In the prior
article on astro-medicine and the influence of
Mercury on health, I discussed physical and emotional stresses caused by Mercury’s
placement in a person’s horoscope. In this article, I will discuss treatment
of health conditions using the energy medicine modalities of homeopathy
and flower essences.
is Energy Medicine and How Does it Work?
works with the subtle interconnections between mind, body and spirit,
both to restore and to maintain the dynamic equilibrium between these
complexes. Homeopathy and flower essences are two energy medicine modalities
that work with the energetic fields of the body and are particularly effective
in subtly adjusting the nervous system to affect the physiology of the
symptoms occur when a disturbance in the subtle energetic of the body
is ignored. A healthy living being is self-regulating, with an innate
capacity to maintain its equilibrium and compensate for stress. Symptoms
of this regulating mechanism range from shivering when cold or eating
when hungry, to major accidents or illnesses requiring long periods of
inacitivity and quiet.
and flower essences are highly diluted, energetically potentized medicines
that work as catalysts to stimulate the vital healing force. They not
only alleviate symptoms, but also give a feeling that life is again flowing
harmoniously. They do not weaken the defense mechanism by suppressing
it, as most allopathic medicine does. Rather, they subtly but deeply strengthen
the immune system.
Medicines for Mercurial Disorders
a sampling of common remedies for Mercurial health concerns, those of
the nerves, lungs and respiratory organs. Mercury disorders are the nervous
disorders, both physical and mental, from neurological disorders where
disease affects the brain and nervous system disturbing its normal function,
to situations where the ill health is more of a mental nature, disrupting
the nervous state of the individual. Remember that the whole being, physical,
emotional and spiritual, needs to be considered in choosing the correct
notice that some remedies cover a number of Mercurial conditions, such
as Nux vomica and Arsenicum. These remedies are considered Mercurial specifics,
and are often considered first when dealing with a Mercury ailment.
Recommended if the person feels trembly as well as dizzy.
Carb: Recommended if the person feels better in open air, but
worse if they try to walk, turn over or read.
For throbbing, drumming headache with flushed face, dilated pupils, and
when these symptoms are distinctly worse in hot sun.
Mur: For a blinding headache aggravated by warmth and movement,
and preceded by numbness and tingling in the mouth.
Useful when pain starts at the back of the head, then shifts and settles
above one eye, or when pain is aggravated by cold, and the person is prone
to head sweats.
Recommended if the person is unable to sleep as result of good or bad
news, with an inability to switch off the mind.
Recommended if the person wakes between midnight and 2:00 am, and
is restless, worried and apprehensive.
vomica: Useful for sleeplessness due to mental strain, overindulgence
in food or alcohol or for withdrawl from sleeping pills. Recommended if
the person wakes between 3:00 and 4:00 am and falls asleep just when it
is time to wake up.
Useful for people who grind their teeth and clench their jaw during sleep,
especially between midnight and 2:00 am.
Useful when grinding and clenching of jaw causes gums to bleed and teeth
tart: Recommended if the person
is suffering from exhaustion, weakness and mucus in lungs that cannot
be coughed up.
Useful for those who have respiratory attacks between midnight and 2:00
am, and the person is very anxious, restless, thirsty, and better when
Useful when pain shoots down the right leg to the foot, causing numbness
and weakness, and is worse in cold or damp weather.
phos: Useful for lightning-like pains in right leg that are
soothed by heat and aggravated by coughing.
Aconite: Recommended if the person
is anxious and fearful, or suffers from panic attacks in crowded places
where they cannot easily get out.
Recommended for anxiety with poor self-confidence in shy but strong-willed
people, especially if the person gets wound up about exams, public speaking
or interviews because they don’t believe they can perform well enough.
Useful for exhaustion with grief following emotional upset, broken heart,
death or severe loss.
vomica: Useful for exhaustion from burning the candle at both
ends, especially when smoking, eating or drinking too much, and when the
person is irritable with stomach discomfort.
to Take Homeopathic Medicines
I have presented
only a sampling of remedies for Mercurial conditions, and have chosen
those most likely to be available through your local health food store.
For serious conditions, consult your natural health practitioner. For
first aid, or to support other health care measures, homeopathy can be
very effective. Homeopathic treatments complement most other treatment
modalities and have no side effects if taken properly.
remedies come in different strengths, or potencies. For first aid use,
use the 6x, 12x or 30x potencies, which are most common in the U.S.
I recommend 6x as a tonic support over a period of time. The others are
used only to stimulate the body’s own vital force, and are used less frequently
as symptoms improve.
is usually listed on the label. Stop when you have achieved marked improvement.
If you have taken six doses with no improvement, reassess your choice.
Always seek professional help if your symptoms recur or do not improve.
Essences for Mercurial Disorders
are similar to homeopathic medicines, but work most profoundly on the
emotions and the emotional equilibrium of the body. They are used as drops,
taken one to four times daily for a period of time, usually from three
weeks to three months.
introduction to flower essence therapy is the stress and emegency tonic
formula called Rescue Remedy (Bach) or Five Flower Remedy (from Healing
Herbs). A blend of five essences, it contains cherry plum for loss of
control, clematis for loss of consciousness, impatiens for stressed nerves,
rock rose for terror or panic and star of bethlehem for shock. This can
be used every five minutes in an emergency to restore emotional balance.
Here are some flower remedies for Mercury disorders.
Aspen: For vague anxiety and apprehension
without any obvious cause.
To calm distraught emotions, especially with stomach discomfort. It is
a particularly good tonic for children and the elderly.
To calm those who are highly sensitive to external influences—“high strung”
or “wound up” types who need to learn to balance their sensitivity with
the needs of the body.
Vera: For overuse of creative forces causing burnout.
Vervain: Nervous exhaustion from extreme
or fanatical beliefs and lifestyle.
Santa: This is good for constricted or repressed emotions,
especially grief and melancholia held in the chest, causing respiratory
Cosmos helps to integrate thinking with speech when the person finds it
difficult to convey inspirations in an articulate manner.
This essence is used for a short attention span with a feeling of being
flooded by too much information. It supports precise thinking and concentration.
John’s Wort: Used for dream disturbances, especially connected
with fear or psychic distrubances of any kind.
Chestnut: For insomnia caused by repetitive, obsessive thinking.
that I have presented only a sampling of the energetic medicines applicable
to Mercurial disorders. For more specific information on your own health
concerns, see a health practitioner or contact me for an astro-medical