The following testimonials are written by patients I have treated who have consented to this information being published on my website.
There is currently a great deal of controversy and debate surrounding the efficacy of Homeopathy. Although many scientific trials have been completed with positive results, the scientific community requires evidence from much larger-scale trials before Homeopaths are permitted to claim to help with any specific conditions. See Evidence for more information.
The testimonials included below have been fully written by my patients and represent the personal opinions of those patients' experiences, and must not be considered as evidence of effectiveness. Claire French.
I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and normally around October time I can become tired, lacking energy and moody. I’ve tried a couple of things such as a light box and regular exercise and these have helped but I wouldn’t say they have been a ‘cure’.
Once I’d seen Claire she gave me a remedy that soon kicked in; my energy levels increased, my anxieties disappeared and my sleep improved.
I’ve always known about Homeopathy but never quite joined the dots up to think that it could help me or my family. I cannot recommend Homeopathy or Claire French enough!.
Let's just say a few months ago I was in a really bad place. Life was really hard work and I didnt see the point in it anymore. No matter what I did it was wrong. I couldn't get things right with my family or my school. I am in my last year at secondary school so it is hectic with exams and the pressure was unbearable. I didn't know what to do so I turned to self harm.
I only started scratching at first but then as weeks went by and my low mood, depression and anxiety dragged me deeper into a black hole they weren't just scratches. I was in and out of hospital for cuts and trying to take my own life several times.
Then I started talking to Claire. She gave me my first remedy. Not going to lie, I was unsure if it would work for me as medication and counselling wasn't helping me make positive progress. I sat in her clinic immediately feeling relaxed in a home environment. Then all of a sudden I found myself talking like there was no tomorrow. It felt like the weight of the world was being lifted of my shoulders. The remedy took a week or so before I realised the difference. I felt lighter somehow. Like floating in water.
As the months went on and I continued my treatment with Claire, life was turning around. I was back out meeting friends. My panic attacks which were horrendous before were beginning to decrease and my self harm stopped. Finally giving my body the time it needed to repair. My sleep improved tremendously and I no longer felt like a zombie.
I'm not going to say it is easy. It can be a long journey for some but it feels like magic. Claire was always there to help me through anything I found difficult to cope with. Whatever I felt she was always there to support me.
I have now finished school and my GCSEs and life is good. Sure there are some ups and downs but that's just life. They are all there to make your soul stronger. I wouldn't be here if I hadn't found the help and support I needed. I never dreamt in a million years I would finish my GCSEs and be on my summer holiday smiling, surfing and finding myself.
It is inspirational the work she has done and the support she has given me and for that I am truly grateful. Thank you Claire.
I have been somewhat preoccupied over the last two weeks, since my 'treatment' ended with preparations for my house move which finally happens tomorrow. To think that I am now in a position where I have gone through the stress of selling and buying a house when only seven months ago I was in a position of complete despair is, quite frankly, unbelievable.
As you know, I had undergone all types of treatment that 'conventional' medicine could offer - both NHS and 'private' - Counselling, CBT, and many different types of anti-depressant medications, but after 10 years of treatment I was still in a very dark place following the sudden death of my wife 10 years ago, and numerous set backs that normal life consipires to throw at us.
In short, seven months ago I could hardly see seven days ahead - all was doom, gloom and sadness - there was no future - my life was embedded in the past and sadness. Fortunately a friend had been treated by you in the past and suggested I contact you - a good friend indeed!
I am now, following your treatment and help - which has always been prompt and caring - getting back towards the man I was all those years ago - a man I had almost forgotten about and looking forward excitedly to a new start - which, without your help, I cannot possibly conceive, would never have happened. Perhaps that says it all anyway! Thank you with all my heart.BS, Basingstoke.
Originally from the UK I now live in Germany, married with three children aged 7, 5 and 3. From the age of 12 weeks our youngest daughter suffered from severe recurrent bronchial infections, every 6-8 weeks during the first two years of life. Having consulted paediatricians in Germany with no long term success we were at our wit’s end. At one stage we even received a referral to test for cystic fibrosis. I was also trained to perform physiotherapy on our daughter when she was sick. Confused and simply tired of hearing “she will grow out of it” we were introduced to Claire through my sister.
During a trip to the UK we had the opportunity to meet with Claire. As a mother of two young children Claire has a strong natural affinity to children. Homeopathy is widely practiced in Germany, we use homeopathy and I am a firm believer of it’s benefits. The success of Claire’s remedy has been absolutely fantastic. Since her treatment one and a half years ago our daughter has never suffered with any bronchial related infection. Indeed we can only remember on a couple of occasions where she suffered from minor colds and a stomach bug which is completely normal. More importantly only since Claire’s treatment has our daughter’s personality really had chance to develop. She is now a well balanced fun loving healthy child with an extrememely strong resistance to infection and illness. What more can a parent ask for?
