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Rebalancing the Gut-brain Axis with Homeopathy

Dr. Eva Detko:

Hello and welcome, thank you for joining me for the Mind Body
& the Vagus Nerve Connections Summit. I'm your host Dr. Eva Detko and my
guest this session is Dr. Ameet Aggarwal.

Dr. Ameet has helped thousands of people with mental and physical health
conditions by combining naturoppathic medicine, psychotherapy, and family
constellations therapy. His online program is the only online program approved
by both the Commissions of Dietetic Registrants and by Naturopathic
Professional Association for Naturopaths, Nutritionists, and Dietitians. Born in
Kenya, Dr. Ameet started mobile clinics for poor communities through his
charity FIMAFRICA and loves to support communities with your help when you
buy his online course and books from his site, health.drameet.com. So Dr.
Ameet welcome to the summit!

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

Thank you.

Dr. Eva Detko:

Well, I'm excited for this conversation. We're going to talk about
something that I think not many people would have expected to see on this
summit. We're going to talk about homeopathy and how we can utilize
homeopathy to treat not just the vagus nerve, but various related aspects of our
health and healing that still connect obviously, to the vagus nerve because
everything is connected to everything else, right? But we will look at it from a few different angles.

And so, let's actually start, before we get into the subject,
you're obviously originally from Kenya and you run your mobile clinics there,
and you utilize homeopathy in those mobile clinics. So tell us a little bit about
that first.

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

OK, so I started mobile clinics a long time ago when I
graduated from Canada and then I wrote a book and an online course to help
me fund these mobile clinics. And so whenever I have enough sales, book sales
and online course sales, I go back into the bush. The areas I treat with the
mobile clinics, they're extremely poor. And a lot of the people are nomadic.

Anxiety, Stress, Your Gut and Homeopathy 

They're not there all the time. So I sit under a tree and I take the case, and then
I prescribe these homeopathic medicines to the people. And why I love
homeopathy is because one, it helps to treat the root cause. Number two, you
need very little of the medicine to have a long term effect, and to have a very
deep effect.

And so a lot of people in the communities are telling me that: "You know, Dr.
Ameet, your medicines are a bit different". Because they don't know the
difference between homeopathy and normal medicine. It all looks like little
tablets and a lot of long term problems, a lot of difficult cases are going away.

"But we only have one problem with you. You're giving too little medicines." They
want a large amount, or they want an injection. Because the stronger the
medicine, they think the more powerful and better. But they're liking it. So I'll
sit under a tree. Usually it's the Masai community, sometimes a Samburu of
community, and I'll take their case. I used to have volunteers from around the
world and I'd supervise them, and we'd treat together.

Dr. Eva Detko:

That is amazing because you're going back to your roots and
you're giving back. That's amazing. I'm sure everybody is going to be impressed
by this initiative. I know you're not doing it for glory, but nonetheless, it's very
commendable. And what is interesting to me is that western mindset of using
medicine in the first place. The fact that they're thinking that medicine is what
is going to heal them and also that more is better. That's very interesting that
that's actually filtered through all the way to those tribes and people, tribal
people, who not so long ago, I'm sure, wouldn't have used any pills whatsoever.

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

Right and their herbs are being forgotten and that's why
I want to start working with the herbalists to rescue that knowledge and bring
it back into communities as soon as possible.

Dr. Eva Detko:

It's crazy because all those South American, Asian and African
herbs are making their way into the western way of working. Not necessarily
western conventional medicine but in terms of naturopathic western medicine.
And yet, they are sort of losing that themselves. So I can see why you want to
recover that.

But let's backtrack for a moment because you did mention that
obviously with homeopathy it's not necessarily about giving a ton of the active
substance. It's not how homeopathy works. And people, most people, will
probably have some idea on how homeopathy works but actually just
summarize how it works just in case people may still be a little confused about
it.

