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Homeopathic Remedies For Heat Sicknesses

Heat Swelling (Heat Edema) And Homeopathic Remedies

Heat swelling (Heat Edema) In some individuals, especially women, exposure to hot climates causes swelling of the ankles and feet, normal footwear becoming uncommonly tight. Even without treatment, this uncomfortable condition will gradually improve as acclimatization to the new environment occurs. Swelling of the ankles and feet may begin as a result of prolonged immobility during air, coach, or train travel, entry into a tropical or subtropical climate then compounding the problem. The disorder may be prevented by taking the following prescription from 24 hours prior to departure, the same being useful for treatment of the established condition:

  • Urtica Urens 5 drops 6h

 

Homeopathic Remedies For Salt And Water Depletion Due To Heat

Sweating is an important mechanism by which the body maintains its normal internal temperature, when exposed to heat. The evaporation of sweat, which takes heat from the body, is more efficient in the presence of low air humidity and wind. Humid and still environments considerably diminish the beneficial effects of sweating. Cooling is more easily achieved in the desert than in the jungle. Adaptation to hot climates may take several to many weeks, and thus may not be fully achieved by short-stay holidaymakers.

Such adaptation includes:

 

  • An increased ability to sweat

  • The conservation of salt

  • An improvement in exercise tolerance

When the traveler is suddenly exposed to hot weather, sweat production progressively increases over about 6 weeks. An initial average maximum production of about 1.5 liters per hour becomes about 3 liters per hour at 10 days, and about 3.5 liters per hour at 6 weeks. Those who play vigorous sports in the heat, such as tennis, should note these high figures. As part of the process of acclimatization, the concentration of salt in the sweat declines. Initial salt losses may be as much as 25g per day, but may be reduced to as little as 3g per day after 6 weeks.

 


The losses of water and salt must be adequately replaced. Failure to do so may result in heat sickness. Dehydration per se increases the predisposition to:

 

  • Gout

  • Constipation

  • vaginal thrush

  • Urinary infection

  • Kidney stones

 

With regard to water, it is a fact that the thirst sensation in most people is an inadequate indicator of
the state of hydration of the body, and this problem becomes more apparent when changing from temperate to hot climate. It is quite common for many people to be dehydrated and to be unaware of the problem until more serious consequences arise. Homeopathy has documented individual variations in thirst since the 19th Century. Whilst it is true that a small percentage of persons, especially children, are excessively thirsty under all circumstances, and hence less likely to suffer heat dehydration, the majority have a defective thirst mechanism, most particularly the so-called Pulsatilla type.

 

Homeopathic constitutional remedies may be administered to correct thirstlessness, with some success, especially in children, but such treatment requires the services of a professional homoeopathist. Even so, it is probably impossible to retune the thirst mechanism to a state of perfection. The majority must, therefore, rely on intellectual rather than sensorial methods for the maintenance of correct hydration. The best rule is to take sufficient fluid to maintain the urine pale yellow in color, a dark brown color signifying dehydration. As a complement to this, those indulging in intense physical exercise in hot climates can weigh themselves before and after such activity. Each kilogram of weight lost represents the loss of 1 liter of water, which should be replaced as quickly as possible, within reason. It may take 24 hours or so for this to be achieved. A minimum adult urinary output of 1 liter per day should be maintained.

 

The human appetite for salt is even more undependable than the sensation of thirst. Some, especially homoeopathic Natrum muriaticum and Phosphorus types, have a great desire for salt, even when the body is replete with the latter. 'They are unlikely to consume insufficient quantities in hot climates; unless, of course, they have been conditioned to believe that the consumption of large quantities of salt is bad for them. In many others, the appetite for salt is simply inadequate, The popular medical vogue for low-salt diets may be perfectly satisfactory in cool climates, but is positively disastrous in tropical or subtropical conditions. It has already been stated that as much as 25g daily may be required . Salt tablets may be used, but are inclined to cause disorders of the stomach. The addition of half a level teaspoon of salt to every liter of liquid consumed (water, lemonade, soup, tea, etc.) or used for cooking, is highly protective against salt depletion, without significant alteration in taste. Additional salt should also be applied to all savory dishes.

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