The Complete Self-Care Guide to Homeopathy, Herbal Remedies & Nutritional Supplements

The Complete Self-Care Guide to Homeopathy, Herbal Remedies & Nutritional Supplements

  • Ellen Feingold


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Everything You Need To Know About These Essential Natural Alternatives for Health

This is a comprehensive self-help reference, covering common aliments and their treatment through three mode of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

The thoroughly detailed Table of Contents (see below) makes the book an extremely easy-to-use resource.

383 pp pb
ISBN 978-0-87875-563-9


This comprehensive book teaches and preaches self-care for both treatment and prevention of a whole host of ailments.

It will help you to integrate proven homeopathic remedies, herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, and life style changes towards a gentle, effective healing.

The extensive list of ailments whose treatments are outlined in the book ranges from the everyday acute conditions afflicting most of us at sometime during our lives to the chronic, relapsing conditions that we would like to prevent.

Every recommendation is based on sound medical evidence and Dr. Feingold's clinical experience.


Introduction - How to Use This Book
Putting together homeopathy, herbal remedies, and nutritional supplements for self-care -- 2
How to use this book -- 4
A short account of the author's personal journey toward alternative medicine -- 5
Acknowledgements -- 5
About the author -- 6

Chapter 1 - The New Medicine
What is complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)? -- 8
What is integrative medicine? -- 8
What is holistic medicine? -- 9
What are the essential natural alternative remedies -- 9
Putting It All Together -- 10


Chapter 2 - Basic Homeopathy
This Book in General -- 17
What is homeopathy? -- 17
How did homeopathy get started? -- 1 7
The Law of Similars and the Law of Potency -- 17
How homeopathic remedies are prepared -- 18
The big sticking point: Avogadro's number -- 19
They physics of water -- 19
The Provings -- 20
The Vital Force -- 21
The elements of the homeopathic interview -- 21
How does the homeopath choose the remedy -- 22
Modalities -- 22
Dimensions of a symptom -- 25
Keynotes -- 25
Polychrests -- 25
Kingdoms -- 26
Miasms -- 26
Different forms of homeopathy -- 27
Acute prescribing vs. constitutional prescribing -- 28
Detoxification The Gentle Way -- 28
Bach Flower Remedies -- 29
Safety and effectiveness of homeopathic medicines -- 29
Potency and frequency -- 30
How to take homeopathic remedies -- 30
Substances that interfere with the action of homeopathic remedies -- 31
Storage of homeopathic remedies -- 31
Over-the-counter remedies -- 31
Homeopathic Remedy-Prescription Drug Interactions -- 32
Homeopathy vs. Western medicine -- 32

Chapter 3 - Homeopathic Remedies for Traumatic Injuries
Traumatic Injuries in General 36
First aid, traumatic injuries, scrapes, bumps, bruises, abrasions, sprains - Arnica montana
First aid, traumatic injuries - Traumeel
Muscle aches and pains, sprains - Arniflora
Skin wounds - Wound-Care
Traumatic injuries, anxiety, fears, panic, shock - Aconitum napellus
Nerve pains and nerve injuries - Hypericum perforatum
Penetrating wounds, puncture wounds - Ledum palustre
Broken bones, bone pain, tendon injuries - Ruta graveolens
Head injuries, concussions - Natrum sulphuricum
Broken bones - Symphytum officinalis
Joint pains and stiffness, muscles aches and pains - Rhus toxicodendron
Burning, stinging pains, insect bites, allergic hives - Apis mellifica
Insect bites - Ssssting Stop
Aches and pains with the slightest movement - Bryonia alba
Severe nerve pains, lacerations, surgical incisions - Staphysagria
Bruising of internal organs, soft tissue pains - Bellis perennis
Aches and pains in muscles and joints after sports - Sports Gel

Homeopathic Remedies for Traumatic Injuries Associated with Surgery -- 42
Physical shock and trauma after surgery - Arnica montana
Physical and emotional shock after surgery - Aconitum napellus
Bright red bleeding from any body opening - Phosphorus
Surgical incision pains - Staphysagria
Surgical nerve injury pains - Hypericum perforatum
Post-surgical tissue swelling and throbbing - Ferrum phosphoricum
Dark red bleeding, blood does not clot - Crotalus horridus
Physical and emotional shock before and after surgery - Rescue Remedy
Pre-dental trauma - Pre-Dental Procedure
Post-dental trauma - Post-Dental Procedure
Pre-cosmetic surgery trauma - Pre-Cosmetic Procedure
Post-cosmetic surgery trauma - Post-Cosmetic Procedure
Pre-orthopedic surgery trauma - Pre-Orthopedic Procedure
Post-orthopedic surgery trauma - Orthopedic Post-Op

