Thoughts on the world, homeopathy, mindfulness and food...
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Let's get one thing clear at the start of this blog. This is not a homeopathy cured cancer post. This is a blog around one of my favourite topics, integrating conventional medicine and homeopathy.
Integrating fascinates me. It's at the forefront of my mind currently. The space in between. The void. The creative potential. What if two separate sides worked together. Had conversations. Grew something from the space in between. I believe there is something truly worth exploring here.
Last night I was out at dinner to celebrate my dad finishing his month of radiotherapy for prostate cancer, and we were chatting about how he was feeling. "Good, except when I wee it's like passing hot needles" he told me. I suggested a remedy, taking into account the fact he'd just finished a month of radiotherapy and his symptoms. He took it once when he got home, once later and his symptoms disappeared. Went. No more peeing needles. It was starting to creep back a bit this morning, just slightly, so I suggested a repeat, and to repeat the remedy again if symptoms return.
I'd like to add that my dad was a supportive sceptic for many years. He'd never tell me to my face, or probably unlikely behind my back, he's a bit of a gentleman really; but I'm not convinced what I was doing had him convinced it was any good. He's totally on board now, and has been for some time, and we discussed this morning that I totally get why people don't get homeopathy - in so many ways it makes no sense, our science isn't ready for it except for at the cutting edges (the gap between perhaps?). But when you take it and it works, it works and that's all there is to it. He's (as so many of us have) had remedies that haven't worked at times and knows when there's a good match. When you get it right "it's like magic" he said this morning.
I was so happy he told me he was doing well this morning and it reminded me that I'd been meaning to write this blog for a wee while. Ha the pun can stay.
I also want to say that this blog is also not a suggestion of take this for that. There are loads of great remedies for burning urination, he took one that was individually matched to him and his symptoms.
There are some brilliant places where these two perhaps unlikely bedfellows sit alongside each other just beautifully, and also, partly thanks to that, some great research going on in this area.
In our prospective study, we observed an improvement of quality of life as well as a tendency of fatigue symptoms to decrease in cancer patients under complementary homeopathic treatment. It would take considerably larger samples to find matched pairs suitable for comparison in order to establish a definite causal relation between these effects and homeopathic treatment.
More research needed, but encouraging. The study is here in full.
Patients from Clinica Santa Croce, Orselina, Switzerland, and Homeopathic Centre Oberland-Klinik, Weilheim, Germany amongst others were included in the trial.
Another study published in The Oncologist - link here states:
QoL [Quality of Life] improved significantly in the homeopathy group compared with placebo. In addition, survival was significantly longer in the homeopathy group versus placebo and control. A higher QoL might have contributed to the prolonged survival. The study suggests that homeopathy positively influences not only QoL but also survival. Further studies including other tumor entities are warranted.
Chemotherapy induced neuropathy is one side effect that I've seen more than several times improved massively. In one instance someone asked for help as they wanted to continue chemotherapy for their treatment but their consultant said they'd have to stop if the neuropathy didn't improve. We worked together, neuropathy went away and they were able to continue treatement.
Another short case - of post chemo neuropathy. 'It's in my toes and gets worse the more I walk on it. A hot water bottle helps after, I can't wait to get my boots off.' At the follow up 6 weeks later: 'The Hypericum was AMAZING, I've no pain in my toes and I can walk 2-3 miles now, I'm absolutely fine.'
Side effects can linger on after treatment and homeopathy can often help - as shown in the mention above.
I've a lady recovering from (non cancer related) surgery currently, with some numbness from the site of the operation. She's taking a remedy to help with that and the numb patch is shrinking as the sensation returns.
In terms of help alongside surgery, one client who had a mastectomy said:
Btw I also wanted to say the post surgery remedies have been amazing. I've had no bruising, no leaking wounds, no discharge. No-one can believe how quickly my pain is going either. Sometimes I have taken a remedy instead of a painkiller and it would almost instantly reduce pain. So thank you. That has been amazing for me xxxxx
In my small clinic, alongside the cases mentioned above, I've seen nausea disappear, constipation post surgery resolve rapidly, fatigue be helped, skin sensitivity due to radiation improve and lots more - all with homeopathy, all significantly improving quality of life for the individual.
Working together, using the best of each approach strikes me that it could be good for the most important person in the room here - the patient.
I'm a Homeopath working in the Skipton (North Yorkshire) area. I am also able to offer food intolerance testing using Kinesiology and advice around diet and lifestyle.
Em Colley Homeopath
Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy
BSc(Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience
Laughter Yoga Leader
Focussed Mindfulness Practitioner
Dip (SNHS) Kinesiology
Dip (SNHS) Holistic Nutrition
Certificate in Whole Food, Plant Based Nutrition