"Like cures like."
Homeopathy is based on this principle. The substances which cause symptoms can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms. Two like diseases cannot survive in the same body at the same time. With the principle of "like cures like" the homeopathic remedy is similar to the disease, but stronger, therefore pushing the disease out of the body, inducing a cure.
Brenda Tobin-Flood D. Vet. Hom, Cert. C. N., a classically trained homeopath in Winnsboro, has been using homeopathic remedies for over 16 years on herself, family, and friends, and has a practice in her home office where she treats clients, animals, and humans alike, with her extensive homeopathic knowledge, uses of human grade essential oils, herbs, nutrition, and Reiki.
All living things are infused with energy. Our bodies are energetic by nature, resonating with the frequency of a magnetic pulse. This magnetic pulse is known as the bio magnetic field.
When a Reiki practitioner is performing a healing session on a person or animal, the energy emanates from his/her hands producing a larger bio magnetic field than the receiver of the treatment. These frequencies assist in healing. Reiki is a bridge between ancient traditions and modern day science. Tobin-Flood is a Reiki master.
Tobin-Flood has, since childhood, had an affinity with animals. She attended an agricultural high school with the intent on becoming a veterinarian.
Life got in the way, and she needed to support herself and her young family, so she put this dream on the back burner and became a paralegal, working in the legal industry for 10 years.
She continued her studies, receiving certification in canine nutrition through the Companion Animal Science Institute with a mark of distinction award. She received a full scholarship in the veterinary homeopathy program and earned her degree at The British Institute of Homeopathy, one of the oldest homeopathic institutions in the United States.
She is currently completing her practitioner masters level program at BIH. She is also a student in continuing education studies with George Vithoulkas, one of the world's leading homeopaths and author of many renowned homeopathic books.
Tobin-Flood states, "Isn't it interesting to look back on your life and note that all the twists and turns and seeming detours all work together to get you to where you are now?"
Six years ago, her husband, an insurance adjuster, was transferred from their home in Massachusetts to South Carolina. They found a home with some land so they could continue raising their horses and four great danes. Tobin-Flood, new to Winnsboro, with a toddler to care for, looked around to find something she could do to make a little extra money. She had no friends or relatives in the area and wanted to do something that would enable her to keep her young son with her. She began using her knowledge in animal nutrition to make treats for dogs, cats, and horses, and selling them in a booth at Rosewood Market's monthly farmer's market. Ruby's Naturals was named for Tobin-Flood's "heart dog," Ruby, a great dane who passed away from complications of pain medicine following a routine spaying surgery.
Tobin-Flood was approached at one of the farmer's markets by a representative from Whole Foods. They were interested in placing Ruby's Naturals in their store. Tobin-Flood says her past experience as a paralegal came in handy when dealing with the mountains of paperwork required to get the product, with packaging, labeling, etc., approved for sale at Whole Foods. Ruby's Naturals animal treats have now been in Whole Foods for three years and can also be purchased online at www.rubysnaturals.com.
Tobin-Flood's other business, Wellness Matters, is her homeopathic practice, where she conducts consultations with patients, animal and human, in her home office, through home visits, via phone, Skype, email, and online through her website www.wellnessmattersonline.com. She has clients all over the world, from as far away as India, Greece, Canada, and Denmark, to home visits with patients in Winnsboro and Columbia.
Tobin-Flood says, "In Europe, I would be considered a doctor. I would provide a consultation with a patient, work with them on their nutrition, the root cause of many disorders, determine the problem, and offer treatment using homeopathic remedies, which they would then have filled at a local "chemist."
In America, homeopaths are not as widely received by the allopathic (traditional Western medicine) community. I believe there is a place for both allopathic medicine and homeopathic. They should work hand in hand and do in other countries."
She adds, "Recently, I spoke with a fellow homeopath in Greece, who was amazed that homeopathic remedies are found without prescription in places like Whole Foods, Rosewood Market, and 14 Carrot. There are pros and cons to this... while it is great the remedies are so widely available, sometimes people feel no need to understand that just because something is natural, it should not be used indiscriminately without supervision. These remedies are potent and powerful and should be treated with the same respect given an allopathic prescription."
A homeopathic practitioner knows there are over 3,000 homeopathic remedies, covering a myriad of problems from bruises to cancer. These remedies are made from plants, animals, minerals, and biologics, and it is interesting to note the origin of each. For example, mountain goats in the Rocky Mountains play and jump along the rocks and cliffs, acquiring bumps and bruises along the way. The plant Leopard's Bane grows in that area. Arnica is made from this plant and is used to treat aches, bumps, and bruises. Mountain goats naturally feed on Leopard's Bane. The remedy apis is made from bees and is used to treat bee stings as well as other burning or stinging swellings on the skin, including those pesky fire ant bites.
It's important to remember a homeopathic remedy must be chosen carefully, to match the specific symptoms of the individual patient. It's not simply based on the name of the disease.
Tobin-Flood relates after giving a talk on homeopathic remedies recently, a listener came up to her and asked what she would recommend for vertigo. She responded she would need to take the case to give a proper diagnosis as there were many types and causes of vertigo. There could be no quick answer. She showed the inquirer her book of remedies, pointing out there were about 75 possible remedies for vertigo that would need to be narrowed down by digging deeper into the cause and type of vertigo.
Tobin-Flood says sometimes, as with traditional medicines, it may take a few tries before the right match is made for the particular symptoms. She has seen remedies work as quickly as ten minutes and others produce more subtle changes within a day or two, or in severe chronic cases, it could take months. This is why it is important to communicate in great detail the symptoms a person or their pet is experiencing. While homeopathy is a safe and effective choice for healing, with minimal side effects, Tobin-Flood recommends seeking the advice of a classically trained homeopath or traditional naturopath.
"I look to support the whole person or animal in mind, body, and spirit primarily through homeopathic medicine with additional counseling in nutrition and supplemental support strengthening the compromised immune system."
Brenda M. Tobin- Flood, D.Vet.Hom, Cert.C.N.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Brenda Tobin-Flood, call 803-712- 4522 or submit an appointment request online at www.wellnessmattersonline.com.
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