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'When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find peace of mind is waiting there. And the time will come when you see we're all one, and life flows on within you and without you – George Harrison

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10 reasons to bring your fertility, pregnancy, birth, babies and children to see Holistic Physician Rowena J Ronson

10 reasons to bring your fertility, pregnancy, birth, babies and children to see Holistic Physician Rowena J Ronson:

The Young Ones

For fertility:

If you are finding that it is taking you longer to conceive than you would like, homeopathy, good nutrition and looking at one’s lifestyle can be useful to help remove the blockages that might be holding you back from falling pregnant. Holistic treatment is also useful for your partner to assist his fertility, and is also beneficial when there is a history of miscarriage.

For pregnancy and childbirth:
If you are looking to be in optimum health while pregnant; or are suffering from symptoms of pregnancy – nausea, vomiting, mood swings; or you are not wanting to take conventional medication if you are unwell, then having holistic treatment will benefit you (and your baby) and it is safe, natural and effective. Homeopathic remedies are also known to help babies move from breach, and assist with bringing on labour when your progress might be affected by anxiety or other emotions you are experiencing pre-birth. Some women also use homeopathy throughout their birthing process and others even have their homeopath present at the birth 🙂

For mother and baby in those very important first years post birth:
Homeopathic treatment is nourishing in all ways for a mother post-birth. Homeopathy is also a safe system of medicine to help with any health issues that might arise for your baby, straight after birth and the first few weeks and months. Rashes, colic, fevers – babies respond well to homeopathic remedies. I work with mothers closely in those first few years, to support them with their own health and their new addition to their family.

For a safe and natural way to build your child’s immunity:
Homeopathy is a very effective system of medicine to build your child’s immunity and treat acute infections. Each member of your family has their own unique picture of who they are in this world, how they feel, what they think, and how they express themselves when they are unwell. When we have homeopathic constitutional treatment, our immunity grows and is supported and we are prone to less infections. And acute infections can also be treated with acute homeopathic prescribing.

For a holistic way of treating molluscum and other viruses, rather than just waiting them out:
Homeopathy is very affective for treating molluscum and many young children have been recommended to me for treatment as it is effective, natural and there is no alternative given by GPs unfortunately, other than to wait it out.

For behavioural issues and difficult family dynamics:
It is not easy to be a member of a family!! I work with the difficulties that arise from the everyday to the more complex family dynamics with individuals and with the family as a whole.

For when you have exhausted antibiotics and are looking for other options:
Parents and doctors alike are generally not happy in giving children one course after another of antibiotics. Homeopathy offers an alternative to treat both the infections and also build immunity so that infections do not keep occurring.

For ear infections, sore throats, tummy upsets, headaches, eczema:
For all childhood infections, homeopathy offers a safe, natural and holistic alternative.

For Hayfever: With good homeopathic constitutional support over a period of months, ideally begun in the autumn or winter, your children should be less susceptible to hayfever. The allergy can also be treated more acutely during the season.

For hormonal issues for your teenager: periods (pain, frequency, heaviness, PMS), acne, mood swings:
I treat teenagers with all the typical issues that come from being a young person, including their hormones!! Many come for counselling and guidance through these challenging years as well.

For teenagers and young adults with issues with drugs and alcohol: if you suspect or even know your teenager is having issues with drugs and/or alcohol, I provide a confidential, non-judgemental and understanding approach combining counselling, family therapy and natural remedies, including for detox and withdrawal where appropriate.

For more information or to book a first consultation, please contact Rowena direct on 07795 366386 or by email at She sees patients in St Albans and at Chase Lodge Hospital in Mill Hill.


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Holistic Health at Chase Lodge Hospital in Mill Hill, London

How going to a holistic physician can benefit you in all ways

A blog about Rowena Ronson, our Holistic Physician and Homeopath

We are not a collection of separate bodily systems, disconnected, isolated and unaffected by our emotions and our thoughts. We know from life experience that when we feel stressed, we might get a headache or an upset tummy. We might feel our heart racing or notice other physiological disturbances when we are feeling anxious or bereft. We might notice that we are more susceptible to viruses when we have been pushing ourselves too much and not had the time or resources to look after ourselves. Or we may observe that after an emotional upset, we manifest a physical response as a consequence of our internal imbalance.

When you visit Chase Lodge Hospital’s Holistic Physician, Rowena Ronson, no stone is left unturned in the process. Working on your health holistically involves sharing your past history and your present state of being, on all levels. Rowena will work with you to gain insight into why you are struggling with your current health issues by seeing your life in terms of a timeline of events and circumstances that have created how you express yourself as an individual – mentally, emotionally and physically, in the present.

The relationship is an empowering one, as Rowena will encourage you, with one hundred percent support, to understand and take responsibility for your health, moving yourself forward from “stuckness” and imbalance to a healthier and wiser place within yourself, that is free from the limitations we create by our conditioning and self limiting beliefs about ourselves.

Rowena uses classical homeopathy – a natural and holistic Western system of medicine – in combination with eclectic counseling and life coaching (incorporating Mindfulness, CBT, NLP and TA) and good healthy diet and nutritional advice, when needed, to take you on a journey to reclaim your health potential and recreate the person you want to be, in all ways.

Rowena’s areas of expertise are fertility, pregnancy and birth, children’s health, hormonal imbalances, women’s health, mental and emotional issues, relationship counselling for families and couples, and pathological disturbances for which patients want to work naturally and holistically in combination, or as an alternative to, conventional treatment.

