Holistic Treatment of Cold and Flu

Cold and Flu Treatments
Speaking to one of my patients yesterday, a nurse who works for Kaiser, she said that the cold and flu season is already in epidemic proportions here in LA.   I have personally not seen this many people sick all at once, in a long time.  The following are my recommendations for treatment and prevention of colds and flu.
1.  If you are sniffling and coughing, then stay at home - do not go to work or other places where you can pass it on to others.
2.  Wash your hands frequently with hot water and soap.
3.  Do not shake hands and have unnecessary contact with others.
4.  Use anti-biotic wipes when you must have contact with others who may be sick or touching public items such as ATM’s, elevator buttons, door handles, public restroom handles, etc.
5.  Cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough and stay away from anyone who you notice is sniffling, sneezing, or coughing.
6.  Remember that you can pass the cold or flu virus to another person after they have been infected, even if they have not yet manifested symptoms.   It generally takes 24-48 hours to manifest symptoms after contact.
7.  If you must travel by plane, start taking as much of the Stage 1 program below for prevention as possible.
8.  If you are not feeling well, the worst thing to do is to go to your doctor.  Not only will you pass your germs to everyone else, but you will also pick up additional germs.
9.  If you don’t feel well, please email me with your symptoms and for a small consultation fee, I’ll work out an individualized program specific for your symptoms and your constitution and have the products sent right to your home.
Dr. Martin’s Immunity Regimen
 
Stage 1:  The Beginning: (Also use this in lower doses for prevention)
*Vitamin C – 1000 mg. 3X/day
*Vitamin E – 400 I.U., 3X per day and all the Antioxidants you can take
*Beta Carotene or O.P.C.’s  or both! – 25,000 I.U., 2X per day
*Jade Screen  or Astragalus or Immune+ – 3 tabs, 3X per day empty stomach
*Colostrum – 1 – 2 tabs per day
*A strong mushroom formula (shitake, etc.) – take as directed on the bottle
*Isatis Gold – 3 pills, 3X per day – for bacterial or viral infection
*Yin Chiao or Quell Cold – 4 pills, 4X per day – for the first 2-3 days
*Coptis and Scute or Chuan Xin Lian  -  sore or strep throat – 6 pills, 4 X/day
*Oscillococcinum Homeopathic – as directed on the box
*Influenzinum Homeopathic for 2014 flu season – daily and also preventive
*Additional homeopathic remedy: Aconite, Eup perf, Pulsatilla, Nux vom, Gelsemium
*Umcka syrup
*Airborne
*Kyolic garlic
*Eat lot’s of cooked garlic and onions and warm soups (miso and chicken)
*Don’t eat frozen, cold foods, ice cream, dairy, sugar, sweets, gluten, fried or fatty foods
*2 Tblspns Apple Cider Vinegar in warm water with honey and cayenne 2-3X per day
*Vira-Clear cherry syrup
*Vitamin D
Stage 2:  Head Cold:
*Mostly same as above, except oscillococcinum can be replaced with a
            more specific homeopathic for your specific symptoms:
            *Gelsemium, Arsenicum Alb, Mercurius, Allium Cepa
Stage 3:  The Worst (fever, or other symptoms that won’t stop):
*Mostly same as above, except replace oscillococcinum with either:
            *Ferrum Phos 12C  for low fever
            *Belladonna 30C  / 200C for high fever
*Gan Mao Ling or Zhong Gan Ling – 4 pills, 4X per day- fever/chills/achy
*Gan Mao Tuire – 1 packet in hot water 3X per day – drink while in hot bath
*For coughing, add Lung Qi Relief from Kan, Spongia tost 30C or Hepar sulph 30C
*For persistent coughing add Immune+: 4, 3X per day and Respertrol Deficient
*Also Add from APEX:  ImmuZyme and XViromin and Liquid Vit D

Acupuncture for Emotional Health

Acupuncture Successful for Emotional Health

At some point in life almost everyone deals with major upheavals or emotional distress. These events can trigger a host of unexpected feelings and behaviors from depression and panic attacks to major disruptions in sleep or binge eating.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can alleviate symptoms associated with mental health issues in treating the root cause of the problem by helping to rebalance the body’s internal environment.

Mental health issues are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning which result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. The good news about mental disorders is that recovery is often possible.

Examples of serious mental health conditions that can be successfully treated using Acupuncture, Herbs, Nutrition and Homeopathy include:  depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),insomnia, and anxiety.

