Posts Tagged ‘frequent colds and coughs’

Herbs – Our Little Helpers for Coughs and Colds

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Why is a Liquid herbal mix so effective with colds and flus?

Herbs – our little helpers. Santa Claus isn’t the only one that needs helpers, from time to time we do too. Especially around this time of year as people are often effected by those persistent coughs and colds.

Do you try to ride the cold out only to have it drag on for another few weeks and just when you’re feeling better contract another cold to do it all again? Or just come down with that one cold a season that renders you in-operational for days bordering on weeks? Either way it’s not any fun battling colds and flu.

Why is a liquid herbal mix made for you so effective? Vitamin C and zinc are well known for supporting immunity and then there’s herbs. There are many herbal supplementation formula’s so why is it better to see a naturopath specifically for a cold? Does that bottle of liquid herbs (fertiliser or twig juice otherwise affectionately known as) really work? And if so, why?

Basically, herbs are multi-faceted in action. That is each herb has many constituents which each support different aspects of body systems in different ways. In other words herbs are broad-spectrum in action. Essentially one can say that herbs can be selected to create a formula specific to support for the individual’s health needs at that time.

For example, herbs such as Echinacea and Andrographis are particularly well known as immune supporters but they both support other systems in the body which as an end result contributes to the speedy recovery of the patient. That is, Echinacea stimulates and modulates the immune system but also increases circulation, helps vasodilation and supports lymphatic drainage. That means when you’re glands are swollen with a sore throat it helps to drain them and clear away the waste products from each cell efficiently.

Whereas Andrographis stimulates the immune system and also supports liver function, stimulates bile flow and is one of the strongest anti-oxidants of the plant kingdom, which are all important actions to promote and protect each cell whilst the body is under fire of an infection.

Although the predominant focus of action of these two herbs is supporting immunity, each of them also support the body in different ways. They are both suitable herbs individually but more effective together as a team. Therefore it is advantageous to combine these two herbs in one formula for a synergistic effect. That is, different actions of herbs working in harmony to support the one overall health goal – in this case help the body fight the infection.

When considering an herbal formula for any particular pesky cold there are certain factors which are taken into consideration. Factors include:

  • Presenting symptoms – sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, digestive changes, aches and pains, feeling of malaise
  • Progression of symptoms – how fast are these symptoms appearing? What is the usual progression for this person? Is this going faster or slower than usual
  • Health history – Does this person come down with colds & flus a lot? If so how long does it normally take to recover? Does it normally develop into secondary infections such as coughs, bronchitis, etc. Are there other factors in this persons health history which lead to this point?
  • Other current health issues – how efficiently are other systems working in the body? For example, often when the liver has a lot of detoxification to do it can impede the efficiency of the immune system and making recovery a lot more drawn out.
  • Lifestyle factors – is the person burning the candle at both ends? Are they coming into contact with other infected people?
  • External stressors – Stress does not help at all. Is this person really busy at work? Being sick can add to stress when the daily to-do list is not getting any shorter!
  • Current dietary factors – Is this person eating nutrient packed foods? If so, is it enough?
  • Sleep quality – Is this person sleeping well? Are they getting enough sleep, rest and reco-operation for the body to recovery?
  • Daily energy – how is this person’s energy throughout the day? Are they wiped out by lunchtime and reaching for stimulants for energy.
  • Iridology or constitution – Are there area’s of the body when it’s under stress needs more support than others? i.e. some people have very sensitive nervous system’s other’s have very sensitive digestive systems.

The basis for creating an efficient herbal mix for the individual relies upon the consideration of each herbal action matching them with areas of the individual’s body which needs support to reach wellbeing again. For example with a cold considerations may include an herb that stops the mucous production of the sinuses, one to preserve lung tissue tone or help calm coughing or making a cough productive (depending on what that patient’s symptoms are) and another to support adrenal function and energy. Such herbs for each of these actions may have other actions such as supporting digestion, soothing raw inflamed linings such as the throat or further antibacterial and antiviral support. When mixed together this little team of helpers all creating a synergistic effect working together to support the body as a whole to reach wellbeing again.