Homeopathy Remedies For Gut Health

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

Perfect. It's one of my favorite subjects. So homeopathy
is based on the law of similars. And what does that mean? Like cures like. So if
I cut an onion in front of your nose, you're likely to have a runny nose and
tearing eyes. And so the philosophy of homeopathy is that, if I give you a large
amount of one substance, like the toxic dose of it, like a cut onion, later on in
life if you have symptoms that resemble taking a toxic dose of anything, so let's
say you come with an allergy, with runny nose, and watering eyes. I'm
oversimplifying.

Then, if I give you a very diluted form of the onion, the
homeopathic form, so diluted multiple times, so it's just the energy of the
original substance, of the original onion, then that diluted form will cure the
symptoms that the toxic amount would create in a person.

So typically also, for example, if you take the poison arsenicum, you'll get a lot
of diarrhea and vomiting. So a common remedy for food poisoning is
homeopathic Arsenicum album. So the diluted form of food poisoning. So
vomiting and diarrhea can come from food poisoning, can come from different
factors. But the picture resembles that of the toxicity of arsenic. So you take the
diluted form and the diluted form has the energy that matches the picture of
the toxic form. So it can cure food poisoning.

Dr. Eva Detko:

Yeah, that's an excellent example. Thank you for explaining
that. And just to add that homeopathy is a form of energy medicine really, much
like, we in another session we're talking about infoceuticals and sort of
information medicine. It really falls into the category of information medicine. It
is not so much about the active substance. The same you could say very, very
similar to flower remedies, for instance. It's a slightly different concept with
flower remedies, but again, similar.

It's not really so much about the active substance but it's the energetic imprint really that's going to, if you like, to
stimulate the immune system or the body enough to create the right reaction
and the healing response, the right healing response.

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

Exactly. It's based on the essence of a remedy. So the
vibrational frequency. Because our body, everything is frequency, everything is
energy. And we're just condensed vibrating molecules. And when you are in a
diseased state, your frequency, your vibration changes. And so we need to find
a remedy that matches that changed frequency. And homeopathy is amazing
for that because there's thousands of remedies available. So you can really
narrow down a unique disease state, or a unique disease frequency in a remedy.

Meaning, so let's say you have asthma and there are thousands of remedies for
asthma.

So I will understand what's the unique picture of your asthma? And I'll find a
remedy that matches that unique picture. So your unique picture might be your
asthma is worse at 4:00 in the morning, rather than 8:00 in the morning. Or
your asthma is better drinking hot water versus somebody else's asthma gets
better drinking cold water. And so the cold water asthma has a different remedy
and the warm water asthma has a different remedy. That's why homeopathy
is amazing because you can really individualize the treatment and get a deeper
cure.

Dr. Eva Detko:

And it's actually part of the reason why it doesn't lend itself very
well to research studies as western medicine likes to do them. It's because of
that, it's because it's highly individualized. So then, of course, the conventional
medicine will come along and say, "oh, this is all stuff that, you know, is
unproven or it doesn't work or whatever". But the actual fact is that there are a
lot of natural therapies and things that we know work beautifully but they don't
necessarily lend themselves very well to placebo-controlled double-blind studies
and things like that.

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

Exactly. Yeah, It's hard to do double-blind studies with
homeopathy because each person in your case study needs an individual
remedy. But the good news is W.H.O., World Health Organization, recognizes it
as therapeutic science, therapeutic medicine. And I would say like probably 80
percent of the population in India are using homeopathy. It originated in
Germany and in Germany it is widespread. In Europe you can buy homeopathic
pills in a pharmacy.

So it's widely accepted and is gaining popularity. And is
treating the root cause. It's excellent for children. It's super safe. So, yeah, let's
support the movement.

Dr. Eva Detko:

Yeah, absolutely. And so you mentioned that you use it on your
communities in Africa. And I know that you would use homeopathy, for
instance, for shock and trauma and that also relates to the vagus nerve. So tell
us a little bit more about that particular aspect of using homeopathy.

Homeopathy for Anxiety, Fear, and Panic Attacks: Does It Work?

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

Homeopathy is amazing, amazing for shock and trauma.
In fact, it goes deeper than psychotherapy in so many ways because there's
individual remedies for different types of trauma. So if somebody is being
sexually abused, for example, I have a selection of five or six remedies that can
help somebody who has been sexually abused. Versus me spending an hour,
once a week with the client for three or five weeks, you know, working on the
different layers of the trauma.

