CAN HOMEOPATHY PLAY A PART IN HEALING CHRONIC CONDITIONS?…

Can Homeopathy play a [art in healing chronic conditions? I think this is a very good question.

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. An article in The Mail Online Health said that 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 an 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, ‘mezereum’, 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 Nadia 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 a 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, and the Queen’ 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. Some Homoeopathic websites to check out include ‘The Faculty of Homoeopathy’, British Homeopathic Association, 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. ‘‘Helios Homepage’ which has great first-aid kits and soothing creams. 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.

Personally, I have never tried Homeopathy for any type of pain but I would love to hear from anyone who may have given it a go. Have any of my readers tried a homoeopathic remedy and was it successful?

Source: The Mail Online Health

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WORLD HOMEOPATHY AWARENESS WEEK 10th-16th APRIL 2018…

World Homeopathy Awareness Week takes place on the 10th-16th April which is organised by the World Homeopathy Awareness Organisation.

The week is a celebration of both homeopaths and those who have been healed with homeopathy. The date of 10th April was chosen to mark the start of this event as it is the birthday of Dr Samuel Hahnemann, the German physician who is credited with creating homeopathy and who said “A homeopath’s “high and only mission is to restore the sick to health… in the shortest, most reliable and most harmless way.”

During World Homeopathy Awareness Week (WHAW) free public events such as lectures, media interviews, volunteer first-aid at sports events, free & reduced clinics, written materials, pieces on Twitter and Facebook, publication articles and much more are shared in over 40 countries.

Through more awareness and access to homeopathy resulting in profoundly improved health, the paradigm in the understanding of healing and healthcare can truly shift.

Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine that uses small, highly diluted doses of natural substances to trigger the bodies own healing abilities. Bach Remedies are probably the most well-known company in the UK whose remedies work in conjunction with herbs, homeopathy and medications and are safe for everyone, including children, pregnant women, pets, elderly and even plants. The Greatest gift that you can give to others is to be happy and hopeful yourself; then you draw them up out of their despondency.” Edward Bach

The World Homeopathy Association WHAO is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. It is incorporated as a foundation under the law of The Netherlands since the 21st of November 2008, to create a Worldwide Network to help promote Homeopathy.

 

TOP THREE COMPLIMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES FOR PAIN…

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In my book ‘Complimentary & Alternative Therapies for Pain’I cover over 50 treatments that are available for pain relief but some of the top choices are –

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  1. Aromatherapy – According to Mary Margaret Chappell in an article in ‘Arthritis Today’, recent studies “corroborate the use of aromatherapy for pain relief”. Apparently “Aromatherapy is effective because it works directly on the amygdala, the brain’s emotional centre,” says Mehmet Oz MD, professor of surgery at Columbia University Medical Centre in New York City. “This has important consequences because the thinking part of the brain can’t inhibit the effects of the scent, meaning you feel them instantaneously”. It is a method of healing using highly concentrated plant oils called ‘essential oils’ that are often highly aromatic and are extracted from plants. Alan Hirsch MD, neurologist at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, believes you don’t have to limit yourself to essential oils. Limiting the length of your exposure to certain scents however, will ensure they remain effective. “Short-term exposure is key because people stop responding to scents after a few minutes”.
  2. Acupuncture – A UK trial showed patients who received ten acupuncture sessions were far more likely to be pain-free after two years than those who didn’t. An American study saw 60% of back pain sufferers experience a significant improvement after acupuncture. The word “acupuncture” means “needle piercing”. It is a traditional Chinese medical treatment using very fine needles, which are inserted into the skin at any of the 800 specially-designated points. It originated from a Dutch physician, William Ten Rhyne, who had been living in Japan during the latter part of the 17th century and it was he who introduced it to Europe. It works by manipulating the body’s energy flow, or Chi, to help the body to balance and heal itself. Legend has it that acupuncture was developed when it was seen that soldiers who recovered from arrow wounds were sometimes also healed of other diseases from which they were suffering. Acupuncture-300x232
  3. Meditation – Many people are turning to meditation as an effective way to relax and bring inner peace. It can also help with stress, improve your general health and help you to think clearly. It’s something you can do wherever you are, by focusing on something else around you instead of your thoughts, worries and obsessions. You can meditate just by focusing on something; anything will do if you are out. But most people still meditate on breathing, a single repeated word, a flower or a mental image. Meditation is much more than just a way of relaxing, it also clears our minds and makes us more alert. If you meditate for a few minutes each day, the results can be deep and long-lasting. There are many places you can learn to meditate; it could be a candle-lit room, with incense and dreamy music, lying on the floor after a yoga class or at an evening’s class at your local school or leisure centre. images-1

THE DOCTOR WHO GAVE UP DRUGS…

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The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs is on BBC 1 at 9 pm on Thursday September 15th.

Over two episodes, Dr Chris van Tulleken is conducting a revealing experiment that investigates whether many of us might not actually need the prescriptions we take, as experts explain that the overuse of medicine is one of the biggest problems the health-care system in the country now faces.

Van Tulleken meets patients suffering from depression and chronic pain problems who have been taking their pills for years. You will see how some will manage given a placebo pill instead. They say the results will give you much to think about the next time you visit your doctor.

As a chronic pain sufferer and pill taker for the last 15 – 20 years I will be very interested in this short series. I will definitely be blogging on it and you never know I might be making an appointment to see my pain consultant after the two shows.