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With the 2013 well under way and a few hints of spring, how many of us can honestly say that we have stuck to the fresh start we promised ourselves?

 

The most common New Year’s resolution is to eat more healthily, loose weight and exercise more. However, this can be more than just facing your will power if you suffer from I.B.S and other digestive problems.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

 

As you cut out, what you know to be naughty foods, sugary, sweet food you may find that you start suffering with a new set of problems like headaches and feeling lethargic. When this happens, it’s easy to give up your best intentions, feeling like you’ve failed, eat forbidden foods and feel momentarily better before the doom and gloom sets in of feeling like you’re never going to be able to change.

 

If this sounds like your story, it is worth knowing that, your body is doing the best it can and is not letting you down (although it may feel like it). What is likely to be happening is that the digestive system needs some support. All sorts of day to day actions can cause havoc on digestion. The most obvious being processed foods, sugary foods, caffeine drinks and alcohol. But also strain can be put on the system by irregular eating patterns, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, stress, anti-biotics, medications and parasites.

 

Our digestive system hosts the largest colonies of bacteria, with a healthy adult carrying on average 1.5 – 2 kg of bacteria in the gut. These bacteria are a highly organised micro-world with a number of vital functions that our bodies require of them.

 

If this organized eco-system of bacteria in our gut becomes unbalanced due to havoc and stress then the good bacteria will find it hard to work in defence of the digestive system.  The longer the body is compromised the worse the situation becomes.

 

The digestive tract is coated with a bacterial layer which provides a natural barrier against invaders, undigested food, toxins and parasites. As well as providing a physical barrier, they work against invasive micro organisms by producing anti-biotic- like substances that are anti-viral and anti-fungal and engage the immune system to respond to these invaders. They strive to keep the pH levels correct so that invading microbes cannot survive. If the less desirable gut bacteria become dominant Leaky Gut Syndrome develops as the mucus layer is weakened and allowing undigested foods and substances that would normally be digested to cross over and enter the bloodstream.

 

When this happens the immune system sends out antibodies to fight these foreign substances causing allergic reactions, pain and inflammation throughout the body.

 

Wow – so it’s no wonder, with all this is going on in the body, that sticking to a new diet in January is near on impossible.  But the real question is how to heal the gut.

 

Removing the culprits in the diet is the obvious start, but doing this alone isn’t enough. Fasting is great, to give the liver a rest, but not always practical so eating foods that are gentle on the digestive system to help clear waste out of the body.  Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help to detoxify the body.

Supplements such as Glutamine will help repair the gut wall and a high-quality Pro-Biotic will help build up the good bacteria inside the gut.

 

Depending on your symptoms, homeopathic remedies will ease discomfort. Nux Vomica can help when the symptoms are worse from eating spicy foods, drinking alcohol or coffee, and when you’re burning the candle at both ends.  You could try Pulsatilla if there is a sensitivity to fatty rich foods, yet little thirst. Indigestion and heartburn are worse at night and better for fresh air.  If the symptoms are worse between 4.00pm and 8.00pm and when you do eat you are full up after a couple of mouthfuls then Lycopodium may help. If this is the remedy you need there is likely to be a lot of gas which is worse eating cabbage and onions.

 

These are a few things that you can consider for yourself but if you feel the need for extra support I invite you to the ‘Healthy Gut Clinic’ I am running, which offers a natural way to achieve healing. There is no quick fix to optimum health, but if you are prepared to commit, you will start to reap the rewards instantly.  I don’t believe that anyone should feel worse during a course of treatment so aim for a gentle but effective, lasting approach.

 

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne

Ready to start working on your gut then visit Sarah:

Healthy Gut Clinic at Coast – Mondays 4.00pm – 7.00pm

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Sarah’s Blog on how to survive Christmas with the aid of Homeopathy was so popular last year that we thought we would post Irritable Bowel Syndromeit a little earlier this year so that you can prepare and stock up on appropriate remedies.

It all starts with…

Anticipatory anxiety

A lot of the anxiety felt at this time of year is about performance and expectation. Will you live up to your own or others, sometimes impossible standards? If you also lack self-confidence and don’t enjoy meeting new people try a dose of Silica 30c before the event.

