Homeopathy for Sports, Exercise and Dance

Homeopathy for Sports, Exercise and Dance

  • Emlyn Thomas, RSHom, DPhysEd

THO100

$42.00

Overview

This is a comprehensive reference for dancers, exercise buffs, professional athletes and weekend warriors.

Homeopathy for the amateur who relies on exercise to keep fit, whether by a regular game of squash or football, jogging, aerobics or dance.

Thomas was a Physical Education officer in the RAF and also led major expeditions to many great mountain ranges, including the Himalayas.

UK
322 pp pb
ISBN 0-906584-48-5
Beaconsfield Publishers, Ltd.

Details

Everyone suffers when denied exercise through injury.

Emlyn Thomas offers an effective solution to the injured athlete or dancer who no longer performs at his or her optimum level -- as well as the amateur who relies on exercise to keep fit, whether by a regular game of squash or football, jogging, aerobics or dance.

From the Book

Injury and illness are among the most difficult events in the life of athletes, dancers, games players and indeed anyone who enjoys physical activity.

Some of these problems require prompt medical attention, others need trained but less urgent care, and others will resolve with rest and commonsense.

Recovery can be frustratingly slow. Homeopathic remedies can be used to help speed the process.

This practical book shows you how to use homeopathic medicine in many cases of injury and illness. The author explains the basic principles of homeopathy and describes how to choose and use the most appropriate remedy. He then advises remedies for traumatic and overuse injuries.

A wide variety of common injuries are covered on a regional basis, followed by a chapter on the common ailments that beset athletes and dancers, from pre-performance nerves to indigestion. Ninety remedies are then studied with particular attention to their relevance to the needs of physically active people.

The overall discussion is supported by thirty-three detailed cases drawn from the author's own practice. Homeopathy has long been known as a holistic medicine, free of pharmaceutically active substances and working at all levels of the individual.

There is advice on remedies to promote total recovery from injury, as well as to reduce susceptibility to injury in the first place.

Contents

Introduction -- 1-5
The Injury Problem in Sport -- 1
Dance Injuries and Treatment -- 2
Homeopathic Medicine -- 3
Basic Principles -- 3
The Advance of Alternative Therapies -- 3
Who Can Use This Book? -- 4
Consult a Specialist -- 4
How to Use This Book -- 4-5

HOMEOPATHY- A BASIC OUTLINE -- 6-58
Towards Speedy Recovery --6-17
Injury and the Whole Person -- 6
The Healer Within -- 7-8
Recognizing the Symptoms -- 9
Matching the Symptoms to the Remedy -- 9-10
Homeopathic Symptoms -- 11
Acute and Chronic Conditions -- 11
Traumatic Injury -- 11
Homeopathic Case-Taking -- 12
Common Symptoms -- 12
Observation -- 13
The Constitution -- 13
The Constitutional Remedy-- 14
Safety -- 15
Limitations and Risks of Homeopathic Medicine -- 15
Your First Steps to Homeopathic Treatment – 16
When to Use Homeopathy -- 16
Homeopathy in Conjunction with Other Treatments -- 17
Homeopathy in Practice -- 18-26
Homeopathy for Injuries -- 18
Orthodox Drugs -- 18
The Patient, Not the Pathology -- 19-20
Questions and Observations -- 21
Take Time to Choose the Remedy -- 21
The Effects of Injury -- 22
Age and Fitness -- 22
Inflammation -- 23
Heat, Redness, Swelling and Pain -- 24
Mental and Emotional Symptoms -- 25
The Importance of Feelings -- 25-26
The Principles of Homeopathic Treatments -- 27-37
The Vital Force -- 27
The Origins of Homeopathy -- 27
Samuel Hahnemann -- 28
Development of Medicines -- 29
Treatment with Similars -- 29
Differentiating Between the Remedies -- 30-31
Differential Analysis of Two Cases -- 32
'Proving' the Remedies -- 32
Clinical Experience -- 33
Accidental Provings -- 33
How Remedies are Made -- 34
Which Potencies to Use -- 35
Whether to treat the Specific Complaint or the Whole Person -- 35
How Can You Differentiate? -- 36
Homeopathic Help and Advice -- 36-37
Homeopathic Symptomatology -- 38-52
Professional Assessment of Injuries -- 38
Common Symptoms -- 38
Diagnosis -- 39
Underlying Pathology -- 40
Rapid Traumatic Onset of Conditions -- 40
Gradual Onset of Conditions -- 40
Recognizing Homeopathic Symptoms -- 41
Location -- 41
Sensation -- 42
Interpretation -- 42
Observation -- 43
Some Questions to Ask -- 43
Concomitants to Injury -- 43-44
Mental Concomitants -- 45
Physical Concomitants -- 45
Modalities -- 45
Recognizing the Patterns -- 46
Causation -- 46
Maintaining Causes -- 47
A Sample Case Studied in Detail -- 47-52
Managing Homeopathic Treatment -- 53-58
Where to Buy Remedies -- 53
Taking the Remedy -- 53
Rules for Prescribing -- 54
Frequency of Doses -- 55
When Will the Remedy Work -- 55
Repeating the Remedy -- 56
Changing Symptoms -- 56
If the Remedy Does Not Work -- 57
What Can You Do? -- 58
Storing Remedies -- 58

