Click here to listen to an interesting and balanced report on BBC Radio 4 to mark the two hundreth anniversary of the publication of homeopathy's founding text 'Samuel Hahnemann's Organon of Rational Medicine'.

NB This was broadcast on Friday 10th December 2010 and available on BBC iplayer to 'listen again' for seven days afterwards.



Following on from the QED programme mentioned in my previous post - if you, or someone you know, works with animals you may be interested to know about HAWL - Homeopathy at Wellie Level an organisation which runs a regular course teaching the responsible use of Homoeopathy on the Farm.

This course is designed to help the farmer help himself, and looks at homoeopathy as an additional farm management tool, not as something designed to take the place of conventional treatment.



I have just rediscovered this informative QED programme which was initially broadcast on BBC1 twenty years ago. It gives a very clear explanation of Homeopathy and demonstrates how this established system of medicine has grown in popularity in the NHS since its inception in 1948, and become generally more easily available in the UK especially since the early 1980's. Who can argue with the results experienced by mums & farmers? Definitely worth watching.

[NB The quality of this broadcast unfortunately does not seem as originally intended but the content remains as good as ever]



HOMEOPATHY WORKS - great headline from the online Daily Mail - to read the full article click here



Interesting article by Rachel Roberts published on guardian.co.uk
click here to read more



If you, or someone you know, have benefitted from homeopathy please support the campaign to keep homeopathy freely available within the NHS.

For further information go to H:MC21 - Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century - to access their research and campaign pages click here



Nadia's story in the Mail Online is another good example of the benefits of homeopathy.
'Homeopathy might not be for everyone, but it works for me.'

To read more of Nadia's story click here


The following letter in the Galway advertiser contains a great example of successful response to homeopathic prescribing.

Homeopath has changed our daughter's life



Homeopathy Just Good Medicine: a brief and powerful video introduction to homeopathy and the research supporting it

Homeopathy Just good Medicine



To celebrate World Homeopathy Day & Samuel Hahnemann's Birthday on April 10th - The Hindu paper has published the following article

World Homeopathy Day 10th April



Babies will always be susceptible to coughs and colds, but there's no need to go rushing to the doctor or the medical cabinet at the first hint of a tickly throat.

Read the article published in the Irish Independent 29th March 2010

Battling sickness is child's play


The staff and patients at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital remained relaxed as the House of Commons Science and Technolgy Committee publish their report.

See positive article in The Independent on Friday 26th Feb 2010:

Homeopathy: Tinctures or a trick of the mind


Homeopathy needs our support. If you have been helped by homeopathy or know someone who has then please take a short moment to support it. You can help by adding your name to these two petitions to express support for homeopathy in the UK and if you are able to come along to the organised lobby event in London on 24th February then it would be great to see you there.

Number 10 petition:


Sign and pass on and don't forget to verify in the email to make sure it goes through.

Homeopathy worked for me petition:


Follow the 'homeopathy worked for me link' and sign to show your support for homeopathy. You can also choose to receive their newsletters.


Dear Homeopathic Supporters,

Following the unsurprising announcement by the Science and Technology Committee, there are some very important ways in which you can make your views heard.

HMC21 has been collecting signatures to take to Parliament on Wednesday this week. If you have not yet done so add your name to the Declaration and get as many people as you can to do so.

If you would like add your signature to help defend choice in Medicine please go to HMC21 website Homeopathy: Medicine for 21st Century.

To help save the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (RLHH) and find out about homeopathy in research see http://www.trusthomeopathy.org/

Don’t forget Wednesday’s Lobby of Parliament!


Wednesday 24th February 2010 at 2.30 p.m.



Information on some remedies especially useful when travelling.

Homeopathic First Aid for the Traveller

Homeopathic remedies, used in conjunction with conventional first aid procedures, can aid recovery and healing. Whereas prescribing for chronic conditions such as arthritis and migraine takes a homoeopath many years of study, prescribing for first aid is relatively straightforward.

Please get in touch if you are thinking about buying a homeopathic remedy kit for travellers as these are an economical way of buying a relatively large number of remedies. The kits give detailed instructions about choosing remedies and how to use them. You may find the following remedies useful:

Fear of Flying - there are a number of really good remedies that will help this condition. If you feel terrified even thinking about flying a dose of Aconite before you get to the airport and then frequent doses throughout the flight can help. For some flyers it is the fear of heights or of being enclosed in the body of the plane that bothers them and for these people Argentum Nitricum, which is a classic remedy for claustrophobia, would be a better choice. If you start to feel paralysed and trembly and find that alcohol calms you down you may find that the remedy Gelsemium works even better!

Food Poisoning – for frequent travellers this can be an occupational hazard. Three remedies that are often indicated are: Arsenicum particularly for upsets after meat, after bad fish and Mercurius viv after shelfish.

Jet-lag – A dose of Arnica before, during and after can help you feel less disorientated. If your sleep has been disturbed because of travelling through different time zones the remedy Cocculus can help restore sleep pattern.

Constipation - “traveller’s constipation” affects many when they go on holiday and the remedy to try first is Natrum Muriaticum. This remedy is particularly good if you feel worse for being out in the sun and you start to want to eat salty foods. Another good remedy is Bryonia - this remedy works best if you feel dry and thirsty as well as headachy and bad-tempered.

Homesickness - homesickness can strike the most unlikely people and in the most unexpected circumstances. Sometimes it can be triggered by simply smelling something that reminds you of home or, more likely, a telephone call from home when you maybe sitting in some impersonal hotel on the other side of the world.

One of the great things about homeopathy is that it can work on an emotional level as well as a physical level. The remedy Pulsatilla is a good choice if you are feeling alone and abandoned and probably a bit weepy. Symptoms are often worse in the evening and definitely feel better if you go for a walk in fresh, open air. If things have got worse and you are starting to think, talk and dream of home a dose of Bryonia can make you feel a lot happier.

