New homeopathy app for home prescribing, and more…

DSC_0001This new app linking remedies and symptoms helps you to prescribe at home for those niggling ailments.

The new free homeopathy app for your phones, simply called “Homeopathy”, is available to download from Apple iTunes store and Google Play. This new digital platform will help you to find information about  your symptoms and which commonly used homeopathic medicines might help. It also lists homeopathy stockists and practitioners, colleges where you can learn about homeopathy, and the four registering bodies for homeopaths in the UK. It gives information about what you might expect when you go to see a homeopath, and about homeopathy in general.

It’s well cool, innit?

 

Want your very own Doctor in the House?

Would you love to have the Doctor in your house?

Someone to attend closely to your health and nudge you in a healing direction, helping you to form new, healthy habits and ditch the issues that keep you down?

Someone who takes an absolute interest in you as a person, becomes your health mentor, and understands you and your needs?

Well, you may not be able to have Rangan. But if you need that one-to-one attention to start a new, healthy life, you can have me. A homeopathic consultation uncovers the root cause of illness, and my eight-week courses are designed to set you on track if you feel blocked and trapped and need to move forward.

Like Rangan, I use a wide range of tools and strategies and tailor them to your needs. This includes the meditation and mindfulness that Dotti tries in the episode here, and which so successfully brings down her stress – and her cortisol levels. I also can refer you to other healthcare professionals if that is what you need to get better.

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Please contact me if you want your healthier life to start now.

Food addiction talks coming up…

fridgeDo you want to let go of your addiction to food?

I am holding two talks on what addiction is and where it comes from; how to deal with cravings to strengthen your resolve and power of choice; my approach to treating the addiction; and diets that will work for you.

The evening will begin with a relaxation exercise and end with a motivating and confidence-building NLP exercise. The talks are for small groups, no more than nine people, held in Marlow on Tuesday 14 July and Thursday 23 July from 7.30-9pm, and cost £10.
These small groups will allow me to tailor the session to answer the questions you want answers to.

Addicted? Can you choose to change?

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Addictions have a purpose. They have a function. They help us to cope with whatever has gone on in our lives up until now. They distance us from any traumatic situations or past hurts, and they fill the gap left by a lack of love or understanding, or major disappointments, for example.

But whether it’s to alcohol, food, cocaine, gambling, sex – it doesn’t matter what the substance or the behaviour, addictions are a prison. They are a vicious circle of craving and satisfying, and then they leave us feeling emptier than before, and exhausted, and the only way out of that pain is to take more.

Our substance seems to provide us with a crutch, but it’s not a crutch. Really, it’s a blinking great baseball bat which we use to beat ourselves, again and again and again.

Many of us have an addiction to something, but our lives become blighted when that thing becomes so important to us that it threatens our health, finances, job, relationships, or the whole way we feel inside. They disconnect ourselves from ourselves, numb us, and blur the edges of possibility.

How much choice do you have?

Sometimes, even though you want to stop doing what you are doing, addictions leave us with little room for choice – the cravings are irresistible. That’s because drug and other addictions damage the part of our brain that is responsible for making decisions and for regulating our own behaviour. It’s the same part of our brain that is stimulated and pleased by the thing we crave.

You know that. Ignoring cravings is very hard, and sometimes your ability to choose has gone on holiday to the seaside, leaving you in your cell.

But only you know how you feel about that, and you could decide to let things be. On the other hand, even though you might not have much choice over your cravings right now, you could decide to call for help, to gain the insights, support and structure you need to melt your addiction away. What will you decide?

If you are motivated to regain your power of choice, then you can. You may not have a choice over your cravings right now, but in this moment you can choose to come for therapy, to increase your motivation, and to free yourself.

Recover your true self

9727690408_14d32f912b_oSomewhere amongst the thick jungle of your cravings is your true self, and you know that life would be so much easier, and you could do so much more, and be so much happier, if you didn’t have to nurse your compulsion. Being free of your addiction will reconnect you with yourself, your friends and family, your abilities and all that is good in the world.