 

Georgia Kilpatrick – Ba H Sc (Nat) – SSNT

Naturopath/Kinesiologist

First Aid Kit – Colds and Viruses

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

 

 

 

With the colder months about to start and the year in full swing come busy days, exhaustion and for some families the inevitable colds and virus season. So what are some go to natural solutions we can keep in the cupboard/fridge and dose up on the first signs of colds? This can save valuable time and help to prevent the virus or cold from developing into something more serious like days of work and school. Here is a good all round First Aid Kit for Colds and Viruses.

 

  • Andrographis Complex by Mediherb or Andro NK by Metagenics (available at New Leaf Natural Therapies). When a cold is rapidly taking effect it is good to start Andrographis Complex as soon as possible. Dose: 2 tablets 3 times daily for an adult dosage. Can take every two hours for vigour viruses.
  • Zinc. Zinc is a mineral that is utilised around the body for many different reasons including skin repair, immunity, detoxification and as a catalyst for a myriad of enzymatic reactions around the body. Therefore it is in high demand especially with today’s modern lifestyle and exposure to our environment, such as car fumes, perfumes, plastics etc. Zinc is a major mineral for the immune system and usually very easy to replenish in the system. Therefore, at the first sign of a cold or a virus zinc is a good mineral to dose up on. Dose: a therapeutic dosage range is between 20-40 mg per day. However, if a virus rapidly taking hold and zinc levels are low it is generally acceptable it increase that dose by 2 or 3 times for 4 to 5 days.
  • Vitamin C. Vitamin is widely known for it’s role in immunity and for good reason. Vitamin C stabilises the immune cells and is an excellent anti-oxidant which is in need when a virus is spreading. Vitamin C works alongside zinc synergistically and therefore are often in formula’s together. For a virus taking at least 3,000 – 4,000 mg in 500 – 1000 mg increments throughout the day. For a rapidly moving virus it is recommended to take 1000 mg up to what is called bowel tolerance. Bowel tolerance is essentially how much vitamin C the bowel can absorb. If it can’t absorb any more the vitamin C will remain in the lumen of the bowel and attract water to it thus bowel movements become looser. Sometimes a lot looser. Therefore once someone has reached bowel tolerance drop the dose by 1 -2 doses the next day and stay on that until the virus has run its course.
  • Probiotics. Ultra Flora Immune by Metagenics. The immune system is produced on the other side of our digestive system. Therefore the quality of the digestive process can affect the production of the immune system. There are many different species of probiotics which all extenuate different processes and functions, some in a negative manner, some not at all and some in a positive manner. Therefore it can be tricky to figure out which probiotics are right however when coming down for a cold reach for the probiotics that help stabilise the digestion and support the immune system. It is good to have what is called a loading dose for a 3 – 7 days and then drop to a maintenance dose. This is to support the immune system to make new cells if it needs to which can take up to 7 – 10 days i.e. 2 capsules twice a day before food for a loading dose and then drop to 1 capsule twice a day for the duration of the cold. If a virus is a common occurrence it would be recommended to have a maintenance dose of 1 capsule per day for 1 – 3 month afterwards.
  • Naso Clear by Metagenics. Whenever there is any congestion especially in sinuses which are prone to infection a god sinus flush works wonders! Naso Clear is not only a antibacterial but also breaks down any films which can form that bacteria harbour in making it difficult for the immune system to search and destroy them. One to two pumps per nostril at least first thing in the morning and again before bed can work absolute wonders!
  • Herbal Throat Spray by Mediherb. Sore throats can be the entry point of many viruses and therefore good to soothe and assist in maintaining the area’s defences. Herbs helps to do just that by soothing, antibacterial/antiseptic actions and helps support lymphatic drainage so the immune system can reach the area and carry away the
    • We’ve all heard of gargles, but who has time to gargle during a busy day? So a spray can be very convenient!
  • Homeopathics. Homeopathics can work really well for the sensitive people, easy to take and gentle on the pocket! BioResearch Formula 5 is a good immune supporter especially with re-occuring sore throats, colds and flu’s. For infections which have gone into secondary infections Formula C or Formula CR for chest coughs. Homeopathics should be taken 10-15minute away from strong flavours such as toothpaste, breathmints or even strong coffee.
  • Cells need weekends too! In a word recuperation and convalescents. If it is the beginning of a cold a warm easy to digest meal such as soup or casserole is great. These meals often need time to cook thus the food is already starting to break down and less work for the digestion to do. Rug up, get comfortable and enjoy some cosiness for the evening.. down time is a the path the new convalescence.

