Thoughts on the world, homeopathy, mindfulness and food...
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. In response to a few requests for information about the current times, I decided to put pen to paper, metaphorically at least, and share some thoughts which might be useful.
My curious mind always wants to know more. So I’ve been researching what I do know, homeopathy. I’ve been watching webinars from excellent homeopathic teachers and still want to do a little more before I share more remedy thoughts on the topic. However as luck would have it, whilst writing this post I was in contact with the lovely Lee Kayne, homeopath, pharmacist and much more, from Freeman's Homeopathic Pharmacy. Lee and Steven Kayne have a brilliant little book which is fantastic for home prescribing. Have a look here. Lee was kind enough to share some fantastic flow diagrams with me for me to share on another page, but was happy for me to share them here too. Keep reading, they're towards the end.
What I do know though is may people are concerned, worried and not just about the virus itself. In some ways, the numbers and the locations and the (insert more and more and more information) doesn’t really matter (I can certainly be known to forget that though!), what matters is that here we are in this setting, right now. We can be here and see the benefits or we can panic and make things harder for ourselves. It’s not easy to set aside the world panicking around us and be calm, though that’s where I think the gifts will be found. I think there is an invitation to go inside, to meditate, to journal, to create. We’ve been painting today, creating a beautiful space and I look forward to sketching, knitting and writing, reading and getting cosy on the sofa with a movie or two in the days ahead.
Also perhaps to stop the news where you’ve noticed it’s increasing levels of anxiety. I’ve unfollowed so many pages and people on Facebook as the constant news became overwhelming and can at this stage let you know there’s a certain peace there. A stopping of the constant flow of never ending information. That said, news today shared that there are many positives in China and things are steadily recovering well there which was great to read, but there has been no off switch for much of it, it’s there from every angle and I do believe our brains need some downtime. Getting outside in nature and walking with the dogs helps me loads too. Chatting with friends after dinner over video call was a lovely boost today - and easy to do if ‘lockdown’ heads our way. Getting creative on ways to lift spirits – watching funny films, doing the jobs you’ve put off for ages (always makes me happy anyway!), catching up, writing letters… finding art, doing art, making art.
On a more practical level, I’ve seen various suggestions going around of supplements which might help support better health and if our bodies are faced with infections, to enhance their ability to deal with it. The latest from the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (Dr Downing and other physicians) urged preventive supplementation to ‘prevent or minimize symptoms for future viral infection,’ including the coronavirus.
Vitamin C: 3000 mg daily, in divided dosages
Vitamin D3: 2000 IUs daily (Start with 5000 IU/day for two weeks, then reduce to 2000 IU
Magnesium: 400 mg daily (in citrate, malate, chelate, or chloride form)
Zinc: 20 mg daily
Selenium: 100 mcg (micrograms) daily
Of course these aren't the only things that can help, but they could be worth looking at taking if you're not already.
The Natural Dispensary is the source of most of my supplements, and clients can get a discount if they mention my account* when setting up their account to order. Supplements aren’t what I work with all the time, but these guys do so I wanted to share their thoughts on the topic. There’s more information on their website here: https://isom.ca and a conference on the 19th March on Vitamin C for the treatment of Coronavirus if you wanted to discover more.
*ECOLL13 (combination of letters E C O L L in upper case and numbers 13).
If clients ring up to place an order over the phone, please quote the code ECOLL13 to ensure that they receive their discount.
If clients wish to order via the website, they would firstly need to complete the online registration form, putting your name as the name of the practitioner who referred them. Once through to checkout with their products, clients would need to enter the password ECOLL13 into the promo code box and click ‘apply code’ to see their discount appear.
Regarding homeopathic treatment, I want to first direct you to the joint statement from 4Homeopathy issued recently which feels important to share here.
I am also aware that the conventional advice from the NHS is that you can take paracetamol, and having earlier shared to take ibuprofen, recently this additional guidance has been updated onto their site. I've seen several reports of doctors advising not to take ibuprofen (as I've been unfollowing Facebook) and also seen it written about in papers such as The Guardian discussing how the French minister mentions anti-inflammatories can make COVID-19 worse.
Are there other things you can do besides just these two options? Having seen homeopathy help in instances of colds and flu in the past and reports from around the world of it relieving symptoms here too, I would feel it’s definitely worth a go.
From the 4Homeopathy document mentioned above: 'Homeopathic medicines have been used extensively for flu-like symptoms and in epidemics around the world. If you decide to take a homeopathic medicine, this should be in addition to the various measures outlined above and should not be your only approach. Selection of the most appropriate homeopathic medicine is based on an individual’s unique symptoms. However, Gelsemium 30c and Bryonia 30c are commonly used for flu-like symptoms and have a long-established, traditional usage over many years.
Homeopathic options can form one part of your approach to the current Covid-19 outbreak but should always be used alongside other measures. If you have current symptoms or are concerned that you may have been exposed to coronavirus, it is important to call 111 to seek appropriate advice, in keeping with current guidelines.'
The virus might have a fancy name, but remember your standard fever, cough, flu remedies to start with – they’ve been working for homeopaths and users of homeopathy for many years in many different situations. As ever, there’s often remedies that you can use at home without input from a practitioner but if you do need a hand then do find someone to help you: www.findahomeopath.org.
There'll be more coming in the next day or so on the topic of remedies that can help in flu-like symptoms. I’m going to discuss Aconite, Arsenicum, Baptisa, Belladonna, Eupatorium, Gelsemium, Phosphorus and a few more. I'm also going to look at some of the anxiety remedies that may be helpful currently. Most are readily available in the Helios blue kit – it’s so handy for every home to have one of these!
I am very happy to leave you with these from Lee and Steven Kayne's book Homeopathic Prescribing.
Back very soon!
With love to all, Em
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