Homeopathy & Broken Bones

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Nearly all of us have, at some point broken or fractured a bone, or someone in our family has. Obviously this requires immediate medical attention, but there are remedies you can take to assist in the long term healing of such injuries, and also to help with the initial shock and pain of sustaining an injury.

Bone breaks and fractures can benefit from the usual soft tissue trauma remedy, Arnica, in either 30c or 200c. Give a dose as soon as possible. Arnica is reputed to help with bruising and pain associated with a break, in fact it can be so effective that often the nursing staff won’t believe there could be a break, the person appears to be coping so well with the pain from such an injury. This was my experience when my son, then aged 5, fractured his elbow. Arnica was so effective they nearly didn’t x-ray him!

Once an x-ray has confirmed a break or fracture, and more importantly, when the bone has been set back in the correct position, Symphytum 30c can be used to help the bone knit back together. Again this can be a very effective and fast acting remedy and it is vital that the bone is set correctly before giving this remedy to avoid improper healing – I cannot emphasise this point enough!
I gave my son Symphytum and Arnica 30c twice daily for a week, it was all that was required.

Compound Fractures, whern the bone has broken through the skin, calls for Calendula. Once it has been reset Symphytum can carry on the healing. Calendula can be stopped when the skin has healed and the open wound is no longer at risk from infection. A dose of 30c once or twice a day for a week is usually all that is required.

Rib Damage: Broken ribs can’t be set easily so I would avoid Symphytum here and opt for Bryonia and Arnica instead. Bryonia is a big remedy for ribs, where there is intense pain and the slightest movement is agony.

Support Remedies: Tissue Salts (Cell Salts) Calcium Phosphorica (Calc-P) and Calcium Fluoride (Calc-F) in 6x or 9x potency can be taken daily for prolonged periods.
Great for weak and brittle bones that break easily, or for general bone support in times of growth, or menopause, when the bones can start to become depleted.(osteoporosis / osteogenesis)

What to do when the bone has healed but it’s still painful
Once Symphytum has completed its action, Ruta can be a handy remedy to use if you experience pain after damaging a bone. Ruta is also useful for old fractures that play up from time to time.  Again the use of the 2 tissue salts Calc-P and Calc-F can be used to support bone repair.

How long can I take a remedy for?
As long as there is a need for a remedy, where the symptoms match and are helped by the remedy then it is appropriate to use it. I’ve used 30c potencies given every couple of hours in the early and acute stages, it is wise to wait for a symptom or pain to return before repeating, the remedy may have done its job and no longer be indicated.
i would not advise taking remedies over a long period of time. If the pain persists then it would be wise to consult a qualified homeopath. There are many homeopathic remedies indicated for musculoskeletal injuries and healing. The ones mentioned here are just the ones most commonly used.  

Useful First Aid Trauma Remedies:

Arnica – Muscle and soft tissue damage, bruising and shock. Extreme fear is a common reaction to a sudden injury and Arnica is well indicated for this. Injuries where the slightest movement causes pain. Try Arnica

Symphytum – Fractures, broken bones, slow healing. Pain from past breakages indicates Symphytum, remembering the rule of making sure the bones have been set before using this remedy.

Ruta – Joint, cartilage and tendon injuries. Useful for dislocations and strains. Pain, made worse or not eased by movement of the affected parts

Rhus Tox – Similar to Ruta but the pain needing Rhus Tox is eased after movement.

Calendula – External wounds, skin damage, burns, natural antiseptic and reputed to help heal skin damage and cuts

Hypericum – Where nerve damage has occurred. Whiplash and shooting nerve pains indicate Hypericum. Spinal injuries where nerves are involved.

Bryonia – Fractures where slightest movement is agony, and fractures anywhere, but affinity to the ribs especially. Also good for dislocations along with Ruta.

Bellis Perennis – A deeper acting Arnica, for deep soft tissue trauma and damage. Affinities to the abdomen, pelvis and breast.

Homeopathy for the modern world.

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I’ve wanted to write about this subject for a long time, in practice I have seen many homeopaths disagree on the “right” way to practice. These disagreements are usually lighthearted and well meant, and I feel as a profession, we tend to support each other, and the individual systems that practitioners use.

Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy published 6 editions of the Organon, between 1810 and the last, published posthumously in 1921. During the years of refining his craft Hahnemann changed his mind a lot! On potency, duration and administering of remedies.