 

 

 

If a course of antibiotics is needed these products will be fine with these. If any other medications are prescribed and you have concerns it is best to take the Andrographis Complex 2 hours apart to avoid interactions or call the girls on 3348 6098 to see if we can help you with your health concerns.

 

NEURAL ORGANISATION TECHNIQUE (N.O.T.)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

NEURAL ORGANIZATION TECHNIQUE (N.O.T.)

I have taken training from several doctors in Australia and the United States who have developed techniques that deal with identifying and correcting faults in the nervous system. One technique that I have mastered is called Neural Organization Technique. It is a very powerful technique wherein its originator, Dr. Carl Ferrari, used muscle response testing to find the basic sequences or “programs” that we are all built with on a primitive level.

It encompasses knowledge from chiropractic, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, Neuro Linguistic Programming, and more. What is unique to Dr. Ferreri’s work is that he has found order in the system so that there is very little guesswork in making corrections. The protocols for correcting the body are to be done in a specific sequence every time on every person. It is as if someone has found the owner’s manual for the basic neurology of the human body and the reflexes to correct and reset it!

For example, one can reprogram an immune system by correcting a sequence of 15 to 18 reflexes on the body in about 5 minutes. To demonstrate the specificity of the technique, one can then reverse the sequence and recreate the faulty immune system for demonstration purposes. We can do this with the hormonal programs, scoliosis, learning disabilities, etc. This is a very powerful, very specific and very encompassing technique that takes only 120-150 minutes to complete all corrections! It is accomplished with very low force, and once it is done, the disorganization DOES NOT USUALLY RETURN unless there is a new significant trauma.

At first I found this hard to believe, however I have now treated many patients globally who have returned a year later for re-examination to show that all the corrections were still holding.

Every condition known to man involves nervous system disorganization at a base causative level. Therefore, one of the primary treatments in correcting any condition would be to correct and reorganize the nervous system using this technique before continuing with another modality. The body is organized functionally into four primal survival systems which are generally known as the feeding, fight/flight, reproduction and immune systems. All physiological, neurological, vegetative and cognitive activities must function within or through these survival systems in an organized and integrated manner. In order for the body to survive, these systems must be organized within themselves first and then must be integrated and synchronized with each other. This organization is manifest through the integrated function of the central nervous system. Various kinds of stress including physical, emotional, chemical, or environmental trauma can, and many times do, interfere with the harmonious and organized function of these reflex systems and ultimately the central nervous system itself.

Neural Organization Technique (NOT), a non-invasive, kinesiologically-based treatment protocol, is designed to recognize any of the disorganizations that may be found within the neural programmes of these primal survival systems if damaged or otherwise compromised. The treatment protocols are then designed to specifically organize or reorganize a disorganized central nervous system. A disruption of the natural balance within these previously synchronized processes will cause a change in the electromagnetic (EM) field in various parts of the body. This EM change can then be measured, analyzed and treated. Homeostasis is then restored to the body by activating combinations of the known reflex systems, acupuncture meridians, muscle spindles, magnetic energy, cranial and spinal bone balances and nutrition which control these systems. The key to the success of this treatment protocol is that it recognizes the need for the specific organization and integration of all systems within the body.

The body is a totally integrated biological and energetic entity where everything affects everything else in one way or another and as the old song goes, the “head bone” is really connected to the “foot bone”. It is impossible to treat one part of the body without affecting or causing stress or change somewhere else in the body.

The list of conditions treated with this method almost reads like a pathology book because it is so diverse. This is because the treatment protocols are aimed at the neurological, physiological and energetic deficits which either cause or allow the condition or deficit to exist, and not necessarily at the condition itself. It doesn’t matter what you have or what you call it but rather why you have it. We don’t treat the disease but we do treat the causes.

