Oct 142017

Autoimmune diseases are a class of diseases where a person’s own immune system starts working against him. In most cases, the disorder is based on a miss-classification by the immune system of healthy cells as something foreign, resulting in the body’s defense mechanisms attacking those healthy cells. Some examples of auto-immune conditions are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Celiac Disease, Sarcoidosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Sarcoidosis, Type 1 Diabetes, Psoriasis and Alopecia Areata. Western medication typically tackles the symptoms of these diseases by prescribing a class of drugs which are called immunosuppressants (named so for their suppressive action on the immune response which is attacking the healthy cells). This often results in lowered vitality, poor energy, a compromised lifestyle, and a host of side effects that come from taking substances that are designed to fight against one’s own immune system.

Homeopathy on the other hand works in harmony with the body’s own defense mechanisms, and hence is a very effective system of healing for such conditions. It works by correcting the subtle energetic imbalance which has resulted in the immune system having a deranged view towards healthy tissues/cells. Once the deep seated energetic imbalance has been corrected by the indicated homeopathic remedy, the immune response reaches a state of homeostasis, and a healthy state follows. 

This topic happens to be very close to my heart because of my own journey out of auto-immune disease in 2006 through the use of homeopathy. That miraculous recovery is what inspired me to pursue this beautiful system of healing as a passion. When I was diagnosed after months of fevers, coughs, weight-loss, and serious eye inflammations, I was given a lifelong dependence on corticosteroids as the only viable option by western medicine. Thankfully, I had access to an excellent homeopath at that time, who was able to achieve a complete resolution of my disease in a few months without any dependence on western medication. Today, 11 years on, I have not had a single relapse of that auto-immune condition. Subsequently, I have helped numerous patients with auto-immune conditions through homeopathy, and the results from the precise use of the indicated homeopathic remedy have always been quite profound in my own experience.

Getting into the technicalities a bit, the remedies indicated for auto-immune conditions usually belong to the deep acting family with strong anti-miasmatic properties. In particular, sycotic, syphilitic and tubercular remedies shine in such conditions. In the cases I have successfully handled, an auto-immune condition has always co-incided with the presence of something more than just a psoric miasm in my experience. The exact remedy choice will as always depend on the active miasm (the root cause of the chronic derangement of the immune system), as well as the totality of symptoms being portrayed by the patient. It needs a high degree of skill on the part of the homeooath to treat such cases, as often, there can be a series of remedies needed to reach complete cure.

To conclude,  I cannot recommend homeopathy highly enough for auto-immune conditions, as it can provide not only symptomatic relief in a gentle, natural and non-toxic manner, but also a permanent resolution of the condition without a life-long dependence on strong medications.

Click for detailed story

Oct 062017

In today’s stressful times, infertility (an inability to conceive successfully) is becoming more and more prevalent. On top of it, because of the stigma associated with it, despite of the paramount importance in parents trying to conceive, it usually is a taboo topic where people find it difficult to seek help. The cause is often extremely difficult to determine and western medication tends to throw the kitchen sink at this problem through hormonal treatments, fertility drugs and a lot of assisted reproduction techniques designed to fertilize the egg in some way. The results are often mixed bag from these methods and the side effects of these treatments are sometimes very severe for the parents and the potential fetus.

How does homeopathy view this topic? To be fertile and having a healthy ability to reproduce is an important function of every living organism. The problem can be on father’s side or the mother’s side but an inability to reproduce according to homeopathy is indicative of a subtle energetic disturbance in the person’s vital energy which results in the reproductive functions getting disturbed thereby resulting in improper results in the efforts to conceive. Often, I see patients in my practice where the patient comes and sees me for some other chronic complaint, and it gets revealed that the patient along with his/her partner has also been unsuccessfully trying to conceive for an year or two. I have seen very often that under the right homeopathic remedy, not only does the chief complaint resolve, but a successful conception/pregnancy is also achieved. Again, due to the taboo nature of infertility in our society, most of these cases are where I accidentally come up against the infertility problem while I am seeing patients for other complaints. Many of these cases also have some other deep seated problem on the mental or physical planes, thereby confirming the homeopathic view of infertility being a systemic problem requiring a holistic view rather than through a tunnel vision of reproductive health alone.

Let us hope that more and more people are able to seek help for this tough problem, and as a society we rise above our social prejudices, removing the stigma associated with this problem, and are able to view it just like any other chronic systemic complaint. Homeopathic remedies can be a very powerful tool for parents who are not able to conceive successfully as these remedies correct the subtle energetic disturbances which are at the root cause of the problem, and at the same time also correcting any mental stress/anxiety around this problem, leading to healthier relationships between couples, paving the way for healthy functioning of hormonal and reproductive systems.

There are a lot of remedies which can be indicated for this condition, and the choice depends on a lot of factors. It need a careful analysis by a competent homeopath.

