Flu, Coughs, Colds & how to stay healthy during the winter with Homeopathy

Flu, Coughs, Colds & how to stay healthy during the winter with Homeopathy
Staying Healthy during the winter months.

September is a month when children return to school and the weather begins to change, with this some will get the dreaded coughs, colds and flu but there are ways to keep yourself healthy.

Flu symptoms are more severe than the average cold and they will come on rapidly and will last longer.

Top 5 Signs of Flu

  • Body and muscles will ache
  • Fevers / Chills
  • Fatigue & Weakness
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat and cough

Ways to keep Flu at bay

  • Try to avoid stress
  • Eat a healthy diet of vegetables & fruit rich in vitamins A & C which will support your immune system.
  • Get plenty of fresh air
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Have regular homeopathic constitutional treatment to boost your immune system and keep you healthy.

If you do find you get flu the best and kindest thing to do is to listen to your body.  Rest is key and it’s important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids.  My favourite drink for flu, sore throats, coughs & colds is hot water, freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey, freshly chopped ginger & cayenne pepper.

There are some homeopathic remedies that can help with flu symptoms but one thing we should remember is the symptoms are sometimes a sign that the body is having “clear out”. I usually advise my patients not to suppress symptoms with over the counter medicines such as Day/Night nurse, Beechams max etc – encourage the symptoms to come out this will hopefully avoid further complications down the line.  Symptoms should leave your body and not be suppressed.

If however, you do need help with your symptoms I would suggest the following homeopathic remedies:-

Aconite Symptoms come on suddenly, esp. at night. Worse from exposure to cold, dry winds. There is fever, thirst and sweat. Dry, painful cough.
Allium Cepa Good remedy for runny nose & ears with burning discharge.
Arsenicum Chilly, Restless, symptoms usually start in the nose, thin, watery, burning discharge. Copious sneezing. Cold sometimes goes deeper to the chest. Will want to drink small sips of water.
Belladonna The key here is symptoms appear quickly. This is a good fever remedy. High fever, redness and burning. Headaches and pains throbbing.
Bryonia Symptoms come on very gradually. Irritability and will want to be left alone and to be completely still and quiet. There will be thirst. Another good remedy when the cold goes to the chest and there is a dry cough.
Eupatorium Aching bones, thirsty and sweating. Usually accompanied by a headache.
Ferrum Phos This is a good remedy when you feel you are coming down with something and feel a little bit run down with some thirst.
Gelsemium Shivering, muscle weakness & tiredness are a good indication for this remedy. Symptoms develop slowly. Not very thirsty.

Take every 30 minutes for 3 doses, if no change move to next indicated remedy.  

If you would like to find out more about homeopathy and how it can help boost your immune system to stay healthy during the winter months please contact me. I offer a free 15 minute consultation and that can be booked here: https://calendly.com/traceycampbell-1/15min

What to Expect from Homeopathic Treatment

What to expect from Homeopathic Treatment

I thought it might be helpful to share what happens when you first decide to see me and the process involved to help you get back to your optimum health.

I understand that when you decide to come to see me it is a big step, especially if you have had conventional medicine for your symptoms. This is where homeopathy is so different because it helps on so many levels. We treat the whole person and not just the presenting symptoms.

You may be coming to see me because you’ve tried everything else and this is a last resort. Whatever your reason I will make you feel comfortable as we work together to getting you back on the road to better health.

The First Consultation
You may see me in person or via Skype, either way, you should allow up to 1.5 hours for your first consultation. During this time we will discuss your symptoms, when they started and how they impact your life. I will ask you about any medication you are taking or have taken and we may do a homeopathic detox if I feel it necessary, particularly if the symptoms started after medication, an operation or vaccination. I will take a detailed medical history and also that of your family’s medical history.

After the first Consultation – What happens next?

– Taking the Remedy
– Monitoring the Remedy Re-action-
– Follow up appointments
– How long will Treatment Last
– Return to Optimum Health
– Maintenance Programme

Taking the Remedy
I may give you a remedy at the time of your appointment or in complex cases I may need to spend more time on your case before deciding on your remedy which I will post out to you.  If you are an overseas patient I will send you a prescription to order locally as this avoids any potential problems with customs. I have a list of overseas suppliers I use and am registered with.

