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HELP I’m approaching the menopause

HELP I'm approaching the menopause
HELP I’m approaching the menopause

Linda* was 47 when she came to see me. She was approaching the menopause (peri-menopausal), depressed, experiencing memory loss, panic attacks and hot flushes. She also experienced insomnia and restless legs.

Linda had moved to the UK from SA with her husband and children. She found the lifestyle here in the UK very different. She missed her friends and told me that she’d had a difficult relationship with her mother.  She said she was struggling at work especially as she kept forgetting things and said she didn’t feel she was as sharp as she used to be and she felt “old”.

She was getting hot flushes 2-3 times a day but none during the night but she was unable to sleep due to anxiety and her restless leg syndrome. She was bloated and had constipation. She had daily headaches and had become extremely sensitive to noise.

She told me that she felt she was no longer in control and it was causing her to have panic attacks. Anxiety and panic attacks are common for women approaching or going through the menopause.

I spent some time on Linda’s case to find the best remedy that fitted her symptoms. As a homeopath I have over 3000 remedies that I can choose from.   I prescribed Carc 200.

Linda returned for her follow up appointment 5 weeks later.   She told me that her headaches had gone. She’d had no panic attacks and her work had become more manageable and she felt her memory had improved.   She’d only had one really bad hot flush and that was when she was on the tube and it had stopped in between stations and she began to panic and she felt like she was going to die. Her restless leg syndrome was only happening very occasionally and as a result she was getting more sleep.

Linda continued to see me for a few more months and all her peri-menopausal symptoms improved as did her overall mood and wellbeing. She was much happier, she was enjoying life far more and her husband had also noticed a huge change. She said she hadn’t known what all the fuss was about.  She gave the remedies 10 out of 10.

The menopause can be a troubling time for women especially with all the changes that are going on internally with our bodies but it really doesn’t have to be this way.

Homeopathy supports women approaching or going through the menopause this is because it helps on all levels without the need to take synthetic hormones such as HRT which cause disruption to our endocrine system.

If you are peri-menopausal or are worried about the menopause please feel free to contact me as I offer a free 15 minute chat where you can talk to me and I can let you know how I might be able to help you with your symptoms using homeopathy.
*Names have been changed for confidentiality reasons.

Painful Periods each month?

Painful periods?

Rachel came to me see me with painful periods (Dysmenorrhea). She was 35, married and didn’t have any children.

She told me that the pain started about a year ago and had got progressively worse, usually having to take to her bed for the second day of her period.  She experienced severe cramping pains and nausea. Her periods were heavy and lasted for 7 days, during which time she would be exhausted with zero energy.

Every other month was exceptionally bad and she was having to take more and more time off work. She had been to her GP and had tests but they were inconclusive and she was told “periods were painful”.

Her mother had to have a hysterectomy in her late forties and she was now worried that this might be on the cards for her. She told me she felt huge guilt because she had delayed having children and still wasn’t even sure if she wanted them.    She didn’t however want a hysterectomy because that would take the decision away from her. This was her biggest fear. She told me she liked to be in control of everything in her life.

She was exhausted and fed up with the pain every month, no one seemed to understand. She told me she was feeling extremely upset. When I asked her why she told me that her husband didn’t seem keen to start a family.  She was worried that due to her painful periods there might be complications and she was leaving it too late, time was ticking.

Whilst taking the case history, Rachel told me that she had always sailed through her periods and never even noticed them.   She had started taking the pill at 16 and whilst she’d had a few breaks over the years she decided to stop taking it a about 15 months ago.  It took three months to get a period and only in the last few months had they become more regular (28-33 days).

The pill and HRT are synthetic hormones which disrupt our endocrine system and which in turn has a knock on effect to other parts of our mind and body.

I prescribed Rachel a remedy to help with her emotions and to help rebalance her hormones.  I  asked her to come back to see me in 6 weeks time. This length of time gives the remedy time to work and we then assess the remedy action.

