Sensory Processing Disorder – Sensitivity on another level

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I’ve seen many children with Sensory Processing Disorder over the years. None were as severe as the case I am presenting now:

Ellie’s Mum contacted me in July this year with concerns over her daughters SPD, emotional meltdowns and aggression. I have never met Ellie and both of our appointments have been carried out online via her Mum.

Ellie is 6 years old. She is a very sensitive child who feels emotions very strongly. She is triggered by noises, over stimulated by screen time and needs to have a set daily routine in order to function. Trips to the shops are impossible. Family holidays are far too overwhelming for her so these don’t happen anymore. Ellie used to be limited by what she could wear, she had a few items of underwear, one dress and flip flops, but she preferred to wear nothing at all, as clothes were such a struggle for her. At this time she hasn’t been able to even wear any underwear for 10 months. The situation has rapidly worsened over the last few months and her Mum is very concerned for her, they have been housebound for the last month as Ellie can not wear anything or tolerate sitting in her car seat. They have tried hypnotherapy, but it hasn’t worked, the hypnotherapist said he could cure Ellie after one session so when this didn’t happen Ellie became very anxious and blamed herself and said she had “a stupid brain” and would hit her head and shout at herself.

Ellie’s birth had been a natural water birth but she was bright red and had high bilirubin levels so spent the first 10 days of her life in special care under lights to address the issue. She was separated from her mother, who recalls Ellie being a red and angry baby, she was good in the day as a baby, but would scream all night. Ellie has huge anxiety around going to the doctors and hospitals, she will lash out at medics and try to escape.Any routine trips to the GP for her little brother are hellish for everyone involved.

At home Ellie will behave aggressively and meltdown, screen time will exacerbate this. She feels bad afterwards, or flips into denial mode, but she has no control over herself when she is in a heightened state. She will kick and spit and her meltdowns start with a vocal growling noise, almost like a warning to others. When she is calm she is a lovely girl and she wants to be able to wear clothes and play at the park like other little girls her age.

I feel that Ellie is living in a very heightened state of fear, she struggles to sleep and needs a parent with her and doesn’t like the dark. Whilst from her behaviour it may appear to be anger, this is just how Ellie expresses her feelings of being out of control. She can keep a lid on things to a certain degree, she is calmer at her grandmother’s house but as soon as she gets home she has to release her tension that has been bottled up.

I give Ellie a remedy called Stramonium 200c to start with. Stramonium is a remedy of fear and terror. There is a desire to escape from a perceived threat, wildness and aggression are seen, but this is not from anger but fear. Fear and feeling out of control, being expressed as anger is how I saw Ellie’s situation.
I decide its best not to tell Ellie we are treating her for this issue. I do not want to put more pressure on her as she blamed herself after the hypno failed. Mum uses homeopathy a lot with her children so Ellie doesn’t ask what its for.

Follow Up Appointment

A month later Ellie’s mum reported that the meltdowns had stopped for the first few days after the remedy, but were slowly building back up again. Initially Ellie tried on some clothes at home but couldn’t keep them on.
The SPD has intensified and now despite being naked most of the time Ellie is super sensitive to her own skin and body. She can’t lie in bed as says her bum feels uncomfy on the bed. She has sensations of her internal organs and stomach and appears in a very heightened state. She has prickling sensations in her feet, which her Mum notes is interesting because when Ellie was in special care they would perform a heel prick test every hour, this went on for days.
Although this doesn’t appear to be progress, I feel it is, my thoughts are that Ellie has carried this feeling of fear, being alone and out of control since her birth. I repeat the Stramonium but go up in potency, quite high this time.

Today I received a message from Ellie’s mum saying the following:

“Hi Tracy, how are you? Well I hope! El has had her third big dose of stramonium now. We have seen some really promising improvements. She’s going to sleep much more easily and hasn’t been complaining about her bum cheeks being uncomfortable anywhere near as much, she’s been able to wear one scarf as a dress a few times but even more amazing is we went to the shops on Sunday (impossible before) and she chose herself a pair of trainers (3 sizes bigger) that she has been wearing! It’s so amazing as she hasn’t wanted to leave the house and hasn’t worn shoes in weeks. She was able to persist with trying different ones on. We’ve also had a lady round yesterday who is going to make her some clothes. She has had a few more meltdowns the last few days but she’s definitely improved so much since a few weeks ago”

This case is far from finished, but the improvement has been staggering, and it can and will be built upon over the coming months. But all this has been achieved in 2 months using one remedy.