If you have a tendency to nausea and diarrhoea (especially after sweet things) and feel rushed and stressed a dose of Argentum Nitricum 30c may help.

Lycopodium 30c is a great homeopathic remedy for those who don’t like the thought of public speaking but are fine once they get going (playing host, proposing a toast etc), often feeling bloated and gassy when they feel anxious.

If you are almost unable to speak or function and suffer sore throats or loose bowels before a social engagement a try a dose of Gelsemium 30c beforehand.

 

Hangovers and eating too much

The over-indulgence of Christmas whether excess of food or drink can be relieved with a dose of Nux Vomica 30c.

If you are aware of your swimming head before you sleep take a dose and have a large glass of water beside your bed. Ideally drink the equivalent water as booze to help keep you hydrated. The herbs Chelidonium or Milk Thistle help to support your liver.

Carbo Veg 30c can help when feeling sluggish and cold with bloating and flatulence after eating too much especially if burping relieves symptoms.

Pulsatilla 30c can be taken when overeating fatty foods causes the usually sweet natured to become tearful and emotionally upset with a tummy ache.

If you suffer Irritable Bowel Symptoms read this blog to select the appropriate remedy and keep an eye open for our NEW GUT HEALTH CLINIC starting early in the New Year 2013.

 

Strung out kids

Over tired children who can’t sleep can try a dose of Coffea 6c to calm them.

If the excitement causes tantrums, with shouting and throwing things Chamomilla 6c should do the trick.

 

Exhaustion

If you’re feeling exhausted from all the shopping and preparing for the big day the wonderful homeopathic remedy Arnica will be of benefit. If your legs are aching and although you’re not yourself you will be telling others “I’m fine” especially if accompanied by a detached almost jet lagged feeling try a dose of Arnica 30c to help.

 

Coping with the In-Laws

Now… that’s asking a bit much of homeopathy!!!

Merry Christmas and health and happiness for 2013

Where to buy Homeopathic remedies – Homeopathic remedies can be bought from healthfood shops, chemists or pop into the clinic.

Homeopathic remedies are often used as self-help for simple conditions, however for more serious complaints a homeopath, GP or health professional should be consulted before using homeopathic medicines.

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne, Homeopath   

As nights draw in and the days become colder and darker, it is not uncommon to feel the ‘autumnal blues’ or worse S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder). More and more research is being carried out on vitamin D and its benefits. Recent studies consider that Vitamin D deficiency may be a possible cause for S.A.D.

What is Vitamin D?

When ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin they trigger vitamin D synthesis, hence its nickname ‘The Sunshine Vitamin’. Vitamin D is not really a vitamin, but one of the oldest prohormones (A substance that can be converted to a hormone), having been produced by life forms for over 750 million years. Phytoplankton, zooplankton, and most animals that are exposed to sunlight have the capacity to make vitamin D.

In humans, vitamin D is critically important for the development, growth, and maintenance of a healthy body, beginning with development in the womb and continuing throughout life.

Other current research being done on Vitamin D is showing that a deficiency in this vitamin may also play a role in cancer, heart disease, stroke, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting and birth defects.  Vitamin D is also an anti-inflammatory hormone and good for treating irritable-bowel problems and arthritis.  Research studies are also showing that Vitamin D is vital in the treatment of insulin resistance conditions such as diabetes, some forms of high blood pressure, cholesterol issues, and heart disease.

Sources of Vitamin D3

Vitamin D comes in two forms D2 & D3. The best way to get your vitamin D3 is by getting natural sunlight, although the British weather can make this difficult as our ‘summer’ this year proved and most of us are going into winter without having topped up our D3 levels. Supplementing your diet with 2000 IU vitamin D during darker winter months may benefit as food sources of vitamin D are limited. Vegetarians and Vegans are most at risk with sources being found in cod liver oil, egg yolks, butter, liver and oily fish. Out of all veg and fruit, dark leafy vegetables and mushrooms are of most benefit.

Earlier this year, The Department of Health gave this advice on supplementing with Vitamin D.

 

The following groups of people are at risk of vitamin D deficiency:

 

  • All pregnant and breastfeeding women, especially teenagers and young women.

 

  • Infants and young children under 5 years of age.

