Homeopathic Medicines for severe hip joint pain

Ann Lovatt is one of our Therapists at BAYoga studio


Two Homeopathic Medicines for severe hip joint pain .

My patient was a woman in her late 70’s. She had just been placed on a waiting list for hip replacement surgery and hoped that the first operation might be within the next four months. She came to see me because she did not wish to take large doses of painkillers and yet was suffering greatly with severe joint pain.

I took a full case history over an hour and a quarter.  This revealed, amongst other things, a history of headaches accompanied by sickness and slight IBS which was worse in the mornings. She was a talkative, bright, bubbly person but became quite weepy  when commenting on her present restriction of movement. Her hip pain had started around her 60th birthday after a nasty fall. She described her pain as violent and deep, she moved with difficulty, was very sensitive to touch, and the pain made her constantly physically restless.

Osteoarthritis often occurs after injury or inflammation of a joint and most often affects the weight bearing joints, hips, knees, spine and feet although it can also affect the small joints in the hands. It is a degenerative disease during which the cartilage that cushions the joints begins to break down causing pain when the bones rub together on movement. The joints can become swollen and deformed.

The process of deciding on the correct homeopathic remedy involves careful consideration of the person as a whole, hence I would expect to find a remedy which had the scope not only to focus on the bone disease alone, but also reflected the history of headaches and the irritable bowel.

Another very important aspect of prescribing is the influence of the person’s personality and their energy. This patient displayed restlessness both physically and emotionally, she was a fast talker and her attention flitted from one thing to the next very quickly. I found myself scribbling my notes at high speed as she had so much to say and spoke so quickly. This quick energy would help lead me to the correct remedy as all medicines have an affect on the body which is much more than just the physical.

Two homeopathic medicines immediately sprang to mind; Eupatorium Perfoliatum, a traditional medicine of the Native American Indians, known as ‘boneset’ from the prompt manner in which it alleviates pain in the limbs of the type my patient was experiencing and Hecla Lava, ash from the Icelandic volcano Hekla.

Hecla Lava, where well indicated, is second to none for bone nodosities, hip disease and through the work of Dr A U Ramakrishnan is considered one of the principal homeopathic remedies for sarcomas. Patients needing this remedy would usually exhibit a great sensitivity to touch and their pain would be continuous and severe.

Eupatorium Perfoliatum  was also equally well indicated for my patient as its scope encompassed the violence of her pain, its restless nature, and also covered her history of headaches with sickness and the morning IBS.

I felt that this patient would benefit from both these remedies in alternation in the 200c potency so I prescribed them to be taken in a liquid form and sipped over the course of approximately a ten day period five times daily. First one, then the second after a few days break. When taking remedies in this way the opportunity arises to succuss or shake the remedy at each dose thus re-energising it and in a very subtle way increasing the strength of the medicine so as to continually support the patient.

I also gave some advice on an anti-inflammatory diet, phytonutrients need a good boost and highly refined foods are definitely out of the question!

I felt my patient would benefit greatly from treatment from a cranial osteopath. Gentle mobilising techniques can ease the pressure on the joints and bring additional pain relief.

I look forward to bringing you another instalment after the follow up in 6-8 weeks.

Ann Lovatt RSHom

Ashtanga Yoga with David Garrigues in Ulm, Germany

Sitting at Frankfurt airport reflecting on my weeks intensive with David Garrigues in Ulm, Germany. Wow – it was awesome!

Each day started at 7 am with 2 hours Mysore practice, David would say ‘Samastithi’ and we would come to the front of our mats and he would lead the opening chant.  Last year I said to David that he sounded exactly like Guruji when he chanted, this year I noticed that he even stands the way Guruji did!

The Mysore practice was followed by a 15 minute break and then we did pranayama, chanting and study of Patanjali’s yoga sutras.  Each day David focused on a specific chapter/aspect of the sutras in detail.  If I’m honest, whilst I have dabbled with the sutras and studied them when training to become a teacher, I find them hard going/ challenging – until we got to day 6, when I felt that finally ‘I get it!’ I understand why they are SO important to our practice of yoga – call me slow, but regardless, I am now so excited about the possibilities the sutras hold and the knowledge I have yet to acquire.

