What should you tell your homeopath to get the best outcome of your acute consultation?

Are you new to homeopathy? Or is it your first homeopathic consultation? Homeopathy requires specific information to be able to provide the most accurate treatment. The way homeopathy looks at a person is quite different from conventional medicine. It is not enough to say to your homeopath for example I have a headache.

Homeopath should be told:

1. When did it start and what happened before your headache occurred?

Triggers: weather, food, emotions etc – which we understand as an AETIOLOGY

Why is it so important? In homeopathy there is a methodology allowing to prescribe remedy based on immediate causation. The knowledge of what happened allows us to use this method in order to choose a remedy.

2. Where is your headache?

Which part of the head? left/right/temples/frontal

Which we indicate as LOCATION
Each picture of symptoms we want to treat is as unique as possible so having an exact location makes it more accurate to look at specific remedies.

3. How does it feel?

Is it sharp, stabbing or burning pain? How is your feeling of the symptom? – which we understand as SENSATIONS
Same as above, your headache and mine headache might feel very different and in order to direct to the most appropriate remedies for yours.

4. Any other symptoms which you are experiencing alongside your headache?

For example: vomiting, vertigo, sore throat etc…

What we indicate as a CONCOMITANT

Coexisting symptoms are helping to categorise a type of your complaint and also pinpoint the remedies which in their picture have these prominent symptoms.

5. What makes a headache better or worse?

For example, lying down/ moving, warm/hot, food/drinks pressure on it, understand as MODALITIES

That is again another clue in the puzzle to a remedy theme. Most of the remedies in homeopathy have specific modalities in their symptoms picture, for example symptoms of Bryonia are better on lying down and picture of Pulsatilla is generally better outside than indoors.

These are basic information which are needed as a start to good results of prescribing most similar remedy/remedies in case of acute state.

There is also further information which may direct homeopath to the best similar remedy for presenting a picture of symptoms.

1. Energy of a patient

Has energy changed since they have a complaint?

Are they agitated (mentally/physically)? Or is a person dull/ sleepy?

This is important information because it indicates how we react to the emotional or other triggers, again pointing us to different remedies.

2. How is their thirst?

Or are they thirstless? Any change in the pattern? What temperature of drinks are they asking?

Thirst in acute ailments may change and for someone who normally only drinks warm drinks suddenly wanting cold drinks would indicate certain remedies. Eg. Phosphorus prefers cold, sparkling, drinks

3. How is their emotional state?

Are they clingier, want to be left alone? Emotional state together with aetiology is a very good guide where to go with remedy choice because as we need to remember a lot of physical complaints start from emotions or rather emotional disturbance.

4. Are they hotter or colder comparing with usual state?

Thermal state is a great indicator in states like colds, fevers or vomiting. Fever with a feeling of being cold is a striking picture which can point us to the right remedy.

I hope you find this information useful.
Using homeopathic terms lead to the more effective treatment.

So, if next time you are looking for homeopathic help, especially in your acute state then try to follow some pointers from this blog and see what happens. Let’s talk in a homeopathic language!

Speaking with a homeopath will be effortless if you describe your symptoms in a way explained above.




Are you getting ready for your summer escapes?

Here are some top remedies what to take with you when you go to discover some great places😊

Accidents or bruises?

Arnica is the number one remedy for any emergency situations including falls, accidents and bruises. Head injuries that affect mental functions or joints, muscle pain from injury. Backache from muscle strain, overuse. Black eye from injury.
So, whenever an accident during your summer adventures try Arnica for it.

Stomach bug while travelling?

Arsenicum album works wonders in case of food poisoning from bad meat, water, vegetables, melons and watery fruits. Food poisoning with nausea and vomiting. Normally presents with burning pain in the stomach. Also a person cannot bear sight or smell of food. Other typical symptom is craving for warm drinks in small sips and that ice-cold water distresses the stomach.
Any stomach problem from foods you should consider Arsenicum album at first.

Sudden fever with redness? Sunburn or throbbing headache?

