Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Women's Health - The Menopausal Transition

Homeopathy can help you sail through perimenopause

Menopause is a point in time 12 months after a woman's last period and signals the cessation of fertility. Perimenopause refers to the years leading up to that point, when the ovaries begin to produce less oestrogen, and women begin to notice changes in their monthly cycles and alongside may experience symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, sleep irregularities, hair loss etc.

Every woman experiences this transition differently. I entered into perimenopause at 52 years and my transition until menopause lasted four years. The first two years were a breeze and the last two years were somewhat more challenging to say the least! Having come out the other end I see how natural and empowering the process is inspite of the shaming that can sometimes happen; how sad it is that our society pathologises women's health and ageing to such an extent; how our well-being can get so compromised by the medical model; how very deep healing can happen if given the opportunity and space; and how wise our bodies are in reminding us through powerful processes such as this, that change is inevitable, resistance is futile and the way out of suffering is to surrender even deeper to life's mystical flow.

For my self-care and well-being, I was fortunate to have access to the wisdom, skills and experience of my own personal homeopath who provided me with constitutional treatment, nutritional advise and spiritual guidance. When my symptoms were at their most intense, I found that homeopathic remedies really helped to soothe and calm my being and I'm sure was one of the main reasons the duration was as swift as it was. I would always recommend seeing a professional homeopath as the prescribing is on such a deep level.

My top two remedies that I seem to most frequently prescribe at some point for women going through the menopausal transition are Sepia and Lachesis (bearing in mind homeopathy is prescribed wholistically taking account of the mental, physical and emotional constitution, medical history, miasmatic influences, ancestral traits, and more). 

After 13 moons of no moon, I invited a group of 13 women to a coastal retreat to mark this threshold with me. I felt I deserved a medal by the point! Never underestimate the healing and transformative power of ritual, ceremony and community to mark life's mileposts. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Homeopathic Remedies for the Current Outbreak – March 2020

The following remedies have been effectively used by homeopathic practitioners around the
world in response to the current situation. Other remedies may be needed, but the ones below
are widely available and will help a majority of cases.

If anxiety & fear is very strong – start with Aconite or Arsenicum. If dry cough is the main
symptom, start with Aconite or Bryonia. If there is great weakness, use Arsenicum,
Gelsemium, Phosphorus or Antimonium-Tart. If bronchial/respiratory symptoms
predominate, use Bryonia, Antimonium-Tart. or Phosphorus.

Select the remedy that is the closest match to the patient’s main symptoms. Chosen
remedy should be taken in 30c potency, every 2 hours at first then reduce frequency to every
4 hours until symptoms clear. If no relief within 24 hours, or symptom-picture alters,
change the remedy accordingly. If you don’t have 30c potency, use what you have locally
available – if the symptoms match, it will still help.

Patient falls ill suddenly
High fever with great thirst &
Sudden chill
Intense fear, even panic
Short dry cough, no
Give immediately at first
sign of symptoms

Arsenicum Album
Sore throat, runny nose
Breathless, wheezy, chest
feels tight
Chilly, can’t get warm
Restless anxiety
Great weakness
Diarrhoea &/or vomiting
Thirst for frequent sips
Worse midnight - 3am

Cough dry, hard, racking,
painful – holds the chest
Stitching pains in chest
Patient is worse any
movement, worse warm
room, better in cool air
Difficulty inhaling
Dry lips, mouth, throat
Thirst for large amounts
Headache, pain in limbs

Slow, gradual onset
Patient feels drained,
trembling, weak muscles
Can’t think clearly
Heaviness of head, eyelids &
limbs; low thirst
Dull headache, shivery
Dizziness, blurred vision
Chills up & down spine

Mercurius Viv. or Sol.
Profuse sweating
Offensive breath
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Creeping chilliness
Alternately hot & cold, can’t
get comfortable
Worse at night, esp. when
warm in bed

Antimonium –Tart.
Loose, rattling cough
Chest feels full of mucus
Can’t raise the phlegm
Bubbling respiration
Patient has no strength
As if drowning in phlegm
Drowsy, sleepiness
Esp. in later stages of illness

Deep cough worse from
talking, laughing, cold air,
lying on left side
Chest feels heavy
Voice hoarse or lost
Burning sensations
Over sensitive to light,
odours, noise, touch
Thirsty for cold drinks

Note: This information is not intended to replace medical advice or care. Contact a health
professional if you need further medical or homeopathic support. The above remedies can be
obtained at health food shops, some chemists & specialist homeopathic pharmacies.

