Change is natural. Does it feel that way to you?

Change is constant; it is all around us, from natural seasonal weather to the cells in our
bodies. Reflecting upon the many changes in my own life over the years, out of curiosity
I looked around me and recognise that many people I have met have re-invented
themselves at least once. Their reasons are varied; either their circumstances trigger their
change of country or career or with time and maturity they re-assess and if able to, they
follow their passions.

Woods with a little pond

As humans we should be adaptable, making use of our experiences to enrich us. Our health
should not suffer as a result of those changes, even though they can often be triggered
because of serious health issues.

As a homeopath, my thoughts go to how those who do not cope well with change. They see
change as frightening and can be resistant, even sub-consciously. The unknown, the
different, the challenge of being outside ones’ comfort zone is perceived as alarming. For
example, a young child going to nursery for the first time, not being in a place or with
people she knows and where she feels secure brings up distress symptoms, such as crying
and clinginess, sleep disturbances, regression in other behaviours.

Life cycle of a colourful butterfly

In adults symptoms of resistance or fear of change can range from slight nervousness to full
blown panic attacks. For some the slightest deviation from the daily routine triggers
unpleasant reactions, such as the irritable bowel symptoms suffered by an otherwise
seemingly calm woman I treated some years ago. Her remedy enabled her to deal with her
trigger as well as eliminating her physical symptoms.

My approach is to honour a person’s feelings and with homeopathic remedies help them to
cope better with all aspects.

Change is natural. Does it feel that way to you? Book a short call if not.

Irritable bowel syndrome and homeopathy

Irritable bowel syndrome and homeopathy

abdominal pain IBSIt’s ‘only’ IBS, ‘your tests are normal – can be your doctor’s response in finding out what is causing your ‘tummy aches’. As if the tummy aches, constipation and/or diarrhoea weren’t annoying enough. Although it is reassuring to find out that you do not have stomach ulcers, diverticulitis, or colon cancer.

However, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not managed well or holistically with conventional treatment as it focusses on 1 symptom at a time. (Antispasmodics, anti-acids, dietary exclusion diet)

IBS is a cluster of symptoms; the triggers could be stress, after-effects of a stomach bug, food intolerance or a sudden change of diet.

‘Gut reactions’ are real; the bowel reacts to emotional states of anger or anxiety. These more likely affect people who find it difficult to express or share feelings, thus expressing mental distress through physical symptoms.

Other possible causes of IBS symptoms are food sensitivities (not allergy which occurs very swiftly and intensely after ingesting a small quantity of the allergen), consequences of antibiotic usage that has caused abnormal fermentation in the colon and candida.

It is a fairly common condition that can occur at any age, affecting as much as 20% of the population, with more sufferers in the 20-40 age group and more females than males affected.

It is essential to treat IBS by prescribing on the totality of the patient’s symptoms, including the emotional and mental as well as any other physical symptoms besides the bowel ones.

Some common symptoms of IBS;

  • Abdominal pain associated with defecation.
  • Irregular pattern of defecation for at least two days a week.
  • Three or more of the following: alteration in stool frequency, in form, change in straining or urgency, sense of incomplete evacuation, bloating or abdominal distension, mucous in the stools.

WARNING: Do not ignore the symptoms below; they need investigation:

  • Change in bowel habit.
  • Passing blood via the rectum.
  • Weight loss.
  • Constant abdominal pain.

Homeopathy can treat the root cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, resulting in gentle and permanent relief from painful and stressful symptoms.