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'm recognising that I'm naturally curious about the world around me, as well as about modalities to help people. Helping is one of my primary drivers - though I have to contain it at times, and remember that if I exhaust myself running around that in the end I help no body else. That one has taken a lot of learning! But curiousity leads me down different avenues and I was reflecting this morning how for years, it has brought me back to homeopathy time and again.
There are certainly other ways to help ourselves, plenty of them, and it's definitely not that this is the only one. But for me there's something about the depth, something about the breadth of potential, the life changes that I see working with this marvellous system of medicine, that nothing yet has come close enough to fixate my attention fully on.
It's not about exclusivity - I love people having a team, and different areas bring different gifts for us. I regularly see Kristy - Massage and Angelic Reiki practitioner, I've recently engaged with a private Physiotherapist and am finding that brilliant. I have a Naturopathic/Functional Medicine Practitioner, Nicola that I continue to work with, and of course a homeopath. GP wise I've not found my ideal member of my team yet, though I've a practice that I use when I need it. I really like it when there's someone on the team that covers the conventional medical side of things - and for all of them, as and when needed. Integration is key in my opinion.
I've studied various other modalities - I gained my Diploma in Reflexology during my third year of my degree and really enjoyed working with people using that, though there was something about homeopathy that drew me closer towards it. I spent a while studying Brainworking Recursive Therapy as I wanted to understand it more before recommending a client to work with a therapist in that field. My BSc was in Psychology and Neuroscience and I'm fascinated by the brain. Neuropsychology in particular - yes please - let me read, learn and know more about that. I'm currently moving towards the last few months of a year of studying Provocative Change Works, which integrates elements from Provocative Therapy, hypnosis and awarenesses of NLP - many practitioners of it have come from the work of NLP previously, or integrate the two. It's brilliant - and resonates with homeopathy in many ways, I really like it. Years ago, I undertook most of a diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition, but when events clashed with homeopathic conferences I knew where my heart resonated the most, and ultimately where I should be.
For me, that's the key. There are brilliant ways of working, of being with clients who are coping with challenges and helping people to move forwards, hopefully in a healthier way. There are ways that each of us feel drawn to at different times. There are many things I've integrated from the learning I've done in other modalities within the work that I do in clinic, which I'm grateful for. There are practitioners I'm aware of that I recommend people to, where I see it might be helpful. This morning though I was reflecting on what it is that time and again draws me back to this wonderful world of homeopathy.
I think the bottom line is the changes that I see unfold. The lady who'd had migraines since being 16 and would take multiple medications for them. I saw her in her 60s. Migraines that could last several days and be brought on by heat, noise, light... then being able to go to the fun fair with her grandchildren on a hot day and be unaffected. To write to me and tell me how her quality of life had improved. You can't ask for more than that.
She came as had been chatting to another client whose son had had migraines leading to cyclical vomitting. Anything that brought up excitement could bring on a migraine - Christmas and birthdays being a big factor. We saw the frequency of his attacks reduce massively using what we call a constitutional remedy - a remedy that matches who he is as a person - but one Christmas he ended up once again being unable to stop being sick. A call to the GP suggested that he should go into hospital soon if he couldn't keep fluid down. We'd given a few acute remedies for a couple of days and not seen changes result, so back to the books. As chance, or synchronicity, or plain old magic would have it, we were on our way out to visit friends and could take a route past their house. So we did, and I dropped off a remedy. Thankful for texts to remind me of the speed of the reaction, within just over 10 minutes from dropping off the remedy, I had a message to say... actually I'll just share the messages here. I dropped the remedy off at 4.25pm.
There was a brief relapse the next day, a repeat of the remedy which was Aethusa (fool's parsley) and a continued and full improvement. The remedy isn't in any kit, it's not one I've used before, but worked perfectly and the family had a Christmas day together, not spent with one child in hospital. Hooray for homeopathy.
The image at the top of the page is a quote from a person who'd had relief from headaches that would last, at times 6 days on the run. Debilitating for her - and great to be able to help. As you can tell from the comment, there was some element of relief felt.
Sometimes there's a feeling that you 'have to believe in it for it to work'. My experience has shown that's not the case. From our horse no longer having an eye disease, to babies being helped with homeopathy, to cynical clients... have a read of this:
I left the first meeting feeling lighter & just a tiny bit optimistic.
You may have noted these are all headache/migraine mentions or related to that. That's what brought me into homeopathy and is my susceptibility/weak spot. For other's it's digestive issues or joint problems... I can still end up with them and whilst for me they've not entirely disappeared, they've decreased enormously and I put that down to homeopathic medicine. I do love working with people who struggle with these, as I personally know how much easier life is without frequent headaches and migraine issues.
The scope of homeopathy of course way exceeds just our head - there's the rest of the body, the emotions, mental outlook on life that can be influenced too. I had a lovely email from someone over the weekend telling me how improvements were unfolding just a few weeks on from taking a homeopathic remedy I'd given. I'll see how they get on when we meet at follow up - and if appropriate may see if I can share more. I'm excited to see how the case goes.
My testimonials page has a few accounts of how it's helped other people, people of all ages and from all walks of life.
One testimonials I wanted to mention here was particularly topical as I hear statistics of the numbers of people experiencing 'long Covid' symptoms:
After having covid for the 2nd time my post covid symptoms really threw me. All of a sudden words that I never associated with myself felt normal - anxious, panicky, low, flat, demotivated, disconnected. I felt like I was a jigsaw and suddenly lots of pieces of myself were blacked out, invisible. I felt like I completely lost the 'me' of myself. This lasted months and then someone suddenly suggested homeopathy. I had never tried it before, had no idea what to expect. The 2 hour consultation with Em was therapeutic in itself - a reminder of who I am, who I have been. I started to take the remedy that she made for me a few days later. By the following week I started feeling different. Incrementally the colours started returning to the jigsaw. I can't describe the relief at feeling myself again.
Working with homeopathy, we treat people as individuals - so to a certain extent, it doesn't really matter so much what the label is - how do they experience the symptoms is a guiding light for us. So it can be 'post viral fatigue' or 'long Covid', what we want to know is how do you do it? What is your experience? Who is the person who is experiencing this collection of symptoms?
I think I may have gone on long enough - to be fair I could talk all day about this, so perhaps that's a sign to stop for now!
Happy to chat homeopathy if you'd like to know if it may be able to help you. Drop me a line anytime at email@example.com or on my contact page here.
With best wishes and gratitude,
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