Homeopathic Remedies for Burns -- 46
Infections, inflammation, pain and swelling - Calendula officinalis
Post-burns - Aloe vera
Inflammation, shock - Rescue Remedy Cream
Blistering and burning of the skin and urinary tract infections - Cantharis
Scalds and sunburns - Urtica urens
Dry, cracking scabs - Causticum
Burning pains with restlessness and anxiety - Arsenicum album
Thickened, hardened scars - Graphites

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 48
Putting It All Together -- 50

Chapter 4 - Homeopathic Remedies for Fever
Fever in General -- 52
Sudden, very high, violent fevers - Belladonna
Moderately high fevers - Chamomila
Low-grade fevers - Ferrum phosphoricum
Fevers, teething, pains - Camilia
Sudden, high fevers with anxiety - Aconitum napellus

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 54
Putting It All Together -- 55

Chapter 5 - Homeopathic Remedies for Upper Respiratory Infections: Colds, Flu, Coughs, Sore Throats, Laryngitis, Ear Infections, Eye Infections, Sinus Infections
Upper Respiratory Infections in General -- 58
Colds and Flu Prevention -- 59
Upper respiratory infections - Aconitum napellus
Infection with influenza (flu) - Oscillococcinum
Infection with influenza (flu) - Influenzinum

Colds and Flu Treatment -- 69
Muscle aches and pains, low-grade fever - Ferrum phosphoricum
High fevers with throbbing headache and sudden onset - Belladonna
Flu that comes on slowly with heavy feeling - Gelsemium
Yellow-green mucus discharges in coughs and colds - Pulsatilla
Watery nasal and eye discharges in upper respiratory infections - Allium cepa
Burning discharges from nose and eyes, with anxiety and fears - Arsenicum album
Colds accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea - Nux vomica
Colds accompanied by achy, bruised feeling - Baptisia
Colds accompanied by severe aches and pains in muscles and bones - Eupatorium perfoliatum
Symptoms of upper respiratory infections - Umcka ColdCare
Sore throat and congestion - Echinacea Compound

After Colds and Flu -- 62
Heaviness of limbs, thirstlessness, never been well since sick with flu - Gelsemium
Exhaustion and depression after being sick with flu - Kali phosphoricum

Coughs -- 63
Coughing brought on by slightest movement - Bryonia alba
Thick, yellow-green mucus with cough - Pulsatilla
Dry cough after exposure to cold - Aconitum napellus
Spasmodic cough in croup, asthma, laryngitis - Spongia tosta
Spasmodic, barking coughs - Drosera rotundifolia
Dry cough at night after exposure to cold - Rumex crispus
Coughs with stringy mucus - Kali bichromicum
Coughs due to upper respiratory infections and allergies - Chestal

Sore Throats and Laryngitis -- 64
Sore throats after exposure to cold weather - Aconitum napellus
Sore throats with pus on the tonsils - Hepar sulphuris calcareum
Infections and ulcers of the mouth, teeth, gums, and sinuses - Mercurius solubilis
Colds, sore throats, hoarseness, laryngitis, and nasal congestion with nosebleeds - Phosphorus
Colds and coughs after exposure to damp weather - Dulcamara
Hoarseness and laryngitis - Causticum
Cold sores and fever sores - Erpace
Sore throats and hoarseness - Echina-Spray

Ear Infections -- 67
Ear infections with throbbing pain - Belladonna
Ear infections with ear very sensitive to touch - Hepar sulphuris calcareum
Ear infections with smelly pus leaking out of the ear - Mercurius solubilis
Ear infections - Earache

Eye Infections -- 67
Profuse tearing, burning eyes, discharge from eyes - Euphrasia officinales
Burning and stinging pains in eyes - Apis mellifica
Styes on eyelids - Staphysagria

