Thoughts on the world, homeopathy, mindfulness and food...
A collection of blog posts - feel free to respond with your thoughts and comments - I love to have feedback - thank you!
I saw a wonderful client today whose story I'd shared a while ago - she was my amazing headache client who was 180+ tablets down a month. Today within a few moments of the consultation she told me she couldn't remember the last time she'd had a headache. They just weren't an issue anymore. I later asked for her to write a few words that I could share so here's her story in her words:
'5 months ago a friend asked me to make an appointment with Emma to try & help with my daily headache problem. But, I'd always had headaches & I was resigned to it being my lot in life, in fact, I'd been told many years before by my GP that I just had to learn to live with them. So, in a very negative frame of mind I booked my first session. 2 hours, no way, it would all be over in 20 minutes & I'd be on my way home. Then, I met Emma. 20 minutes turned into the allotted 2 hours & things had been shared that I never thought I would be able to discuss with anyone, ever. I left the first meeting feeling lighter & just a tiny bit optimistic. Over the last 5 months I've been on a journey, with Emma guiding me along the way. When my headaches were down to 2 or 3 a week I was very excited and happy, but Emma wasn't ... we were going for zero tolerance ... and with trust, chat & lots & lots of laughter we have finally got there!!'
So that's it in a nutshell. 5 appointments, 1 remedy, a few repeats of that remedy and there we have it. No headaches. I really love my job. I love it when it's hard, love it when it's crazy, busy, filled with people and absolutely love it today.
Crikey, the skeptics are fierce at the moment. And it makes me wonder what it is that really bothers them. After all people 'waste' their money on cigarettes, alcohol, junk foods and more that actively makes them ill. If you'd listen to them, there is nothing in homeopathy so it can't work. But by that argument it also can't do harm. So it's a nil- nil result. No good, no bad. Unlike the cigarettes, alcohol and junk food. No good but lots of bad.
I choose to consult a homeopath. It's my money, my choice, my life. I no longer suffer from migraines or headaches and, to the best of my searching, over a time span of 18 years, conventional medicine didn't help with that one bit.
Being involved in social media I see it a lot, this negative, critical and sometimes downright insulting attitude. I personally endeavour not to insult mainstream 'medicine'. There are aspects I may dislike and most of the time I'm pretty restrained. That's someone else's passion, their job, their life work. So live and let live. And yes, conventional medicine saves lives. I wouldn't want a world without some of the wonderful medicine we all know and take for granted. But that's not what I'm asking for. I'm not wanting to choose between one or the other. Neither do I expect my patients and clients to choose.
We all know the placebo effect works, across every field - conventional and complementary medicine. And yet I can see babies who have a great result with homeopathy. My horse was my introduction to homeopathy - she had an incurable recurrent eye disease with limited conventional options. After homeopathic treatment? No recurrance for the next 15 years (at which point she died from a broken leg). Patients can seek assistance, find no real improvement the first month, then with more information a different remedy is selected and they return next month after much improvement. Surely if it were merely placebo at work they would be more likely to do great the first month and less well the second?
I understand it's difficult, taxing to get your head around it. Maybe even impossible. And yet just 150 or so years ago people believed microbes didn't exist. It's not that long ago it was believed that the earth was flat. Science may not have caught up with it all but visible results are visible results.
Maybe not from clinical trials. There are trials that support homeopathy and it would be great to have a whole lot more. But not of the ones that are designed to test just one remedy on one condition. For anyone that knows even a teeny bit about homeopathy, they'd know that's just not how we roll. We are looking at individuals, not just conditions, and this means there may be a remedy that suits you as a person but that may not suit a different person with the same complaint.
Sitting in the consulting room however, day after day, homeopaths all over the world see results. I'm seeing a lady tomorrow who when I last saw a month or so ago, she was taking 180 less painkillers a month than she was before she started on homeopathic treatment. 180 less. She had no real thoughts of cure when she consulted me, and was feeling pretty despondent around the chance of improving even half as much as she had. I see people who tell me they feel 'better than they have done for ages' after struggling with complaints for years and trying conventional treatments with no success.
How does it work? I don't know - I'll leave you with research scientist Alex Tournier to tell you a little more about some work he's currently doing.
But does it work? I consider that a well prescribed remedy can have profound life changing effects that are rarely found outside of this work. For me, that's a resounding YES.
Most of my clients come to me having heard about me from someone else. The word of mouth option. Yes, I do lots of marketing, update the website frequently - and people do find me through these routes, but the majority of new people come to me as they've been recommended me by someone who's done well through the sessions. Or their child has improved significantly and they think they'll come too. People love to know what works for someone else, and equally love to tell you what helped them. And so I think that the Find a Homeopath website is particularly great in that it gives people an option both to share their good news stories and to read about what has worked for others people. It's a brilliant place to have a say - and it would be great if you'd share your story.
It's just here:
http://www.findahomeopath.org.uk/HaveYourSay and only takes a moment to complete the short sections.
For homeopaths, these stories are valuable, for the public, who may have thought there was no other option for their dis-ease - they can be more than valuable. They can change lives. I can't imagine how it would be for me struggling through with migraine after migraine. As a patient said to me recently 'my Doctor told me that there were some people who just got headaches and I was one of those'. It's wonderful to see that after a lifetime of chronic headaches, she knows that she no longer has to be 'one of those people' and there are options out there.
If you've a story to tell please share it. It could help someone just like you.
Many, many thanks,
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I was thinking yesterday, as a result of seeing a tweet around migraines and homeopathy, how nice it is not to have them. In fact I can't really remember when I last had a headache.
From being at primary school, headaches and migraines were always 'my thing', and, whilst Beta Blockers dampened them down for a whilst over my A level exam period, really the only solutions were migraleve, paracetamol combined with neurofen, possibly a bit of vomitting and a dark room to sleep in. Not, really, the best of fun. My journey to banishing them with homeopathy did, to be honest, take some time - but not nearly as long as I'd suffered with them for, and to be free from them now is worth every day of it.
Would I have got there with just conventional medicine? My inner wisdom says no, really anything I took for it then was merely to palliate the problem, not to resolve it longer term. My feeling is that conventional medicine can be great at that - the short term fix (as well, of course as many life saving interventions) but when it comes to deeper, gentler healing, there's not much that I know of as effective as the magic that is homeopathy.
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 MARH, Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy, BSc(Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience
Focussed Mindfulness Practitioner
Dip (SNHS) Kinesiology
Dip (SNHS) Holistic Nutrition
Certificate in Whole Food, Plant Based Nutrition