Claire’s passion, knowledge and commitment to her work is unique. I can only advise anyone reading this to embrace the oppportunity of discovering homeopathy, the benefits are simply brilliant! Thank you once again Claire from all of us for helping my daughter and the whole family.
JG, Germany (formerly UK)
When homeopathy was first mentioned my attitude was, it's a complete load of cods wallop, and I was somewhat antagonistic of it. Then my daughter began to praise the results it was achieving for her and her family, and my position softened, just a little. She became such a protagonist that she gave me starter session as a gift for Christmas 2014. Eventually I agreed to go as the cost of the voucher was too high to just bin it. I had no faith in this 'mumbo jumbo' but recognised the need to give an honest representation of my ails and issues, so as to allow the 'witch doctor' to do 'her thing'.
Many of my issues were very old and well embedded, unbelievably complex, and severe. The prescription delivered by classical medicine was extremely high strength, included opiates and anti-psychotic drugs, moderated to reduce side effects and comatosing to a minimum. Balance on a knife edge?
That 1st session seemed to take forever, that and the next session totalled approximately 1 hr 45 mins. Her response was - 'she needed to think about it'. (Was she out of her depth?), was I wasting my time! I was then told that a 'classical' indication was not appearing naturally (here we go....?) but from an inspirational thought (what???) she suggested - wait for it - Black Mamba snake venom. I've seen a lot of cowboy films with the ubiquitous snake oil seller in his 'covered wagon'. I tittered quietly to myself! So, I went home and sucked on this tiny ball of sugar. The next day everything changed for the better. Converted, YES. Convinced, certainly. I've had the best two years of my last twenty five years of hell!!
Five years prior to 2014 I began a quest to understand what was wrong with me and to fix what I could. I started first with the doctors and physical medicine. Then I received counselling for my mental health and wellbeing. I developed the notion that my body was just a vehicle (albeit a broken down model T Ford and no spare parts!), my essence-of-self used my brain as accommodation and, more importantly, I could live in parallel to these things rather than be subordinate to them. Mentally I felt I was in a much stronger place than before, but my life was made miserable by the chronic pain, and the many side effects, I had to endure. Lastly I engaged in a search for alternative remedies to the remaining issues.
I found acupuncture can be very helpful, but depends greatly on the practitioner, and it's effectiveness fades over time. The anticipated annual cost of private treatment makes this solution expensive. I chose acupuncture first because I understood it, it has been in use for thousands of years and is commonly used in China today. Tai Chi and Meditation was also very helpful, and at little or no cost. How on earth do you explain homeopathy!? And I have to for my own sake!
I’m an engineer, and had so far been able to use that knowledge to understand many of the complex issues surrounding my ails and remedies. Medical professionals were referring to me as ‘an expert patient’. Homeopathic potions are dilutions at and beyond the molecular level. So, it has to be acknowledged that there is little or no chemical content to the product. AND YET IT WORKS!
Because my medication versus my issues is very elevated and animated the homeopathic 'remedy' has to be regularly topped up. I can feel the effects fade and feel euphoric when they are replenished (replication of ailment and replication of treatment). It’s definitely not a placebo effect.
Homeopathy is a key part of our family health and I continue to be extremely grateful for the positive impact it’s had on my life.
I first experienced the benefits 12 years ago when I was treated for depression. I had been taking anti-depressants for six years since my mid-teens and I fully expected to have to continue to take them for the rest of my life. However, after being treated for several months with homeopathy I felt well enough to stop taking them and I experienced a number of positive changes including an increased sense of well-being and improvement in my self-confidence. In addition to the improvement in my mental health I also had a lot more energy and saw significant weight loss, which in turn continued to increased my self esteem and encouraged me to make positive changes to my eating habits and general health.
Since that time, whilst I have never returned to the depressive state that caused me to seek treatment initially, I have continued to look to homeopathy to complement the health decisions that I make, not only for me but for my family. I believe that homeopathy in conjunction with eating and sleeping well and exercising in moderation keeps me in the best physical and mental health. There are always ups and downs in life and sometimes the down times can knock me off balance, thankfully I can generally tell when I’m ‘out of sorts’ and at these times I talk to my homeopath about how I’m feeling and take a remedy to help me regain that balance.