While travelling we may have a sunburn, sudden fever or/ and headache. If your symptoms are presenting with hot, red and burning skin, flushed face that is a strong indication for Belladonna. Other characteristics are acuteness of all senses with congested headache presenting with throbbing and hammering. Symptoms are worse for light, noise and lying down. If that is presentation then it’s definitely an indication for Belladonna.

ARNICA- bruises and accident, ARSENICUM ALB- food poisoning, BELLADONNA- sunburn, fever and headaches

Are you flying far? Any time zone changes?

Or maybe you are going on a long boat cruise which can make you feel miserable? Cocculus is a remedy to have in your first aid for such a moment. It is a great remedy when our sleep has been disrupted due to night work and time zone change which can cause jet lag. It is also a marvellous remedy for car, train and boat sickness. If any of your acute complaints start from loss of sleep Cocculus is a remedy to consider.

Any bites by mosquitoes during your summer adventures?

Or maybe you are having long walks in the forest and you encounter some tick bites? Straight away Ledum is the first remedy to think of. Puncture, stab wounds and animal bites are another situation where it can be useful. The characteristic symtom is skin which may feel cold with general coldness but with heat on the face. Consider Ledum when you go away to use in such a situation.

Overindulging on holidays? Well, what holidays are for? 😉

Nux Vomica is a great rescue when we have a bit too much of different foods, like meats and fats, spices, sweets and alcohol. All of these mixed together might be too much for our stomach and then liver, causing the feeling of heaviness and pain in the stomach. Characteristic symptom is a sour taste, nausea and vomiting which may occur with much retching. The symptoms are worse in cold, open air and in the morning. If that happens, think about Nux Vomica.
So yes, it is an essential remedy to have on hand while on adventures somewhere in a beautiful and exotic place.

COCCULUS- jetlag, travel sickness, LEDUM- insect bites, NUX VOMICA- hangover, nausea and vomiting.

What are my favorite homeopathic remedies? You will find out in my next series of blogs.
Stay tuned, happy travels and let’s talk about homeopathy! 😊



What may happen when you take a homeopathic remedy?

Are you new to homeopathy? Have you just received your first acute homeopathic prescription? This blog may help you to know what to do in acute situations when you take homeopathic remedies.

What happens when you take a remedy in acute prescribing?

  • Nothing may happen
  • Symptoms may have changed
  • Symptoms may go away but come back
  • Symptoms are resolved completely

I will go through each of the scenarios so you can understand more about what to do in each of them.

No reaction to remedy

First of the scenarios after you start taking a homeopathic remedy for your acute ailment, like a cold or burnt, is no change. It is a rare scenario but possible. You should contact a prescriber if remedy has not changed the symptoms after 24 hours of starting to take a remedy.

Changes in the picture of symptoms.

Second possibility is that symptoms may have changed. They might be less pronounced (a burn is healing and it’s in a smaller area) or less intense (eg. headache is less painful) which is a good sign and you can continue the remedy but less often (reduce a frequency).

Another possibility is that the nature of the symptom have changed (eg. dry cough becomes more productive). This situation may need a remedy change. Also, there might be a situation where completely new symptoms may occur and that may require a different remedy altogether.

Some changes are more expected than others however it is always about individual so often emotional state improves first and physical will follow.

Take a note of any changes and report them to your homeopath after taking a remedy/remedies for at least 48 hours.

Getting better but not fully

In this scenario your original symptoms have resolved after taking remedy for 2-3 days, you have stopped remedy and symptoms come back exactly the same. That may mean that remedy is not holding and potency of the remedy needs to be adjusted. Sometimes intensity of the state is lower and lowering down potency will allow to remedy to hold. In some instances, you need higher potency of the same remedy. The other possibility is that the cause of the problem is much deeper (eg. recurrent sinusitis) and requires some remedies for addressing a root of the issue. In any case inform your homeopath about your observations.