Sunstroke - an excellent remedy for the effects of over exposure to the sun is the remedy Belladonna. Sufferers will typically have a fever with a lot of redness and burning. Patients needing this remedy will often have a throbbing headache and want to be in a darkened room.

There are many more conditions that can be treated with homoeopathy when travelling. For example, bites, diarrhoea, dental problems, injury, mountain sickness and travel sickness to name a few. Obviously, serious injuries should never be treated without seeking medical advice.

I plan to include more information here about homeopathic remedies for travellers - but if in the meantime you want to find out more you are always welcome to contact me by phone or email

Tel: 01621 851741 or Email: brenda.obrien@btinternet.com.



Homeopaths usually divide winter coughs into three types :

Dry coughs - these coughs feel tight and are often accompanied by an irritating tickle. The term “hacking” describes them perfectly. There is very little discharge, mucous or phlegm.

The homeopathic remedy Bryonia (wild hops) can be indicated for these dry coughs. The mucous membranes feel scratchy and sore. The patient feels irritable and doesn’t want to be disturbed, moved or spoken to. Often there are sharp pains in the chest which are worse for deep breathing and coughing. Some relief can be obtained by holding or pressing the chest when the patient coughs. The cough seems worse in hot, stuffy rooms and better in the open air.

Loose coughs - these coughs are the exact opposite to dry coughs. A lot of mucous is produced which can be very loose and easy to dispel or thick and stringy which sticks and is difficult to cough up. Loose coughs may be accompanied by a rattling sound in the chest and difficulty in breathing.

A common homeopathic remedy for this type of cough is Antimonium tart. This remedy is particularly indicated when the cough is loose but the patient is unable to cough up the mucous. Eventually the build up of mucous or phlegm may get so bad that the patient starts to vomit it up, after which the patient feels a lot better.

Babies and old people often have the type of coughs that respond well to this remedy.

The mucous can be heard rattling around in the chest especially when taking deep breaths. The patient feels weak and drowsy and wants to be left alone. The Antimonium tart. cough is worse at night when lying flat and trying to get to sleep.

Spasmodic coughs - as the name suggests, these coughs have a spasmodic or explosive nature. Patients can experience long bouts of uncontrollable coughing. Extreme examples are the sorts of spasmodic coughing experienced by whooping cough or asthma patients—long whoops or gasping to catch one’s breath.

One of the first remedies to think of for spasmodic coughs is Drosera (Sundew). Patients needing Drosera often go into fits of coughing that can last for hours. Sometimes the fits of coughing follow each other so quickly that the patient hardly has time to draw breath. The cough is worse for lying down and is often indicated for children who get coughing fits after midnight. As you might expect, Drosera is the leading remedy to alleviate the symptoms of whooping cough. Because the coughing causes so much strain on the body, the patient may start to sweat, vomit or even suffer a nosebleed.

There are many other homeopathic remedies that may be better indicated for your particular type of cough. If self-prescribing doesn’t make your cough markedly better, you are welcome to contact me and /or book an appointment to help me find a better remedy to match your symptoms. Repeated coughs need careful investigation and appropriate treatment and in my experience homeopathic remedies can often be very effective in helping to resolve winter coughs.


The following information could be equally relevant for any season - but perhaps especially for the party season around Christmas & New Year.


Can Homeopathy help the morning after the night before? The answer is yes, but there are a few practical things you can do as well to reduce feeling quite so bad.

Many people notice that as they get older their hangovers get worse. Whereas in the past a night on the tiles was hardly noticeable the day after, with increasing age it seems to take longer to get over any excesses. This may be due to the fact that your liver is no longer as young as it once was and may have accumulated damage.

It takes at least an hour for your liver to break down one unit of alcohol, for example half a pint of lager or a glass of wine, so it is very easy to overload your liver. The symptoms you feel in the morning are side effects of the liver trying to throw off toxins.

Some alcoholic drinks as known to be more hangover-inducing than others. For instance, the congeners in whisky, brandy and red wine usually make people feel worse than drinks composed of purer ethanol such a gin and vodka.

Alcohol also causes your body to suffer from dehydration (hence the dry mouth and thirst the next morning) so it makes sense to drink a large bottle of mineral water before going out and to drink a glass of water every now and then throughout the evening. Still water is better than sparkling for keeping hangovers at bay, but any water is better than none at all!

The two most popular homeopathic remedies for dealing with over-indulgence are Nux vomica and Carbo vegetablis.

Nux vomica - this is the remedy to choose if you resemble the proverbial "bear with a sore head", in other words the classic hangover. Patients needing this remedy feel chilly, irritable and over-sensitive to everything especially noise. Nux vomica is known to help the liver work efficiently and will help it eliminate the toxins. The remedy is also especially useful for calming down digestive disturbances - after eating a rich, heavy meal for instance - when the patient feels nauseous and dyspeptic.

Some people find that Nux vomica works best if you take a dose before you go to bed and another dose the next morning, but it will still work if only taken the next morning when the symptoms are already apparent.

Carbo vegetabilis (vegetable charcoal) is a very useful remedy when your symptoms are mainly digestive. Patients needing Carbo vegetabilis have a lot of flatulence and bloating, the discomfort of which is relieved by passing wind.

Sufferers feel tired and sluggish and are much better for being in the open air or "fanned". Eating the smallest quantity of food will make the patient feel worse and even the thought of food can trigger an attack of nausea and vomiting.

Unlike the patients needing Nux vomica who are irritable and bad tempered, patients needing Carbo vegetabilis don't seem to have the energy to be that angry, but feel weak and lethargic.