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There are many reasons why I love my job and since I have used a unique healing modality combining Counselling, Homeopathy and Coaching, I have enjoyed the results even more. Here are 6 reasons why you should consider coming to me for your Counselling, Coaching and Homeopathy.
- Experience Brings Wisdom
Life is about trial and error. If we don’t make mistakes we tend to learn less; and I can safely say I have made prescribing errors in my time as a Homeopath (as have my patients in NOT following their dosage instructions!). I have been a Homeopath for 13 years now and have been using my counselling skills for all of that time completing my qualification in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy a few years back. In this time I have treated all ages, men, women, children, families, couples; with varied physical and or emotional ailments; and have tried and tested different ways of working for the most effective results for my clients. Human beings are both complex and exquisite in their design, and the road to healing is sometimes the road less traveled. Therefore, as a practitioner, I need to be inherently flexible to each new client and their needs, and determine as we move into a therapeutic relationship, what road they are on and how I can make that journey both worthwhile and most importantly, assist them in reaching their desired destination of better health.
- My International Client Base
Diversity breeds new ideas and new ways of working. At any one time I can be consulting individuals, families and couples in my Rose Bay, Sydney clinic; whilst also managing and treating overseas clients all around the world. I have treated people in Bali, Hong Kong, Singapore, The UK, Canada, Japan, the USA, Turkey, France, Switzerland to name a few places. This occurs for several reasons. Firstly I am set up for overseas work with skype, automated systems and an online booking system so all my clients can easily send forms, book in and communicate with me. Secondly, I have some specialities as I work with children on the autistic spectrum as well as people with chronic ailments and conditions that I have had great success in treating effectively. I believe there is no such thing as an un-treatable condition there are only un-treatable people, and once a chronic ill health sufferer starts to see their condition as something to do with them, then they are ready to begin to heal. I really enjoy facilitating this deep shift in thinking and the results can be astounding. Thirdly, in my own experience as a cancer patient at 17/18 I get the experience where “nothing has worked”. My aim is to make the road to recovery possible and to smooth out some of the road bumps that recovery often entails.
- I am a Facilitator of Your Wellnesss
Since finally qualifying as a Holistic Counsellor, I have found that when I treat chronic health issues with a combination of Homeopathy, Counselling and Coaching, the healing that occurs is often profound and significant. Often the spiritual or personal journey of the client comes to the fore as the physical complaint recedes. It can be very rewarding work for both the client (as they get better) and myself (as they get better 🙂 ); and I am often humbled by the amazing moments of clarity and healing that occur. It seems the Homeopathic medicines not only cure ailments but also open someone up for larger and greater possibilities; and the counselling seems to cement realisations and convert new concepts and ideas to concrete actualities.
- Wellness Packages and Discounts
I understand that healing from chronic complaints can sometimes be expensive and realise that there are the practical realities of income, and budget restraints. So I try and assist my clients by providing multi session packages with 10-20% discounts. This helps my clients afford the best care that they both desire and deserve. I also provide a 90 minute combined session of Homeopathy and Counselling as a follow up which has a massive reduction of $70!! Find all my pricing here.
- Support For Families:
If you are a current client phone consults are available to you. This means that when you or your child is sick at home you can call me, get a prescription over the phone and use your comprehensive Homeopathic kit that you have purchased in advance from me to self dose with Homeopathic Medicines. This means as Simone Denny from The Nourishing Hub found out recently, prevents antibiotics being needed for sick kids and means that you feel supported in your choice of natural medicine whilst supporting your child’s immune system.
- Online Learning
Being empowered around health is important to me, so I have designed an online Homeopathic and Natural Healing course for families to learn how to treat themselves with Homeopathic medicines for First aid, Cough, Colds and Flu as well as Digestive issues and Fevers. The course is easy, you can learn in your own time, and refer back to the teaching videos whenever you need to; and feel very confident that you know what to prescribe for your child or yourself. You can see for yourself the amazing effects that Homeopathy can achieve.
If you are a past or current client , thank you for being part of my road less traveled and for allowing me to be part of yours. Long may we continue to grow alongside one another!