And you can be free. You can be free to go anywhere and do anything at any time and you can stand on your own two feet. You can be complete and whole in yourself: joyful, confident and independent. You don’t need to indulge in a substance or a behaviour to do anything or feel a certain way, because you have all you need inside you, right now.

Letting go of an addiction is not easy but it is possible. The first step is to call for help. You may have a mountain to climb, but I will be your Sherpa. I can give you a solid structure to help you change your behaviour, exercises to strengthen your motivation, and tools to understand yourself better. I can start your detox and rebalancing with the help of homeopathic remedies, and give you the support and encouragement you need to keep you on track.

All you need now is a will to be free: the rest we can do together.

Four reasons why being fat is not your fault

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Addiction to food is a life-depleting problem for many people. If you become unhappily overweight, you probably have an internal battle going on. On one hand you feel guilty for not taking proper care of yourself and feel entirely responsible for getting fat; and on the other hand you feel somehow helpless and irresponsible: you want someone else to take charge and you will overeat anyway, so there.

The key to coming back into balance with food is to take personal responsibility, but then there is always that nagging feeling that it’s not your fault and you cannot do anything about it.

Don’t ignore that feeling. Although what you do about your weight is entirely up to you, your little voice is correct: it is not your fault, to a large degree.

In this blog I am generalising. The reasons why someone puts on weight are complex, individual and so much greater than the availability of fattening foods. The circumstances of your life that led you to obesity are the basic material for the therapy I provide.

However, there is a much

BIGGER picture…

And it involves you! And me, and all of us.

Here are four reasons why being fat is not your fault.

  1. Obesity is an epidemic

Obesity is on the rise over the whole world. As more calorie-dense and animal-based food becomes cheaper and more available, the global incidence of piling on the pounds increases. As these poor but fattening foods spread out into new markets like syrup pouring over a treacle sponge, so obesity follows.

Obesity is like bubble wrap – each susceptible person becomes inflated, and then so does his or her neighbour, and so on, and the bubble wrap is cocooning the whole Earth.

“Weight gain by one individual may have the ‘collateral effect’ of promoting obesity in others,” says Viktor Bovbjerg. He noticed a direct connection between the levels of obesity in people living close to each other. Your risk of becoming obese is increased by 45% if you have a direct connection to an obese person. If your best friend becomes obese, you stand a 171% greater risk of becoming obese yourself. So obesity is like a communicable disease, and epidemic. Bubble wrap. A wave.

Here in Britain and in the US, about two-thirds of people are overweight. We are amongst the fattest people in the world. But even in countries which are blighted by wide-scale poverty, the number of obese people is rising, even though malnutrition is still a major problem; and the diets of once healthy nations are being invaded by cheap, fattening food. Why?

  1. Food subsidies and economic practice

The US Department of Agriculture and other governments subsidise large-scale farmers to grow meat and corn, and they lower the prices of energy-dense food, which is now accessible worldwide. We have changed our eating patterns to suit. People are eating more oils, dairy, meat and calorie-laden sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup. Soft drinks, greater portion sizes, eating out, and eating ready meals at home – all this tends to make us fat.

In parallel to the increase in highly fattening food has been a decrease in physical activity because of cars, tellies, computers and labour-saving machines at work and at home.

  1. Eating is addictive

“The food-seeking and consumption behaviours of obese individuals are eerily akin to those of people who are addicted to drugs, including alcohol,” says Elliott Blass, adding that there are “identical characteristics between overeating and established forms of addiction.” When people are addicted, their power of choice is damaged, and unlike cigarettes or drugs, eating is essential: you can’t go cold turkey. Food contains addictive properties (both natural and processed foods contain chemicals that act on the pleasure centres of the brain). There is a link between alcohol and obesity, and obesity can be considered an “addictive disease”. The therapy I provide addresses the deeper reasons for the addiction.

  1. Our bodies remember

Every time we gain weight our body will remember – it’s like it recalibrates. When we expand from overeating we reset to a new elastic limit. The body, which loves to be in balance, will do its best to get back to that size.

