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AROMATHERAPY AND HOMEOPATHY

Since Dr. Samuel Hahnemann developed homeopathy over 200 years ago, more than 30 million people, young and old, from all walks of life, in countries all over the world, benefit from its treatment.Herbs

How does it work?

Homeopathy is a system of treatment which stimulates the body’s own ability to heal itself. It looks upon symptoms of illness as signs of disharmony within the patient at all levels; mental, physical and emotional. In treating the person as a whole, (holistically), harmony within the patient is restored and so removing the symptoms of the illness, restoring the balance and equilibrium.

Plant roots, flowers, leaves and stalks (even trees in some instances) are processed to extract the oils. Distillation is the most common method of extraction, whereby the plant is boiled or steamed until the oil vaporises.

This was developed about a thousand years ago by the Persian physician Ali ibn-Sina (Avicenna) and brought to Europe by returning Crusaders in the Middle Ages.

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann discovered the 'Law of Similars’; which explains ‘That which makes sick shall heal’

For instance we know that when cutting a strong onion we may experience an acrid runny nose, a particular soreness in the throat & stinging watery eyes. So a homeopathic remedy made from Allium Cepa (onion) could be given to a patient who is suffering from Hay fever & manifesting these symptoms.

You cannot become addicted to homeopathic remedies, because only a very minute amount of the actual ingredient is used in a specially prepared form.

These are prepared using a process called 'potentisation', which increases the curative properties of the substance at the same time as removing the potential for unwanted side effects.

What to expect at the 1st visit?

The homeopathic consultation is quite different from your conventional visit to the GP. As people react in different ways to the same illness your homeopath will need to know not only about your physical symptoms, but also about you as a person. You will be asked a series of questions designed to establish a homeopathic picture about you and your health. Also feel free to ask any questions to help clarify your treatment. Anything you say will be treated in the strictest confidence.

How do I take my remedy?

  • Remedies are usually given in tablet or liquid form.

  • They should be taken directly onto a clean spoon & placed in the mouth, without water & dissolved under the tongue.

  • No food, toothpaste or cigarettes should be taken for 20 minutes before or after the remedy.

  • They should be stored in a cool dark place, away from odours.

  • Avoid handling the pills.

How long will treatment take?

Should your illness be one that you have had for some time, it may take several appointments before the symptoms are completely clear. If your symptoms are quite recent then you may only have to visit a couple of times.

Homeopaths aim to help their patients achieve a state of health, which requires fewer consultations at longer intervals.



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Homeopathy does not treat symptoms by suppressing them but by treating the cause, and assisting the body to heal itself.

In the weeks following your remedy you may experience a range of different physical or emotional symptoms, a surge of energy or a spring cleaning reaction such as a cold , rash or discharge. All of these reactions are an indication that the self healing process has begun and should be allowed to take its course.

Please make notes of any of these changes, so that you can tell your homeopath at the next visit, or phone to discuss it in between appointments.

No remedies are tested on animals. However animals can benefit from homeopathic treatment.

Aromatherapy

Essential oils derived from plants are said to have different therapeutic properties. Some are calming, others stimulating and uplifting. Such oils have been used for healing and relaxation by many cultures for thousands of years. Myrrh and frankincense are mentioned in the Bible and the ancient Egyptians used oils to embalm the dead. So how can it be made to work for you?

A few drops of essential oil can be either added to a vegetable carrier oil for a relaxing massage or placed in a vaporiser (a bowl of water warmed over a candle) to scent a room. Six or eight drops added to a warm bath may also encourage relaxation. Medicinal oils like eucalyptus or peppermint can be added to a bowl of steaming hot water for inhalation, or placed on a tissue or handkerchief to sniff when needed.

How does it work?

Molecules in the scents released by the oils are absorbed into the bloodstream either through the skin during massage or by inhalation through the nose and lungs. These pass to the olfactory centres in the brain where they are thought to act on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that influences mood and the hormonal system.

The psychological effects of smell have been well researched at centres such as the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, Chicago, but the biochemical pathways that may enable specific scents to have particular effects is less well known.

What is it good for?

Aroma therapists choose essential oils for their therapeutic effects in treating stress-related conditions such as insomnia and headaches, digestive disorders, colds and menstrual problems. It is also used to relieve stress, help relaxation and enhance well-being. These effects may be sedative, calming, stimulating, uplifting, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic, analgesic or decongestant. Most oils will possess several properties.

