Homeopathy is a natural and gentle alternative to conventional drugs for both acute and chronic illnesses. It is a well-regulated and safe form of medicine with little or no side effects. During your time of treatment, a homeopath will consider all your symptoms at all levels of your being, be it emotional, mental or physical.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a holistic medicine which uses specially prepared, highly diluted substances in tablet form with the aim of triggering the body’s own healing mechanisms. You are prescribed medicines according to your specific set of symptoms, and how you experience them, taking into account your overall level of health. It is a well-regulated and safe form of medicine with little or no side effects.
Homeopathically prepared remedies, providing the ‘minimum dose’, are gentle, subtle and powerful. They are non-addictive, and not tested on animals. The production of homeopathic remedies does not involve harsh chemicals and there are no toxic by-products; just gentle, effective medicine that’s safe for people and the planet.
The name homeopathy was created by its originator Samuel Hahnemann and is derived from the Greek words for ‘similar suffering’ referring to the ‘like cures like’ principle of healing. Homeopathy is based on this principle – in other words, a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if it was taken in large amounts.
Homeopathy has been established and refined for over 200 years. It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the second largest therapeutic system in use in the world. While it is most popular in India and South America, over thirty million people in Europe also benefit from its practice.
What do Homeopaths do?
Homeopathy doesn’t separate the physical, emotional and mental symptoms, but takes the view that they are all interconnected. It is a system of medicine with a ‘whole person’ approach. You will be listened to and treated as an individual, because homeopathy is entirely patient-centred in its approach. The remedy you are prescribed will be bespoke and tailored to meet your needs.
How do Homeopaths treat?
A homeopath will be seeing you for an initial consultation lasting for approximately 60-90 minutes. As well as getting a thorough understanding of a patient’s health concerns, homeopaths also want to find out about medical history, sleep patterns, temperament, likes and dislikes and all the things that make us individuals. The homeopath will then prescribe a remedy that is the best match for the patient’s whole picture. Homeopathic medicines are usually taken as tablets or pillules, but may be given in liquid or powder form.
Follow up consultations usually take place around four to six weeks later and are a little shorter, lasting 30 minutes to an hour. Follow-ups are an opportunity to talk in depth about any changes that have occurred. The homeopath will then decide on the next stage of the treatment plan and may need to fine tune the prescription.
As the patient progresses, follow up consultations may be spread further apart to six weeks, two months, and so on. Many people like to maintain a regular contact with their homeopath, booking an appointment every six months or so, using homeopathy as a ‘preventive medicine’, so that optimum health can be maintained and any symptoms are addressed quickly.
Who can visit a Homeopath?
Homeopathy can help with:
– frequent viral infections (coughs, colds, flu)
– chronic fatigue
– concentration problems
– chronic back, neck or wrist pain
– hormonal imbalances (e.g. endometriosis, menopausal symptoms)
– arthritis and rheumatism
– irritable bowel syndrome, Crohns Disease
– allergies (e.g. hay fever)
– bladder problems (e.g. UTI’s such as cystitis)
– eye conditions
– sports injuries
– unpleasant side effects from conventional medicine