Actress 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 Hermolle 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