 

  • Older people aged 65 years and over.

 

  • People who have low or no exposure to the sun, for example those who cover their skin for cultural reasons, who are housebound or confined   indoors for long periods.

 

  • People who have darker skin, for example people of African, African-Caribbean and South Asian origin, because their bodies are not able to make as much vitamin D.

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Written by  Sarah Allenby-Byrne

Arnica Montanaalso known as the Mountain Daisy and Leopard’s Bane belongs to the Compositae family and is found along the slopes of the Andes and along the Central European Alps andSiberia. It grows in the mountains, not on the tops but where it is of most use along the slopes of the mountain valleys and meadows. Nature’s way of supplying what’s needed close at hand, after a climbing fall and general overexertion. Arnica is a perennial herb has large golden flowers similar to the marigold, and is highly aromatic and grows on peaty soils.

 

Its valuable properties have been known for many years extending back to writings of Saint Hildergarde of Bingen in 1099. Within Homeopathy it is a remedy used for its therapeutic qualities, specifically for injuries, falls and accidents. In German it is known as ‘Fall Kraut’ or ‘Falling Herb’.

 

Amongst its many other virtues, homeopathically, Arnica can be used for trauma, overexertion and injuries for both the physical and mental effects, and is an ideal remedy to assist athletes. It is known as the aspirin of Homeopathy.

 

Its application can be for the overuse of any organ. Where there are sore bruised muscles, limbs and body ache as if beaten, joints as if sprained, helping to bring out the bruising. It is a big shock remedy and often the person needing it will say they are fine and that nothing is wrong when there clearly is, and when spoken to will answer slowly with effort. The classic arnica will have a terrible accident then get up saying ‘I’m alright’ and maybe order a taxi home… whilst their head gushes blood.

 

If your training is causing aching of muscles and limbs or if you are nursing injuries, preparing for the marathon, taking Arnica 30c after a run may be of great benefit to aid healing.  On the day of the marathon itself, take a dose before and after your run and one dose a day for the following three days.

 

Where to buy Homeopathic remedies – Homeopathic remedies can be bought from health food shops, chemists or pop into the clinic.

Homeopathic remedies are often used as self-help for simple conditions, however for more serious complaints a homeopath, GP or health professional should be consulted before using homeopathic medicines.

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne, Homeopath

The first day of spring is also called the vernal equinox which comes from Latin, “vernal” meaning “spring” and “equinox” meaning “equal night”. This is the time when there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness in the 24 hour day. It is only twice a year, on the spring and autumn equinox that if you were to stand on the equator, the sun will pass directly overhead. It’s been reported that the spring equinox is the only time of the year you can stand a raw egg on its end………

Along with the spring cleaning we do for our homes at this time of year, it’s also a great time to consider a spring clean of ourselves by doing a detox or cleanse. Equinox’s are a great time to reflect, retreat and ease yourself safely into the new spring energy by cutting down on the heaviness of winter foods that have helped fuel us through the cold.

First, lighten up your toxin load. Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body. Stress is another deterrent to good health. It triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system. While these hormones can provide the “adrenaline rush” to win a race or meet a deadline, in large amounts they create toxins and make your liver work much harder trying to deal with these.  So it’s a good idea to detox stressful life situations along with detoxifying your body.

Secondly, look at what you are putting into your body. At least 2 litres of water are needed daily for your body to function. Taking a bottle of water with you when you go out, or if you sit at a desk, ensure that as soon as your glass is empty, refill it straight away. If you’re like me, there’s always “something” to do, that is more important than filling an empty glass, getting into this good habit will benefit your health incredibly.

Next, look at your diet to give your digestive system a kick start. A diet based on beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds for protein, fruit and vegetables for lots of valuable nutrients. Minimize starchy foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta bread and other flour products. It is best to avoid meat, fish and dairy food. Also stay off manufactured and processes foods as almost all contain a selection of high levels of fat, sugar, salt and chemicals. Cooking destroys some of the nutritious elements in foods, so eating raw food when you can avoids loss.

For a more intense cleanse, try a juice fast for 3 days… an internal shower. It is best not to use too much fruit because of the sugar contents. Lots of different coloured, organic vegetable is ideal.

