Barbara Roberts, Homeopath

What is a Proving?

Homeopathy is not tested on animals. The information we have on our remedies can come from traditional uses and accidental poisonings, but largely comes from humans volunteering to take a remedy – these are called provings.  That is even the way that Hahnemann first tested his theory that like cures like, by taking a substance (China) himself and noting the effects it caused in high doses were the same that it treated in small doses.  Hahnemann, his friends, family and …

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Emergency remedies

It’s 5pm on a Friday night, your child has started vomiting and you have only one or two Arsenicum pilules left.  It’s a long weekend, your youngest has an ear infection, and you realise you forgot to replace the Chamomilla drops. You pull it out and there’s maybe one or two drops left in the bottom.  You’re away at a bach, and you left the Hypericum behind – but someone just crushed their fingers in a door and is screaming …

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Healing is Forgetting

When you first consult a Homeopath, the consultation is long and comprehensive. You talk about the things that are a problem for you now, including physical and mental emotional symptoms as well as your past. Your Homeopath prescribes a remedy, and you go on your way.  Sometimes it doesn’t really seem like anything has changed. This may even be a little frustrating, but you go along for your next appointment with your Homeopath.  You talk about what is happening in …

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Dr James Compton Burnett

On this day, 20 July 1840, James Compton Burnett was born in Redlynch, near Salisbury, England. Dr Compton Burnett was an allopathic doctor who trained in Vienna and Glasgow, and then completed his internship at a hospital and asylum in Glasgow. He was an amazing Homeopath who contributed much to the modality. It was during his internship that he was introduced to Homeopathy, after the death of an orphan who caught a cold, and then pleurisy. Dr Compton Burnett believed …

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Homotoxicology

Homotoxicology is another modality that sometimes gets confused with Homeopathy. Homotoxicology was developed by Dr Hans-Heinrich Reckewig in 1952. There are a few key people who developed the theories that are used in Homotoxicology: Claude Bernard, who looked at terrain therapy, that the body needs to have nutrient requirements met and also be able to eliminate toxins, and to do this be able to transport essential substances to and from the cell. Baron Carl von Rokitansky, who recognised that symptoms …

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Principles of Homeopathy

Principles of Homeopathy, and an Introduction to other modalities using Homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is a form of medicine that has been around for over two hundred years and has a few fundamental principles. Firstly, the Law of Similars- that like cures like, or the symptoms that a remedy can cause in a healthy person in high doses, can cure those same symptoms in one who is sick. As part of this our remedies are tested on healthy people, and information …

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Frequency and Repetition

When you are treating an acute condition homeopathically, it is common to see a suggestion of “one dose every 15 minutes for up to six doses” or something similar. This is often the way I write it on my labels. There’s a few reasons we say this. One is because repetition is important. If you give a single dose of a 30c and it doesn’t work it may just need another dose. Secondly there is a time frame, because in …

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Miasms and the 18 stages

Today is the last day of miasmatic theory, and it is different again. If you have been with me all along, thank you for reading. I have put hours of time and research into this, and they have taken me over 6 weeks to write. Louis Klein has two excellent books on Miasms and Nosodes that are a fantastic reference. He looks at the different microbes and discusses miasms, for which he has expanded on Sankaran’s 10 miasms in order …

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Miasms and the Sensation Method

Last Monday I wrote about miasmatic theory, and then each day discussed a different miasm- Psora, Sycosis, Syphilitic, Tubercular, Cancer and then the last two days some of the other Miasms that have been proposed. Today we are looking at Miasms in a slightly different light, and examining the work of the first of two Homeopaths who have taken miasmatic theory in two different directions. Come back tomorrow to conclude the series looking at Louis Klein’s work. Miasms and the …

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Other Miasms part 2

This is a continuation of yesterdays post, looking at other proposed miasms. Last week was a week long exploration of miasms, with Hahnemann’s original three, then the Tubercular and Cancer miasms, and yesterday a look at miasms that have been theorised for today- AIDS, Radiation or FARC. Today we are exploring some other postulated miasms and what those look like in terms of experience and disease. Over the week we have talked about Peter Fraser’s work quite a bit. His …

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Other Miasms part 1

The five miasms we have discussed this week are accepted by many Homeopaths around the world. However in more recent times there has been discussion about other miasms. Some of it is quite controversial, some Homeopaths believe that they fit in to the other five, or for traditionalists three, miasms. I’m not trying to convince you one way or the other, but present the information so you can have some understanding, and then use what fits into your world view. …