As a homeopath running a busy Family Homeopathy clinic in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, I need to regularly sit back and take stock of what is coming through my clinic door most often in terms of ailments. It seems that over the last decade, the nature of repetitive upper respiratory infections has changed and all too often, I see a family recycling coughs and colds and not being able to shake them. These clients are usually one of two types:
- The Bemused Home Prescribers: Firstly they are homeopathic home prescribing ‘experts’ with a kit at home and have tried several acute home prescriptions and not had their usual success.
- The Desperate Stuck on the Antibiotic Train: They are new to homeopathy, have tried their GP’s advice with no luck, and have heard that Homeopathy is the way to get off the antibiotic train where their child goes from one infection to another with many courses of antibiotics and it never seems to stop.
So How Can Homeopathy (and I) Help?
If we take the first group of Home Prescribers, I encourage my regular clients to build their home knowledge of how to use Homeopathy successfully at home. If you give a well prescribed Homeopathic medicine at the onset of an acute infection such as a cough or cold, you will find that it either heals, or comes mildly for a few days with no time off school. This is such a bonus for parents as they have the peace of mind that they are supporting their child’s immune system; as well as helping them get well fast. They also have the peace of mind that they will not be looking for childcare alternatives, or taking time off work, which becomes such a difficult dynamic for working parents.
I support this learning in several ways. Firstly when the parents come for treatment for their children I tend to offer clear explanations of how Homeopathic medicines work, and how they are being prescribed. If they show interest in learning, I teach them as I treat their children by sharing explanations and tips as we go. As they get used to using Homeopathic medicines, I suggest they get a comprehensive and compact Homeopathic kit so they can have 36 remedies in their home, at their fingertips. I offer acute phone consults so they can see what options they have from their kit when an illness occurs, so they can get their hand held when learning to select medicines. And lastly, I teach them via online videos, how to prescribe for a whole range of family ailments from my Easy Family Online Homeopathic Course. This course is in four modules and you learn at your own pace with no marking or assignments. It covers:
- Homeopathic Background and how to treat fevers
- Coughs, Colds and Influenza
- Homeopathic First Aid
- Gastric Grumbles and Tummy Troubles
I also offer a First Aid E-Guide which is a low cost way into the basics of Homeopathy and teaches you how to prescribe for all those first aid situations you may encounter as a parent.
Stuck on the Antibiotic Train?
These are a group that need some extra help. The over use or repeated use of antibiotics has caused a depression in immune function. Often this is due to the gut biome which has been compromised by the drugs killing off the important bacteria that actually play a huge role in fighting infection. When I prescribe a constitutional Homeopathic medicine in this situation, the immune system of the child gets a huge boost, and then we have to walk a homeopathic line through the next acute infection to ensure the whole cycle does not start again. This means that when the next acute infection is encountered, we work together to use Family Homeopathy Medicines so that antibiotics do not get used and the immune system has a chance to practice what is good at again – fighting infections.
If you need extra help with your family’s health; or you are interested in finding easy ways to learn how to use natural medicines such as Homeopathics yourself, feel free to get in touch with me or come and see me.
For those who suffer from them, hives can be a real pain, Hives are raised, red, itchy welts that appear suddenly on the skin, usually lasting 2-4 hours, only to reappear somewhere else. Correctly known as Urticaria, occasionally hives can persist and become chronic. Fortunately Homeopathy can treat it effectively so if you suffer from hives read on…
Causes for Hives:
There are many potential causes for hives and sometimes the cause is simple and easy to eliminate. When the cause is stress related, as a Homeopath I work closely with my client to change their emotional, psychological and physiological reactions to stress increasing their resilience. Here is an comprehensive but not exhaustive list of potential causes:
- medication – such as antibiotics, aspirin and codeine
- some food additives
- infections – including bacterial, viral or parasitic
- certain underlying conditions – such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rubella and hepatitis
- emotional stress
- contact with plants or animals
- sunshine and heat
- cold temperatures
- exercise and sweating
- bee and wasp stings
What is Actually Happening in my skin?
The reason hives appear is mainly due to a release of histamine from cells called mast cells. This brings blood to the area hence the redness and causes intense itching. Unfortunately scratching the itch will increase histamine release, so if you can, refrain from scratching. Although Homeopathic medicines can treat the hives very effectively, if you are a frequent sufferer it will be important to make an appointment with your Homeopath, Naturopath, or doctor to determine the underlying cause. Once this cause has been identified and eliminated then the chronic sufferers of hives can really relax.
