and its disturbances. Only when symptoms, ie disturbances in the Vital Force, experienced by a patient match those described in the homoeopathic Materia Medica for a particular substance can the latter be said to be homoeopathic.

If you would like to know more about homoeopathic selfhelp and the homeopathic theory of disease, a theory developed mostly by qualified doctors over the last two hundred years, have a look at the following pages.

By the way, should you decide to keep a supply of Arnica in your house, keep both the 6th and the 30th potencies - Arnica 6c and Arnica 30c.

Read Homoeopathic Remedy to find out how to store and take it.

More information on Homoeopathy


If you are always stressed by everything, in a continuous state of shock, or frequently get pustular swellings, or always feel as if you have over-exerted yourself, or your lifestyle is such that you put yourself in these situations, you need to stand back from your life and take a longer view.

Perhaps your occupation, unless you alter it, will cause you illness. Perhaps you need a different job or house or relationship. And perhaps seeing a homoeopath will help you towards a healthier, less stressed way of life.

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Further Reading

If you enjoy this website you may like to read one of the books written by its author, Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott.

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott Books

All the books in the 'Chinese Medicine in English' series should be fully accessible on Kindles and Kindle apps. (Or you can buy the softback print editions, of course.)

('Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine' published 1986, was never available in a Kindle version.)

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Here are some of the books I (Jonathan) have written.

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Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress

Yin Deficiency - Burnout and Exhaustion

Yang Deficiency - Get Your Fire Burning Again!

Yuck! Phlegm! How to Clear Your Phlegm ...

Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine

Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine! See Reviews.

Seven Reviews so far for Yuck Phlegm. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)

3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!

By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.

For the Latest Reviews of 'Qi Stagnation', click here!

NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.

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