Homeopathy restores a sense of balance to the dynamic, which is life itself. Our relationship to the physical aspect of earth, must include plants, stones and animals, for we each innately hold all of these within and without.


Homeopathy has been helping people for well over 220 years and has proven effective over and over again. There are more and more people in these changing times who are looking for a safer and more gentle approach to rid themselves from dis-ease. Many of those, have had no success with allopathic medicines / drugs, which can cost a lot of time, money and suffering of the side effects.

Homeopathy is complementary to and can be safely used in conjunction with any form of orthodox medicine, therefore many GP's are now working alongside / with Homeopaths. In fact, in a study of 249 Auckland GP's, 68.7% routinely referred their patients to other holistic / alternative / complimentary therapies. The same study also found that 30% of the surveyed GP's practice a form of holistic therapy themselves. The most common reason given by New Zealand GP's for referrals to complimentary and or alternative therapies was "the failure of conventional medicines".

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What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathic Materia Medica's have proving's from hundreds of remedies from over 200 years ago, which still work just as effectively today.

Homeopathy is an ancient and unique system of healing, known for its gentle and non-intrusive manner for treating any acute or chronic illness, disorder or disease. Homeopathy is the only energetic medicine that can be taken as a medicine because of the succussion and serial dilution process, after which, there are no remanence of the substance, leaving all but the energy of that substance. Although this is slowly beginning to change, Science likes to denounce Homeopathy simply because they are unable to understand energy, the humans Subtle Body Energy Fields and the measurement of it. 100's of years of successful case studies prove Homeopathy's efficacy.

Working on all levels, Homeopathy delves deep to the core of the cause of ones dis-ease by applying the law of nature to stimulate our natural healing abilities. In other words, it has the capability to stimulate our vital force where it or we are blocked, enabling or assisting our body to "kick start" the direction of cure within our body. This is attained by matching a single remedy to the individual patient, to attain a "Like cures Like" result.

This concept "The law of similars" was firstly put forward by Hippocrates himself, however it was in 1796 that Samuel Hahnemann, a German Doctor, who recognised it's true importance by discovering, developing and systematising the fundamental laws of cure. He called this system "Homeopathy" (From the Greek words meaning "Similar Suffering"). Like Hippocrates two thousand years earlier Hahnemann realised there were two ways of treating ill health. The way of opposites is to treat this by giving an allopathic drug to bring on an artificial sleep. This frequently involves the use of large or regular doses of drugs which can sometimes cause side effects or addiction.

As an example; The way of similars, the Homeopathic way, is to give the patient a minute dose of a substance which in large doses causes sleeplessness in a healthy person. Surprisingly this will enable the patient to sleep naturally. Because of the minute dosage no side effects or addiction will result.

A little about Samuel Hahnemann

Christian Friederich Samuel Hahnemann, son of a porcelain painter, was born in Germany in 1755, and led an extraordinary life.  At the age of twenty, he was a thorough master of six languages, including German, French, English, Italian, Latin and Greek, and subsequently became proficient in Arabic, Syriac, Chaldaic and Hebrew.  His medical studies were pursued at Erlangen in the year 1779, and he  became a member of various scientific societies in Leipzig and other cities.
While yet a young man, he was made Surgeon-in-chief of the hospital at Dresden, and later was made Superintendent of the Insane Asylum at Goergenthal, where he inaugurated the mild and humane methods of treating the insane which prevail to this day.  
In 1812, he was admitted to the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Leipzig, where he lectured for many years.  As a result of his daily experience and observation in hospitals, he became skeptical of the eras medical methods, and vigorously set forth his objections in the medical journals of the time, which brought the wrath of those in medical authority.  In particular, he theorized that many patients were simply over medicated.

Hahnemann also came to the conclusion that “there was a constant relation between the action of drugs and the effects of disease on the human organism, and that this relationship consisted of a similarity of the drug effects on the healthy to those produced by disease in the sick” which laid the basis for the groundbreaking idea of treating disease in the human body with miniscule amounts of the disease itself, in order for the body to produce a resistance; today’s practice of immunization and vaccination.