Sinus Infections -- 68
Sinus infections with stringy mucus - Kali bichromicum
Sinus infections with yellow-green mucus - Pulsatilla
Severe sinus pain with face sensitive to touch - Hepar sulphuris calcareum
Sinus infections with thick, smelly mucus - Mercurius solubilis
Recurrent sinus infections - Sinus Relief

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 69
Putting It All Together -- 71

Chapter 6 - Homeopathic Remedies for Allergies and Asthma
Allergies and Asthma in General -- 74
Asthma and wheezing and cough in chilly, anxious people - Arsenicum album
Asthma, wheezing and cough, feeling of suffocation - Spongia tosta
Asthma, lower respiratory tract infections, bronchitis and pneumonia - Phosphorus
Burning, stinging pains in throat, itchy eyes - Apis mellifica
Asthma with wheezing and white-coated tongue - Antimonium tartaricum
Tingling and fullness at the root of the nose - Gelsemium sempervirens
Allergies with post-nasal drip with thick, stringy mucus - Kali bichromicum
Allergies with post-nasal drip with yellow-green mucus - Pulsatilla
Allergies with profuse, clear mucus from nose or throat with sneezing - Nux vomica
Allergies with runny nose alternating with stuffy nose - Natrum muriaticum
Allergies with shortness of breath and nausea - Ipecac
Allergies with violently strong or spasmodic coughs - Drosera rotundifolia
Asthma and allergies with wheezy coughs with profuse, yellow mucus - Dulcamara
Allergies with profuse watery discharges from eyes and nose - Allium cepa
Allergies with tingling, itching of soft palate with sneezing - Sabadilla
Allergic, itchy, red skin rashes with burning and blistering - Rhus toxicodendron
Allergic, itchy, red skin rashes with burning, worse with water - Sulphur
Allergic red skin rashes with violent itching and scratching - Psorinum
Allergies with severe itching of the soft palate - Wyethia
Eye irritations from any and all reasons - Optique 1
Allergies with runny nose, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, congestion - Allergy Relief Tree Pollen
Allergies with runny nose, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, congestion - Allergy Relief Pollen and Hay Fever
Sinus pressure and headache, congestion - Sinus and Allergy Relief
Hay fever and other respiratory allergies - Allergies and Hay Fever
Asthma symptoms - Asthma Clear
Allergic skin rashes, eczema, contact dermatitis - Florasone Cream

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 81
Putting It All Together -- 84

Chapter 7 - Homeopathic Remedies for Infections
Infections in General -- 86
Chronic infections with profuse, thick, yellow, or greenish pus - Silicea
Burning, smelly, offensive secretions (sweat, pus) - Mercurius solubilis
Infections with pus; touching the infected part is extremely painful - Hepar sulphuris calcareum
Infected skin wounds - Calendula
Profuse amounts of yellow-green mucus or pus - Pulsatilla
Lower respiratory tract infections (bronchitis, pneumonia) - Phosphorus
Breast inflammations and infections - Phytolacca

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 88
Putting It All Together -- 90

Chapter 8 - Homeopathic Remedies for Emotional Problems
Emotional Problems in General -- 92
Denying that anything is wrong, saying, 'Leave me alone, I'm okay' - Arnica montana
Fear and anxiety with sudden onset, panic attacks, shock, fright, loss - Aconitum napellus
Grief after loss, bereavement, severed relationship - Ignatia amara
Panic attacks - Argentum nitricum
Great anxieties and fears, fear of death - Arsenicum album
Deep grief reactions, depression - Natrum muriaticum
Dramatic, hysterical grief reactions - Pulsatilla
Great fears, 'something bad will happen' - Calcarea carbonica
Constant worrying, insomnia - Cocculus indicus
Despairing depression, may express suicidal ideas - Aurum metallicum
Emotional shock from getting bad news - Gelsemium
Depression from empty nest syndrome, indifference and apathy - Sepia
Depression in over-empathetic people - Causticum
Suppressed emotions, suppressed anger, indignation - Staphysagria
Depression with anguished weeping - Veratrum album
Depression and anxiety in menopausal women - Lachesis
Depression resulting from head injury - Natrum sulphuricum
Depression after influenza - Kali phosphoricum
Feelings of being out-of-control, stress, helplessness - 911 Stress Control
Stress and anxiety - Rescue Remedy

