Allergies and Homeopathy

Approximately one in four of the UK population will suffer from an allergy at some point in their lives, according to the British Allergy Foundation. In Marika’s homeopathy practice she is seeing an increasing number of patients suffering from a range of allergic conditions, the most common ones being skin problems such as eczema, hay fever and food allergies.

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Homeopathy is a form of complementary healthcare that works with our natural healing process; it has a holistic approach to treatment and treats each person as an individual. The main principle in homeopathy is that a substance that can produce symptoms in a healthy person can cure those symptoms in a sick person. For example a person suffering from hay fever, might be given the remedy Allium Cepa (prepared from an onion), because a healthy person chopping an onion usually experiences watering eyes and irritation (similar symptom to hay fever). However, the substances are given in minute doses prepared in a special way to avoid unwanted side effects.

Allergies occur when the immune system over-reacts to substances which should not cause a problem, and with carefully selected remedies Marika’s aim is to strengthen the immune system.  Marika feels that many patients are turning to homeopathy for help as it offers a more gentle alternative to conventional treatment such as antihistamines and steroid-based skin preparations.  Remedies can be used alongside conventional medication where needed.

If you would like to find out how homeopathy could help with your allergies, book an appointment with Marika or call for a free mini telephone consultationAs part of the Homeopathy Awareness week, Marika is giving a free Bach anti-stress flower remedy (RRP £7) for anyone who books a consultation before the end of May.

Marika Csaranko practices at The Little Escape on a flexible ad-hoc basis, call in to find out her availability and we’ll book you in 🙂

Treating Migraines Holistically

Migraines are the most common neurological condition affecting 1 in 7 people – two thirds of which are women but it can occur at any age and to any part of the population. The causes of migraines are not as yet fully understood, as no diagnostic test exists to study it. It is generally believed, however, that they are caused by changing chemicals in the brain – namely Serotonin (known as the happy chemical), levels of which greatly decrease during a migraine. As serotonin goes down, the blood vessels suddenly contract and become narrower which causes aura (this is the name given to the range of ‘warning signs’ that some people can get before an onset) and then widen, causing the headache.

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Another cause is believed to be fluctuating levels of hormones – Migraines seem to occur frequently in women around the time of their period, just before the start of which levels of estrogen fall. Not all women are affected by this, however, and some of those who are suffer solely from menstrual migraines, whereas others can get them at other times also.

There are a number of things that can trigger this condition, however, such as emotional; environmental; dietary; and physical factors. There are a whole range of different Alternative and Complementary therapies that can be taken to help treat and ease the symptoms of Migraines, and as each patient is different, and some migraines have different causes, certain treatments may be more or less suitable and effective. The best way to do this, then, in order to understand how Migraines can be treated is by listing the different triggers and their own suitable holistic therapies and methods.

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