His views at the time were not popular, however, mainly led in opposition by the pharmacists and doctors, both who stood to profit from the sale and administration of drugs.  Among other things, Hahnemann even experimented on himself with Peruvian bark!  In 1821, he was forced to leave Leipzig and live the remainder of his life in Paris.  It is said that people flocked from all parts of Europe to be under his care, and that his clientele included many of the noblest families of Europe.  He died there on July 2, 1843, at age 89.

What does it take to become a Homeopath?

Homeopathy is taught at Universities, Colleges of Education and Private Training Establishments.

A Homeopath in New Zealand is required to have completed a four-Year Course to achieve a National Diploma and Certificate Level 7. This formal education incorporates Philosophy, Theory, Materia Medica & Repertorisation, Clinical training and Therapeutics.

A three-Year Medical Science / Physiology and Anatomy course is also incorporated into the requirements to National Accreditation Standards.

Homeopaths are expected to practice within the NZCH’s Rules of Practice and Code of Ethics (Cultural Sensitivities) which includes respect for the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. Ethical Responsibility towards Consumers in Healthcare is also a requirement. First Aid certification must be renewed every 2 years. All qualifications are approved and accredited by NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority).

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Can Homeopathy be used During Pregnancy and Childbirth?

Oh yes indeed! Homeopathy has an excellent safety record. Its remedies are non-toxic and, when correctly chosen, stimulate the body to heal and correct its own problems. It has a 200 year history of use during pregnancy and childbirth, without reports of harm or injury. The beauty of homeopathic remedies, is that they can safely be used in conjunction with conventional medication.

Homeopathy, being known for its gentleness and efficiency, can be very gratifying in knowing that you are doing you and your baby a huge favour! So yes, Homeopathy is completely safe for you and your unborn child and can help enormously in all trimesters of pregnancy to the run-up to the birth of your baby and in avoiding or reducing some of the problems associated with labour, such as breech babies, false labour, early labour, preparing for delivery, as well as in dealing with post-natal symptoms, so Homeopathy is not just a useful companion for labour and birthing, it also helps with common problems of pregnancy, morning sickness, breastfeeding, and baby’s first year of life. If you are in the process of either starting or expanding your family, a good home-use book on homeopathy makes a valuable investment.

Homeopathic remedies have no side effects, are non-addictive, are not tested on animals and are eco-friendly.

My first remedy used through my first trimester of pregnancy was undeniably a godsend. I was waking with severe leg cramps that left me completely unable to walk for 2 days. Taking one dose of the remedy before bed each night put an end to that dread and horror and I never suffer the debilitating cramps again!

I was lucky enough to have a wonderfully experienced Midwife who always used Homeopathy in her practice, so thankfully throughout both of my pregnancies and birthing processes, Homeopathy was prescribed during the different stages of childbirth saving me much grief, despair and what could have been extended pain and possible complications!

What is the difference between Homeopathy & Naturopathy?
And, what are Homeopathic Remedies made from?

Quite often Homeopathy is confused by many people as being Naturopathy and are often thought to be 'herbs'. Naturopathy is an umbrella term for several natural therapies, including herbal medicine, iridology, nutrition and massage. Naturopaths can also utilise Homeopathy in which it is used for acute cases (using low potencies) more so than Chronic cases. Naturopaths should only be using high potencies if they are qualified to do so.

Naturopathic practitioners are more likely to prescribe multiple treatment approaches like supplements, herbs and dietary adjustments, whereas Classical Homeopathy, is a single system of medicine in which Homeopathic practitioners focus totally on the philosophical approach to the homeopathic prescribing of medicine to treat the cause of ones Dis-ease.

Naturopathy provides an environment which supports recovery from illness. Naturopaths use herbal preparations made from plants, called tinctures or fluid extracts, are usually dark in colour and have a strong and an often bitter taste, whereas Homeopathic medicines come in the form of drops or small white pills, which are medicated with the remedy and have a slightly sweet taste.