Here are some common examples:

  • Calming: chamomile, lavender, geranium, jasmine, bergamot, clary sage

  • Uplifting: ylang ylang, rosemary, rose, clary sage, neroli, lavender, jasmine, grapefruit

  • Stimulating: cinnamon, ginger, peppermint, pine, black pepper, eucalyptus

  • Antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal: tea tree, lavender, lemon

  • Decongestant: eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, pine

WHAT TO BE AWARE OF

  • Use inhalations with caution if you have asthma or are prone to nosebleeds

  • Do not swallow oils unless supervised by a medically qualified practitioner

  • Never apply neat essential oils to the skin (except lavender and tea tree)

  • Keep essential oils away from naked flames and out of reach of children

  • Consult a qualified practitioner if you are pregnant, epileptic or have high blood pressure

WHAT TO AVOID WHEN

Many herbs are powerful and can react with medications especially astragalus, cats claw, dandelion, and Echinacea. Always check before taking at the same time as any drugs. Some individuals may have an allergic reaction to these powerful herbs. Always take cautiously in small amounts at first, preferably under the guidance of a fully qualified health practitioner or herbalist. Test on a small area of skin if using topically.

Some herbs should be avoided under certain circumstances such as the following

  • All essential oils if pregnant or breast feeding. Also, not suitable for children under five years of age.

  • Allspice if suffering from stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis.

  • Almonds, cabbage and kale, plums and prunes if suffering from gout, bladder stones, gallstones or kidney stones, joint problems, osteoporosis or thyroid gland problems.

  • Aloe vera, cats claw, dandelion, Echinacea and astragalus if pregnant or breast feeding or have high blood pressure.

  • Angelica (dong quai), cumin, ginger, Japanese knotweed, motherwort and turmeric if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) hormone therapies and contraception or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, have heart problems and during the first trimester of pregnancy.

  • Camphor, fennel, hyssop and lavender if suffering from epilepsy or pregnant.

  • Chinese rhubarb root is not recommended for long term use and not suitable for pregnant or breast feeding women, children under twelve years of age, those who suffer from colitis or have an intestinal obstruction or have a history of kidney stones or urinary problems, or if taking anticoagulant (blood thinning) medicine or aspirin.

  • Chlorella and spirulina if suffering from a seafood or iodine allergy, a metabolic condition called phenylketonuria (PKU), multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. If pregnant or nursing or have hyperthyroidism, consult a healthcare provider before taking spirulina. It may interfere with medications to suppress the immune system.

  • Devil's claw if diabetic or taking blood pressure or blood-thinning medications.

  • Gingko and ginseng may interfere with the blood thinning medication Warfarin.

  • Ginseng if pregnant or breast feeding or suffering from asthma, emphysema, fibrocystic breasts, high blood pressure, clotting problems and cardiac arrhythmia.

  • Goji berries if taking medication for diabetes, high blood pressure or anti-coagulants (blood thinners) such as warfarin or aspirin.

  • Grapefruit can interact with many types of medications, such as statins or blood pressure medications amongst others, by reducing or increasing their effectiveness.

  • Land caltrop can cause foetal miscarriage and must be avoided by pregnant or breast feeding women or individuals with breast or prostate cancer. Excess consumption of land caltrop can cause sleep disturbances and irregular menstruation and high doses may adversely affect the eyes and liver.

  • Linden if suffering from heart disease or are pregnant or breast feeding or if taking diuretics as it could increase the concentration of lithium in the blood.

  • Liquorice root if suffering from high blood pressure, a heart condition, oedema or are taking certain medications such as warfarin or diuretics.

  • Marshmallow herb if suffering with diabetes, alcohol dependency or liver disease or if pregnant or breast feeding.

  • Nettles if suffering from heart or kidney problems.

  • Poke root if pregnant or breast feeding and do not give to children.

  • Reishi mushrooms if taking medication for anti-hypertensive, blood sugar lowering medications and anti-coagulants or are pregnant.

  • Rosemary if pregnant or breastfeeding or suffering from high blood pressure.

  • Sage if pregnant or suffering from epilepsy.

  • Scutellaria if pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Senega root if hypersensitive to salicylates or aspirin or pregnant.

  • Siberian ginseng if suffering from high blood pressure or anxiety.

  • Swiss chard if there is an existing and untreated kidney or gallbladder problem.

  • Whole nuts and seeds if suffering from diverticulitis (grind to a fine powder first).

NOTE: Motherwort may be habit forming.

NOTE: Avoid yohimbine and ginseng under any of the following circumstances:

What to be aware of when using essential oils

 

  • Use inhalations with caution if asthma is an issue or if prone to nosebleeds.

  • Do not swallow oils unless supervised by a medically qualified practitioner.

  • Never apply neat essential oils to the skin.

  • Keep essential oils away from naked flames and out of reach of children.

  • Consult a qualified practitioner if epileptic or have high blood pressure.

  • Pregnant women should avoid using any essential oils.

  • Essential oils, especially tea tree oil, are toxic to cats and dogs and many other mammals so do not use where they are present. Even an oil diffuser or burner can cause serious health issues. See Natural remedies and hazards for pets.

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