Can ONE thing alone cure you?

Homeopathy is a wonderful medicine. I have seen a single remedy stop a 6 week severe croup in 24 hours; a client release 12 years of pent up shock that allowed her to heal; and prescribed a single one dose medicine to an Aspergers boy whose severe aggression abated and he transformed into a manageable, happy chappie….. But it doesn’t always work like this, and in this article I want to take a look at some of the reasons why that might be. Longterm chronic Illness Often people who have been chronically ill for a long time may try Homeopathy as a last resort. This means they have had multiple drug interventions beforehand and often have a long list of iatrogenic symptoms (that means caused by the drugs rather than their condition). In this case the Homeopath will need to try and determine what the symptoms were BEFORE they started having drug side effects because these reflect the imbalance that needs to be cured. other drug ‘side effects’ have been grafted onto the patient from the drug, and do not accurately reflect their condition. Emotional/mental blockages Severe emotional and mental shock can be stored within the body at a physical level. In other words, emotional needs can get expressed as physical symptoms. This is why it is very important to work on the whole person. Sometimes emotional trauma is so deep and so repressed, that some deep emotional therapy is required before the physical illness can be healed. Sometimes the homeopath’s training allows this great ‘elephant’ in the room to be identified early on and a well selected homeopathic... read more

The Top 12 Curious Homeopathic Questions

Homeopaths can seem strange creatures sometimes don’t you think? A patient coming to their first Homeopathic consultation can be more than a little surprised by what questions their homeopath will ask. Sam Adkins, The Homeopathic Coach gives you some inside information…. Let’s face it, most new Homeopathic patients have been used to the conventional paradigm of health which focusses on the physical symptoms. Homeopaths approach a case differently and try and understand the whole person (as my regular readers will know). Now, clearly a Homeopath will want to understand the physical details about your complaint (we refer to the problem you bring as a ‘presenting complaint); and your medical history, as well as the medical history of your parents and immediate family. They will then seem to ask seemingly irrelevant questions and for those of you who have not had a homeopathic consultation before, here are the top 12 most curious questions a homeopath might ask you! Why have you come to see me today? How do you feel about this problem/issue/complaint? Were you breastfed/For how long? Were you vaccinated? Any reactions? Have you ever had eczema/asthma/allergies? How do you sleep/what position/any dreams? Which foods do you crave/strongly dislike? How would your friends describe you as a person? Are there any aspects of you that you would like to change? Do you ever get angry/how/why? What are the most significant events in your life so far? Why? What is the desired outcome of your homeopathic treatment in the short/medium/longterm? All Homeopaths have their own versions of these but they all have the same goal….to elicit sufficient information that enables... read more

Healing cuts and grazes with Homeopathy

Injuries are relativelycommon and we all know how to apply a Band-Aid. With more serious cuts and grazes however, the use of Homeopathy can make a real difference to the pain, inflammation and healing. Sam Adkins, The Homeopathic Coach outlines what she did when her son cut himself badly recently. When my son cut his thumb it was a great opportunity to put homeopathy into practice. It was a sizeable cut, and blood flowed instantly and very freely. This meant it was difficult to see the extent of the injury. On top of this we discovered that a normally stoic child was making a lot of noise suggesting that the pain was pretty severe (the fingers are rich in nerve endings). In addition, it seemed the patient was having a strong reaction to seeing a lot of his own blood (this is common) and can cause faintness as mild shock can occur. Just to add to the whole drama, we were fishing on a boat mid harbour and about 30 minutes from the nearest ER! So what did we do? As it was a small injury with no immediate danger from blood loss, we flushed the wound out with clean water to clean it, but also to get a good look at the extent of the injury. We then applied pressure and a clean dressing from the on-board first aid kit to address the bleeding. During most of this part the patient was made comfortable lying down as he was feeling faint from mild shock. Simultaneously as there were enough assisting pairs of hands, the patient received a dose... read more

Childbirth and Homeopathy Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of Childbirth and Homeopathy where Sam Adkins the Homeopathic Coach gives you some specific homeopathic medicines that you can use during and after childbirth. In Part 1 Sam explained what to expect from Homeopathy during labour and how it can make childbirth easier for you and your partner. As we discovered in part 1, Childbirth is a completely natural process during which the birthing mother has to surrender her body to the powerful experience of giving birth. Sometimes births go extremely smoothly but it is not unusual to encounter moments during labour when you feel as if you need some outside help or intervention to move into another phase or ‘space’. This is where homeopathy can be helpful. Although the whole gamut of homeopathic medicines that can be used during birth cannot be covered here, I am going to provide you with some specific medicines so that you can use them during your labour to help you. One important point to note is that when you are in labour, you are not really in a fit state to consult this article and then decide what homeopathic medicine you may need. If you intend to use these medicines, then you need to make some clear notes for your birthing partner and allow that person to decide and administer the homeopathic medicines as you need them – they will be able to provide an objective view of your state and therefore the homeopathic medicine that you need. So where do you start? Dosage Guidelines You will see that most of the homeopathic medicines listed below are given in the... read more