Monitoring the Remedy Action & What to Expect Next
I will ask you to monitor any changes until your next consultation on both a physical and emotional level. This is really important to do, because as your case unfolds over the coming months it will help me to decide on your next remedy prescription and the next course of action.

Follow up appointments
I recommend that these are spaced approximately 5 weeks apart. The remedy acts in a subtle and gentle way and 5 weeks is usually a good length of time for the remedy to act. It is important to have regular follow up appointments to monitor progress and to assess the remedy’s reaction and how your body has responded to the remedy. Everybody is very different.  Some may only need to see me a few times others longer.

Homeopathy isn’t a quick fix but as we peel back the layers to good health you should find that you begin to feel healthier, stronger and have more energy. You may find that you cope with life and stressful situations with more ease and everyday colds, infections won’t last as long.

How long will treatment last?
This depends on your individual health problem and how your body responds but I recommend at least 3 follow up appointments especially if you have had your symptoms for a long time.   For more complex cases I suggest 6 follow up appointments but we will review progress every step of the way.

Returning you to Optimum Health
As your case unfolds and we peel back the layers to good health, you might experience a return of old symptoms. This is a good sign and cause for celebration because we are getting to the central disturbance and the symptoms that have accumulated over the years are now leaving your body.

We encourage the symptoms to leave your body, from the inside to the outside, away from internal organs, from top to bottom. This is the philosophy behind homeopathy and is the perfect law of cure.

Maintenance Programme
When you are happy with the level of health you have achieved you may still wish to continue to use homeopathy and if that is the case we can move you to a maintenance programme which can be every 3-6 months, whatever works best for you. Please note that if I haven’t seen you for over six months then it may be necessary to book a first consultation again.

I hope this has helped you to understand how the process works but should you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.  I look forward to helping you.

Shaking off a Chest Infection with Homeopathy

Shaking off a Chest Infection with Homeopathy
Shaking off a chest infection with homeopathy

“When I get a cold it always goes to my chest”.  This is one of the things people often say to me when I go through their medical history.

Invariably they have a history of taking anti-biotics over the years and it becomes increasingly more difficult and longer to get rid of chest infections and they find they have less energy as their body works harder to fight of the infection.

This is when people may decide to try homeopathy.   Below is a lovely testimonial that I received from someone that tried homeopathy for the first time:-

“I met with Tracey with an open mind about homeopathy. I had been unable to shake off a chest infection and generally felt irritable, lethargic and emotional. I really appreciated the time and care that Tracey took in working out what remedies would help me. Within a very short time my chest infection had completely cleared and I felt energetic, calm and balanced. There were a few instances that previously before the treatment I would have reacted negatively to. However, I have been able to deal with situations in a positive manner and this I can honestly say is due to the remedy. Family, friends and colleagues have also notice a calmer more balanced me about the home and in the office.

Tracey is consistent in her personality, approach and professionalism and the gentle power of homeopathy has helped me to find a new level of health and wellbeing. I am looking forward to continuing working with Tracey and have and will continue to recommend her services”, Ms K W, Kent

If you experience repeated chest infections, coughs or colds and would like to know more about homeopathy please contact me to for a no obligation call to find out how I may be able to help you or visit my FAQ page. You might be very surprised at how much it helps on so many other levels.

Homeopathy differs from conventional medicine because I find a remedy to match YOU and YOUR unique symptoms. Not only does it help with the symptoms but it helps on other levels such as overall wellbeing and more energy as you can see from the above testimonial.

Back to School Anxieties & Homeopathy

Back to School Anxieties & Homeopathy
Back to School Anxieties & Homeopathy

Can you remember the first day back at school after the summer holidays?

Even now many years later I can recall that feeling of butterflies and anticipation in my tummy, there was no reason to feel like that but all the same after six weeks my new found freedom and free range routine was about to go back to having to wear a uniform, getting up and going to bed early – something I did not relish.   The nearer that date in September approached the faster the days would go by.

So once again, September is almost upon us and the summer holidays are nearly over.  Up and down the country parents will be preparing and getting their children ready for school.