Neural Organization Technique is unique in other ways not found in other treatment protocols. The NOT examination and treatment protocols take into account the body’s awareness of itself and the circumstances of life as it is lived. Eyes open and closed, light and dark and half-light conditions (dawn, dusk, etc) and various eye directions are a normal part of the usual examination and treatment procedures. Also considered are changing body positions (getting up from sitting or lying), cold, heat, walking, jumping, running, sitting in the car, etc. which very often influence the memory of the circumstances surrounding the condition. These circumstances, when included in the treatment protocol, are almost always key to successful treatment and usually make for rapid and successful conclusions to any condition.

Problems treated by NOT

Some of the many conditions which I have successfully treated or corrected include:

  • Headaches

  • Learning disabilities/dyslexia

  • Grinding or clenching teeth, jaw tension/misaligned or clicking jaws

  • Chronic neck pain and whiplash injuries

  • Chiropractic adjustments that don’t hold

  • Acute or chronic back pain, disc degeneration, and sciatica

  • Arm, hand, leg, or foot pain

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Recurring ear and sinus infections

  • Tendonitis and muscle spasms

  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or legs

  • Scoliosis

  • Hernias (both inguinal and hiatal)

  • Prostate hypertrophy (enlargement) and prolapsed uterus

  • Frequent urination/incontinence

  • Nausea

  • Food sensitivities

  • Allergies/frequent colds and coughs

  • Immune and autoimmune disorders

  • Acid reflux, chronic gas bloating and belching

  • Female and male sexual problems

  • Thyroid conditions

  • Hypoglycemia/Hyperglycemia/Diabetes

  • Sleeping problems

  • Concentration difficulties/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

  • Chronic tiredness/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Vertigo, balance problems, motion sickness, difficulty with heights

  • Asthma/shortness of breath

  • Visual and hearing difficulties

  • Epilepsy

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Down’s syndrome

  • Cerebral Palsy

The method of examination for all of the above is based on kinesiological concepts in which a strong muscle indicator [a muscle which can resist reasonable force on command] is used. This method accesses the body’s own knowledge of itself. If there is a functional or structural deficit anywhere in the body, there will be a change in the electromagnetic energy in that part or function. When that part or reflex area is touched by either the examiner or the patient there is a distraction to the overall energy field as the body tries to compensate for the change. This change is registered in the test muscle and the muscle momentarily weakens on stress.

The Interconnectedness of the Body

Nothing happens in or to the body without total body awareness of the incident. This awareness is communicated through an intact nervous system so that the body can accommodate the particular incident and can act appropriately to survive. As these systems are involved in our basic survival, they must also of necessity be reflex in nature, that is, automatic, needing no cognitive activity or training to function. Trauma in all of its possibilities can and does disrupt the neural programmes within these reflex systems which then send inappropriate signals to the body.

There is an axiom in neurology which is known as the ‘all or none’ rule.

If there is sufficient stimulation then that neurological program must fully activate and if not, it will not. Our research has identified the specific areas in or on the body which will activate the neural circuits within these programmes. They in turn control all possibilities including posture, gait, balance, movement, glandular, immune, digestive and cognitive functions.

A frequent question asked by both patients and doctors is “how long does it last?” If the corrections are made properly and completely, they usually last until the patient re-injures themselves, which may be many years later.

I personally use other techniques in the field of emotional and energetic healing to assist people in their return to wellness. Neural Organization Technique, however, must be done with every person to ensure that the body computer can hold onto the corrections, be they physical, emotional, or dietary.

There are less than 100 Neural Organization Technique doctors around the world and we have worked for years to decipher and correct the neural faults that appear specific to each and every condition known. We are all amazed at Dr. Ferreri’s genius at what he has created and I continue to follow in his pioneering footsteps by making myself available for treatments, lectures, research projects, and training.

Call us today for an appointment to regain your life!  Whatever the reason you have found us, we can help! 99% of conditions can be helped with us here at New Leaf Natural Therapies.

Madonna Guy
N.O.T. Practitioner
Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane