The Gentle Power of Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy  appears to some a mysterious ‘art’, but others swear by it as the only way to treat those symptoms that beset us every spring and summer and which are bracketed together as ‘hayfever’, or who suffer year-round from  allergic reactions to animals, dust mites or certain foodstuffs for example.

Here The Terrace homeopath Ruth Hermolle talks of her experiences using homeopathic medicines to treat patients with allergic reactions that were literally preventing them from achieving ambitions or enjoying pastimes they love. 

You have an unexplained rash – you get a cream over the counter or from the doctor, rash goes away – “works like magic”. But you have to keep on using the cream or it comes back.

Ask yourself – where does the rash go? What is going on? We all know that in magic tricks the egg is up the sleeve, the rabbit is under the table etc. I think the human body is a lot more sophisticated and complex than magic. You only have to think about how the food (good or bad!) we eat is broken down by the digestive system, separated into miniscule components so that all our organs have all the right vitamins, minerals, enzymes etc when and where they are needed.

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If the sophisticated systems of the body throw up a symptom such as a rash, maybe there is a good reason? If you have a car that starts to make strange noises, you would not just turn up the radio to drown it out, would you? After all, a car is an expensive item. You would find out what is going on and get it put right.

I am a homeopath. Science tells me that homeopathic medicines cannot work because they are too minute to be effective. But what about the clients who have used homeopathic medicines and found them effective?

Let me introduce you to 3 people and their particular stories. First a little girl of about 8 – loves, loves, loves animals and wants to have pony riding lessons. But contact with any animal gives her a rash, sore eyes, etc. With a few treatments her sensitivity reduces and she is able to do what she loves most.

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Next a young man training to be a gardener, lucky to get a placement in a famous country estate, but suffers badly with hayfever: what can he do? His Mum gets him to try homeopathic treatment. With the help of an oldherb called Eyebright (Euphrasia) and other homeopathic medicines he is able to resume his work without any problems, even when he is strimming acres of grass.

Finally, a woman who had a lovely flowering tree in her garden. But every summer she got hayfever so badly she had to have oral steroids and inhalers; she said her eyes ‘turn to jelly’. With the help of homeopathic treatment she was able to resume sitting under her tree in spring, and was free of those frightening symptoms.

This is not magic. By carefully choosing homeopathic medicines to match the individual and their health experience, by helping the body do what it is already trying to do, a healthy balance is restored and the symptoms are no longer needed.

Look at your own experience – are you helping your body to get back into a healthy balance, or are you just masking the symptoms?

Find out more about homoeopathy:

 www.ruthhermolle.co.uk

http://www.homeopathyworkedforme.org

http://www.youtube.com/user/FindaHomeopath

www.a-r-h.org (Alliance of Registered Homeopaths)

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Complementary therapies are not just for celebrities……

Martine_McCutcheon_1238629311_1Actress Martine McCutcheon has recently revealed that she has recovered from a long period of depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). This is good news, as both conditions can leave you in a very lonely place, and it was great to hear that homeopathic medicine was part of her strategy for getting well. Other celebrities who have acknowledged the value of homeopathy to their health include entrepreneur Jo Wood, broadcaster Janey Lee Grace and athlete Louise Hazel.

CFS is the kind of chronic condition that often brings someone to try homeopathy: it is very difficult to get a diagnosis (as there is no test, other than to eliminate other conditions such as anaemia or thyroid problems). And there is no conventional treatment available, just help with managing some of the symptoms. For many years GPs did not even accept CFS as a medical condition, but there are now NICE guidelines on how to recognise it.

In the cases I have seen there has often been an initial infection (tonsillitis for example), apparently treated successfully with antibiotics, followed not long after by classic symptoms of CFS: constant severe exhaustion (not helped by resting) muscle or joint pain, and sometimes the relapsing of infections. There may also be problems with headaches or sleeping.

Homeopathic medicine was developed over 200 years ago with the aim of minimising the harsh effects of other medication at that time. It works to bring  a healthy balance to your body and mind using carefully selected remedies to stimulate the natural self-healing resources we all have. The remedies are made from a vast range of substances and the process of preparation renders them free of toxic effects and safe for people of all ages. Samuel Hahnemann discovered that in micro dilution even harsh or poisonous substances like sulphur, mercury or belladonna, can have a therapeutic effect. He also recognised that the whole person is involved in health and ill-health, so effective medicine must be too.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a classic example of how homeopathy can be effective:

  • No test or diagnosis is required – the treatment is tailored to the person and the symptoms they experiencing
  • The treatment is for the whole person – physical, mental and emotional, including energy levels
  • Homeopathic medicines are gentle and non-toxic, so are safe and effective even for those who are very weak

In my experience, the sooner someone is treated the more quickly their condition will resolve.

Without doubt, CFS is a condition which affects the whole person, with an impact on all aspects of their life; so it is not surprising that successful treatment needs to respond to the whole person. That is exactly what homeopathic medicine does.

Read a previous post to find out more about how homeopathy works or have a look at the website of the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths where there is more information and links to other resources. There is also the Find a Homeopath website, which highlights useful questions to ask if you are looking to consult a homeopath.

Ruth Herm1601899_596411287092917_1203227823_oolle  qualified as a Licentiate of the College of Practical Homeopathy (LCPH) and is a Registered Homeopath (RHom) She is also a member of the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (MARH), a professional body, which provides the Code of Ethics and Practice to which she works. To contact Ruth to find out more about Homeopathy ring us here at The Terrace on 01823 338968 or visit our website at www.the-terrace.co.uk

Psychotherapy & Complementary therapies – how to convince, not confuse

147285612There is no doubt that the world of psychotherapy, counselling and complementary therapy has much to offer us as human beings, working  towards emotional well-being and physical good health. But occasionally, it seems, the simple fact that there are so many different types of therapy to choose alongside, or instead of, conventional medicine confuses  the lay person. The language excludes them, the choices are too numerous and the benefits seem uncertain.

It is difficult to address this. Therapists often stay within their ‘modality’ or specific approach, others are happy to work across the different schools of thought. But what is most important is the eventual benefit to those who seek help.

Gestalt, Humanistic, Core Process, Cognitive behavioural, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, Neuro-linguistic programming, Life-coaching.  Hypnotherapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Bowen, Homeopathy, Cranio-sacral, Acupuncture. These are but a few of the options open to a newcomer to the field. For many, even the apparent distinction between ‘counselling’ and ‘psychotherapy’ is confusing. Some feel the therapy will prove too expensive; they don’t realise that they are also involved in the work and that often the therapy must continue for a long time. Some might need to come with a partner, or will be best served in individual or group work.

So it is really important to explain all the possibilities to a client, and offer sufficient time to make a proper assessment. Some clients will sit with a therapist, with whom they cannot properly connect, simply because they are too embarrassed to say so.   The triggers that have encouraged them to seek help are many and various and it is the skill of the therapist that ensures the interactions are successful and that sensitive issues are handled properly. An in-depth training is vital of course, but a good therapist is not born of book-reading.

Are there any therapies you would like more information about? Do you think the world of psychological therapies and complementary medicine is too confusing and exclusive?

Your thoughts?

The Terrace Humanistic Psychotherapy & Complementary Therapy Centre, Taunton, Somerset

Homeopathic tips for dealing with miserable winter colds & flu…

Homeopathic-pills-001We recently held an evening talk here at The Terrace that was so well received we decided to share the speaker’s notes with you. Our subject was ‘Boosting your immune system for winter’ and we have already posted some aromatherapy hints here. Today we are sharing the thoughts of one of our skilled homeopathy practitioners, Ruth Hermolle. Ruth qualified as a Licentiate of the College of Practical Homeopathy (LCPH) and is a Registered Homeopath (RHom) She is also a member of the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (MARH), a professional body, which provides the Code of Ethics and Practice to which she works.

Homeopathic treatment works to bring a healthy balance to your body and mind. It uses carefully selected remedies to stimulate the natural self-healing resources we all have. The remedies are made from a vast range of substances and the process of preparation renders them free of toxic effects. They are safe for adults and children alike. The homeopath is treating the person, not just their condition and can treat a whole range of conditions, both acute and chronic.

A prompt homeopathic response to the first sign of cold/flu/sore throat can often stop infection taking hold. It is useful to notice the pattern of your acute ailments and learn the remedies that usually help.

Here are some that have been particularly effective, alongside the symptoms you may be experiencing. For some of us, a cold or flu strikes suddenly – nose dripping, headache and lethargy for example. For other people, there is a feeling that one is unwell, but the cold itself takes a few days to ‘come out’. Again, it may be that you find yourself feverish or you have a sore throat or ear pain. This list deals with as many of those distressing (and frankly annoying) symptoms as possible:

ACONITE:  For the sudden onset of cold or flu. There is a severity or intensity of symptoms. Often in dry, cold, windy weather. You may have a thirst for cold water and feel fearful. Vigorous, quick recovery.

GELSEMIUM: Slow onset of flu or colds over days in mild damp weather. Weakness, congested headache into neck. Low fever, cold chills. Possibly dizzy, trembling. Cold extremities and hot head.

BELLADONNA: High temperature, throbbing headache, face hot, red, dry. Sudden onset, heat, redness, lack of sweat. Wants fizzy drinks. If you have any of the symptoms of meningitis, please go to A&E straight away.

FERRUM PHOS: First stage of inflammation (eg ear, throat). For when you feel weak after exertion.

Atropa bella-donna (Solanaceae); Tollkirsche‘Anti Cold and Flu’ powders are available from Ainsworths, and you can also look at the other homeopathic pharmacies like Helios and Nelsons. Many people take these about once per month during the winter, with an extra dose if exposed to infection.

Homeopathic First Aid kits can also be bought from the pharmacies, so remedies are to hand for most common acute ailments.

The ‘common’ cold feels far from easy to deal with, especially when you have a job to do, children to look after (perhaps with the bug themselves) or Christmas to organise (and hopefully enjoy). Homeopathic remedies support many through the winter months and used with care can avoid the necessity for expensive, and often chemically strong, over-the counter remedies. If you would like to know more, or work with Ruth to find a tailor-made homeopathic solution you can contact her via The Terrace on 01823 338968 or post@the-terrace.co.uk.