Homeopathy is a fascinating subject and the following articles have been summarised from many sources - illustrating the power of homeopathy in many areas of the patients' life.

Millions of people across the world use and rely on homeopathic remedies. Today there are a rapidly growing number of conventional medical doctors using homeopathic medicines, including:

  •  39% of French family physicians
  •  20% of German physicians
  •  10% of Italian physicians
  • Moreover 12% of Scottish GP's use homeopathy and 49% of GP Practices had prescribed remedies for their patients.
  • In Spain, homeopathic remedy sales are growing by 10-15% annually and the sale of remedies are now included in calculations for monthly inflation rates!
  • In 2004 94.5% French pharmacists advised pregnant women to use homeopathy.
  • There are 100,000,000 users of homeopathy in India and when questioned 82% would not switch to conventional medicine. (Source Dana Ullman and Gina Tyler)

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Homeopathy will assess the patient in a holistic manner and the consultation will include details of past illnesses, lifestyle, family history, personal feelings and how these might relate to the symptoms. For example if the complaint is headaches; then how do they manifest for the individual? Do they need company, prefer fresh air, feel better if they eat something, sip cold water, lie down, The headaches the patient will suffer from will be individual to them and the symptom picture unique. The remedy will also be unique. Moreover, did you know that a fever is the body's attempt to activate the immune system's white blood cells and defend itself from infection?

Therefore, if a person is given a symptom-supressing medication, fighting the fever, too soon, they will be less able to fight the actual infection. Homeopathy does not seek to remove or suppress symptoms. Its goal is to recognize and remove the underlying cause of these symptoms. This is why a homeopath will work toward understanding the whole person, including their body, mind and emotional state, before prescribing a remedy.

Specially formulated homeopathic remedies are thought to resonate with the body, triggering a positive healing response. This response gently, and effectively, heals from the inside out. The documented results from thousands of experienced homeopaths, and from millions of their patients, clearly show that these small, individualized doses produce profound health benefits.

 

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Homeopathy for First Aid

For aches, pains and sprains - try Arnica 30c - great for bruising or swelling

Puncture wounds, bites, stings, splinters - try Ledum 30c

Injury to the coccyx - alternate Hypericum and Arnica

Trapped your fingers in the door? - try Hypericum 30c

Remember homeopathy is all about the minimum dose - using as little of the medicine as possible to stimulate the body's own healing.  If things begin to improve stop taking the remedy unless improvement stalls and the symptom picture is still the same.  Sometimes the remedy picture is different and another remedy may be required - this is often the case with coughs and colds - a dry cough becomes loose for example.  Please ask if you are in any doubt - remember do not attempt to treat any long term or chronic condition yourself.

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Coughs, Colds and Flu - helpful remedies to use at home

Aconite:  better in open air, worse at night in a warm room, sore throat, heavy croupy cough, hoarse, red inflamed eyes, onset often after exposure to drafts or cold wind. Taken quickly can stop colds in their tracks!

Belladona: better sitting up, worse touch, noise and lying down, hot flushed appearance, heat and throbbing pain, often with great irritability.

Bryonia: the symptoms areslow to come on, but there is much dryness and pains are worse from the slightest movement. Patient is likely to be irritable and wants to be left alone. Children may reject what they have just asked for. Dry lips, thirsty. Coryza with headache.

Calc Flour: head colds with thick yellow - green discharge, head colds with watery eyes and streaming nose, stringy discharge.

Carbo Veg: shivering, but likes the open window

Eupatorium: bone pain, strong headaches, thirsty for cold drinks, better lying on their back.

Ferrum Phos: better lying down, worse at night, with movement and cold, tickly cough, sore chest, sore throat and prone to nose bleeds.

Gelsemium: the number one flu remedy, with symptoms slow to come on, where there is much heaviness and drooping, fatigue, clammy skin, flushes of hot and cold, dizziness and congestion. Difficulty swallowing, halitosis.

Nat Mur: nose runs like a tap - often with a cold sore.

Rhus tox: slow onset with high temperature and great restlessness, constant changing position, muscles stiff and painful. Any draft or cold air will aggravate. There is a feeling of heat inside, but the skin is cold to touch. There is a desire to sip water.

 


Coughs

Cough remedies include; Aconite- better in open air, hoarse, dry, croupy, Spongiawhen the cough is dry and worse in the daytime, Hepar Sulph when the cough is dry with a loose edge, glands may be swollen and the patient wants hot drinks. Droscera coughs are also dry but worse at night, worse lying down and may be spasmodic and feel like a tickling feather.  Phosphorous (or bryonia): has hoarseness, thirst for cold drinks, but (laryngitis) dry painful cough - goes into the chest -Sulpher.  Coughing where the patient vomits mucous - try Coccus Cacti. or  Causticum  coughs are deep/hollow with difficulty in expectoration.  Rumex coughs on every breath of cold air, Wet coughs with either vomiting or gagging try  Ipecac.   Ant- Tart  is better sitting up and usually rattly - but rattly on the throat is Hepar Sulph.   Pulsatilla is better in open air, with cold food and drinks, expectoration thick and greenish.  May also leak urine when coughing (also try Causticum).  Stannun Met,  hoarse cough with sore chest, better lying down and worse when talking.

Illness in children can be very concerning. Temperatures can rise and fall very quickly, and often it is difficult to tell what the actual problem is when a child is too young to tell you. Homeopathic treatment should always work alongside services offered by your GP. 

If your child is spiking temperatures of over 40C and this continues please ensure you seek medical assistance when necessary. Most fevers though are mild to moderate and generally seen as a good thing!  Fever is the body's mechanism for activating the immune system and enhancing body defences. Medical attention should be sought for very young children who experience a drop in temperature. Please ensure your child remains hydrated. Dehydration can happen very quickly in young children.

"Most childhood infections and illness are seen (homeopathically) as a good thing! This allows the immune system to develop. The analogy of exercise to keep your heart healthy is a good one - we all want a strong immune system for future good health, as much as a strong, healthy heart".

"Antibiotics are only useful for bacterial and fungal infections. They do not work on viruses. Most childhood ear infection for example will only be shortened by a day or two with antibiotic treatment. 

Antibiotics also strip the body of good bacteria leaving the child open to further illness and infection. Antibiotics do of course have their place and can be life-saving. They should however be used with caution". Joanne Brown

 

Remedies are always available through the clinic and if not  a stock item they can be sourced within 24 hours.  First Aid and acute remedies in the 30c potency which are suitable for home use can  be purchased over the counter at Stirling Health Food Store in Dumbarton Road, Stirling (have a look at the links to find out more). Heather Clinic can also supply 'First Aid' Kits suitable for general use, pregnancy, mother and baby and for international travellers.  Each kit has between 36 and 42 remedies and cost around £40.00 - £45.00 please get in touch if you are interested?