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How a chronic sinus infection led to a chance encounter with homeopathy thanks to a homeopathic GP

My first encounter with homeopathy

I was very unwell with a chronic sinus infection. It wasn’t in the sinuses above or below the eyes which make the face tender, it was in the sinuses which are right behind the root of your nose, the ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses. These can be quite tricky to diagnose because the mucus from these clears down the throat, so nothing blows out of the nose, and the pain’s often felt at the back of the head. I’d had several courses of antibiotics but the infection kept coming back. Various GPs seemed to think I was malingering because I was getting weaker and weaker and just had these random symptoms. With hindsight, the antibiotics had wiped out a lot of the good flora in my gut along with whatever germs were having a field day in my sinuses.

So, at the end of my tether, I returned to the surgery and got an appointment with a doctor I hadn’t seen before. I told him I had this chronic infection and I thought I might be allergic to the tree growing outside my bedroom window because the infection kept coming back. To my surprise the GP asked me what the tree was: being a bit of a tree nerd I’d looked it up: “It’s a Thuja occidentalis”

The GP’s eyes lit up. “You may or may not know that I’m a homeopath as well as a GP, and we have a remedy made from that tree” All I thought was, “What on earth’s a homeopath?” The doctor reached for a thick green book, opened it to Thuja occidentalis and read out a description which matched my exact symptoms! How did he know what I’d been struggling with? He gave me two choices: either more antibiotics or, with no guarantee of success, the homeopathic remedy made from the tree.

I opted for the remedy. Within a week the symptoms which had been plaguing me for months had gone, and didn’t return! I was a convert. Of course it could have been a coincidence that my persistent symptoms drained away when I took some mysterious sugar pills; if it was then it’s been followed by lots of other coincidences. It works for me. And homeopathy’s been my first choice for healthcare ever since.

About Dorothy
I’m an educator and homeopath with a background in teaching and science, living and working near London. I enjoy working with both individuals and families, and I’m passionate about empowering you to make decisions about your own health.

This information is provided for educational purposes only, it is not a replacement for a consultation with a healthcare professional. It is your responsibility to seek professional advice for all serious injuries or illnesses.