When I combine it with homeopathy, the homeopathy goes deeper to help the
person release the energetic tension in their body. So we have remedies for, you
know, grief from loss of a loved one, if somebody dies. Then Ignacia is a
homeopathic remedy I use often for break-ups, somebody who has been
betrayed and is feeling very tearful and anxious.

Versus natrum Muriaticum is another beautiful homeopathic remedy I use for
grief when somebody has lost a loved one, especially related to missing your
mom, or losing a parent, or even also going through a break-up where there's
less anxiety but more withdrawal. So homeopathy is beautiful in that way. It
really understands the unique characters of a person. Aurum metallicum, great
remedy for somebody who has gone through a serious loss and is having
suicidal thoughts from shame and guilt.

So I'll understand the uniqueness of the trauma and the uniqueness of the
presenting symptoms, and match that to the homeopathic remedy. And my
online course goes through all these different remedies and different shocks.
And there's a book called The Repertory, which homeopaths use, that people
can look through and say," OK, you know, if somebody has been betrayed, what
are the different remedies?"

So then I look at the different remedy and say, OK, which of these remedies
most closely matches the person's symptoms in that category? And I'll give it.

And the beauty of homeopathy is that you can actually heal old shock and
trauma from the past. So let's say somebody comes in with stomach cramps
and ulcers and things like that, yeah? Rather than give a homeopathic remedy
for stomach cramps and ulcers I'll say: "OK, when did this start?" And if it
started after a betrayal, and I see this all the time in my clinic. Honestly, even
last week I had a case like this. They'll say: "Oh, after I was betrayed" or "After
I had this fight", or something like that, I'll give them the remedy for the conflict.
And boom, the symptoms, the physical symptoms disappear because it started
with an emotional shock. And we know that's possible because of the connection
of emotions to the vagus nerve, to the different organs in the body.


Dr. Eva Detko:

Yeah, that's excellent. These are really great examples and just
one more time emphasizes how, yes, there could be issues at the physical level.
Maybe there's some toxicity, maybe there is digestion insufficiency, or problems
with digestive sequencing, or whatever. But that emotional trauma can actually
push somebody over the edge and they will start manifesting that illness. And
that happens so often. So that's very interesting. Thank you for sharing that.
Have you got any other examples?

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

If somebody is going through a lot of stress in the present
time.

So remember, there's emotional shock and trauma that stays in the limbic
brain and then exhaust the adrenal system. And there's also present day stress
as well. That exhausts the nervous system as well and creates irritability in
somebody. A typical example, then I'll use something called Nux vomica, which
is great for present day stress, a lot of stress and causing irritability and
constipation. So I'll look at both the mental picture and the physical picture. If
somebody has burnout, adrenal burnout, there's three or four different
remedies that I use. Based on their unique symptoms, whether they have a
dullness in mind, or they're more anxious from their burnout.

And I'll also ask them, do they have erectile difficulties? If they have poor
erections after a burnout period of grief and stress, then I'll use a different
remedy. I had a lady who used to have vaginal spasms after her partner shouted
at her. And it was a surprise for her, shock, and I tried remedies, homeopathic
remedies to help balance hormones and heal vaginal spasms but when I gave
her a remedy for the shock: boom. It was done in one session.

Dr. Eva Detko:

And, you know, I hope that people watching this, if they haven't
before, then they're really starting to connect the dots. How different a result
you can have when you actually consider the body and mind as one system
rather than trying to separate it and just look at the biochemistry, for instance.

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

Absolutely.

Dr. Eva Detko:

Yeah. So you mentioned adrenal fatigue. That's great because
obviously that's a very common complaint in a lot of people with chronic illness.
I mean, it can be at the source of it, or it could be a resulting symptom. But
either way, a lot of people suffering with chronic illness will have this problem.
And what about the gut, liver and adrenal connection? Because obviously that
also relates to the vagus nerve and it affects it and it's affected by the vagus
nerve. So can you talk a little bit more about that relationship?

