Homeopathy for Morning Sickness and Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG)

December 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Other News, Pregnancy, Womens Health

During pregnancy, complaints including morning sickness can be treated effectively and most importantly safely for both mother and baby. During the first three months of pregnancy all medication should be avoided, this being the most vulnerable time for mother and baby. Herbs, as well as some Vitamins and Minerals, unless specifically recommended and designed for use during pregnancy are also to be avoided. Homeopathy, however can be invaluable during this time.

Morning sickness usually occurs in the first trimester. For Mothers-to-be experiencing extreme nausea and vomiting including Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, homeopathic remedies may help with reducing the severity of symptoms. HG is generally described as unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids. If severe and/or inadequately treated, it is typically associated with:

  • loss of greater than 5% of pre-pregnancy body weight (usually over 10%)
  • dehydration and production of ketones
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • metabolic imbalances
  • difficulty with daily activities

HG usually extends beyond the first trimester and may resolve by 21 weeks; however, it can last the entire pregnancy in less than half of the women sufferers. Complications of vomiting (e.g. gastric ulcers, esophageal bleeding, malnutrition, etc.) may also contribute to and worsen ongoing nausea.

Homeopathic remedies that have been popular for use with morning sickness include NUX VOMICA and SEPIA. PHOSPHORUS, PULSATILLA,  NATRUM MURIATICUM and ARSENICUM may also be used in homeopathic potency. The best way to get the most fitting remedy, for those self-prescribing rather than getting advice from a qualified homeopath is to select the remedy that covers the general and emotional state that accompanies the physical condition. For instance PHOSPHORUS would be effective for vomiting in pregnancy, when water taken has had time to reach body temperature before the urge to vomit commences. The Mother-to-be benefiting most from PHOSPHORUS would have noticed an increase in their usual thirst and may experience extreme lack of energy and feelings of fear or anxiety. NUX VOMICA would be more useful  for “morning sickness” where there is more retching than vomiting and a noticeable increase in irritability. There may be a sensation of dryness of the mouth accompanied by less thirst, and a bitter, sour or metallic taste in the mouth. SEPIA is indicated for nausea and weakness, and vomiting of bile and food during pregnancy. There may be profuse saliva.

Kits are available form Homeopathic pharmacies and good health food shops and Pharmacies that include remedies specifically for use during pregnancy. Homeopathic remedies are safe for Mother-to-be and Baby and can help relieve unwanted symptoms that accompany pregnancy.

Always consult a professional Homeopath and if symptoms persist consult your G.P.

Women’s Health

December 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Womens Health

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Pregnancy

November 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Pregnancy, Womens Health

During pregnancy, complaints including morning sickness can be treated effectively and most importantly safely for both mother and baby. During the first three months of pregnancy all medication should be avoided, this being the most vulnerable time for mother and baby. Herbs, as well as some Vitamins and Minerals, unless specifically recommended and designed for use during pregnancy are also to be avoided. Homeopathy, however can be invaluable during this time.

John Demonte’s Tissue Salt pregnancy program uses the New Era tissue salts to support the gestation process for mother and baby. It was devised to assist mother and child throughout the pregnancy. The program can be joined at any time. This program can help to address deficiencies and help the baby with his or her basic need of mineral salts. 2 tablets of each in 6x potency to be taken 2 -4 times daily.

Month 2 and 6: Ferr Phos., Mag Phos., Calc Fluor.

Month 3 and 7: Nat Mur., Mag Phos., Calc Fluor.

Month 4 and 8: Silica, Nat Mur., Calc Fluor.

Month 5 and 9: Ferr Phos., Silica., Calc Fluor.

Homeopathic Remedies for Morning sickness and Nausea:

Morning sickness usually occurs in the first trimester. For mothers-to-be who have followed advice to eat little and often, have tried taking ginger in every form, tried going on brisk walks and who still experience nausea email Candice at candice@greendaisies.co.uk and request her Pregnancy remedy information for remedies that may help for symptoms associated with pregnancy, and for further guidance the Homeopathic Helpline is available 9am-midnight every day. (Candice is available every Tuesday)

Yoga

The practice of Yoga in preparation for Childbirth is highly recommended. Pregnancy yoga classes can help to calm the mind, focus the energy and breath, and strengthen the body, preparing mind and body for childbirth. Battersea Yoga, London has on-going 12 week pregnancy yoga courses and fantastic resources for the mother-to-be.