This can be a traumatic time for some children especially if they are starting school for the very first time, changing schools or just returning and going into the next class.

Some children look forward to going back and seeing their friends again, others aren’t so keen and for others it might be the first time. Small children might be wondering how they will make friends, what their teachers will be like, will they like them, they might even worry they will get lost in a large building. All these thoughts and feelings are natural and there are some coping strategies that you can use to help them:-

  • Start to get them into a routine by going to bed earlier
  • If homework is outstanding help and encourage them to do it
  • Ask them what’s worrying them and talk them through it
  • Talk about the positive things, e.g how they will make new friends or that they will see friends again

Some children may develop a deeper anxiety and signs to look out for are:-

If you are worried about your child then homeopathy can help. It is a safe and gentle non toxic form of medicine and I have helped many children with anxieties of this nature. Children are very responsive and usually respond to homeopathy very quickly.   I can do consultations via Skype or Messenger and post remedies out to you. There is no need for your child to sit through the consultation so it is less traumatic for them, although invariably they can’t resist having a peek and saying hello which is helpful to me.

If you would like to find out more about how I can help feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute chat.

Helping Children with Eczema Naturally

Helping children with Eczema naturally

I recently saw a young boy with mild eczema. His Mum wanted something more natural and more importantly to achieve a lasting result.   Below is the review from his Mum:-

“I took my son to see Tracey to help with his eczema. I didn’t want to keep using steroid creams to deal with flair ups. Tracey gave him a remedy along with a steroid detox and 3 months later the improvement is fantastic. No longer any need for daily emollients, any small dry patches are controlled using a natural chickweed cream. My son’s eczema was quite mild so he dealt with the changes to his skin very well. I would highly recommended anyone with skin conditions to try homeopathy it really works ! Thank you Tracey”

The homeopathic approach to helping eczema symptoms (or in fact any condition) is very different to the conventional approach. During the first consultation I ask lots of questions and try to establish the root cause to find a lasting result without suppressing any symptoms. We encourage the symptoms to leave the body rather than go deeper into the body.

Usually we find that a child that has had eczema and has a history of using cortico-steroid creams will usually go on to develop asthma.  This is because the initial underlying cause of the eczema was not addressed, and whilst the initial symptoms went away, they were in fact suppressed and pushed further into the body.

The philosophy behind homeopathic medicine is that we address the underlying cause and aim to push the symptoms away from the body and away from the more vital organs (inside to outside).  As you see with eczema, if the symptoms are suppressed they go further into the body and the lungs become involved. The skin and the lungs are closely linked, as are all parts of our body.

Mothers of young children who use inhalers usually tell me that their child’s colds go to their chests and they have been prescribed anti-biotics in the past. This of course helps to clear the chesty cough and cold, however, prolonged and regular use of antibiotics can then lead to upset tummies and disturbances in the gut.  In time, this can lead to other problems such as anxieties, ADH etc, and on it goes.

If you are looking for a more natural approach to eczema, asthma or any childhood ailments and you would like to find out more about how homeopathy can help with any of the above symptoms please contact me or book a free no obligation 15 minute call.

Holiday Season – Travel & Motion Sickness

Holiday Season – Travel & Motion Sickness

 

Homeopathy for travel & motion sickness

As a child my parents took my brother and I to Italy for our summer holidays. We didn’t always fly and sometimes we would drive. I always preferred flying because I experienced terrible motion sickness both on the ferry crossing the channel and on the drive around the winding roads of the French & Italian Alps.

So what is motion sickness? The symptoms generally consist of dizziness, fatigue and nausea and can also cause vomiting. It is a disturbance of the inner ear resulting from repeated motion of driving through winding roads, the swell of the sea, even turbulence when traveling by plane. This all causes the sensory receptors to the brain to become over stimulated leading to the feeling of motion sickness.  I wish my parents had known about homeopathy back then.

There are quite a few homeopathic remedies that can be taken but the ones that I find work the best are:-

Borax – This remedy is a great remedy when you feel worse for downward motion e.g. when a plane is landing or when a boat is in a swell with an upwards and downwards motion.

Cocculus – A great remedy for motion sickness with dizziness. There is a feeling of dizziness with waves of nausea and all you want to do is lie down. The thought of any food will make you feel ill. It is worse for fresh air. There may also be some anxiety.