From an Oriental medicine perspective mental health disorders can cause a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or qi, through the body.   Acupuncture treatments can correct these imbalances and directly affect the way your body manages your mental health.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders

Oriental Medicine treats the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques including acupuncture, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and Chinese herbs.

If 100 patients are treated with acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy and Oriental medicine for anxiety, each of these 100 people will receive a unique, customized treatment with different acupuncture points, and different lifestyle and diet recommendations.

Here are just a few problems acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help with:

Depressive Disorders

Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

Anxiety, Insomnia, and Stress Disorders

Acupuncture, Herbs, Homeopathy and Dietary supplements, are an excellent addition to any treatment plan you are doing with an MD or mental health profession —  as it is used to help the body restore balance, treating the root of the disorder, while also diminishing symptoms.

Essential Vitamins and Supplements for your Ongoing Health

Your Essential Supplements
 
Essential Supplements — These are some of my favorite supplements:
I’m asked every day what are the supplements that I like the most.  So here they are.
You can use the following links to see each product, and then either order directly through me by emailing me the codes, or open your own account with Emerson and receive a discount.
The access codes you will need to set up your own account through Emerson are:
1234ab
90025

I hope you have fun exploring the following links and ingredients in each product, and decide which are the best for you.

Trameel Cream - use topically on any injury, ache or pain, including fibromyalgia
Arnica 30c - use this homeopathic for any trauma, after dental work, whiplash, sprain, broken bone
Resveratrol Ultra High Potency  – use as an important anti-oxidant
CoQ10 - for cardio vascular health, strengthen the heart, and as a high potency antioxident
Vitamin D3 - most people are deficient in Vitamin D.   I suggest a blood test to determine exactly how low, or if you have enough
Iflora - This is the highest potency probiotic I’ve found that is also dairy free and does not require refrigeration
Panplex 2-Phase - these digestive enzymes are one of the best I’ve found.  Just take one at each meal.  They have both the upper and lower GI enzymes, so they cover everything.
Krill Plex - this is the best fish oil, and is a great anti-inflammatory, and also used to balance hormones, for energy, and for emotional stability;  also very easy to digest
Omega Man Essential Oils for Men - this oil based formula provides the basic nutrients in specifics oils for men’s health
Essential Woman Oils for Women - great product to assure woman are getting the oils needed for vital hormonal and emotional and mental balance.
5-HTP - an easy to break down and assimilatable form of the essential amino acid, tryptophan, which convert to serotonin, and is essential for anxiety, and nervousness, or insomnia
Vitamin E - essential for wound healing, cardio-vascular health, and one of the most important antioxidants
Emergen-C – my favorite form of Vitamin C – take 1 – 3 packets per day.  This one also has extra minerals in it and is easy to take on the run
Reduced Glutathione - one of the most important antioxidants, especially for cellular detoxification, production of co-enzymes and keeping Vitamins A and E active
Detoxication Factors - this is my favorite Liver Detoxifier formula – it works yet doesn’t cause side effects
Clinical Nutrients for Women - the best multi vitamin mineral formula for women
Clinical Nutrients for Men - the best multi vitamin mineral formula for men
Clinical Nutrients for 45-Plus Women - the best multi vitamin mineral formula for 45+ women
Clinical Nutrients for 50-Plus Men - the mest multi vitamin mineral formula for 50+ men
 Clinical Nutrients for Female Teens – if she takes only one pill per day, this should be it!
Clinical Nutrients for Male Teens - if they take one thing only, then this should be it!
Astaxanthin - an important antioxidant for immunity and the eyes
Chlorella - An important nutrient for micro minerals and to support the thyroid gland
In addition to these, I recommend everyone get a diagnosis from a Doctor of Chinese medicine using tongue and pulse diagnosis, and then take a Chinese herbal formula for whatever their particular imbalance is.   This will prevent problems in the future.
Also I recommend everyone get a blood test similar to the Comprehensive Wellness Panel on the following link, and take whatever supplements the blood test shows are lacking.
I also recommend a healthy diet for everyone.  In general this means to eliminate foods high in fats, sugar, white flour products, reduce gluten and cow’s dairy, and to eat a diet high in fiber, whole grains, low fat protein, and vegetables.   I create a unique diet plan for each of my patients, since each person has unique dietary needs obviously.

Colds and Flu with Homeopathy and Supplements

It’s The Cold and Flu Season:

 

The cold and Flu Season has officially arrived and there is a lot you can do to help boost your immune system during this time of year.  The number one most effective treatment is getting frequent acupuncture sessions.  

