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Home remedies have always been passed on from family member to family member in everyday life and have often been known for several generations. Many therefore speak of “grandma's home remedies” or “old home remedies”. This is surely due to the fact that in the past it was not possible to consult a doctor for every runny nose, because basic medical care through doctor's offices and hospital outpatients was not as widely regulated as it is today. In the meantime, we rely on "professionals" to whom we are happy to leave responsibility for our health. We know the traditional home remedies better from books than from grandma's stories. Nevertheless, the time seems to have come for a "renaissance of home remedies", plaintive voices from the health sector sound about too many "unnecessary" visits to the doctor, while the interest in natural and low-side effects medicine is steadily increasing among the population.
Medicinal herbs, pills and ointments
All remedies and methods are to be considered as home remedies, which in principle can also be used without medical or naturopathic help.
They are available inexpensively or even free of charge. Traditionally, medicinal plants are among them, which can be collected and further processed as tea, tincture, ointment or bath additive or bought as ready-made medicines in pharmacies and herb shops. Likewise, foods and spices can alleviate a large number of complaints if they are used or avoided correctly. External applications such as wraps and packs are just as much a household remedy as baths, castings and washes.
In the meantime, the best-known homeopathic remedies, which are often recommended in low potencies, can be found in the home pharmacies. But also medicines that have been specially developed for self-use, such as Bach flowers and Schüßler salts, have long since found their way into the naturopathic medicine chest.
The medicine chest
We also call the medicine chest where our home remedies are kept. This should be well sorted and carefully managed. Attention should be paid to the storage of the medicinal products, which should generally be dry and cool. The place for the medicine chest should also be easily and quickly accessible, but absolutely inaccessible to children.
Even if the medicine chest mainly contains natural home remedies, these are effective drugs that can cause harm if used incorrectly. The condition and expiry date of home remedies must be checked regularly to ensure sufficient effectiveness.
Last but not least, a well-stocked medicine chest can be recognized by the fact that it contains medicines for accidents (arnica), general complaints (e.g. echinacea for colds) and symptoms that we typically suffer from more often (e.g. healing earth for heartburn). A first aid kit can also be put together from home remedies to be prepared for common complaints, from nausea from motion sickness to vomiting diarrhea. In addition to home remedies from naturopathy and first aid bandages, it is advisable to have painkillers and fever suppositories in case of an emergency.
In addition to the funds to be taken, there are also a number of physical and manual measures that are included in the home remedies. In methods and procedures that are characterized by pressure at certain points, such as the Fascia Distortion Model (FDM) or trigger points, patients are often given guided exercises or pressure points for self-treatment and completing their own medicine cabinet. Many people who have done yoga, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Gong, respiratory therapy according to Middendorf or Pilates also know exercises that help them in the event of complaints.
Limits of home remedies
Whether home remedies are sufficient to treat a disease alone or whether additional medical measures should be taken depends on the severity of the disease or injury. Increased blood loss and loss of consciousness, like severe inflammation, severe pain and high fever, are symptoms to be presented to a doctor.
At first glance, home remedies do not differ from the methods used in a naturopathic practice. With all home remedies, medicines and applications, it is important to follow certain procedures to avoid undesirable reactions, be it when tempering a full medical bath or during a tea cure. Sometimes, therefore, it is advisable to have a briefing or to have the selected methods accompanied by a naturopath.