What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a unique system of medicine which addresses the whole patient - physically, mentally and emotionally. It recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment not the disease. These ideas may be new to you but homeopathy has been established for more than 200 years.
Treating "like with like"
Take for example, a case of insomnia (sleeplessness). The way of opposites (conventional medicine or allopathy) is to treat this by giving a drug to bring on an artificial sleep. This frequently involves the use of large or regular doses of drugs which can sometimes cause side effects or addiction.
The way of similars, the homeopathic way, is to give the patient a minute dose of a substance, such as coffee, which in large doses causes sleeplessness in a healthy person. Perhaps surprisingly, this will enable the patient to sleep naturally.
Homeopathic remedies, properly prescribed, are safe and can also be given to pregnant women, babies and children. This is because only a very minute amount of the active ingredient is used in a specially prepared form.
Your homeopath will give you a homeopathic medicine or remedy which matches your symptoms as you experience them. This also takes account fo you as a person - your individual characteristics, emotionally as well as physically.
How does it work?
Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's own healing power. This stimulus will assist your own system to clear itself of any symptoms of imbalance. The aim is to get you to a level of health so that eventually you will need less frequent treatment.
What will your homeopath need to know?
In order to find the right remedy for you as an individual, your homeopath will need to know more about you. A detailed understanding of who you are, along with any complaints and details of how you experience them, is needed to assess your case correctly. So anything you can tell your homeopath that is typical of who you are will help this process. Finding out about your general energy levels, your past medical history and the way you live are also important. Anything you say will be treated in the stricest confidence. The initial consultation may last an hour or more.
What will the treatment be like?
Your homeopath will give you a homeopathic remedy, usually in the form of tablets, or pillules, occasionally as powders, which should be allowed to dissolve in your mouth; or you may be given a liquid remedy with instructions.
What about seeing a GP?
We recommend that you should maintain your relationship with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to arrange any tests or X-rays you may need. Homeopathy has a different philosophy but by working in this way with your doctor, the two systems of health care can provide an integrated service.
"Homeopathic remedies, properly prescribed, are safe and can also be given to pregnant women, babies and children."