The festivities of December and end of 2014 are now beginning to fade and probably like some people, I find February a hard month to get through, (even though it’s the shortest month of our calendar) mostly due to the fact it’s the middle of winter, short dark days are still dragging on and the winter bugs are constantly bombarding us. So no wonder I feel tired, lethargic, as if my energy and vitality has been left behind with Xmas and New Year celebrations.
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Vitality. So what is it?
It can be described as ‘the power giving continuance of life, present in all living things,’ or ‘physical or mental vigour’. In essence we all have it and most of us at some time will feel that this has been or is being compromised by stress, physical illness or a life event that has knocked us off balance.
It is this effect, that myself as a homeopath aims to treat with my patients due to the impact life events or illness can have on someone’s vitality. In Homeopathic philosophy, vitality and the innate energy that drives it is known as the ‘vital force’, a name I like on a non-professional level as it describes both something that is needed and something to drive it, in order to maintain a balance in our health and wellbeing. The goal of the Homeopathic consultation is to gather as much information about the patient as possible, complete a comprehensive medical history, including physical, psychological and emotional symptoms both past and present, to find a remedy that is as close to the symptoms being experienced as possible and at a strength or potency as it is known, that matches the impact on the patient’s vital force to bring about healing and balance on all levels.
If you want to rebalance your vital force to get you through the last part of winter, ready to face the rest of the year, then this may just be the therapy you are looking for. Feel free to make contact with me via a visit my website:-
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Commuting on a daily basis, I am often sitting on a crammed train, listening to people sneezing, coughing and trying to shake off the winter bug. Which got me thinking about the three key Homeopathic remedies that I always carry with me during the winter season.
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The medical guidance via NHS Choices advises anyone who has had a cough for more than three weeks or one that is getting progressively worse to visit their GP and a piece of guidance I would also endorse. Some GPs may send the person for an Xray to eliminate other possible causes, but on most occasions, they may advise for you to let it run its course, which can take some considerable time depending on your individual immune system and other factors such as susceptibility.
So what can you take if you want to avoid the strong over the counter cough mixtures or cold medicines?
You could consult your homeopath, who will be able to recommend a remedy on an individual basis or you could visit your natural health store and purchase the three homeopathic remedies I have alluded to.
A great remedy for any form of shock to the system, be it physical or emotional and one that is recommended when the winter cold is just starting. The key words for this remedy is sudden and Acute! Like the morning you wake up and you suddenly feel as though you have been hit by a train (no pun on commuting intended) and generally unwell. Physically, Aconite is great in treating symptoms such as, breathlessness, hoarse, dry cough which is worse at night that interferes with you getting a good nights sleep.
The key words for this remedy are burning heat, violent and red. Typically, the ones associated with sore throats or acute tonsillitis. The cough that can comes with it, causes a violent pain in the throat and a constant sensation of heat and burning is felt, when breathing between coughs.
I remember during my professional training to become a registered homeopath, I remembered this remedy description by the term Dryonia and the word dry is key. The dry hacking cough that is worse when you go outside and take in the winter cold air and the type of cough that makes you sit upright and take deep breaths. The worse part of this cough is the need to hold your chest with your hand for support due to the discomfort it causes. This remedy is also a great one to have on you all year round if you suffer from splitting headaches.
I would recommend purchasing a potency of 200c but if your store does not stock this, a 30c will also give some relief. I personally recommend, taking one tablet every 30 minutes for 3 tablets then between three and five times a day until you feel well enough to stop taking them.
Remember the guidance about visiting your GP if you have any concerns about your health when suffering from a cough and cold, and also consult your Homeopath who can provide you with more information about your individual health and well being during the winter months.
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The first survey monkey review of discharged patients from Village Homeopathy was undertaken over the last week.
As the clinic is relatively new, the patient group targeted for the survey was 4 people.
Great results with comments such as:-
Q If you feel Homeopathy helped? Please state how you feel it has helped.
The doctors couldn’t do anything, nothing they gave me worked. After 6 weeks of homeopathy I was all clear
By working through many emotional issues from my past, it has helped me to concentrate on many old issues I was holding on to which in turn has helped put control back in my life which has allowed me to not focus on food as an issue
Being asked questions about the problem and working through the symptoms at great depth to a full understanding of the ongoing problem
Feel I have peeled many layers and have an understanding of my problem
Q. Please write a few words on your experience of Village Homeopathy?
The whole experience was very relaxed. I was put at ease immediately and actually felt do much better even after just talking. I would definitely recommend it.
Fantastic way of working through so many layers of emotional issues throughout life! Has made me see so many things in a different way!
The whole experience was great. The in depth health enquiries gave me the confidence that a remedy would be found and would be beneficial in curing the problem.
It has been great to understand some of the reasons for my problem and although not 100% improved it is definitely more manageable
Clinics are based in Worthing and Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
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The 7th September 2014 sees the start of Migraine Awareness Week and if anyone knows someone who suffers or you suffer yourself from Migraines, you will know how debilitating they can be.
What is a migraine like?
The pain of a Migraine is classified as moderate to severe, usually accompanied by an intense pulsating or throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head. A migraine can last for several hours or even days in severe cases and can become worse with activity, noise, light or odours. The Migraine can then disappear and not be experienced for some time afterwards for example weeks or months then suddenly return without prior warning.
Some triggers to migraines include:
How can Homeopathy help?
A Homeopath may be able to support you to identify some possible triggers to your migraine before they arise and hopefully help you to prevent further attacks by finding a remedy to match you as an individual. This will involve taking a full medical history, including your physical, psychological and emotional symptoms, what makes them worse? And more importantly what makes them better? The sensations you experience during a migraine attack will also be explored and how you personally find relief from it. This may include lying down in darkened room, sitting upright in silence or finding that you have insatiable thirst for cold water. These are just examples but your own individual experience is what matters to the Homeopath so they can match the remedy for your particular set of symptoms and experiences.
Some remedies that can help during an attack
To find out how a homeopath may be able to help you go to www.villagehomeopathy.webs.com
If you would like to book an appointment please quote ‘Migraine Awareness Week’ and you will receive £10 off your initial consultation. Clinics are available in Sompting and Haywards Heath in West Sussex.
Note: This blog post is for guidance only and not to substitute medical assistance if you require intervention from your GP or emergency services.