I’ve noticed that a lot of people really don’t have a clue what homoeopathy is. When I tell people I’m a homoeopath I often get met with a blank stare, or worse, a cutting retort – “oh, you’re one of those”.

So I thought I would try to explain what this beautiful form of medicine really is all about. The underlying philosophy in homoeopathy is that each and everyone of us has a life force within us.

Homoeopathy and the vital force

Think about it – what makes you you? What is it that when you are alive makes you who you are? Makes you vibrant and unique. It is a life force that makes you who you are. It is an energy within you. At death this energy leaves and your body becomes nothing more than a mass of organs and cells.

This life force is universally recognised and different cultures have different names for it – the soul, prana, chi, ki. As homoeopaths we call it the life principle or vital force.

When we are ill, the signs and symptoms of the disease or disorder we have are actually signals telling us our vital force is out of balance. This is why homoeopaths do not like to suppress signs and symptoms such as fever or pain – we don’t see these as a problem. We see them as a message that there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.

What is the difference between conventional medicine and homoeopathy?

I think one very important difference between conventional medicine and homoeopathy is that in conventional medicine we see states such as pain or inflammation as being a problem and so take painkillers or anti-inflammatories. In homoeopathy, we see these states as the vital force’s attempt to correct an underlying problem in our body. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homoeopathy, wrote more than 200 years ago:

If even the minutest splinter penetrates a sensitive part, the life principle, which is omnipresent in our body, does not rest until the splinter is carried away through pain, fever, suppuration or necrosis.

Samuel Hahnemann, Organon of the Medical Art

From Hahnemann’s words you can see that the pain, fever, suppuration or necrosis are not the problem – they are the body’s way of trying to get rid of the problem, which in this case is the splinter. We have a choice here – we can either take a medicine that suppresses the pain, fever or suppuration or….we can take the splinter out and the pain, fever and suppuration will go away by themselves. In cases where the splinter is too deep and cannot be taken out, we could use a homoeopathic medicine to encourage the body to push out the splinter.

Silica is a great homeopathic remedy for splinters

Silica (Silicea terra) is a great homoeopathic remedy you can use to help expel foreign objects, such as splinters and thorns, from your body.

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The way I think about health and healing is that you wouldn’t kick a man when he is down, now would you? So when you are sick, when your body’s energy is low and not really coping, why take a medicine that not only further suppresses your body’s natural healing mechanisms but that also becomes an additional stressor to your body? Why add something else to the list of ‘enemies’ that your body is already fighting?

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical treatment is the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer in the United States. Homeopathy and Chinese medicine are two examples of possible alternative approaches to disease that do not treat the illness as an enemy and therefore do not create new diseases.

Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

Why not, instead, nurture and strengthen your body so that it can cope with whatever comes its way? Why not balance and strengthen your own vital force so that it can maintain your health?

These days you frequently hear the expression “the war against” this or that, and whenever I hear it, I know that it is condemned to failure…The war against disease has given us, amongst other things, antibiotics. At first, they were spectacularly successful, seemingly enabling us to win the war against infectious diseases. Now, many experts agree that the widespread and indiscriminate use of antibiotics has created a time bomb and that antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, so-called super bugs, will in all likelihood bring about a reemergence of those diseases and possibly epidemics.

Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

Author: Dr Ruth Hull. Ruth is a homoeopathic doctor, integrative health consultant and four-times published author. She is based in Perth, Australia, and also consults online: http://www.ruthhull.com


Please note, these blogs are for your enjoyment and curiosity only. If you feel you, or a friend, needs a homoeopathic remedy please see a qualified, registered homoeopath and please do not, in any way, use these blogs to diagnose or treat yourself.

DISCLAIMER: You should not rely on this information as a substitute or replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any concerns regarding your health and before making any changes to your lifestyle or diet you should always consult your general medical practitioner or other health professional. The use of any information provided by Ruth Hull and/or The Health Lounge is at your sole risk and no assurance can be given that the information provided will always include the most recent findings or developments. All events and information are provided according to the laws of Western Australia.