APPLYING HOMEOPATHY -- 59-269

Traumatic Injury and First Aid -- 59-66
Inflammation -- 59
Controlling Bleeding and Inflammation: Arnica Montana -- 60
Typical Signs -- 60
Stopping Bleeding -- 61
Dissolved Arnica -- 62
Preventing Fatigue -- 62
Older Players -- 62
After Old Injuries -- 63
Other First Aid Remedies -- 63
Nerve-Rich Injuries -- 63
Head Injuries and Concussion -- 64
Treating an Unconscious Player -- 64
Resuscitation -- 65
Homeopathic Remedies -- 65
Skin Wounds -- 65
Muscle Tears -- 66
Tendons and Ligaments -- 66
Fractures -- 66
Spinal Injuries -- 66

Overuse Injuries and Conditions -- 67-78
Warm Up -- 68
Warm Down -- 68
The Highly-Trained Performer -- 69
Performance Stress -- 69
Short-Term, High-Stress Events -- 69
Preparation -- 70
The Effects of Long-Term Activity -- 71
Anxiety and Fatigue -- 71
Recognizing the Condition -- 72
Recognizing Changes -- 72
Remedies for Stress -- 73-74
Sudden Increase of Activity -- 75
Overexertion -- 75
Pain as a Signal -- 76
Remedies for Overexertion -- 77-78

Local Treatment of Specific Injuries -- 79-177

THE FOOT -- 79-93
Bony Injuries -- 80
Sesamoiditis -- 80
Calcaneum Spur -- 80
Bruised Heel -- 81
Fractures and Dislocations -- 82
Stress Fractures of the Metatarsals -- 82
Risk Factors -- 82
The Risk to Dancers and Gymnasts -- 83
Pain During Exercise -- 83
Rest -- 83
Return to Activity -- 84
Homeopathic Treatment for Stress Fractures -- 84
Hallux Rigidus and Osteochondritis -- 85
Gradually-Developing Foot Pain -- 86
Ligament Injuries and Conditions -- 86
Plantar Fasciitis and Tears -- 86-87
Spring Ligament Strain -- 88
Heel Pain- Plantar Fascia Tear -- 88
Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever's Disease) -- 89
Tenosynovitis of Dorsiflexor Tendons -- 90
Black Toenail (Subungual Haematoma) -- 90
Foot Pain in General -- 91

THE ANKLE -- 94-104
Ankle Sprains -- 94-97
Long-Term Effects of Ankle Sprains -- 98
Weak Ankles -- 99
Fractures -- 100-101
Achilles Tendon Rupture -- 102
Achilles Tendinitis and Peritendinitis -- 103
Osteoarthritis -- 104

THE LEG -- 105-111
Shin Splints -- 105
Simple Test for a Stress Fracture -- 106
Treatment for Shin Pain -- 106-107
Stress Fracture of the Tibia -- 108-109
Chronic Compartment Syndrome -- 110
Calf Muscle Tear -- 110-111

THE KNEE -- 112-128
Anterior Knee Pain -- 112
Patellofemural Pain (Runner's Knee) -- 113-114
Haematoma -- 115
Infrapatellar Tendinitis -- 115
Osgood-Schlatter Disease -- 116
Collateral Ligament Injuries -- 117-119
Long-Term Effects of Knee Injury -- 120
Iliotibial Band Syndrome (Snapping Band) -- 121
Torn Meniscus -- 122
Torn Cruciate Ligament -- 123-124
Before Surgery to the Knee -- 125
After Surgery to the Knee -- 125
Bursae and Bursitis -- 126-127
Posterior Knee Pain -- 128

