Dr. Lippman, MD: The Best Natural Remedies For Your Medicine Cabinet

Uploaded by LarryCook333 on 11.03.2011

Hello, I’m Dr. Cathie Lippman. I’m going to speak to you about what everyone should
have in their medicine cabinet. Why do I want to talk about this? Because I have so many
of my patients say to me, “Doc, what do I do when it’s Saturday night or it’s
two o’clock in the morning, and I can’t reach you and I need something to help me?”
So I’m going to give you a list of what would be helpful so that if you have an ailment,
you can get through it much faster. The first remedy I’m going to talk about is Arnica
montana. It’s a homeopathic remedy, wonderful for any kind of trauma because it helps prevent
bruising. It helps with the resorption of the blood much more quickly than if you don’t
do anything about it. Arnica comes in several forms. It comes as gels, as creams, as pellets,
and as liquid. Let me give you a couple examples about the use or arnica. Over Thanksgiving,
I was cooking. Put my hand into the oven and burned it. I put Arnica cream on the burn
right away and, in fact, every 15 minutes for three times. And after the third time
of applying it, I had no more burning sensation on my burn. I put some more on that night,
and by the next day, my burn was so much better, and it stayed that way and continued to heal
very well. Another example is a friend of mine who sprained her ankle, and she’s a
dancer, so this was very serious for her. She put a form of Arnica cream on her ankle
every 20 minutes for four times, and then that night, she wrapped her ankle using the
Arnica cream. Much to her delight, the next morning, her ankle was perfectly fine. That’s
what Arnica can do for you. The next remedy is Rescue Remedy created by Dr. Bach several
decades ago. Dr. Bach took the essences of different flowers to help people with different
emotional states. Rescue Remedy is a combination of some of those flowers. It’s wonderful
for any kind of trauma, emotional and even physical. It even comes as a liquid and as
a cream. The third homeopathic remedy is Oscillococcinum. That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Oscillococcinum
is a wonderful flu preventative. At the first sign of the flu, I take one third of a tube
three times per day under the tongue and let it dissolve there. As a regular flu preventative
throughout the flu season, I take one third of a tube three times per week. Now I’m
going to mention some herbal remedies. The first is aloe vera. Aloe vera is wonderful
for the gastrointestinal tract. It’s a natural healer. And another form for aloe vera that’s
useful is to use the gel from the leaf for skin injuries. Just cut open a leaf and apply
it directly to the injury. I always keep a plant of aloe vera around so that I have a
leaf available at the time I injure myself. Another remedy is garlic. Garlic, you say?
Garlic is a natural antibiotic. I have people who take it on a regular basis through the
flu season to keep from getting sick. It’s most effective if it’s used raw, like a
raw clove per day, but some people don’t tolerate that very well and prefer to have
it roasted. Garlic also comes in capsules. Another herb is calendula. Calendula is a
natural antibiotic. When applied to a skin wound, it helps prevent infection. Calendula
comes as liquid, gels, and creams. Elderberry is an herb that is a natural anti-viral. It
was first brought out in Israel as sambucul and is now called sambucus, although there
are other forms that are called elderberry. Taken at the first sign of a viral infection,
it can shorten the length of the infection. Humacel is one of my favorite remedies. It
is also anti-viral. It has worked for every viral infection I have put it against so far.
It can be taken as per the directions on the bottle, but let me give you a little clue.
You can take as many as two four times a day to help you cut through a viral illness and
get through it as quickly as possible. Another one of my favorite remedies is ProBoost. ProBoost
is thymic protein from calf. What it does it support the cells from the thymus that
fight infection, so it’s very helpful whenever you're sick. If you are experiencing muscle
cramps, muscle spasms, sore muscles, try Epsom salts. Epsom salts are powdered magnesium.
Add them to your bath water and soak for a while to get relief from your muscle complaints.
Now I will talk about some vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A. At the first sign of an acute viral
illness, take 50,000 to 100,000 units of vitamin A. It shortens the course of viral illnesses.
Don’t take vitamin A for longer than that length of time at that dosage, and don’t
take it at that dosage if you are pregnant. Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a wonderful support
for the immune system to help you get over any kind of infection faster. I suggest to
my patients that they take 1,000 milligrams every hour until they get rumblings in their
tummy or until they get diarrhea. Then on a daily basis, they take a little less than
what would cause that reaction. As they get better, they find they don’t need as much
vitamin C. Please note that orange juice does not provide adequate levels of vitamin C.
Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a very important support for the immune system. It really does much
more than just help bone growth. At the first sign of a viral illness, many of my patients
will take 5,000 to 10,000 units a day to help them get through the infection faster. Zinc.
Zinc is a mineral that supports the immune system so that we get through an infection
faster. I suggest people take 75 to 80 milligrams a day the first day or two, 50 milligrams
the next day or two, and then 25 milligrams through the end of the infection. People tell
me it makes a big difference for them to get through an infection faster. Probiotics. Probiotics
are beneficial bacteria for the gastrointestinal tract. They’re really part of our first
line of defense against an infection, so at the first sign of an illness, take probiotics
every hour or two hours the first day or two to get through the infection faster. There
are times when it’s important to consult a physician. If you have a fever over 104
degrees, if you have severe vomiting and diarrhea that doesn’t get better after 24 hours,
if you have severe pain that doesn’t get better after 24 hours or even sooner if you
need to, if you have severe bleeding that doesn’t abate, and lastly, if you really
are sick for three to five days and you're not getting better, go see a doctor. For more
information about wellness topics, consult my handbook: “Staying Healthy in a Challenging