CL, Sydney Australia (formerly UK)
My Fiancé was initially sceptical about the benefits of Homeopathy but during our relationship he’s seen me become ‘out of sorts’ and look to Homeopathy for treatment. Having seen the results he also uses homeopathy for general wellbeing as well as specific ailments such as a recent case of conjunctivitis and a nasty chest infection.
CL, Sydney Australia (formerly UK)
Our Son has also benefited, especially with treatment for teething. During one particularly difficult teething episode we were concerned about how often we felt the need to give him painkillers but he was clearly in a great deal of pain in his mouth as well as a sore bottom from the acidic saliva. We administered a teething remedy and noticed the effects immediately, as well as stopping the pain the remedy also cleared the red raw bottom within a couple of hours. We always keep the teething remedy on hand and find it continues to be extremely effective.
In addition to the teething pain he caught a particularly nasty Gastro bug which caused major vomiting and diarrhoea episodes. Once the bug had passed we noticed that he was no longer able to tolerate dairy products. They gave him stomach pain and diarrhoea. We treated this with a homeopathic remedy and within days his digestion rebalanced and we had a happy little boy and no more diarrhoea nappies. Recently we’ve been able to clear up a lot of phlegm on his chest with homeopathic treatment too.
CL, Sydney Australia (formerly UK)
I believe the homeopathic remedies I had during my pregnancy and immediately after giving birth significantly contributed to my healthy pregnancy and smooth birth experience with no depressive dips or Post Natal Depression, which was a concern to me because of my previous depression.
I would encourage anyone to consult with a certified Homeopath for their own health as well as that of their family, I remain grateful for the way that it changed my own life and as a parent I appreciate the effective treatment and relief of many childhood ailments without having to rely on frequent medication.
CL, Sydney Australia (formerly UK)
I had been experiencing difficulty with my 3 year old son and his problems at night-time. Homeopathy wasn’t something we had considered before and had been down all the conventional routes with little or no success. In fact, most of these were quite dismissive with ‘he’ll grow out of it’ quotes being bandied around.
We booked a consultation with Claire and right from the outset her interest was in my son and when a question was being directed at me, she asked his permission to ‘talk to mummy’. Claire’s skills in getting to the route of the issue were obvious to me but not to him, and he was made to feel very comfortable and able to talk about what was also upsetting and tiring to him and not just us weary parents.
Claire looked at my son as a person who needed help and not just at his symptoms. He was given a small tablet, which he thought was a sugar treat and overnight (I’m not kidding) we experienced a vast improvement in his sleep patterns and issues. We had a couple of further consultations to keep checking we were on the right path and moved him on to a liquid remedy. Two years on we have only had to have one more visit to Claire for him, along with one change to his remedy which has worked with him as he was growing up.
I have also used Claire for myself and her interest and patience with me was second to none. Claire and her skills are now, following seeing and experiencing the proof with our own eyes, our first port of call for any symptoms we might have as a family before we would consider visiting any traditional practitioners.
I suffered from Rhinitis for many years due to allergies and badly treated sinus problems as a child. This means I was very swollen at the very back of my nose and throat. It was very obstructive especially at night, I was very prone to colds and coughs. I was also snoring which would wake ME! All the remedies I was given or I bought gave temporary relief or failed.
I then decided in desperation to try an actual visit to a Homeopath. Within a week my nose just seemed to clear and even no more snoring! The difference is truly amazing, just a shame I hadn't tried to understand this treatment sooner!
I had not been feeling myself for a long while. My problem was not physical but more emotional. As a scientist, I was slightly sceptical when a friend recommended homeopathy however the results speak for themselves. Claire is very knowledgeable and professional. The consultation was very thorough and she explained things to me and came up with a suitable remedy. I now feel so much better; I feel like myself again. Thanks Claire.
Having been told that my child was suffering with Molluscum and that there was very little they could do about it, and that it could take up to two years for them to go, we went home to wait and see. After about 4 months they seemed to be getting worse and he was getting distressed about going swimming and PE at school. A friend advised me to try Homeopathy as it had worked for her child. So I thought well let's give it a go. I'd never tried anything like this for me or my children. But following one visit to Claire where she talked to my child to understand more about him, she gave him a little tablet and said we should start to see things improve in about four weeks.
Well within two weeks we could already see a difference. Where each spot had been taking up to three months to go, they seemed to be on fast forward and within two months we were down to the last six spots, from about 40. We counted down the last six which only took about another 3 weeks to go. I have been very impressed with the results we got and would happily recommend this to anyone who's child is suffering from Molluscum. My child now happily swims and does PE.
Thanks again for what you did for Thomas Claire, he and I are very happy with the result.
