News and Information

This page is dedicated to getting information out to people about events and wider aspects of homeopathy. It gives information about current issues, educational pieces, philosophical considerations and upcoming events.


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Latest News:

Maternity leave and move to Wicklow....

+ New services operating from the clinic - Allergy Testing and Reiki

+ Choice of homeopathic approach available

Past News and information:

+ Famous people and others that have used homeopathy
Not a lot of people know this -look who's been using homeopathy ........

+ Northern Ireland study shows the effectiveness of homeopathy - an important recent study investigating the effectivenes of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

+ Suzi and colleague Helen McMeel presented an interactive talk at the RDS Rude Health Show 2008 entitled ASTHMA & RECURRENT RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS – THE HOMEOPATHIC SOLUTION

Greystones Festival - chance to talk to Suzi, Tara or Paul in person

Suzi's short trip to India - a little note on what happened and what was learned on a 2008 trip to India

Maternity leave and shift of location
  Suzi went on maternity leave in Sept 2010. She is now in the process of steadily returning to work and building up to full availability. The clinic will be re-opened in Greystones in the near future but for this 'get back to work' period, consultations are available in Wicklow Town - Directions available on request.

More details about Greystones availability will be posted in due course.

New services operating from the clinic - Allergy Testing and Reiki
At Wicklow Homeopathy we are keen to promote joined up approaches to patient health and to see more networking between practitioners working in different but related disciplines. With this in mind we are happy to announce that two new therapies are now available within the Greystones clinic.

Allergy Testing contact Caroline Conron via
Reiki contact Margaret Shanley - tel 086 8118139

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Homeopathic Remedies for people with flu symptoms

Listening to public concerns about potential widespread flu led me to prepare this workshop. Homeopathy has been used with much success in influenza and other epidemics for 200 years. It was used significantly in the 1918 global flu pandemic. Today Homeopaths worldwide are actively sharing updated information about which remedies are assisting people with flu symptoms.

Homeopathy is system of medicine that uses natural substances to stimulate the body’s own healing ability. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other medication.

If you feel it would be helpful to have a kit of specific Homeopathic flu Remedies for use at home and clear guidance on which to use for each combination of flu symptoms, then this workshop is for you.

Contact Suzi 087 6560116 /

Part 1: Instruction on using Homeopathy at Home, when to prescribe and when to wait
Part 2 : Full details on 15 flu remedies and indicators for use
1 day workshop Sat. 21st Nov 201010:00am-3:00pm (part 1 + 2)

A kit of specific flu remedies will be available for those who wish to have the remedies at home. Backup assistance is also provided by appointment, telephone or via our Drop-In Clinic.

€70 for classes + instructions only; €105 for classes + remedy kit.

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Choice of approach available - 'the Bombay Method'
Patients now have a choice of homeopathic approach when they come to the clinic.

For many people, it doesn't matter that there are different approaches in homeopathy, or what those approaches are, because at the end of the day what we all want is effective treatment and to see results. However, for some, the experience of homeopathy is more than just about the results, it's the whole process that matters.

Just as in say medicine where some patients respond well to certain drugs but others get side effects from the same drugs, or in psychotherapy where some patients engage better with a practitioner using Gestalt therapy rather than one using behavioural modification techniques, so it is in homeopathy - some approaches suit patients more than others. And now patients in the clinic can choose to experience what has come to be known as the Bombay Method. This is an approach to homeopathy that is relatively new but growing in popularity. Same results but different process.

In the Bombay Method, it is more important to get to the fundamental core or ‘sensation’ of the underlying imbalance rather than aim to cover all the relevant symptoms. You could say that it emphasises the depth rather than the breadth of someone's symptom picture. The practitioner may focus on just one symptom, or a selected few, and then seek to discover as much as possible about how the patient experiences that symptom. Using this method, it shows time after time that the patient’s underlying sensation is reflected in all the key symptoms of their illness and the mind/body link becomes very clear.

