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Back to School with Homeopathy!

by Kiran Grover

Dare I say it but itís back to school time soon! New uniforms to try on, books to buy, pencils to sharpen and minds to focus; But I hope that you had a lovely summer with the entire tribe!

Homeopathy can help with common complaints at this time of year such as rashes, upset tummies, allergies and anxiety. With non-serious, general ailments Homeopathy is easy and quick to use.

Homeopathy is safe and can be used on children and even babies as there are no side effects. It is non-invasive, non-addictive and simple to use. It can be used with other types of medicines and itís even safe to use in pregnancy. Itís a holistic treatment that stimulates the bodyís own healing power by identifying and addressing the cause rather than suppressing the symptoms.

For the sudden onset and early stages of earache Aconite is a useful remedy particularly if there is unbearable pain with the start of the infection. The outer ear may be hot and painful; the patient may be very sensitive to noise. If the ears are red and throbbing, to the extent that the child might even scream in pain, then administer Belladonna. If the ear is more blocked then give Chamomilla.

At the early stage of fever Aconite is a good remedy. Symptoms may include restlessness and thirst. If the temperature increases and restlessness continues, developing into anxiety with burning pains then Ars Alb should help. Belladonna is very good for high, violent fevers, accompanied with a flushed face, swollen glands and a dry mouth without thirst. If the fever is more flu like then use Gelsemium, especially if shivers and chills accompany exhaustion and a heavy feeling in the body.

Itís a horrible feeling, dreading that first day back at school. Argent Nit should help settle those butterflies! Ars Alb is also useful for anxiety but is more useful for chronic worriers beset with fears and concerns. Gelsemium is useful for unspecified fears and the feeling we all have sometimes of just wanting to hide away until itís all over.

Anxiety with indigestion can be helped by Ars Alb Ė another symptom would be a huge thirst. A sluggish and bloated feeling with trapped wind can be helped by Carbo Veg. But for indigestion with heartburn try Nux Vom, particularly if itís caused by over indulgence!

Nausea and Vomiting
Food poisoning and anxiety accompanied with burning or cramping stomach pains and a great dryness then use Ars Alb. Constant and violent nausea, not relieved by vomiting, and with no desire to drink water can be treated with Ipecac. Dry retching can be caused by over indulgence so try Nux Vom again!

Bumps and Bruises
Arnica is the first remedy to take especially for bumps, bruises and shock. Arnica cream is also very good for minimising tissue damage and speeding up the healing process.

Cuts and Scrapes
Calendula ointment is great to have in the medicine cupboard for wounds, cuts and grazes. Itís gentle and antiseptic and should be applied directly to the affected area. If your child suffers from eczema, asthma, digestive issues, allergies or other more chronic complaints then it is advised to consult a qualified Homeopath.

Homeopathy is a complete form of medicine which employs a holistic approach to treat mental, emotional and physical complaints. Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from most Chemists and Health Food shops and from Homeopathic pharmacies.

For further information on Homeopathy Kiran Grover MA, LCHE, RSHom runs the Healthy Homeopathy clinic in Northwood Consulting Rooms. She is a professional Homeopath, a Member of the Society of Homeopaths and a Graduate of the Centre for Homeopathic Education, London.

For more information on Homeopathy you may contact her during office hours on 07983 788762 or by e-mail: Further information can be found on and

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