Some hold the Organon up as an example of perfection and declare classical homeopathy to be the mainstream way to practice this traditional art. But is it?

I was classically trained, and I have an enormous amount of respect for Hahnemann, but life and health in the 1800s was vastly different from the life we lead now. Modern day stresses, toxicity from pharmaceutical medications and vaccinations prevail. Chemical overload from foods, artificial hormones and skin care products were not relevant in the 1800s. We live in toxic times and any form of medicine needs to understand this, to be effective.

I see cases where a classical one remedy approach works, and this will always be the case, Hahnemann’s legacy prevails. But I also see many cases where this is not going to address the problem, where organs are struggling to cope, side effects from prescription drugs, ongoing chronic states of suppression from antidepressants, immunosuppressants, steroids etc. Hahnemann did not have these obstacles.

Hahnemann’s work evolved through every edition of the Organon, and I believe that it should continue to evolve. There will always be a nod to this great man in every remedy I give, but homeopathy should not be frozen in time, I feel if he was alive in these times then he would be prescribing very differently. He was a pioneer and constantly changed his theories, as should we.

We all agree that homeopathy is an individualistic form of medicine, this individuality should be reflected in our prescribing techniques too. It’s time homeopathy stopped segregating itself, our overall goal is the same:

“The physician’s high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed” Aphorism 1

It should not matter how we do this, only that it is done.

Homeopathy & Cerebral Palsy

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I first met Sebby in 2015 when he was almost 2 years old. I have had the privilege to treat him over the last 2 years and would love to share his story with you.


Background: Sebby was born at home in 2013, he presented with a cord prolapse, the midwife called an ambulance and whilst waiting for help had to push Sebby up into the birth canal to hold his head off of the cord, after 5 minutes the ambulance arrived and Sebby was born dead, he was revived and came back to life within a few minutes, it is not known how long he had been without oxygen. Neither the midwife nor the ambulance crew had oxygen masks for a child, or an oxygen stat machine. He was transferred between 2 hospitals and was placed in a cooling machine for 72 hours to try and limit the damage to his brain.
Sebby has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and later with a diagnosis of spastic quadriplegia. Mentally he is like any other little boy, he is funny and happy, if not a little frustrated at times by his lack of mobility. For Sebby the handicap he has is physical.

First Appointment: October 2015, Sebby was developing slowly and suffered very large poo for such a young child, teething issues and he also suffered spasms of his neck and had almost no neck control at all due to the brain damage he had suffered at birth. Sebby also had a very peculiar symptom of not being able to breath when outside in windy weather. He would choke and be sick if he was facing into the wind. It was becoming quite a problem for his mum, Ann, who could not take him on walks or even through some shop doorways as they blow air down onto you. After his first remedy that stopped, and has never returned. Ann noticed a positive change in him and described it as “he has woken up” he began to interact more with his surrounding and tried to communicate more. His neck spasms temporarily increased after the remedy Calc Carb, and then subsided. They still occur but with much less frequency.


Dec 2015 At Sebby’s second appointment Ann said she was pleased with his progress and he now seemed like a little boy rather than a floppy baby, family members had commented on the change and yet no one could quite put their finger on what had altered. Sebby sees a cranio therapist and also has regular Bowen treatments to help his mobility and muscles. I repeat the Calc Carb 1M as progress is being made

Feb 2016 The third appointment and improved strength is reported and Sebby is able to support himself better, his neck control is still weak but it is improved. Cranio & Bowen  treatments are targeting the diaphragm and neck muscles so I prescribe him Rainbow 10M to take after these sessions. The diaphragm is important in Cerebral Palsy cases as the trauma of the starved oxygen at birth is held here, cranio & Bowen are working to open up the rib cage which in turn will strengthen neck control. Sycamore Seed 30c was given to take prior to a Bowen treatment as its vital to support the work of all the therapists involved in the treatment of Sebby.

In August 2016 I see Sebby again and Ann reports a growth spurt, since Sebby has been small for his age it is good to see him thriving. This is the appointment where Ann tells me she received the spastic quadriplegia diagnosis. Sebby is suffering spasms in his legs and his toes are contracted and curling up. He is due to start at nursery school in the next month, he is growing up and Ann reports much chatter from him, although it isn’t well formed words, he certainly has a lot to say! I decide on Causticum 30c to see if we can address the muscle spasms and do anything for the weak neck control. A few days after seeing Sebby I pick up an answer machine message from Ann who is delighted by his response, his spasms had reduced and after a few days were barely there at all.