Children naturally regain weight between the ages of 5 and 7, but this process is happening younger, between the ages of 2 and 4, when children naturally lose weight. Obesity in childhood usually continues into adulthood. Children, as they grow up, are also learning to be inactive, being driven to school and playing out their childhoods on a screen. These patterns continue as we grow older.

So it’s not your fault… but you hold the power to do something about it.

The personal effects of obesity are unhappiness and physical illness which reach into our lives and switch off the light. It’s a see-saw ride. Rich-poor. Bulimia. Guilt-pleasure. Yoyo dieting, and a constant battle with your own mind and body. I will help you to switch the light on again, to address your addiction and to remove the bubble wrap. For further information, contact me.

 

All quotations and references from Blass, E. M. (Ed) (2008). Obesity: Causes, Mechanisms, Prevention and Treatment. Sinaur Associates Inc; Sunderland, MA, USA.

 

 

 

Moobs and a force for healing: how like cures like

Everything on the planet is here because it can heal us. Everything is a force for healing, just waiting to be recognised and transformed. Nothing is by accident, and nothing is malevolent, when used curatively.

This is the essence of homeopathy. That which causes the disease cures the disease.

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Not only the poisons and toxic substances which, when diluted and energised, make up the majority of the homeopathic remedy list, but toxic relationships, illness, environmental destruction, and traumatic events are all examples of what can be used to strengthen and heal. From chronic illness we gain a perspective of health, and the experience of acute illness can strengthen our immune systems. We can learn from distressing events and do it better next time. From relationships that go wrong we learn about our own needs and the needs of others, and start to live in ways that are more fruitful for us all.

I went along to a seminar yesterday held by the renowned homeopath and vet Geoff Johnson. He was talking about the work he has been doing on remedies made from hormones and hormonal glands. These are not like most homeopathic remedies because they are not toxic, but essential to health and life. Some of these remedies are sourced from synthetic hormones, but essentially we are looking at remedies that come from inside of us. The very essence of being human, used transformatively to bring us to health.

People who need a remedy made from a hormone or gland (which we call a sarcode) are people who need to maintain order, who like to do things methodically, and who feel they have a purpose in life. These people are good at logistics, organising demand and supply. They collaborate and communicate well with others.

On the down side, they feel the need to do everything perfectly, and this can become very stressful, especially as it is bound up with the feeling that they must be useful to others: they need to feel needed. They believe they must be strong, to protect others, but at core they are delicate and fragile. They crave regulation, order, balance, but often feel out of balance, which is causes them distress.

The illnesses these people may suffer from include metabolic disorders and eating disorders. In women, premature menopause or polycystic ovaries. In men, problems with genitals and ‘moobs’.

So you can see that the people who may need a remedy made from a sarcode – a hormone – are displaying the characteristics of the hormones themselves. Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that regulate our whole system. Hormones need to be balanced, working in sequence, collaborating or communicating with other glands and hormones to maintain balance.

This is how homeopathy works: like cures like. If you would like to know more about the information in this blog, please do contact me.

 

 

What do YOU need to get better?

So why would you come for homeopathic treatment?

A safe harbour.

A safe harbour.

Maybe your doctor is not be able to work out your symptoms. One patient came with an intolerably itchy earlobe. Another came because her caesarean scar hurt when she took off in a plane. Another always got earache on holiday. Another liked to bang his head against the wall. These idiosyncratic symptoms can be hugely troubling, and can leave the doctors stumped.

On the other hand, maybe you have health problems that seem common to many, but you do not fancy the idea of long-term medication.

Maybe you are looking for a new kind of practitioner. Someone who will understand you, and who will have the sensitivity to deal with any health issue you may have, however big, small, common or unusual. Someone who will treat your case with intelligent diligence, with curiosity and creativity, and with an overarching serenity and gentleness which allows you to express yourself fully. Someone who will completely listen, and who you can trust with your vulnerability at a time of illness or depression.

