Stockport homeopath Jeanette Blackwell has been busy helping patients get over flu this winter as GP surgeries across the country gear up in case of a pandemic.
This winter has seen an increase in cases of flu and respiratory infections, and homeopaths have been among those on the frontline, helping people who prefer an “alternative” approach.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on treating the individual with highly diluted substances given in mainly tablet form, which triggers the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to the patient.
Jeanette Blackwell, who is based at The Cenacle Treatment Centre said: “This system of medicine is suitable for all ages, including babies and the elderly, as it is non-toxic.”
Flu is a viral infection that's most common during the winter months. It has a sudden onset of symptoms, which include fever, sore throat and muscle aches.
Jeanette Blackwell is registered with The Society of Homeopaths, has satisfied The Society’s educational and professional requirements, and has signed up to a strict Code of Ethics and Practice.
Homeopathic medicines, known as remedies, can be used at home in acute conditions, but recurrent viral infections should been seen by a professional homeopath* as there may be an underlying imbalance causing the problem.
Remedies which might be helpful include:
Gelsemium: the number one flu remedy, with symptoms slow to come on, where there is much heaviness and drooping, fatigue, clammy skin, flushes of hot and cold, dizziness and congestion.
Bryonia: the symptoms are slow to come on, there is much dryness and pains are worse from even the slightest movement. Firm pressure on the affected area is helpful. They are irritable and want to be left alone. Children may reject what they just asked for.
Belladonna: indicated where the symptoms have come on suddenly and there is heat, throbbing and pain, with great irritability, and symptoms worse from jarring.
Rhus tox: slow onset with high temperature and great restlessness, constantly changing position, muscles stiff and painful. Any draft or cold air will aggravate. There is a feeling of heat inside, but skin is cold to the touch. There is a desire to sip water.
* Any ongoing health concerns should be discussed with a GP
Notes to editors:
- Homeopathy has been available on the NHS since its inception in 1948
- There are five NHS homeopathic hospitals
- Interest in homeopathy is growing – a Mintel report (July 2007) reported that the sale of homeopathic treatments had seen a 24 per cent growth since 2002.
The Society of Homeopaths is the largest body of professional homeopaths in Europe. Established in 1978, it has 1,500 registered members.
Registered members of The Society of Homeopaths are fully insured and agree to practise in accordance with a strict Code of Ethics & Practice. A copy of the Society’s Code of Ethics & Practice plus the register is available on www.homeopathy-soh.org.
For more information contact Jeanette Blackwell 0161 483 9005
For more information on The Society of Homeopaths contact Pamela Stevens on 0845 450 6611. Website: www.homeopathy-soh.org
- British Medical Association (http://web2.bma.org.uk/pressrel.nsf/wlu/SGOY-7N3EGT?OpenDocument&vw=wfmms)