In my mind SPD is merely a symptom, an expression of a deeper seated issue. Not every child with SPD will do well with Stramonium, and I certainly don’t advise self treating at home. But I wanted to present this case as testament to the depth and scope of homeopathy and its ability to heal past trauma and allow the body and mind to express and release trauma in a safe and non medicated way.

Ellie is wearing shoes, going to the shops, facing situations that would have been impossible just a few weeks ago. She will get into her car seat now without having to make sure there is a scarf underneath her, the sensation of the car seat is becoming less of an issue for her, she is less aware of the heightened sensations of her skin. I look forward to keeping this blog updated with her progress.

If your child is suffering from SPD, or struggles emotionally with life, please do get in touch for a chat about what homeopathy can do for you.

First published to Steemit August 2018

Steroids & Eczema – A Flawed Treatment

 

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Over the years in practice I have met many children with eczema, sometimes this isn’t why they have be brought to see me, often it’s mild and ‘managed’ with steroid creams and sometimes its severe and ongoing and the parents and child have ultimately been forced to live with it.

I notice that these children often have other issues running alongside their eczema, I see a lot of bowel issues presenting at the same time as eczema, behavioural problems and hyperactivity and/or aggression, allergies and intolerances to food and external allergens like hay fever.

The modern medicine approach to eczema is steroid cream, whilst this may give temporary relief to the problem it rarely fixes it. Steroids are unsafe to use over prolonged periods of time so the child lives in a state of suppression under the action of these creams. When they are stopped the skin reverts back to its job of being the largest organ of detoxification, and it sets about trying to push out via the skin whatever it is struggling with.

It’s a cycle of express – suppress – express, and it can be relentless and extremely distressing for both parent and child.

Homeopathys contribution to eczema issues is a clever and simple one. It doesn’t attempt to suppress the body at all, it respects the body and allows it to do whatever it needs to do, whilst using remedies to support this process and ease the burden on the skin and other detoxification organs.

As a homeopath I am interested in all aspects of a child, not just the skin symptoms, but also other physical complaints as well as mental and emotional expressions and behaviours. I want to know as much as I can about the uniqueness of your child, for this is the foundation of homeopathy. The individual, remedies given to match your child on many levels, the more I know about a child the more likely I am to be able to help them. What are their weak areas? What is their medical history? When did the eczema begin?

What I notice about children is that they are often an open book. Ask the right questions to the parent, or child, and the information I need to give a remedy is usually found. I don’t think as parents we are used to thinking in this way. A GP never asks how it began, they are mostly uninterested in our theories of triggers and often give conflicting views on allergies and eczema. It can seem like a minefield trying to navigate our way out of eczema. Sadly by the time I get to see a child the eczema has been in place a long time, and been controlled by steroids for some time, whilst this is not the end of the world, it can make the treatment of it more prolonged. When I am lucky enough to meet a baby with new eczema that is free of suppressive medication then the response is normally a lot quicker.

Whilst there are many triggers for eczema, sometimes we just don’t know why a particular child has trouble shifting it. Often emotional factors can set it off, or aggravate it. I lose count of the amount of times a parent will say that the problem flares when the child is stressed, or a parents relationship breaks down, or some sort of life event happens.
Others say it appeared after several courses of antibiotics for a chest or ear infection, the possibilities are endless.

Eczema is just a symptom of something deeper, as is hyperactivity, repeat ear and chest infections are just symptoms too, homeopathy looks to find the cause, because when you address something at the heart then all the peripheral symptoms should slowly improve, and this is my experience in practice. Behaviour calms, eczema dries up and fades, chests and ears begin to become more hardy.

Homeopathy aims to re-balance the body, it is a catalyst to set the body into motion, and when we are healthy and well we can fight infection better, our immune system is optimised and doesn’t need antibiotics to help it overcome. This in turn keeps the gut biome strong and this is our biggest defence.
An holistic approach takes the whole being into account, it doesn’t separate symptoms and focus on those alone, because this is a flawed model of healthcare

One pill (or cream) does not fit all.

If you are struggling with eczema issues with your child, please do get in contact to see what we can do to help. I offer free reviews to chat about your hopes and concerns.

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Why is my child constantly ill?

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Regularly I am seeing and hearing of young children stuck in a pattern of low immunity and repeat infections. Chest infections, ear infections, infected eczema, tonsils etc etc.
An overwhelming majority of these children have something in common. Antibiotics. Several short courses for acute infections and sometimes long term low dose to ‘prevent’ a recurrence.
Shocking by the age of 3 a lot of children have had multiple doses for issues that could easily have been addressed with homeopathy. I’ve seen children under the age of 3 coming to see me after 12-15 courses of antibiotics, which clearly aren’t working.

Children (and adults) become susceptible to repeat infections when their immune system is not performing optimally. There are many reasons why an immune system might be less than perfect but a big reason is the gut.
Antibiotics destroy the gut biome, they kill the gut bacteria (both good and bad) and leave a child in a vulnerable position against repeat infection.
I’ve seen children come to see me that have spend the majority of their short lives on antibiotics and the effect on long term health can be devastating. It can take the gut months (even years) to recover from antibiotics, and during this time the body is weakened in it’s defences, thus creating a situation of infection – antibiotics – infection.

Antibiotic use peaks over the winter months and in vast number of these cases the cause of the infection is viral. Antibiotics are useless against viral infections. We truly are living (and suffering) in the legacy of the antibiotic revolution.

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Now there is a time and place for antibiotics, they have, and will continue to save lives, but in a great many cases they cause more problems than they solve.

With 1000s of different species of bacteria present in the human biome it is our armour against infection, it is our biggest defence to illness and constantly works to multiply and populate to keep us well, it can’t do this without support. When we destroy our own defences then we surrender to infection and it will keep on attacking.

Homeopathy can tackle this immune susceptibility in a 2 fold way. Firstly homeopathy can address the acute infections, with remedies, thus taking away the need for antibiotics. Secondly, we look for a constitutional remedy, a remedy that fits you (or your child) taking into account all the symptoms, susceptibilities, personality traits etc. I never cease to be amazed at the power of the constitutional remedy in boosting the body and mind.

Along with acute and constitutional prescribing I also work with the bowel nosode remedies. I find these to be incredible in cases of antibiotic overuse. These bowel nosodes target specific groups of bad gut bacteria and help to bring the gut flora back into balance. They are powerful remedies at our disposal and each one has different indications for use. I use them a great deal for eczema cases and for children with obvious gut instability like food allergies / intolerances, diarrhoea or chronic constipation issues. They can bring balance back to the body and help rebuild the biome.

The gut really is a wonderful organ system, when it is treated well, when it struggles, the whole body will suffer. When I am presented with long term chronic issues and autoimmune conditions the answer can often be found in the gut.

Our mental health can also be linked to what is happening in our biome. Lots of research is being done in this area and there is evidence to show an out of balance gut has a massive influence on our mood and emotions. As well as the impact this bacteria has on our mood, it can also affect the foods we crave, poor diet choices allow an already imbalanced biome to become even more unstable.

When candida bacteria are able to reproduce and over-populate we see chronic fungal issues such as thrush establish and cause misery to the sufferer. prescription anti fungal treatments do not cure systemic candida, they merely suppress the condition back into the body, temporarily, until it once again rears its ugly head.

If your gut needs some help, or if you have a child who is struggling with immunity issues, please do contact me for a free no obligation chat about how we can work together to bring balance back into your lives.

First published to Steemit, April 2018

The Case of the 7 Year Impacted Bowel

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January 2018:

Katie is 7 years old. She came to see me with a chronic issue of constipation and withholding her stools since she was a tiny baby. She was under the care of an incontinence team and a few months ago had to undergo a dis-impaction procedure that involved a week off school and frequent daily doses of strong laxatives. Not pleasant for Katie or her Mum.

She had very large stools and until she was put on a daily dose of Movicol she was only going once a week, which was very painful and traumatic for her and her family. She has been taking Movicol daily for many years. She suffered abdominal hardness and frequent stomach aches (understandably). She was afraid to go to the toilet as it hurt her, so she would avoid going, resulting in frequent leakage and a lot of buying of new underwear. Katie said she would not go to the toilet at school and would not go without her Mum with her.

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Katie was afraid of the dark and of being upstairs on her own because “something is coming to get me” she was always a bit reluctant to go to bed and often had dreams of being chased. Apart from the bowel issue she was in fact a very healthy child. She ate well and had only had a couple of courses of antibiotics in her life.

Katie loves to perform, singing and dancing, she has no nerves on stage and loves being the centre of attention. She can be bossy and likes to be in control. Her mum says she is very strong willed but a sensitive child. Katie had been playing with her lego and stopped to say to me “I’m sensitive”she also dislikes loud noises (unless she is the one making them!)
She loves school and is very particular about what clothes she wears, declaring that she likes gold and sparkles!

I decide on Phosphorus as a remedy for Katie. I give her 3 doses at 200c potency to be taken over 3 nights.

Phosphorus children are extremely sensitive! I find them to be very charismatic and delightful to treat. They can be shy but also very extrovert. They are the performers, they attract attention wherever they go. In the remedy Phos we see many fears. Fears of the dark and fear of noise. Phos has its main action on the bone, nerve and blood in the body.

March 2018:

Katie arrived at my house, cheerful as ever, (and I will admit to not expecting to see much improvement so soon, bearing in mind this has been a lifelong chronic problem)
Apparently Katie has been going everyday, on her own! It doesn’t hurt as much (although her stools are still on the large side)
She says she has had no tummy aches and doesn’t feel scared to go to the toilet now. She is also spending more time alone upstairs, when it is dark! Had a dream she was chased by a troll, so still need work in this area.
She has developed a few spots on her chin and around her mouth (which I wonder is related to toxins from the bowel being released via the skin)nikki

Oh, and the best bit is that since after her first appointment she has only been on 2 sachets of Movicol a week! Amazing progress and I am so delighted.

This time the Phos is repeated at 1M potency, and I give Katie some tissue salts to help with the skin and also to help support the elasticity of her colon, the incontinence nurse seems to think that she is having large stools due to a stretched bowel (I am not convinced as shes had this since a few weeks old after all)
We are now dropping the Movicol to ½ a sachet 2-3 times a week. I don’t think this is going to be an issue.

I’m reviewing Katie again in May so i’m really looking forward to seeing what happens.

Update July 2018:

Katie is doing well. She has been off of all movicol for 3 months now and the incontinence team at the hospital have discharged her from their care. She is happy and going to the toilet on her own with no issues. Life is vastly improved and mum has no concerns. I have signed her off as there is nothing more to do here.

 

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

First published to Steemit 26/3/18

Turning Night Sweats into Sweet Nights

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Nov 2017:
I met 43 year old Susan back in November last year. Her main complaint was severe night sweats, every night, without fail. She had to sleep on a bath towel. She had difficulty getting off to sleep, and would wake up in the early hours drenched and cold.
Her periods were extremely painful and the week prior to her period she “turned into a hormonal monster” she reported flying off the handle for no reason. Her husband joked about moving into the garage for his own sanity.
Susan had lots of lumpy skin complaints in the week leading up to her period, along with agonising stomach cramps that would have her clock watching for the next dose of paracetamol and ibuprofen. She said that once her period began the pain would disappear, although the sweats were relentless and the skin was never great.
I made a note of her symptoms and attempted my usual line of questioning, but I never really got an answer as she spoke constantly, at high speed and jumped between subjects at astonishing speed! I made a note of this – as it was a very good indication of what I believed would be the perfect remedy!

I decided upon on a prescription of Lachesis 200c. Lachesis being a huge hormonal remedy (although there are many others) The keynotes of Lachesis are: Going to bed fine and waking up in an aggravation. This was evident in the sleep sweats, they occurred while Susan was asleep and she woke up wet and cold. Lachesis is also a fantastic remedy for suppression of discharges. In Susan we see sweat as a discharge, and also emotional discharges like anger and verbal discharges of fast talking. Lachesis is a remedy that is better for free discharge – and when Susan’s period came all her pain and anger would abate. Clever!

Jan 2018: Susan reported a reduction in the night sweats, only occurring every few nights now. She is sleeping better and feels less volatile (compounded by her husband no longer joking about moving out!) Skin is better, no new lumps under the skin or in the hair margins on her scalp. The existing ones are getting smaller. Period was a little heavier that it had been but was less painful and she hadn’t needed to take pain relief or use a hot water bottle.
She’s still talking at the speed of light so I decide I need to learn shorthand as I cannot keep up with her and writing my notes!
Lachesis, but move up to 1M potency

March 2018: I was met by a very different woman this time! Susan reported that she had not had a night sweat since mid January. She is happy that she doesn’t have to shower at 1am anymore.
Period was not as heavy and again there was no pain. The skin is clean and the lumps have all gone. She says she’s “not felt this good in 5 years.”

I didn’t give a remedy this time as I would like to see her after another couple of cycles of her period, just to make sure the Lachesis has completed its action. I have other ideas of where I would like to go with this case. But for now I am just watching and waiting for the body to make its next move!