 

All of my patients who receive acupuncture say they feel so much stronger – and those that do get a cold or flu, say they got over it so much more quickly than their friends.

 

Here is the list of supplements and homeopathics you can use to boost your immune system – both for prevention and treatment:

 

Dr. Martin’s Immunity Regimen:

Stage 1:  The Beginning: (Also use this in lower doses for prevention)

*Vitamin C – 1000 mg. 3X/day

*Vitamin E – 400 I.U., 2X per day

*Beta Carotene or O.P.C.’s  or both! – 25,000 I.U., 2X per day

*Jade Screen  or Astragalus or Immune+ – 3 tabs, 3X per day empty stomach

*Colostrum – 1 – 2 tabs per day

*A strong mushroom formula – take as directed on the bottle

*Isatis Gold – 3 pills, 3X per day

*Yin Chiao or Quell Cold – 4 pills, 4X per day

*Toxic Heat Formula for sore/strep throat – 6 pills, 3-4 X per day

*Oscillococcinum Homeopathic – as directed on the box

*Influenzinum Homeopathic for 2009-10 flu season

*Additional homeopathic remedy chosen for your specific symptoms

*Umcka

*Airborne

*Kyolic garlic

*Eat lot’s of garlic and onions

*Don’t eat frozen, cold foods, dairy, sugar, gluten, fried or fats

*2 Tblspns Apple Cider Vinegar in warm water with honey 2X per day

 

Stage 2:  Head Cold:

*Mostly same as above, except oscillococcinum can be replaced with a

            more specific homeopathic for your specific symptoms

            *Gelsemium, Arsenicum Alb or Allium Cepa are some of the

              most typical.

 

Stage 3:  The Worst (fever, or other symptoms that won’t stop):

*Mostly same as above, except replace oscillococcinum with either:

            *Ferrum Phos 12C  for low fever

            *Belladonna 30C  / 200C for high fever

*Gan Mao Ling or Zhong Gan Ling – 4 pills, 4X per day

*Gan Mao Tuire – 1 packet in hot water 3X per day

*For coughing, add Dispel Cough, Spongia tost 12C or Hepar sulph 12C

*For persistent coughing add Immune+: 4, 3X per day and Platycoden & Fruitilaria

 

Flu Cured by Homeopathy

This is a brief story of a woman who had severe food-poisoning which lead to severe diarrhea, uncontrolled vomiting, high fever and the flu. How many of you have actually ever connected the fact that what you eat has a lot to do with latter developing a cold or flu? But in fact, about 50% of colds and the flu begin with eating the wrong thing!

I see this all the time in my practice. It is very common to see my patients unconsciously undermine their treatment by eating the wrong thing. They are feeling better, and so they go ahead and have a few beers, or a couple of cokes, or a Big Mac, maybe a large salad, or some chocolate cake at a party. Of course there is nothing wrong with any of these foods at all. Unless, that is, if you already know that eating them has in the past made you ill, and that we are trying to strengthen your immune system. Or if you have a weak Spleen or Blocked Liver meridian.

In this case, a female patient of mine who we had been treating for quite a few years for emotional problems, like depression, insomnia and anxiety, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome, was doing quite well for about 6 months. She was on a stable preventative regimine, which included a, a homeopathic remedy, multi-vitamin mineral supplement, fish oils, a Chinese herbal formula and an every 3 week acupuncture regimen.

Then one day she experienced an unusual amount of stress at work with her boss, and at home with her husband. Instead of processing the events that had taken place using healthy emotional tools, she chose to fall back into an old eating behavior she had before beginning her treatment. She went for the ice cream. She knew intuitively that this was a very bad move, but she did it on impulse.

And sure enough, she woke the next morning with a slightly scratchy throat, which developed over the next few days into a full fledged strep throat and the flu. This was because her basic weakness is a Damp Spleen with some Liver involvement. So when she eats either frozen, cold or a lot of raw food, she generally ends up pretty sick.

Fortunately, she thought to call me immediately, and we got her on a specific homeopathic remedy called Dulcamara, which matched all of her emotional and physical symptoms. We also got her on some immune supplements, and in no time at all, she was able to swallow with no pain. Needless to say, she was very happy.

Herbs for Immunity by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD

Chinese Herbs for Immunity by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD

There are many different Chinese herbs that are useful for treatment of various immune problems. The Doctor of Chinese Medicine generally will not, in fact, use single herbs for treatment of immune problems. This is because of the synergistic effects of using formulas. The herbs tend to complement each other and when used in a formula, they tend to be much more effective than when using the single herbs.

