Penny Heywood RS Hom
I am a mother of 2 children and I have lived in Brockley since 2005. I really enjoy being part of the unique and diverse community here.
My passion for homeopathy started over 10 years ago when I experienced the benefits for myself. I felt compelled to give up a career in marketing and communications to study Homeopathy at Westminster University. Since graduating in 2009, I have been practicing as a Classical Homeopath in Brockley where I have had the privilege of working with a whole variety of clients presenting with numerous ailments including:
- Skin – ringworm, eczema, urticarial, abscess, cold sores, ulcers, impetigo
- Digestive issues – IBS, constipation, reflux, candida
- Respiratory – asthma, coughs, allergies
- Hormonal – particularly menstrual complaints and menopause
- Mental & emotional – anxiety, depression, panic attacks, ADHD, behavioural & learning disorders,
- Acute conditions – flu, coughs, colds, upset stomach
One of the things I love about homeopathy, (and working with people generally) is that there is always something new to learn - which makes it both an interesting and challenging field to work in. With that in mind, I regularly attend a teaching clinic run by Andrew Ward who works closely with one of the most prolific and well known contemporary homeopaths – George Vithoulkas.
My special interest area is in supporting women through pregnancy, childbirth and postnatally. I have completed a year-long course with Denise Tiran (www.expectancy.co.uk), a well-known midwife and lecturer who specialises in using complementary therapies in the field of midwifery.
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In addition, I regularly volunteer to support women with infant feeding at the local Baby Café and on the Postnatal ward at Lewisham Hospital. I find this incredibly rewarding and I am now about to embark on the IBCLC training to become a Lactation Consultant. I am looking forward to integrating this skill into my homeopathic practice when working with new mothers.
Where appropriate, I also enjoy working collaboratively with other colleagues here at the Sunflower Centre or elsewhere.
Homeopathy is a gentle & holistic system of healing based on the principle of ‘like cures like’. This idea has been around for many centuries but it was Samuel Hahnemann (1755- 1843) who developed this basic premise into a comprehensive system of medicine through a lifetime of empirical research. He found that highly diluted substances can have a curative effect on patients who exhibit symptoms that those substances would actually cause - if given in a material dose. A very simple example might be that a remedy made from coffee might be considered when treating someone with insomnia.
However, the skill of the homeopath is to look at the totality of symptoms – that is to assess all symptoms on physical, general and mental/emotional levels, and match all those symptoms to a remedy picture.
We are all different and so each person experiences their symptoms in a unique way. For example, one person with eczema might feel better in a warm environment whereas someone else might be aggravated by heat. And each person has different triggers, certain situations will throw us off balance and usually result in symptoms, depending on individual susceptibilities. All of these individualising symptoms are vital clues in helping a homeopath decide which remedy might have a curative effect. There are about 3,000 remedies in our materia medica and a variety of different potencies.
What to expect from a treatment
An initial consultation takes about an hour and a half, less for a child. During this consultation I aim to get an understanding of:
- The presenting symptom(s) and how they are experienced on an individual level
- The general picture including sleep, appetite, thirst etc.
- The Mental/Emotional picture
- Medical history
- Family medical history
I usually analyse the notes and send a remedy along with instructions. A follow up is normally 6 weeks later and it takes 30-40 minutes to assess the remedy action.
The aim of ongoing homeopathic treatment is to reduce the frequency and intensity of symptoms, as well as to increase general well-being and energy.
If you would like to book an appointment, please call The Sunflower Centre or email email@example.com or if you would like to discuss whether homeopathy could help you, please call me on 078434 22542 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org