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.
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 –
- 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”.
- 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.
- 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.
According to Good Housekeeping Magazine, two studies on Yoga have shown it can reduce the symptoms of ASTHMA and can lower the risk of DIABETES and HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
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.
According to a recent survey five minutes of meditation daily will work more magic than an hour once a week as consistency is the key. After you have had your first drink of the day they suggest you sit on your bed and put your hands onto your knees and focus on your breathing.
“Find what works for you, whether its simply focusing on the breath, listening to a guided meditation, or repeating an affirmation”, says Lucy Sherwood in Good Housekeeping who is a meditation teacher to some celebrities.