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Do you struggle with frequent loose stools and/or constipation? Do you often have painful bloating and flatulence after eating certain foods? Do you find that stress, worry and anxiety always affect your digestive system? If yes, then you should get to know your ‘friendly little gut microbes’. Living in your gut are about 100 trillion little bugs that, if you look after them well, will look after you.

Gut health

According to the NY Times journalist, Nicholas Bakalar, “There are at least 800 billion more cells in your body than there are galaxies in the known universe”.

Yet, you have approximately 10 times as many microorganisms in your gut as you do cells in your body.

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What is the gut microbiome and what does it do?

Your gut microbiome (often referred to as your gut flora) is made up of all sorts of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa. You can learn more about your microbiome and its functions in my blog: “A quick peek at your second brain – the gut microbiome”, but basically your microbiome:

  • influences your genes, your brain, your metabolism, your intestinal functioning and your blood sugars
  • helps regulate the absorption of food, the sensations of hunger and satiety, and your ability to regulate your weight (so if you want to lose or gain weight you really need to think about the health of your gut microbiome)
  • helps to protect the cell junctions lining your intestines. If these junctions become compromised the disorder ‘leaky gut’ or ‘increased gut permeability’ develops and this is associated with food intolerances and chronic inflammation
  • plays a vital role in our immunity and in helping our bodies to cope with chronic inflammation.

Dysbiosis – Common signs and symptoms

An unhappy microbiome, or one in which there is an overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria, is called dysbiosis and common signs and symptoms of dysbiosis are:

  • abdominal pain, cramping and bloating
  • gas/flatulence
  • constipation and/or diarrhoea
  • bad breath (halitosis)
  • food intolerances/sensitivities
  • ‘foggy’ brain, fatigue and mood swings.

Are these common problems you deal with everyday?

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Homeopathic Bowel Nosodes for Gut Health

Luckily we have many wonderful homeopathic remedies to help with digestive problems such as an imbalanced gut microbiome or dysbiosis. One set of remedies is actually made from intestinal flora – the Bowel Nosodes.

These remedies do not only help with obvious gut issues, but actually work much deeper and are commonly used in autoimmune disease, chronic skin conditions or when a patient is not responding to their constitutional homoeopathic remedy.

When you think about the far-reaching impact our gut microbiome has on our digestion, our brains, our immunity and even our genetics, then it is not surprising that the bowel nosodes can have such deep, far-reaching effects on our health.

Although these are wonderful remedies, I want to emphasise that they are very deep-acting remedies that you should only take under the care and guidance of a professional homeopath.

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Although bowel nosodes are deep-acting, ‘health-changing’ remedies, it is important to be aware that they are not “homeopathic probiotics”. They are homoeopathic remedies made from intestinal flora but used to treat a wide range of health problems and they should always be prescribed according to homoeopathic principles.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms used to promote health. They generally contain a variety of microorganisms and different probiotics will have different health benefits depending on the microorganisms they contain. Probiotics can be taken as a dietary supplement or in food. If you are looking for probiotics to improve your gut health I suggest you look at what you eat on a day-to-day basis and try to include more fermented foods in your diet.

What are good sources of probiotics?

According to Harvard Medical School, “Fermented foods are the best source, as probiotic supplements, which are typically sold over the counter, are reserved to treat specific ailments as suggested by your doctor, and not recommended for everyday use. Plus, supplements do not have the same FDA oversight as medications do.”

There are lots of fermented foods you can choose from and try to eat them every single day. Just a quick word of advice though, if you are new to fermented foods eat only a small amount everyday to begin with – give your body time to adjust to them otherwise if you eat too much too quickly you may end up feeling very uncomfortable. Here is a list of different fermented foods for you to try:

  • have a bowl of live yoghurt for breakfast, make a delicious dip with live yoghurt & garlic or use yoghurt instead of mayonnaise
  • drink kefir or kombucha
  • have tempeh instead of meat one night
  • enjoy a delicious miso soup
  • eat sauerkraut or pickles with your meals
  • try sourdough bread with nice fermented cheese.

