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Getting All Shook Up As The Earth Trembles


REPORT From: "Anita Maden"

What does the repeated impact of watching and hearing news reports all day, every day have on the psyche?

No where on this planet has there been a disaster of such magnitude, it will take much to organize.

In New Zealand at the moment, we recognise that not only the people of Christchurch suffered the anxiety and PTSD, but most new Zealanders are suffering to some degree due to the amazing media coverage we had here, which was all day every day.


Moving to higher ground

Christchurch victims travelled away from the area to family and friends to places in NZ where there were no earthquakes happening.


Free Health Care Provided By Homeopaths

In NZ the registered body of Homeopaths, have and are still providing free consultations and remedies to ANYONE affected by the earthquake ie victims relocated out of Chch, families of victims killed, aid workers, school children who have nightmares from seeing this happening on TV etc.


Donations Given

Several Homeopathic pharmacies and flower essence companies donated many thousands of dollars of remedies free, In NZ we opened a donation line where funds could be donated and used to provide ongoing Homeopathic care.


The New Zealand communities are still finding their way after such a huge devastating earthquake.
The list below is what we used in NZ via the NZCH official website.

Acute Trauma Remedies List.

Aconite: a 'classic' for fear and fright. Especially when the fright has come on suddenly, as in the case of being woken by a violent earthquake.

Arsenicum album: for fear and worry about loss of security on all levels-- physical and financial. Also the desire to have company and fear of being alone. Recurring anxiety between 12-2am. Respiratory symptoms that worsen from the time of the fright (e.g. asthma) or anxiety symptoms that involve breathing difficulty (such as hyper ventilation).

Gelsemium: a remedy indicated as 'ailments from bad news'; especially when a person feels 'like the rug has been pulled out from under them' or especially if they feel weak in the knees or powerless in the force of an event. Also to consider for post traumatic conditions where the person feels dopey and droopy and may come down with a viral illness following bad news or a shock.

Opium: homeopathically indicated when someone has such a fright that they become severely disassociated-- people suffering from this form of self-protection following a fright or trauma may not be aware of 'how out of it' they are. Sometimes they may be observed as being dull or insensate-- as if drugged by an analgesic/ anaestheitc. They may seem as if they are 'out of their body' (Lithium phos also has this symptom).

Argentium nitricum: For repeated catastrophic thoughts about recurrences of the fright---e.g. constantly anticipating the after shocks. And for the specific fear (and recuring fear) of buildings falling and crushing them.

Stramonium: Particularly useful following fright or trauma where the person is afraid of the dark, is prone to waking with ‘night terrors’. Also indicated when the behavioural response to a traumatic event is one of two extremes—excessive apathy and helplessness or aggressive and even violent outbursts.

Also always remember the Bach Flower Remedy combination: Rescue Remedy TM. This is a classic support remedy for anyone who is anxious or frightened. It typically comes in a dropper bottle and a few drops added to a water bottle that can be sipped frequently is a good way to administer to people suffering from shock and ongoing fear/ anxiety.

Here in NZ, the scales of our disaster pales into insignificance to what is Japans reality.

Here we will have to bulldoze 30% of the buildings in the CBD in CHCH, many businesses are closed, mortgages in limbo, jobs disappeared, 14,000 homes still have no electricity. 30,000 chemical toilets have been provided with more to come from the rest of the world. Globally NZ was relying on money donations from around he world which will now be spearheaded to Japan.

This disaster does not only affect Japan , it is global: radiation, loss of friends and loved ones, world economy, gas prices and the list goes on and on.

If anyone has any further help re remedies to use as an acute in such disasters I would like to know, for us in NZ we will be ok, I fear Japan may not.

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Thank you for this important issue to bring up!

The list is good and full of first aid information.

These are some ideas I have collected from great homeopaths at my school here in Finland. I would like to add Arnica to the list, because it is also for acute trauma. It can work well in trauma with Aconite. And when there are also fysical traumas Arnica with Arsenicum.

Also Nux vomica might be some idea. When a patient has worked under a great pressure and stress and everything goes away suddenly.If there are symptoms like vomiting and disaster in mind - they could be helped with this rx.

Deep depression and suicidal thouhgts after disasters could be also Aurum met. When person is full of duty and melancholy this would be repertorised too. In Japan work is very important to people. In their culture there is a lot of symbolism of death, like "harakiri", the colors of white and red- dead and life, warriors had silk under their iron war costyms - like Aurum.

Regards Helena

Very good Helena. I shall be revising the list above.

A great read, I remember that Kaviraj had gone to Haiti to help but have not seen cases solved

Thank you for bringing this article back to life, Yvonne.

Wonderful article by HWC. Helping the victims as well as Hompaths.


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