Homeopathic Hives Medicines
There are many different medicines for hives and this is by no means an exhaustive list but here are several homeopathic medicines to try if you have an acute attack.
Histaminum: My favourite has to be homeopathic Histaminum. This medicine can only be obtained through a specialist homeopathic pharmacy or from your homeopath, but it can work rapid wonders if you suddenly get an attack of acute hives. It’s also brilliant for hay fever sufferers who have not yet been on my hay fever desensitization treatment.
Apis Mellifica : This remedy is for swollen, red attacks of hives with stinging and burning pain which is worse at night. The welts are painful and tender and there is some heat in the skin.
Arsenicum Alb: There is burning pain and restlessness and this medicine is particularly relevant if the hives have occurred from eating shellfish. The patient will be anxious and restless.
Bovista: This is the medicine for hives all over the body. There will be a burning sensation and intense itching not relieved by scratching. The pain will be worse at night.
Urtica Urens: This is for hives with burning, itching with specific pain points. The rash will be pale and less red than with some other hives and the patient will have a desire to constantly rub the affected area. The hives will be better for lying down and worse on rising.
What to do if you get hives:
There are several topical things you can do that are natural:
Cool Compress: Applying cool compresses will help on the affected area although avoid iced water as this can make it worse.
Oatmeal: Use your blender to create oatmeal from rolled oats. Add a cupful to a cool/warm bath as this will help soothe the itching.
Pineapple: The natural enzyme in Pineapple called Bromelain sometimes helps. You can apply pineapple directly to the skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Dip cotton wool balls in vinegar diluted in cool water and apply directly to your skin.
Bicarbonate of Soda: Dissolve a teaspoon of bicarb powder in a glass of water and apply directly to the skin with cotton wool balls.
It’s very important to identify your trigger as treating the acute hives attacks will not stop them occurring. If you want to determine why you get hives book an appointment with me and let’s determine your triggers and how to avoid them so you can have a hives free life!
Homeopathic medicines for first aid for your travel kit
Using homeopathy for various types of problems, it was a surprise to me to discover that homeopathic remedies are great for emergencies, such as falls, burns, bruises, shocks, bumps, and others.
Unfortunately, when I got hit on the head by a wind-surf mast, I didn’t know that a homeopathic remedy (in that case Arnica) would have helped heal my emotional shock, and the injury. Despite being seen by a doctor at the hotel who ensured that everything was fine, the bad feeling that remained could have been eliminated with Arnica.
It was great to discover that Pulsatilla is good for pains that change place, which reminds me of a trip to India many years ago. My friend Lili began to feel a pain that changed place. All that I could do was a massage and I joked with her that in fact she wanted a complete massage, because the pain went from the back to the leg, then to the stomach and so on. At that time I already used homeopathy, but I didn’t know about its importance as a first aid remedy.
Pain worse by movement
On last winter, a friend injured a nerve in his shoulder, shoveling snow from the sidewalk. The pain was intense and got worse at the slightest movement. He took Bryonia and improvement was rapid and definitive.
I cut a finger and it bled so much that I got scared and went into shock. It was literally “shocking” because that had never happened to me. Fortunately I could tell my husband to give me four globules of Arnica. It took only a few seconds to stop the shaking and calm me down.
When a consultation with an Homeopath is necessary
- When you have a chronic condition
- When you take a first aid remedy and don’t ameliorate in up to three days
- If you have recurrent diseases and need help to choose the best first aid remedies
So let’s go to the list. It certainly does not cover all possibilities, but it will be of great help in an emergency, when you’re in the woods, in some distant country, on an airplane or even in car accident near, in the city.
Arnica is the homeopathic remedy for accidents when the person is in a state of terror, and for any kind of shock and sudden fright. It is very good to be taken at the moment of the event, but also for events that happened in the past (when the sensation of fear remains).
Arnica prevents or reduces bruising, and is indicated for blows to the head. It is very helpful when all body is painful from excessive exertion. It is also good to use during one to two weeks before surgery, continuing for about two weeks after, to prevent or diminish hematomas.
For poisoning with vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. For Anxiety, fear, and shortness of breath caused by anxiety.
For severe pains from injury, made worse by movement. When the nerve hurts deep inside. For pains from hard work.