Why is it said that Homeopathy is an energy medicine?

Our relationship to the physical aspect of the earth, means to plants, stones, ocean and land animals for we each innately hold all of these within and without.

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic and are colourless. The medicines are diluted and potentised from the sourced substances using a special method called succussion / trituration, which dilutes the actual substance to various strengths called potencies. This means there is no trace of the substance remaining, leaving all but the energy from that substance in the remedy to work on all levels in synchronicity with the patient.

Homeopathy bases their remedies from all kingdoms (plant, animal, mineral) however, within these kingdoms are numerous sub-kingdoms, therefore there are 1000's of proven Homeopathic remedies available and more and more being proven all the time. Homeopathic remedies are also taken from Healthy and Diseased / injured Tissues. This enables the Homeopath to utilise absolutely anything and everything here on our beautiful and wonderous Planet Earth. After all, it's all here in one form or another, so we ought to take advantage, and I believe, has been gifted for us to discover.

What are the Client & Homeopaths' Responsibilities?

When visiting a Homeopath for the first time, you will soon come to realise that there is a lot more to the entire process, than to walk in, chat for 10 or so minutes and then be written a script to take to your pharmacy like your GP would have you do. Homeopathy is a powerful and effective medicine and the prescriptions are highly individualised.

If you do decide to give it a go, you are about to embark on an eye-opening journey of healing and self-discovery! Your Homeopath will spend between 1.5 hours to 2 hours on your first Consultation, noting thoroughly all that is required to do their job and is faced with the challenging task in choosing the correct remedy at each stage of your treatment.

There may only be two or three consultations, yet this depends on the nature of your dis-ease / complaint. The symptoms important to the Homeopath are those which have meaning to the patient. Those observations, no matter how seemingly insignificant, are the ones which lead to a prescription.

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The basic task of the patient is to share every deviation from natural function/s, not only on a physical level, but on mental and emotional levels as well. Homeopaths do not limit themselves to merely physical symptoms leading to an allopathic diagnosis. What is important is the symptoms expressing themselves in every aspect of your life - relationships, work stresses, reactions to environmental changes, food cravings or aversions, sexual desire, quality of sleep, dreams etc.

Patients sometimes consult Homeopaths with the idea that a miracle is likely, and when the progress is slower than they expect, they denounce Homeopathy and seek another therapy. The actual time for required for cure depends upon several factors. Firstly, the strength of the vital force and secondly, the strength or weakness of the patient’s constitution and what it is we are treating..

Someone with a strong constitution will respond more dramatically and may only need one prescription, while someone with a weaker vitality will take longer to cure and may need a series of carefully prescribed remedies.

In saying this, patience is required on the part of the patient, to allow time for the remedy to take effect on all levels. Follow ups are an important and essential factor required by your Homeopath, to see on which levels the remedy has improved the patient’s condition.

One thing you should know is that with Higher Health, there is a space for you to talk freely without judgement or prejudice and that your consultation will be treated with the upmost respect and confidentiality.

Can you treat Animals using Homeopathy?

It's No Placebo!

I've seen some miraculous results by using Homeopathy on Horses, Cats, Dogs and other domestic and farm animals. Some of these animals were at deaths door and some in extremely poor physical health, and with severe skins traumas and or complaints.

Homeopathy has been able to save these animals from their pain and suffering and in many cases, ultimate death, by being prescribed the correct Homeopathic Remedy. Taking your pets to the vet or having the vet called out to visit your animal friends can be extremely costly! and your pets’ treatments can be ongoing and very expensive!

Homeopathy is a fantastic way to treat animals from all sorts of problems…Physical, mental or emotional. From behavioral or temperamental problems, possibly caused from abusive starts in life; fears and the actions and reactions proceeding them; aggression, submission, excessive noise, jealousy, guilt, homesickness, overprotectiveness, distemper, destructiveness, dominance etc. These indications most often trigger discomfort and distress and lead to disease such as incontinence, various skin conditions, chewing/scratching, stomach upsets/vomiting, trembling, and many more serious diseases.

