Bowen Therapy & Homeopathic Medicine – Why I Use Both

Bryonia alba

As a homeopath and Bowen therapist the most successful outcomes my clients have are when the blocks impeding their health or recovery are alleviated. Sometimes it’s a simple treatment or lifestyle change, other times it’s necessary to address their emotional state as we can hold an emotional reaction in our body even when the trigger has been resolved.  

Here’s an example that illustrates the above idea.

For a homeopath a clients emotional reactions, meaning the way we behave under stress, is often a mirror of how our body behaves under stress. It’s interesting how often we remain physically in a state of response even when the emotion has been resolved. A homeopath uses the manner of how we comport our stress reactions. It’s why I use both Bowen therapy for the physical restriction and commonly follow that with a homeopathic remedy. A well chosen Homeopathic remedy acts as a catalyst to switch off the emotional response held in the body.

Ms. N.R. who is 47 years old came to see me for a left sided frozen shoulder. Her pain is stitching in the tendons of the upper arm and she also has neuralgic pains under her scapula. Her pains are worse from every movement. It had come on with no apparent cause or injury and normal treatment had not resolved or changed it in over 6 months.  She reports that it is getting worse and there is more pain on movements of her left forearm and now even the opposite shoulder is beginning to feel sore too. She also complained of sleeplessness which was unusual for her though she is confident her shoulder is not the cause of her waking through the night. 

The treatment I give her begins with two Bowen therapy sessions one week apart. At a third consult two weeks later she has certainly turned a corner, but we are both concerned that the progress could be better. So, I offer a homeopathic remedy in addition to another Bowen therapy session. The following week she reports that the shoulder is much better and she’s slept soundly all week too! In fact, she has full range of motion and is only a little sore after exertion.  

I cannot state with 100 percent certainty that the homeopathic remedy was a part of her excellent recovery, I can say that the remedy was given both for its affinity for the nuanced physical symptoms of her shoulder problem and her stress response. It was also prescribed for the state of mind she was in since the outset of her problem. The stressful life situation was her business that was struggling due to a conflict with a long time employee. She felt torn over how to handle it. Her spouse had said she was highly irrational about the situation though to her it was very distressing. 

Essentially, her emotional state was held in her shoulder and also her perhaps her sleeplessness was another symptom. Even though the situation had been resolved the emotion was, in a sense, stuck in her body’s reaction to the stressful work situation. The remedy prescribed was Bryonia alba (pictured above). So, if there’s any long standing chronic health issue that seems to linger longer than expected and has not responded to well prescribed treatments I am always very keen to offer a Homeopathic remedy. I hope my telling you about Homeopathy as a tool to not just palliate symptoms but to free our body’s vitality and our own ability to recover from a state of stuckness is useful to you. 

Bryonia alba is known to be a wonderful rheumatic remedy and is often prescribed when there are work related issues causing emotional stress.

A Christmas Grief – 5 Amazing Homeopathic Remedies for the Holiday’s

Homeopathy for the Holiday’s

Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a joyful holiday season.

If you’ve worked late and long like Santa or Mrs Claus to prepare and provide for loved ones joy, you might well be forgiven for feeling a little exhausted and vulnerable too.

If you are dreading the family visit or the lack of family to visit then perhaps you too might want to have a little solace from woe. Despite the subject of this email I’m not suggesting that Christmas is a grief filled time. However, should the efforts of it be a stress on you physically and emotionally below are five homeopathic remedies to support you.

5 Homeopathic Remedies for the Holidays

Aconitum napellus – Great anxiety with restlessness. Fright, recent or long past. Sudden exposure to cold. First stages of a fever.

Arsenicum album – Fearful, anguished, perfectionist and restless. Worse after midnight, worse being alone. Fear of illness and infection. Short, difficult breathing, weak, faint and exhausted and wanting cool air or sips of water. Diarrhea from spoiled food or a virus.

Ignatia amara – Secretly brooding over sorrows. Melancholy. Grief of long standing. Oversensitivity, vulnerability, worry, worse consolation, anticipatory anxiety, mood swings. Muscle cramps, spasm and neuralgias.

Pulsatilla nigricans – Mildness, crying easily, needs consolation and company. Changeable mood, gloomy and morose or nervous depression. Worse from heat, better in the open air. Overall worse in the evening and can’t stand being too warm.

Nux vomica – Grumpy. Digestive upset, constipation. Bad affects of over indulgence, mental or physical overexertion. Irritable with a headache or sinus head cold. Feels chilly.