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 98
Putting It All Together -- 99

Chapter 9 - Homeopathic Remedies for Constitutional Problems in Infants, Children, and Adolescents
Constitutional Problems in Infants, Children, and Adolescents in General -- 101
Inferiority, lack of self-confidence, memory difficulties - Anacardium
Fears, anxieties, and worries - Arsenicum album
Delayed development, shyness - Baryta carbonica
Placidity, clumsiness, obesity, flabbiness, lethargy - Calcarea carbonica
Rigid thinking, over-empathetic - Causticum
Fidgety, impulsivity, thinness - Iodum
Domineering, bossiness, controlling - Lycopodium
Hyperactivity, self-centeredness - Medorrhinum
Pervasive sense of sadness - Natrum muriaticum
Creativity, excitability, optimism, easily frightened - Phosphorus
Shyness, timidity, insecurity, submissiveness - Pulsatilla
Lack of physical stamina - Silicea
Suppression of anger leading to rage - Staphysagria
Nightmares, night terrors, impulsivity, post-traumatic stress disorder - Stramonium
Domineering, selfishness - Sulphur
Complications from immunization - Thuja
Hyperactivity, impulsivity, difficulties with concentration - Tuberculinum
Hyperactivity, restlessness - Zincum metallicum
Teething, colic, restlessness, irritability - Viburcol
Common ailments in children - Children's Kit

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 107
Putting It All Together -- 109

Chapter 10 - Homeopathic Remedies for Disorders of Menstruation, Fertility, Pregnancy, Labor, Childbirth, Lactation, and Menopause
Women's Reproductive Tract Disorders in General -- 112
Menstruation 113
Menstrual pains accompanied by extreme anger - Chamomilla
Heavy menstrual bleeding with exhaustion - China
Bearing down pains and feeling worn-down - Sepia
Bright red menstrual bleeding - Phosphorus
Weepiness, sulkiness, and moodiness at the onset of menstruation - Pulsatilla
Cramping pains - Magnesia phosphorica
Premenstrual syndrome symptoms - Lachesis
Swollen, tender breasts before menstruation - Lac caninum
Severe abdominal cramping pains on the first day of menstruation - Colocynthis
Menstrual cramping associated with back pains - Cimicifuga racemosa
General PMS symptoms (pains, bloating, irritability) - Cyclease PMS
Menstrual cramps - Cyclease CRAMP
Bloating, headaches, tender or swollen breasts, irritability, and mood swings - PMS Relief

Infertility -- 116
Absence of menstrual cycles after severe emotional shock - Ignatia
Infertility from scarring of the Fallopian tubes - Medorrhinum
Overwhelming grief and sadness from not conceiving - Natrum muriaticum
Indifference to childbearing - Sepia

Pregnancy -- 116
Constant nausea and vomiting during early pregnancy - Ipecac
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy - Tabacum
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy with exhaustion - Cocculus indicus
Nausea with frequent spasms of vomiting - Nux vomica
Pressure and pain in the uterus or groin - Bellis perennis
Nausea of pregnancy - Pulsatilla
Nausea at the sight and smell of food - Sepia
Great anxiety about health during pregnancy - Arsenicum album
Pregnancy with lower back pains - Kali carbonicum

Labor -- 118
Physical trauma of labor - Arnica montana
Emotional trauma of labor - Aconitum napellus
Labor not progressing - Caulophyllum
Labor with great crying and screaming - Coffea
Labor with ineffective contractions - Nux vomica
Prolonged labor with weepiness - Pulsatilla
Labor facilitation - Birth Ease

Childbirth -- 120
Physical trauma of labor - Arnica montana
Emotional trauma of labor - Aconitum napellus

Lactation -- 120
Sudden, violent, throbbing breast inflammation - Belladonna
Painful, cracked nipples - Chamomilla
Hard nodules of the breast - Conium
Breast inflammations and infections (mastitis) - Phytolacca

Menopause -- 121
Perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms - Lachesis
Loss of libido with dry vagina - Sepia
Weight gain in menopausal women - Calcarea carbonica

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 121
Putting It All Together -- 123