Journey to balance

Acute state often occurs suddenly, sometimes gradually or very fast. With a right homeopathic remedy your symptoms should get milder and when symptoms are improving frequencies of homeopathic remedy should be reduced from 3-4 times a day to 2-3 times a day or from 2-3 times a day to once or twice a day. When symptoms stop, we should discontinue a use of the remedy and allow your vital force to do the rest.
I hope this helps you to understand better what may happen when you treating your acute complaints with homeopathy.
Let’s talk about homeopathy!

Vital force needs time to bring our body and mind to a balance


First sun and sunburns?

Homeopathy has some solutions.

After a long winter and not great spring we soon might be heading towards hopefully a better summer. Like every year with the first sun we forget how quickly and easily we can burn ourselves in the matter of hours!

The best advice to remember is to avoid a long time in the sun but sometimes it is inevitable that we may get a sunburn.

So, what to do when this happens using homeopathy?

Top three remedies for sun burns are:

SOL– It is a remedy made by exposing a vial to sun rays. It is a great remedy for sun burns, headaches from sunshine on bare head and very sensitive to sunshine on vertex. You should consider this remedy if your skin is sensitive to sunlight or you may never feel well since severe sunburn.

The important symptom of this remedy is feeling chilled to the bone, very cold with shivering. Symptoms are better by hot bath and short naps.

BELLADONNA– skin of the sunburn may feel bright, red, dry, burning and hot. It is an important sunstroke remedy with a throbbing, hammering headache which is worse from light, noise and lying down. Symptoms of Belladonna are worse from drafts on the head and checked sweat.

CANTHARIS– a fun fact that it is a remedy made from Spanish Fly (Spain=sun ) used for sunburns which can occur with vesicular eruptions. Skin feels better from cold applications, for severe sunburns. Eruptions burn when touched.
These three remedies are definitely must haves when it comes to summer.

Other advice.

Also, it is important to:

  • Stay hydrated, water is very important and cools down the body internally. It is great to take some mineral salts for better hydration effect
  • Consider natural UV protectors like raspberry kernel oil which in some studies show protection up to 50 UVB
    Wear a hat or a cap and clothing which will reduce UV exposure of the skin
  • Avoid midday exposure to sun, it is a great time to get Vitamin D however is sufficient 20-30 minutes for daily dosage, not few hours on the sun especially if it is your first sun in a season.

I hope you find it helpful and informative but at the same time you will not need to treat sunburn this summer. If you do, consider remedies above.

Wishing you a great end of spring and lovely summer days full of sun.
Homeopathy in different states

Homeopathy in different states

Is it an acute, recurring or chronic state? What consultation do you need?

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between these types of states and which ailments or conditions need a different approach. We may want to be aware what type of ailment we are experiencing to get a most appropriate consultation for it.

Acute states and examples of them

Acute has distinguished features:

  • It is a quickly developing ailment e. g. fever, rash
  • Normally is self-limiting e. g. common cold, vaginal thrush
  • It might be life-threatening e. g. heart attack or acute hepatitis that requires a visit to A&E (you can still use indicated homeopathic remedies)

A big majority of acute ailments are simple and mild. Just to give you examples, if you want to find examples of any conditions you would go to the community pharmacy and buy one of the OTC products. So, it is a type of ailment like an odd headache, common cold, or anything that you would not consider seeing your GP for. Homeopathy can easily deal with those.

Sometimes acute states might become more serious in vulnerable patients and children can present in more severe forms so it is important to catch the symptoms early enough before they progress like diarrhea or urinary symptoms.
The acute state also might be life-threatening and as much as one may want to avoid visiting the hospital, diagnostic and monitoring can be life-saving in case of sudden heart attack or meningitis. You can still have an acute consultation with your homeopath while waiting to be seen and take homeopathic remedies which most likely will make a state milder.

As you can tell in the majority of acute states acute consultation should be sufficient to support coming back to balance.

If an acute state occurs often, 2-3 times a year an acute state becomes a more recurring state.