Staphysagria – Complaints from suppression of anger, indignaion, fits of rage, throws things around. Depressed spirits and hiding an upset over past injustices. Head cold, toothache or stye.

NB. Using a homeopathic remedy for emotional concerns is not a replacement for any needed therapy. The above should be considered supportive, feel free to call about any question you might have. 

Gluten or FODMAP? Bread or Onion, What’s Worse?

If you think you’re sensitive to gluten, think again, you may not be. Here’s why:

Foods that are high in gluten are also high in FODMAPs.

FODMAPs are forms of carbohydrate  sugars which are indigestable in the human digestive tract.  FODMAP stands for Fermentable, Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols.

A recent ‘double blind’ research paper showed that people were actually reacting to the FODMAP’s and not to the gluten when they experienced gastrointestinal discomfort.

So, if you thought you were sensitive to gluten and haven’t tested positive for celiac disease (wheat sensitivity), you might actually be sensitive to FODMAP’s.

Yes, grains do have high levels of gluten but they aslo have high FODMAP’s and so do many other food staples in our everyday diet.  Those include common foods such as onions, garlic, asparagus, cauliflower, most beans and many other surprises.

For a complete list of foods that are high in FODMAP’s see here.

As a physical therapist and homeopath treating patients with aggravating factors and chronic conditions, I will often look at a persons diet to uncover and remove likely obstacles to full recovery.

If you’re struggling with digestive issues and haven’t been able to pinpoint the source of the problem, schedule a visit and get the help you need.

The research, published in Gastroenterology Volume 154, Issue 3, February 2018  explored the question of why some people complain of Gluten intolerance and yet do not test positive for Celiac disease.  The double-blind research assessed the gastrointestinal symptoms of participants to high FODMAP food compared to high Gluten food and also a What was shown is that the greatest reactions were to the high FODMAP food.


It’s important to note that grains containing Gluten are also high in FODMAP’s but the very useful information is that there are many other foods than grains that are high FODMAP foods.

So,  if you are reacting to wheat and other grains it is likely you are also sensitive to FODMAP’s in those grains and most likely other high FODMAP foods too. These might include beans, cauliflower, cashews and goji berries.