We then had a 40 minute break followed by ‘asana kitchens’, looking at different aspects of the primary series, what we are looking for in the pose, where we find the strength etc and David addressed people’s questions/challenges they were facing with each pose. These were intense sessions and at the end of them we had 30 – 40 minutes of self study, to reflect on our learnings of the day and re-visit those aspects that we felt needed further investigation.

David on many occasions emphasised how important it was for us to really understand within our own bodies what each pose meant for us and it was this self reflection and understanding that was our true teacher.

This week has revealed to me how important my inner strength is and how my practice helps me find this.  Most of us start yoga with an asana practice and from this we find physical strength and flexibility. By being disciplined with our practice we find our inner strength and that inner strength and understanding can only come by listening and learning ourselves – the answers are within        (look and you will find) but to find these answers we need the strength of the practice and as we progress with the physical practice, with a disciplined daily practice, the inner strength is revealed.

Our day started at 7 and ended at 2pm each day with no opportunity to have anything more than a light snack – we were starving! David’s comment on this – ‘you have all afternoon to eat!’  Initially I was concerned I may keel over without food for that length of time but actually it wasn’t so bad after all.

So here are some of the many things I learnt this week:-
Discipline with my practice
Connect to earth in every pose – use the power of the earth to find our power within
Breathe to the end of each breath, through the whole body/pose – it’s from the breath that we find a strong connection to bandha
Listen not just with our ears, use all our senses
And the most important – I have so much to learn!

Thank you David, for sharing your passion for ashtanga yoga with us, your enthusiasm and energy in delivery are awe inspiring

The weeks workshop with David was hosted by Heidi Jelic in Ulm, Germany, a beautiful shala in a beautiful city.  One of the many wonderful by products of ashtanga intensives is that you get to visit places you may never have thought of going to otherwise.

Musings from a coffee shop

We are delighted to bring you the BAYoga Studio blog. On here Cathy and the team will talk about various explorations into yoga. In this first post, Cathy talks about her thinking behind running back bending workshops…

Why on earth have I decided to do a back bending workshop?!  Well, quite simply because I find them challenging, in fact I’d go so far as to say that they have been my nemesis for many years.

I’d like to share my challenges and how I have worked on developing my back bends so that it no longer overtakes my whole practice.  This used to be one thought:- “Oh no, its backs bends soon, may be I’ll give them a miss today, well my back feels a little tender after all!” Yes, guilty…where is my focus when anticipating back bends?!  Not in the present moment that’s for sure, which means that I am not connected to my body and my brain has taken over – grrr!  Not being in the present moment and anticipating what comes next has often spoilt the enjoyment of my practice, by quieting the monkey brain, (which has a tendency to take over during difficult poses)  along with a thorough search of making back bends approachable, they have become much more enjoyable.

This workshop is the result of a search through various back bending workshops that I have attended, workshops with ashtanga teachers, hatha flow teachers and iyengar teachers, one of whom taught back bends from a wheelchair.  All preparations for back bending have been tried and tested and from these I have prepared a workshop that will be inspirational and fun.  You will have tools to take away and work with, and hopefully back bends will become like a new found friend that lifts your spirits and opens your heart.

Join me on the 30th November 1 – 3 pm at BAYoga studio – How can you resist!

For more information about the workshop, view the workshops page. http://www.bayogastudio.co.uk/courses/index.php

BAYoga Studio Yoga Introduction

Yoga is a philosophy of life, which also has the potential to create a vibrantly healthy body and mind.

Benefits of yoga
– Get strong, toned, flexible
– Stand taller, breathe better
– Be calmer, more focused

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic and physically demanding style of yoga where movement is synchronised with breath, linking a set sequence of poses in a constant flow. This creates a detoxifying heat (be prepared to sweat) and has the effect of stilling the mind and creating a feeling of calm focus. Increased strength and flexibility along with a reduction in feelings of stress, are some of the many benefits of this powerful practice