Photo by Noel Nichols on Unsplash

First published to Steemit 23rd March 2018

The story of the beige eating boy

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In practice I am surprised by the number of children i’m seeing who will only eat beige foods. Ed’s story is just one of many I could tell.

Ed is 7, his mum brought him to see me in January this year with concerns over his immunity. Life was a constant cycle of colds, swollen glands and chesty coughs, he would always seem to have some viral condition that he could never completely shake off.
When he was ill he would spike some massive fevers.

He was a very outgoing confident child, popular with his school friends, if not a little bossy! Very hyperactive and extremely vocal, he could get a bit ‘slap happy’ according to his teacher.
There was nothing that stood out in his medical history to explain the constant ill health (often I see a situation where a child has never been well since a major viral/bacterial infection, and this often has to be addressed first in order to shift the case along).

He was permanently snotty. His mum despaired at his fussy eating habits, scrutinising and smelling his food became an obsession. All food had to be crispy, beige and overcooked, even if his food passed the smell and texture test, it was still mostly left on his plate at the end of a meal time. Ed was tall for his age, and very thin. His sleep was sporadic and he would often wake covered from head to toe in sweat, sometimes he would wake 4-5 times a night and his Mum was exhausted.

I gave Ed the remedy Tuberculinum (Tub). This is a big remedy for snotty, boisterous and hyperactive children and one I use quite often, where indicated. There are many remedies that can address immunity issues so it’s important I really get an understanding of the personality of the child, not just their health complaints.

March 18: Second Appointment:

It never ceases to amaze me how fast children can respond to the right remedy! Almost immediately after the first dose Ed asks to try some of his big brother’s broccoli at dinner time. His mum says she can barely contain her excitement as he takes a bite (after a quick sniff!). From that day he has actively asked to try food off of his parents plate. He still likes a crunchy texture and prefers his veg lightly cooked or raw. His appetite is massive and he is asking for food constantly.
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The snotty nose has disappeared and he has not had a cough or throat issue since January. Gained weight and sleeping all night now. Still has high energy levels but not as hyper as before.
He has developed some eczema on his legs, I am told by his mum that he had this when he was a baby but it was “fixed” with a cream from the doctor.
A return of an old symptom is seen as a good thing, it shows to me that the body has the energy now to bring back these old imbalances, that have been suppressed, so they can be released from the body. Ed isn’t bothered by it, it isn’t itchy or problematic and is much milder than it was when he was a baby.
It’s already started to fade so I am happy to watch and wait to see what happens.
I decide not to give a remedy at this point as the only thing I would want to prescribe on is the eczema, and the body is dealing with this. I give Ed some tissue salts as a general support for his growth and skin and arrange to review him again in a few weeks. Sometimes it’s better not to give a remedy when one may not be needed.

Less is more and homeopathy is merely a catalyst for the body’s own healing mechanism.

My belief is that Ed was stuck in a loop of poor eating and not having a strong enough immune system to overcome his illnesses. With an improvement in his appetite and the introduction of about 15 new foods, he has come on in leaps and bounds. I suggested pro-biotics to his mum as a support for his gut, he had several courses of antibiotics in the last few years for his chest and tonsil problems so this would have had an impact on him. So lovely to see a boy looking and feeling so much better.

Photos by Leti Kugler & Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash
First published to Steemit March 2018

Concussion – A Simple Homeopathic Resolution

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15 year old girl “J” came to see me recently, she had sustained a head injury and subsequent concussion at school the week before, Nasty incident of a fire door being flung open, and poor J completely unaware and on the wrong side of it. She was so dazed that she was hit twice by it before falling out the way.

She had to be collected from school and taken to the GP as she felt nauseous, and had a terrible headache. She couldn’t focus her eyes and was suffering from photo-phobia. The GP diagnosed severe concussion and sent her home with a warning to go straight to A&E if she was vomiting or her symptoms worsened.

Over the weekend the headache was unrelenting and the eyesight was still a problem, coupled with extreme tiredness. J had not been back to school since the incident and was unable to do any revision for her upcoming GCSEs. She went to A&E but was told it would take time to recover and could last weeks!

J’s mum had given her Arnica in 30C potency straight after and a few doses over the weekend, but it wasn’t helping, she ended up coming to see me 6 days after her concussion.

