HOMEOPATHY AWARENESS WEEK APRIL 10th-16th…

Homeopathy Awareness Week takes place from April 10th-16th.

It is a celebration of homeopathy, a safe, gentle, natural system of medicine. April 10th was the day on which Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, was born.

I think it’s a shame that some people talk about homoeopathy as though it was money down the drain as I’m sure most of the ones questioning it have not even tried it yet. Celebrity actress Nadia Sawalha’s eczema drove her to ‘tie her hands to the bedstead’ in an attempt to stop her scratching it, then found that a controversial homoeopathy treatment cleared it up.

A homoeopathic consultant looks at the whole person to choose remedies that are decided on the basis of all aspects and symptoms the patient has. It can help with many acute illnesses, like earache, fever, flu, tonsillitis, IBS, migraines, anxiety, depression and more. It is stated that remedies are nonaddictive and they have no dangerous side effects, and are safe for the elderly, young and during pregnancies. Nadia believed the homoeopathic cream, ‘mezerum’, a Eurasian shrub extract, traditionally used to heal skin complaints, was what she could only describe as ‘biblical’, as over 48 hours, she watched as her skin renewed itself.

There are however, still lots of sceptics, with a Professor in Edinburgh, and Pharmacists questioning that there is no evidence or scientific basis to suggest homoeopathy is an effective treatment for eczema. I guess Nadine thinks differently.

Homoeopathy is a form of alternative medicine founded by a German physician Samuel Hahnemann, himself an orthodox Doctor (MD), in 1796. The name is derived from two Greek words that mean “like disease”, basically “like cures like”. He established the law of ‘similar similibus curentur’ – the law of similitude – (disorders can be cured with substances which behave in a similar way). When a poison is causing certain symptoms, the same poison, but very highly-diluted, can be used to cure these symptoms. Samuel Hahnemann was disliked by pharmacists at that time, who were the traditional suppliers of medicines to doctors, because he only needed one ingredient at a time, whereas pharmacists needed hundreds of ingredients.He was then banned from working in different regions so he had to move his family from village to village to escape legal threats and injunctions from the medical establishment.

Homoeopathy is the third most popular method of healing in India, after conventional medicine and Ayurveda. Nine million people use it in Brazil and in some developing countries like India, Mexico and Cuba, where homoeopathy is integrated into the system of healthcare. In countries such as India, Mexico, Pakistan and South Africa, homoeopathy is on an equal level with conventional medicine, and it is also recognised in countries like Bangladesh, Singapore, Dubai, and Malaysia etc.

It is also recognised in Germany, Switzerland and Canada and in countries such as Australia and New Zealand, where it’s developing into a complete healthcare profession and is receiving government recognition. The theory is actually quite simple, as they just take all the patient’s symptoms, and then find a matching remedy, i.e., something that could cause similar symptoms in a healthy person.

A qualified and experienced homoeopath can sometimes cure serious chronic diseases when traditional medicine can do nothing further, and when used in the right way. The treatments are made from the elements found in nature, i.e., mineral, animal and plant extracts, which are the bases of the remedies which are then diluted to avoid side-effects. By knowing the toxic effects of herb, mineral or animal fluid, a homoeopath can then turn it into a homoeopathic remedy which will then have the direct opposite effect and with no side effects or reactions.

Apparently, according to an article in Woman & Home, ‘a whole cast list of celebs, including the Queen’ , the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles use Homoeopathy for treating different conditions. Homoeopathy is a 200 year-old holistic healing method, where a substance that causes symptoms when it’s taken in large doses, can, when used in highly-diluted amounts, treat those same symptoms. You can buy remedies over the counter, but for a serious condition it’s best if you visit a Homoeopath to discuss your needs. You usually need at least one or two different types of homoeopathic medicine to help with your problems, but it’s usually not too expensive and has no known side-effects.

The Homeopathy Awareness Week’s website says that “In the UK, 15% of our population already use homeopathy, and a further 80% have heard about it. However, many people are not quite sure what makes homeopathy different from other systems of medicine”. They go on to say “Lots of people already know that homeopathy works. That is why across the world an estimated 450 million people use homeopathy each year. After all, if homeopathy didn’t work, why would so many people choose to use it, and carry on using it?

Usually there are lots of events being held around the U.K. but due to the COVID-19 they are all cancelled but you can gets lots of information from the Homeopathy Awareness Website which has some great animations you can watch.

Another great site with lots of Celebrity comments is Homeopathy Awareness, Some other Homoeopathic websites to check out are The Faculty of Homoeopathy’, and ‘The Society of Homoeopaths’,


You can buy your remedies at ‘Ainsworths’ – who reputedly hold royal warrants from the Queen and Prince Charles for their homoeopathic remedies. ‘The Organic Pharmacy’ – which is modern and helpful. ‘Helios Homepage’ which has great first-aid kits and soothing creams, and all are open for business.