My daughter is lactose intolerant and is prone to picking up sickness bugs which can be so severe would have her admitted to hospital as her body was unable to stop her being sick. Medical staff at the hospital on numerous occasions could not explain why and would place her on a drip with IV drugs to stop the sickness which would cause her a lot of distress and as they could not carry out this procedure for maybe three to four days because of her being continually sick, she would be very weak which as a parent is heartbreaking especially over a period of two years! However, with immediate effect of your care my daughter would stop being sick within 12-48 hours which if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I would never have believed would have been possible! Even times when she has caught a nasty virus and has been so weak and so ill being continually sick, hospital I knew would be less than a few hours away, yet you have been able to stop the sickness AND also aide her recovery so she is back eating the following day!
Also for my son who has social and emotional difficulties added with childhood migraines and severe constipation, you have aided his health so he hardly ever has a migraine now instead of 1-2 a month! Also helping him through periods of time when we know he is going to have problems with added stress to his social skills difficulties.
As a parent with two children with such complex health issues combined with my son's social difficulties you have been able to give them treatments for the immediate symptoms, along with preventative treatments so whatever myself and my children have to face on a daily basis or situations out of the norm I can always guarantee that your continued medical care will always be correct as and when I require it.
My daughter is 18 months old and had problems with over producing mucous which was causing her difficulty with her breathing as she was struggling to clear her throat. She was also very agitated and always on the go!
I had been to the doctors on several occasions to try and resolve this problem she has had since she was about 6 months old. They gave her antibiotics, inhalers and tested her for allergies with much persuading. Still they gave us no answers and didn't seem to want to listen or believe that anything was even wrong with her.
We decided to give Homeopathy a go after advice from friends. We had a consultation, and as Claire knows our daughter she knew we were not just imagining it and she was really pleased to be helping her! She gave us a remedy for our daughter, although I trust in Claire and know how passionate she is about Homeopathy I was amazed at how quickly the remedy worked! Within 2 days the terrible noise from the mucous in her throat had completely gone. She also seems much more contented.
We are very pleased with her progress and would take her back to Claire at any time. Claire is a great believer in her work and is always there for us with more advice and is always interested to know how she is getting on. I have since recommended her to friends.
I have used homeopathy before so was confident in using it again to help my daughters skin condition, molluscum. Not only did Claire look at and treat my daughters skin problems but she also discussed and gave treatment for her behaviour. We were going through a particularly trying time with tantrums, hitting, throwing things and head banging the floor! After a few treatments i could not believe the difference!! My daughters moluscum has now disappeared and her behaviour has completely changed, we now have a very happy and calm little girl.
I first started seeing Claire with my daughter when she had just turned 2. At that time she was a really bad sleeper, frequently waking in the night wanting me to be with her and taking ages to get back off to sleep. She was also quite an intense little girl who was always on the go, asking questions a lot and generally being demanding! Claire seemed to really understand where I was coming from and was able to help me unpick her behaviour and the difficulties we were having. She gave her a remedy and very quickly we saw a change in her and finally we were on the road to a better nights sleep with a more contented and relaxed 2 year old.
We have continued to see Claire over the last year as new symptoms have occurred. In fact our whole family has benefitted from homeopathy. Claire has also helped our youngest daughter who was having difficulties with separation, sleep and pooing! As well as the kids she has been able to help us as parents stay balanced and healthy during some tough and sleep deprived times!!
I cannot recommend Claire (and homeopathy) enough. Claire has an excellent manner and is extremely skilled and professional.
SO, Hartley Wintney.
I went to Claire as was suffering from the most debilitating stomach, shoulder, back, hip and leg pain mainly down the right hand side of my body. My GP had diagnosed this as "Bursitis" and had told me the only way to deal with it was with Cortizone (steroids) jabs and it might go away in it's own time. Some days I could barely walk and I really did not want to go down this route. Plus I was also incredibly low spirited and just couldn't lift myself out of the gloom. I was also suffering from awful hot flushes which would be worse at night - as was just approaching 50. All these things would be increased with my monthly cycle! I googled Claire and went and visited her. Once I had started taking the remedy my mood lifted within 24hours and my muscular pains abated and continued to calm down and disappear after about 3/4 months of taking the remedy. I now only take it when any aches and pains start to appear or if my mood changes towards the gloom again, which can be due to my monthly cycle and going through the change, or if I'm finding life a little challenging and I find it re-balances me perfectly.
Claire's approach was non-judgemental, matter of fact, sympathetic and understanding. She assessed my situation swiftly and I can't thank her enough or recommend her highly enough as it totally changed my ability to cope with life from both a mental and physical aspect. If in doubt call her up and visit her, you won't regret it!