Homeopathy for Childbirth

Menopause

November 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Menopause, Womens Health

Supporting Health during the Menopause

Homeopathic treatment can provide effective support and is safe to use alongside herbal, nutritional as well as conventional medication for women experiencing pre-menopausal and menopausal symptoms. It is always best to seek individual treatment with a qualified homeopath as the most fitting remedy to treat symptoms associated with the menopause will often differ from woman to woman.

A nutrient rich whole-food diet is recommended. Drinks high in phosphates like cola and other fizzy drinks are best avoided. Limiting smoking and alcohol and caffeine intake is recommended for those with a higher risk of osteoporosis.

Homeopathic remedies for common menopausal symptoms:

Homeopathic remedies may provide relief of many common menopausal symptoms including vaginal dryness; for Metrorrhagia (abnormal bleeding from the uterus) during menopause; for sudden hot flushes, momentary weakness and great tendency to faint; For thinning hair associated with hormonal imbalance. Homeopathic remedies may also to address symptoms of hot flushes during menopause where the head, hands and feet feel hot, with a sensation of faintness in the stomach. There is a remedy that may help with frequent waking at night and a rush of blood to the head, hot, restless hands and for profuse sweat at night; for menopausal flushing with a feeling of pressure in the head especially with throbbing pains. For a sensation of congestion to head instead of menses, and loss of consciousness a homeopathic remedy is also indicated that may provide relief.

Email candice@greendaisies.co.uk and request a copy of the full article Menopause, which provides information on acute remedies for the symptoms mentioned above.

One tablet can be taken as a dose and repeated as needed up to 5 times in one day. The rule of thumb is to stop with improvement. Let symptoms be the guide as to when to take a dose.

Vitamin and Mineral support during menopause:

Taking calcium, magnesium, boron, vitamin D, vitamin C and trace minerals helps towards building strong bones.

Boron is found in fruits, nuts and vegetables and has been found to reduce urinary calcium loss. It also increases serum levels of 17-beta estradiol (which is the most biologically active oestrogen), which has a positive effect on bone health. Boron supplementation significantly elevates oestrongenic activity. The skeletal system is likely to be the primary recipient of boron’s nutritional benefits. (1-9mg per day is the typical supplemental dosage range)

Magnesium deficiency can severely impair hormone balance in women, which contributes to many cases of PMT. Magnesium benefits the adrenal hormones and can help with symptoms associated with stress response. Magnesium is vital in regulating calcium within the bones as well as being essential for the proper function of muscles. Research has found that osteoporotic women have less bone magnesium.

Beta carotene converts into Vitamin A in the body and promotes strong joints. (Found in carrots, squash and dark green leafy vegetables) Vitamin A supports a health intestinal epithelium, allowing optimal absorption of nutrients.

Manganese is recommended for joint health and is essential to the development and maintenance of connective tissue structures in the joints and  bones including cartilage and bone growth and stability.

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa) has been used to alleviate menopausal symptoms by improving vaginal lubrication, reducing depression associated with menopause and hormonal changes, ameliorating headache and hot flushes. The tincture is available from Homeopathic pharmacies, herbal suppliers and health food shops. It also works to thicken the vaginal mucosa, reducing burning pain during urination associated with thinning of the outer urethra.

Dr Schuessler’s tissue salts or biochemic remedies may provide support to the system in cases when there may be a shortage or deficiency in vital mineral substances.

Irregular menstruation, especially if there is a heavy flow and tendency towards anaemia may be treated with one of the Dr Schuessler’s tissue salts, the same homeopathic  remedy is also the tissue salt indicated for osteoporosis.

To prepare for and make the most of the menopausal transition my advice would be to firstly embrace menopause as a natural process rather than as a medical condition or deficiency. In the same way that during the menstrual period of a woman’s life PMT and emotional issues that arise around the time of menstruation may be the body’s way of bringing into the open unresolved emotional issues, anger, grief etc, each woman’s experience of the menopause will vary depending on her life experiences, heredity, diet, self-image, relationship with family, partners and work. To minimise discomfort physically or emotionally, resolving stuck issues and energy through psychotherapy, homeopathy, healing, acupuncture or whichever holistic therapy resonates with the individual will support this transition.

In youth the body and mind is very resilient and recovers quickly. As one ages the importance of good diet and nutritional support increases. In preparation for the menopause dancers would benefit from introducing or increasing the foods that nourish the bones, muscles and hormones and even seeking support from a qualified nutritionist for nutritional advice and guidance.