Some key points of the Bombay method

• The personal experience of the symptoms are more telling than the symptoms themselves.
• The underlying cause will be revealed through exploration of any of the symptoms - so no need to cover all of them.
• It is based on a system of categorisation which places importance on how symptoms are experienced as well as the depth and pace of the illness/disease
• Using the categorisation system opens up possibilities for the homeopath to chose from a much broader range of potential remedies

Paul practices the Bombay method. If you are interested in this approach, you'll find a few more details on the consultations page and click here for Paul's contact details

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Famous people (and others) that have used homeopathy

Charles Darwin was not a supporter of homeopathy at all but as it turned out he could not have written Origin of Species without the homeopathic treatment that he reluctanctly agreed to receive from Dr. Gully. The effectiveness of the treatment surprised him but he still never became an open supporter of homeopathy. (This is known from Darwin's own letters)

Some of the numerous leading conventional physicians and scientists who have had extremely positive things to say about homeopathy include Sir William Osler (the "father of modern medicine"), Emil Adolph von Behring, MD (the "father of immunology"), Charles Frederick Menninger, MD (founder of the Menninger Clinic), August Bier, MD (the "father of spinal anesthesia"), C. Everett Koop, M.D. (former Surgeon General, U.S.), Brian Josephson, PhD. (Nobel Laureate & Cambridge professor).

At least eleven American Presidents used homeopathic medicines or sponsored legislation to allow homeopathic practice (Lincoln, Tyler, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, McKinley, Coolidge, Harding, Hoover, & Clinton)...and two British Prime Ministers (Disraeli and Tony Blair).

Many of America's literary greats advocated for and often wrote about homeopathy, including Washington Irving, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Mark Twain... and European greats such as Goethe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lord Alfred Tennyson, and George Bernard Shaw...and many modern greats including J.D. Salinger and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Numerous sports greats have talked about their use of homeopathic medicines including David Beckham, Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker, and many more.

Many world-class musicians have greatly appreciated homeopathy including Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Cher, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Townshend, Annie Lennox, Bob Weir, Paul Rodgers, Axl Rose, Moby, Jon Faddis, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Movie and TV celebrities have also benefited from homeopathy, including early stars such as Sarah Bernhardt, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne… and some of the modern-day stars, including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lesley Ann Warren, Pamela Anderson, Jane Seymour, Suzanne Somers, Lindsay Wagner, Michael York, Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw, Priscilla & Lisa Marie Presley, Jennifer Aniston, Jade Jagger, Tobey Maguire, and Orlando Bloom.

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Northern Ireland study shows the effectiveness of homeopathy

Complementary and Alternative Therapies Backed for NHS Funding

A major UK Government-funded study, carried out in Northern Ireland and commissioned by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, concluded there would be a range of benefits to patients if they were given access to complementary and alternative medicine, and that the treatments could even save the health service money.

In the study, the treatments which were administered after referral from local GPs included acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, osteopathy, reflexology and aromatherapy.
The Health Minister in Northern Ireland has made the independent evaluation report available to download on the Department’s website. Within the extensive report there are detailed responses from patients, GPs and practitioners, using a validated audit tool, focus groups and surveys. It goes on to make recommendations about the way forward.

The Results

In the pilot, 713 patients with a range of ages and demographic backgrounds and either physical or mental health conditions were referred to various complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies via nine GP practices in Belfast and Londonderry.

There was some comparison of CAMs involved in the study. This showed for instance that of the patients who availed of chiropractic and osteopathy treatments 56% were likely to record an improvement in their level of wellbeing, 77% of those availing of acupuncture and for homeopathic treatments the figure was 79% (see page 31 of the report).