When Rachel returned she said she felt much calmer and the pain had been manageable. I continued to see Rachel for approximately 6 months, prescribing different remedies when required. Over the course of her treatment her periods regulated to 30 days and were much lighter, the pain was minimal and she had more energy.  On her last visit she was so happy because her husband had agreed to start a family and they were now trying for a baby.

Many women come to see me for hormonal issues such as period pain which can be due to a hormonal imbalance or because they have been diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovaries (PCOS), fibroids, endometriosis.  They may even be peri-menopausal or going through the menopause.   They may also be experiencing anxieties, mood swings and confidence issues.  Whatever the reason homeopathy can usually help especially because it gets to the root cause and treats each person individually.

If you would like to find out how I may be able to help with period pains, menopause or any symptoms you may be experiencing please feel free to contact me for a free 15 no obligation chat.
For confidentiality reasons names have been changed.

Have you ever taken the pill and would like to detox?

Have you ever taken the pill?
Have you ever taken the pill?

Have you ever taken the pill and would like to detox?  This can be done using homeopathy.

I see many women in my practice who like myself have taken the pill in the past. They usually seek help because they are experiencing depression, mood swings, PMS, ovarian cysts, fibroids, painful periods or may even be trying to start a family.

Using homeopathy I work with them to rebalance their hormones. One of the methods I am using more frequently alongside constitutional prescribing is to do a homeopathic detox of the pill.

The pill is a synthetic hormone and because it works on the whole of the endocrine system it causes lots of disruption to our bodies which will continue long after we stop taking the pill.

I’ve recently been helping a lovely lady who has been trying to get pregnant and at her last consultation I decided to do a detox of the pill, which she hasn’t taken for many years. She has PCOS and has always felt her body wasn’t reacting how it should, cycles as long as 70 days if at all.   She is currently doing an 8 week pill detox and I have also prescribed her constitutional remedy which takes into account her individual symptoms that are unique to her.  Today she sent me the following message:-

Oh my word, Tracey! Those remedies are definitely doing something. I’ve been all over the place this week . . . . feeling anxious like a failure, low self esteem, really cross, knackered, bit of pain too. Today cycle has started on day 40. The lead up to it has been awful. I’ve had every symptom, which is GOOD because I normally don’t get any! I’ve even got spots”.

It is important to note that whilst most people wouldn’t see this as an improvement, she is very happy because she has been without any symptoms for many years and as a result she has hated her body for not working how it should. I’ve never known anyone to be that happy about getting spots but what we should realise is the healing process is taking place.

We now have a reaction and all the above symptoms show that the remedy is acting and working. She is only half way through the detox but as she progresses through it I expect the symptoms to improve, the negative effects of the pill will be cleared, her hormones will be rebalanced and hopefully other things will start to happen and I will continue to treat her with constitutional remedies.

If you have had the pill and are experiencing mood swings, PMT or other symptoms and would like to talk to me about how I can help please contact me for a free 15 minute consultation.

Why does my child keep getting earache?

Homeopathy & Ear Infections

I am asked on a regular basis about whether there are any homeopathic remedies that can be used for earache and infections (Otis Media).   So I thought it might be helpful to put together a chart of the most common remedies that you can try for acute earache and ear infections.

If however your child keeps getting repeated earache and has a history of taking anti-biotics we need to look at why this is. If you are worried please contact me for a free no obligation chat to discuss how we can get to the root cause and hopefully avoid taking anti-biotics in the future which are proving to be less effective.

Aconite The keynote with this remedy is sudden onset, particularly after being out in the cold. The child will also be very fearful and will be very thirsty for cold drinks.
Belladonna Again the symptoms will come on very quickly. High temperature, red and throbbing and intensely painful.
Chamomilla The pain will be excrutiating and the child maybe very bad tempered and very irritable. Will also pull on the ear.
Ferrum Phos The pain will come on gradually and can also be linked to sore throats.   A good remedy to use in the early stages.
Hepar Sulph Sharp pain with discharge. Throbbing and decreased hearing.
Mercurius Pains may extend to throat and mouth. Swollen Glands and offensive breath. The child can be sweaty and thirsty. Itchy ears, boils. Yellow nasal discharge which can also bleed.
Pulsatilla Pains will be changeable. Child will be clingy and weepy and will want to be held or comforted. Can come on after getting cold. They will feel worse in warm stuffy rooms.