THIGH, HIP AND GROIN INJURIES -- 129-135
Hamstrings -- 129
Quadriceps -- 130
Groin Strain and Pain -- 131-133
Adductor Strain -- 134
Bones and Fractures -- 134
Young People -- 135
Nerve Pain -- 135

GENITAL INJURIES -- 136-139
Male Genitalia -- 136-137
Female Genitalia --138-139

SHOULDER INJURIES -- 140-151
Rotator Cuff and Tendons -- 140-142
Chronic Tendinitis -- 143-144
Dislocation and Instability -- 145
Recovery Remedies -- 146
Frozen Shoulder -- 147-149
Acromioclavicular Pain -- 150-151

ARM, ELBOW, WRIST AND HAND -- 152-161
Intramuscular Haematoma -- 152
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) -- 153-154
Dislocation of the Elbow -- 155
Tenosynovitis of the Wrist and Forearm -- 156-157
Sprains, Fractures and Dislocation of the Wrist -- 158
Injuries to Fingers -- 159
Tendon and Ligament Injuries -- 159
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome -- 160-161

THE BACK AND NECK -- 161-171
Lower Back Pain -- 162
Muscular Imbalance in Dancers -- 163
Orthodox Treatment -- 163
Homeopathic Remedies -- 163-165
Sacroiliac Injuries -- 166
Coccyx Injuries -- 167
Prolapsed Disc -- 168-170
Fractures in the Spine -- 171

THE CERVICAL SPINE -- 172-173
Fracture or Dislocation -- 172
Stiff Neck -- 173

HEAD INJURIES -- 174-175
Trauma -- 174-175
Scalp Injuries -- 176
Eye Injuries -- 176
Nose Injuries -- 177-178

Treating Common Conditions -- 178-211
Alcohol -- 179
Altitude -- 179
Anxiety -- 180
Asthma -- 180
Athlete's Foot -- 181
Black Eye -- 182
Bleeding -- 183
Blisters -- 183
Burns -- 184
Cold Sores -- 184
Common Cold -- 185
Confidence (Lack of) -- 186
Constipation -- 187
Coughs -- 188
Cramps -- 190
Diarrhea (Food Poisoning) -- 191
Diarrhea (Nervous) -- 192
Epistaxis (Nosebleed) -- 193
Exhaustion -- 194
Flying -- 194
Food Poisoning -- 194
Gout -- 195
Grass Burns -- 195
Hemorrhoids -- 195
Hangover -- 195
Hay Fever -- 196
Headache -- 196
Heat (Weather Conditions) -- 197
Heatstroke -- 198
Homesickness -- 199
Indigestion -- 199
Influenza -- 200
Ingrown Toenail -- 200
Insomnia -- 200
Mouth Ulcers -- 201
Nausea -- 202
Nerves (Pre-Performance) -- 203-204
Nosebleed -- 205
Period Problems -- 205
Piles -- 206
Sciatica-- 207
Sleeplessness -- 207
Sore Throat -- 207
Sunburn -- 208
Toothache -- 209
Tinea Cruris and Pedis -- 209
Travel Sickness -- 209
Tummy Upsets -- 210
Verrucas Warts -- 210
Wounds -- 210-211