Maybe you are looking for a practitioner who can provide a safe harbour to allow healing to happen, while the rough seas of everyday life crash against the harbour walls. An anchorage where you can mend the cracks in your hull and reset your navigation system before setting sail again.

And when you do, you require a gentle but persistent wind at your back to sustain you on your journey.

Maybe you want to uncover why you have your symptoms. You need a rigorous health detective with a powerful magnifying glass and a torch with a strong, focused beam; someone who can find the key to your healing and hand it to you with trust and respect. You need someone who is firmly on the case. A catalyst for your healing, a Sherpa for the steep slopes, a mentor for when times are hard.

That is what I provide as a homeopath. If you really want to get better, do contact me.

The meaning of life, and 11 ways to grasp it

“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” Ayn Rand

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A friend of mine was telling me, as we drove along in the car, how unhappy she was, and how lost. With three children to look after, and a husband with a successful career who brought home plenty of money, she was putting her all into raising her children and trying to stay level with her husband of an evening. He had been involved in an exciting day’s work, and she had spent the day tidying the house and enabling activities for the kids. Finding common ground for an interesting conversation was tricky.

How could she keep her marriage and the family going? she was asking.  At 50, picking up a career was going to be tough, as for the past 18 years, her whole life had been geared towards nurturing her family. Now she felt as if she had lost touch with herself and her own needs, and she was also losing touch with her teenagers and her husband.

Her situation is the same for many of us. Not just wives, but husbands, too. People who have been subsumed by the responsibilities of looking after others, people who have neglected their own needs in order to cater for others. It is because the situation is so common, I am sharing this story with you.

I asked her directly, “What is the purpose of life?” Taken aback, she laughed! Then she thought about it for a while, and gave me some answers, mumbling stuff about raising children, having a job, being the best person that she can be.

I startled her more when I answered my own question, “There is no purpose of life. But if there is no purpose, there has to be meaning.”

My friend, disoriented, asked why that should be. How could I possibly state that? I answered, “Purpose is an externally imposed concept. It tells you what you should be doing, as dictated by other people. It can rarely be achieved because it is not necessarily something that we have agreed to do, or felt moved to fulfil, deeply, from our own truth. And yet we strive to fulfil our purpose. Meaning, on the other hand, derives from our internal response. It comes from inside.”

I suggested that we often overlooked the real meaning of life.

The meaning of life is simply to be happy.

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Artistotle said. What he meant was that happiness is derived from our inner being, and is accessed when we are living a life that is true to our own purpose, that we are being true to our own intuitions, our own desires, our own journey. Happiness does not depend on external conditions or things.

“That’s what my husband tells me!” my friend laughed. “When I ask him, what does he want? he says he wants me to be happy!”

We explored that. If my friend were happy, then she would stop leaning on her husband to validate her feelings. It would allow the others in the house to be happy, too. If she pursued her own goals, which were to become a choreographer and to do more photography, then she would no longer rely on her family members to fill the gaps in her life. And she could provide a solid role model of proactiveness for her children. She hadn’t noticed that the more she concentrated on them and moved away from meeting her own needs, the more she was relying on them to supply the substance of her life that she was missing.

If we all seek our own happiness then we free up those around us to be happy, too.

Happiness is love. It is courage in the face of fear. It’s the transmutation of anger into positive action or acceptance. It is freedom from addictions and the cultivation of consciousness. And above all,  it is connection. Happiness is a combination of connection, love, and living within the dictates of our own conscience. And those feelings can only come from the inside.

Many of us know, deep down, that we are living against nature and against our own conscience, and this makes us unhappy. It may be a subconscious unhappiness, but it drives our day-to-day thoughts and actions. It can be this unhappiness that causes symptoms of chronic disease, as our bodies attempt to remove us from the stress we are under. Unhappiness also drives destructive impulses in our bodies. Oh, we do try to get happy, but in trying, we externalise our needs and settle for pleasure, which comes from the outside and is fleeting. Or for selfishness, which makes no-one happy. True happiness stems from our connection to our true selves, to others, and to nature.

