I decided to write this blog post because many of you that get on our table are looking for alternative treatments to what ails you, also known as Complimentary Alternative Medicine. Maybe you don't want to take painkillers, so you've opted for massage. Maybe you've read that massage helps reduce cortisol levels and can help with anxiety and depression (it does), so you've booked a session. Maybe you've heard that massage helps alleviate scar tissue (also true), and now we get to work with you on that old injury or surgical site. That's great! We love that you're taking good care of yourself! But there is something more you can add that works with your body and has no harmful side effects. It's called homeopathy.
Homeopathy can be a great addition to your wellness journey, providing relief for all that I've listed above and more. It is natural medicine, but not all natural medicine is homeopathy. Receiving a homeopathic treatment involves taking a homeopathic remedy or remedies. These remedies are medicines that seek to correct the underlying imbalances that are causing your symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are made by taking a particle of a substance and diluting it down until it becomes curative.
American homeopathic companies are highly regulated by the FDA, so it's better to buy remedies made in the United States. You can rely on brands like Washington Homeopathic Products and Hyland's. Boiron, which is made in France but follows our FDA's strict standards, is the most easily accessible brand of homeopathic remedies, being sold in health food stores like The Health Spot in Snohomish and supermarkets like PCC, Wholefoods, and Sprouts (with Sprouts having the most extensive selection of remedies I've ever seen in a brick-and-mortar store). Remedies can also be ordered online directly from the manufacturer or at places like Amazon and Vitacost, which you will have to do in order to get some of the harder-to-find ones.
Unfortunately, I am not a homeopath. I am merely a homeopathic hobbyist/student at best with a strong desire to treat my family and friend's various illnesses in the most natural way possible. Even though my knowledge has grown considerably since I first got serious about homeopathy around a year and a half ago, it is not in my scope of practice as a massage therapist to recommend remedies for the specific ailments my clients present. I can, however, point them in the direction of someone who can. Joette Calabrese.
Most people come in for massage because they are in pain, so the two blog posts of Joette I refer people to most often are for knee pain and back/joint pain. There is also a post on fibromyalgia that may benefit you. The second most common thing people seek out massage to relieve (at least in my practice) is stress and anxiety. Massage can be very effective in reducing both physical and mental afflictions, but it's nice to be able to add another modality to assist you in healing. That's where homeopathy comes in.
Many of my long-time clients know that I suffered deeply from anxiety in 2016. I had to take months off of work and thought I would have to close the practice. It was all because of an adverse reaction to the birth control pills my OBGYN put me on to control the ovarian cysts I kept getting. During my battle with anxiety it felt like I was going through the worst thing I had ever experienced, but now I consider it one of the best. It's what got me on board with homeopathy. I now have many tools (massage being one of them) in my toolbox to combat anxiety, and homeopathy is the top player. I like to share what's worked for me in hopes to help others lead a happier, healthier life.
I have been following Joette's blog for almost two years now, employing her practical approach to homeopathy with great success. I've helped friends, family, and myself heal many ailments including, sore/strained muscles, UTIs, anxiety, depression, ganglion cysts, insomnia, food poisoning, strep throat, yeast infections and more. It's even effective on my dog; she gets panic attacks when she hears loud noises like thunder or gun shots. I am so grateful to be able to ease her suffering. Like most people, I too came crawling to homeopathy after conventional medicine completely failed me. It is my hope that you find your way there while you're still walking on your own two feet.
Homeopathy can be slower acting than conventional medicine, so it often requires patience, but it's worth it to me. Especially considering it's something that works with your body and has no harmful side effects. There are the occasional aggravations and provings, which you should read up on before taking the remedy of your choice, but I'll take that any day over the disastrous side effects caused by so many conventional medicines on the market today. So the next time you're in pain, schedule that massage, but consider some complimentary homeopathy too.
Don't just take my word for it, do some studying on your own. Read Joette's entire blog and then read some more. Check out the Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation. The Banerjis are the medical doctors in India Joette now studies under every year and are why she switched from classical to practical homeopathy. Also, I urge you to look into Americans for Homeopathy Choice, a grassroots organization working on keeping homeopathy legal in the United States. That's right, the FDA has proposed legislation that could ban entire categories of homeopathic medicines. It would be nice to keep these healing remedies available to ourselves and our children. I donate monthly to this organization and have written many letters to various legislators in my attempt to help us keep this freedom of choice. I urge you, no...I beg you to do the same.
By the way, I haven't had any ovarian cysts in over a year nor any debilitating anxiety. Thank you, homeopathy!