Coronavirus Update

Dear patients,

It has been a little more than a month since my last post on COVID-19 and I thought that this Easter weekend would be a good time to touch base again. First of all, I do wish you and your families all the very best for this Easter holiday. What a different one it is though, compared to what we are used to. We can’t have the traditional family gatherings and Easter egg hunts, or even go to church this year. Still, the holiday can be special in so many other ways as we are finding new ways to connect with each other by social media and practicing physical distancing.

In the last month, we have seen the virus spread incredibly fast in Europe, the United States and Canada. Watching the news every day has been hard, seeing and hearing about the ever increasing death counts and struggles in so many other ways. The world is at a standstill. No jobs for so many, no school, no trips and no activities outside of your own house. How do you cope with that, with the suddenness, of having your life turned upside down in this way with no way to prepare for it?

The answer to that will be different for everyone of course, depending on their personal situation, their health history, family circumstances, changes at work, financial shortfalls, etc. But regardless of what your situation is, it is first and foremost important to keep calm and look after yourself. Now that we have absorbed the initial shock of what is going on, and seen the projections of expected cases and fatalities due to COVID-19, it may be easier to adapt to the new situation and develop an action plan.

Try not to let this get you down to the point where it causes you serious mental distress. We can’t change what’s happened, nor what we are still up against, but how we react to the situation in our individual lives can make a difference to our well-being. It is so important to find balance at this time, to go within yourself and find that area of calm and peace. Do some yoga, meditate, or just close your eyes and pay attention to your breathing. Breathe in through your nose and out of your mouth and think of or imagine a beautiful place where you would like to be. You will be more relaxed and can draw a lot of strength from that. It will become easier for you to function in your day to day activities from this state of calm.

As a homeopath, I find that again and again, patients coming in with a chronic illness have had some traumatic event in their life preceding their illness. Of course, it is not the event per se that is the culprit in most cases, but how that person is effectively able to deal with it. There are those who develop anxieties from the shock and never stop feeling anxious because that initial experience was so overpowering that they have not been able to fully recover from it mentally and emotionally. Others just avoid the problem altogether by focusing on work or other activities. And then there are those who turn to alcohol and drugs for comfort, and that doesn’t help matters. It is no wonder that that beer and liquor stores are experiencing record sales at the moment. While I don’t disagree that a drink or joint may calm the nerves temporarily, neither contributes to a long-term solution and you risk becoming dependent.

A homeopathic constitutional remedy can be quite effective in treating your chronic illness. This remedy is chosen by a registered homeopath in a holistic manner, by incorporating not only the person’s physical symptoms, but also their mental and emotional states. The initial constitutional consultation goes into quite some depth, but it is the only way to come up with that completely individualized medicine that will bring your body back into balance, so that it can heal itself. When your body is in balance, it will be better able to fend off any sickness, and if you do still get sick, then often the symptoms will not be as pronounced or last as long as they would if your body were not in a healthy state to begin with.

It is no wonder that the coronavirus poses more of a treat to people with pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately, there is no known treatment for COVID-19 at this time. However, research on this is high priority right now. We know for now that there are five different strains of coronavirus.

I am keeping abreast of new developments and treatments for COVID-19 patients. Just like in conventional medicine, homeopaths around the world are also working hard to come up with the best remedies. Homeopaths from China to India, Iran, Europe and the U.S. have already treated many sick patients in conjunction with standard treatment, with promising results. So far, my colleagues have determined 60 + remedies! These homeopathic remedies are used to treat patients acutely, whereby the emphasis here is more on the physical symptom, although completely individualized too.

Of course, it’s more important now than ever to keep your immune system healthy as this is your first defense against the virus. Be sure to eat healthy and drink plenty of water. Don’t forget to take your vitamins and minerals or immune support if you need it.

At this point, I don’t know when I will be able to take in-person visits again. In compliance with a directive from the province of Ontario on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the clinic is closed for such visits until further notice. However, I do still offer all consultations by telephone and that has worked well. I also have remedies and supplements here for pick up or delivery if you need anything.

If you have any questions or concerns, I’d be happy to get back to you. Just e-mail your inquiry to moc.e1607127600nicid1607127600emcih1607127600tapoe1607127600mohwk1607127600@ofni1607127600 or call me at (519) 603-0505.
In the meantime, please stay healthy and stay safe!

Irene Schwens Hom, DHMHS, C.Tran.
Owner / Homeopath Registration #15241

751 King Street West, Suite 310
Kitchener, ON N2G 1E5
T (519) 603-0505
F (519) 603-0506

“The physician’s highest and only calling
is to make the sick healthy, to cure, as it is called”
— Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, §1, Organon of the Medical Art —