Embrace the change!

By Fiona Theokritoff

menopauseFeeling hot and bothered too often? Lost for words or feeling as if you are losing the plot altogether some days? If you’re a woman of a certain age, these trials will sound only too familiar.

Until recently, a lot of women signed up to take HRT but these days many of us are seeking a natural solution.

Homeopathy is a safe and natural system to support health that was developed 200 years ago in Germany. Brought to the UK by Queen Victoria’s husband Albert, it has been used in UK as well across the world ever since, with our current Queen known to carry remedies, rather than money, in her handbag.

Homeopathic remedies are made from natural sources:  plants and minerals. They work in tandem with the body, and don’t create unpleasant side-effects. The remedies can help support mental and emotional health as well as dealing with physical problems.

That’s what makes homeopathy so useful for the menopause. As well as physical problems like hot flushes, we may feel a range of emotions at what is happening. Emotions that can feel like quicksand, shifting very suddenly and leaving us feeling insecure.

One of the upsides is that you can take stock of your life… so make it count

The average menopause age – when your periods stop altogether – is 51. But for some years before that your body makes it clear that change is afoot – what is often called the peri-menopause.

One of the upsides is that you can take stock of your life. We can expect to live a lot longer post-menopausally than any other women in history. So make it count. If you aren’t happy with your life, get it sorted. Make sure you are doing the best for you and your health.  And if you want to start new venture, sport or hobby, then go for it!

But – I hear you cry – how can I do all that when I feel so rubbish? Absolutely. First things first, let’s sort the practical problems :

homeopathic remediesWith a little guidance, I can help you choose a homeopathic remedy that will reduce the distress of hot flushes. There are about six remedies most often used – taking account of this reflects the differences we experience in our symptoms; whether days or nights are toughest, or exactly when and where we feel the heat.

Of course it’s not all hot flushes. Other symptoms such as anxiety, cystitis and lack of libido make life harder than it should be. Homeopathy offers lots of natural choices.

menopause 2Eating well is always important. Quality rather than quantity is what to aim for. Take a good look at what and when you are eating – hot flushes can be set off by the stress of low blood sugar levels. Choose a balanced diet, high in fruit and vegetables, and consider adding ‘helpful’ foods containing phyto-oestrogens, such as lentils, linseeds and soya.

50 Is The New 40 is a light-hearted and practical morning packed with information about using remedies not HRT for hot flushes, and eating for energy.

Remember you are not alone – come and meet others in the same hot and steamy boat. Let’s work together, and get ready to enjoy life again!

The next date for 50 Is The New 40 in Newark is Thursday 7 April from 10am to 12 noon. Email me (fiona@fionatheokritoff.co.uk) for more information and to book your place or visit my website here

Keep calm – it’s only Christmas…2

keep calmIf you were listening in yesterday, you’ll have heard guest Fiona Theokritoff sharing some homeopathic hints and tips for dealing with winter colds and treating the effects of over-indulgence at Christmas.

Here are a few notes from Fiona, to remind you of some of the things she had to say…

Colds crop up for most of us in winter. Once you have a cold it needs to take its course but homeopathic remedies can often help.

Help yourself as well by drinking lots of fluids and resting, which means staying off work for a day or so if necessary. If you’re home alone, make a flask of hot drink so you don’t need to get out of bed.

Early stages

A remedy I often recommend is Ferrum phos. It’s very useful when you start to feel a bit hot/cold, as you are going down with something. People may start asking if you feel alright as they can see you look a little flushed.

Streaming colds

For heavy colds with streaming nose and eyes, a remedy such as Allium cepa may help. This remedy is made from onion. Remember what can happen when you chop onions? Well if your cold symptoms feel like that, Allium cepa is a good choice. It’s a good illustration of the homeopathic idea of like curing like. Onions can cause that nose streaming, so in turn a special preparation of onion can help when symptoms like that appear.

Symptoms afterwards

Sometimes colds leave other symptoms behind. One problem is blocked Eustachian tubes which results in hearing being affected. This can be a problem for both adults and children. In this case I suggest Pulsatilla.

Find remedies in health shops – chemists also sell them too. Each remedy is known by its name (often in Latin) then a number. The number is the strength (or potency). For most home prescribing, including colds, use 30 potency . For colds take one pill every 10 minutes for three doses. Then see how you feel. If you feel better, do not repeat unless or until symptoms return somewhat. You may need one more batch of three the same day and possibly one batch the next day.

Keep your immune system strong

Really important if you work in an office or other environment with lots of colleagues – here’s how:

You are what you eat. Keep your diet varied – not too much stodge even though the weather is getting colder. The key is variety. Don’t eat too many wheat based foods as they can make you feel sluggish. Aim to eat just one meal with wheat each day – so if you’re having pasta for tea, try an alternative to sandwiches at lunchtime. Also remember the food rainbow – eat as many different coloured vegetables as you can. Soups and smoothies with fruit and vegetable juices are good choices.

Keep up your water intake especially if you are in an office where the atmosphere is drying. It’s vital to keep everything flowing!

Get out and about – if you work/spend the day inside, take a 10-15 minute brisk walk preferably in the middle of the day. The sun will be at its highest then. Getting some sunlight everyday helps to ward off SAD as well as being good exercise.

Our winters are dark and most of us miss the light. So try to turn the dark nights into a chance to see friends more often. Form a book group, get together to chat over crafts – it’s a chance to have a laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

Keeping your spirits up is vital for health. Make sure you laugh about something every day. Try smiling at everyone you see – see the effect it has on you as well as those you smile at!

Looking after yourself at Christmas  

Over-indulgence – when you’ve eaten (or drunk) too much, Nux vom 30 should help restore you.

Overtired but can’t sleep?  Try Coffea 30.

For advice about using remedies at home for common ailments, email me at fiona.theokritoff@ntlworld.com – and to get the most out of Christmas for yourself, why not come along and join me for Dark Days and Christmas Lights?

This two-hour workshop, from 10am to 12 noon on Thursday 3 December, will help you to use your energy efficiently around the festive season and focus on what will make Christmas a good time for you, not just everyone else. Included in the session will be advice and remedies for seasonal health challenges such as SAD.

Places are £5 each, notes to take away are provided and the workshop takes place at 108 Barnbygate, Newark NG24 1QR. For more information or to make a booking, call 01636 679290 or visit the Events page of my website.