To support your system one of these homeopathic remedies may benefit your cleanse and can be taken in low potency such as a 6c:-

  •    Berberis stimulates the kidneys and gallbladder and is a liver remedy. It helps if there is pain in liver and kidneys and is useful if there has been a history of bladder inflammation or cystitis.
  •    Carduus Marianus protects the liver from toxins and stimulates damaged liver cells to regrow. It can help cleanse the liver and assists digestions of fatty foods.
  •   Chelidonium also assists detoxification and clears blockages in the liver. It has been known to reduce blood pressure. A keynote for use of this remedy is if the right scapula is painful or history of right lung problems.
  •    Taraxacum has a diuretic effect and is used as a kidney cleanse and liver remedy. Use if there is fluid retention or difficulty urinating. You may notice a mapped tongue which is a useful indicator for this remedy.

Here a couple of simple naturopathic techniques you can use to support your body during a cleanse:

  • Dry Skin Brushing The Skin is an organ of elimination just like the kidneys and the colon, and more than 1lb of waste products are discharged through the skin every day! If the Skin becomes inactive with the pores choked by millions of dead cells, then impurities will remain within the body. How do you Dry Skin Brush? Using a natural, not synthetic body brush (preferably with a long handle), brush the skin when dry, starting at the soles of your feet and working your way up your legs, your front torso and your back, brushing as vigorously as you feel able to. Next do your hands and up your arms. Focus the brush strokes towards the heart. Don’t do your face but you can brush the back of your neck and scalp.
  • Hot and Cold Water therapy is a cleansing, revitalising and energising way to support your body and it’s totally free! Switching from hot to cold 3 times at the end of your morning shower will encourage blood flow to the surface of your skin pushing toxins out through the skin whilst encouraging circulation Gradually build up the temperatures as you go so that the last times are much hotter and much colder. Staying under the cold for a good 20-30 seconds at the end will leave you feeling fabulous! Finishing with cold brings about internal heat as the body will want to regain its temperature. Leaving yourself hot will not do the same. If you don’t have a shower then cool yourself down after your bath. Splash yourself all over with cool/cold water, especially your feet and legs (this helps to calm a busy mind). In an ideal world you would dry skin brush first thing in the morning, then shower after, ending with the hot and cold switch! A fabulous way to start any day.

What is one of the most important ways to detoxify the body? Exercise, whether its taking the dog out, gardening, walking the kids to school or more structured with a class of yoga, qi gong or pilates anything that gets the heart working that little bit harder will benefit your detox.

Mothers Day (18th March)

As my way of ‘BIGGING UP’ all the mums out there, I am offering my time on Monday 19th March free of charge (donations welcome which will go to charity). Interested?? If you are a mum and bring your children to the clinic, or if you come to the clinic and think your mother would benefit from a consultation with me then book in. Simple as that… Act quickly though as there are limited spaces.

So with your detox planned and your mother indulged, why don’t you go and try standing that egg on its end….. Or you could save yourself some time and eggs, apparently the equinox has nothing to do with it, it’s near on impossible at any time of the year!

Where to buy Homeopathic remedies – Homeopathic remedies can be bought from healthfood shops, chemists or pop into the clinic.

Homeopathic remedies are often used as self-help for simple conditions, however for more serious complaints a homeopath, GP or health professional should be consulted before using homeopathic medicines.

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne, Homeopath

Craetegus was regarded as a valuable heart remedy as far back as the Middle Ages. The Hawthorn was considered sacred in early times and believed to furnish the Crown of Thorns. Legend has it that between 30-63 AD Joseph of Aramathea came to England and planted his hawthorn staff in Glastonbury soil.

Hawthorn’s therapeutic actions come from the berries, flowers and leaves. The plant constituents are considered valuable as a remedy for those with circulatory and cardiac problems, improving blood flow to the vital organs. By dilating vessels, Hawthorn decreases blood vessel resistance and lowers blood pressure. In addition, by improving oxygen utilization the heart is more effective.

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the principal that ‘like cures like’, in a tiny dilution. Craetegus is a well established Homeopathic remedy used for a multitude of heart conditions.  If your symptoms fit with the symptoms of Crataegus, then it may be of benefit.

