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Hot Flushes & Psoriasis

Hot Flushes and Psoriasis
Hot Flushes and Psoriasis

Pam* came to see me for her hot flushes, exhaustion and psoriasis. The first thing I noticed was she carried a bottle of water and didn’t let it go, holding it tightly and drinking from it throughout the consultation.

She told me she felt heated all the time, she was exhausted and it interfered with her sleep, she avoided public transport and would change clothes 3 times a day.

She was irritable with her family and it was getting the whole family down.

She explained that she’d had psoriasis since she was a child, she’d always lived with it and it was manageable but she felt it was getting worse.

The heat she felt in her body made her want to continually scratch her skin and this didn’t help. The psoriasis had always been on her elbows and knees but she told me it was now spreading to her legs, arms and face. She said she felt ugly.

I spent some time on her case and decided to prescribe her Sulphur which incorporated all of her symptoms working on the totality both on the physical and emotional levels.

Pam returned for her follow up appointment five weeks later.

I noticed her skin was less red and she told me it was less itchy so she was able to forget about it. She said her sleep had only began to improve in the last few weeks and her hot flushes had gradually reduced but were still happening but she wasn’t having to change clothes 3 times a day. I also noticed that she was not clinging to the bottle of water and only drank from it occasionally.

Pam continued to see me for a period of 6 months during which time we worked together, her skin improved gradually. Her hot flushes were far and few between and she was far less irritable with her family. I also supported Pam through a time when both her husband and father became ill. She told me that had this happened a few months earlier she would have gone into a complete meltdown and would probably have had a breakdown. She felt stronger and more confident in every aspect of her life.

She was so pleased with her treatment that she told her son about homeopathy and I went on to help him for depression and skin problems.

Homeopathy can support us on many levels and whilst Pam came to see me with hot flushes and psoriasis they are two very different conditions, however because homeopathy treats the whole person I selected a remedy that took into account all of her symptoms and also on the emotional side. This is why homeopathy is so effective – it treats the whole person and it is gentle, safe and more importantly non-toxic.

If you would like to find out more about how I may be able to help you please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat or see visit my website to see some of the things homeopathy can help with.

*Names have been changed for confidentiality reasons

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.

A Successful Career Woman with Chronic Cystitis & Pain

A Successful Career Woman with Chronic Cystitis & Pain
Homeopathy & Cystitis

Katie had chronic cystitis and was referred to me by another patient I had helped in the past.  Katie was in her early 40s.  She had a high-powered job which took her on regular business trips around the world.

Katie had been suffering with cystitis since her 20s and more recently, in the last 3 years, the infections had become more painful and severe. She now had blood in her urine and she was experiencing lots of kidney pain.   She told me that traveling was becoming more difficult and the pain was affecting her sleep.

Katie had been prescribed anti-biotics since her 20s and had even become resistant to some of them. She told me that as a rule she would have to take them at least once a month, sometimes twice which was usually how often she got an infection.

She was becoming anxious about her health, her job and wasn’t firing on all cylinders because of the lack of sleep and energy.   She was completely drained and said she felt like a “human speed bump”.

The first thing I decided to do with Katie’s treatment plan was to detox her from the years of over use of anti-biotics. I also prescribed her with her constitutional remedy taking in the totality of all her symptoms and I prescribed a remedy to support her kidneys. I asked to see her again in 5 weeks time for a follow up consultation where we would assess the remedy reaction.

At the follow up consultation Katie told me that she had been on two business trips and had been symptom free, with no infections. She felt so much better, although she was still a little bit stressed and anxious. I asked Katie to continue with the homeopathic detox, this was an 8 week course and I prescribed her with her constitutional remedy again. I asked to see her for another follow up in one month’s time.

At the third consultation Katie told me that she had not had an infection for almost three months and had now completed the detox.   More importantly she hadn’t needed to take any anti-biotics during this time. She reported that she felt much better on all levels and had energy to start exercising properly again.  I no longer need to see Katie as homeopathy has done it’s job.

Homeopathy treats the person and not the symptoms unlike conventional medicine. Conventional medicine just treats the symptoms and whilst the symptoms disappear the infections never get better in the long term and usually return. In this case a resistance to the anti-biotics built up and the symptoms went deeper inside the body – to the kidneys.

If you have a history of repeated infections or are taking anti-biotics or any medication and you would like to talk to me to see how I may be able to help please feel free to contact me for a free no obligation chat.  Homeopathy gets to the root cause and treats the totality.
Names have been changed for confidentiality reasons.  

“It’s her hormones”

“It’s her hormones”.

How many times I wonder have we heard someone say “it’s her hormones?”   Whether it is about a young women just entering into adulthood and going through puberty, an adult women in her fertile years or a woman entering the peri-menopausal phase.   People will often say “oh it’s her hormones”.

Women’s hormones are constantly fluctuating.   If a woman is in good health and everything is working as it should then they should be able to cope with these hormonal changes throughout the month and during various transitional stages of life.  Sometimes this isn’t always the case and people experiencing hormonal problems will usually seek help from their GP.

The GP will usually prescribe the contraceptive pill to help with heavy and painful periods, moods swings, depression etc, but what this actually does is to interfere with the endocrine system.  Our endocrine system has control over the whole body and over time symptoms will usually return. HRT will almost routinely be offered to women approaching or going through the menopause.

Both the pill and HRT are synthetic hormones and interfere with our bodies on many levels, particularly the endocrine system and over time more problems can appear, such as stress, anxiety , sleep problems, fibroids, ovarian cysts, severe PMS, etc.

I work with women and help them through all stages of their life.   Using homeopathy I can help to rebalance hormones.  This helps women feel healthy and well again.  By rebalancing hormones it is possible to regulate the monthly cycle and this can assist especially if you have been experiencing problems trying to conceive.

