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Lauren Vaknine
Lauren Vaknine

Interior designer and author, Lauren Vaknine has suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis from a young age and relies on homeopathic remedies to treat her condition. She finds Thuja effective in helping her joints.
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I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of two and the only treatment that was available in 1986 was steroids. My parents had never heard of homeopathy, but after extensive research, decided that it was a better option than chemical drugs which would have long term side effects. Thankfully, they were right. Autoimmune diseases like RA mean your immune system is very low and cannot fight illness. Conventional drugs bring the immune system down even more and along with that, some of them have very strong side effects. But homeopathy built my immune system back up so that my body could fight the disease.

At the age of seventeen I came off the homeopathy and tried conventional treatments to beat a bad flare-up. The conventional medicine made the arthritis spread to all my joints and left me in a wheelchair. I went back to homeopathy and eventually got myself walking again. Now, at the age of twenty-eight I’m healthier than ever and I put that down to homeopathy. I’ve used many remedies over the years but a few examples are Causticum, Pulsatilla, Thuja and Rhus Tox. In 2010 I wrote a book - ‘My Enemy, My Friend’ - about how I overcame arthritis with the help of homeopathy and since then I was asked to become a trustee of the British Homeopathic Association.

I also work with the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine in their campaign to keep homeopathy in the NHS.