Whilst she was with me I gave her one dose of Arnica 10M (Arnica was the right remedy for her, but I just felt this needed a higher potency now) J slid down onto my couch and was asleep within minutes of taking the Arnica, we let her sleep for a short time.
When she woke up she said her headache had gone and she felt better.

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I sent her home with some Helleborus 30c which is excellent for headaches caused by vision impairment after concussion.

J slept again when she got home and a couple of doses of Helleborus have much improved the eye sight and is helping her study again. I also gave her some Hypericum 30c for the whiplash type injury she had to her neck.

Arnica is an incredible remedy and well indicated for trauma or blows to the head, its a remedy we think of for use in a Stroke as it has a thinning action on the blood – hence its ability to speed up the process of bruising and soft tissue trauma.

Arnica is an excellent remedy to have on hand. Every home should have some!

A short and simple acute case that resolved easily. But it’s amazing in practice, how often I see people who tell me they’ve never been well since a head injury or trauma. These types of accidents can have long lasting consequences and I wonder if these accidents had been treated with homeopathy soon after they happened, what the health of that person would be like now?

With this in mind I have seen remedies address symptoms that have been deep-set within the body for many years. Time is no match for homeopathy, if a symptom is present from a long past event, it can still work its wonders and help the body to re-balance itself. It can do this with mental and emotional states as well as physical trauma.

Homeopathy can be a powerful and safe alternative way to address many acute and chronic conditions. Often the mainstream medical approach cannot provide relief, as this case demonstrates. If you are suffering and are struggling to find a solution then consider consulting a homeopath. You have nothing to lose! Homeopathic remedies can be used alongside conventional medicine, often helping with the undesirable side effects of  prescription or OTC drugs.

First published to Steemit  22nd March 2018

 

Why should Homeopathy be silenced?

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Too long have we homeopaths lurked under the radar of what we can, but mostly can’t say, in terms of our beloved therapy. Personally, in practice, I have seen some astounding results using this traditional form of medicine, some that I have shared in my past blogs.
At a time when conventional medicine is failing many people, homeopathy deserves to have its say, its time is NOW.

When I blog someones case, or publish their testimonial, it is because homeopathy has helped that person, these are genuine and honest accounts of real life responses to treatment. It does not mean that every person suffering in a similar way or with a similar condition will benefit from the same form of treatment, but the potential is there, and it has a right to be in the public domain. People have a right to choose what they can access and research, to be allowed to form their own opinion. If we Homeopaths are constantly smacked down by the regulating bodies then this is not freedom of speech. If Homeopathy is a load of old quackery, let the public find that out for themselves, no publicity is bad publicity, and there is no smoke without fire. People need to be given the option.

Before I knew any better, I went to my GP with my son, for a chest infection. The GP prescribed antibiotics and told me that they would clear his chest. They didn’t, neither did the subsequent course that also came with a “With this antibiotic you will see an improvement” promise. Where is the regulation here? The drugs didn’t work, they were falsely advertised to me and actually had really unpleasant side effects, which weren’t mentioned either. Why is there no regulation in the consulting room of a GP? Luckily I saw an amazing homeopath who sorted that chest infection quickly!

In my quest to see what a medical practitioner (of any modality) should say and not say about their treatment, I took a look at the Hippocratic Oath, based on the principles of Hippocrates, taken from an ancient greek medical text, the modern day translation had the following excerpts that interest me:

‘I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who follow’ I will share my patients success stories with whoever wants to read about them. Homeopathy is owed a place in the public domain where honest and positive accounts of treatment can be freely accessed. There is plenty of scientific studies showing its efficacy.
https://www.britishhomeopathic.org/evidence/the-evidence-for-homeopathy/

‘I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures that are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism” This is a good one, therapeutic nihilism being the idea that many medications do more harm than good and that the body should be supported and encouraged to heal itself, a few less pointless antibiotics prescriptions for viral infections and a bit more homeopathy maybe?!
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11224838
http://www.echamp.eu/news-and-events/news/homeopathy-may-help-reduce-the-use-of-antibiotics-in-urtis

‘I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure’ A no brainer really, and again if the previous principle is upheld, and we avoid therapeutic nihilism then the body is far better equipped to function without being under additional stress of western medicine.Homeopathy aims to support the body in the most gentle way, using non suppressive treatments.

This oath makes no reference to promising cures but I believe the general advice is that doctors and patients may not enter into a contract which promises a cure. So how come this happens? As a homeopath I would never claim to cure, even retrospectively! I promise to do my best and treat my patient with respect and confidentiality. I never ask them to come off of their medications and always encourage them to speak to their GP if they wish to stop their drugs.

