Barbara Roberts, Homeopath

Prevention of Winter’s Respiratory Ailments

The weather has definitely cooled down so it is time to think about winter and preparing for the viruses that are more prevalent over this time.  It’s also flu vaccine season- I keep hearing ads for this, and there are other options if you want to support your immune system without a vaccine.  First of all, let’s talk about the fundamental building blocks for health and wellbeing: lifestyle, what we eat and how we treat our bodies.  *nutrition is the …

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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 has its own set of symptoms and affinities. They are prepared homeopathically to a 6x potency; at this low level …

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Low milk supply

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! There is plenty of scientific evidence these days showing the benefits of breastmilk. I’m not going to go into that further. Knowing that breastfeeding is good for your baby and wanting to breastfeed does not mean this will come easy. Breastfeeding is a skill and something you and your baby learn together- a second or subsequent child may have a different latch, different style of feeding, whether position or frequency and duration, and your feelings about …

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Tissue Salts

What are they and how to take them? Schuessler (pictured here) was a doctor in the late 19th century. To better understand human physiology he analysed the ash residue from people who were cremated. He concluded that there were 12 different tissue salts that make up the human body, and then spent further time researching to figure out what role each tissue salt played in the human body. The twelve salts are: * Calc Fluor- for Elasticity. This mineral is …

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Passiflora Incarnata

I have these beautiful flowers in my garden right now, so must be time for a Passiflora post. Passiflora incarnata is the Purple Passionflower. There are over 500 types of passionflower, many are vines but some are shrubs or trees. This one is the NZ garden variety passion fruit vine, so may be a slightly different species. Homeopathically, Passiflora is not widely used, and when given is prescribed in the “mother tincture”, so is actually herbal with a physical effect. …

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Travelling part 2 of 2

Yesterday I posted about my homeopathic kit for international travel. What else do I take with me while travelling? Vitamin C – usually the Sodium Ascorbate powder form but tablets are also easy and portable. Great for supporting the body with wound healing, infections and allergies. There is old research suggesting that it can reduce your risk of deep vein thrombosis, although this is controversial. (Spittle CR, lancet. July 28, 1973: 199–201.) Echinacea or Elderberry – you can take this …

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What Vitamin C is best?

I sometimes get asked this question, as I recommend Vitamin C for coughs, colds, and any infection. Vitamin C has been shown to be useful in sepsis, and may help with some cancers, as well as being under investigation for some chronic diseases. It is an essential co factor for many enzymatic pathways, and directly supports immune function stimulating the production and function of leukocytes (white blood cells). Most mammals can synthesise Vitamin C in their body, but humans are …

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