Petroleum – Surprisingly this remedy is worse for fresh air, like Cocculus, but there is less dizziness. There is an empty hungry feeling in the stomach with a dull, heavy headache.

Tabacum – There is extreme nausea with violent vomiting and cold perspiration, the face will be very pale and you will feel better for fresh air.

The beauty of homeopathic remedies are they are free from any side effects such as drowsiness and constipation.  If you would like to find out more about homeopathy and how you can incorporate it into your everyday life for common ailments please feel free to contact me.

These words are music to my ears.

These words are music to my ears.
I had a strong feeling of structure and I felt calm

“The very next day, after the remedy, I felt integrated and felt like everything slotted into place. I had a strong feeling of structure and I felt calm”.

These are the words from a lady I have been helping for the past few months. She came to see me following anxiety and PTSD following an accident. She felt better after the first two appointments with me, however once she realized how homeopathy worked on both the physical and emotional levels she decided to continue to see me to address some other issues that she had been having. It has been wonderful to watch her progress.

When people visit me I find people usually fall into three categories:-

  • some people have a one off problem and just want the symptom and once it has been fixed they will be on their way;
  • others discover how homeopathy can them on many levels and choose to continue with further treatment especially with ailments that they have lived with for a long time; and
  • others like to see me 4-6 times a year as part of a wellness package

If you or a member of your family has been living with a condition and you would like to see how homeopathy could help please contact me for a free 15 minute chat. You might just be surprised to discover how homeopathy can help on so many different levels.

I will shortly be offering wellness packages so please watch this space or send me an e-mail to find out more.

The Homeopath Diaries – asthma, rashes, morning sickness & swallowing pills by accident

The Homeopath Diaries – asthma, rashes, morning sickness & swallowing pills by accident
Helping another homeopath out while she takes a well earned holiday

In March a well respected homeopath asked whether I would cover for her while she went on holiday in July. This was a homeopath that I had admired and who has helped me grow and develop my practice over the past year with her advice and sharing of information.  She has a waiting list until April 2018.

I felt flattered that she had asked me but my initial thoughts were “how could I possibly cover for her”.  She deals with really complicated cases and she’s brilliant.  When we are asked to deal with things out of our comfort zone it is natural for self-doubt to creep in. It’s one thing dealing with my own patients when I have all their history and notes to hand, but to try and jump in and look after someone else’s was another thing altogether.

I then realized I was just as capable, after all she wouldn’t have asked me.  We both have high standards, are both classically trained and we are very thorough with our case taking and prescribing.  So the obvious answer was yes.

As her holiday approached, self doubts began to creep in – yes we all get them.  Would her patients like me, what if I made a mistake but there was no time for any of that because if I say I am going to do something I will do it and now was not the time to let anyone down. We had a handover call via Skype to run through some things and off she went for her well deserved holiday.

Everyday I checked my messages in between my own appointments and secretly hoped no one would contact me but because she helps many adults and children all over the world with ASD, ADHD, PANDAS & PANS and does regular homeopathic detoxes I knew someone would be in contact.

I think my main worry was that people wouldn’t want to deal with me or would compare me. These thoughts were soon pushed to the back of my mind because as soon as someone contacted me I went into “homeopathic mode” drawing on my knowledge and experience over the last 16 years.

So how did it go?  Here a few of the things I dealt with.

Small Boy with a Nasty Rash with Blisters
There was a little boy that had a nasty rash and blisters that had come up around his foot and his Mother was worried especially as they had a family funeral to go to later in the week. I prescribed Rhus Tox. I followed up with the next day to see how he was – his skin had improved. The Mother contacted me a few days later to ask about a remedy for another child who was picking up on her emotions due to the funeral. I had already suggested Ignatia for the grief and that “lump in the throat” feeling which she had taken but I suggested Pulsatilla for her young child.

Boy becoming impatient & possibly reacting to a remedy
Another Mother contacted me because she felt her young son was reacting to a homeopathic remedy and she felt he had regressed a little bit with his behaviour. I suggested a remedy to antidote and calm the reaction. The next day a very happy Mum sent me a beautiful photo of her son sitting quietly at the swimming pool waiting his turn instead of running around or trying to jump in before it was his turn.