Gut, liver and adrenal connection

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

So this might be repetitive to some of you, I apologize.
You have the gut, which has a nice lining, kept healthy by good bacteria and
good food. With antibiotics, poor diet, etc. the gut gets damaged. You get leaky
gut, you get holes in the intestines. Toxins go all over the body. Creates systemic
inflammation, leading causes of chronic disease and irritation to the vagus
nerve.

All these toxins go to the liver. Liver gets bunged up, produces less bile,
you get more gas, bloating, constipation and digestion gets worse you get leaky
gut. And that causes chronic inflammation again. The systemic inflammation
stresses your adrenal glands to produce cortisol. So your adrenal glands are
going to burn out both from inflammation and from emotional stress you're
going through in life. And from history of trauma.

So these are the fundamental systems to heal. Emotional trauma, stress, as
well as the gut-liver-adrenal system connection. When you heal all these, then
the body resolves many chronic diseases, including hormonal imbalances and
headaches, and things. So I will pick the right homeopathic remedy depending
on what system I feel needs support. So in my online course I talk a lot about
liver remedies. One great example is lycopodium, I love lycopodium for the liver
because it helps the gallbladder stimulate bile release, more bile into the
intestine.

Most people have a stagnant gall bladder. Nux vomica is also excellent for
stimulating bile flow, especially from the liver. It helps detox the liver. Because
if you just heal the gut, you only do probiotics all the time and you change your
diet without correcting your liver, you'll get 50 percent of improvement, not the
full improvement. So even if I give herbs for the liver, I'll always give a
homeopathic remedy also for the liver. Because homeopathy goes much deeper
into the liver.

So now if the adrenal glands are wiped out, I'll give burnout remedies. Those
are typically like the acid remedies in homeopathy phosphoric acid, fluoric acid,
muriatic acid, all these different ones. And these really help somebody recover
from burnout, while I'm also giving them herbs to nourish their adrenal system.

Because remember, if somebody is burnt out and they have this messaging from
their subconscious, that's a fight-or-flight response, even if we keep on giving
them herbs, the messaging still goes on and keeps you in a locked state of fear.

So when you take homeopathy, it actually undoes the stress response. So you
come out of that fight-or-flight and the herbs work much faster and you don't
deplete the herbs. You know what I mean, if you don't resolve the stress, you
just take the herbs and you deplete the herbs. But if you resolve the stress, then
the herbs become more nourishing. You need less herbs over time and you
recover faster.

Dr. Eva Detko:

Yeah. Because ultimately what you're doing is, you can look at
it as you're treating the symptoms, but without addressing the cause. Because
all you're doing is throwing herbs at the liver that is compromised but then
you're not really addressing anything more underlying. So what you're saying
is that with homeopathy, we can go deeper in that sense and address the
underlying autonomic nervous system dysregulation. And through that, we're
actually making the body more receptive and responsive to whatever else we're
going to give it, whether it's on the food level, or herbal, supplements, or
whatever.

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

Absolutely. The deeper you go energetically, the more
transformative the therapy is. Otherwise, if you're just taking the physical
substances, like supplements and herbs and stuff. Yes, you will get some longterm cure, and sometimes permanent cure. But for a lot of people, they remain
dependent on supplements because they're not shifting the vibrational
frequency, or the energetics of their state of being.

Dr. Eva Detko:

Yes, absolutely. It makes perfect sense. I wanted to ask you,
when people want to use some of those remedies themselves, what is your
opinion on this? Is this something that you would say it is OK for people to just
go and look this up and perhaps try and self-remedy? Or would you say that
this is something that needs to be worked on with a practitioner?

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

I much prefer people go to a naturopathic doctor, or a
homeopath. Because it's hard to be objective when you're treating yourself, one.

Number two, a practitioner, a well-trained practitioner, will understand the root
cause. So like if you have headaches, for example, migraines, it could be due to
blood pressure issues, it could be a muscular issue, it could be a progesterone
issue. Or it could be food sensitivity. And a good naturopathic doctor can help
distinguish what it is and really treat the root cause. And then you might be
biased in your own emotional state. You might not know that there's an
emotional cause to your state. And a very clean, observant therapist can hold
the space to allow you to go into vulnerable places that you might not be able
to do if you're treating yourself.