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Cancer

This week we are exploring Miasmatic theory, what Hahnemann called our predisposition to disease, and covers inherited patterns of illness. This is the fifth miasm, so make sure to check out the introductory post and those about Psora, Sycosis, Syphilitic and Tubercular miasms. The fifth miasm is Cancer. This post will discuss some of the wider metaphysical relations with cancer and other mental, emotional and physical aspects related to the cancer miasm. If you have not read the introductory post …

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Tubercular Miasm

This week we are exploring Miasmatic theory, what Hahnemann called our predisposition to disease, and covers inherited patterns of illness. This is the fourth miasm, so make sure to check out the introductory post and those about Psora, Sycosis and Syphilis. Today we are exploring the Tubercular miasm, which is not one of Hahnemann’s original three miasms, but was suggested by Dr Samuel Swan in the 1870s, and has been widely accepted since then. Some Homeopaths do see it differently …

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Syphilitic Miasm

This week we are exploring Miasmatic theory, what Hahnemann called our predisposition to disease, and covers inherited patterns of illness. This is the third miasm, so make sure to check out the introductory post and those about Psora and Sycosis. Before you read further, this post may be triggering as it has discussion about death and the cycle of life. This may be difficult to read if you or a loved one are in a degenerative disease state or palliative …

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Sycosis

This week we are exploring Miasmatic theory, what Hahnemann called our predisposition to disease, and covers inherited patterns of illness. This is the third post and second miasm, so check out the general explanation and yesterdays post on Psora to learn more. Sycosis is Hahnemann’s second miasm, and is from infection with Gonorrhoea, and the name of the nosode is Medorrhinum. You do not personally have to have been infected with gonorrhoea, or even in your parents or grandparents. It …

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Psora

This week we are exploring Miasmatic theory, what Hahnemann called our predisposition to disease, which covers inherited patterns of illness. Let’s start at the beginning. Hahnemann believed that 85% of disease originated with Psora, and is the foundation of human suffering. In fact that all disease that was not sexually transmitted had its roots in Psora. Psora, or “the itch” is the scabies mite and the nosode name is Psorinum. The scabies he refers to is also not what we …

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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 person’s health over a hundred years before genetics was considered in conventional medicine. He called this his Theory of Miasms, …

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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. I have never yet treated an ogre, but if I did I would apply the same methods to their treatment …

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Drug Overdose and Homeopathy

Drug overdose and homeopathy. This day, last year, my then 3 year old son found my husband’s sleeping tablets (which were hidden away inside several different bags in a drawer but he fossicked and found them). He took one Zopiclone 7.5mg tablet, by the time we realised we estimate 20 minutes had passed and he was very drowsy and drunk acting. At this point we rang the Poisons centre- 0800 POISONS (NZ). The woman there was fantastic with quick and …

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Combination remedies vs Classical Homeopathy

Classical Homeopathy is about finding that one single remedy that explains all your symptoms. It’s the thing that makes Homeopathy so hard to understand if you are new to the concept. It’s not a case of “you have a cold, take this remedy” like you find with conventional medicine, or herbal medicines. Instead we start to play a game of twenty questions. When all your symptoms, any possible cause, the way you are feeling mentally and emotionally and any other …

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Doctrine of Signatures

If you have been floating around the homeopathic or natural therapies world for a while you may have heard the term Doctrine of signatures. This is actually an ancient theory, dating back to Dioscorides, a Greek physician in the first century who wrote a Materia Medica that was used for over 1500 years. The theory behind this is that you look at the appearance of a substance and it will give you clues about what it will help heal. Sounds …

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Potency choice

Sometimes I get asked about potency and what you should be using. Generally, at home, use 30c. But if you want to know more, read on. First of all, what is potency? There are three scales of dilution used in Homeopathy- *decimal scale which is seen as 6X or 12D (in NZ we tend to use X not D which is more common in Europe). This means this has been diluted 1 in 10, six times for a 6X or …

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Homeopathy Basics

Some Homeopathy basics for those new to my page, or a refresher for those who have been around a bit longer. Homeopathy has been a vibrant and holistic system of medicine for over 200 years. It is also is a system of medicine that serves over 200 million people worldwide, half of these in India where many of them solely use Homeopathy. For those concerned with ethics, Homeopathy is not tested on animals. In fact this is a founding tenant …

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Obstacles to Cure

As part of every consultation, a Homeopath, or any Health Professional will look at maintaining causes and obstacles to cure. A really common one is diet. If someone has an intolerance to something and continues to eat it, they will get symptoms from that. If it is ongoing and unavoidable it is what we call a maintaining cause. Maintaining causes can be anything that causes ongoing stress, whether mental, emotional or physical. An obstacle to cure on the other hand …

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