Because from childhood we have been taught to disconnect from our inner feelings to fit in with society (how else would we be able to watch the news or eat meat, for example?), by the time we reach adulthood it is possible that we are completely bamboozled, confused, and out of touch with our basic self, whose needs and cries for attention we consistently ignore.

Emotional illness arises from unhappiness. Sometimes, unhappiness is also the cause of physical illness. The unhappiness may have stemmed from trauma, grief, fear or a persistent upsetting situation, for example. During the course of homeopathic treatment, I explore with my patients their illness, and the possible causes of their illness. The causes may be deeply hidden, and we go at the patient’s pace always, so they are able to deal with and resolve their issues more easily.  We address any blocks there may be to getting better, to being happy. The homeopathic remedy stimulates the body to throw off symptoms, whether they be physical, mental or emotional. If you would like to come for treatment, or want more information, please contact me.

In the meantime, here are eleven ideas for creating happiness:

  1. Share your feelings. If you bottle up your feelings they will never be resolved. Talk to your friends, your partner or a family member. They may not understand you or be able to help, but by sharing you are also doing them a service, providing them with an opportunity to understand you better. When you get into the habit of sharing your feelings, the right people will soon come along to assist you. It’s magic.
  2. Do kind things for others. We are hardwired for helping each other. The feeling I get from doing a kind deed blooms up from my belly and spreads all around my body. And as that feeling blossoms, other people notice it and feel happier, too. Happiness is contagious.
  3. Physical exercise. Do some every day, or at least three times a week. Doing exercise improves your confidence, your alertness, your concentration, your health – the list of benefits is long, and the sum total is increased happiness.
  4. Identify your skills, strengths and qualities and use them in your daily tasks. Enjoy the feeling you get when you use them. For example, if you are good at organising, enjoy using this skill to organise a fun event for people. If you are calm, enjoy using your calmness to create a harmonious working or home environment. Identify your strengths and consciously bring them to any situation to improve it – this will bring happiness.
  5. Deepen that feeling, the one you get from using your strengths, and by understanding that when you are working to your strengths in a creative way this improves your life and the lives of those around you (even in the smallest degree). You are now working towards a purpose greater than yourself. This will bring you a very deep sense of fulfilment that a new car or pay rise cannot even touch. By being calm at home, for example, you provide a safe haven for your child to grow, and she in turn will go out in the world with emotional stability.
  6. Learn about yourself.  Why do you react to certain situations the way you do? Do you believe other people make you feel a certain way? If you come to know yourself and understand your emotional triggers, you will become the master of them. The more you know yourself the more you will realise that no-one can make you feel any way at all. You can choose how you feel and respond to external situations. The more you do this, the less able you are to be swayed by them. Inner peace will follow.
  7. Be moderate. For everything we do, there is the reverse, like heads and tails on a coin. The reverse is in direct proportion to the original. For every ecstasy is its agony. For every drinking binge, the hangover; for every rage, the remorse. Balance bolsters happiness.
  8. When you do something, choose to do something you find challenging and absorbing. This could be work, a hobby, anything. You are always doing something, so find joy in every situation. And ultimately choose to spend most of your time doing something that you can happily ensconce yourself in.
  9. Gratitude begets happiness. Develop feelings of gratitude for everything you have, particularly those things which you take for granted. Clean water. Sunlight. A bare foot on the dewy grass. Especially cultivate gratitude for people and events from your past. Regrets are useless. Everything we have done in the past has led us to where we are now. We can learn from our mistakes, and use the clarity we gain to push us out of habitual destructive cycles. Concentrate on what you have and not on what you don’t have. The more we concentrate on what makes us happy, the more we get of it.
  10. Focus on the present moment and gently push away thoughts of the past or future – this is a key force for happiness.
  11. Develop optimism. By reading this blog, you are showing a preparedness to think there might be a great health solution for you. Even if your optimism is very small, internalise it. Nurture that optimism. The happier you are, the more optimistic you will feel, and vice versa. If you are prepared to get happy, this will enable others to follow suit. The connections will strengthen. You are getting healthier already!