The best illustration of this in an 1881 case by HC Allen (the case below taken from reference [1])

A case of infertility cured by homeopathy in 1881 in the words of HC Allen. My annotations are in green below.
G. R., aged forty-five, light brunette, married ten years, general appearance healthy.
For six years has had no discharge of semen during coitus (Coitus means sexual intercourse). Occasionally nocturnal emissions.
Erections usually weak, give out during coitus.
Burning in perineum, worse after going to bed, and when thinking of it. Drawing pains in testicles, with sensation of weakness of genitals. Occasionally itching, dry eruptions in crotch and inner upper surface of thighs and anus.
With the sensation of weakness of genitals his eyes feel weak. Very sensitive to cold and changes of atmosphere.
Takes cold easily, usually affecting nose and throat first with dryness, then with watery catarrh and sneezing, or he has aching pains in different parts of the body and limbs, changing location frequently.
Twenty years ago had African fever.
Never had gonorrhea, syphilis, or other eruptions than those mentioned above.
All other functions normal.
While on a visit to Philadelphia he applied to Dr. Lippe, (Read more about Adolph Lippe) at my advice Dr. Lippe wrote me the following letter :
I find that your patient had diphtheria about ten years ago, and was treated with inappropriate mercurials and gargles by Dr. -.
The character of the attack was that it went from one side to the other and finally back again to the original side. Great weakness, almost paralytic, followed the attack, and he thinks he has never regained his full vigor and usual strength since this illness. His acute cold has always the character of shifting pains and change of location. I have given him a dose of Lac can. Cm.., (This means a remedy named Lac Caninum in 100M potency; Lac Caninum is potentized milk of dog) which may be required to be followed by a dose of Pulsatilla.”
Suffice it to say that my patient never needed the suggested dose of Pulsatilla. (The patient got better on the single dose of Lac Caninum, and never needed the second medicine)
In three months after his visit to Philadelphia his wife was pregnant. She has since borne two remarkably healthy children.
As far as we know Lac can. has no sexual weakness. That fact disturbed Dr. Lippe very little in his selection. He looked deeper and found the cause and the remedy. This is true homeopathic pathology. All the knowledge in the world of the special pathology of this case could not have revealed the remedy to any one. To the homeopathic artist, however, it was revealed, and a man regained his manhood and became the father of two children, after ten years of impotence.

[1] http://www.homeoint.org/seror/nosodes/laccaninum.htm

Click for detailed story

Sep 232017

Wikipedia[1] says that Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly studied and diagnosed mental disorder in children and adolescents. According to western medication, the cause of this disorder is unknown despite of the high amount of research studies on it. Typically, the symptoms appear in young children (<12 years of age) and are characterized by an inability to pay attention in certain situations hampering proper functioning/performance, excessive activity or restlessness, and also a difficulty in controlling one’s behavior according to expected social norms. Stimulant medications (e.g., Ritalin) which are the choice of western medication for this condition come with a long list of proven and sometimes unknown side effects. 

According to homeopathy though, the cause of ADHD is well understood, and it lies in the genetic taint or the ‘miasm’ in the organism which has been acquired over generations giving rise to the predisposition to develop this condition. Since homeopathy always attempts to remove that root cause which is at the heart of such disorders, it offers a great way to have a profoundly positive impact on the state of children and adults with ADHD in a gentle and natural way. 

Some of the commonly used remedies for ADHD include Tuberculinum, Tarentula, Phosphorus, Veratrum Album, Medorrhinum, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Sulphur, Carcinosin, Agaricus, Stramonium and Hyoscyamus. In some cases, other remedies may also be required. The exact choice among these depends on the totality of symptoms being portrayed by the patient. Of key importance as always are strange, rare and peculiar symptoms (symptoms which are not typical of every ADHD case, but are strange enough to characterize that particular case of ADHD to give us a clue about the remedy choice). Self-prescribing for this condition is however not recommended, as it requires careful case management, dosing plans and often a series of remedies  prescribed by a competent homeopath to find a path to full recovery.

In my homeopathy practice, I often see children with ADHD make giant leaps towards healthy functioning and achieving freedom from all the limitations that it can often bring. I cannot recommend homeopathy strongly enough for children with such a condition as the treatment can often have such long-term benefits, that it can alter the life trajectory of such children in a very positive direction, doing so in a completely non-toxic way.

To conclude, I would like to say that homeopathy can be a great boon to parents who have children with ADHD, and can offer long term resolution of this deep-seated complaint in a gentle, permanent and often rapid manner.

[1] ​https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorder

Click for detailed story

Sep 122017



I gets calls from several people when they develop fevers. Since homeopathy is individualized, the question always on the mind of the patient is “Which remedy to take in the fever?”. While the list is not exhaustive by any means, I have tried here to list the 6 most commonly used homeopathic remedies for fevers, and their key indications. You can use this infographic to self-treat minor fevers at home. As always, if it is something more complicated talk to your homeopath.

Click for detailed story

May 052016

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.

  1. Experience Brings Wisdom
    Easy_Online_CoursesLife 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 36 Homeopqathic medicines on one kit!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. 
  6. 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!