Chapter 11 - Homeopathy for Digestive Tract Ailments
Digestive Tract Ailments in General -- 126
Spasmodic abdominal pains and colic - Chamomilla
Constipation and straining at stool - Nux vomica
Nausea and vomiting - Ipecac
Spasmodic abdominal pains, cramps - Colocynthis
Flatulence, distention, bloating, and discomfort - Argentum nitricum
Diarrhea with burning around the anus - Sulphur
Indigestion, flatulence, bloating, distention and discomfort - Lycopodium
Violent vomiting and diarrhea - Veratrum album
Profuse diarrhea - Camphor
Vomiting with metallic taste in mouth - Cuprum metallicum
Vomiting and diarrhea with prostration - China
Heartburn, indigestion, gassy abdomen - Carbo vegetalis
Heartburn, indigestion, gassy abdomen - Kali carbonicum
Food poisoning, vomiting and diarrhea with burning pains in the abdomen - Arsenicum album
Nausea and indigestion - Anacardium
Indigestion with heartburn, bloating, and gas - Natural Relief Indigestion
Indigestion with heartburn, bloating, and gas - Acidil
Constipation with bloating, distention, abdominal cramping - Constipation
Discomfort from hemorrhoids - Avenoc
Abdominal gas with bloating, pressure, and pain - Gasalia
Indigestion with burning or pressing pain - Kalium Aceticum Compound
Pain, burning, itching, bleeding, and oozing at the anal area - Hemorrhoid Relief

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 132
Putting It All Together -- 134

Chapter 12 - Homeopathy for Urinary Tract Ailments
Urinary Tract Ailments in General -- 136
Sudden, burning pains on urination - Aconitum napellus
Burning, stinging pains on urination - Apis mellifica
Undescended testicles - Aurum metallicum
Kidney infections with back pains - Berberis vulgaris
Bladder infections with burning pains and urgency - Cantharis
Incontinence - Causticum
Hesitancy, dribbling, small stream caliber, and urinating frequently - Lycopodium
Frequent urgings to urinate with very little urine produced - Nux vomica
Sudden loss of erection or imperfect erection - Phosphoric acid
Hesitancy, dribbling, small stream caliber, and urinating frequently - Sabal serrulata
Pain at the end of urination - Sarsaparilla
Burning after urination due to medical procedures - Staphysagria
Pain during urination, urgency, bedwetting, and incontinence - Uri-Control
Bedwetting at night - Bed-wetting / Enuresis

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 140
Putting It All Together -- 141

Chapter 13 - Homeopathy for Elderly Persons
Ailments in the Elderly in General -- 144
Sluggishness and lethargy - Alumina
Intellectual impairment, forgetfulness, confusion - Ambra grisea
Severe depression - Aurum metallicum
Dementia symptoms, childish reactions - Baryta carbonica
Physical exhaustion and collapse - Carbo vegetalis
Stupor, inability to concentrate or pay attention - Helleborus niger
Insomnia with fears of death - Lycopodium
Drowsiness, memory deficiencies and confusion - Nux moschata
Depression, emaciation - Secale cornutum
Dementia, exhaustion - Selenium
Poor memory with forgetfulness, lack of concentration - Cerebrum Compositum N
Slow metabolism, fatigue, and exhaustion - Coenzyme Compositum
Edema, lymphedema, and problems with lymphatic drainage - Lymphomyosot
Detoxification, sluggish metabolism with fatigue - Ubichinon Compositum

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 148
Putting It All Together -- 149

Chapter 14 - Homeopathy for Problems in Joints, Bones and Muscles
Musculoskeletal Problems in General -- 152
Pains relieved by lying on the affected part - Bryonia alba
Joint pains and stiffness, low back pain - Calcarea carbonica
Osteoporosis with weak, brittle, soft bones - Calcarea fluorica
Growing pains, non-union of fractures - Calcarea phosphorica
Wandering joint pains - Pulsatilla
Joint pains worse in wet weather - Rhododendron
Joint pains and stiffness - Rhus toxicodendron
Muscle and joint pains and stiffness - Pain Erase
Pain and stiffness in muscles and joints - Triflora Arthritis Gel
Osteoarthritis, joint pain and stiffness - Zeel

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 155
Putting It All Together -- 156