HRT:

The natural expression of personal power and wisdom available to women during [menopause] is thwarted and frustrated in our culture. This surge of energy is subsequently turned inward on oneself and can result in many unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, mood swings, and a general feeling of being lost and unable to find a new and vital identity……Menopause when understood and supported, provides the next level of initiation into personal power for women. As part of the menstrual taboo, which still lives in our culture, the voice of the menopausal woman is feared and denied. She has been made invisible or encouraged to remain forever young through hormone replacement therapy or other medical intervention.” [Tamara Slayton Reclaiming the Menstrual Matrix: Evolving Feminine Wisdom – A workbook Petaluma, CA: Menstrual Health Foundation p.41]

Holistic medical approaches like homeopathy see symptoms as the body’s way of drawing attention to an imbalance within the system. By addressing the underlying issues that manifest as symptoms, including the common symptoms of menopause, health is restored by the body’s own ability to heal itself. In homeopathy the minimum dose of a remedy can stimulate the healing process. The homeopathic consultation itself can unearth underlying issues that also stimulate the healing process.

There are numerous books available to support women through the menopause, and I recommend getting as much information as possible to empower and inform.

Caroline Myss in her book Anatomy of the Spirit – The seven Stages of Power and healing [Bantum Books] suggests that “women are physical examples of the ongoing life pattern of energy becoming matter through pregnancy, labour and delivery. Women’s life cycle expresses a natural progression of sexual energy. For most women, for instance, kundalini, or sexual-spiritual energy, begins to rise naturally around the age of forty. As it rises it activates the chakras through which it passes. Any unfinished business residing in the lower charkas will make itself known during the pre-menopausal and menopausal years…..” Myss sees hot flushes as blocked energy manifesting itself. This may be unused creative energy, creative conflict, limited sexual pleasure or unexpressed sexual energy.

HRT is an individual choice for each woman. I recommend making an informed choice before embarking on any form of medical intervention. There are many approaches including homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, cranial sacral therapy, psychotherapy, herbal and nutritional therapy, plus many more all of which provide support for women wishing to try natural approaches to the treatment of menopausal symptoms, if HRT is not desired. Holistic therapy can provide amelioration from the discomfort of menopausal symptoms while the process occurs naturally, supported, rather than suppressed or suspended by HRT.

I recommend the chapter on Menopause in Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Creating Physical and Emotional health and Healing by Christiane Northrup MD (Bantum Books). Northrup explores approaches to menopause including HRT in detail.

Bibiography:

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Creating Physical and Emotional health and Healing by Christiane Northrup MD (Bantum Books)

Anatomy of the Spirit – The seven Stages of Power and healing by Caroline Myss [Bantum Books]

Reclaiming the Menstrual Matrix: Evolving Feminine Wisdom – A workbook by Tamara Slayton Petaluma, CA: Menstrual Health Foundation

Minerals Manual – A Solgar Reference Manual

Resources:

Green Daisies Homeopathy: Homeopathic treatment with Candice Joyce RSHom via www.greendaisies.co.uk email: candice@greendaisies.co.uk or via Laban Health and Dance UK practitioners register.

The Society of Homeopaths – The largest professional organisation registering homeopaths in the UK. www.homeopathy-soh.org

Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy for mail order of homeopathic and herbal remedies for menopause

phone mail order: 020 7379 7434 website: www.helios .co.uk or email: orders@helioslondon.com

Menopause and the Dancer

October 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Dancers' Health, Menopause

Response to question’s posed by Rachel Holland for her article in Dance UK (November 2010 issue) 

Dancing through the Menopause:

How dancers in general can safeguard themselves against health concerns associated with the menopause and continue to dance healthily, whatever their age.

“How is the menopause likely to affect the dancer and in your experience, what are the health concerns associated with the menopause, and which ones would especially apply to dancers?”

For the dancer, common symptoms associated with menopause will differ in intensity from individual to individual.

The adrenal glands provide vital hormonal support. During menopause if the adrenal glands are depleted, menopausal symptoms can be exacerbated. Emotional stress and anxiety as well as excessive exercise and physical over exertion, injury, chronic pain and insufficient sleep can lead to adrenal dysfunction.

Inability to think straight is sometimes a symptom associated with the menopause. For dancers needing to be on top mentally to remain focused on a performance this may be an issue.

