By Amanda Lewis, L.Ac.
In general, to treat any illness in Chinese Medicine, we must first clarify what is referred to as the “branch” and “root.” Using the “Four Methods of Diagnosis” — looking, listening, asking, and feeling — we can pull apart the branches, or secondary signs and symptoms, in search of the main causes, or root. Generally speaking, acute illnesses are seen as branches, while chronic imbalances are the root.
Homeopathy may be used at home to treat a variety of digestive complaints. Stomachache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can all be treated, regardless of the cause (infection, food poisoning, over-indulgence, etc.). Homeopathic remedies may be used alongside other home treatments and herbal remedies. As mentioned in previous GreenLeaf articles, having a homeopathy book or two is a must if you are going to use this safe and gentle system of healing (see recommendations at the end of this article). Based on the principle of “like cures like,” these books will describe the specific symptoms for which a given remedy may be effective. There is no one, two or three homeopathic remedies for diarrhea, for example, there are many; the trick is to find the right one based on the symptoms being experienced.
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