I am getting hungry just writing this!

Anyway, remember that the health of your entire body and mind are closely connected to the health of your gut microbiome. So look after your microbiome. Feed it good foods and avoid eating too much sugar.

If you are struggling with gut issues or chronic health conditions related to poor gut health & dysbiosis (such as autoimmune disorders, skin conditions, chronic fatigue) and would like a professional homeopathic consultation please get in touch or read more about my online and in-person consultations here. If you’re a homoeopath wanting to learn more about the bowel nosodes, I suggest you read Ai-ling Makewell’s article, Bowel Nosodes: a group of neglected remedies.


Author: Dr Ruth Hull. Ruth is a homoeopathic doctor, integrative health consultant and four-times published author. She is based in Perth, Australia, and also consults online: http://www.ruthhull.com

Please note, these blogs are for your enjoyment and curiosity only. If you feel you, or a friend, needs a homoeopathic remedy please see a qualified, registered homoeopath and please do not, in any way, use these blogs to diagnose or treat yourself.

DISCLAIMER: You should not rely on this information as a substitute or replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any concerns regarding your health and before making any changes to your lifestyle or diet you should always consult your general medical practitioner or other health professional. The use of any information provided by Ruth Hull and/or The Health Lounge is at your sole risk and no assurance can be given that the information provided will always include the most recent findings or developments. All events and information are provided according to the laws of Western Australia.

References:

Mayer, E. The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health

Prescott, S. and Logan, A. The Secret Life of Your Microbiome

Phosphorus – the bringer of light

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We have a new puppy called Joey. He is a beautiful Kelpie cross Bull Arab. Super-loving and super-friendly. Also a real softy, really intelligent and likes to please 🙂 A couple of weeks ago he had a small operation and when he came back from the vet something in him had changed. He was irritable, his skin was itching like mad and he developed small, bleeding sores where he scratched. More than anything, he followed me every step I took. He just did not want to be alone. So I took him to a homoeopath who works specifically with animals. She couldn’t get over how friendly and loving a dog he is and how he just wants to be with people the whole time. Hates being alone. A perfect case of phosphorus, she said!

Homeopathic phosphorus for bleeding

Phosphorus is a wonderful remedy to use after surgery, especially if someone reacts badly to the anaesthetic (as Joey had). It is also a remedy for ‘bleeders’ – people (or animals) who continue to bleed after surgery or childbirth; women with prolonged or profuse periods or who bleed in between periods; people who suffer with small skin wounds that keep bleeding; and those who regularly experience blood noses.

Homeopathic phosphorus for respiratory problems

What I found so interesting with Joey needing phosphorous is that it is actually also my eldest daughter’s constitutional remedy – and her and Joey have a very special friendship. She, like him, loves to be around people and life to her is all about connection, friends and community. A few years ago we moved away from home and went to live in Taipei. She found it hard being away from friends and family and was very, very homesick. For the first time in her life she became asthmatic. Every time she came from being outdoors into an air-conditioned room she would start with a dry, ‘tickling’ little cough and would say she felt as if something heavy was on her chest. After a few months she developed pneumonia. To add to that, my poor little girl’s hair starting falling out, she became anxious and afraid of everything! Night time was the worst – she was scared of the dark and of being alone and really did not want to go to sleep. How she had changed in only a few months! Thankfully, phosphorus came to the rescue.

Phosphorus is often used homoeopathically to help people struggling with respiratory issues when there is difficulty breathing, a sense of pressure on the chest, a chronic dry cough and often, hoarseness.