Hot flushes and night sweats, again can interfere with a dancers’ ability to remain focussed during training and performances with lack of sleep causing mental depression and energy depletion.

Menopausal and pre-menopausal women can experience thinning of the outer urethra from lack of oestrogen. This can cause burning pain during urination and discomfort when moving, walking or dancing. This symptom can be mistaken for a urinary tract infection, leading to prescribed antibiotics when they are not required.

Women with a history of amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) especially due to low body fat, seen in dancers and athletes, are at greater risk of osteoporosis. However weight-bearing exercise helps to increase bone density.

“How can dancers safeguard against these?”

Safeguarding against these symptoms and changes to the body is best approached on a variety of levels. When diet, lifestyle and unresolved issues are addressed, and nutritional supplementation and holistic treatment including homeopathy is explored the dancer will be supported through the menopausal transition naturally and will be in more control rather than at the mercy of symptoms.

A nutrient rich whole-food diet is recommended. Drinks high in phosphates like cola and other fizzy drinks are best avoided. Limiting smoking and alcohol and caffeine intake is recommended for those with a higher risk of osteoporosis.

Homeopathic treatment can provide effective support and is safe to use alongside herbal, nutritional as well as conventional medication for women experiencing pre-menopausal and menopausal symptoms. It is always best to seek individual treatment with a qualified homeopath as the most fitting remedy to treat symptoms associated with the menopause will often differ from woman to woman. For female dancers going through the menopause, homeopathic treatment can address emotional as well as physical symptoms that may interfere with performance.

Homeopathic remedies for common menopausal symptoms:

Homeopathic remedies may provide relief of many common menopausal symptoms including vaginal dryness; for Metrorrhagia (abnormal bleeding from the uterus) during menopause; for sudden hot flushes, momentary weakness and great tendency to faint; For thinning hair associated with hormonal imbalance. Homeopathic remedies may also to address symptoms of hot flushes during menopause where the head, hands and feet feel hot, with a sensation of faintness in the stomach. There is a remedy that may help with frequent waking at night and a rush of blood to the head, hot, restless hands and for profuse sweat at night; for menopausal flushing with a feeling of pressure in the head especially with throbbing pains. For a sensation of congestion to head instead of menses, and loss of consciousness a homeopathic remedy is also indicated that may provide relief.

Email candice@greendaisies.co.uk and request a copy of the full article Menopause and the Dancer, which provides information on acute remedies for the symptoms mentioned above.

One tablet can be taken as a dose and repeated as needed up to 5 times in one day. The rule of thumb is to stop with improvement. Let symptoms be the guide as to when to take a dose.

Vitamin and Mineral support during menopause:

Taking calcium, magnesium, boron, vitamin D, vitamin C and trace minerals has been seen to help towards building strong bones. Vital for dancers going through the menopause.

Boron is found in fruits, nuts and vegetables and has been found to reduce urinary calcium loss. It also increases serum levels of 17-beta estradiol (which is the most biologically active oestrogen), which has a positive effect on bone health. Boron supplementation significantly elevates oestrongenic activity. The skeletal system is likely to be the primary recipient of boron’s nutritional benefits. (1-9mg per day is the typical supplemental dosage range)

Magnesium deficiency can severely impair hormone balance in women, which contributes to many cases of PMT. Magnesium benefits the adrenal hormones and can help with symptoms associated with stress response. Magnesium is vital in regulating calcium within the bones as well as being essential for the proper function of muscles. Research has found that osteoporotic women have less bone magnesium.

Beta carotene converts into Vitamin A in the body and promotes strong joints. (Found in carrots, squash and dark green leafy vegetables) Vitamin A supports a health intestinal epithelium, allowing optimal absorption of nutrients.

Manganese is recommended for joint health and is essential to the development and maintenance of connective tissue structures in the joints and  bones including cartilage and bone growth and stability.

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa) has been used to alleviate menopausal symptoms by improving vaginal lubrication, reducing depression associated with menopause and hormonal changes, ameliorating headache and hot flushes. The tincture is available from Homeopathic pharmacies, herbal suppliers and health food shops. It also works to thicken the vaginal mucosa, reducing burning pain during urination associated with thinning of the outer urethra.

Dr Schuessler’s tissue salts or biochemic remedies may provide support to the system in cases when there may be a shortage or deficiency in vital mineral substances.