Childbirth and Homeopathy – Part 1

What can homeopathy do for you during childbirth? How can it help and what do you need to know? Sam Adkins, The Homeopathic Coach gives you the low down in a two part article series. In Part One Sam will tell you what to expect from Homeopathy during labour and how it could make childbirth easier for you and your partner. Childbirth is one of the only times in our lives when we are at the total mercy of our body as it undergoes the marvelously powerful and exciting process of childbirth! As labour commences, not only do you enter a completely unpredictable period of hours or days when you have to learn to surrender to the wonder and power of childbirth, but you also get an amazing present at the end of it – your baby! Nowadays, especially in the western world, childbirth has become an over medicalised ‘procedure’ and I think that we can lose sight of what an amazingly designed and natural process it is. For 1000s of years women have been having babies and it is only recently that cesarian sections have been taking the process from the woman and her partner, and giving it to the doctors. Homeopathy is such an empowering medicine (as you will know if you have been reading my recent articles), and can provide rapid change during childbirth that just might prevent complications from arising. It can be a wonderful tool so you feel some control of what happens. So let’s get into the detail… For some lucky women, childbirth is low key, easy and uneventful in terms of issues.... read more

Do you keep your appointments?

You have made that all important step to get to your first homeopathic appointment to deal with a health problem, but what about the follow up? Sam Adkins, the Homeopathic Coach, gives you the practitioner’s perspective in this article and explains why sometimes the second appointment is more important than the first. Did you read the title of this article and feel that it had an accusatory tone? Then you wouldn’t be alone because we all miss appointments from time to time. Life can get in the way of our good intentions. But what does this mean for your treatment? In the last article I described how the partnership between the homeopath and patient is an active one. This active relationship continues into the second consultation and throughout the time you are under treatment with your homeopath. So why exactly is the second consult so important? Well firstly, after the first consultation, the homeopath has spent time understanding how you operate in the world and what imbalance may be present that is causing your symptoms to arise. She/he has also used this information, coupled with experience to prescribe a medicine for you. The time between an initial consultation and a subsequent one depends on what you have as your health issue; but it can be from 2-4 weeks. This may seem a long time but the body needs time to respond on many levels to the homeopathic medicines and play the healing process out. When you have had a chronic ailment for months or years, it takes time for the body to put things into balance. So when you... read more

Are YOU a good homeopathic patient?

What makes a ‘good’ patient from the perspective of the practitioner? Being a homeopathic patient is very different to being a patient of conventional medicine and Sam Adkins, The Homeopathic Coach explores why. When we visit our medical practitioner (or GP) we present our problem to him/her by outlining our symptoms and we expectour conventional doctor to solve it. This happens in two ways. Put simply, either you are prescribed a drug to mask the symptoms such as a pain killer for a headache, or you are given a drug that alters the symptoms such as an antacid for heartburn. Although these outcomes appear to be good results as your symptom has’gone’, the original underlying reason why you had a headache or heartburn often remains unchanged and untreated. You can see from this example that to be a patient of a conventional doctor is ‘easy’. You show up, present your problem, are questioned and maybe examined, and then you receive a prescription or a referral. This is an easy and passive relationship. With Homeopathy however, it is a different story. Firstly, Homeopathy is a medicine that treats you as a whole person and sees all symptoms however trivial as part of your whole being. This means you have to be responsible for all of you (good and not so good parts)! Secondly, because the homeopath wants to treat the whole of you you have to come prepared to talk about yourself. This may take up to an hour the first time you visit your homeopath. The more you can tell your homeopath about yourself the better. Thirdly, your homeopath... read more

Homeopathy Alternatives to Antibiotics

When is it appropriate to use an alternative to antibiotics? Sam Adkins, the Homeopathic Coach looks at 4 common ailments and when homeopathy is more effective. Key Facts: Antibiotics cannot kill viruses The common cold and influenza are caused by a virus The negative effects of antibiotics outweigh the benefits in the case of mild upper respiratory infections. In my Sydney homeopathic clinic it is very common for me to see a patient who states that they have just been prescribed antibiotics. The reason they have come to see me however, is that they are either still suffering from the original ailment despite the prescription, or they are still unwell as the original viral infection appears to have morphed into something else. I think that in general, conventional doctors know that antibiotics do not necessarily improve health or the outcome of acute infections, but they are under pressure from their patients to prescribe something. Unfortunately we live in a quick fix culture. It is the general observation of holistic medicine practitioners that after a course of antibiotics the general level of health in an individual is reduced. Patients often describe the following symptoms: lowered vitality emotionally feeling ‘down’ increased susceptibility to minor infections Upset digestion If you have read my sister article “Antibiotics – Friend or Foe?” you will have some understanding of the systemic effects that antibiotics have and the potential imbalance that they can create in our immune system. When the immune system is compromised, the whole health of the individual is compromised. So let’s take a brief look at 5 common ailments and the homeopathic alternatives.... read more