The uses for Craetegus include the following symptoms: general heart weakness, bouts of anxiety that result in a weak feeling of the heart (a sinking heart), symptoms of angina pectoris, hypertension (high blood pressure) and also hypotension (low blood pressure), pain under left scapula, and insomnia. A low potency such as 3x or 6x can be taken to maintain a regular heart action and remove associated symptoms.

Craetegus is also used for serious heart disorders and has been found to be of specific use for post stroke and heart attack conditions regulating the heart and strengthening its muscle. However this would be best prescribed with the support of your homeopath or health professional.

Where to buy Homeopathic remedies – Homeopathic remedies can be bought from healthfood shops, chemists or pop into the clinic.

Homeopathic remedies are often used as self-help for simple conditions, however for more serious complaints a homeopath, GP or health professional should be consulted before using homeopathic medicines.

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne, Homeopath

Anticipatory anxiety

 A lot of the anxiety felt at this time of year is about performance and expectation. Will you live up to your own or others, sometimes impossible standards? If you also lack self-confidence and don’t enjoy meeting new people try a dose of Silica 30c before the event. If you have a tendency to nausea and diarrhoea (especially after sweet things) and feel rushed and stressed a dose of Argentum Nitricum 30c may help. Lycopodium 30c is a great homeopathic remedy for those who don’t like the thought of public speaking but are fine once they get going (playing host, proposing a toast etc), often feeling bloated and gassy when they feel anxious. If you are almost unable to speak or function and suffer sore throats or loose bowels before a social engagement a try a dose of Gelsemium 30c beforehand.

 

Hangovers and eating too much

The over-indulgence of Christmas whether excess of food or drink can be relieved with a dose of Nux Vomica 30c. If you are aware of your swimming head before you sleep take a dose and have a large glass of water beside your bed. Ideally drink the equivalent water as booze to help keep you hydrated. The herbs Chelidonium or Milk Thistle help to support your liver. Carbo Veg 30c can help when feeling sluggish and cold with bloating and flatulence after eating too much especially if burping relieves symptoms. Pulsatilla 30c can be taken when overeating fatty foods causes the usually sweet natured to become tearful and emotionally upset with a tummy ache. If you suffer Irritable Bowel Symptoms read November’s blog to select the appropriate remedy.

 

Strung out kids

Over tired children who can’t sleep can try a dose of Coffea 6c to calm them. If the excitement causes tantrums, with shouting and throwing things Chamomilla 6c should do the trick.

 

Exhaustion

If you’re feeling exhausted from all the shopping and preparing for the big day the wonderful homeopathic remedy Arnica will be of benefit. If your legs are aching and although you’re not yourself you will be telling others “I’m fine” especially if accompanied by a detached almost jet lagged feeling try a dose of Arnica 30c to help.

 

Coping with the In-Laws

Now… that’s asking a bit much of homeopathy!!!  Happy New Year and health and happiness for 2012

 

Where to buy Homeopathic remedies – Homeopathic remedies can be bought from healthfood shops, chemists or pop into the clinic.

 

Homeopathic remedies are often used as self-help for simple conditions, however for more serious complaints a homeopath, GP or health professional should be consulted before using homeopathic medicines.

 

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne, Homeopath

 

On the First Day of Christmas my true love bought for me a Foam Roller from Coast for my iliotibial bands (ITB’s).

 Here’s how to use it.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Coast.

On the Second Day of Christmas my true love bought for me a special offer from Coast of a 2 for 1 TREATMENT & A CLASS

A choice of either a Yoga or Pilates class and the choice of a 1/2 hour treatment of either Reflexology, Deep Tissue Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Sports Massage or Chair Massage – all for only £26.

 Happy Boxing Day.

 

On the THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS my true love gave to me a special offer from Coast of a MASSAGE TRIO – 3x 30 minute treatments for £60

Have you always been a bit confused or overwhelmed as to which massage treatment would be most suitable & beneficial for you?