And those vulnerable places that you visit with a good practitioner, help the
practitioner determine what the actual trauma is, what the belief system you
have is, and therefore select a better remedy for you. The problem with selfdiagnosing is you might take the wrong remedy. You'll get disappointed and say omeopathy doesn't work, or you might mask symptoms and not really treat
the root cause.

Dr. Eva Detko:

Yeah, I completely agree and I hear what you're saying. And I
would definitely echo that because we were talking about going deeper with this.
And to go into your own emotional experience and process that, you need to be
subjective and connect with that. But at the same time, in order to help yourself,
you need to be objective and step out of it. Now it's not possible to be both at
the same time.

And this is why having that other person who is well trained to
point you in the right direction, and also perhaps uncover some of the things
that you're not seeing because these are your blind spots, that will mean that
you can go much deeper because you will go after that root cause, rather than
treat the symptoms. And that obviously is what this whole thing is about.

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

Absolutely. There's a famous saying, I don't know how it
goes, but it's something like "you cannot cure a problem with the same mind
that created it", or something like that. So it's hard to treat your own mind
because you're observing with the problematic picture.

Dr. Eva Detko:

Yes, exactly. I love that quote. That's really great. This is really
fantastic and really helpful. Is there anything else that you want to add to what
we've already said? Any other advice or words of wisdom?

Probiotics and Gut Health

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

So we've covered adrenal-gut-liver connection. There's
free videos if people want to watch on my website to summarize this whole thing.
There's the homeopathy for healing the emotional stress and trauma. Then I
always combine, of course, homeopathy with supplements for a lot of people.
So I'll heal the gut with the probiotics, the vitamin D, etc. And then heal the
liver with some herbs and support the adrenal glands with some herbs as well.

Because you're going to nourish the body with some herbs as well while you're
shifting the energetics. Really, that's it. And then the word "love" comes to mind.
I'm reading a course in miracles right now. I am trying to study it to learn how
to do therapy through the course in miracles.

And really, self-love is very present in my mind. Working on self-love and
forgiveness, and letting go of attachments. I believe this frees up energy so that
you can have more energy for healing. And then I also practice family
constellations and I'd love people to look at that because there's so many
emotional entanglements we have with our ancestors and family members. That
I'm finding family constellation therapy just goes beyond normal psychotherapy
and it's helping me in my practice so much. My people are needing less therapy,
it's going so deep and so far into the root cause, beyond what conventional
psychotherapy can do.

Dr. Eva Detko:

Thank you so much for sharing all this and that's a really great
tip as well. And of course, a lot of the work that you do and the resources that
you produce, a lot of this proceeds go towards your charity. So why don't you
take this opportunity and just say a few words about your charity just in case
people want to help you support this cause.

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

OK, so my goal is to sell a million copies of my book. If
you know any publisher from Random House, Hay House, etc., or Oprah, please
pass on my book. Because I'm doing a lot of private practice in the city and it's
burning me out. And I want more time to do my community work and discover
the herbs and stuff.

But I don't like fundraising too much. So the way I fundraise
is people buy the book and the online course, so that they get something in
exchange for giving me support. I like doing it that, where it's more of a fair
exchange that way, so the more books you get or the more promotion you can
do for me to a publishing company, I'd really appreciate it.

And what comes up for me is just support these communities so we can gather
their knowledge again before it disappears. I know everyone assumes that the
communities use holistic medicine. They don't. They're overusing sugar. They're
overusing antibiotics. So we really need to protect them from this onslaught of
mismanagement of health before it gets too late. And I'm lucky enough to study
naturopathic medicine and live in Kenya. So hopefully I can make an impact
when the time is right.

Dr. Eva Detko:

Brilliant. It's been such a pleasure to talk to you, Ameet, and
have you on this summit. Thank you so much again for everything that you've
contributed to this event.

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal:

Thank you very much as well Eva and blessings to
everyone. Lots of love.

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