* High FODMAP food (things to avoid / reduce) Low FODMAP food (good to eat food)
Vegetables and Legumes If quantities are given these are the highest amount allowed
Garlic – avoid entirely if possibleFermented cabbage e.g. sauerkrautVegetables and Legumes
Includes garlic salt, garlic powderHaricot beansAlfalfaLettuce:
Onions – avoid entirely if possibleKidney beansBamboo shootsButter lettuce
Includes onion powder, small pickled onions Try Asafoetida powder or garlic oil to substituteLima beansBean sproutsIceberg lettuce
ArtichokeLeek bulbBeetroot, canned and pickledRadicchio lettuce
AsparagusMange ToutBok choy / pak choiRed coral lettuce
Baked beansMixed vegetablesBroccoli, whole – 1 cupRocket lettuce
Bananas, ripeMung beansBroccoli, heads only – 1 cupRomaine/Cos lettuce
Beetroot, freshMushroomsBroccoli, stalks only – 1/2 cupMarrow
Black beansPeas, sugar snapBrussels sprouts – 1 serving of 2 sproutsOkra
Black eyed peasPickled vegetablesButternut squash – 1/4 cupOlives
Broad beansRed kidney beansCabbage, common and red up to 1 cupParsnip
Butter beansSavoy CabbageCallalooPeas, snow – 5 pods
CassavaSoy beans / soya beansCarrotsPickled gherkins
CauliflowerSplit peasCeleriacPickled onions, large
Celery – greater than 5cm of stalkScallions / spring onions (bulb / white part)Celery – less than 5cm of stalkPotato
ChokoShallotsChicory leavesPumpkin
FalafelTaroChick peas – 1/4 cupPumpkin, canned – 1/4 cup, 2.2 oz
Chilli – if tolerableRadish
Fruit – fruits can contain high fructoseChivesRed peppers / red bell pepper / red capsicum
ApplesMangoCho cho – 1/2 cup dicedScallions / spring onions (green part)
ApricotsNectarinesChoy sumSeaweed / nori
AvocadoPaw paw, driedCollard greensSilverbeet / chard
BlackberriesPeachesCorn / sweet corn – if tolerable and only in small amounts – 1/2 cobSpaghetti squash
BlackcurrantsPearsCourgetteSpinach, baby
CherriesPineapple, driedEggplant / aubergineSun-dried tomatoes – 4 pieces
Custard applePomegranateGreen beansSwiss chard
DatesPrunesGreen pepper / green bell pepper / green capsicumSweet potato – 1/2 cup
FeijoaRaisinsGingerTomato – canned, cherry, common, roma
FigsSea buckthornsKaleTurnip
Goji berriesSultanasKarelaWater chestnuts
GrapefruitTamarilloLeek leavesYam
Guava, unripeTinned fruit in apple / pear juiceLentils – in small amountsZucchini
Meats, Poultry and Meat SubstitutesAckeeLemon including lemon juice
ChorizoBananas, unripeLime including lime juice
Cereals, Grains, Breads, Biscuits, Pasta, Nuts and CakesBreadfruitPassion fruit
Wheat containing products such as (be sure to check labels):Bran cerealsCarambolaPaw paw
Biscuits including chocolate chip biscuitsBread:CantaloupePapaya
Bread, wheat – over 1 sliceGranary breadCranberry – 1 tbspPineapple
BreadcrumbsMultigrain breadClementinePlantain, peeled
CakesNaanDragon fruitRaspberry
Cereal bar, wheat basedOatmeal breadLingonberriesRhubarb
CroissantsPumpernickel breadGrapesStrawberry
CrumpetsRotiGuava, ripeTamarind
Egg noodlesSourdough with kamutHoneydew and Galia melonsTangelo
PastriesCous cous
Pasta, wheat over 1/2 cup cookedEinkorn flourMeats, Poultry and Meat SubstitutesFish and Seafood
Udon noodlesFreekehBeefCanned tuna
Wheat branGnocchiChickenFresh fish e.g.
Wheat cerealsGranola barKangarooCod
Wheat flourMuesli cerealLambHaddock
Wheat noodlesMuesli barPorkPlaice
Wheat rollsPistachiosProsciuttoSalmon
WheatgermRyeQuorn, minceTrout
Almond mealRye crispbreadTurkeyTuna
Amaranth flourSemolinaCold cuts / deli meat / cold meats such as ham and turkey breastSeafood (ensuring nothing else is added) e.g.
Barley including flourSpelt flourProcessed meat – check ingredientsCrab
Condiments, Dips, Sweets, Sweeteners and SpreadsMussels
AgaveRelish / vegetable pickleOysters
Caviar dipStock cubesPrawns
FructoseSugar free sweets containing polyols – usually ending in -ol or isomaltShrimp
Fruit barSweeteners: 
Gravy, if it contains onionInulinCereals, Grains, Breads, Biscuits, Pasta, Nuts and Cakes
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)IsomaltWheat free breadsOatcakes
Hummus / houmousMaltitolGluten free breadsPeanuts
HoneyMannitolBread:Pecans – max of 15
Jam, mixed berriesSorbitolCorn breadPine nuts – max of 15
Jam, strawberry, if contains HFCSXylitolOat breadPolenta
MolassesTahini pasteRice breadPopcorn
Pesto sauceTzatziki dipSpelt sourdough breadPorridge and oat based cereals
Quince pastePotato flour breadPotato flour
Wheat free or gluten free pastaPretzels
Prebiotic FoodsBread, wheat – 1 sliceQuinoa
The follow items may be hiding in yoghurts, snack bars etc:InulinAlmonds – max of 15Pasta, wheat – up to 1/2 cup cooked
