I first discovered Homeopathy in 2002 when I was having problems recovering from a general anaesthetic. Not only did my Homeopath help me to overcome the anaesthetic rapidly, she essentially fixed the kidney problem that had required the operation in the first place.
Since then I have used Homeopathy to keep myself and my young family healthy, through teething and all the usual childhood conditions.
To those who argue 'placebo effect' or that the benefit of Homeopathy is in the 'counselling' element, I would not argue except to wonder how mind over matter could cure a 2 year old's psoriasis? or bring down a 1-year old's temperature?
Personally, I use Homeopathy as a complementary medicine, not as an alternative to conventional medicine, (except for example with the Psoriasis where the medical profession opined that the only answer was maintenance through hydrocortisone; they said her condition could not be cured.
Thanks to our wonderful homeopath my daughter has not had any occurrence in nearly four years). I feel strongly that Homeopathy should be supported and further explored as a complementary treatment.
I feel compelled to let you know my story or, rather, my daughter's story.
Twelve weeks ago my child was treated with a chemical head-lice solution by another adult. When the adult left the room my daughter came in contact with a candle and her hair caught fire. I was out at the time and received a call to return home urgently.
It was a nightmare waiting the hour for the ambulance and then to be rushed as an emergency the following morning from the hospital to Crumlin.
At that stage we really didn't know how she was going to be. It was a very serious burn indeed. Within 24 hours Ignis had been sent up to me and I followed instructions. Then another homeopath helped me during the next week with causticum, cantharis and another remedy i have forgotten the name of.
Another homeopath subsequently came to our rescue and charged us no fee. Mary Carroll (ISHom) was instrumental in helping Jodie through her trauma and her inevitable surgery. Her kindness and her knowledge have been a true source of strength and confidence for us.
As a nutritional therapist myself I was able to give Jodie the right supplements to speed her healing process and without homepathy I believe the picture we would be looking at now would be completely different. I believe it has minimized the damage and speeded up the healing process.
There is a long way to go, but my beautiful darling still shines. She is really is amazing.
We spent 6 weeks in Crumlin hospital, that is no time for the severity of the burn she suffered. We did really, really well.
She isn't hiding under the duvet, nor is she hiding behind the front door or behind me, and people have looked and stared and made comments, but she still laughs and smiles and has fun in her life.
She is incredible. I wanted to share this story with you, maybe you would like to use it, you have my full permission.
I truly believe in homeopathy, we have always used it for our children and ourselves and if this story can touch and help another, then I am more than happy for it to be out there.
I first heard of homoeopathy about 10 years ago and was fascinated by this healing concept. I was prompted to try it some time later when my GP started treating a persistent cough with asthma medication.
At that point I decided I was not asthmatic and sought an alternative. For those of us brought up in the “antibiotic” era homoeopathy can take some getting used to. In contrast to the 5-10 mins allotted to the patient in the G.P.'s surgery, the initial consultation will last over an hour, and subsequent appointments are never hurried.
Many of the questions asked by the homoeopath may seem unrelated to the presenting problem and even the method of taking the remedy can seem a little odd. The most extraordinary part is that the homoeopath actually wants to know how the patient is doing on the remedy and is available to advise, a trait not evident in most G.P.'s!
My homeopath has made a huge difference to my family's life. Over the past 6 yrs she has prescribed remedies to treat everything from coughs and colds to morning sickness, earaches to eczema, sprains and strains to warts. The remedies work and we are much healthier.
Hand on my heart, we have not had to visit the G.P. since! My homeopath provides a valuable service. She is gifted with a calm, easy manner and a great sense of humour.
She is non-judgemental, easy to speak with, and very accurate in her observations and prescriptions. To the great advantage of the patient, she combines easily her counselling skills and homeopathic expertise. I have and continue to recommend homeopathy to anyone I feel it would benefit.
Three patients attending a northside Dublin practice
Before Homeopathy: "I was in very poor health and was a nervous wreck before I began on Homeopathic remedies. I was suffering from my nerves, from panic attacks and from a lot of anxiety."
After Homeopathy: "I have been taking Homeopathic remedies for nearly a year now and my mood has improved dramatically. I feel more stable and calm and generally feel a lot better. Now when I get bad days ro panic attacks I can manage them a lot better. I'm very glad I've had this opportunity to be treated with Homeopathy."
Brian(recovering substance user)
"Homeopathy has helped me in subtle ways to come to terms with my problems, to be able to say t someone you trust how you really are, to know that you are not judged, not pigeon-holed. It's given me a clear perspective on my problem(addiction). I seem to have more clarity, where before I couldn't find direction. I couldn't see a perspective before that."
Before Homeopathy: "I feel I am in another dimension. In the street they rob my personality. I feel completely lost, spread everywhere, scattered."
After Homeopathy: "I felt perfect again after the remedy, at peace. I was back inside myself again, even in a crowd. I could see all the people in the street separately. I didn't feel eaten by them. Homeopathy is brilliant. It's helped me a lot. I believe it's essential to me, to my health."
Testimonials printed in National Press
Anna Devlin - Soprano
"I've had psoriasis for most of my life and found conventional medicine didn't work so I've regularly used alternative therapies including homeopathy, kinesiology and acupuncture." Evening Hearld May 1st 2007
Arabella Steinbacher - Violinist
"I have used homepathy since I was a child. My allergies were treated with homeopathy because I couldn't take medication for the problem. I believe in the benefits of homepathy and alternative therapies because we are much more closely connected with nature than with chemicals." Evening Hearld May 8th 2007
Sonia Sabri - Dancer
"I'm very much into homeopathy and try to avoid medicines wherever possible. I'm currently considering the use of acupuncture as a form of overall body maintenance." Evening Hearld May 29th 2007
Sheena Brandel - Trapeze artist for a touring circus
"I use homeopathy because of the work I do, I'm a firm believer in the benefits of taking arnica." Evening Hearld June 12th 2007
Two Patients from a practice in Greystones, Co.Wicklow
Hi my name is Leslie. At the tender age of 49 I joined a multinational industry that required me to travel to Europe at least once a week. Between the early morning flights and a very heavy work load I felt that my concentration, memory and health was beginning to suffer.
During the early stages of my new job I had lots of time to read (during flights/waiting in airports) and I came across some very interesting articles on Homeopathy.
I will not say that after one meeting, the Homeopath I choose gave me a magical potion and my life became perfect. No, but thanks to her knowledge and her understanding approach she was, in a very short time, able to prescribe the correct remedy that first gave great "short time improvement", followed by a long time solution.
My lifestyle has not changed in the past 10 years, if anything it is worse (airport delays are longer for a start) so I need "now and then" to contact my Homeopath for a "Boost", but I feel better able to cope with the stress of life and my concentration/memory is better than (I think it was) before I went down the road of Homeopathy.
"I had a sore throat and was feeling awful. I knew it would be 3 days before I'd feel better so I decided to ask if Homeopathy might help. The Homeopath took my symptoms and prescribed a remedy. What followed was amazing, within 2 hours I felt great and it didn't return!"