Chapter 15 - Homeopathy for Eating Disorders and Weight Control
Eating Disorders in General -- 158
Overweight, obesity, excessive appetite - Antimonium crudum
Refusal to eat normal amount, perfectionism - Arsenicum album
Abdominal obesity - Calcarea carbonica
Obesity, binge eating disorder - Capsicum annuum
Bingeing in young children - Carcinosin
Bingeing on large quantities of food alternating with loss of appetite, and periodic vomiting - Ferrum metallicum
Overweight, obesity, sluggish metabolism - Graphites
Intentional caloric restriction with exhaustion - Ignatia
Overeating, craving sweets - Lycopodium
Bingeing after sadness - Natrum muriaticum
Night eating with insomnia and depression - Phosphorus
Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa - Phytolacca decandra
Refusal to eat after sadness - Platina
Food cravings - Appetite and Weight Control
Overeating, binge eating, bingeing and then vomiting - Eating Disorders
Overeating, overweight, obesity - Weight Loss XL

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 162
Putting It All Together -- 164

Chapter 16 - Homeopathy for Neurologic Disorders
Neurologic Disorders in General -- 166
Sudden severe headaches with throbbing pains - Belladonna
Vertigo, dizziness, with nausea and vomiting - Cocculus indica
Insomnia with agitation and racing thoughts - Coffea cruda
Migraine headaches - Cyclamen
Headaches with onset of menstruation - Cimicifuga racemosa
Migraine headaches, feeling the head is enlarged - Gelsemium
Violent throbbing headaches - Glonoinum
Right-sided headaches - Iris versicolor
Headaches starting in the neck - Sanguinaria
Restless legs syndrome - Zincum metallicum
Insomnia - Insomnia
Migraine headaches - Migraide
Sciatica and back pain Sciatic-Aide
Insomnia - Sleepaid
Insomnia - Avena Sativa Compound
Nicotine addiction - Nico-Rx

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 170
Putting It All Together -- 173

Chapter 17 - Homeopathy for Persons with Cancer
Cancer in General -- 175
Cancer with family history - Carcinosin
Stony hard cancers - Scirrhinum
Terminal cancer with pain - Arsenicum album
Cancer with bone metastases - Conium
Cancerous tumors - Thuja

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 177
Putting It All Together -- 178

Chapter 18 - Homeopathic Constitutional Remedies
Constitutional Disorders in Adults in General -- 180
Fastidiousness, perfectionism, chilliness, fearfulness - Arsenicum album
Slowness, sluggishness, chilliness, fearfulness - Calcarea carbonicum
Jealousy, talkativeness, clairvoyance, menopausal women - Lachesis
Insecurity, arrogance, depression - Lycopodium
Silent grief, abandoned - Natrum muriaticum
Workaholism, perfectionism, chilliness, prone to addictions - Nux vomica
Sensitivity, needs company of others, expressivity - Phosphorus
Emotional lability with weepiness, self-pitying - Pulsatilla
Overwhelmed by responsibilities, apathy - Sepia
Eccentricity, hoarding, argumentativeness - Sulphur

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 185
Putting It All Together -- 186


Chapter 19 - Introduction to Herbal Medicine
What are herbal remedies? -- 191
Advantages and disadvantages of taking herbal remedies -- 192
The top ten herbal remedies in the United States -- 194
Herbs to stay away from -- 194
Detoxification the gentle way -- 195

Chapter 20 - Herbs You Need to Know
Herbal Remedies in General -- 198
Upper respiratory infections, influenza - Echinacea
Upper respiratory infections, fungal infections - Goldenseal
Immune system stimulation - Astragalus
Immune system stimulation, anti-cancer activity - Cat's Claw
Migraine prevention - Feverfew
Anti-bacterial agent, cholesterol, blood pressure - Garlic
Cognitive and memory functions of the brain - Ginkgo biloba
Enhance libido, sexual function, and ability to cope with stress - Ginseng
Powerful antioxidant, weight control - Green Tea
Heart disease - Hawthorn
Liver disease, liver cell regeneration - Milk Thistle
Dietary fiber, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis - Psyllium
Benign prostatic hypertrophy - Saw Palmetto
Depression - St. John's Wort
Anti-fungal topical - Tea Tree
Insomnia - Valerian

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 213
Putting It All Together -- 214