FOS – fructooligosaccharidesOligofructoseBiscuit, savouryRice:
Biscuit, shortbread – 1 onlyBasmati rice
Drinks and Protein PowdersBrazil nutsBrown rice
Beer – if drinking more than one bottleSoy milk made with soy beans – commonly found in USABulgur / bourghal – 1/4 cup cooked, 44g servingRice noodles
Coconut waterSports drinksBuckwheatWhite rice
Cordial, apple and raspberry with 50-100% real juiceTea:Buckwheat flourRice bran
Cordial, orange with 25-50% real juiceBlack tea with added soy milkBuckwheat noodlesRice cakes
Fruit and herbal teas with apple addedChai tea, strongBrown rice / whole grain riceRice crackers
Fruit juices in large quantitiesDandelion tea, strongChestnutsRice flakes
Fruit juices made of apple, pear, mangoFennel teaChips, plain / potato crisps, plainRice flour
KombuchaChamomile teaCornflour / maizeRice Krispies
Malted chocolate flavored drinkHerbal tea, strongCrispbreadSeeds:
Orange juice in quantities over 100mlOolong teaCorncakesChia seeds
Quinoa milkWine – if drinking more than one glassCornflakes – 1/2 cupEgusi seeds
RumWhey protein, concentrate unless lactose freeCoconut – milk, cream, fleshPoppy seeds
Sodas containing High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)Whey protein, hydrolyzed unless lactose freeCorn tortillas, 3 tortillasPumpkin seeds
Crackers, plainSesame seeds
Dairy FoodsHazelnuts – max of 15Sunflower seeds
ButtermilkKefirMacadamia nutsStarch, maize, potato and tapioca
Cheese, creamMilk:MilletSorghum
Cheese, HalmoumiCow milkMixed nutsTortilla chips / corn chips
Cheese, ricottaGoat milkOatmeal, 1/2 cupWalnuts
CreamEvaporated milkOats
CustardSheep’s milk
GelatoSour creamCondiments, Dips, Sweets, Sweeteners and Spreads
Ice creamYoghurtAspartameOyster sauce
Almond butterPesto sauce – less than 1 tbsp
Cooking ingredientsBarbecue sauce – check label carefullyPeanut butter
Carob powderCapers in vinegarRice malt syrup
Capers, saltedSaccharine
Chocolate:Shrimp paste
Dark chocolateSoy sauce
Milk chocolate – 3 squaresStevia
White chocolate – 3 squaresSweet and sour sauce
Chutney, 1 tablespoonSucralose
Fish sauceSugar – also called sucrose
Golden syrupTamarind paste
GlucoseTomato sauce (outside USA) – 2 sachets, 13g
Jam / jelly, strawberryVegemite
Ketchup (USA) – 1 sachetVinegars:
Maple syrupApple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp
MarmaladeBalsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp
MarmiteRice wine vinegar
Mayonnaise – ensuring no garlic or onion in ingredientsWasabi
Miso pasteWorcestershire sauce – has onion and garlic but very low
Drinks and Protein Powders
Alcohol – is an irritant to the gut, limited intake advised:Drinking chocolate powder
Beer – limited to one drinkFruit juice, 125ml and safe fruits only
Clear spirits such as VodkaKvass
GinLemonade – in low quantities
WhiskeyProtein powders:
Wine – limited to one drinkEgg protein
Coffee:Pea protein – up to 20g
Espresso coffee, regular or decaffeinated, blackRice protein
Espresso coffee, regular or decaffeinated, with up to 250ml lactose free milkSacha Inchi protein
Instant coffee, regular or decaffeinated, blackWhey protein isolate
Instant coffee, regular or decaffeinated, with up to 250ml lactose free milkSoya milk made with soy protein
Black tea, weak e.g. PG TipsGreen tea
Chai tea, weakPeppermint tea
Fruit and herbal tea, weak – ensure no apple addedWhite tea
Dairy Foods and Eggs
BrieGoat / chevre
CottageRicotta – 2 tablespoons
FetaSwiss cheese
Dairy free chocolate pudding
Almond milkMacadamia milk
Hemp milkOat milk – 30 ml, enough for cereal
Lactose free milkRice milk – upto 200ml per sitting
Soy protein (avoid soya beans)
Tofu – drained and firm varieties
Whipped cream
Coconut yoghurtLactose free yoghurt
Greek yoghurt, in small amountsGoats yoghurt
Cooking ingredients, Herbs and Spices
Herbs: Basil, Bay leaves, Cilantro, Coriander, Curry leaves, Fenugreek, Gotukala, Lemongrass, Mint, Oregano, Pandan, Parsley, Rampa, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, ThymeCocoa powder
Spices: All spice, Black pepper, Cardamon, Chilli powder (check ingredients, sometimes has garlic added), Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin, Curry powder, Fennel seeds, Five spice, Goraka, Mustard seeds, Nutmeg, Paprika, Saffron, Star anise, TurmericCream, 1/2 cup
Oils: Avocado oil, Canola oil, Coconut oil, Olive oil, Peanut oil, Rice bran oil, Sesame oil, Soybean oil, Sunflower oil, Vegetable oilGelatine
Garlic infused oilGhee
Onion infused oilIcing sugar
Asafoetida powder – great onion substituteLard
Baking powderNutritional yeast
Baking sodaSalt
Cacao powderSoybean oil

