Homeopathy and Nutrition
Healthcare is a very individual thing for people and for me, it has always been important for individual's to have a choice in how they want to manage their health. Empowering people to feel confident in managing their health is my goal and vitally important in these times.
I came into Homeopathy and Nutrition back in 2005 and one of the key things that drew me to study these modalities is the individual approach to each person.
I love that I can work in both realms of health with my experience in Mental Health, Nursing & Midwifery as well as my Complementary background, providing other alternatives and supportive options for people looking for those same options.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is all about gentle and holistic healing. The difference between homeopathy and other forms of treatment is that homoeopathy does not treat the disease but the person who is experiencing “dis-ease” – you.
Homeopathy respects the wisdom of the human body/mind, with the belief that the body and mind can heal themselves. When there is Dis-ease within the body/mind, homeopathy helps stimulate the body/mind back to homeostasis – back to balance, working WITH the body/mind not against it.
Homeopathic consultations are in-depth and require detailed information exploring not just the physical ailments but the mental and emotional changes that occur as well. When prescribing a remedy, the choice is made on the totality of the case, in other words, the total picture presented at the consultation.
Homeopathy treatments will be significantly different to allopathic medicine as it works in quite a different way. As this is a more dynamic healing system, it is also very gentle in its work. Typically, people think that nothing has changed, however on review and going over the listed symptoms, people are surprised to find that they had not realized that some things have resolved or that the changes in symptoms have already begun. Some people, however, do experience very obvious changes where symptoms have cleared quickly. This depends on the case and whether chronic or acute disease is present.
My focus area is in Women's Health. Homeopathy offers endless possibilities for women’s health and that’s one of the reasons I just love it and sharing my knowledge with others. Homeopathy is beneficial for the full range of emotional, mental and physical problems that a woman is likely to experience throughout her life.
The menstrual cycle is at the very centre of our being as women. Generally the hormonal system maintains its own balance, however when out of balance the symptoms can cause great distress both emotionally and physically.
Homeopaths understand that menstruation does not induce uncontrollable emotions, but simply lowers a woman’s ability to repress genuine, often difficult emotions, which are already present. Homeopathy can help regulate the dramatic fluctuations and associated PMS/PMT symptoms as well as heavy or absent periods, or difficulties in conceiving.
Pregnancy and Postnatal
Pregnancy is a whole area of complex emotional and physical changes were symptoms are particularly difficult to treat with conventional medicine. Homeopathy offers a safe alternative to both mother and child through pregnancy, into childbirth and even during breastfeeding. Examples are: morning sickness; constipation; low energy; haemorrhoids; labour support; postnatal support; breastfeeding support; mood and emotional support including anxiety, depression.
During and after the menopause the hormones undergo a huge upheaval with some women faring better than others. Homeopathy can help with the associated symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, weight gain, mood swings, menstrual irregularities, incontinence and insomnia.
Homeopathy is very beneficial for helping with a range of infertility problems. It can be used alone or alongside conventional fertility treatment and is a safe and natural way to boost the functioning of the reproductive system.
There are many factors that affect fertility levels such as a hormonal imbalance, polycystic ovaries or endometriosis. There may also be less obvious problems that can contribute to infertility such as depression, fear of conceiving, stress or dietary problems. These issues and many of the trials and frustrations that couples go through trying to get pregnant can successfully benefit from homeopathic treatment.
AUSTRALIAN BUSH FLOWER
& BACH FLOWER ESSENCES
Flower essences are a vibrational therapy that works on the auric field and subtle energy bodies. Flower essences assist in clearing the mental, emotional and spiritual imbalances in our lives that can lead to physical disturbances.
A flower essence is the vibrational imprint, life force of the flower in an aqueous infusion, utilizing the elements of fire, air, water, and earth. Richard Gerber MD, in his book Vibrational Medicine states, “vibration is a synonym for frequency, and that the only difference between dense matter, such as a piece of wood and subtle matter, such as a flower essence is the frequency at which they vibrate.” When a flower or crystal essence is ingested or absorbed through the skin, it is assimilated into the bloodstream. It then settles between the circulatory and nervous systems. It is there where an electromagnetic current is created by the polarity of the two systems. The essence then moves to the meridians, which are mechanisms of interface between the subtle bodies and the physical body.
Flower essences can be combined with Homeopathic remedies as both work on a vibrational level.
Mental Health Nutrition is an emerging field of nutritional study which combines psychiatry with nutrition, looking at the effects of poor nutrition on mood and cognitive function.
The Western diet is high in processed foods and lacks a lot of nutrients that are vial for the production of neurotransmitters and management of inflammation to the brain.
There is also emerging evidence highlighting how the microbes inside us affect our brain function. Definite links have been found between depression, anxiety and mood disorders, and imbalanced gut microbiota.
Consultations will include doing a food diary so that I can see where we need to modify your diet and if supplementation is required to help increase your nutrients - particularly if on medication.
Feeding the brain with adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals can help with supporting healthy neurotransmitter activity, protecting the brain from the effects of oxidants which negatively affect mood and mental health.
10 foods that help to promote good mental health
Fruit - fresh, dried, canned, stewed
Vegetables - fresh, frozen, canned
Extra virgin olive oil
Fermented dairy e.g. yoghurt, cheese and kefir
Whole grains e.g. grainy bread, brown rice, whole grain brekkie cereals
Nuts and seeds
Holistic treatment includes
Mental Health support/therapy
Nutrition and supplements