Irregular menstruation, especially if there is a heavy flow and tendency towards anaemia may be treated with one of the Dr Schuessler’s tissue salts, the same homeopathic  remedy is also the tissue salt indicated for osteoporosis.

“Any advice on how dancers can best prepare for the menopause?”

To prepare for and make the most of the menopausal transition my advice to dancers would be to firstly embrace menopause as a natural process rather than as a medical condition or deficiency. In the same way that during the menstrual period of a woman’s life PMT and emotional issues that arise around the time of menstruation may be the body’s way of bringing into the open unresolved emotional issues, anger, grief etc, each woman’s experience of the menopause will vary depending on her life experiences, heredity, diet, self-image, relationship with family, partners and work. To minimise discomfort physically or emotionally, resolving stuck issues and energy through psychotherapy, homeopathy, healing, acupuncture or whichever holistic therapy resonates with the individual will support this transition.

In youth the body and mind is very resilient and recovers quickly. As one ages the importance of good diet and nutritional support increases. In preparation for the menopause dancers would benefit from introducing or increasing the foods that nourish the bones, muscles and hormones and even seeking support from a qualified nutritionist for nutritional advice and guidance.

“HRT – a good idea or unnecessary, in your opinion?”

The natural expression of personal power and wisdom available to women during [menopause] is thwarted and frustrated in our culture. This surge of energy is subsequently turned inward on oneself and can result in many unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, mood swings, and a general feeling of being lost and unable to find a new and vital identity……Menopause when understood and supported, provides the next level of initiation into personal power for women. As part of the menstrual taboo, which still lives in our culture, the voice of the menopausal woman is feared and denied. She has been made invisible or encouraged to remain forever young through hormone replacement therapy or other medical intervention.” [Tamara Slayton Reclaiming the Menstrual Matrix: Evolving Feminine Wisdom – A workbook Petaluma, CA: Menstrual Health Foundation p.41]

Holistic medical approaches like homeopathy see symptoms as the body’s way of drawing attention to an imbalance within the system. By addressing the underlying issues that manifest as symptoms, including the common symptoms of menopause, health is restored by the body’s own ability to heal itself. In homeopathy the minimum dose of a remedy can stimulate the healing process. The homeopathic consultation itself can unearth underlying issues that also stimulate the healing process.

There are numerous books available to support women through the menopause, and I recommend getting as much information as possible to empower and inform.

Caroline Myss in her book Anatomy of the Spirit – The seven Stages of Power and healing [Bantum Books] suggests that “women are physical examples of the ongoing life pattern of energy becoming matter through pregnancy, labour and delivery. Women’s life cycle expresses a natural progression of sexual energy. For most women, for instance, kundalini, or sexual-spiritual energy, begins to rise naturally around the age of forty. As it rises it activates the chakras through which it passes. Any unfinished business residing in the lower charkas will make itself known during the pre-menopausal and menopausal years…..” Myss sees hot flushes as blocked energy manifesting itself. This may be unused creative energy, creative conflict, limited sexual pleasure or unexpressed sexual energy.

HRT is an individual choice for each woman. I recommend making an informed choice before embarking on any form of medical intervention. There are many approaches including homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, cranial sacral therapy, psychotherapy, herbal and nutritional therapy, plus many more all of which provide support for women wishing to try natural approaches to the treatment of menopausal symptoms, if HRT is not desired. Holistic therapy can provide amelioration from the discomfort of menopausal symptoms while the process occurs naturally, supported, rather than suppressed or suspended by HRT.

I recommend the chapter on Menopause in Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Creating Physical and Emotional health and Healing by Christiane Northrup MD (Bantum Books). Northrup explores approaches to menopause including HRT in detail.

Candice Joyce RSHom is a qualified homeopath with practices in Richmond-Upon-Thames and at Laban Health, Greenwich. She is registered as a homeopathic practitioner with Dance UK. Candice trained as a dancer and physical theatre director and performer before qualifying as a homeopath. Her website www.greendaisies.co.uk provides advice to the dancer and information about booking homeopathic treatment. For those unable to attend a clinic in person due to geographical location or injury, Candice provides an over-the-phone consultation service.


