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HOMEOPATHY AWARENESS WEEK APRIL 10th-15th, 2021…

Homeopathy Awareness Week takes place from April 10th-15th and 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 “What’s The Remedy for That?: The Definitive Homeopathy Guide to Mastering Everyday Self-Care Without Drugs by Kathleen K. Fry MD CTH Hom.

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ARE YOU HEALING OR BEING HEALED?…

Healing, what does it really mean to people in constant pain? In the Oxford Dictionary it says “healing is the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.” (noun) “tending to heal; therapeutic.”(adjective)

Cancer Research wrote that “healers believe that healing energy exists all around us, and that they can channel this energy. They believe that the energy can heal you. There is no reliable scientific evidence to support its use as a cancer treatment.”

Summary

  • Healing involves the channelling of healing energy, and healers believe that this energy can heal you
  • There is no reliable scientific evidence to say it works as a treatment for cancer
  • There are no reported side effects

Healing has become a popular means of alternative treatment. The scientific theory behind this is that a patients brain waves are stimulated during the treatment which can then help the healing process to start.

Some healers believe ‘they’ have been given some sort of power to help speed up the body’s natural process of healing. They say it is completely safe for people of any age or state of health. It is used for many conditions, in particular for stress and for muscoskeletal disorders and chronic illnesses. It doesn’t always work but the patient usually finds that their ability to cope with their problems improves. Many healers only require one session but usually a number of sessions are required.

In the Cambridge Dictionary it says that healing means :

The process of becoming well again, especially after a cut or other injury, or of making someone well again.

Some herbs have been used in healing for centuries.

The process in which a badsituation or painfulemotionends or improves.

Healing only begins when the hurt is shared with someone.We have seen much progress, but the healing process is going to take years.

So, although chronic pain is probably not something that you can treat with herbs or stick a plaster on it. However, to help it heal it can be helped by using our mind and body. Believing you can truly be in less pain if you do this or that can also help to convince your mind that there is a way out of this situation if you put your mind to it.

I have personally never seen a healer but I do believe some people have magic hands and I used to see a lady who gave me regular aromatherapy massage who I was convinced had healing hands. I always felt so much better after I had seen her. Of course the treatment itself was relaxing which helps any pain but I think it was her aura that convinced me I was in safe hands and I would leave feeling in less pain.

She held her treatments in a private hospital room and you could smell the relaxing oils as you walked down the corridor. She was always in a white surgical gown and the minute you entered the room you felt completely safe.

Her hands were healing hands and throughout the treatment she would quietly ask how you were feeling or did it hurt where she was working. Since she retired I have had a number of different aromatherapy massage sessions but none made me feel like she did. So, was I actually having a healing session with my aromatherapist? Well, I believe I was and I really miss though healing hands.

If your healing hands are your local GP, your Pain Consultant or even your best friend. If they make you feel more healed then try and see them as often as you can.

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MS AWARENESS WEEK April 19th-25th, 2021 – #LetsTalkMS…

MS Awareness week will run from 19th-25th April, 2021. The focus of the MS Societies Awareness Week is a chance to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis, and spread the word. #LetsTalkMS.

MS Awareness Week are saying #LetsTalkMS.

The MS Society will give you the tools to feel confident about speaking up. And share stories of how others found their voice. With your help, you can create lots of buzz on social media and in the press. #LetsTalkMS.

This year MS Awareness Week wants you to speak up about MS and the work of the MS Trust. Multiple sclerosis is a complex condition which is often misunderstood. By raising awareness of MS, and the MS Trust work supporting people living with the condition, you’ll help ensure everyone with MS gets the support and information they need.

People with M.E. disappear from society and can easily be forgotten and overlooked. The MS Trust say do it your way. Whether you are holding a bake sale or planning a party, fundraise YOUR way for people with MS. They will be there to help every step of the way.

Please share REAL stories and images far and wide between 19th-25th April.

MS in nearly three times more common in woman than men. It is also more common in countries further north or south from the equator.

Facts about MS

  • MS is a disease affecting the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).
  • It’s estimated that 130,000 people in the UK have MS.
  • Every week around 100 more people are diagnosed.
  • It’s nearly three times more common in women than in men.
  • Most people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s but it can be diagnosed in younger and older people.
  • MS isn’t infectious or contagious so you can’t catch it or pass it on to other people.
  • MS is the most common condition of the central nervous system affecting young adults.
  • MS is a life long condition but it is not a terminal illness.
  • Everyone’s MS is different so no two people will have the same range and severity of symptoms, even if they are closely related.
  • MS is more common in countries further north or south from the equator.
  • MS is not inherited, but family members do have a slightly higher risk of developing MS.

What happens in MS?

Your immune system is your body’s natural defence system which helps your body fight against infections.

Your central nervous system contains nerve cells which process information and communicate messages to and from different areas of your body triggering a response, such as lifting your foot when walking or contracting the muscles in the bladder wall so you can empty your bladder.

In MS your immune system mistakenly attacks your central nervous system. When the attack happens, the immune system targets the protective covering around your nerves (called myelin). This covering is there to protect your nerves and help messages travel along them smoothly.

When myelin is damaged (called demyelination) messages don’t pass along your nerves as efficiently as they used to so messages can be delayed or sometimes may not get through at all. These areas of damage are called lesions and they cause the symptoms you experience.

After an attack your body is able to repair itself to some extent. In the earlier stages of MS, your body has the ability to replace the damaged myelin (called remyelination), although it tends to be thinner than unaffected myelin so the messages may not travel as fast as they did before. Your brain also has the ability to reroute messages to avoid an area of damage so that messages can still get through – this is known as plasticity.

MS is thought to be an autoimmune and neurodegenerative condition. Autoimmune because your body is attacking healthy cells and neurodegenerative because the loss of myelin can leave nerves exposed and more vulnerable to long-lasting damage.

Symptoms vary from person to person and from day to day. This can make your MS rather unpredictable. It’s completely normal for it to take some time to adjust and adapt to this unpredictability going forward in your life.

Some of the most common symptoms around the time of diagnosis are fatigue (a kind of exhaustion which is out of all proportion to the task undertaken), unusual feelings in your skin (such as pins and needles, numbness or burning), problems with eyesightmemory and thinking problems, and walking difficulties (such as tripping, stumbling, weakness or a heavy feeling in your legs).