Coast is offering you an amazing opportunity to try out 3 different massages for yourself from the variety of treatments available at the clinic:

Choose any three 30 minute treatments from the following:

  • therapeutic – a gentle great stress relieving treatment, helping you to unwind & relax after a hectic day, soothes away aches & pains
  • reflexology – is a holistic, non-invasive therapy that applies gentle pressure to the reflex points on the feet.
  • deep -tissue – works very deeply into muscle fibres, reducing deep rooted muscle tension & breaks down stubborn knots & scar tissue in problem areas
  • chair massage (including Indian head massage) – performed through clothing on a fully adjustable, ergonomic massage chair for maximum comfort, focuses specifically on the muscles of the upper body & includes an Indian head massage
  • sports massage/injury – deep tissue that can be used on an injury.
  • thai yoga – a dynamic, rhythmical, dance like treatment, performed on a futon, through clothing which releases energy blockages in the body & in so doing helps to reduce muscle aches & tension by using palming, thumb, elbow & foot pressure & by applying gentle passive hatha yoga stretches, suitable for all regardless of size, age or flexibility.

Onthe Fourth Day of Christmas my true love bought for me a Yoga 1-2-1 with the lovely Ginny or Emma.

Enjoy an hour of just concentrating on you, your body and your breath. This could be the start of something good…

On the Fifth Day of Christmas I received from Coast,  FIVE Homeopathic sessions for the price of Four.

This special offer gives you a 20% discount on your Homeopathic treatment AND it includes the remedies. Come along and meet Sarah, our Homeopath and experience the profound effect of what Homeopathy can do for you.

On the Sixth Day of Christmas you could buy a 60 minute massage – because you are worth it!

On the Seventh Day of Christmas you could join us in celebrating a big Happy 7th Birthday to Coast. Thanks to everyone for the last years and looking forward to the next.

On the Eighth Day of Christmas you could invest in shaping up your body and reducing reoccurring lower back pain with an eight week course of Pilates or Yoga.

Check out our class schedule to find a suitable class time and day for you. What a great way to start the New Year.

de-sress with a yoga or pilates class

Looking good and feeling good!

On the Ninth Day of Christmas could partake in 90 luxurious minutes of a Thai Yoga massage. Ahhh…

On the Tenth Day of Christmas you could buy 10 Chiropractic or Osteopathy treatments for the price of nine. That’s a 10% discount!

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas you could try a heavenly cranial sacral treatment for only £20, usually £40. A heavenly half price bargain!

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas – time to DETOX & we can help. Get rid of that bloated, lethargic feeling along with the Christmas decorations.

Come along and talk with Sue our Nutritionist. She can advise you on how to best clean your body internally so that you function better both physically and mentally. You’ll have so much more energy.

You know you’ve been promising yourself this for a long time – Do it!

With the holiday season nearly upon us, over-indulgence of food and drink can bring about or exacerbate digestive problems and cause discomfort.

One of the attractive features of homeopathy is that with a vast amount of homeopathic remedies available, the most appropriate remedy for the individual symptoms presented by the person are chosen, rather than treating a named illness.

The Merck Manual 15th edition defines Irritable Bowel Syndromes as “motility disorders involving the small intestine and large bowel associated with various degrees of abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhoea, largely as a reaction to stress in a susceptible individual”. It may also be referred to as nervous or functional diarrhoea or mucous colitis.

Taking a detailed case history from a patient usually uncovers stress factors the patient is / has been subjected to, and IBS can be one of its manifestations. Here are a look at five remedies that I have successfully used in practice for symptoms of IBS and the personality types that these are most suited to.

 Natrum Muriaticum: (Sodium Chloride – Salt) This remedy is suited to persons of an intensively private and sensitive nature, not known for making small talk or gossiping so they appear reserved and shy. They prefer to avoid social gatherings and enjoy their own company. Their sensitivity means that they can be easily hurt, and once upset they tend to hold insults and grudges. They have a dislike of slimy foods such as undercooked egg white, oysters and bread, but like salty and starchy foods. Mid-morning is the time they would feel hungry or their symptoms aggravate and when under stress they can lose their appetite.

When affected by the symptoms of IBS they could experience indigestion, cramping pains, wind, hiccups and bloating that is worse after eating. Their mouth is dry with a bitter, salty taste, and when in pain they become very thirsty. They will strain to pass a stool and after completing the act of defecation feel as though more stool remains in the rectum.

