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A Quick look at Auxiliary Therapies - By John Loupos M.S., H.S.E.

      I’m sure I am every bit as excited now about Hanna Somatic education as I was when I first stumbled across it in 2003. I regard Somatics as a resource of first recourse for most of my clients. That said, there are times and circumstances when I find that Somatics alone is insufficient to a client’s needs.

      In this article I will familiarize readers with certain auxiliary resources, herbal and homeopathic, that may be indicated for clients with hurting bodies. Of course you should be well familiar with any remedy before recommending it for clients, and avoid doing so otherwise. But you may, on occasion, find yourself servicing clients who are already availing themselves of these resources, so it’s a good idea to have a working knowledge of them.

      First, though, I’ll address a common misunderstanding about herbal versus homeopathic remedies. THEY ARE NOT ONE AND THE SAME. While it is true that some homeopathic remedies are derived from plants (as well as from the mineral and animal kingdom, etc.), homeopathic remedies are wholly distinct from herbal remedies due to their unique preparation process. Do not confuse the two.

      Following is a brief and very basic materia medica for certain herbs and homeopathic remedies that have a particular affinity for neuromuscular issues.

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Herbal remedies

Note: Take these herbs orally as tincture mixed with water.

Agrimony: Agrimonia eupatoria, is indicated for both mental and physical tension when hidden behind a facade. Also for arthritis and joints that are so painful as to feel dislocated.

Ashwagandha: Indian withania somnifera. Think of this when the abdominals and/or transverse abdominals are compromised. Can be used preventatively before heavy exertion.

Black cohosh: Cimicifuga racemosa. A cerebrospinal decongestant. Indicted for back injury, whiplash, trapezius involvement.

Hydrangea: Hydrangea arborescens. A specific for kidney stones.

Lobelia: Lobelia inflata. A powerful antispasmodic. Indicated for problems stemming from torsion, twisting, asymmetrical muscle tensions.

Queen of the Meadow: Eupatorium fistulosum. Indicated for back injuries, ligamentous laxity, especially when noxious vapors (off gassing, paint fumes, etc) weaken the kidney energetics. One of my clients who had hit a wall with her Somatics progress experienced a next level of improvement after using queen of the meadow, aka VaporNil.

Teasal root: Dipsacus sylvestris. A specific for Lyme’s infection. Reduces dural tension and spinal pain. I often see clients suffering from Lyme’s and teasel root has proved very helpful.

Wild yam: Dioscorea villosa. A specific for hip joint deterioration.

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Homeopathic Remedies

Note: Homeopathic remedies are taken orally unless otherwise indicated.

Arnica montana: Leopards Bane, Mountain Daisy. The most widely prescribed homeopathic remedy, arnica is indicated for injury, overuse, soft tissue trauma with bruising. A specific for head trauma. Can even treat old injuries. One of the few remedies also prepared for topical application (use for bumps and bruises).

Rhus toxicodendron: poison ivy. The ‘rusty hinge’ remedy. Indicated for stiff joints, back injuries, chronically stiff muscles, better with activity, then stiffens up again.

Ruta graveolens: common rue. Indicated for injuries to the large joints. Specific for ‘tennis elbow.’ Injuries to tendons and ligaments.

Symphytum officinale: comfrey. Indicted for bruised periosteum, speeds up healing of bone fractures.