So that you can more effectively choose which formulas and herbs you might wish to take for immune problems, I’m offering this brief run-down on some of the more commonly used. I’d like to acknowledge Andrw Gaeddert for an article he wrote which was my inspiration to write this short summary. If you want to do your own research, just do an internet search. There is plenty of information on the net on these herbs.

Isatis – This plant is one of the more commonly used herbs for boosting the immune system. It is contained in many Chinese herbal formulas. It can be used for bacterial infections, for the flu, hepatitiis, mononucleosis and chronic fatigue syndrome. There are many studies on this herb.

Licorice – Many of us know this as a candy, or a tea, but it also is used to build immunity. It can fight cysts and other tumors and also helps to detoxify the liver. Because it is sweet, it supports the spleen. And in Chinese medicine, the Spleen is the organ in charge of immunity. Licorice can also be used to raise blood pressure and to support the adrenal glands. So if you have headaches or high blood pressure, this herb may make them worse. On the other hand, if your headaches are due to low blood sugar, then licorice may cure the problem.

Ligustrum – This herb tonifies the Yin in your body, so it will increase the production of white blood cells and can be used to treat leukopenia. It can be used with people who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation

Schizandra – This versatile herb is often seen in Chinese formulas for insomnia and anxiety, but it’s also good for the immune system. By helping to deal with stress and fatigue, it will have an indirect effect on the immune system. This is because if you are not sleeping well or you are stressed out, your system is ripe to get sick.

Astragalus – This herb is great for strengthening the lungs and the body’s defenses. It can fight fatigue and improve or tonify your body to help prevent illness.

Cordyceps – This is one of the many mushrooms that you can use for immunity. There are actually many mushrooms, or fungus’ for the immune system. This one is great to help relax you, to strengthen the nervous system and to help the cardiovascular system. It’s used commonly in Chinese hospitals for wheezing, asthma and to prevent colds.

Andrographis – This herb is used to treat infections, such as herpes, sore throat, pneumonia, and the common cold. It is used in many herbal formulas for colds and the flu, bronchitis and even strep.

There are so many herbs that can be used for the immune system. I always tell my patients that the best thing to do is to experiment to see which work best on them. After you have figured this out, then you will always know which one to use to prevent a cold, or to treat a bad flu.

Also be certain to take the appropriate vitamins and to eat a diet which will facilitate a healthy immune system.

Do You Believe In Homeopathy?

Do You Believe in Homeopathy? 
I am doing a simple survey.If you have been helped by homeopathy and other forms of natural medicine, please email me a short  testimonial.  Just one or two sentences is fine or a little longer if you want.I will anonymously compile them and send them out so those who do not believe in homeopathy and natural medicine can read them.

If you are as excited about homeopathy and natural medicine as my patients I see daily in my office, please share your story for the benefit of others.

Yours, In Health, Naturally — 

Tips for Recovery from a Cold or Flu

Tips for Recovery from a Cold or Flu
The recovery phase of a cold or flu can be as difficult and challenging, both emotionally and physically, as your battle with the early onset of the illness.  There is an important strategy to follow during this recuperation phase.  If you follow this strategy, your recovery may accelerate and you may also avoid the uncomfortable reoccurrence of symptoms that are so common.

Firstly, pace yourself.  R, was in his recovery phase after more than two weeks of having battled a bad flu with high fever.  His third week was improved, and he began to see light at the end of the tunnel.  He was back at work and on his full time schedule after having missed a number of days due to heavy sweating and low grade fevers.

But once back at work, he lost sight of what was required to rebuild his health and be rid of the flu once and for all.   A common mistake which we all can make, he believed he was 100% cured, when actually he was only about 80% there.
That night after work, he felt fine.  Having spent so much time recuperating, he was ready to resume tasks around the house that required both mental and physical energy to complete.  An odd plumbing job, fixing an old leak, installing a screen door, fixing a light bulb socket, and a few other tasks seemed easy enough to him.  His frustration and impatience at not having gotten anything done around the house got the best of him, and that little voice inside was saying “stop being a baby, and get something done.”  This turned out to be a mistake.

He had spent the last three weeks getting to bed rather early, and his body wasn’t used to the extra exertion that was common when he was fully well.  He also thought that he was well enough to indulge in some cookies and ice cream, which he had stayed away from during his illness.