Correcting these problems can prevent surgery and other medical procedures for your pets. I've found relief many times having prescribing the correct remedy for my pets (and my pocket) many times over. I am so grateful to be able to ease their suffering so easily using Homeopathy! Below are a few examples:

An Emaciated Horse On It's Death Bed

A young girl who bought her horse to graze in our paddock didn't tell me how sick her horse was until I started to question her about it days later. She was broke and couldn't afford the very costly vet fees. Her horse was very ill! It stood with its head hung low and was off all its food. It had copious mucous running from both nostrils and a severe, constant dry cough. The horse was very much underweight and had been sick for quite some time.

I was very concerned for this horse and I had never treated a horse before. As animals can't answer your questions you have to rely on applying the Principles of Homeopathy to get results. Finding a remedy that suited this horses’ symptoms and giving 6 doses spread over two days, this horse was literally jumping around the paddock again! Back on its food, the cough had gone. All the mucous had totally cleared up.

What a thrill to see!

A Case Of Cat Asthma was actually an allergy to wool.

My very first experience in treating animals using Homeopathy was with my beautiful cat Raisin. She developed a severe allergy which presented as a persistent cough similar to when cats cough up fur balls, only Raisin never coughed anything up and her cough was very destressing for her.

I took her to the vet and they kept her overnight. The next day the vet told me that Raisin had Cat Asthma and I needed to give her drops and most probably for the remainder of her life. They cost $274 for a 5ml bottle which would have lasted about 2 weeks!! Not to mention the cost for the consultation.

I declined the medicine, thinking there must be another alternative, and decided to really observe her and try to find out what made her cough. Sure enough! I realised she started to cough after getting down from the ceiling which we had lined with woolen batts, and when Raisin also got up off my woolen blanket or even when she bought in a field mouse, she would start this coughing! So, I treated Raisin with the Homeopathic remedy made from wool. It took two doses and she never ever had the cough again, saving her a lot of distress and me a lot of money!

The beautiful Raisin and Toumba.

A Case of Kennel Cough

My trusty friend Toumba was a very tough dog. He was always a polite eater and chewed his food well before swallowing, so I had no problem in giving him leftover chicken bones (which was something I was always told was a no no for dogs). Toumba always ate these with no problem, until one morning he woke with a distressing, constant cough, as if he had a chicken bone stuck in his throat (which I had given him the night before).

I took him to the vet to get checked and the vet told me that there was no chicken bone stuck in his throat and that he had "Kennel Cough". He told me all he could do is give him the usual drugs used to treat Kennel Cough.

I declined politely and told him I was a Homeopath, so I wanted to try a remedy first. The vet actually looked in my eyes and said "you must be joking!" and laughed at me! "I don't think you will have any luck there!" In my reply, I asked "if I find the right remedy, would he like to have some for your clinic? He just laughed smugly at me and said "no thanks".

After 2 days of treating Toumba with 5 doses over 2 and a half days, his cough had gone completely! I wandered on back to the clinic with my mate in tow and offered for the Vetenarian to have the name of the remedy for use in his clinic. He declined. That was a real shame, not only for him and his veterinary practice, having the chance to work alongside such a wonderful natural and cheap cure for such a terrible canine disease, but for all the dogs that are having pharmaceutical drugs given to them when there is such a wonderfully effective, natural alternative.


"I saw Michelle at a time in my life in 2007, when I had a huge amount going on, physically, emotionally and mentally. After a series of treatments my life seemed to get even worse, however I feel the remedy she gave me acted to purge me of all my deeply held "stuff" and things did begin to clear quite dramatically for the better soon after that. It often seems that for things to get truly better, we first must clear all resistances, then we get the new paradigm shift and I feel that this is what I went through after the Homeopathy sessions with Michelle. Thank you!"

This case was published in an International Homeopathic Journal (Interhomeopathy).

To view the shortened case notes click here

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