Lycopodium – (Club Moss) This remedy is suited to people who can be  angry but have difficulty expressing their feelings. They can be easily offended or embarrassed and have a fear of failure, particularly of exams of public speaking or of being lost, and since they are intellectual people it can make them seem impatient and irritable, rude and domineering. They do not like to be alone but also do not like company, preferring to know that there is someone else in another room in the house or office.

Although they are hungry for their food, they feel full up quickly even when they have only eaten a small amount, can suffer with flatulence and dislike the feeling of pressure of tight clothes. They like to eat chocolate and sugary, sweet foods but have a dislike of onions; their symptoms can be worse between 4.00 and 8.00pm. Symptoms of constipation, flatulence, indigestion, belching and heartburn are commonly found with this remedy. Beans, cabbage, onions and other flatulent foods can distress this person’s digestive system and passing wind will give relief.

Pulsatilla (Pasque flower) A gentle, mild natured individual that is easily moved to laugh or cry, shy initially yet make, and keep, lots of friends. They are very easily influenced or hurt and will suppress their feelings, becoming moody and full of anxiety. They particularly worry about what others will think of them;  if they feel humiliated they blame themselves for what has happened. With a desire to be in the fresh air, all their symptoms are improved.

Their appetite is changeable and they are sensitive to fatty or rich foods, they tend not to feel thirsty but experience a bad or bitter taste in the mouth in the mornings. Bitter belching, indigestion and heartburn pains are worse at night, stomach rumbles and wind is difficult to expel. Their stool can change from constipation to diarrhoea within the course of a day. Changeability is the keynote of this remedy.

Calcarea Carbonica (Calcium Carbonate) Where Nat Mur types tend to be lean, the Calc Carb personality is more robust. They are happy, contented types when they are well, but once stress affects them it makes them very anxious and cause them to worry about everything, particularly their own health. When under stress they become sluggish both mentally and physically, becoming concerned about what other people might think of them. They are dependable and reliable and take their responsibilities very seriously with a tendency to overwork, leading to exhaustion; they will plod on because they are so stubborn and fearful they might lose their job.

Sweating occurs on both mental and physical exertion and is more profuse during sleep. They experience a bad, sour taste in their mouth and feel much worse when the atmosphere is cold and damp, being in a draught and for drinking milk. Their digestion is sluggish, their metabolism is slow and therefore they can gain weight easily and their stool symptoms are constipation at first, followed by sour-smelling diarrhoea. Tight clothing does not suit them, since it makes the painful bloating worse. Belching is sour and they suffer with flatulence.

Nux Vomica (Poison Nut) The personality associated with Nux Vom is one who is excitable, enthusiastic, ambitious, a workaholic with a creative mind who is critical, fussy and easily frustrated by limitations and can become irritable and argumentative at home or at work. They dislike being contradicted or being disturbed and if this happens they may shout or swear at the person who has offended them.

They have a tendency to eat highly spiced foods, smoke, like alcohol, drink excess coffee and over-indulge in the wrong foods at the wrong times, often due to the effect of mental and emotional stress. They may take medicines to combat the effects of insomnia brought on by overwork, living on stimulants and a lack of exercise.

Overindulgence can lead to a slowing down of the digestive process, causing the stomach to feel heavy and bloated particularly after eating. Other symptoms would be cramping, heartburn, indigestion, flatulence and constipation. A hot drink and passing wind helps to relieve these symptoms. Working late and eating at irregular hours may lead to a bad night’s sleep so for the person who wakes jaded with the feeling of a ‘hangover’, breakfast is certainly out of the question;  the day will start with a cup of coffee. When the hunger pangs kick in later on there will be a craving for foods that further stress the digestive system. A hard stool, alternating with watery diarrhoea and a possible feeling of faintness is associated with their digestive complaints.

Where to buy Homeopathic remedies – Homeopathic remedies can be bought from healthfood shops chemists or pop into the clinic.

Homeopathic remedies are often used as self-help for simple conditions, however for more serious complaints a homeopath, GP or health professional should be consulted before using homeopathic medicines.

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne, Homeopath.

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Tuesday: 10am - 7pm, Wednesday: 2.30pm - 6.30pm, Friday: 3pm - 7pm, Sat: 9am - 1pm