Personally, I don’t feel under attack from anyone, I go about my day doing what I can, when I can. I will always be transparent in my reporting of cases and testimonials. I respect honesty and integrity and this is why I won’t shy away from sharing how powerful homeopathy is.

For the public, make up your own mind, if you choose to do so.

We homoeopaths are not big phamas, we are the do no harmers. This is our Oath.

Photos by Marco Bianchetti and Isabella Jusková on Unsplash
First published to Steemit Feb 2018

Melasma & Chloasma – A case for Homeopathy

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Melasma (also known as Chloasma) can be an unsightly condition affecting many people. I was 28 when I developed this large patch of melasma on the side of my face. It started off quite small and pale in colour, but over the years it grew and darkened. New patches would spring up around my eyes and on my forehead. These would fade and be barely visible over time, but that one big patch just kept on spreading and darkening. It became impossible to cover with makeup and I knew I had to do something about it.

I had tried many ‘cures’ over the years with no improvement at all. High potency vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, creams aimed at targeting hyperpigmentation – nothing worked. I drew the line at laser surgery as there had to be a less invasive way, and reading others experiences of lasering, it often made the problem worse and damaged the skin permanently.

Melasma has many causes, from sun damage to hormonal imbalances. It is common during pregnancy, but usually resolves once the hormone levels return to normal after childbirth. This did not happen for me, it worsened throughout both my pregnancies and never improved.

Last summer I decided to take action against it.
I figured the first place to start was my hormones. I realised that the years I had been on the contraceptive pill had been the time it started to appear, however it had been 10 years since stopping the pill and really, could that be the culprit? Being a homeopath I ran a simple contraceptive pill detox on myself using remedies to support and regulate the hormonal system and test my theory.

This was a 3 month programme and during that time I didn’t notice any real change in the melasma, it remained defiant on my cheek. It is hard to treat yourself homeopathically , so I thought I would take some of my own advice and be patient.

Over the next month I noticed 2 things, firstly it was easier to cover with makeup, a small dab of concealer and it was gone, before I had to use camouflage makeup if I was going out, or trowel on several layers of concealer to tame it a bit. I also noticed on closer inspection that the edges of the mark were softening, it began to lose its strong dark border, and in the centre of the mark pinker skin was appearing.

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6 months from detox:
It is almost gone now (as you can see from the photos) I am taking no other remedies for it. I hope that in another few months it will completely disappear, but it’s so much better that I hardly notice it anymore.

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8 months from treatment and still improving

The contraceptive pill is not the wonder drug I thought it was in my younger years, it can cause all manor of problems with our hormones. My hormones had been suppressed for years under this drug. It’s a shame there is not more education for young girls. I see many 12 and 13 year olds put on the Pill by their GP for period problems, there is so much that can be done for hormonal issues with homeopathy and natural therapies, as this case demonstrates.

First published to Steemit – February 2018

IBS – Addressing acute symptoms with homeopathy

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Anyone who has ever suffered with IBS will know how debilitating a flare up can be. Sometimes there seems to be no obvious cause for the sudden onset of those all to familiar symptoms that leave us anxious and stressed, and then these mental states in turn exacerbate the condition. We reach for the Immodium or the Buscopan in the hope that it might work for us, this time.

If this is how your life feels sometimes, or most of the time, then maybe it’s time to consider a different approach? Homeopathy for many has been a way to take back control and avoid using medications that can have some undesirable side effects. If the meds aren’t working then maybe it’s time to consider homeopathy? I did, and it completely changed my life, and ultimately my career.

Whatever type of IBS you suffer from, there are remedies you can try to help get you through the acute symptoms.

Constipation:

Great Urge: You have the urge to go, yet nothing happens, much straining and effort to only pass a tiny amount. Never feeling like you’ve gone properly? Nux Vomica is ideal for ineffectual urging, constipation, heartburn & hemorrhoids. (Nux is a great remedy for the after effects of overindulgence of food and alcohol. It’s a remedy of excess, and this can be from working too hard or burning the candle at both ends) If you are feeling irritable and frustrated with the inner workings of your bowel then give Nux Vomica a try.