November 2016 the spasms have stopped (although Ann reports they returned over a few days when she forgot to give the remedy). He is chatting more and more and is able to eat and chew now. He’s hit the terrible twos! He dislikes being left alone in a room and it’s clear his lack of mobility is a great frustration to him. His toes are still curling. His arm control is much improved

March 17: At this appointment so much seems to have changed since November, the spasms have lessened, toes still curl. Neck is better, and I was sent a YouTube link to a recording of Sebby walking with help. This is an incredible achievement for Sebby, and a testament to the sheer love and determination his parents have for him. They never limit him and this is very inspirational. They have sought out an incredible Bowen practitioner, Cranio Osteopath and McTimoney chiropractor to work with Sebby. Many therapists having different input into this case, and support each others work. 

I change my approach to this case now, I look at the aetiology of this case, lack of oxygen at birth and brain injury. And i wonder what a high dose of Arnica will do? So i prescribe Sebby Arnica 10M single dose.
I hear nothing for a few days and then I am contacted by Ann who says that Sebby went very quiet and appeared to be in another world for a few days. He was calm and content but occupied in his mind, like he was processing something.


I feel high potency remedies are important here, there is a lot of energy in this child and I do feel he burns through many remedies quickly. Having spoken to other colleagues with Cerebral Palsy experience, we observed that the higher potencies can be powerful in treating the symptoms of this condition. For Sebby it is about helping him to have the best life possible, with as much mobility as possible. We are learning so much about the brain and neuro-plasticity, there is always hope and Sebby is the most determined young man! I look forward to watching him meet his milestones and continue to defy the labels and limitations that modern medicine seem to want to keep placing on him.

Many thanks to Ann for allowing me to tell Sebby’s story and use his gorgeous photo


Homeopathy listens to your story.

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I am often asked “Why do you ask me so many questions that have nothing to do with my illness?” The reason is simple, I want to know you, as the unique individual that you are. I want to know what your childhood was like, about your friendships and relationships, what do you dream about? What makes you angry or sad, and what makes you happy?

Just because you are feeling anxious or depressed or in a process of grief does not mean that you are feeling the same way that someone else is, who is going through a similar trauma event. And this is the key to it all. Homeopathy needn’t be complicated or confusing, the answer lies in its simplicity.

We are all individual! We have different desires, different goals in life, different body shapes and tastes in food, clothes and music. We express our emotions very differently and our bodies express physical, mental and emotional upsets in a myriad of different ways. You may think that this doesn’t sound simple at all, but it is.

We are a walking, breathing and animated version of what is going on in our conscious and subconscious mind.

All our fears and traumas are part of who we are and how we behave. Our childhood and early years set a blueprint for how we process and react to life and its stresses. As we grow we are influenced by many factors, from family, school and friendships. We learn behaviours and coping mechanisms when exposed to traumatic events, and these become a part of who we are and how we differ from our siblings and peers. This is why it makes sense to me that a system of medicine should encompass this individuality, in contrast to the one pill fits all ethos of modern medicine.

Homeopathy does not work by suppression, it does not focus on one symptom alone, for this would mean missing the bigger picture. All symptoms are messages from the body that something is out of balance, to suppress the messages does not re-balance the body, it often means the body will create more symptoms to express itself. To a homeopath every symptom is a window to see deeper inside.

As a homeopath, I am not so concerned by what disease you have or haven’t been diagnosed with, I want to know about how that disease, and more importantly how its symptoms, affect you. I want to know your story, told by you.

 

Pompholyx (Dyshidrotic) Eczema Treated By Homeopathy

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This was a case of a 9 year old girl who came to see me in May this year, chronic pompholyx eczema on her hands and feet. been a problem for several years. Many trips to the doctor and lots of steroid creams only ever gave temporary relief. Steroid creams act in a suppressive way, once they are stopped the condition usually returns. Steroid creams aren’t safe to be used constantly as they thin the skin and make it more fragile and damaged with long term use.

Monica’s hands and feet were always sweaty and the eczema would itch and blister. her feet were scarred from years of eruptions and scabs. Monica was starting to become more self conscious of her feet and hands and her dad brought her to see me in May after another unsuccessful trip to the GP, and yet another prescription for a steroid cream.

monica-B4I gave Monica the remedy Silica, in 30c potency, one a night for a week. Silica being an excellent skin remedy when there is the presence of extreme sweating to the hands and feet. Monica did not sweat excessively anywhere else on her body. Silica is also well indicated for skin scarring and slow to heal wounds so I felt this was the appropriate remedy at this time.