Version 1 - March 2020 Ian Watson

Monday, October 2, 2017

Homeopathy for the Home & Family Workshop in Slough

Here I am at Quaker House in Slough presenting the theory and practice of 'How to prescribe for the Home and Family' based upon homeopathic principle in byte size.

The aim was to in still confidence in mainly my own clients on how they could themselves prescribe for minor ailments and to familiarise them with the 'go to' remedies, those most often found in Homeopathic 1st Aid Kits.

The first part of the morning session was spent looking at the principles of homeopathy, it's laws, understanding the difference between acute and chronic symptoms and then moving on to what potency to use, plussing & succussion, how often to repeat and when - pretty much answering the usual frequently asked questions when faced with what to do when your homeopath isn't around.

We then moved on to look at the following remedies.
For symptoms that come on suddenly after exposure to a shock or cold windy conditions.  I call this the 'nip it in the bud' remedy!
No. 1 remedy for all accidents & traumas, where there is bruising or head injury.
And in a similar vein covering Arsenicum, Apis, Bryonia, Cantharis, Calendula, Hypericum, Hepar Sulph, Ignatia, Ruta & Silica

We also discussed the ABC childhood remedies i.e. Acontite, Belladonna and Chamomilla as well as how to build resilience and resistance naturally.

Next workshop will be on Managing through to Menopause, so watch this space.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Something to soothe the soul

According to Lakota lore, a long time ago, during a time of famine, a woman appeared, wearing white buffalo skin, and carrying a sacred pipe. She explained that the wooden stem was for the trees, and everything growing on earth, the red bowl symbolized the flesh and blood of all people, and the smoke was the breath of their prayers going to Wakan Tanka, the Creator. The woman showed the people the pipe ceremony, where offerings were made to the four directions, while drums were played, and sacred songs were sung. The people learned of the connection between the sky and the earth and the unity of all life. They learned that offering thanks to Wakan Tanka with the pipe would yield many blessings here on earth. Before leaving, the woman said that she would return when the time was ripe. Then she turned into a buffalo, changing colors several times. Finally, she changed into a white buffalo calf, and disappeared into the distance. The people followed her teachings and were hungry no more.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mary's Story by Jeremy Sherr

I've just returned from another four days immersed in delicious homeopathy in Sweden with Jeremy Sherr, a highly skilled master of our craft and shaman of our medicine, and with whom I feel truly blessed to be learning from. Below he talks about his work at his charity, Homeopathy for Health in Africa.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fasting for Health and Happiness!

For me, fasting is such an important spiritual and devotional practice and one that takes a warrior's will to embark upon and courage to endure. It somehow seems to halt a restless internal clock and allows for a reconnection with the more subtle energies. As the digestive system is given a well earned rest and opportunity to heal, the body softens, time becomes expansive and spacious, thoughts and actions more mindful and meditative and the breath, the source of all inspiration, becomes the prayer and mantra.

I've recently returned from a detox retreat with Sura Detox in the lushness of Devon, a treat to myself for my 50th birthday. http://www.suradetox.com/about.html  I've fasted in various different ways before but this was my first time with a group of people in a semi-structured setting and daily DIY colonics (yep!). Suffice to say the retreat was beautifully held by Dao and the team and as a group of twenty we worked very well together finding solace in each other when we needed to. There was release and discharge happening on all levels, as we cleansed our minds, emotions and spirit, as well as lightening up our bodies. I slept and dreamed deeply. I thought about food a lot! I treated myself to some great massage and bodywork to help me, and I read, played on my sitar and wrote in my journal. I relish such days as I am reminded how it is to be nourished without eating. Each day there were also inspiring talks, debates and discussions on nutrition, food and politics as well as gentle yoga and Tai Chi. I came and went as energy directed as I relaxed and surrendered to the flow that always guides me anyway when I'm wise enough to get out of my own way. Altogether, the experience was perfect!

Freedom from eating and being around food somehow peels away at the layers of routine and habit, exposing the rawness and reality that lie behind the safety cushion of fat and the masks behind which we hide from one another. Fasting enables one to journey into the shadow, to those places that otherwise feel too tender to touch. The more I could look, and be a silent witness, the lighter I felt and the less hungry I grew!

As a healer, I always feel more empowered and blessed after a fast.
I am re-booted!