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Do You Have A Built-In Sentinel?

by | Jul 26, 2019 | Constitutional Homeopathy, CPTSD, PTSD, Snakes

I remember the first time I encountered someone who today would likely have a diagnosis of PTSD.

She was an older woman I met on a volunteer trip in the late 1980’s.  She commented about how difficult it was to sleep because she had a “built-in Sentinel.”  Something about her was always causing her to be on guard, to be alert to her surroundings.

According to Dictionary.com, a Sentinel is “a person or thing that watches or stands as if watching.” Also, “a soldier stationed as a guard to challenge all comers and prevent a surprise attack.”  I think the second definition was the one to which she was referring. That is also the appropriate definition for the “Hyper-Awareness” experienced by people with PTSD.

Always being on guard is a very common symptom of PTSD and CPTSD. This is especially true in military vets with PTSD, but also true in people who have been victims of abuse, and police officers.  In Homeopathy, we call this symptom Watchfulness.  There is also a symptom with more remedies that are associated with it called Suspiciousness, mistrustfulness.  Another such symptom is Delusions, Surrounded By Enemies.

What Types of Remedies Are Always On-Guard?

Just a brief review, homeopathic remedies are made from Plants, Minerals and Animals, prepared in a very particular way to make them safe an effective.

The sources of remedies that consistently show up in these three symptoms mentioned above are Snakes.  This makes sense.  Think about rattle snakes.  They are always watching.  They let you know when you get too close.  The person who needs a snake remedy is always watching, always aware of his or her surroundings too.  Common accompanying symptoms of snake remedies are issues with blood, bleeding, one sided symptoms and dreams or fear of snakes.

In a larger scope, the story behind animal remedies is about life and death, because that is generally the life of being an animal, especially one that is not domesticated. For example, remedies made from Rats also show up in these symptoms.  While rat remedies don’t align as closely with PTSD as Snake remedies do, watching the movie Ratatouille or reading Charlotte’s Web (Templeton the Rat) gives you an idea about what those remedies are like.  There is always a risk of getting caught and killed, and further, no one cares if you get caught or killed. Accompanying symptoms are stealing and hoarding.

Do you Need a Snake, Rat or a Plant or Mineral?

Not everyone with a built-in Sentinel needs a snake.  There are plants and minerals that cover those symptoms too.  The only way to know for sure is to work with a homeopath on your PTSD symptoms.

Once you have the right remedy, the Sentinel can retire, and you can feel more relaxed in your surroundings.

If you are interested in knowing if need a Plant, Mineral or Animal Remedy for your PTSD or CPTSD symptoms, contact us at Lotus Homeopathy. Schedule a Complementary Consult and find out if you can be helped.  If you aren’t a member of our Facebook Group Healing PTSD Naturally, join now!


Meet Kathryn Berg the Classical Homeopath at Lotus Homeopathy, Inc.


Some of you know me, others of you may have heard of me. And for most, you probably have no clue about me or my business. So I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself, my family, my business, why I am a homeopath and how I became a homeopath—not necessarily in that order.

Like many people, I found out about homeopathy accidentally. I fell down while walking my Akita pup on an icy sidewalk on a typical Minnesota winter day. I was scheduled to go to a friend’s house later that day, so when I did, I asked her for some ice. You need some Arnica, she told me. Arnica? What’s that? She explained that Arnica is a homeopathic remedy for trauma.

At the time, the only place to get homeopathic remedies was a book and herb store in South Minneapolis. So I went there to get some. When I got there, I decided I should read some books so I actually knew what I was doing. I left with the Arnica 30c and three books. By the time I got done reading them, I knew I wanted to be a homeopath.

It was only several years later that I realized that I was attracted to homeopathy as a profession because I am a problem solver. It is what drives me. There is nothing like a well chosen homeopathic remedy to solve problems.

At the time I decided to become a homeopath, there wasn’t even a school here in in Minnesota. But eventually, my homeopath and his business partner started the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. I was a graduate of the third class. At the time I went there, it was a part time program taking three and a half years! Since then I have studied with numerous other well known and respected homeopaths in continuing education studies.

While I do work with all sorts of folks with a variety of conditions, I really have studied how to treat people suffering from PTSD, health issues related to aging women, and children’s health issues of all sorts, including autism. I have also been successful in removing blockages to healing due to suppression of symptoms by western medicine. I chose those specialties because people really suffer who have those forms of dis-ease, and Western Medicine doesn’t seem to have much of a solution for them.

After over twenty years of practice, I still get excited for clients when a remedy has helped them heal.

So that is about my business. Now, a little bit about me.

I have two adult sons in their early twenties, so I have shed the title of “Soccer mom”. My husband and I are empty nesters living in Woodbury, MN. For fun, I like to play piano, sing, sew, garden, hike, and travel. I am in a community choir. I also enjoy cooking healthy meals and, out of necessity, am an expert at cooking for special diets.

If you have any questions about homeopathy or my approach to homeopathic case taking, please feel free to put some questions in the comments below.

If you have a health issue you need help with, please click the Book Now button on my Facebook page or Main page of my website and schedule a complementary consult to see if homeopathy can help you!



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