6 Weeks later….

The skin was starting to heal, there were no new eruptions of the eczema and the sweating was subsiding. I was told that when her dad held her hand on a walk he couldn’t believe that it wasn’t sweaty anymore!

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August 2017

This was the second (and last) appointment I had with Monica. As you can see from the photo below, the hands and feet are now soft and free of scars and eczema. All of this was achieved in 3 months, with one remedy, after years of steroid creams failed to achieve a permanent resolution. Even through a hot summer with her feet in trainers, Monica’s feet remain free from the eczema that blighted much of her early childhood.

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Help! My Child Will Only Eat Sugar

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Another case example of behavioural  issues in a little boy, troubled at home and this unsettled theme plays out in food control and fussy eating. This case was resolved by one remedy over a 6 month period, again demonstrating the power of the constitutional approach to homeopathy.

March 16

5 year old Harry came to see me with his mum who was exasperated by the situation she found herself in. Harry would live off of biscuits, despite many attempts to feed him fruit and vegetables. He would dutifully eat a few mouthfuls and then announce he was full and push his plate away. Half an hour later he would be demanding biscuits which would result in terrible temper tantrums until his request was met. His mum had tried to be firm with him but was having some relationship problems with Harry’s dad and had run out of energy and patience to deal with him.
Harry was a very confident and outgoing boy, he enjoyed school and his teacher had given him a glowing report at a recent parents evening. He was a bright, independent and quiet well behaved member of his class. His mum laughed as she recounted this report to me, explaining that at home Harry was extremely badly behaved, bossy towards his little brother and generally full of back chat towards her. His relationship with his father was somewhat different. His father was portrayed to me as a domineering, overbearing unhappy man who worked long hours and was very absent from the home most of the time.The parents relationship was fiery and under strain. Harry would become very affectionate and clingy to his father whilst he was quite emotionally detached from his mum.
Harry had been a happy baby, quite headstrong but contented. He had had a very good appetite until about a year ago and then things changed. His sleep was difficult. He would have nightmares which escalated when the atmosphere in the home was tense.
Harry would sometimes be heard crying in his sleep although he didn’t wake up during this.
Harry’s mum felt that his food habits were a form of controlling behaviour and his temper would flare easily and seemed to fluctuate along with this blood sugar levels. He had mood swings from his diet and Harry’s father would give in to him and feed his sugar addiction.

I gave Harry a remedy called Lycopodium Clavatum in 200c potency. Lycopodium is another of the major childhood remedies and is well indicated for children who can be headstrong and domineering in situations and with people they are comfortable with but in contrast, will be quiet and an angelic child in situations that they are not in control of. In Harry’s case I felt his mum was seen as loving and safe so Harry was confident that her love was not in question, he could behave however he wanted towards his Mum and sibling. But school was a different scenario and here he was compliant in his behaviour. I felt he was seeking his father’s approval and love and this reflected his behaviour here.

Lycopodium is a remedy that spring to mind whenever there is a huge dependence on sugar. They crave sugar but it affects them negatively. Lycopodium is about the struggle for power and control, this was the pattern being played out at meal times. With dipping and fluctuating energy levels from the sugar Harry was either too tired at bedtime or climbing the walls from sugar! Plus the added tensions between his parents did not help the situation. People needing Lycopodium nearly always have stomach issues, weak digestion, bloating and nervous stomachs. 

May 2016.

Harry came back to see me 2 months later. Again a very confident and chatty 5 year old. His mum reported that she was separating from Harry’s father and that they were in the process of moving. Harry was coping well and mum felt he understood the situation and that he would see plenty of his father without the tensions that had been commonplace over the last year.
Sleep was much improved. Still a few nightmares but no reports of crying in his sleep.
Harry has been trying new foods and has developed a love for roast dinners.  He still asked for sugary snacks and these were given occasionally but he was no longer surviving on sugar, and he only got these if he ate his dinner. He was more affectionate towards him mother but there was still some bossiness with his little brother. School was a happy environment and he was popular with the other children. Mum observed that the demanding behaviour reared its head a few times but she linked this with stress at home.

September 2016.