I'm off next week to do a 4k swim in Turkey ... I NEVER thought I'd get on and do this when I first met Claire!!!
Struggling to cope with running my own business, which started to fly at the the same time as having my son, I was emotionally drained and physically shattered. I needed to regain focus and prioritise what was most important in my life and with Claire I achieved this.
At my first appointment Claire invited me into her calm and tranquil clinic. I was at ease due to her relaxed and inviting persona. It was much like a counselling session at first and I felt I could speak about anything, I was near to tears discussing my problems and Claire comforted me with her kind words and listened intently, reassuring me that we could work through all my issues and I would shortly see a clearer picture.
After seeing Claire for the first time, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. I took the remedy she prescribed and although initially feeling worse, which Claire did highlight could happen, after a week I gradually saw a positive change and noticed certain health problems clearing and generally feeling much better about myself.
It was on my second visit that I took my son and Claire noticed from his behaviour, he would benefit from a remedy. He was a very intense baby/todler, racing round at 100 miles an hour, switching from activity to activity, climbing, jumping and generally getting in to mischief. Like what most children are like but 20 times more intense. He would also struggle with sleeping and from this one visit Claire could understand how and why I was so tired and drained.
I gave my son Claire's remedy and again saw positive results, my son was a calmer, happier and more focused child. His sleeping patterns became better and better and so had an extremely positive effect on my entire family.
I would thoroughly recommend Claire for any ailment whether physical or emotional. A lovely lady, welcoming and amazing at what she does. If you are looking for alternate remedies then Claire is the place to go. Not only have I gained a great professional relationship but also a caring friend.
I first took my 3 year old son to see Claire as he was an appalling sleeper. Not only that, but an incredibly active live wire. We like to think we're fairly sensible parents with a good routine, but no matter what we did, he would wake multiple times a night. Sometimes he would be awake for hours at a time, sometimes waking every half hour/hour. Needless to say, it was miserable for all concerned.
Initially, I tried a different homeopath, who I wasn't entirely happy with; no reflection on her, I just didn't feel she quite understood. But, I persevered and found Claire. We rang her and explained (after a horrendous bout of sleep deprivation) how desperate we were. I immediately felt reassured and like a healing process had begun. For us, her manner was spot on.
The remedies Claire has prescribed for Ned have been like magic. Yes, he's still my very lively son, and he'll never crash out in the midst of a party, but he is infinitely better at sleeping. I genuinely don't know what we'd have done without her. If a remedy hasn't been quite right, she makes it her mission to find a better one.
Overall my son has calmed down a lot, and I've even had friends and family comment on the fact they've seen him sitting down (amazing!)
Claire combines great knowledge and professionalism with a fantastic empathy and understanding. I will continue to use her as our homeopath. Thank you from all of us.
I have a four year old boy who has struggled with behavioural issues since he was three. These episodes have intensified since he started school in September, however as he's one of the youngest in his year group, I concluded he was simply taking a while to adjust to the transition and he would settle eventually. Unfortunately, he's continued to struggle, longer than most of his peer group. He finds various aspects of school life challenging and his anxiety related to these issues has resulted in aggressive behaviour which is the reason why I sought Claire's help. Claire's calm & professional manner instantly put us both at ease. After taking a detailed case history from myself and spending time observing, interacting with and analysing the symptoms of my son, she prescribed a remedy which resulted in a more settled and less anxious child. She's continued to be on hand for advice since our initial consultation and I'd happily recommend her to anyone considering homeopathic treatment for their children. Many thanks for all your help.
At about 3 months old my baby became very unsettled during breast feeding. She would come off the breast and arch her back and cry and then go back to feeding with this cycle repeating throughout the feed. The local health visitor felt she was experiencing silent reflux. I took her to see Claire who was able to take a detailed history of her feeding and general wellbeing and character. From this meeting she prescribed a homeopathic remedy which made a huge difference to her feeding and the reflux symptoms. I would have no hesitation in recommending both homeopathy as an alternative treatment and Claire herself.
SO, Hartley Wintney.
Hi Claire, thank you so much for your assistance with H's reflux. As you know he was in a great deal of pain from birth with reflux and vomiting, we tried conventional medicines as well as the standard advice of keeping him upright after eating, raising the mattress on his cot etc. but nothing worked to ease the pain he was obviously experiencing, especially after feeds. With the remedy you prescribed he improved dramatically after a couple of days, he continued to improve and now he has no pain after eating and he rarely vomits. Thank you again for your help.
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