My choice of book is ‘The Complete Homoeopathy Handbook’ by Miranda Castro, a guide to everyday health healthcare, and an absolutely brilliant complete book on Homeopathy.

WORLD HEALTH DAY 7th APRIL – SUPPORT NURSES AND MIDWIVES WORLDWIDE…

Tomorrow, 7th April, is World Health Day’ which celebrates the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response – providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances, collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response.

In this International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, World Health Day will highlight the current status of nursing and around the world. WHO and its partners will make a series of recommendations to strengthen of the nursing and midwifery workforce.

This will be vital if we are to achieve national and global targets related to universal health coverage, maternal and child health, infectious and non-communicable diseases including mental health, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety and the delivery of integrated, people-centered care, amongst others.

We are calling for your support on World Health Day to ensure that the nursing and midwifery workforces are strong enough to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets the healthcare they need. 

The tagline for World Health Day is: #SupportNursesAndMidwives #COVID19

IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP AND COVID-19 : WHY SLEEP COULD HELP…

We all know how important sleep is to our health but at the moment we need our immune system working overtime. The immune system is particularly boosted during ‘slow wave sleep‘, the first and third night when we sleep deeply according to The Telegraph.

So, sleep could really help when it comes to COVID-19 as it could stave it off and also minimise the symptoms when it hits. The Telegraph says that ‘while it’s too early for any studies to have been done on the effects of sleep on this particular coronavirus (Covid-19), in 2015 researchers in the US deliberately infected 164 volunteers with the rhinovirus (common cold). They found that the people who slept less than six hours a night were four times more likely to develop cold symptoms than the ones who slept for seven hours or more.’

When you are asleep your body builds up energy, fixing and repairing but the immune system is particularly boosted during ‘slow wave sleep’, the first and third of the night when we sleep deeply when your body can make infection-fighting cells and proteins called antibodies that help defend against illness. Your body releases certain proteins that help the immune system called cytokines, only during sleep.

Not getting enough sleep can also make you more likely to catch viruses or germs.

Healthline added ‘Numerous studies have reported the benefits of a good night’s sleep, and now researchers from Germany have found that sound sleep improves immune cells known as T cells.

“T cells are a type of… immune cells that fight against intracellular pathogens, for example virus-infected cells such as flu, HIV, herpes, and cancer cells,” Stoyan Dimitrov, PhD, a researcher at the University of Tübingen and an author of the study, told Healthline.

The study found a new mechanism through which sleep can assist the immune system.

Kimberley Hardin, MD, director of the sleep medicine fellowship program at the University of California Davis, says many people take good sleep for granted.

“People underestimate the importance of sleep, and less than seven hours per night on a regular basis has negative effects. It essentially creates a fight-or-flight state, with increased stress hormones and release of adrenaline,” she told Healthline.

So, rest up everyone, if you can’t get those hours in at night then try resting in the day even if it’s outside in the sunshine. Just get as many zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz as possible.

TWENTY + REASONS TO LEARN HOW TO MEDITATE…

During this trying time on us all it is essential that we keep as fit and healthy as possible and one way of achieving this is by learning how to meditate.

Here’s 20+ reasons why you should learn to meditate.

It makes you feel happier. It improved your memory. It makes you feel more grateful. It reduces stress. It improved sleep. It improves concentration. It encourages compassion. It helps with decision making. It encourages mindfulness. It helps fight addictions. It delays onset of Alzheimer’s. It encourages a healthy lifestyle. It reduces back pain. It reduces loneliness. It encourages weight loss. It slows down the ageing process. It’s FREE. It involves no physical exertion. It heals your soul. It improved your cardiovascular health. It helps process emotions. It’s linked to a more creative mind.

Some tips on learning and practicing meditation are – Practice daily, decide a time you can practice without interference everyday. Start small, say just two minutes. Get comfortable, choose your space and sit in a comfortable position. Focus on your breathing and realise that your mind will have a lot of thoughts going through it at the moment. Your thoughts will wander, this is normal.

Four great FREE apps you can download to start your journey are – HEADSPACE – one of the most popular apps characterised by cute animations to help people start their meditation journey. Some meditations can be as short as 1-3 minutes so a great app for beginners. CALM – a great sleep and relaxation app with great pictures rather than words to help you stay with the app for longer. INSIGHT TIMER tons of free guided meditation and mindfulness. MINDFULNESS – this app was created by two yoga and mindfulness professionals. You can start your meditation practice with only 5 mins per day, and track your progress. It’s indicated for beginners, kids and even people that have been meditating for a long time. A great all rounder app.

You can find lots of infographics on meditation from Pinterest and I have written a few blog posts on the subject –

It’s Sleep Sunday – Let’s Talk About Sleep and Meditation Therapy,

Practice Mindful Breathing to Help Ease Pain

Top Tips on How to Find Your Inner Peace with Meditation