Descriptions of Remedies (Materia Medica) -- 212-269
ABC -- 212
Aconite -- 212
Aesculus Hippocastanum -- 213
Allium Cepa -- 213
Alumina -- 214
Anacardium Orientale -- 214
Angustura Vera -- 215
Apis Mellifica -- 215
Argentum Nitricum -- 216
Arnica Montana -- 216-217
Arsenicum Album -- 218
Aurum Metallicum -- 219
Badiaga -- 219
Baryta Carbonica -- 220
Belladonna -- 220
Bellis Perennis -- 221
Berberis Vulgaris -- 222
Borax -- 222
Bryonia Alba -- 222-223
Calcarea Fluorica -- 224-225
Calendula -- 226
Cantharis -- 227
Carcinosin -- 227
Causticum -- 228
Chelidonium -- 229
China -- 230
Coca -- 230
Cocculus Indicus -- 231
Coffea Cruda --232
Colchicum Autumnale -- 232
Colocynthis – 233
Conium Maculatum -- 233
Cuprum Metallicum – 234
Drosera -- 235
Elaps Corallinus -- 235
Euphrasia -- 235
Ferrum Metallicum -- 236
Gelsemium -- 236
Glonoine -- 237
Graphites -- 237
Guaiacum -- 238
Hamamelis -- 238
Hecla Lava -- 239
Hepar Sulphuris -- 239
Hydrastis -- 239
Hypericum -- 240
Ipecacuanha -- 241
Kali Carbonicum -- 241
Lac Defloratum -- 242
Lachesis -- 242
Ledum -- 243
Lycopodium -- 244
Magnesia Carbonica -- 245
Magnesia Phosphorica -- 245
Mercurius Solubilis --246
Natrum Arsenicum -- 246
Natrum Muriaticum -- 246-247
Natrum Sulphuricum -- 248
Nitric Acid -- 248
Nux Vomica -- 249
Opium -- 250
Paeonia -- 251
Phosphorica Acid -- 251
Phosphorus -- 251
Picric Acid -- 252
Piper Methysticum -- 253
Plumbum Metallicum -- 253
Pododphyllum -- 254
Pulsatilla -- 254
Rescue Remedy -- 255
Rhododendron -- 256
Rhus Toxicodendron -- 257-258
Rumex Crispus -- 259
Ruta Graveolens -- 260
Sabadilla -- 261
Sanguinaria Canadensis -- 262
Sanicula -- 262
Sepia -- 263
Silica -- 263
Spongia Tosta -- 264
Staphysagria -- 265
Sticta Pulmonaria -- 265
Strontium Carbonicum -- 266
Sulphur -- 266
Symphytum -- 267
Thuja -- 268
Urtica Urens --269
Variolinum – 269

ADVANCED USES OF HOMEOPATHY -- 270-304

Susceptibility to Injury -- 270-281
Predisposition to Injury -- 270-271
Lessons from the World of Dance -- 272
Other Psychological Factors -- 272-275
Treating the Potential for Injury -- 276
Treating the Whole Person -- 277
Results of Injury -- 277
Homeopathic Remedies for Reaction to Injury -- 278-280
Referral -- 281-282

Enhanced Performance -- 283-292
Minimizing the Risk of Infection -- 283-284
Improving Performance with the Constitutional Remedy -- 285
Practical Applications -- 286
Fatigue -- 286
Anxiety and Stress -- 287
Mental and Emotional Balance -- 288
Artistic Performance -- 288
Remedies for Anxiety -- 288-289
Developmental Remedies -- 290-292

Other Complementary Therapies and Techniques -- 293-304
Acupuncture and Acupressure -- 293-294
Osteopathy -- 295
Chiropractic -- 296-297
Healing -- 298
Qi Gong -- 298-299
Reflexology -- 300
Alexander Technique -- 301-302
Hypnotherapy -- 303-304

Appendix I: Homeopathic Suppliers and Organizations -- 305-306
Appendix II: Homeopathic First Aid Kit -- 307
Appendix III: References and Further Reading -- 308-309
Remedy Index -- 310-311
General Index -- 313-322

Emlyn Thomas, RSHom, DPhysEd

Emlyn Thomas had a successful career as a Physical Education officer with the Royal Air Force, during which he was responsible for the rehabilitation of injured athletes and others.

He captained the RAF at rugby and played for the Combined Services, and led major expeditions to many of the great mountain ranges, including the Himalayas.

He began using homeopathic remedies as an active sportsman in 1976 and subsequently trained and qualified as a homeopath. He now practices professionally in North Wales.

Reviews

Two Reviews:
1. Homoeopathic Links
2. The Homeopath



Homoeopathic Links

Reviewed by Cor van der Meij, The Netherlands

Being a long distance runner myself, Emlyn Thomas's book on the homeopathic treatment of sports injuries was one to have, read and, not last, to use in practice.

The book is based on a long period of practical experience with homeopathy, since 1976 as a physical education officer in the famous (British) Royal Air Force. The book is divided in two parts:

  1. An outline on theory and practice of homeopathy
  2. Applying homeopathy in practice (i.e. sports injuries)

In both parts a lot of cases are discussed. Thomas is very clear in defining the power of homeopathy in (sports) injuries: 'A homeopathic remedy speeds the recovery of the patient at all levels (physical, mental, emotional and general state).'

Furthermore he defines the limitations: 'Homeopathy can not mend a broken tendon, or a broken bone, but recovery will be faster and more complete by the right remedy.

Thomas emphasises the power of the right remedy on both the physical and the mental level. In an original way he describes the self-healing power of a living organism, calling it 'The healer within':

'When someone is ill or injured, his organism is "detuned" like a piano which has been damaged... the "tuner" for a living organism is within that same organism…’ Hahnemann called this the Vital Force.'