Asthma
I helped a lady who was struggling with her asthma.

Stiff Wrists & Hands
Another lady had woken up with stiff wrists and hands. Rhus Tox to the rescue once again.

Morning Sickness
An expectant Mum asked about remedies for morning sickness. I sent a list through so the patient could decide which remedies fitted her the best.

There were other things such as :-

  • a daughter swallowing a bottle of remedies in one go.
  • another person contacted me to see if she needed to order new remedies because ants had got into her remedies.

I received some lovely comments and feedback from the people I helped.   I was so glad I didn’t listen to my self-doubts. It was excellent experience for me and to also help a fellow and much respected homeopath.   We do this job because we have a passion for helping  and we see some incredible results using homeopathy.

When someone sees myself or another homeopath we don’t just say “here are you remedies” and send you on your way. We carefully work with you and encourage you to note any changes until your next follow up appointment. Equally if you need to talk to us in between appointments we will always get back to you as soon as possible and that is why she arranged for cover while she took a break.

If you have been thinking about using homeopathy for you or your children and would like to find out more about how homeopathy can help you please feel free to contact me for a 15 minute no obligation consultation.

Do your moods change when there’s a full moon?

Do your moods change when there’s a full moon?

Names have been changed for confidentiality reasons.

I have a few patients that become restless and irritable and are unable to sleep during the full moon but as soon as it passes they feel calm again.

There are many homeopathic remedies that can help with these symptoms but one such remedy is Luna and here I recall a case using this remedy.

I was in a children’s clinic during my final year of study.   The parents had brought Amy, their 18 month baby girl for her second follow up appointment and despite prescribing a well indicated remedy they reported no improvement in her sleep patterns. She was still extremely restless, irritable and would not sleep at all during the night. She didn’t keep her parents awake but they slept lightly while they listened to her gurgling and chattering away to herself throughout the night, sometimes she would scream out. During the day she was miserable and clingy due to lack of sleep.  The parents were exhausted and at the end of their tether, she had been like his since she was just a few months old.

We asked more questions trying to see if there was anything we might have missed in the first consultation. The parents told us that one night they had gone into Amy’s as they heard her cot rattle and they were worried she would try to climb out. They told us that she was just holding on to the side of the cot and was looking up to the moon.   She appeared to be mesmerized.

After differentiating a few remedies, we decided to prescribe Luna and asked the parents to return 4 weeks later and to keep a diary noting any changes.

When they came back they looked like a different family. They looked healthy, happy and refreshed.   They told us that within two weeks of taking the remedy Amy’s sleep improved and she now slept every night, sleeping from the time she was put down in the evening until dawn. As a result she was much happier during the day. They even checked her when there was a full moon and she continued to sleep peacefully.

If you would like to find out more about how homeopathy can help you especially if you are sensitive to the cycles of the moon please feel free to contact me.

Gonorrhea ‘Superbug’ – The drugs aren’t working (part 2)

Anti-Biotic Resistance

In today’s news it was reported that a gonorrhea ‘superbug’ is spreading around the world.  The disease is becoming resistant to anti-biotics.  It is estimated that 78 million people become infected each year.

Gonorrhoea affects the genitals, rectum and throat.   For women it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which rather worryingly there are no symptoms which means it is usually discovered too late. PID can lead to ectopic pregnancies, damage to the fallopian tubes and uterus and invariably women don’t know they have it until they try to get pregnant.

In 2015 the World Health Organisation predicted that gonorrhoea (a form of Sexually Transmitted Disease “STI”) would become untreatable and it seems that foresight has now come true.

Homeopathic treatment helps to keep your body in good health and working as it should. Our bodies are incredibly clever but with all the interventions and side effects of modern day medicines they can become compromised. Homeopathy is a system of medicine that has been consistently used for over 200 years and it still working – there are no superbugs with homeopathy.  I have helped many people with recurring infections that now no longer need to take antibiotics and they are much healthier as a result.

If you would like to find a way to boost your body’s health naturally without relying on antibiotics but using homeopathy please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat. It can help with so many conditions. See FAQ for further information.