Clarence health clinic puts bite on mozzies
By JULIA ILES
MOSQUITO-BORNE infections come with nasty symptoms.
To combat the nasties, two homeopaths have set up a clinic in Wooloweyah with the aim of easing the pain.
Ilma Hynson and business partner Trenna Malcolm started the Mosquito Clinic six months ago to treat Dengi and Ross River fever as well as the Barmah Forest virus.
"These viruses have so many different symptoms ? some people might get lower joint pain, while others get a rash and pain in other places," Ms Hynson said.
"What we do is treat each case differently. Everything is worked out on an individual basis."
Their treatments include using mineral, plant and animal extracts.
"The remedy helps a person emotionally and physically and we take into account if they are feeling frightened or anxious," she said.
Yamba resident Tonya Dolinska has suffered from the Barmah Forest virus infrequently for seven years.
"Every summer it's dreadful, just like hell, as it goes through accute phases," she said.
"The medical profession has said there is nothing they can do so I've turned to alternative medicine."
Ms Dolinska has been a patient of the Mosquito Clinic for three and a half months.
"I am seeing changes and the treatment is helping slowly," she said.
Chairman of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Council of GPs, Dr Rod Pierce, cautions people on using homeopathy as the sole treatment.
"Seeking alternative treatments without any medical basis can be life-threatening," he said.
"But after blood tests are done, and a condition is confirmed, treating the symptoms alternatively is a different story."