As in our daily practice Thomas divides sports injuries in acute and chronic conditions. There is also a paragraph on the 'Constitution'. Again the way Thomas describes this is almost poetic:

'We regard the constitution as the physiological canvas on which the psychological activities of life are painted and enacted. It is the physical carrier of the vital force and the fundamental basis for expression of all the wishes and intentions of the individual.

'All the feelings of health, joy, harmony and love are expressed through the constitution, as are those of envy, jealousy, anger, anxiety and disease. The constitution carries the relics of past trauma, disease, grief and other influences, often going back for a generation or more.'

Thomas is a true realist:

'Homeopathic remedies are not miraculous cure-ails. They cannot replace torn ligaments, repair a damaged meniscus, or regenerate deteriorated joints. For some conditions, including many sports injuries, homeopathic medicine can only accompany other medical care.

'For example, homeopathy can speed up the repair of a fracture as long as the bones have been set correctly. It can not replace corrective surgery when its need has been diagnosed'.

Then there is a chapter on homeopathic symptomatology, in which Thomas states that it is important to have a diagnosis from a regular sports medicine practitioner. This is followed by a description of the methodology in recognising homeopathic symptoms: location, sensation (and interpretation, together with observation, including some questions to ask), concomitants and modalities (including recognising the patterns and the causation or maintaining causes).

The following chapter is on 'Managing homeopathic treatment' in which attention is given to how to take the remedy, rules for prescribing, frequency, repeating, changing symptoms and if the remedy does not work.

The second part of the book starts with 'Traumatic injury and first aid', paying attention to inflammation and controlling bleeding, first aid remedies, head injuries, skin wounds, muscle tears, strains and sprains of tendons and ligaments, fractures and spinal injury.

The following chapter is on overuse injuries and conditions, in which Thomas also pays attention to 'Warm up and down', which is an actual theme of discussion.

In 2002 two Australians, Herbert and Gabriel, published a survey study on this subject in the British Medical Journal, concluding that no evidence was found on the positive effects of stretching in relation to sports injuries.

Chapter 8 is on 'Local treatment for specific injuries', 9 on 'Treating common conditions' and 10 describes the main homeopathic remedies. Chapters 11, 12 and 13 are on 'Advanced uses of homeopathy' in which attention is paid on susceptibility to injury, enhanced performance and other complementary therapies and techniques.

Some final remarks:

1) Although Thomas mentions the most important remedies for a specific sports injury, you will sometimes notice that a particular remedy is missing. For example, for pain in the achilles tendon Calcarea carbonica, Colchicum, Ledum, Mercurius, Zincum and Ignatia (on exertion), can also be important remedies (Synthesis 8, Extremities, pain leg, tendo-achilles). So don't forget also to look in your repertory.
 

2) On page 103 Thomas states that the achilles tendon has no sheath. In my best opinion, this is not true, see e.g. the 'Merck Manuel'.
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In my opinion, this 322 page book is a must for all colleagues who are more than superficial interested in applying homeopathy in cases of sports injuries.

Reprinted from Homeopathic Links

The Homeopath
Number 77 - Spring 2000

Reviewed by Katherine Armitage

This is a beautifully produced, compact handbook full of easily accessible information, written by a man with years of homeopathic experience and who is himself no stranger to physical endurance, having led major expeditions to many great mountain ranges, including the Himalayas, and served as a physical education officer with the RAF for many years.

As well as for the homeopath, and for anybody who participates in sport or dance, at whatever level, this book is intended for club managers, coaches and dance directors, who, it is hoped, once familiar with the contents, will be able to maintain their team, club or company's performance by ensuring more effective recovery from injury and overstrain and by using homeopathy to maximise their athletes' potential.

As this book is intended to be used by anybody, with or without knowledge of homeopathy, to treat quite complex and simple sports, exercise and dance injuries, the first five chapters map out the homoeopathic principles and how to use them.

There are plenty of relevant case examples, starting with classic Rhus tox and Arnica cases, which are echoed by other equally apt cases throughout the book that give very clear illustrations of these, and ninety or so other first aid and constitutional remedies.

The next two chapters show how to apply homoeopathy in traumatic injury and first aid and in overuse injuries and conditions. All the information given is clear, well laid out and easy to understand.

The pages outlining the contents of the book are comprehensive, as are the remedy and general index for cross-referencing.

