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Tag: homopathic remedy

Natural Cures for Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in Cats… and People, Too

Last weekend, our 16-year old cat announced to me that she had a urinary tract infection by jumping up onto my freshly-laundered white bedspread, deliberately squatting, and dribbling a few drops of bloody urine onto the center of the bed.

Our 16-year old Russian Blue cat.

It was an effective message.

I scooped her up and deposited her in the backyard on a balmy spring evening to watch her stumble around trying to pee and rubbing her va-jay-jay on the grass. I could tell she was experiencing the burning and relentless sensation of needing to pee that characterizes a urinary tract infection. If you’ve ever had a UTI, you know what I mean. This poor cat was suffering.

It was a Sunday night, so I couldn’t get her into see the vet until the next morning anyway, and we needed to find a way to get through the night without her peeing all over the house in the meantime. Once again, I decided to treat her like I would a human patient. After all, cats are mammals, too.

The last time I doctored my cat was when in 2010 when she was diagnosed with Chronic Feline Renal Failure, and the signs then were similar to the ones now. I knew she was heading into serious dehydration if this irresistible urge to urinate continued unabated. Exactly three years ago, I had successfully pushed her Chronic Feline Renal Failure into remission by changing her diet and administering probiotics and supplements. Her lab tests came back proving our success and she stopped peeing all over the house. Since then, we had kept it in check through daily cranberry supplements and a low-protein diet. But she was undeniably suffering now. She needed a fast-acting UTI remedy.

Natural Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Remedy

I mixed up a homeopathic remedy of nux vomica and mercurius corrosivus and added it to her water bowl. I also put some into a vial with a dropper and squirted a dose directly into her mouth to get started. Within minutes it was obvious that something had changed for her: she was acting normally again. She was no longer squatting in inappropriate places, dribbling urine, or rubbing her crotch. I let her inside and she immediately went to her bowl to eat her low-protein dinner, and then curled up and slept soundly on the corner of our bed for most of the night.

It has now been three days since I gave her the remedy, and she hasn’t peed outside the litter box since. Her litter box deposits seem to be of normal volume and frequency again, and her appetite and disposition have returned. Phew!

The right homeopathic remedy can be just as effective on people as they are with cats. The trick with homeopathy is to figure out the right remedy; you’ll know it’s right because symptoms will drastically improve.

Even though I only list one homeopathic remedy (my amazing hay fever remedy!) for sale in my online store, I can prepare a remedy for almost any ailment and ship it to your door. Wanna know more? Just shoot me an email and ask!

Homopathic Flu Remedy: Oscillo

Here’s a story about how I cured my flu last weekend. In what looks to be shaping up as a bad flu season around the nation, it’s helpful to have a remedy ready at hand to minimize the illness and speed the recovery.

On Saturday I awoke with what I thought was a head cold: stuffy/runny nose, headache, fatigue, generally feeling lousy. Over the course of the day I took various homeopathic remedies for sinus congestion and colds, did a few rounds of Sinus Rinse, and drank some garlic tea. On Sunday I awoke after an uncomfortable night with little sleep feeling worse and wanting to just stay in bed as much as possible. My head hurt and even reading felt too strenuous. I drank tea but the idea of food was unappealing.Oscillococcinum flu remedy

The thing about homeopathic remedies is that if you don’t have the right remedy, you won’t experience any relief from your symptoms. The wrong remedy won’t make anything worse, but nothing will improve. Clearly I had not hit upon the correct remedy yet for my head cold.

Then, in a conversation with my soon-to-graduate-from-medical-school-younger-brother, he asked if I had experienced any diarrhea. As a matter of fact, I had, though I hadn’t connected it with how I was feeling at the moment. He suggested I might have the flu.

It hadn’t occurred to me that I might have the flu because I hadn’t experienced what I considered to be classic flu symptoms of fever, chills, and body aches. Nor had I vomited, which might also have tipped me off.

I still wasn’t sure what I had was the flu, but thought it would be worth taking the homeopathic flu remedy of Boiron’s Oscillococcinum, just in case. I mixed the contents of a single vial with about 3-4 oz. of clean water, and then put one teaspoon of the water underneath my tongue. I was surprised to find that within 10 minutes I began to feel better. I took another dose 15 minutes later and began to feel even better. I took a third dose about an hour after that, and a final dose at bedtime.

On Monday morning I awoke refreshed after a night of deep, restful sleep. The only lingering symptom was a slight runny nose, but otherwise, I felt energized, hungry, and clear-headed. We loaded up the family and spent a beautiful day skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado, a two-hour drive from our house.

While we of course do all we can to avoid getting the flu in the first place, sometimes you can catch a virus despite your best efforts. Oscillo has worked for my family many times over the years when prevention has failed. Homeopathic remedies are generally safe for anyone to use with no side effects. If, after one teaspoon of the Oscillo water, there is no improvement, it is not the right remedy and you should cease taking it.

This time of year you can often find Oscillococcinum in a Point-of-Purchase display near the check-out stations at natural food stores like Whole Foods.