Bibiography:

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Creating Physical and Emotional health and Healing by Christiane Northrup MD (Bantum Books)

Anatomy of the Spirit – The seven Stages of Power and healing by Caroline Myss [Bantum Books]

Reclaiming the Menstrual Matrix: Evolving Feminine Wisdom – A workbook by Tamara Slayton Petaluma, CA: Menstrual Health Foundation

Minerals Manual – A Solgar Reference Manual

Resources:

Green Daisies Homeopathy: Homeopathic treatment with Candice Joyce RSHom via www.greendaisies.co.uk email: candice@greendaisies.co.uk or via Laban Health and Dance UK practitioners register.

The Society of Homeopaths – The largest professional organisation registering homeopaths in the UK. www.homeopathy-soh.org

Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy for mail order of homeopathic and herbal remedies for menopause

phone mail order: 020 7379 7434 website: www.helios .co.uk

email: orders@helioslondon.com

Mother and Baby

August 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Mother And Baby, Womens Health

Homeopathy offers great support for mother and baby, from breast-feeding difficulties, colic, constipation, teething complaints, post-natal depression and ailments caused from child-birth. Homeopathic kits are available specifically designed to provide remedies for the listed complaints. There are also numerous books and guides available to give mothers prescribing power, especially useful for middle of the night fevers. For help with selecting the right remedy the Homeopathic Helpline is a valuable resource and support service for homeopathic acute prescribing.

Breast-feeding

Homeopathic remedies that may treat mastitis including symptoms accompanied by throbbing pain, redness and streaks of pain radiating from the nipple are available as well as a remedy indicated when pain goes from the nipple to all over the body while the baby nurses. In mastitis when the mammae are very hard and sensitive there may be a homeopathic remedy to alleviate this particular discomfort.

La Leche League (http://www.laleche.org.uk/) is highly recommended for mother-to-mother breastfeeding support from pregnancy through to weaning.

Contact The Homeopathic Helpline (calls are charged at £1.53 per minute) for guidance on which remedy may be indicated for your symptoms.

Teething and Colic

Homeopathic remedies recommended for both Colic and Teething especially accompanied by angry crying and the desire to be carried may be useful for supporting a baby through distressing teething symptoms. Give one tablet (which can be crushed in a spoon) as required. There may be a more suitable homeopathic remedy for a teething child who produces lots of green or yellow snot and is very clingy and weepy. For babies suffering with colic where they draw they knees towards their chest another remedy may help. Babies arching their backs with colic may respond better to one homeopathic remedy more than another.

Homeopathy in Pregnancy

Homeopathy for Childbirth

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.

Research shows Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on breast cancer cells.

February 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Other News, Womens Health

Recent research published in the International Journal of Oncology has found Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on breast cancer cells.

Research states:

“We studied four ultra-diluted remedies (Carcinosin, Phytolacca, Conium and Thuja) against two human breast adenocarcinoma cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) and a cell line derived from immortalized normal human mammary epithelial cells (HMLE). The remedies exerted preferential cytotoxic effects against the two breast cancer cell lines, causing cell cycle delay/arrest and apoptosis. These effects were accompanied by altered expression of the cell cycle regulatory proteins….. The findings demonstrate biological activity of these natural products when presented at ultra-diluted doses. Further in-depth studies with additional cell lines and animal models are warranted to explore the clinical applicability of these agents.”

Read the abstract in full on International Journal of Oncology website.

Research on Homeopathic remedies to alleviate effects of cancer treatment from 2009:

In April 2009 the Cochrane Collaboration found that effects of radiotherapy and chemontherapy in cancer treatment could be alleviated using Homeopathy.

Some homeopathic medicines may ease the side-effects of cancer treatments without interfering in how they work, a scientific review has concluded.

The Cochrane Collaboration said, while there were few studies, it did appear that some effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy could be alleviated. It highlighted in particular calendula to prevent dermatitis, and what is known as Traummel S for mouth sores.

But it said further work was needed to confirm these findings.

Eight studies with a total of 664 participants were considered by the group, led by Dr Sosie Kassab, a specialist in complementary cancer therapies at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. Three studies looked at preparations to counter the skin reactions of radiotherapy, but only one was deemed to be high quality. This, from France, suggested that calendula – from marigolds – reduced acute dermatitis in breast cancer patients more effectively than the more conventional treatment trolamine. It involved 254 patients.

No interference

One of three studies on treating the side-effects of chemotherapy was deemed high quality.

This found that Traumeel S, a mixture which includes belladonna, arnica, St John’s wort and echinacea, was effective in reducing stomatisis – painful mouth sores – when used as a mouthwash.

