Barbara Roberts, Homeopath

Miasms

When you see a Homeopath for a full consultation you will be asked about your medical history, as well as your family history of illness and disease. We do this to get a picture of patterns of disease, and inherited tendency to disease. Samuel Hahnemann was a man well ahead of his time. He recognised that family history impacted a

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Schuessler’s Biochemic Cell Salts

Yesterday I posted about Dr Wilhelm Heinrich Schüßler, a Doctor and Homeopath from the 19th Century who developed his own Biochemic therapy. His theory was that by using the inorganic minerals that are needed by every cell in the body you could correct imbalances and prevent and treat disease. There are twelve Cell Salts (also called Tissue Salts) and each

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Wilhelm Heinrich Schüßler

On this day, 201 years ago Dr Wilhelm Heinrich Schüßler (often written in English as Schuessler) was born in Zeischenahn in Germany. While you may not know his name, you are more likely to know of his work and the products that are still used over nearly 150 years since he first published his paper on them – Schuessler’s tissue

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Aconite

Two weeks ago I wrote about Anxiety, and remedies that can be useful for anxiety including panic attacks. Today I want to talk more about Aconite, because it is so much more than a panic attack remedy, and is one remedy I don’t go on holiday without. When I first started studying homeopathy, I learnt the rhyme “Fear and fright,

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The Full Moon

Tonight is a full moon, a time that has long believed to have an effect on us. Many people, including health professionals, believe that there are flares of mental illness during the full moon, although studies have been inconclusive. Some people struggle to sleep during a full moon, and a study published in Sleep Medicine in 2014 showed that even

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Anxiety

A recent newspaper article highlighted another pharmaceutical shortage, Lorazepam. My Pharmacist colleagues have had a tough few years with shortages and rationing of various medication, and this one makes things no easier. With only two weeks supply of this anxiolytic in the country, anxious people may be even more anxious. Lorazepam is a Benzodiazepine, and works by enhancing the effect

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Layers part 2

As discussed yesterday, in the movie of the same name Shrek said “Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers… You get it? We both have layers.” Donkey points out the cakes also have layers. Yesterday I talked about Shrek’s onion, so today it is time for some cake. The picture attached to this post makes me cringe with the amount

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Layers

If you’re a fan of Shrek you will know that Ogres are like Onions: “Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers… You get it? We both have layers.” Donkey points out the cakes also have layers. So today I am writing about Shrek’s onion layers and how in Homeopathy we also liken treatment to peeling the layers on an onion.

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Outside the diagnosis box

In Homeopathy we look at symptoms and sensations, at how you specifically are experiencing something. For most people who grew up in a conventional medical way, or even using supplements and herbs in a naturopathic holistic manner, this is quite a different way of working. The Allopathic method has you with a diagnosis, and then there are a number of

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Carbo Veg

Carbo Vegetablis (usually just called Carbo Veg) is a remedy made from the charcoal of a beech tree. It is known as the corpse reviver – it has the reputation of bringing back patients who seem to be on their death bed. But like most homeopathic remedies it has a wider sphere of action and can be used for milder

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Homeopathy for the School Holidays

It’s the school holidays! I’m looking forward to spending some time with my kids, and no doubt at times there will be frustration on my part. So here are my top remedies for getting through the school holidays. Saccharum – for those days when there has been indulgence in sugar, and they are irritable and “quarrelsome”. They can be hyperactive

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Tela Araneae

I love spider webs at this time of year glistening with dew when you head out in the morning. Everything in nature can be used in Homeopathy, and even the spider web has been made into a remedy. Tela is used for anxiety with a high pulse rate that leaves you feeling unable to sleep. With a deep restlessness, even

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Gelsemium

Winter is here, and an essential remedy for this time of year is Gelsemium. Gelsemium is a remedy for the slow and gradual onset of colds or flu (or Covid-19). They may have a dry cough and runny nose, with a lot of sneezing. The nose feels dry and it is hard to breathe through. They have a dull headache,

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Te Whare Tapa Wha

I often find conventional medicine mechanistic- like a mechanic different parts of the body are looked at individually, and even mental health is often considered more on a physical level, giving antidepressants to change the physical brain chemistry. I don’t like looking at health and wellness in this manner, I prefer a more holistic approach to health, which is one

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Omicron Update

Currently we appear to be having another burst of Omicron, with people who escaped it the first instance coming down with Covid, and there have been a small number of re-infections. For this reason I am reposting this treatment of Omicron, which I have updated with a few other remedies that I have been finding useful. Omicron has a long

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Hermione Granger, S.P.E.W., and Causticum

I’m reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at the moment with my daughter. It’s possibly my favourite Harry Potter book, adding so many facets to the wizarding world introduced in the earlier books. In the book Hermione gets extremely upset about the treatment of House Elves, who are bound to the service of a wizard family, and starts

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Monkeypox

Things have started to calm down on the media MonkeyPox front, but here are my homeopathic musings. Monkeypox is an orthopoxvirus which is the same family as smallpox – however this does not mean that it is as virulent or dangerous as smallpox; cowpox is another orthopoxvirus which can be passed onto humans and was used as the first type

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Grief

This post is a personal one, and written in loving memory of my Nana who passed away on April 30th. Loss of a loved one (or job, opportunity or other loss) can cause a wide range of feelings, that all fall under the umbrella term grief. For some it is feelings of numbness, there can be deep sorrow and sadness,

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Belladonna

Also known as Deadly Nightshade, Belladonna -“beautiful woman”- gets its name because it was used to make the pupils of women dilate, which was considered attractive in Renaissance Italy. It is an incredibly deadly plant, eating a few berries is enough to kill a child, but ingesting any can cause flushing of the face, dry mouth, lack of sweating, blurred

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My experiences with Homeopathy for World Homeopathy Awareness week.

Day six: travel sickness My oldest has always had motion sickness in the car. As a toddler she improved marginally once turned to forward facing, but any long distance trip would have her vomiting. At its worst point she could not travel for more than 20 minutes in a constantly moving car, even if straight and flat (like the Auckland

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My experiences with Homeopathy for World Homeopathy Awareness week.

Day five: whooping cough When my youngest was three weeks old, my middle child contracted whooping cough. She had a slight cold, got better, and then developed this cough. I was using all the normal cough and cold supplements and remedies, until it dawned on me that this cough was too persistent. These days most children don’t get the “whooping”

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My experiences with Homeopathy for World Homeopathy Awareness Week

Day two: recurrent ear infections. When my eldest was born I had just about finished my foundation year at the Bay of Plenty College of Homeopathy. I only intended to do that one year when I enrolled, but then I was on maternity leave, and loving the learning and the different health paradigm that I enrolled for year 2 and

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