You may be reading this because you are already interested in homeopathy and want to learn a bit more about me and my views or you may have found this post because you want to find out a bit more about the subject – either way, I hope that you will leave this page knowing a bit more about one or both! Many, many years ago I had a young Labrador dog who was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis (damage to the vertebrae of the neck) – with a prognosis that he would be totally immobile within a few months. I felt that there must be another way than the inevitable termination of his life at a rather premature age. To cut a longish story short; under the care and attention of a marvellous homeopathic vet, Christopher Day, my dog, Ben was given a new lease of life and lived on until he was 16 years old. He received homeopathy, acupuncture and treatment using hopi ear candles (used today as a treatment to ease the stresses of our Western culture and to address various problems relating to the ear, neck and face.) It was his response to the homeopathic treatment that really consolidated my interest in the power of the remedies and spurred me to learn more, and indeed, I have learnt so much, not only through my own studies but through the treatment and response of my patients throughout the years. I possess an enduring belief in this system of medicine and an enthusiasm and passion to share its message with as many folk as are willing to listen! You don’t have to be a ‘believer’ for homeopathic remedies to work – I have seen homeopathy help so many people, be they old, young or babes in arms. Animals respond well, as do plants! Homeopathy is a safe and effective method of medicine that regards health and illness as processes rather than states. As a practitioner, I will make use of all the symptoms of a patient and select a remedy to match the specific requirements of that individual – a truly ‘holistic’ method of prescribing. Symptoms are seen as the body’s attempt to deal with problems and to restore health and generally that process should not be opposed but assisted so as to more rapidly return the body to normal function. Common examples of the curative nature of acute symptoms include fever in influenza (which kills the virus), and vomiting and diarrhoea in food poisoning (which expel the toxic material). Sometimes, symptoms persist and become ‘chronic’ – that’s when a qualified homeopath should be sought to help find the right treatment.Very often, it is not possible to do anything about the external environment that may be exacerbating the condition or to replace organs that have atrophied or been removed, but generally homeopathy can help the body to repair itself more quickly and maximise healing potential. By using the body’s own remarkable ability to heal itself and understanding that ‘symptoms’ are an expression of some inbalance, homeopathy can (and does!) really make a difference. There is no limit to the types of condition that homeopathy can help – everything from First Aid situations to chronic, debilitating illnesses and so much in between. I believe that allopathic medicine has much to offer but I don’t believe that it should have exclusivity. There are many conditions that the main stream practioners have very little to offer in way of treatment, cure or even simply lessening the symptoms. I speak from experience – the conditions I see that conventional medicine has not helped include eczema and other skin conditions, asthma, menopause, migraines, stress, anxiety & panic attacks – the list is actually infinite! We need to see our bodies as a ‘whole’ – not as individual sections that are dealt with by particular department; we are not a ‘cardiac’ case or a ‘gastro’ case or a ‘oncology’ case or an ‘ophthalmic’ case or even a ‘mental’ case – we are vital, energetic beings with all our parts linked together – that’s why in homeopathic treatment it is important to understand and listen to what our body’s telling us about its ‘dis’-ease on a mental, emotional and physical level. ……….. that’s why I think Homeopathy is so important ……… more next time!