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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.

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.

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.  

The magic of homeopathy & another happy customer

Feeling happy again.

I received a lovely testimonial yesterday and I have included this below.

Some of my patients ask me about my “magic pills” and whether I can help them with a certain problem. I will always answer yes because with homeopathy I treat the totality of symptoms and the person holistically. There really is no magic involved. It is my patients’ bodies responding to the chosen remedy, gently nudging it back into balance and good health. They might think it’s magic because of the transformation they go through but there really is a lot of science and philosophy behind the prescribing which took me four years to learn and as a homeopath I am continually learning and expanding my knowledge.   Below is the testimonial.

“I visited Tracey after experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. I was constantly crying and experienced a couple of panic attacks. Having gone through a breakdown before, I was worried I was going in the same direction but didn’t want to go back to using anti-depressants as they tend to mask the problem and the side effects can be unpleasant. I was slightly skeptical but desperate to feel more myself again. Tracey spent a long time during the consultation and was very easy to open up to and discuss matters. Within a day or two of taking the prescribed remedy (just 3 pillules) I was feeling like I was coping better. Since then I have had a follow up with the same remedy prescribed. Colleagues at work have noticed I’m much more confident at work and I had a comment recently asking if I’d done something different as I looked amazing. I feel emotionally and physically so much better and am even sleeping better. Thank you Tracey”

If you have been thinking about homeopathy for a symptom you may have or a chronic illness please feel free to contact me for a free no obligation chat. You can even book a free 15 minute consultation here if you wish.  https://calendly.com/traceycampbell-1/15min

It’s November – that can only mean one thing

Movember
Movember

Yes, it’s “Movember” the month when men grow moustaches to raise money for the Movember Foundation.

We are all aware of how serious ‘man ‘flu’ can be and how a little cold can turn a big strong man to give in to his cold. It’s funny how ‘man ‘flu’ seems to have become a little bit of a standing joke amongst both sexes, but on a more serious note, if men suspect something is wrong they will generally keep this to themselves, not even sharing their health concerns with their partners.

Men are traditionally seen as strong, taking care of things and for some, they see illness as a weakness. They put their families, work life, careers and finances first but sometimes this can be to the detriment of their health. They ignore things that they should get checked out or at least give attention to, some have a tendency to bottle things up, especially worries, which in turn can lead to stress, anxiety, depression or even sickness, disease and in severe cases even suicide.

It is well documented that men are more likely to ignore a health problem when it occurs and according to the Movember Foundation, the state of men’s health is in crisis. Men experience longer-term health issues than women and die on average six years earlier. They state that poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute – shocking statistics.

The Movember Foundation’s aim is to stop men dying too young and it hopes by 2030 to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%. https://uk.movember.com/about/foundation

If you are worried about the health of the man in your life or you are a man and are worried about something please visit your GP or alternatively if you are experiencing anything I can help with please contact me even if for a free 15 minute consultation. http://traceycampbellhomeopath.com/?page_id=28.

Good luck to all the men who are growing a moustache raising money for this great cause.

Baby Blues or Post Natal Depression (PND)?

baby-blues-or-post-natal-depressionSo here is this little bundle of joy that you’ve waited 9 months for so why then don’t you feel quite as happy as you feel you should.

It is perfectly normal to feel weepy and even sad for a few hours or days after giving birth and this is known as the baby blues. After all, it is a big lifestyle change especially if it is your first baby. The realization dawns on you that life will never be the same again, yes everyone said that when they found out you were expecting, but it still doesn’t prepare you that you now have a little person relying on you for their every need. It takes time to adjust to the new routine with sleepless nights and a constant round of changing nappies, feeding and waking.

New mums can feel anxious, tired and even lonely and isolated if they don’t have a good support group to help. It is hardly surprising therefore that 1 in 10 new mothers will suffer from PND and it affects everyone differently with varying symptoms coming on gradually and lasting from 1-3 months and in some cases longer if help isn’t received.  The following are symptoms that can be experienced:-

  • a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
  • loss of interest in the world around you and no longer enjoying things that used to give you pleasure
  • lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
  • feeling that you’re unable to look after your baby
  • problems concentrating and making decisions
  • loss of appetite or an increased appetite (comfort eating)
  • feeling agitated, irritable or very apathetic (you “can’t be bothered”)
  • feelings of guilt, hopelessness and self-blame
  • difficulty bonding with your baby with a feeling of indifference and no sense of enjoyment in his or her company
  • frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby; these can be scary, but they’re very rarely acted upon
  • thinking about suicide and self harm.