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Recurring states

Recurring states normally are characterized by:

  • Fast or slow in the development e. g. stye
  • It is self-limiting but occurs in frequent intervals e. g. cystitis
  • it may lead to chronic state e. g. tonsillitis

Recurring states are normally mild and we all might be prone to some at various moments in our life. Homeopathy can support your susceptibility to frequency and intensity of recurring states by supporting weaker organs. It also may help to deal with emotional situations in different ways so it does not cause physical symptoms.

For that reason, is better to have a full consultation to see what the susceptibility needs to stay on a healthy path.
A variety of acute states once recurring more than 3-4 times a year can be led to a chronic state.

Chronic state

What are the features of chronic state?

  • slowly progressing e. g. diabetes type 2
  • present for some time normally more than 4-6 weeks e. g. chronic cough, asthma
  • deep pathology where the organ is affected e. g. chronic hepatitis

As you can tell cough normally should be self-limiting and acute but like any state, it can become chronic if not treated. Constant inflammation of bronchi can lead even to deeper states like asthma or emphysema.

Chronic states are the most difficult to treat because the change in our body has gone deep into the organ. However, with homeopathy, some changes in diet and habits it is possible to support it. A full consultation is needed to look at the full picture of symptoms and what needs some tuning to support the health journey.

I hope that helps to understand better which consultation is more appropriate in particular states.
Is modern gluten new cholesterol?

Is modern gluten new cholesterol?

I have been observing a gluten phenomenon for past few years.

Around 8 years ago when I started as a community pharmacist in UK I knew very little about it. While working in the community pharmacy I had few patients with celiac disease so I got some experience with that matter. Since then gluten and gluten free foods have turned completely into a trend that almost everyone should follow…

Gluten-Free or No-Gluten…

In the supermarkets you can find many products which you would not expect to be described as Gluten-Free or No-Gluten… Bread and other obvious foods like pasta or pizza contains gluten but why crisps and chocolates too? It sounds a bit over the top. And it goes beyond that!

When we look around and let’s say we decide go for ice cream. Few years back I do not recall having to choose if I want gluten-free ice cream or not?! Ice creams nowadays are often advertised as gluten-free product – not that I was aware that they can contain gluten in the first place? (unless they have a natural flavour of bread, pizza or spaghetti bolognese …;)
Other example is when we want to have a beer. Suddenly we have a choice of gluten-free beers. Hmmm… Is it me or things have changed? I do not remember seeing that few years back… It is worth checking as you can easily find that actually barley after a process of fermentation of and its final product beer does not have much gluten protein left in. So per se beer is a gluten free product. But it has always been like that not that it happened recently…

What actually is gluten?

Gluten is a protein which naturally occurs in certain grains. Most of us know that if you are gluten intolerant you can not eat wheat products. Wheat contains gluten so anything made of wheat flour like pasta, dough for bread or pizza are big no no. However not many people is aware and I just have found that recently myself that many other grains contain gluten-similar proteins. What it basically means those foods and proteins act very similar to gluten protein from wheat! In practice it is not simply enough to give up wheat products to stay gluten-free- you should avoid all of other grains too! What are those other grains? Gluten similar proteins are in oats, rye, corn, buckwheat, spelt, barley, kamut (khorasan wheat) and rice except red rice…So what is left then, if anything?! Yes following grains are completely gluten free: millet, quinoa and amaranth.

How come suddenly we have so many people intolerant to gluten?

Those grains have been around for hundreds or thousands of years and most of them became a base of many everyday foods. Maybe has gluten somehow changed and we are not able to adapt to it? Obviously the answer is not easy and straightforward. Yes, there are sufficient proofs that gluten in the wheat has changed over the years. It is better to say that modern wheat is completely different than it was 40 – 50 years ago because of genetic modifications to achieve more efficient crops.

Most importantly the way we use wheat has changed. In the past we used wheat flour in a fermented form to make a sourdough bread. Fermentation process is essential to breakdown gluten proteins to more digestible form. Unfortunately nowadays most commercially available bread has very little to do with sourdough from the past… Other important thing to mention is that gluten started to be used in the processed foods as an additive to keep moisture and elasticity of the the products. Which simply means in recent years we have been eating far more gluten than before in the form which not necessarily is friendly to our digestive system… Why not friendly?