Chapter 8 is packed with suggestions for 'Local treatment for specific injuries'. Emlyn says 'It has often been my experience that the person's constitutional remedy heals more effectively than the specific remedy.

However, the specific remedy will often serve the practitioner of other therapies who wants to choose a remedy to relieve a patient's immediate symptoms and promote recovery.' Throughout the book he emphasises the choice of remedies for the whole person rather than for a specific injury or condition.

In this chapter he goes through each part of the body in detail, listing various injuries and suggested treatments, referring the reader forward and backward in the book for descriptions of remedies, so as not to be too repetitive.

However, there is also plenty of repetition of key information, e.g. points of philosophy, such as when to repeat a remedy and facts about the remedies, to give a confident grounding as to what to prescribe and when.

To give an example, pages 112 to 129 are devoted to the knee, the most frequent source of injury in sport. The section starts with the case of a skier who fell on a very steep slope, and was diagnosed with a torn medial ligament. He was seen on return from his holiday, having been very disconsolate.

After Arnica 30c, one every hour for a day, followed by Ruta 30c three times in one day, he was immediately less depressed and allowed his wife to remove his strapping and take back his crutches.

With physiotherapy and exercises he was back at work and exercising fully within a week.

Emlyn stresses the importance of a medical diagnosis where necessary, physiotherapy and RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) or other appropriate therapy, but he effectively demonstrates over and over again, with his case examples, how homoeopathy can help speed up the process of recovery, regardless of the diagnosis, and change a patient's mental and emotional state for the better.

In the knee section he covers anterior knee pain, patellofemoral pain (runner's knee), haematoma, infrapatellar tendinitis, Osgood- Schlatter disease (which is apparently as painful as it sounds, caused by repetitive strenuous exertion), collateral ligament injuries, with a case, and first-stage and second-stage remedies.

He covers long-term effects of knee injury, iliotibial band syndrome, torn meniscus, torn cruciate ligament (it was at this point that I reached for my anatomy book and felt excited at looking at the knee!), before knee surgery, after knee surgery, bursae and bursitis and posterior knee pain.

Other areas of the body are covered in equal detail and many of the smaller remedies come into their own: Rhododendron, Chelidonium for the right shoulder, Plumbum metallicum for tenosynovitis of the wrist and forearm, Aesculus hippocastanum and Variolinum for sacroiliac injuries, to name but a few.

Chapter 9 is full of tips for treating common conditions (diarrhoea, coughs etc.), useful for a dance company or sports team away on tour, and it's great to have all the information in one volume.

Chapter 10 is a mini materia medica of all the remedies mentioned in the book. The final chapters cover 'Susceptibility to Injury' and 'Enhanced Performance'. Emlyn says: 'There can be no question that professional dancers rank among the fittest and most dedicated of physical performers.

It is among the most demanding forms of human movement and, as such, increases our knowledge of what the human body can achieve under stress'. He explores how homoeopathy, as well as helping with recovery, can aid development.

He gives the case of an 18- year-old rugby player who came because of an ankle injury. He suffered from frequent sprains. He looked big and strong (6 feet tall and 200lbs) he worked hard at his training, but his strength and power were much less that his build suggested and 'his muscles were soft and lacking in tone'.

His coach described him as 'flabby'. He displayed other symptoms of Calcarea carbonica: he could be obstinate at times and take offence at slight remarks, and then would sit alone and sulk.

After a couple of doses of Calcarea carbonica 1M, 'His ankle recovered quickly and after two months the coach reported that his game had improved. He seemed stronger and fitter.

The following season he was a changed player. His body shape had firmed up, his speed around the field had improved, and he had lost his flabbiness. He went on to play at a good standard and realised his potential'.

The whole book is peppered with anecdotes of Emlyn's sensitive experience, and there is a feeling of a deep love of the human form and what it can achieve if properly cared for!

Chapter 13 gives a short overview of other therapies, and would be helpful in deciding which treatment would complement homoeopathy.

Being a keen tennis player and cycling daily in London I know how much importance I attach to keeping fit and recovering quickly if I am injured.

I think that this would be an invaluable book for any homoeopath, any household, school, sports or dance club and even for hospital Accident and Emergency departments. If they could see how well homoeopathy worked in shock and trauma their job would be made so much easier and the grassroots publicity for homoeopathy would be phenomenal.

I hope that it is widely distributed so that it achieves its aims, as I think that it has been very well planned, researched and put together.