Homeopathic phosphorus for digestive disorders

Another area where phosphorus helps is with gastrointestinal problems such as chronic diarrhoea that ‘burns’; nausea in pregnancy; and ‘burning’ dyspepsia or reflux. Often, a person needing phosphorus will have a dreadful feeling of ’emptiness’ – a weak, empty, gone sensation in their abdomen. They will be exhausted and just want to lie down.

A ‘burning’ sensation accompanies many symptoms that indicate phosphorus and it helps to remember that matches either contain white phosphorus in the head or you strike them against a red phosphorus-based surface in order to ignite them. So if you see ‘burning’ then think of phosphorus.

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Homeopathic phosphorus for depression

One of my most rewarding cases was also a phosphorus case. I had a 60 year old woman come to see me. Her daughter was a patient of mine and booked her mum in to come and see me hoping I could help with her mother’s fits of anger. Gulp! I was a bit nervous to meet her after hearing about her fits of uncontrollable anger followed by remorse. However, the woman I met was lovely. Very tall, slim, fair-haired and friendly. But, as she spoke, I realised what a dark, lonely world she was living in. She spoke of how her children had moved away from home and were too busy with their own lives to spend time with her. She spoke about how ’empty’ and ‘lonely’ her marriage was and how she had no-one to share her life with. She kept mentioning how alone she was. Alone, tired and burned out. She could find no joy in life – she saw her job as a ‘chore’ and herself as a ‘dark cloud’. She also felt very trapped by life – trapped by her job, her marriage and her own unhappiness. Physically, she had few ailments, but did feel that when anxious she couldn’t breathe. I gave her phosphorous 200CH. I saw her three months later for a follow-up which really made me smile. She walked in to my office and gave me the biggest, warmest smile and asked what was in my ‘funny little white powders’. I laughed! She said that the huge, dark cloud that had been hanging over her for so long had simply lifted and gone away. She said she felt herself again 🙂 She was still very tired and ‘snappy’ but she said she could now cope with things and no longer felt her life was pointless.

Homeopathic phosphorus for chronic fatigue, exhaustion and burnout

Homeopathic phosphorous has many uses and I have only mentioned a few here. It is a wonderful remedy for chronic fatigue, burnout or exhaustion, especially when seen in children or teenagers who seem to grow too quickly or struggle from anaemia. It is also helpful for people who develop chronic fatigue once they have moved away from their family or home or if a friendship has broken up.

How does homoeopathic phosphorus work?

The age old question! If you read through the cases I have given above, you will notice an ongoing theme – a deep need for company, for love, for connection. Joey is a naturally friendly, loving family dog. The surgery, perhaps the anaesthetic, upset his natural balance and when feeling ‘out of sorts’ he craved attention more than ever and did not want to be alone. My daughter is also a naturally friendly, loving girl who was very close to her friends and grandparents. When we moved away from home and she lost this connection she became ill. My client was also a friendly, open woman who became depressed because she felt very alone, her children were too busy for her and she had lost all connection with her husband. Phosphorus does not treat a specific disease but instead helps restore and balance a person’s natural, inner energies.

One of the best things to remember about people needing phosphorus is that they need to be around friends and family, around the people they love. They are warm, loving and friendly people who light up the room when they walk in – they are the bringers of light.

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Author: Dr Ruth Hull. Ruth is a homoeopathic doctor, integrative health consultant and four-times published author. She is based in Perth, Australia, and also consults online: http://www.ruthhull.com

Please note, these blogs are for your enjoyment and curiosity only. If you feel you, or a friend, needs a homoeopathic remedy please see a qualified, registered homoeopath and please do not, in any way, use these blogs to diagnose or treat yourself.


DISCLAIMER: You should not rely on this information as a substitute or replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any concerns regarding your health and before making any changes to your lifestyle or diet you should always consult your general medical practitioner or other health professional. The use of any information provided by Ruth Hull and/or The Health Lounge is at your sole risk and no assurance can be given that the information provided will always include the most recent findings or developments. All events and information are provided according to the laws of Western Australia.