If you feel you might be suffering from PND it is important that you get help either by discussing your feelings with your partner, midwife, health visitor, homeopath or GP.  Thankfully, PND is now no longer a taboo subject and it is a recognised illness, especially since famous people have also shared their stories it . There are also many support groups available such as National Child Trust or PANDAS Foundation to name just a few.  Please don’t suffer in silence and reach out to someone.

If you feel you may be suffering from PND or know someone who is and would like a free 15 minute consultation please contact me.

Moody Teenager or something more?

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Today’s teenagers are under more pressure than ever before and sadly as a result more and more are experiencing anxiety and depression.

Teenage years are a time of transition and change and as a result some teenagers can doubt themselves and wonder where they fit in. There is the constant exposure to social media showing pictures of how they should look, what they should weigh and what they should wear, add that to the pressure of taking exams it is hardly surprising that today’s teenagers may end up anxious, depressed and a little bit lost.

Signs of anxiety and depression can go unnoticed, especially as all teenagers go through growing pains and moodiness but some of the signs to look out for are:-

  • Sadness and frequent crying
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Self loathing about their appearance
  • Loss of interest in activities that they once enjoyed
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Restlessness and agitation

If you are worried about your teenage son or daughter and would like to talk to me for a free 15 minute consultation to see how homeopathy may be able to help them please contact me.

Homeopathy is a gentle, non-toxic, chemical free and safe form of medicine.

Tears of a Clown – Depression and hiding behind a smile

tears-of-a-clown“Now if there’s a smile on my face
It’s only there trying to fool the public”

The lyrics of the song Tears of a Clown seem to sum up how some people dealing with anxiety and depression learn to conceal their feelings from loved ones, friends and work colleagues.

On the outside it might appear that they are coping and doing every day things normally but underneath the brave face they are suffering. Their symptoms can range from low self-esteem, panic attacks, high anxiety and insomnia to name just a few. Behind that smile they can often be feeling ashamed and worthless.

Many comedians hide behind a persona and mask, for example, Ruby Wax, Stephen Fry and David Walliams who all have a history of depression.

Hiding our true feelings everyday takes its toll and eventually compounds the pressure and the longer it continues the harder it can be to recover.

If you recognise any of the above, homeopathy may be able to help you. Using homeopathy I work with you to heal from within using a gentle, non-toxic, chemical free and safe form of medicine.   Please feel free to contact me.  I offer a free 15 minute consultation to anyone who might be interested in finding out whether homeopathy can help them.

I had a black dog

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This week is World Mental Health Week, and I am going to be writing a daily blog about the different types of depression and how they can affect any one of us at any time in our life.

A few years ago, Matthew Johnston, a writer and illustrator produced, for the World Health Organisation, a video called I had a Black Dog to show the signs and effects of depression. It was designed to encourage people with depression to seek out help and support.

It was in fact Winston Churchill who popularized the phrase Black Dog to describe his bouts of depression.   As Matthew rightly says The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel and there are many varying breeds. It can cast it’s shadow over any one of us at any time. We should always be aware that everyone we meet is fighting a battle of some sort.

Homeopathy is a gentle, non-toxic, chemical free and safe form of medicine. Please feel free to contact me to see if I may be able to help you if you are experiencing any of the above feelings.

Anxiety – don’t let it get the better of you.

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I am seeing more people in my practice who are living with stress and anxiety. Anyone who has anxiety will know only too well how debilitating this can be and how it can eat into all areas of their life.

There are different types of anxiety and one is quite normal, for example to feel nervous before taking an exam or driving test, but then there is another kind which is more than a feeling of nervousness or unease about doing something.   It can over time, manifest itself and can have a crippling affect on lives, leading to not wanting to do things, and in severe cases not even wanting to leave the house and do the things that were once enjoyed. The anxiety grows even more and can lead to further symptoms such as high blood pressure and palpitations.

People experiencing anxiety begin to think there is something wrong with them, which of course isn’t the case at all.  Unfortunately these thoughts then leave people feeling even more anxious and self-conscious and the anxiety becomes a vicious circle.

If you recognise any of the above symptoms and would like to overcome your anxiety please contact me and we can discuss your individual symptoms to see how I may be able to help you.  I also offer consultations via Skype if you do not live nearby or live overseas.