Natural Medicine Expert
Who am I
Being a naturally inquisitive child, and a nurturing individual I leaned to a service type career from the start. As a teenager, we moved provinces and we all got cold like ailments continuously. It was then that we were introduced to the Vogel range and then that my interest in Homeopathy started developing.
After school, I studied at the then Wits Technicon obtaining a Masters Technicon Degree after 5 years of full-time studies and after that handing in a research dissertation. The course was challenging for an Afrikaans girl from a small town in the Lowveld. It was comprehensive including biology and physics and chemistry, philosophy, psychology and later human dissection, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and pathology. In my last two years I in addition to diagnostics, homeopathic pharmacology, and clinical homeopathy we also had clinical hours in which we saw members of the public.
After qualifying, I did a practical year in a rural clinic under the capable eyes of Dr Peter Frazer and his wife Nola. This was of immense value.
I then started working at The St Francis Health Centre under the guidance of Mrs Anneliese Cowley. This was the start of a 15-year journey with someone who became my mentor in so many ways.
I have done courses and self-study in Iridology, Kinesiology, Magnet therapy, and energy therapies.
I have had my own private practice for 20 years and have developed a methodology that involves all these disciplines.
What I do
Homeopathy, Iridology & Kinesiology Appointment
In my sessions, I aim to make my patients feel safe and comfortable with me. Each session takes an hour in which I ask questions, look at the iris (eye), and use kinesiology to help me get to a treatment protocol. My aim is not to take all medication away, but to find a way to work in conjunction with other practitioners.
60-minute session: R550
What is homeopathy
Homeopathy, or Homeopathic Medicine, is the practice of medicine that embraces a holistic, natural approach to the treatment of the sick. Homeopathy is holistic because it treats the person as a whole, rather than focusing on a diseased part or a labeled sickness.
The word Homeopathy, which comes from the Greek, through Latin into English, literally means “like disease”. This means that the medicine given is like the disease that the person is expressing, in his totality, not like a specific disease category or medical diagnosis.
The first principle: Let Likes Cure Likes
The guiding principle of Homeopathy is stated as “let likes cure likes,” similia similibus curentur. While the concept of "like curing like" dates back to the Greek Father of Medicine, Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.), it was German physician Dr. C. F. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who first codified this principle into a system of medicine. Starting with experiments (called “provings”) on himself, Dr. Hahnemann administered medicinal substances to healthy volunteers (called “provers”). Symptoms that developed in the provers while taking a specific substance gave the homeopathic “picture” of, and indications for, that remedy.
Over the years, by means of provings, toxicological data, and clinical experience, the homeopathic drug pictures of over 2000 substances have been derived.
In the practice of Homeopathic Medicine, a detailed, comprehensive interview of the patient, called the homeopathic case-taking, is undertaken to reveal the physical, psychological and emotional characteristics and complaints of that individual. The homeopathic practitioner then finds the homeopathic remedy whose materia medica (drug picture) is the most similar to that of the patient’s characteristic totality. That homeopathic prescription (the similimum) is given to the patient to stimulate his/her being to heal: likes cures likes.
The second principle: The Minimum Dose
The second principle of Homeopathy is that of the minimum dose. Dr. Hahnemann began using medicinal substances known to work in his day, such as Cinchona or Peruvian bark, for relapsing fever, in a homeopathic way. That means that he administered a medicament with a known remedy picture to a sick person who had a similar symptom picture. But, in the beginning, he was using crude substances, for example, full strength herbs. He observed that, while the patients got well, they also had side effects. To minimize those side effects, through further experimentation, he came upon the idea of potentization.
Homeopathic medicines are prepared through a series of dilutions, at each step of which there is a vigorous agitation of the solution called succussion, until there is no detectable chemical substance left. As paradoxical as it may seem, the higher the dilution, when prepared in this dynamized way, the more potent the homeopathic remedy. Thereby is achieved the minimum dose which, none the less, has the maximum therapeutic effect with the fewest side effects. In fact, Homeopathy has an enviable centuries-old history of safety in use of its potentized oral medicines among patients of all ages, including babies, children, pregnant and nursing women, and senior citizens.
The third principle: The Single Remedy
The third principle of Homeopathy is the single remedy. Most homeopathic practitioners prescribe one remedy at a time. The homeopathic remedy has been proved by itself, producing its own unique drug picture. That remedy is matched (prescribed) to the sick person having a similar picture. The results are observed, uncluttered by the confusion of effects that might be produced if more than one medicine were given at the same time.
About homeopathic treatment: Acute and Chronic
There are two main categories of treatment in Homeopathic Medicine; i.e., acute and chronic. Acute treatment is for an illness of recent onset; it may be self-limited (for example, the common cold), or it may progress if not treated (for example, pneumonia). In such an illness the body might overcome the illness, a cold for example, sooner or later, but the appropriate medicine gently stimulates the body to recover more quickly and efficiently.
Chronic or constitutional treatment is the other main category of treatment. A chronic disease is long-standing or a recurrent health problem. The length of treatment and the challenge to achieve positive results is affected by many factors, including the nature of the problem, the early health history, the family medical history, the previous treatment, and the person’s inherent constitutional strength. The goal is to help the person to return to a state of well-being through individualized homeopathic treatment.
What is Iridology
Iridology can be defined as the science of observing, studying, and analysing signs in the iris (the colored part of the eye). Iris signs reflect the genetic inherited pattern in constitutions, together with structural, colour, and neurological changes that occur within the iris over a period of time. These signs may indicate abnormal tissue conditions.
An iridology assessment provides the trained iridologist with information about the root causes of ailments, strengths, and weaknesses of all organ systems and tissues within the body, as well as genetic inherited disease patterns. So it provides information about the overall state of health.
The great advantage of iridology is that it also provides information about the status of vital processes in the body. By vital processes, we mean both disease-causing (e.g. poor waste clearance) and health maintaining processes (e.g. blood circulation).
Iridology thus allows the practitioner to detect signs of biochemical and physiological needs and changes in the body before symptoms of disease appear. This provides a basic framework to describe the pathway to a current illness or disease and to explain the course of past or potential future disease processes. The practitioner has the advantage of being able to explain potential problems better to patients and devise better treatment or health supporting protocols. Patients can then better understand basic health issues and how to improve their health or taking preventative health measures