Two other studies of homeopathic treatments on menopausal symptoms brought on by cancer treatments were declared to be of high quality but did not provide any evidence that the treatments worked.

There was no evidence to show that any of these treatments interfered with cancer therapies, and indeed one study showed that radiotherapy was less frequently interrupted in the group receiving homeopathic care.

But the Cochrane team acknowledged: “The review found few studies, and most were small.”

Childbirth

January 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Childbirth, Womens Health

newborn

Homeopathic remedies can provide invaluable support during childbirth for all mothers-to-be, from those who are planning a home-birth to those choosing to deliver in a midwife led birth centre, as well as for those opting for or needing Caesarian Section within a hospital environment. The remedies are completely safe to take alongside any other medication or pain relief and can treat many issues that arise during childbirth for mother and baby, from feelings of anxiety and fatigue or exhaustion to stimulating the delivery of the placenta in the third stage without the need for the routinely given Oxytocin injection. There is a homeopathic remedy that may stimulate a baby with a breach presentation to turn, and can be taken to turn the baby as long as it is taken before the baby is firmly engaged. There are also homeopathic remedies that may assist in establishing contractions when they are not progressing. In a hasty labour homeopathic remedies can also be taken which may help with profuse haemorrhaging.  There is a remedy that can be taken for distressing pains which accomplish little, the same remedy is highly recommended by homeopaths after any mechanical intervention during childbirth and after C-Section. For a mother-to-be experiencing great fear and dread of something going wrong and for baby if it is born with signs of asphyxia and breathlessness, which also may address retained urine there may be a homeopathic remedy to alleviate and provide emotional as well as physical support.  Homeopathic remedies may also help to speed up healing after episiotomy, and if the coccyx or tailbone has been displaced and is causing discomfort and pain.

For a homeopathic remedy list and guidance for prescribing during childbirth email Candice at candice@greendaisies.co.uk and request Childbirth information for a few remedies that may help during childbirth.

Green Daisies Homeopathy recommend and can provide for mother’s-to-be the Ainsworths Mother and Baby Kit and the Helios Childbirth kit as an economical way of having to hand a comprehensive selection of homeopathic remedies for use during childbirth. Contact Candice by email directly to purchase a kit.

The kits are also extremely useful for Homeopaths, Midwives and Doula’s to use providing a helpful booklet and guide to how to prescribe the remedies. Green Daisies Homeopathy also recommends The Accoucheur’s Handbook by Yingling (ISBN 81-7021-329-0) for a more in depth guide and manual to the use of the homeopathic remedies provided in the kits.

Preparation for childbirth

Being prepared and informed empowers the mother-to-be to feel capable and ready. For anyone keen to use homeopathic remedies, it is recommended that the birth partner familiarise themselves with the booklets provided in the homeopathic childbirth kits a few weeks in advance so they feel confident of prescribing throughout the stages of labour, whether in hospital, a birthing centre or at home.

Face-to-face or over-the phone consultations are available with Candice exclusively to explain how to get the most from any homeopathic remedy kit for childbirth. It is recommended that the birth partner attends the consultation along with the mother-to-be. Bring your kit along or one can be purchased directly from Candice. This hour and a half long session is £75.00 for those who have a kit and wish to bring theirs along; £100.00 which includes a Helios 18 remedy Childbirth kit or £110.00 which includes an Ainsworths Mother and Baby 42 Homeopathic Remedy kit.

Yoga

The practice of Yoga in preparation for Childbirth is highly recommended. Pregnancy yoga classes can help to calm the mind, focus the energy and breath, and strengthen the body, preparing mind and body for childbirth. Battersea Yoga, London has on-going 12 week pregnancy yoga courses led by Nadia Raafat, and fantastic resources for the mother-to-be.

I attended an informative and excellent talk at Battersea Yoga in December 2010 by Independent Midwife Annie Francis BSc (hons), CQSW, RM and recommend all mothers-to-be to approach their midwife with any questions, visit the AIMS website for their articles and publications and if possible to attend any talks offered in your area.

For a homeopathic remedy list and guidance for prescribing during childbirth email Candice at candice@greendaisies.co.uk and request Childbirth information for a few remedies that may help. For further guidance the Homeopathic Helpline is available 9am-midnight every day. The qualified homeopaths on the help line will be able to provide homeopathic prescribing advice for stages of labour.

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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.