Chapter 21 - Herbal Remedies for Women's Health
Herbal Remedies for Women's Health in General -- 216
Menopause, hot flashes - Black Cohosh
Premenstrual syndrome - Chasteberry
Urinary tract infection - Cranberry
Menstrual complaints - Dong quai
Breast tenderness, eczema, ADD/ADHD - Evening Primrose Oil
Nausea of pregnancy and indigestion - Ginger
Phytoestrogens - Soy
Natural progesterone - Wild Yam

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 223
Putting It All Together -- 224


Chapter 22 - Introduction to Nutritional Supplements
Understanding Nutritional Supplements: Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants, and Phytonutrients -- 229
What are nutritional supplements? -- 229
What are essential nutrients? -- 229
When should we use nutritional supplements? -- 229
The colorful diet -- 229
Should you get your phytonutrients from foods or supplements? -- 230
Putting good health practices and nutritional supplements together -- 231
The alphabet soup of recommendations for vitamins and minerals -- 231
Should you buy organic foods and produce? -- 231
A good way to begin to buy organic produce -- 232
Should you buy bottled water? -- 233
Detoxification the Gentle Way -- 233
When to consult your physician -- 234

Chapter 23 - Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins and Minerals in General -- 236
Eye health, fetal development, bones, skin, blood - Vitamin A
Brain health, muscles (including heart muscle) and nerves - B Vitamins
Antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-ageing activity - Vitamin C
Bone health, anti-cancer activity - Vitamin D
Skin, heart, nervous and immune systems, oxidative damage repair - Vitamin E
Blood clotting (coagulation) - Vitamin K
Bone health, teeth, heart, muscles, nerves, and blood clotting - Calcium
Glucose metabolism regulation - Chromium
Thyroid gland function - Iodine
Red blood cell formation and function - Iron
Muscle contraction (including the heart muscle), nerve conduction, blood pressure and bone metabolism - Magnesium
Bone health - Manganese
Energy production and synthesis of nucleic acids, healthy blood pressure - Potassium
Antioxidant activity, anti-cancer activity - Selenium
Immune system function and glucose metabolism - Zinc

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 254
Putting It All Together -- 255

Chapter 24 - Antioxidant Phytochemicals: Natural Anti-Aging Remedies
Antioxidants and Anti-Aging in General -- 257
Antioxidant and anti-aging activity - Alpha-lipoic Acid
Anti-inflammatory activity - Carotenoids
Heart function, anti-cancer activity - Beta-carotene
Eye function - Lutein and zeaxanthin
Prostate cancer prevention - Lycopene
Blood clotting - Polyphenols
Heart, cholesterol, blood vessel function - Flavonoids
Cardiovascular system - Anthocyanins and Proanthocyanidins
Heart and blood pressure, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activity - Quercetin
Immune system - Glutathione
Metabolic Detoxification - Isothiocyanates
Anti-cancer and antioxidant activity - Sulphoraphane
Phytoestrogens - Lignans
Anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activity - Resveratrol

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 265
Putting It All Together -- 267

Chapter 25 - Heart Healthy Nutritional Supplements
Heart Health in General -- 269
Heart attacks and strokes - Alcoholic beverages
Congestive heart failure, high blood pressure - Amino acids
Anti-aging activity in heart muscle - L-carnitine
Heart muscle contraction - Coenzyme Q10
Anti-inflammatory activity - Enzymes
Cardiovascular disease and cholesterol - Fiber
LDL ('bad') cholesterol lowering while raising HDL ("good") cholesterol - Guggulipid
Capillaries and veins, varicose veins - Horse chestnut
Total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol lowering - Phytosterols
Total and LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides Lowering while raising HDL cholesterol - Policosanol
Total and LDL cholesterol lowering - Red yeast rice

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 281
Putting It All Together -- 282

Chapter 26 - Nutritional Supplements for Healthy Weight Control
Healthy Weight Loss and Weight Control in General -- 284
Blood sugar and insulin resistance control - Banaba leaf
Body fat mass - Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
Enhance libido and blood sugar control - Fenugreek
Obesity, heart and skin diseases - Forskolin
Fat storage prevention - Garcinia cambogia
Blood sugar control - Glucomannan
Lean muscle mass - Glutamine
Blood sugar control - Gymnema sylvestre
Cravings for sweets - Low Carb bars
Carbohydrate absorption - Phaseolus vulgaris
Lean muscle mass - Pyruvate
Muscle performance - Rhodiola
Blood sugar control - Vanadium
Appetite suppressant, increasing feelings of fullness - Yerba mate

