Movember – Raising Awareness for Men’s Health

November 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Mens Health, Seasonal

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st  clean shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.  The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

Read more about Movember and joining in to support awareness about men’s health here

Men’s Health

August 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Mens Health

Prostate care after the age of 50 is very important for men’s health, as 50% of men experience some form of prostate enlargement after this age and 70% of men experience this after the age of 70. There are homeopathic remedies that may be of huge value in prostate enlargement as well as preparations in herbal form. Saw Palmetto is often combined in herbal and mineral supplements to support men’s health. There are homeopathic remedies that may be useful for the constant desire to pass water at night and the loss of sexual power. Taken in a 30c potency half an hour before bed, homeopathic remedies may help to relieve the discomfort of these symptoms.

Herbal combination supplements are available that may inhibit conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, believed to be responsible for enlargement of the prostate. There are other supplements, vitamins and minerals may also support the prostate gland.

A Homeopathic Narayani combination remedy that may be helpful for men with prostate enlargement can be ordered by my patients via email candice@greendaisies.co.uk. Telephone or face-to-face consultations can be arranged via my consultations page.

Support for Sexual Function

I am sometimes asked whether there is a homeopathic alternative to Viagra – Although homeopathic remedies act by treating the individual there are some suggested remedies considered to have aphrodisiac properties in their raw form, which are safe to use. For sexual dysfunction that is caused by underlying psychological issues it is recommended that constitutional treatment with a fully qualified homeopath is undertaken.

Damiana was originally used by Mexican Indians has a time-honoured reputation as an aphrodisiac. Natural herbal and Homeopathic remedies may be useful for sexual disorders that may be the result of stress, overwork and nervous debility. In homeopathic potency combination remedies may help to address the distress caused by impotence.

There are other herbal supplements and homeopathic remedies that may help to address stress relief; for sexual dysfunction; to maintain energy levels, mental performance; and to increase strength and mobility. Alternative remedies may be supportive for men experiencing depression or low energy due to a stressful job leading to poor sexual function.

Always check with your GP that specific herbal supplements are safe to take along side prescribed medication.

Fertility

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Fertility

August 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Fertility, Mens Health, Womens Health

It is estimated that a quarter of couples experience a period of infertility at some point in their reproductive lives, leading to 1 in 6 couples going on to see an infertility specialist. Unexplained infertility can be devastating and because fertility treatment itself, like IVF does not guarantee conception, in some cases the issues surrounding the desire but inability to conceive can further exacerbate the situation.

Homeopathic individualised treatment can address underlying issues that may be preventing a couple from conceiving. Along with other complementary approaches including psychotherapy, homeopathic treatment is a gentle and non-invasive approach.

Candice operates a referral system with psychotherapist and infertility counsellor Annie Reed Henderson, who has enjoyed many years of success helping couples through infertility. Her article Unexplained Infertility published in Therapy Today (February 2008) provides case studies and treatment plans that have helped many couples to conceive with and without IVF treatment.  Annie practises in London +44 (0)7958 203 256.

Homeopathy for Stress

July 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Health 4 Heroes, Mens Health, Other News, Stress, Womens Health

stressStress can take hold in many ways. On the mental and emotional level prolonged stress can lead to fatigue, depression, mood swings and sleeplessness. For many stress may manifest in physical symptoms, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, back pain, alpoecia or skin conditions like psoriasis. Dealing with stress can be tricky when there are maintaining causes for that stress or stress has been triggered by a traumatic experience; on-going financial worries and debt; unemployment; business instability; caring for loved ones etc. Homeopathy can provide support for people experiencing all from the short term exam nerves type of stress to prolonged stress undermining the health. The appropriate remedy can vary hugely from person to person. Where the stress is chronic in nature (experienced for 3 months or more) it would be of the greatest benefit to book a consultation with a qualified homeopath.

There are several suggested remedies and a guideline on their use for treatment of stress available by emailing candice@greendaisies.co.uk and requesting information on Stress:

Exam stress, panic attacks and phobias: For alleviating the stress of exam nerves and performance anxiety, especially for those who feel debilitated by overwork and who dislike appearing in public homeopathic remedies can be taken as needed up to 5 times in a day. For panic attacks, or after a fright, where there is severe anxiety and restlessness, and even the fear of death a reemdy can be taken as needed to speed recovery and settle nerves. For those experiencing lots of phobias around crowds, narrow spaces, air travel, heights or falling, another remedy may be taken as needed.

Work related stress: Homeopathic remedies may help with stress, anxiety over issues of responsibility, performance at work and fear of failure. Physical symptoms associated with stress can include bloated sensation, wind and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which may also be addressed through homeopathic treatment by treating the whole person rather than the specific complaint or symptom. Business anxiety, especially in very ambitious and driven people especially when there is lots of impatience and irritability, a desire for stimulants (coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, spicy foods), tendency to constipation or diarrhoea alternating with constipation may be helped with homeopathic approaches.

Emotional stress of caring for loved ones: The homeopathic remedy sometimes referred to as “the carer’s remedy” may be of support for those who may have become exhausted or depleted from night-watching loved ones, loss of sleep, and the emotional stress of nursing the sick. There may be a feeling of vertigo and unsteadiness in the legs on the physical plane when this remedy is indicated. One dose half an hour before bed and one the following morning to stimulate the body back into balance.

Visit The Princess Royal Trust for Carers website or follow this link to information and articles on managing stress for carer’s  http://www.carers.org/articles/managing-stress,62,CA.html

Sleeplessness: For those wanting to avoid going down the route of sleeping tablets, there are several remedies that may be useful for anyone who is kept awake at night. For some it may be sleeplessness because the mind is going over and over with anxious thoughts. To address sleeping issues it is always best to seek treatment with a homeopath so that individual symptoms can be addressed.

The rule of thumb with self-prescribing homeopathic remedies is to STOP taking the remedy the moment a reaction has been stimulated. This may be an emotional discharge or in the form of a physical reaction like a runny nose or diarrhoea. Once a reaction has been triggered, the remedy has done it’s job and the body comes back into balance. When a well indicated fails to act it may be that a deeper remedy needs to be prescribed. See a homeopath who can prescribe accordingly.