Promotes a good cicatrization, and prevents scars and keloids. It also helps to take away the pain of cuts, and it is good for insect bites and sunburns.
For bruises in areas rich in nerves. For crushed fingers, cuts to the tongue and genitals.
For sudden collapse in which the person becomes pale, cold and thinks they are going to die. There may be cold sweating, nausea, and cramps.
Dose and potency
For general purposes 30CH potency is a good choice. Take 4 pellets under the tongue for adults and 2 for children, twice to four times per day.
When you are a 100% better stop the homeopathic medicine.
Care with your homeopathic medicines
Make your kit and whenever you travel take it with you. Put the remedies in a transparent bag, so that in airports you can request that security leave them out of the X-ray machine.
Don’t let your homeopathic remedies near camphor and heat. Make sure they are out of reach of children.
For more details and more remedies see the booklet:
Homeopathic Remedies to Keep at Hand
This post is for educational purposes only, and it is not intended to replace medical treatment.
Maria Alves, DCHM, HOM
#15222 – College of Homeopaths of Ontario, Canada
For in-person consultations in Toronto and Durham Area, please call 289-892-3011 or send an e-mail. Remote consultations over Skype available.
Homeopathic remedies, such as Arnica montana, are wonderful for first aid and some emergency situations. In severe instances you should seek medical help/hospital immediately, but in less serious cases the homeopathic remedy can bring excellent and fast results.
Even in severe cases, while waiting for the arrival of the doctor or on the way to the hospital, homeopathic remedies can be given, which many times bring quick amelioration.
For chronic diseases, self-medication with Homeopathy is not recommended. More serious or long lasting problems need to be repertorized by an expert in homeopathy to avoid the risk of choosing the wrong remedy.
Arnica montana is native to the mountains of Europe and Siberia, and cultivated in North America. Arnica’s medicinal properties has been known for centuries. They come from various active ingredients that have anti-inflammatory properties.
Arnica montana external use
The main external use of Arnica montana in the form of cream or ointment, is for contusions, bruises, sprains, muscle pain, joints pain, superficial phlebitis and insect bites. Never use it on open wounds or any opening in the skin.
Arnica montana internal use
Internally, homeopathic Arnica helps the body heal wounds and clear bruises (dark or blue stains due to a diffused infiltration of blood in the subcutaneous tissue). For families with children, it is of great help to have it at hand. It helps when the whole body aches from too much physical work, and pain from bruises in general.
Arnica montana for Prevention
Arnica is used worldwide to prevent bruising resulting from cosmetic surgery.
Arnica montana for emotional frights and shocks
Arnica is the number one remedy for shocks and sudden fears. In a situation of emotional trauma, as for example in a car crash, Arnica will bring balance, dissipating the shock.
Internally Arnica montana should only be taken in homeopathic way, which is a very small and diluted dose, as it is toxic in raw doses.
In case of shock, take 1 globule of Arnica 200CH. Repeat later, if necessary.
As a preventive for plastic surgery, doctors usually indicate Arnica 4D, to be taken 3 times a day (4 pellets each time), starting two weeks before surgery, and taking a week thereafter. Ask your doctor about the dose and frequency that are ideal for your case.
Take Arnica 6CH, 12CH or 30CH until the skin is clear. Use the Arnica cream three times per day.
Bruises and muscular injury
Take Arnica 30CH for up to 2 weeks. If you don’t feel amelioration after the first doses, look for help to find the correct remedy.
How to take the homeopathic remedy
Place the pellet(s) under the tongue directly from the vial lid (do not come into direct contact with them), and allow them to dissolve slowly. If necessary, dilute them in a little water and keep it into the mouth for 10 seconds, before swallowing.
Avoid coffee, toothpaste or even food 10 minutes before and after taking your homeopathic remedy.
If you are giving it to babies or for people unable to put the pellets under the tongue, just dissolve the pellets in a tablespoon of water and give it with a teaspoon or syringe. The same goes for animals.
This information has only educational purposes and is not intended to treat any diseases, or replace medical treatment.
Maria Alves, DCHM, HOM
#15222 – College of Homeopaths of Ontario, Canada
For in-person consultations in Toronto and Durham Area, please call 289-892-3011 or send an e-mail. Remote consultations over Skype available, for chronic an acute cases.