As a result of overexertion as well as sugary foods, as soon as his head hit the pillow, he started coughing violently from the tickle in his throat he thought was licked.  The next morning, he awoke with a sore throat yet again.   Basically, he set himself back a full week as a result of not taking his recovery seriously enough.


Here are the rules I recommend my patients follow when recovering from a cold or flu:
1.  Keep your neck and throat covered and warm at all times.  When out, wear a scarf, even if it’s warm out.  Even the slightest breeze can set off a cold and sore throat when your immune system is still vulnerable.
2.  At night, rub castor oil on your neck, cover with a towel and apply a heating pad for at least 20-30 minutes before bed.  If your chest is also congested, also apply this remedy to the chest area.
3.  Take a warm Epsom salts bath before retiring.  This has not only the effect of calming and relaxing you, but it also draws out many toxins within the body, and opens the chest and sinus passages to help with breathing and alleviate problems with mucus buildup or coughing.
4.  Gargle with either salt water or with Hydrastis homeopathic tincture.  Place about 10-20 drops of the tincture in about 1/2 cup of hot distilled or bottled water and gargle five or six times before bed.
5.  Faithfully take all supplements recommended to you.  As you heal and the illness begins to subside, you may cut back on supplements.  But one of the biggest mistakes people make is to stop altogether.  Taper off slowly, and keep taking them for about one week after you are feeling better.
6.  It is very common for a cold or flu to change locations as you begin to feel better.  From the immune system, it may travel into the muscular-skeletal system.  This may take the form of various muscle aches or pains, neck and shoulder spasms and tightness or low back pain or sciatica.   It’s important not to ignore these or to misinterpret them as genuine structural problems.  Rather, treat them like a virus that has entered your muscle system.  Continue taking your anti-viral herbal and vitamin supplements and seek deep tissue body work to move the virus out of the muscles as quickly as possible.  Body work will also help move your lymph system along and quicken your healing time. Hot Epsom salt baths are recommended, as well.
7.  Eat only warming, cooked foods and drinks.  Never eat or drink anything cold; an occasional room temperature fruit or fruit juice is alright.  Hot foods help keep your meridians unblocked and your Chi flowing smoothly.  Cold causes blockage and constriction, resulting in a buildup of mucus or muscle pains.
8.  Go easy on yourself!  It’s normal to get sick and there is nothing wrong with you.  It’s also common to feel blue when sick, especially if healing isn’t quick.  For such cases, a full regimen of anti-depressant herbs and supplements, such as Glutamine, Glycine, Tyrosine, P5P, St. John’s Wart, are beneficial
9.  Be certain to change your homeopathic treatment as your symptoms change.  Often patients will be on one specific remedy for the cold or flu and then stay on it for the recovery period, or worse yet, discontinue it after they feel better.  But you need to consult with your Classical Homeopath, so that he may track your symptoms and adjust your homeopathic remedy as the symptoms are changing.  You often have to change homeopathic remedies every day or every other day to keep up matching the symptoms. 
10.  Even if you must resort to antibiotics or over the counter cold and flu medications, continue your herbal and homeopathic regime.  This is very important.  Using Western and homeopathics simultaneously is beneficial, not conflicting, but there is an art to mixing the two.  Your Homeopath can teach you how to use both optimally.  Often you can maximize the use of a prescription drug when you know which herbs or homeopathics to use, which may also enable you to heal quicker with fewer prescribed drugs.  Many such drugs can cause toxicity and sluggishness in the liver, making it that much harder to fight the virus or bacteria.  But never hesitate to take a Western medication when indicated!
11.  Receive an acupuncture treatment as quickly as possible during the recovery phase.  Acupuncture has been shown to lesson recovery time by improving the overall function of the immune system and helping the body detoxify. Follow these suggestions and I assure you a speedy, full recovery in as quick of time as is humanly possible. 

Homeopathy for Winter Colds & Immunity – Audio

Homeopathy for Winter Colds and Immunity

Here is a nice link to a radio talk show teaching you how to treat yourself and family using homeopathy for immunity and winter problems.   This radio program is simple to follow and a must for any family member new to homeopathy  and  wanting to introduce themselves to the practical “how to” in a simple to follow audio format.Have fun, and a healthy wintertime:

http://innerhealth.us/for-clients/homeopathy-radio.html

Or a direct link to the show itself:

http://www.innerhealth.us/downloads/Radio/08/Flu_and_Homeopathy.mp3

Yours, In Health, Naturally,