Heal Thyself

This week I had my appointment with my Homeopathic consultant. I have been seeing her for about 5 years to try and control my symptoms.

Homeopathy dates back to Hippocrates, 460 – 377 BC, but used in it’s current form for the last 200 years. The term associated with it is “treating like with like” which means taking a substance that in large doses causes symptoms and using it in small doses to treat those symptoms. Homeopaths use a holistic approach to treat using remedies that can be fluid, tablet or powder based derived from chemical, animal, plant or mineral sources. Homeopathy has had mixed reviews from the conventional medical profession, recently stating that it had little or no effect on well being.

While being assessed by a homeopath expect to be questioned about past childhood experiences, past medical conditions, dreams, feelings, fears, personality, ambitions, strengths and weaknesses. If pain is a problem be prepared to describe that pain in great detail and how it makes you feel. All of this helps the homeopath to work out what makes you tick, how you respond to life and illness, what your character is like and what drives you, then prescribe the most appropriate remedy. This treatment requires frequent follow ups to keep tweaking the doses and remedies.

I suffered from many symptoms associated with CFS, but the most persistent and the ones that troubled me the most were severe head and eye pain, fatigue, muscle pain and cognitive problems such as forgetfulness, poor concentration, forgetting words, getting words wrong and mixed up and forgetting what I was saying halfway through a sentence.

After 5 years of intense questioning, soul searching, dream recording and remedy testing I think we’ve finally cracked it. I think it’s been a combination of factors that has helped me recover from my illness and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I started feeling much better when my last remedy was changed to a new one. I don’t care what the Lancet says about homeopathy not working, I believe it worked for me  and I would recommend it to anyone struggling with this cruel condition.

But one piece of advice start recording your dreams!