Why Do I Use Homeopathy & Bowen Therapy Together?

My first degree in alternative medicine was in Classical Homeopathy, Bowen Therapy became an addition to my work and I’ve now used both therapies together in my practice for 19 years. I focus on pain and chronic disease and most clients under my care receive treatment using both these therapies.

Pain and misalignment might be as a result of mechanical injury and strain, or as a result of a disease process. The conditions caused from disease, injury and strain should recover in a normal and timely manner. However, this is clearly not true and it is important to understand why recovery after well chosen therapy or medicine fails.

Importantly, our emotional reactions to the stresses of our life or the strain of managing our disease may also be a factor in the patterns of chronic symptoms. We all know that stress is a factor and a cause of many health concerns, from muscle tension to cardiovascular disease, though addressing this is not always acknowledged as being fundamental to fully recovering. The idea of long standing patterns of reaction coloured by our emotional past is not new and most therapies will acknowledge this idea. These patterns of emotional reaction underpin the body’s physical ability to recover from our chronic pains. I am not saying that emotional issues are the cause of maintaining illnesses but that commonly a pattern of emotional responsivity is a maintaining block to recovery.

An emotional behaviour that can interfere in our recovering from the body’s pain is seen where a pattern of reaction to the stress or traumatic experience has continued to affect our body’s self regulating and healing processes. Commonly, we see the body in a protective response of inflammation and guardedness. Examples of this can be seen in muscular pains, nerve impingement, even our urinary system and in many bowel complaints and in syndromes like migraine and chronic fatigue. We should suspect and explore the issues when our recovery is limited or not holding just as strongly as further diagnostic assessments such as further scans and blood tests.

This concept is proven when there is a resolution of the emotional cause and the body’s pattern of emotional response is freed, this is where homeopathy comes into use. Don’t mistake homeopathic treatment as a psychotherapeutic process it is not. It is a prescription of a medicine based on absolutes that when decided on properly rely on the clients physical symptoms, the nuanced characteristic of those symptoms, the pathology of the disease and only in small part their state of emotion and only that which is changed in their state of illness. We can often see the pattern of that emotional state exampled in other moments of stress throughout their life and this is very helpful in helping the client understand the underlying emotional connection to their current health situation.

An example of this is a client with chronic muscle pain, hot flashes, digestive issues and headaches heard about the clinic from a friend. She first came expecting to receive Bowen Therapy for her problems and it was the first treatment choice. After two sessions that certainly had some benefit, a break of a two weeks was provided, on returning their symptoms were relieved for only a few days in total though the overall intensity is markedly less. I suggested we consult for a homeopathic treatment option as well as a repetition of the Bowen Therapy treatment. Using information about the client’s physical symptoms and isolating usable the data to an argument for a homeopathic medicine or to argue against it. We call this repertorization which is the process of choosing a remedy through a database of symptoms. Not all symptoms are useful for differentiation of remedies so it is not the only tool used in prescribing. There are detailed symptom descriptions of homeopathic medicines that need to be read and confirmed to further cement a decision.

In this case the remedy given was Belladonna a plant based medicine used very commonly for childhood infections. Emotionally, they can’t express their need and not being able express a need leads to them expressing that need physically instead. A dose of the chosen medicine was taken to test the clients response, the response is evaluated before the medicine is repeated. The remedy chosen firstly covered the physical symptoms of the hot flashes, muscle pain, digestion and headaches. The remedy also had the similar emotional state of the client when feeling their worst now. Any connection to their emotional past is naturally mirrored in their emotional state now.

Importantly, the clients emotional state or pattern of emotional behaviour cannot be inferred from a past trauma or stress, it can only be seen for what it is now while unwell, so it is the expressed emotion only as it pertains to their behaviour now. Such as wanting solitude when the symptoms are bad or anxiety about their situation when they might need to perform for work. We look at what is the state of mind (emotion) not what it might be. It is never an assumed concept of their mental state. We look at the absolutes of their symptoms such as if their headache is better for a hot wrap or an ice pack.

What are the ‘blocks’ to your health?

For example, the migraines of a recent client were triggered by weather, stress and hormones but these were just triggers not the cause. The cause was a congestion that is was related to jaw tension ever since childhood braces. The release of the tension relieved the pressure on the nerves behind the jaw and thereby relieved a block or a point of congestion that was made worse by the normal congestive triggers.

For the sake of logic let’s assume that these so called blocks to health are commonly defined with a diagnostic label, a disease, pathogen or a syndrome. Essentially, defining them is all true and can offer many treatment choices based on a definition label. However, if the block to your recovery has not been removed we are just managing your symptoms.

