The Body Wants What the Body Wants!
The Cliffs of Moher
In May last year, my husband and I took a trip to Ireland. We did a good deal of hiking. While hiking near the Cliffs of Moher, my high ankle, just above the ankle bone, became excruciatingly painful, without explanation. The tighter I tied my hiking boots, the worse it became. I managed to find a handful of tissues to stuff in the boot and I made it through the hike.
It was a mystery to me because I didn’t sprain my ankle, the hiking boots were broken in, and, well, there was just no explanation, except perhaps overuse from all the hiking we had done. So, I tried Arnica, which helped a bit. I tried Bryonia, and it did nothing. I managed to get through the rest of the trip, with one more big hike scheduled to the top of a mountain.
Upon returning home, the swelling receeded a bit and I could see a large bump under the surface of the skin. I determined I had a ganglion cyst on my ankle. I had never had a ganglion cyst, so I was surprised to see it.
Apparently Ganglion Cysts can be caused by irritation to the joint or tendons, according to many medical websites. A previous injury makes one susceptible to forming a ganglion cyst. (I had sprained that ankle several years prior.) It is a fluid filled cyst that contains the same lubricant found around tendons. Not wanting to irritate it anymore, I didn’t do any hiking in the summer.
There is a remedy, Ruta Graveolens, that is a specific for Ganglion Cysts. There are 32 other remedies, but I really didn’t have many symptoms to go by. Since I didn’t want to confuse a new constitutional remedy, I chose to NOT take Ruta. I did some experimenting and used an essential oil, Frankincense, mixed with a carrier oil. I rolled it onto the Cyst several times per day. It eventually disappeared by mid to late July.
The Cliffs of Moher
In September, I started to develop plantar fasciitis. It seemed to get worse every time I did any serious walking. I had hoped a different constitutional remedy would help. It didn’t.
There was a study published in the British Journal of Podiatry in August of 2000 which showed a significant improvement using homeopathic Ruta Graveolens for plantar fasciitis versus a placebo. Ruta is a go to remedy for any injury or irritation of connective tissue. First sprained ankle (didn’t take Ruta), then the tendon with the ganglion cyst and now the inflamed fascia on the foot.
Twice in a short time and three times within several years, my body was displaying symptoms of Ruta in the same area of the body. Had I taken it the first time with the sprained ankle, or later with the ganglion cyst, rather than using the Essential Oil, I may have been able to avoid the pain of the plantar fasciitis. There are several remedies for plantar fasciitis, but the symptoms matched those of Ruta, i.e., pain and irritability worse from movement, and the symptoms are particularly worse from stepping on the foot.
The lesson here is to listen to the body, and take the appropriate remedy, sooner rather than later. The Body Wants What the Body Wants!
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Meet Kathryn Berg the Classical Homeopath at Lotus Homeopathy, Inc.
Some of you know me, others of you may have heard of me. And for most, you probably have no clue about me or my business. So I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself, my family, my business, why I am a homeopath and how I became a homeopath—not necessarily in that order.
Like many people, I found out about homeopathy accidentally. I fell down while walking my Akita pup on an icy sidewalk on a typical Minnesota winter day. I was scheduled to go to a friend’s house later that day, so when I did, I asked her for some ice. You need some Arnica, she told me. Arnica? What’s that? She explained that Arnica is a homeopathic remedy for trauma.
At the time, the only place to get homeopathic remedies was a book and herb store in South Minneapolis. So I went there to get some. When I got there, I decided I should read some books so I actually knew what I was doing. I left with the Arnica 30c and three books. By the time I got done reading them, I knew I wanted to be a homeopath.
It was only several years later that I realized that I was attracted to homeopathy as a profession because I am a problem solver. It is what drives me. There is nothing like a well chosen homeopathic remedy to solve problems.
At the time I decided to become a homeopath, there wasn’t even a school here in in Minnesota. But eventually, my homeopath and his business partner started the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. I was a graduate of the third class. At the time I went there, it was a part time program taking three and a half years! Since then I have studied with numerous other well known and respected homeopaths in continuing education studies.
While I do work with all sorts of folks with a variety of conditions, I really have studied how to treat people suffering from PTSD, health issues related to aging women, and children’s health issues of all sorts, including autism. I have also been successful in removing blockages to healing due to suppression of symptoms by western medicine. I chose those specialties because people really suffer who have those forms of dis-ease, and Western Medicine doesn’t seem to have much of a solution for them.
After over twenty years of practice, I still get excited for clients when a remedy has helped them heal.
So that is about my business. Now, a little bit about me.
I have two adult sons in their early twenties, so I have shed the title of “Soccer mom”. My husband and I are empty nesters living in Woodbury, MN. For fun, I like to play piano, sing, sew, garden, hike, and travel. I am in a community choir. I also enjoy cooking healthy meals and, out of necessity, am an expert at cooking for special diets.
If you have any questions about homeopathy or my approach to homeopathic case taking, please feel free to put some questions in the comments below.
If you have a health issue you need help with, please click the Book Now button on my Facebook page or Main page of my website and schedule a complementary consult to see if homeopathy can help you!