Sam Adkins
My name is Sam Adkins, known also as The Homeopathic Coach. I have been working as a Homeopath since 2003 in both Australia, the UK and internationally via skype. I am also a qualified and experienced holistic counsellor using a Process Oriented Psychology approach. I like to combine both these skill sets to facilitate greater balance, wellness and happiness for my clients.

Click for detailed story

Nov 162015

Homeopathy season changes

Every new season our bodies suffer stress to adapt to new weather conditions, and fortunately, homeopathy can help. The change itself is not a big problem if we are strong and our energy levels are up. But if during these times we feel sadness, anger or disappointment, it lowers our immunity and a cold or flu can take us by surprise.

Among many homeopathic remedies for these conditions I would like to share a very good one, especially for the beginning of the influenza process. It is able to bring a great improvement by preventing the cold from turning into a more serious condition.

Allium Cepa


  • Allium cepa homeopathic medicine is suitable for the beginning of colds with watery coryza. The typical secretions of Allium Cepa is a coryza and lacrimation which are burning and watery. Nose, throat,larynx and bronchi are affected.
  • Allium Cepa homeopathic remedy is indicated for seasonal changes that come with cold and wind, for flu and colds caused by sudden chills and cold drafts. A peculiar characteristic of this remedy is that the person becomes worse not only when exposed to cold temperatures, but also in a warm room.


Suggested potency: 6CH, 12CH or 30CH, 3 pellets every 2 hours up to four times daily, for a maximum of 2 days.  When taking homeopathy, if the symptoms persist after 2 days, a professional evaluation is necessary. It is important to increase the time between doses and stop taking it as you feel improvement. When complete cure is achieved, stop taking the remedy altogether.

Important: if the flu or cold have different characteristics from the ones mentioned above, the remedy indicated is not Allium cepa, and another remedy should be found, according to the symptoms presented.

Under the tongue

The pellets should be put under the tongue, directly from the vial, and allowed to dissolve slowly. Do not touch them. If necessary you can dissolve them in a little water to facilitate it’s administration.


If it is liquid, you can put the drops directly under the tongue, or dissolve the drops in one tablespoon of water, and hold it for 10 seconds before swallowing.

Find more information about first aid remedies in the e-book “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
Registered Homeopath
#15222 – College of Homeopaths of Ontario, Canada
Classical Homeopathy
For in-person consultations in Toronto and Durham Area, please call 289-892-3011 or send an e-mail. Remote consultations over Skype available.

Click for detailed story

Sep 172015

homeopathy for children

Back to school can be a challenging time for children, leading to physical and emotional ailments which can be treated with homeopathy. This moment of enthusiasm also brings stress, and with it some diseases when the child somatises emotions.

When that happens, a homeopathic remedy can help because it acts in the body and emotions, allowing the child to release feelings that would otherwise show up as physical symptoms.


Low Immunity

For example, children who already have a low immune system are very likely to catch diseases caused by viruses. Anxiety from separating from the mother can cause breathing problems and asthma. Facing bullies can be even more difficult if the child is shy or has low self-esteem.

Usually these problems are transient and are a part of life, but homeopathic medicines can be of great help, especially if the child already is predisposed to having certain kinds of diseases. In those cases a constitutional remedy would help improve health as a whole.

It is very important that constitutional weaknesses be addressed during childhood, when the life force is very strong and responds quickly to homeopathy. Being highly dynamic (by the process of dynamization/potentization) homeopathic remedies easily penetrate the cells, supplying the nutrients they need, and stimulating the life force to achieve self-balance.

Mineral Deficiency

For example, if the child has signs of calcium deficiency (slow development, delayed or slow dentition, late walking or talking) taking supplements of this mineral is often not effective. If the child’s problem is difficulty to absorb calcium, it is unlikely that the supplement will be absorbed as well. But when taking calcium in potentized form, a positive response is very fast.

Forgetting to Drink Water

homeopathy for children

Another point to which parents should be aware of is the fact that in some schools teachers do not pay attention to the amount of water that children take, and they return home with their water and juice intact. Many children also avoid drinking in order not to go to the bathroom because it is dirty. Suppressing the natural movements of the bowels and bladder can lead to serious consequences, and it is up to the parents to demand that schools have better hygiene conditions.

Stress Signs

Signs of stress and tension can be identified in the child’s attitudes and conduct, such as nail biting, aggressive or passive behaviour, and trying to avoid certain people or places.

Take advantage of special discounts for children and teenagers

This information has only educational purposes and is not intended to treat any diseases, or replace medical treatment.

Maria Alves, DCHM, HOM
Registered Homeopath

  • Personal appointment in Toronto, or by Skype in Portuguese, English and French
  • I offer two free returns within 30 days of the initial consultation
  • First homeopathic consultation 90 minutes
  • Follow-ups 30 minutes
  • Skype consultation for acute cases – 20 minutes

Click for detailed story