Inactivity of Colon: Chronic severe and relentless constipation. Pulsating sensation in rectum. Much straining and effort. Painful urging for great lengths of time. Hard and dry stools, great dryness of all mucus membranes. Aluminum Oxydata (Alum) is a good remedy for chronic and severe constipation and very useful for constipation in infants and the elderly too (I often use this remedy after patients have come off of laxatives, to help restore some kind of peristalsis in the rectum, long term use of laxatives can make the colon inactive)

Constipation with bloating: Food allergies/intolerances, noisy stomach, sensitive to fermented foods, bread, and hard to digest foods (onions, wheat, beans, lentils etc) Alternating with diarrhoea, stools that start as hard and difficult to pass and then become loose. Lycopodium Clavatum(one of my most prescribed IBS remedies! A real go to for weak digestion, bloating and food sensitivities)

Diarrhoea:

Sudden onset of diarrhoea that causes us feel chilly, with great anxiety and panic, accompanied by violent burning, cramping pains in the bowel, watery diarrhoea with or without nausea/vomiting – Arsenicum Albumwould be my go to remedy. (Arsenicum is also our No 1 Food poisoning and gastroenteritis remedy and worth having in the house)
I use this for people who have IBS that alternate between D & C

Frequent urge with diarrhoea: Burning pains in the rectum after going to the toilet. Constipation & diarrhoea, symptoms usually worse in the morning, upon waking and accompanied by much gas & colicky pains. Dioscorea (also indicated for bloating, see below)

Emotional & Anxiety causation: If your IBS-D flares up when you are upset or anxious then Argentum Nitricum could be great for you. Nervous stomach issues, anticipatory anxiety with diarrhoea, panic, distension and that feeling that your stomach is restricted by a tight band. Try Arg Nit. (Sugar cravings and symptoms made worse by sugar are a good indication for use of this remedy)

Sudden Urge after eating: That all to familiar uneasy sensation in the rectum after (or during) a meal. Weak feeling in the bowel, driven out of bed in the morning by the urge. Noisy digestion. Mucus in stools, watery diarrhoea. Nausea and feeling of stomach contents rising up, often accompanied by headache. Aloe Socotrina (Aloe)

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Bloating:
Possibly the most uncomfortable feeling in the world is when our stomach bloats for no obvious reason. We scrutinise what we ate that day. What is going on? We’ve eaten that bread before and this didn’t happen!

Trapped Wind If this bloating is eased by flatulence, or if it is caused by trapped wind then Carbo Veg is a potential remedy for you. Suitable for that sudden stomach inflation after a meal, when you have to loosen your trousers. Carbo veg can also be used for constipation or difficulty passing even a soft stool. Another useful hemorrhoid remedy (of which there are many!)

Fruit: Does fruit cause you to bloat? Is there a lot of noise and fermentation happening in you gut? You have the urge to burp, yet this does not help the bloating or pain? China Officinalis is a wonderful remedy for these symptoms (also excellent for post operative gas and dehydration caused from prolonged diarrhoea or vomiting)

Pain: Extreme pain and distension forcing you to double up or hold onto your stomach? Pain that comes in waves and radiates around the navel? Colocynthis is well indicated for these symptoms, when your intestines feel like they are being gripped hard.

Weak Digestion: When we’ve eaten too much, or eaten the foods that disagree with us then Dioscorea can help settle the bloating. Burning pains in the stomach and much belching and flatulence. Pain forces us to double over, but this makes the pain worse. We stretch up and bend backwards to try and release the pressure. Sharp pains in the pit of the stomach, radiating from stomach to back, and even chest and arms (pains can quickly change location and be felt in fingers and toes!) passing a stool does not alleviate the pain.

There are hundreds of remedies for the symptoms of IBS. Above is a brief summary of the indications for use of some of the more well known remedies. As our symptoms are all unique and differ, so are remedies unique in their application and action.

IBS has a trigger, as a homeopath I want to help find and address that cause with you. Whether it’s stress, anxiety, leaky gut, etc… I do this by asking you about your life, your symptoms, how they make you feel, when they started etc

Triggers: Often we live under prolonged times of great pressure, sometimes it never lifts, and we adjust to living in such a way. The first place you tend to physically notice this ‘adjustment’ is in the gut.
Homeopathy can help the way we deal with our emotions, and can help assist us to find ways to acknowledge and release stress in a way that is much less detrimental to our health and wellbeing. I work with people to help the physical and debilitating symptoms of IBS whilst also working on the deeper issues that can hold us in a place of ill health.

I am always happy to have a no obligation chat about your symptoms and whether homeopathy could help you

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First published to Steemit March 2018