At the Be Well Now Centre we look at the above defined conditions as useful to manage the course of disease but we go a step further and examine the nuanced characteristics of the symptoms expressed by a disease as the definition of the manner in which your health is blocked. By prescribing medicine or treatment appropriate to changing the way the body is dealing with the condition, its symptoms, we help remove the blocks in the way of one’s health. Freeing the body to more appropriately manage the underlying problems.

Does Science Support Homeopathic Medicine?

Does Science Support Homeopathic Medicine?

As a long time homeopath I’ve been a firsthand witness to many wonderful outcomes using homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic medicines are often diluted and as such any effect comes from the reaction you have not the forceful effect of the drug itself. I’m often asked to justify these dilutions as if the very idea could not have any scientific validation. Well, I’m pleased to let you know that there is both scientific proof and plenty of it.

Paolo Bellavite Research
Slide from lecture

Recently research has shown the effects of high dilution medicines at the cellular level. Dr. Paolo Bellavite of the University of Verona in parallel and connection with the AR Khuda-Bukhsh team, have provided the proof that high dilutions have significant effects even at the level of gene expression. The team reported this exciting finding emerging from studies with homeopathic Gelsemium semperivens in neurocytes and with homeopathic Arnica montana in macrophages.

We can assume that the mechanism of action from these high dilution medicines is that the high dilutions of medicines used touch only nodes having enhanced susceptibility. This explains why homeopathic medicines need to be selected for the individual expression of disease.


What is a Homeopathic Medicine

What is a Homeopathic Medicine

The medicines used by a Homeopath are from many varied sources ranging from minerals like the calcium from an Oyster shell, plants like the common English Daisy, and even animal products such as a secretion from the intestines of a Grey Whale named Ambergris used in the making of fine perfume. Plus, many more plain and seemingly exotic items are made into remedies.

What’s important to note is that the Homeopathic medicines are capable of causing the symptoms they are used to treat. In fact, that is how they are chosen. The homeopathic practitioner selects a medicine because it can similarly produce the nuanced characteristics of that person’s own symptoms.

The chosen medicine stimulates the body’s response mechanisms because it has a heightened susceptibility to the medicine as a consequence of this similarity.

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Homeopathy for Flu’s

Treat Colds & Flu with Homeopathic Medicine


Given our annual concerns about the flu we’re bombarded by news and heightened alerts of the next worst strain to come. Worse, we’re almost certainly going to be exposed to a virus, even with immunizations that have their own risks attached, there’s a real risk of succumbing to the seasonal flu strain. Don’t fear it learn some new ways to deal with it. This article will teach you about using homeopathy for the flu.

Homeopathic medicine is well established as a treatment choice that can be utilized without much cost or effort and you really need to know the “ins and outs” of how to treat your own flu.

Treating flu’s and colds is an important aspect for any homeopath, I have treated these since 1996, it’s an vitally important part of my work to care for those struck down with the flu. I’m going to share with you how I use the most commonly prescribed homeopathic remedies for flu treatment below.

During flu outbreaks calls come with requests for an appropriate flu treatment, the treatments I offer are most often one of a few commonly available homeopathic remedies. These are readily available in most health stores and pharmacies that carry homeopathy. After the prescription and first dose/s it’s essential to follow the response from the remedy. Feedback is given via text, email or a phone call or two till they are back on track. During that time a change of the remedy or dosage is needed or needs to be tweaked as symptoms progress through the stages of recovery. It can mean the difference from being stuck with the flu for a week or more, or getting better in a day or two. This article is intended to provide you the tools to treat you flu with an appropriately chosen homeopathic remedy.

First, what is a homeopathic Remedy?

It is a medicine made from a natural substance that if you ingested a large amount of would cause you to have symptoms of a particular nature. Such as, if you drink too much coffee you become, edgy, irritable, sleepless, sore stomach and dehydrated skin. We’ll choose a remedy for your flu based on the symptoms you exhibit and the symptoms of the remedy will be the closest match we can find. It’s as if we’re going to take a dose of the same problem we already have. If the remedy affects you it is going to promote your body’s vitality to respond more strongly to the symptoms you have and get healthier faster. The homeopathic remedy is like an immunization to the specific problem we have.


Does it matter if it’s the flu or a cold?

No, the symptoms are the main concern and whether the symptoms are caused by a virus. Of course, in the diagnosing of the symptoms you have to consider the wisest choice which is to consult a professionals opinion whenever you are uncertain about your health.