Gluten in not-fermented form is only partially digested

If your digestion is sensitive it can cause all sorts of issues from very minor to mild or even symptoms you would not connect with actually gluten intolerance but we going to get there…

Until not long time ago I could not grasp fully importance of gluten free-diet. The situation has changed when I booked an appointment for my fiance to see kinesiologist about his general health. (yes it is the same kinesiologist I saw myself if you have red my previous blog.) So Alex has quite normal digestion but often experiences bloating and gases. His main health complaint is a shoulder weakness which he has experienced since childhood. Also he has a tendency to get muscle injuries especially when he stops doing exercises for some time.

Unusual symptoms of gluten intake

Taking about unusual symptoms I would never connect shoulder weakness with digestive system. So what kinesiology appointment showed? Kinesiology testing showed that Alex has muscle weakness (in kinesiology terms ¨not firing¨ so it is yin) in the muscles responsible for key organs like large bowels, liver, kidneys and spleen. Further investigation and allergy testing has shown wheat and gluten-similar grains intolerance! How to see a connection between yin muscle and muscles weakness with gluten intolerance was not so obvious to me. Hearing an explanation from a specialist it all started to make sense.

What is an intolerance?

Intolerance means that our body reacts to a trigger (allergen) with some kind of chronic inflammatory reaction which could be mild, modern or severe. Obviously our body is trying to compensate reaction to the trigger as much as possible.

In case of Alex it is a mild bowel symptoms but also weakness of muscles in the shoulders. As kinesiologist explained when Alex does physical exercises regularly the muscles are strong, he doesn’t have any pain. Minor but chronic inflammation of the muscles is being override by physical effort. The minute he stops exercising regularly muscles are prone to inflammation from the gut which makes them weaker and the pain reappears. Generally speaking the minor but chronic inflammation of the bowel causes muscles weakness and pain which physical exercises compensate as long as they are performed.

Diagnosis and what next?

I hope that is clear enough…It’s great to know your diagnosis however what to do next?! Well it may not sound more simple as to eliminate all possible triggers from your diet and see if symptoms improve. Alex was recommended to try gluten free and gluten similar grains free diet for one month. After that period of time gluten similar grains can be introduced slowly in the diet but only twice a month. Products made of wheat should he ideally avoided. Basically he should follow diet which is called Paleo diet- a meal should include some meat, some vegetables with quinoa, amaranth or potatoes. Diet should be full of fruits and vegetables, dairy products are okay in moderation but unfortunately things which you can find in bakery or whole Italian cuisine is a big no no…
He has not taken a gluten free month challenge yet for few reasons. We are still travelling in Asia* so often rice or noodle dishes are the only options in the menu. Also while you travel you want to enjoy your meals and not thinking that you cannot eat this or that. And the last but the most important reason he is still in denial about it… which is fine with me. Who doesn’t love pizza ?

*We came back 2 weeks ago. Let’s see if situation changes soon


In conclusion I want to say that there is a lot of misinformation and different believes about gluten. One study done on gluten intolerant patients showed that group who stayed off all gluten (and gluten similar grains) for a month and after that period of time had an organic sourdough bread (fermented gluten) introduced into their diet could eat it without previous effects of bloating or other digestive issues. Protein of gluten in the fermented form is different than not fermented one which I described before. Our body can digest it much easier without causing inflammation in the gut.
So if you suspect that your gut might not be happy about modern foods with gluten try to do experiment- stop eating them for one month and see what happens. Then introduce them slowly and preferably in the fermented form ( like in case of sourdough bread or sourdough pizza). It can be as simple as your body can’t digest enormous amounts of modern gluten. Unless you try you won’t know.

Negative fame of gluten mostly is a consequence of his hidden presence in the modern foods, which can have a negative affects on our body and well-being.
And yes cholesterol is the next one … let me think where should I start- please check my next blog to find out.