With grateful thanks for Elizabeth Courtis RSHom.

 

Five things you never knew about homeopathy!

IMG_0685Homeopath Julia Lockwood shares five little-known facts about homeopathy, to help you decide whether this is the right treatment for you.

There are many misconceptions about homeopathy which can colour people’s view of it. Because the positive effects of homeopathic treatment are often so profound, and because the action of homeopathic remedies has yet to be adequately explained by science, people’s reaction is often disbelief. Below are five examples from homeopathy’s ‘biography’ which show its pedigree, documented examples of its efficacy, and why those who have experienced its healing power love it so much.

arsenic1. Is it placebo? Cell, no!

It does appear that positive and negative suggestions can have an effect on people’s health, and because homeopathic consultations allow patients to explore fully what is troubling them, some have assumed that it is the consultation and not the remedy that has produced the curative effect. However, studies of homeopathic medicines are now being undertaken on cells in vitro: that is, cells isolated in a vessel outside of the body. No placebo effect can be possible here. This study caught my eye. The homeopathic remedy Arsenicum Album was given to human white blood cells that had been previously treated with arsenic trioxide. So the cells damaged by a crude dose of arsenic were given the similar homeopathic remedy, Arsenicum, to see whether there would be any effect. The study found that Arsenicum stimulated the cells and increased their viability (their health and survival) and concluded that the homeopathic remedy had a therapeutic effect. It also showed that we can use biotechnology methods to evaluate the physiological effects of homeopathy on human cells.

300px-Samuel_Hahnemann_18412. The genius of Hahnemann

The guy who first developed homeopathy, Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), was a celebrated chemist, pharmacist and medical doctor of his time. He held one of the highest medical posts in his country, Germany, when he decided to pack it in because of his disillusionment with the poor and often harmful medicine of the day. He was a far-sighted pioneer. The pharmacopoeia and Pharmaceutical Lexicon which he wrote became industry standards for doctors and apothecaries across Europe. He was the first person to write down guidelines for the safe preparation and storage of medicines, such as using fresh, clean ingredients; keeping poisonous substances locked up; and preparing medicines according to reliable, quantifiable methods: guidelines that are now enshrined in law. While contemporary conventional counterparts were practising blood-letting and phrenology, Dr Hahnemann was developing a new form of medicine (homeopathy) that, for the first time ever, was tested on healthy individuals. He systematically took case-notes, and based further treatment on his observation of healthy and sick subjects, and clinical experience. Dr Hahnemann was the first doctor to advocate the humane treatment of mentally ill patients. As Manager of the Asylum for the Insane in Georgenthal, he ended the practice of chaining, whipping and generally torturing inmates, which was how mentally ill people were treated, and campaigned vigorously for this treatment to end in all asylums.

3. Homeopathy on the NHS

Homeopathy has been practised in Britain since Hahnemann’s time, and has become a beloved part of our culture. Yes, it is available on the NHS, and has been since the NHS was formed in 1948. Some GP practices offer homeopathic treatment, and there are NHS Homeopathic Hospitals in Glasgow, London and Bristol. You can ask your GP to refer you to them, if you live in the right area. The Bristol Homeopathic Hospital ran a six-year study(1), recording the outcome of homeopathic treatment in more than 6,500 patients. 70% of patients reported an improvement in their health, including 50% who reported ‘major improvement’. Peter Hain MP, when he was Northern Ireland Secretary, set up a pilot study to assess the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicines, which included homeopathy, in Northern Ireland from 2007-2008. The results were hugely positive. 81% of the 700 patients that were enrolled reported improvements in their health, and the pilot also proved that using CAM therapies saves the NHS money.