Often people discover Rowena’s approach to health when they have been struggling with repeated prescriptions of, for example, antibiotics or antidepressants, and with issues that are not resolving. It is usually the case that they are looking for a more holistic approach to understand and resolve their imbalances. Many come with young children, as homeopathy is safe, natural and effective in building immunity and preventing illness. Others come when they have reached a crisis in their health on one level or another, and they are looking desperately for change. Mostly, once a family member discovers this holistic approach to maintaining good health in all ways, it becomes their way of viewing their life and they can’t help but tell the other members of their family and friends, as they notice the changes in their well-being.

Chase Lodge Hospital is now offering a three-month introductory package to come and work with Rowena, intensely and holistically, through a well-being revival process. Please email Rowena direct for more information on

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On Birth And Death

Published in the Society of Homeopaths Journal, Summer 2005
Double Take by Rowena J Ronson and Nigel Summerley

Several years ago while sitting in a religious service, a rare occasion for me, the sermon-giver discussed the topic of birth and death. It was a special, annual ritual where all those in the community who had died in the previous year were mentioned. Those whom they had left behind sat silently in grief and remembrance. I was there to support my mother who had recently lost her father. After the long list the holy man talked of the joy of birth and new life, which, without death, would not exist.

I pondered afterwards on his words and thought of my own young children and chose the perception that my grandfather hadn’t died but continued to exist not only in our memories but through his great-grandchildren. His physical form had returned to the earth from which it came, but his essence, his genes and his spirit lived on.

The lightning bolt of homeopathy struck our founder Hahnemann some 200 years ago. Our healing art was born, embodied in a strong and influential man who was brave enough to hold onto what he believed in, learn from his mistakes and grow. He lived and worked long and hard enough to achieve what he did and leave for us, with his spirit, an eternal legacy which is still developing but will never die.

Ever since, the flame has continued to burn. Sometimes it has only been a flicker with a handful of homeopaths practising quietly in tune with nature. But the whisper that passed through the 20th century has been succussed in the past 30 years into a very audible hum. We are witnessing the raising of awareness and consciousness on a grand scale.

And the homeopaths of today are working in many different ways but with the same aim, to heal the sick. They all have good intentions and are getting results that they can learn from and cultivate in line with nature’s evolution.

I am in the process of writing a book Looking Back Moving Forward, a collection of thirty five interviews with our homeopathy teachers here in the UK. Some of them lit their candles from the two main wicks of homeopathy in this country back in the late Sixties – Thomas Maughan and John Damonte. I start each interview enquiring how homeopathy was born to them and one of my last questions I ask is: do they see homeopathy becoming dormant again? Mostly they reply with an adamant ‘no’. The flame is shining too strongly and too brightly for it to return only to a flicker.


Just before I qualified as a homeopath, I had a shock. My cases supervisor, an excellent homeopath, announced that she had decided to close her practice and return to her original field of employment. Why, I wondered, would anyone do that? The more years I have spent in practice, the more I have come to understand her decision.

Everything has a birth, life and death. Nothing is exempt from this – whether it be a starfish or a star. There are some religious beliefs to the contrary; but such beliefs may also die, as people become more enlightened and see organised religion as an escape from facing the truth of death.

Homeopathic careers and practices must also come to an end. And must homeopathy itself, as in the nature of all things, die one day?

Sometimes I fear it may already be terminally ill. Whether we like it or not, the monstrous regiment of allopathic medicine, media animosity and a society largely based on ignorance predominates.

Of course, it could be that we’re just on one of the downward dives on the rollercoaster ride that homeopathy has always been on; and in a few years’ time, we’ll be heading upwards again. That is definitely how things have gone in the past – cycles of ups and downs. But could we have been nudged off the rollercoaster and be heading for a fall?

In the very moment of birth, there are the seeds of death. Is it possible for a therapy based on such an iconoclastic set of principles as that devised by Hahnemann to survive in a world lacking true imagination and the ability to challenge orthodoxy? Was it always too revolutionary to last?

Perceptive as they are, many homeopaths don’t want to see any possibility of the death of homeopathy. In the UK, they seem to devote much energy to discussing remedies, potencies and prescribing, rather than survival as a viable healthcare profession. There is a danger of missing the big picture – which may be one of a large hooded figure with a scythe. And to survive, we need to persuade allopaths, politicians and the public that homeopathy works.

There are times when I’m not sure I can afford to be a homeopath any more – which is what I think drove that supervisor to reluctantly do what she had to do. I suspect, if we’re honest, that applies to a lot of us.

I truly don’t want to play Cassandra – I have invested as much in homeopathy as the rest of us. But, as in the wider context of life, we may have to look unflinchingly into the face of death on a daily basis – for, in doing that, we may learn the most important lessons about life.

Homeopathy is a remarkable yet mysterious therapy. In the treatment of chronic disease, it so often does what allopathy fails to do – restores people to health, without suppression and side effects. But because, in the West, we live in a world dominated by “science” and the attitude that everything must be explicable – and if it isn’t explicable then it can’t be real – homeopathy may always be regarded as little more than sophisticated voodoo (and, by some allopaths, as a nuisance or threat). This may mean that homeopathy will always remain a therapy used by a minority on the alternative fringe of society. Which means that homeopaths might always struggle to make a living. To avert the death of homeopathy, we need seriously to tackle the issue of survival – now.