If you would like to find out more how homeopathy can help you please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat.  I can also  offer evening appointments either in person or via Skype.

Homeopathy has been my Life Changer

Homeopathy has been my Life Changer
I now have energy to meet up with friends

Names have been changed for confidentiality reasons.
This is the story of someone who took part in my Chronic Fatigue (CFS) Study.

Like most people who have CFS Linda found that she had the following symptoms:-

Linda told me that she wouldn’t arrange too much at weekends in case she became over tired and to cope with life she felt the need to hibernate. “I feel I can’t cope if there is too much going on”.

Linda wasn’t confident and would stress and worry about anything that might be going on in her life which would cause her great angst which could sometimes lead to a bout of depression.

During the last six months as Linda’s case unfolded, I selected different remedies to match her presenting picture at the time.  She is now able to cope with life’s ups and downs and in the last month has dealt with something that she would normally have found very upsetting and difficult to deal with but she took it all in her stride.

Linda has more energy to do things at weekends and now makes arrangements to meet up with friends. She still experiences some anxiety but it is greatly reduced and we are working on reducing this even further. She also finds waking up in the mornings much easier and one morning even did housework before leaving for work.

If some of this sounds like you and you would like more energy or you may have even been diagnosed with CFS/ME please feel free to contact me to see how I may be able to help you using homeopathy.  I offer a FREE 15 minute consultation which is a great opportunity to find out more and whether it is for you or not.

A Tale of Homesickness & Tummy Pains

A tale of a tummy ache & homesickness

Names have been changed for confidentiality reasons. It was World Digestion Day yesterday and I thought I would write about a young lady I helped a few years back.  She suffered with terrible tummy pains for over 7 years.

Yasmin, aged 24 years came to see me with severe abdominal pain, she could not eat and felt nauseas. She told me that when it was really bad she was unable to do anything and was could not even talk.  She’d had tests, scans and x-rays but they had all come back normal. She was now worried as she had been unable to eat properly for over 2 years and was only able to eat a little at a time and she was getting very thin. She only realized this because people kept saying how thin she was. She told me that the pain was getting worse and she was having difficulty sleeping.    She said her family worried about her this in turn made her worry about them.

When taking Yasmin’s case I asked her how long she had lived with this pain. I was shocked to discover that she had had it for 7 years.  This is when she moved to the UK from India with her family.   When deciding on the remedy to prescribe I took into account the feeling of homesickness together with her physical presenting symptoms. I prescribed her Sepia as this fitted with all of her symptoms at that time.  Yasmin’s treatment lasted for four months.   I changed the remedy half way through and each month she reported feeling much better. During this time, her appetite returned, she was eating much more and she gained weight. She was sleeping and was now doing more exercise.  She reported feeling happier than she had felt in a long time.

This is a classic example of how homeopathy treats the whole person, unlike conventional medicine, as well as her physical symptoms I also considered her emotional symptoms since leaving her home in India.   I asked her how this had made her feel.  As a homeopath I work with my patients to identify the root cause and in this case she had left a place where she had grown up and had been very happy.  We can never underestimate how our emotions can affect our health on all levels.  What was very sad was that Yasmin had lived with this condition for 7 years.

If you are experiencing any abdominal pains (or other pains) and have had tests but they have all come back negative but you are still experiencing pain and just don’t feel right please feel free to contact me to see how I am able to help you using homeopathy.  I offer a free 15 minute obligation chat which can be booked on line.

“The part can never be well unless the whole is well” – Plato

A Beautiful Baby Girl is Born

A Beautiful Baby Girl is Born

I love receiving good news and last week one of my patients gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She came to see me towards the third trimester of pregnancy. This is what she had to say about her treatment.

“I went to see Tracey during my pregnancy as I found I was becoming more and more anxious as the due date got closer, especially as they had indicated that I might have to stay in hospital a few weeks prior to the birth. I don’t like hospitals and this was beginning to make me feel extremely nervous.

She prescribed me a remedy which I took – 3 small tablets over two days. She also gave me another remedy to take as a top up should I feel any anxiety in between appointments. After taking the remedy I felt back to my calm self. A few things happened at work that would usually aggravate me but they didn’t affect me.

I had to go into hospital early and a caesarian section was booked. I ended up going into labour at the same time as going into theatre for the C section. The Anesthetist couldn’t believe I was so calm and especially throughout the whole procedure. Thank you so much xx”

The above testimonial shows how homeopathy can really help during pregnancy especially as it is safe, non toxic and gentle. This was a patient that had begun to get really anxious as her pregnancy progressed which is not good for the mother to be or the unborn baby.  I prescribed her with Arsenicum which matched her symptoms and constitution.  I also made up a “pregnancy/labour pack” to help her during labour with numerous remedies for different stages of labour, although in the end the remedies were not needed due to her having a caesarean section but I always include a remedy in the “pregnancy pack”  to cover the possibility of a C Section and this remedy will help her heal and recover quickly after the operation.

If you are pregnant and would like to find out more about how homeopathy can help and support your throughout your pregnancy or you are interested in remedies for childbirth and a pregnancy pack please feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute no obligation chat.

Preparing for Childbirth with homeopathy

It’s very exciting when one of my patients is expecting a baby and the due date is getting closer. Homeopathic remedies can really can help with the labour.   I have just put together a pack for both the patient and her husband to read ahead of the due date and to familiarise themselves with the remedies that they might need.  I also give some remedies to help with recovery after the birth.

If you are expecting a baby and would like to know more about homeopathy and how it can help during pregnancy and labour please feel free to contact me.