  1. Spence D, Thompson E and Barron S. Homeopathic treatment for chronic disease: A 6-Year, university-hospital outpatient observational study. J Altern Complement Med 2005; 5: 793-8.

bacteria4. Homeopathy goes viral

Homeopathy has an amazing track record in epidemics. During the cholera outbreaks which ravaged Europe during the early Nineteenth Century, numerous homeopaths individually recorded very low mortality rates amongst the patients they treated (sources too numerous to record here). A Dr Kidd treated typhoid and dysentery victims during the Irish potato famine. His mortality rate using homeopathy was 14%, while in the local hospital at Bantry the mortality rate was 35%.  There was a smallpox epidemic in Iowa in 1902 in Iowa. 2,806 patients were given the homeopathic remedy Variolinum and 97% of these people remained disease free. In 1918, a flu epidemic spread throughout the world, killing 22 million people. Homeopaths cured 98% of their cases, compared to 30% of those treated with conventional medicines. Homeopathy has also prevented people from becoming ill during epidemics, such as in the 1957 polio epidemic in Buenos Aires. Of the thousands of people given the homeopathic remedy Lathyrus, not one of them developed polio (1). In Cuba in 2007 and 2008, 2.5 million people were given a homeopathic formulation of leptospirosis, to prevent the annual outbreak of the disease. Of these, only 10 people became infected and no-one died. Before homeopathy, using conventional vaccination methods, a few thousand would normally be infected, with a number of fatalities (2). These are just a few of the many examples of the effectiveness of homeopathy in epidemics. With Ebola virus disease about to sweep the world, it would make sense to include homeopathy as part of the front line defence.

(1) F. “Tratamiento Homeopatico de las Enfermedades Agudas y Su Prevension.” Homeopatia. 1985; 51(324): pp. 352-362. (2) Dr. Concepción Campa Huergo, director-general of the Finlay Institute, December 2008, Havana (Cuba).

arnica-montana5. You can use homeopathy too

Homeopathy has many levels. To prescribe for epidemics and for chronic diseases does take a big amount of training and experience, but treating minor ailments at home can be a doddle. You have probably used Arnica already for bumps and bruises. But have you tried Rhus Tox for sprains and strains? Belladonna for fever? Nux Vomica for hangovers? Drosera or rumex for coughs? You can become a competent home prescriber with a couple of hours’ training or by getting a good book on first aid homeopathy. I can recommend The Complete Homeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro, and How to use Homeopathy by Christopher Hammond to help you get started. Or contact me to join one of my courses to learn how to use homeopathy in acute situations.

I have listed some studies and examples of homeopathy in action, from the 1800s to the present day, and shown that the founder of homeopathy was a compassionate, advanced pioneer, whose life was dedicated to relieving the suffering of sick people. Homeopaths that have followed him have tackled the most appalling epidemics and continue to treat all people who come to them for help. Homeopathy is an integral part of the NHS, can save us all money, and it can help in times of crisis, individually and collectively. And it is something that you can learn to use at home.

If you would like to know more about homeopathy, please contact me. I treat people with chronic and acute diseases, and am always delighted to empower others to use homeopathy, too.

Look out for more blogs from me on all aspects of homeopathy, and please join in the conversation. I’d love to read your thoughts, so pop them in the comments box below. And if you liked this article, please share it with your friends.

Julia Lockwood RSHom

 

 

 

 

How healthy are you? Check your own level of health.

Shrek said, “Ogres are like onions… we both have layers.”
People are like ogres, who are like onions.

We all have layers of ill-health, which are laid down like the rings of a tree when we encounter an emotional or physical trauma, or a disease, or take in toxins from the environment or through what we put in our bodies.

The following chart is an attempt to show these layers in terms of overall health. There are six layers of positive health and six layers of ill health, getting better from +1 to +6, and worsening from -1 to -6. Where are you on the scale? We can be in more than one place, and it can differ from day to day. But where are you now?

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Is your illness all-encompassing? Are you resigned to a state of ill health? Are you often in pain? Sometimes it seems easier just to take the medication that makes life tolerable and allows you to function.

But if you would like to move out of that place and up the chart by exploring your layers, please contact me. A better state of health may be possible for you.

Homeopathy aims to peel back the layers of ill-health starting from where you are right now – your top layer. The aim of treatment is for you to reach a point of joyful, creative living where illness is a thing of the past.