Some statistics on Health improvement

• 81% of patients reported an improvement in their physical health
• 79% reported an improvement in their mental health
• 84% of patients linked an improvement in their health and wellbeing directly to their CAM treatment
• In 65% of patient cases, GPs documented a health improvement, correlating closely to patient-reported improvements
• 94% of patients said they would recommend CAM to another patient with their condition
• 87% of patient indicated a desire to continue with their CAM treatment

Painkillers and medication

• Half of GPs reported prescribing less medication and all reported that patients had indicated to them that they needed less
• 62% of patients reported suffering from less pain
• 55% reported using less painkillers following treatment
• Patients using medication reduced from 75% before treatment to 61% after treatment
• 44% of those taking medication before treatment had reduced their use afterwards

Health service and social benefits

• 24% of patients who used health services prior to treatment (i.e. primary and secondary care, accident and emergency) reported using the services less after treatment
• 65% of GPs reported seeing the patient less following the CAM referral
• Half of GPs said the scheme had reduced their workload and 17% reported a financial saving for their practice
• Half of GPs said their patients were using secondary care services less

Despite initial scepticism, the GPs involved were almost unanimously in favour after seeing tangible results. In 99% of patient cases GPs said they would refer the patient, or a different patient, to the scheme again and in 98% of cases GPs said they would recommend the service to other GPs. However, they also called for more information to help build their understanding of CAM therapies.

(Source: Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety : Evaluation – Complementary and Alternative Medicines Pilot Project in Northern Ireland, May 2008 (see web-link above); and circular email from Get Well UK)

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Suzi did a presentation with fellow ISHom registered homeopath Helen McMeel at the 2008 Rude Health Show, in the RDS, Dublin. Saturday 6th Sep.

The aim was to explain about homeopathy whilst focussing on a specific 'topic'. It was advertised as being for those that are susceptible to recurring chest, throat or sinus problems despite repeated prescriptions, or looking for assistance in the management of asthma. Suzi and Helen offered an exciting and interesting insight into the treatment of people with asthma and recurrent respiratory complaints, allowing plenty of time for questions and answers.

see below for some of the points made in the presentation

Are you or your family susceptible to recurring chest, throat or sinus problems despite repeated prescriptions?

Are you looking for assistance in the management of asthma?

Homeopathy is a safe, effective medicine that treats the underlying imbalance and improves health by boosting your immune system, without toxic side-effects.

It is estimated that about 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma.

• this equates to about 1 in 10 adults

• and 1 in 5 children In Ireland ~

Irish adults with asthma lose on average 12 days from work each year.

Irish children with asthma lose on average 10 days from school each year.

According to the Asthma Society Ireland,

Ireland has the 4
th highest prevalence of asthma in the world.
Scientific research suggests that asthma is a growing problem and there has been a very considerable increase in asthma prevalence in developed countries over the last 20 years.
Why the increase?

* Can run in the family
* Due to environmental changes, pollution
* Inability of our body to respond effectively
* changes in our environment
* general weakening of our immune system
Homeopathy offers a further choice for a potential solution

Homeopathy recognises the need to treat the underlying imbalance, or the original cause, in order to achieve long-term results.

• Science is starting to consider the long-term suppressive effects of antibiotics and steroid inhalers.
Babies who have taken repeat antibiotics during the first year of their life may face an elevated risk of developing childhood asthma

• source: Canadian Study, published in April 2008 issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)

Homeopathy is the 2nd most widely used medicine in the world (World Health Organisation – Source : Homeopathy Resource)

Because Homeopathy is:
• effective and often fast-acting
• easy to administer
• non-addictive
• without any toxic side-effects
• naturally boosting the immune system
• used to treat both chronic and short lived complaints
• addressing physical and emotional complaints
• safe to use in conjunction with other medication
• environmentally friendly and sustainable

and, most especially because it is so effective at breaking a cycle of recurrent infections
Effective therefore at assisting ...

• Recurrent tonsillitis
• Repeated chest infections, bronchitis
• Frequent earaches
• Acute and Chronic sinusitis

So, helping to reduce or prevent...