If you would like to find out more about how I can help your child with recurrent earache and ear infections please feel free to contact me for a free no obligation chat.

Cold hands & feet? Raynaud’s Disease & Homeopathy

Raynaud’s Disease & Homeopathy

I recently helped a lady who had been experiencing painful fingertips from Raynaud’s Disease.

When Sandra first came to see me she complained of painful fingertips that were swollen with a limited range of movement, with dark blue hardened skin.

Sandra told me it had got progressively worse over the years but it was now bothering her more than ever, particularly as there was more swelling and pain spreading out to other fingers.

There are many homeopathic remedies that are indicated for Raynaud’s Disease but it is very important not to just treat the symptom. It is essential that the person is treated holistically. This is because the homeopathic philosophy is from inside out. We do not want symptoms to go further into the body which can be suppressive.  We see this in eczema and asthma  cases that are treated with harsh creams and steroids.

After the first consultation I prescribed Sandra with a remedy.  I also asked her to complete a diary sheet that we would discuss at her next appointment. It is very helpful to monitor any changes that occur, good or bad so during the follow up appointment we can assess the remedy action.

Follow up 1  – Approximately five weeks later Sandra returned. She had seen some improvement but the tips of some of her fingers were still painful.  They had become blistered and had changed colour to an almost blue/black. I reassessed the case and prescribed another remedy.

Follow up 2 – When Sandra returned for her second appointment she gave the remedy 8 out of 10 and was very pleased that the swelling had gone down by 80%.  The blisters had almost disappeared.

We are not there yet but Sandra is feeling much healthier and stronger on all levels.  I am confident that the improvements will continue in the right direction.

To find out more about the homeopathic process read my Blog about What to Expect from Homeopathic Treatment or feel free to contact me to see how I may be able to help you.

Remember homeopathy treats the whole person and not just the symptom allowing health to be gradually restored on all levels.
For confidentiality reasons names have been changed

Homeopathy – Helping Recovery following an Operation

How homeopathy can aid recovery after an operation.

When someone comes to see me for homeopathy they usually have something wrong with them. Like a young lady who took part in my CFS study last December.

Over the last 8 months she has noticed a great improvement in her health on so many levels, she has more energy, depression very rarely and hardly any CFS symptoms. This means she has been able to do more and pursue her hobbies, meet friends.  Previously at weekends she would spend quite a lot of time at home on the sofa and was worried to do too much.

She recently had to have a small operation following an accident. She was dreading it because she told me that she never feels well after surgery and normally gets really sick, lethargic and depressed. I reassured her that because she had been having homeopathic remedies over the last few months she might be pleasantly surprised at how her body copes.

Well this time was indeed different. To help with her recovery from surgery I gave her some additional remedies and asked her to let me know how she was doing when she was able to. She sent me the following message just one day after her operation:-

“Feeling very good!! Pretty much no pain and feeling mentally good”.

These are the words of someone who has come on in leaps and bounds. Her body is now very receptive to the remedies and over the coming months we are clearing various medications that she has taken over the years.

If you would like to find out more about how homeopathy can support you before or after a planned operation  please feel free to contact me.  Or if you would like support before and after a planned operation.

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:

What to Expect from Homeopathic Treatment

What to expect from Homeopathic Treatment

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 with homeopathic treatment.

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 with homeopathic treatment.

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

Chest Infection
“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

Back to School Anxieties
Can you remember the first day back at school after the summer holidays and the anxiety?

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  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 and anxieties would emerge.

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.