Simple measures for prevention during a flu epidemic include:

  • Hand washing, care to not touch eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid sugar, alcohol.
  • Rest and relax to recuperate fully each day.

Influenzinum 200 CH is a homeopathic form of the flu vaccine and can be taken daily during a flu epidemic. I recommend you take it through the flu season every 2 weeks and if you are getting the first signs of flu such as, dizzy head, frontal headache, weakness on exertion or loose stool. Take it every few hours.

Oscillococcinum™ is an ‘over the counter’ flu remedy available at most pharmacies and you can take it as above for the prevention of the symptoms. It is not as strong as Influenzinum 200 and so if the flu gets a hold of you look below for the flu remedy you need.

How to take a homeopathic remedy

Usually a remedy is bought in a granule format. Made of sucrose the sugar granule is a carrier for the actual medicine that impregnates into the sugar. The potency (strength) is not as important as the chosen remedy, do not worry about the available strength, any will do. All homeopathic remedies are safe as they are highly diluted and I am going to tell you how to take the remedy safely with these simple rules.

  1. Take only 1 granule at a time (ignore instructions on packaging).
  2. Dissolve the granule in your mouth a few minutes away from eating or drinking.
  3. To test the effectiveness of a remedy, I suggest taking only 3 doses 1 hour apart.
  4. Do not repeat without evaluating the effect of the remedy taken prior. If you are clear it helped and you’re symptoms that it helped return, repeat.
  5. Good responses after a remedy can include:
    1. Slight aggravation lasting no more than an hour
    2. Sleeping
    3. Symptoms improving
  6. Bad responses after a remedy can include:
    1. Aggravation lasting longer than an hour
    2. Agitation, spiking fever and delirium
    3. Worsening of your symptoms such as developing cough
    4. If concerned stop the remedy and seek advice or choose a new remedy based on the newer symptoms
  7. When purchasing a remedy please use either 30 CH or 200 CH as these tend to be common. – If the remedy was working and stops you can always add a granule to a glass of water, stir vigorously and take 1 tsp. Repeat in this manner if that method worked and you need to repeat.
  8. When in doubt, wait. The symptoms you have are what define what to do, you just have to pay attention.

The Most Common Homeopathic Flu Treatment Remedies


Allium cepa – Early and mid stages with RUNNY NOSE

Profuse catarrhal cold, the nose runs continuously, sneezing, irritated chest leading to cough, swollen face.

AGGRAVATION: In the evening, in a warm room.

AMELIORATION: In the open air, in a cold room

Arsenicum album – All stages with ANXIETY

Restless, anxious and insecure with burning dryness and copious watery irritating secretion and the involvement of the conjunctiva are unmistakable indications. Thirsty for sips.

AGGRAVATION: Periodically at night, after midnight (from 1:00 to 2:00 AM), on entering a cold place, from cold food or drinks, from rapid walking, from the use of milk, from cold, and when lying on the affected side, with the head low.

AMELIORATION: From external heat, when moving about, from warmth, from hot drinks, and from hot food.

Baptisia tinctora – Early Stages with DIARRHEA

Flu that strikes the digestive system first, especially with offensive diarrhea.

AGGRAVATION: From mental exertion, from swallowing solids, in a dosed room, and during deep.

AMELIORATION: From drinking liquids, in the open air, and from motion.

Bryonia alba – Mid stages with BRONCHIAL Symptoms

bryonia_albaWhen a person is very grumpy and feels miserable with the flu, wanting only to lie still and be left alone, this remedy is most useful. Headache, muscles ache, deep productive painful cough. Everything feels worse from even the slightest motion. Dry with a thirst for long cold drinks.

AGGRAVATION: At 9:00 PM, by motion, from moving the affected parts, during inspiration, while lying on the painless side, from touch, from warmth, and during summer.

AMELIORATION: While exhaling, while lying on the painful side, by tightly bandaging the affected parts, from pressure, during rest, and from taking cold things.

Causticum – Mid & Late stages with COUGH

causticumThis remedy like both Rhus-tox and Eupatorium it has tired, sore, bruised sensation all over the body pains. Loss of voice and soreness in the chest with coughing. Involuntary urination while coughing.

AGGRAVATION: In the evening, in the open air, after drinking coffee, while perspiring, in clear, fine weather, during new moon, from getting wet or bathing, and from coming from the open air into a warm room.

AMELIORATION: From warmth, in damp, wet weather.