• Repeated prescriptions of antibiotics
• Tonsils removal
• Development or diagnosis of asthma
• Grommets
• Overuse of painkillers and anti-histamines

Clinical Study : cold and sore throats
499 children between 18 months and 4 years
268 got Homeopathic medicine, 231 got Non-Homeopathic medicine'

The researchers found that the children who were prescribed a Homeopathic medicine were significantly more likely to experience a positive result of treatment compared with those children prescribed an antibiotic.

The researchers also found that the children given a homeopathic medicine had significantly fewer complications and a higher quality of life .
Further, the study found that the parents of the children given the Homeopathic medicine had significantly less sick-leave days than the parents of children given an antibiotic.

ref: Trichard, Chaufferin, and Nicoloyannis, 2005
In the case of Chronic sinusitis, in a study of 144 patients with rhino-sinusitis using a randomized, double-blind approach, the Homeopathic treatment resulted in freedom from complaints in 90.3% of the patients and improvement in a further 8.3%

• In the control group, the complaints remained unchanged or became worse in 88.9% of the patients
ref: Friese and Zabalotnyi, 2006
Studies show that 70% of people report positive health changes after Homeopathic treatment, even where conventional treatment has had little effect.

(sources: British Medical Council Public Health Report 2004 4:6, NHS report on Homeopathy ISBN 1 901262006 and 1901262014: Complementary therapies in Medicine Vol 8 #1 March 2000)
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Greystones Festival

  The Greystones Town Festival 2008 took place during the August Bank Holiday weekend and, as previous years, we were out and about with an information stand. The idea behind this for us is that we could be freely available for anyone wishing to ask us questions about Homeopathy in general or specific to particular health situations.

This year we were happy to link up to The Happy Pear – the renowned home of delicious food and healthy smoothies (see . We had the stand beside their outdoor seating area and this meant that people could be fed and educated at the same time!!

I'd have to report that the weather was not so favourable this year but nevertheless we got a lot of interest and a fair range of questions, many of which were new to us. It is heartening to see the interest that there is out there in the general public and, whilst there remains a lot of misunderstanding, or at least a limited understanding, of the potential of homeopathy, it is great to see how once people understand something of the basic tenets of homeopathy (it's natural, like cures like, enhancing the body's ability to heal itself etc) how much more people were able to find a good connection with what they instinctively understand themselves about health and disease.


archive photo from
summer 2007

  “Super Heroes use Arnica for all their Super Bruises !”  

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Suzi's short trip to India.

  Suzi had the opportunity to travel with colleagues to India, an opportunity to broaden perspective in homeopathic terms. They were invited to visit Dr Farouk Master’s clinic in Mumbai (Bombay), to observe the day to day running of a homeopathic clinic, prescribing and treatment Indian style.

It is quite astounding how many people you can fit into a small room! The patient, the patient’s family, the homeopath taking the case, the student homeopaths, interested homeopaths from aboard (us) and a cat for swinging! It appeared that everyone was talking at the same time and everyone was being heard at the same time. A little overwhelming for someone who was used to the one to one approach of homeopathy!

The clinic was open seven days and treated people with a wide range of conditions from first aid to cancer. There were also many cases of diseases we would not normally see in Ireland such as typhoid and leprosy. There are about twenty homoeopaths attached to this clinic, with usually four or five homeopaths on duty, at any one time so it is an extremely busy clinic.

The consultation takes one to one and a half hours to complete, and all aspects of the patient are taken into consideration, their presenting complaint, their medical history, any recurring illnesses they suffer as well as their diet, lifestyle and emotional wellbeing. A well suited remedy is prescribed on this information and administered at that time.


  Visiting the clinic gave a valuable insight into how homeopathy is applied in India when treating not only minor ailments but also more serious conditions such as leprosy and cancer. It is a very patient orientated system of medicine where the individual is observed and treated. The Indian homeopaths work very much from the heart and this became apparent to us seeing how many people they see in a day and the long hours they work.

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