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 If like me you enjoyed watching the Olympics and marvelled over what the human body is capable of, you’ll be interested to know that the amazing Usain Bolt uses homeopathy for sports injuries. Bolt has used homeopathic remedies since he was 16 years old. When he injured his hamstring in July this year, he withdrew from the Olympic trials. Using homeopathic remedies, Usain was able to heal his hamstring and go on to win numerous Olympic Medals, including his third consecutive gold medal in the 100 metres, just one month after his injury.

Homeopathy re-balances the body so it can repair and heal itself – I love it!

This is an interesting article published in the Daily Mail about a recent homeopathic trial


Along with Calc Carb, (last month’s remedy) and Lycopodium (which we will look at next month) Sulphur is one of the most frequently prescribed remedies in homeopathy.  The scope of this remedy is almost impossible to detail in this one article as it covers so many areas on the mental, emotional and physical levels. It is likely that we will all benefit from a dose of Sulphur at one time or another in our lives.

A brief outline of the main characteristics of this remedy are: Unhealthy looking skin, tendency to skin diseases, itching skin- scratching pleasurable but results in burning, acne, burning and and itching piles, tendency to sweat easily, body odour, orifices of body red (e.g. lips) burning pains, feet must be placed outside bedclothes to cool, insomnia, tinnitus, mid-morning hunger, large appetite for highly seasoned spicy and fatty foods, liking for sweets, aggravation from milk, diarrhoea – driven from bed in the morning, constipation with large, painful stools, lack of energy (regained quickly at the prospect of pleasurable activity), tendency to become exhausted quickly, tendency to catch cold easily which often goes into the chest.

Sulphur is suited to deep thinking people who can have a nervous yet independent nature. Those around them can see them as lazy or procrastinators, there will be talk ‘about’ doing something, rather than just getting up and doing it.

One of the leading features of someone needing this remedy can be seen in what they wear (or don’t wear!). You know those people who are always warm and will wear shorts and T shirts even in winter while most of us have a million layers on to stay warm! They are likely to be indifferent to their appearance, a button missing or a dinner spill and matching socks is not a priority.

Worse: from cold, from dampness, at the coast, hunger (and have to eat) at 11am.

Better: from warmth, in fresh air.

Written by  Sarah Allenby-Byrne, Homeopath


Homeopathy is relatively straightforward to use for everyday ailments and accidents and positive results can be obtained when selecting the correct remedy.

Each month I will be introducing a remedy that is used in Homeopathy for you to become familiar with and this month we are looking at Calcarea Carbonica better known as Calc Carb.


Calc Carb is one of the polychrest remedies (most commonly prescribed), and ranks with Sulphur and Lycopodium at the head of the antipsorics. These three are in a sense the standards around which the rest are grouped. All three have a very wide range and deep action.

The metallic element calcium is widely found in various compounds in minerals, animals and plants. Calcium salts give us our skeletal framework and the remedy is made from the inner layer of the oyster shell.

Calc Carb can be suited to quiet, shy, sensitive people who are subject to depression;  a feeling of being looked at by everyone and a fear of being laughed at; embarrassment when entering a room full of strangers. The typical Calc Carb patient is responsible and hard-working; they have a strong focus on security and practicalities. In many cases there will be a sense of being overwhelmed by the amount they have to accomplish. This in turn creates anxiety and fear.

Some of the keynote symptoms that may arise when needing a dose of Calc Carb are:

  • excessive appetite
  • overweight
  • disliking milk
  • craving for eggs and sweets
  • may feel generally better when constipated
  • tendency to feel the cold and to catch cold easily
  • cold hands
  • cracked skin in the winter
  • itching skin
  • profuse periods, period pains, premenstrual tension
  • toothache
  • vertigo
  • insomnia with much sweating once asleep

Worse: from cold, in damp weather, at night, from standing
Better: in dry weather, from warmth, while lying on the painful side

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne

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