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 294
Putting It All Together -- 299

Chapter 27 - Nutritional Supplements to Prevent Cancer and Augment Your Immune System
Cancer and the Immune System in General -- 302
Immune system function - Colostrum
Immune system and inflammation - Enzymes
Quality of life during chemotherapy - Essiac Tea
Anti-cancer activity - Mistletoe
Cancer metastases - Modified Citrus Pectin
Immune system function - Mushrooms
Immune system function - Phytosterols
Anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activity - Propolis
Immune system function - Whey

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 310
Putting It All Together -- 313

Chapter 28 - Nutritional Supplements for Diseases of Joints, Bones and Muscles
Musculoskeletal Ailments in General -- 315
Anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relief) activity - Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO)
Pain relief and joint function - Chondroitin
Pain relief and joint function - Glucosamine
Anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity - Devil's Claw
Anti-inflammatory activity - Enzymes
Immune system regulation - Green Foods
Joints, skin, and hair Methylsulfonylmethane - (MSM)
Pain relief and joint function, depression S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe)
Pain relief and joint function - Stinging Nettle

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 320
Putting It All Together -- 322

Chapter 29 - Nutritional Supplements for Neurologic Disorders
Neurologic Disorders in General -- 325
Memory and thinking - Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE)
Epilepsy - Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)
Speech and seizures in autistic children - Dimethylglycine (DMG)
Depression - 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)
Memory and concentration - Huperzine
Memory, thinking, and muscle activity - Lecithin
Memory, learning, and thinking - Phosphatidylserine
Brain circulation and stroke prevention - Vinpocetine

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 329
Putting It All Together -- 332

Chapter 30 - Prebiotics and Probiotics
Prebiotics and Probiotics in General -- 335
Immune system function, digestion, diarrhea - Acidophilus
Digestion - Inulin

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 337
Putting It All Together -- 338

Chapter 31 - Oils and Fats
Oils and Fats in General -- 339
Skin, brain, heart, ADD/ADHD, anti-inflammatory activity - Omega-3 fatty acids
Monounsaturated fat source - Olive oil
Monounsaturated fat source - Canola oil
LDL ('bad') cholesterol - Walnut oil

Guidelines for Consulting Your Health Provider -- 349
Putting It All Together -- 349

Internet Resources for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) -- 352
Book Resources for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) -- 352
Book Resources for Homeopathy -- 353
Homeopathic Remedies Supply Houses -- 353
Internet Resources for Herbal Remedies -- 355
Book Resources for Herbal Remedies -- 356
Herbal Remedy Supply Houses -- 357
Internet Resources for Nutritional Supplements -- 358
Book Resources for Nutritional Supplements -- 358
Nutritional Supplement Supply Houses -- 359

Index -- 361

Ellen Feingold

Dr. Ellen Feingold, M.D. has been a physician for 40 years, most of that time practicing pediatrics and adolescent medicine.

While living and working in Jerusalem, Israel, she took the Masters in Public Health degree at Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School where she learned how to evaluate medical evidence from research studies.

She began her long journey towards alternative medicine after a gradual realization in her private practice office, discovering for herself that conventional medicine was not capable of deep healing.

In 1994, she began her studies in homeopathy at the Israel Medical College of Homeopathy, a school whose curriculum is based on the Institut Homeopathique Scientifique of France, graduating in 1996.

Today, she is the Director of the Homeopathy Center of Delaware where she practices homeopathy, herbal medicine, and nutritional therapies exclusively, treating persons throughout the age spectrum.

Although she treats the entire range of human diseases, her clinical interests are cancer, emotional ailments, behavioral disorders, eating disorders, and obesity. She has always been interested in empowering men and women to practice self-care for many common ailments, safely and effectively.

In her own words, "I have been a medical doctor, a board-certified pediatrician, for close to 40 years and a practicing homeopath for 12.

"During the last decade, I've come to realize that teaching responsible self-care using homeopathy, herbal medicines, and nutritional supplements is my 'higher purpose' in life.

"My new book, The Complete Self-Care Guide to Homeopathy, Herbal Remedies and Nutritional Supplements, does just that."