Eupatorium perfoliatum – Early Stages with BODY ACHES

eupatorium-perfoliatumThis remedy also has soreness and aching of the entire body, hoarseness and cough, with soreness of the larynx and upper respiratory tract. Phlegmy and thirsty. Bone breaking pains are characteristic of the remedy which is good in the early stages of the flu.


AMELIORATION: Conversation

Gelsemium semperivens – Early Stage with WEAKNESS

gelsemiumThis remedy corresponds to the onset, patient is weak, tired and aches throughout the body. Great apathy. Constant chilliness. Paroxysms of sneezing. It usually relieves the intense aching and muscle soreness.

AGGRAVATION: In damp weather, before a thunderstorm, from emotion or excitement, from bed news, from smoking.

AMELIORATION: From profuse urination, from remaining quiet.

Ipecac – Late stages with MUCOUS

ipecacuanhaNausea & vomiting of mucus in large quantities, without relief. Dry spasmodic cough, constricted, asthmatic. Wheezing and anxiety about the stomach. Cough with rattling of mucus in chest when inspiring.

AGGRAVATION: From motion, in winter and dry weather, in warm moist, south winds, from the slightest motion, from stooping, and from over – eating.

AMELIORATION: In the open air.

Phosphorus – Late stages with DEBILITY

phosphorousGood humor. Symptoms move to the chest. Debility following the flu. Thirsty for COLD drinks, icey drinks and carbonated drinks. Dry barking cough.

AGGRAVATION: Lying on painful side, left side, on back. emotions, talking, touch, odours, light. cold, open air. Salt. Sexual excess. Loss of fluids, sudden change in weather, windy, cold, thunderstorms, lightning. Mental fatigue. Twilight.

AMELIORATION: Eating. Sleep. Cold, food, water, washing face with cold water. Rubbing, magnetic. Sitting. Dark.

Pulsatilla pratensis – Early stages with – THIRSTLESSNESS

pulsatilla_pratensisAbsence of thirst or thirstlessness with nearly all complaints. Dryness of the mouth. Feverish at 6:00 PM. repugnance to food. Needy.

AGGRAVATION: In a warm, closed room, towards evening, from warm things.

AMELIORATION: In the open air, from cold air or cold things, from lying on the painful side, from cold air or cool room, and from cold application.

Rhus toxicodendron – All stages with RESTLESSNESS

rhus_toxFlu’s with severe aching in the bones. Cough is worse evenings and is provoked a tickling behind the upper part of the sternum. Flu comes on after exposure to damp. Aching pains, night restlessness.

AGGRAVATION: During rest, when entering the room from the open air, from getting wet, especially while perspiring, during the night, after midnight, before storms, on beginning to move after quiet, and in wet, rainy, weather.

AMELIORATION: From continued motion, from walking, from change of position, from lying on something hard, from warmth, in dry air, and from warm or hot things, from wrapping up, and from moving the affected parts.

Sabadilla officianallis – Early Stages with SNEEZING

sabadillaWatch for sneezing and tearing up in the open air. Throat pain is worse on empty swallowing. Chills creeping up the spine is a prominent symptom. Frontal headache, dry mouth, without thirst, worse lying down.

AGGRAVATION: In the fore – noon, before midnight, from cold, while resting, from cold drinks, during new and full moon, and from odours.

AMELIORATION: From motion, while swallowing, while getting warm, from warmth, and from warm food and drink.

Veratrum album – Late stages with COLLAPSE

veratrum_albumComplete prostration & collapsed states. Cold perspiration on the forehead with nearly all complaints. Intense and unquenchable thirst for large quantities of very cold water and acidic drinks. Frequent diarrhea, watery, gushing. Excessive Vomiting with nausea and collapse.

AGGRAVATION: From least motion, after drinking, before and during menses, during and after stool, when perspiring, after fright, from exertion, and during pain.

AMELIORATION: By pressure on the vertex (headache), from stimulants, and from walking about.

Top 20 Conditions Bowen Therapy Treats

Below is a list of the top 20 conditions bowen therapy


Top 20 Conditions Bowen Therapy Treats
Chronic and Acute PainPlantar Fasciitis
SciaticaHormone imbalance & Menopause
MigrainesMenstrual problems
Low Back PainInfertility
Neck & Shoulder SpasmSleep disorders & stress
Hip Misalignment & PainAllergies
Frozen ShoulderIndigestion
Tendonitis & Muscle PainIrritable Bowel Syndrome
Knee PainBloating
Carpal Tunnel SyndromeCramping and spasm