Harry has moved up into a new class at school and remains happy, hardworking and popular amongst his friends.
Mum and Dad now live apart and they keep the tensions away from the children. Home is happier for Harry and his brother. They share time with both parents separately.
Food is still good. Not an adventurous eater, but will try new things if encouraged. Lives on a limited diet but it’s healthy and not causing the sugar spikes as before. Stomach pains are transient and these only appear when Harry is nervous about something, and they subside as quickly as they appear.

There are many reasons why children become fixated on one food group or are “picky eaters” this case, i felt, was about being in control of some aspect of their life, for other children it can be due to textures and consistency of foods, bad experiences with food and being forced to eat etc. To solve an issue the reason for the behaviour needs to be understood and addressed.

If you have a child like Harry, or if you would like a no obligation chat about any issues please do contact me

Nightmares & Sleep Issues – A child’s case treated with Homeopathy

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I love treating children, they are often far more open with their feelings and easy to read. I do see a lot of cases of anxiety in young children, school fears and sleep issues being top of the list. Often I find that these concerns can be resolved in a short period of time when using constitutional prescribing, finding the remedy that best matches the symptoms.

Here’s a simple case, treated over 2 appointments, to illustrate the beautiful simplicity of the constitutional remedy.

Lucy’s Story
Lucy came to see me in October 2016. Her mother was worried about sleep issues,anxiety & poor concentration at school.
Lucy was a shy 9 year old, she arrived at the first appointment holding her mother’s hand tightly. She looked terrified and I tried my best to put her at ease. A child of few words but with the weight of the world on her young shoulders.The main worry her mother had was the amount of sleep Lucy was getting. She suffered nightmares although she was not afraid of the dark, she disliked being on her own upstairs, her anxiety around bedtime would start to build up after dinner time. She would go to bed at 8pm but would often still be awake at 11pm, when she did fall asleep she would wake up at least twice in the night with a nightmare, and it could take some time for her to drop off again. Lucy didn’t like the way the streetlight outside cast scary shadows on her curtains and wall.
She liked school and tried hard but her concentration and focus were often elsewhere. She worried about her Mum whilst she was at school.
She had been a sickly baby but now her health was good, if she does get ill it is usually a glandular issue affecting her throat. As a baby she had been slower to reach her milestones than her older sister, she did not start to speak until she was almost 2.

I gave Lucy Calcarea Carbonica (Calc) 200C, the theme of this remedy being centred around security and the home and it is derived from the shell of the oyster,  I knew Lucy was worried about what was happening at home whilst she was at school, Calc is a big remedy for children with insomnia and sleep issues, well indicated where nightmares are involved, they can be very fearful and their imagination can be vivid.
Lucy had been to the dentist recently and had been told she had a patch of thin enamel on one of her adult teeth. Calc has an affinity with the skin, teeth & bones and is reputed to promote development in these areas, often well suited to children who have a sudden growth spurt.
I also gave her some Calc-F and Calc-P tissue salts in 9x potency to take daily as a therapeutic for the dental issues.

The Second Appointment
January 2017: Lucy returned to see me, this time she seemed a lot more chatty! Her sleep was massively improved, she still had the odd nightmare but these were not every night and the anxiety that she had suffered from during the hours before bed had gradually faded. She was doing better at school and her concentration was no longer an issue, although probably her original lack of sleep had likely been a big contributing factor in this.
Lucy had joined an after school club and was enjoying the time with her friends, she did still wonder what her Mum was doing at home whilst she was at school but she didn’t seem to attach the same anxiety to this as previously. I repeated the Calc 200C

9 Months Later
I spoke to Lucy’s mum for a phone appointment in July for a skin rash on Lucy’s arms, I sent her Rhus Tox 30c to take for a few days which cleared things up. Rhus Tox being a complementary remedy to Calc, this was a good opportunity to hear everything was still going well for her and she was looking forward to moving up into the next school year, something her mother says would have terrified her before.
No report of any nightmares for several weeks, and generally a much happier child.


There are many remedies for children (and adults) with anxiety, insomnia and sleep issues. Calc is just one of them. This remedy was chosen for Lucy because it fitted many of her physical and mental/emotional issues, both current and historic. It took into account her specific fears, and the reason behind them. All the issues in this case stemmed from feeling afraid and not safe in her room.
Her fears would become real in her dreams and subsequently Lucy didn’t want to sleep.
Calc children can have very vivid imaginations and this can make their fears very overwhelming. They can be very impressionable to sad and frightening things that they see in films and on TV.
Calc is also a big remedy for throat and glandular issues, and sometimes suited to children who reach their developmental milestones a little later than their peers.