27/3/16 - Spring into Spring
As the countryside and your garden starts to wake up, it's time to start thinking about your own health. The garden is one of the best illustrations of time passing, with seasons, endings and renewal. Spring should be about renewal, renewal especially of your vow to look after yourself.
A gardener knows that plants must be well cared for to thrive; they need to be growing in the right place, with correct nourishment, enough water and sunlight. In the right conditions, the plant is much less prone to disease; if the plant is struggling, the wise gardener deals with the whole.
Cars on the other hand, are a different matter; if our car develops a fault - well, we just want it fixed - now! If the mechanic can't fix it, we look for another mechanic who will.
In looking after your health - are you looking for a gardener, or a mechanic? Stop a moment and think about your body, your mind and emotions, your life. How are you? Are you really looking after yourself in the best possible way? Not just for now, but for the future as well.
If you have problems you would like to address then look no further than homeopathy. Why not give me a call me to discuss how homeopathy can help you.
16/2/15 - Homeopathy and the Treatment of Insomnia
None of us can escape from the occasional bad night’s sleep. Pain from other medical conditions such as backache, arthritis or just being too hot or too cold or the worry of an impending exam or important presentation can rob us of a good nights sleep. However, prolonged anxiety and stress can set up a state of habitual sleeplessness and this is what Insomnia really is.
The condition can be loosely divided into three categories: not being able to get to sleep, waking during the night and waking too early in the morning. Anybody who has suffered from insomnia will recognise the feelings of relief and well being you describe when you eventually experience a good night’s sleep.
Sleep is something we spend up to half of our lives doing and if it is disturbed the vital functions that occur only when we are in deep sleep are disrupted. Scientists are still unravelling the mysteries of sleep, but what we know for certain is that if these patterns and reactions are disturbed in any way the body finds it increasingly hard to function normally during waking hours.
Anyone who has ever visited a homeopath will know that sleep patterns are an important part of the consultation, recognising that disrupted sleep leads to a lowering of vitality which leads to quality of life diminishing and even potentially physical symptoms resulting.
Homeopaths can not only treat Insomnia but also night terrors in children, sleepwalking and other sleep problems. As well as treating the individual with homeopathic remedy, dietary and lifestyle advice will also be given. One simple dietary change that may be worth trying for those struggling with sleep is to watch what you eat in the evening. We all know that eating too late may interrupt sleep but did you know that a meal based mainly on animal protein, is stimulating and triggers greater production of activity hormones whereas starchy foods such as bread and pasta encourages the body to manufacture more of the non-active growth and repair hormones, which function best during sleep. Ideally evening meals should, therefore, be based on foods like: beans, pasta, potatoes and rice.
The following adobe document will help those who suffer with pain at night and therefore have trouble sleeping. It advises on the best sleeping positions for different physical conditions.
20/8/14 - STARTING SCHOOL AND HOMEOPATHY
Every parent must dread the first day of school; we do our best to make it sound so exciting and yet in our hearts, even the calmest of us worry about how our child will cope. I was lucky that both of my children settled in very well to their reception classes at primary school but I well remember my eldest son, having been moved from a school in London to a school in Derbyshire half way through the year going through a very unsettled period at school.
So what problems can children face when they start school and what can we do to help. There can be physical problems and illnesses that seem to come with children mixing together and sharing bugs such as coughs and colds, head lice and worms, as well as the psychological problems such as separation anxiety, temper tantrums, toileting difficulties and sleep disturbances.
I would emphasise that the majority of children settle into school perfectly well and that teaching staff are very experienced in helping the most unwilling little one to join in the fun. Parents can help by ensuring that their child is used to being away from them for a little time prior to that important first day, whether it is time spent with grandparents or other relatives, or in a pre-school or nursery. Children have a natural separation anxiety around 18 months or two years when they can be very unhappy to leave either parent but will normally pass through this stage as part of their normal development.
If they have never spent some time apart from a parent or carer prior to starting school, then settling into a classroom of 25 or so other children without Mummy or Daddy nearby is going to be difficult. Or it could just be that your child is prone to finding changes such as starting school difficult. Here homeopathy can be really helpful in these periods of change for a child facing school, play school or nursery for the first time. It is always best to treat your child as a whole when looking at psychological or behavioural problems and this is where seeing a homeopathically qualified healthcare professional can be so helpful for parents and carers.
Physical ailments With regards to physical problems that are common when starting school, recurrent coughs and colds must be the most troublesome. Every community develops its own immunity and, for most small children, this is just the people they live with and possibly some close relatives or their childminder. When they first start school, they meet all sorts of viruses which they are not immune from. This is why them seem to have continual colds in reception class and also to suffer more with each infection than previously. Most schoolchildren under the age of seven will have up to eight colds or upper respiratory tract infections (URTI's) per year, each lasting four to six week and three of which will be severe enough to need some time at home. Fluids and conventional medications are fine to relieve a high temperature (more than 38 degrees C) but mild fevers will do your child no harm. Constitutional remedies based on their personality and general symptoms are probably the best way to treat a child who is becoming run down with recurrent infections.