What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself.
It recognizes 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.
As a new patient, these ideas may be new to you, but homeopathy has been established for over 200 years.
A Bit of History
In 1790 a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, discovered a different approach to the cure of the sick, which he called homeopathy (from the Greek words meaning ‘similar suffering’).
Like Hippocrates two thousand years earlier he realized that there were two ways of treating ill health, the way of opposites and the way of similars.
” The natural healing force within each one of us is the true healer of disease.” –
Take for example, a case of insomnia. 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 help the patient to sleep naturally. As the body builds immunity to the remedy it also builds immunity to the illness.
Homeopathic remedies cannot cause side effects and you cannot become addicted to them. 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 that matches your symptoms as you experience them, as well individual characteristics: emotional and physical.
How does it work?
Homeopathic medicines work by stimulating the healing systems of the body. Once your healing system is strong and functioning effectively, many of your ailments will naturally disappear. Illness can not persist in a body that is strong bur rather only when there is susceptibility to that illness.
What will your homeopath need to know?
Homeopathy realizes that each and every one of us is completely unique. Thus in order to find the right remedy for you, a detailed understanding of who you are, what your complaints are, and how you experience them, is needed to accurately assess your case. Your homeopath will ask you many questions. Not only will you be asked about your presenting complaint, you will also be asked about your general energy level, your past medical history and about your lifestyle. Everything you tell your homeopath will be treated in the strictest confidence. The initial consultation will take up one and a half hours.
What to expect?
A number of changes typically occur after taking your homeopathic remedy. For an acute case such as the flu or eat infections the patient should be about 60% better in one day. For chronic ailments some patients experience a period symptoms appearing to get worse for a short time (about one day) and then 40% to 60% better in a week. This is a good sign that the remedy is taking effect. Old symptoms can reappear, usually for a short period. These symptoms will pass, and must not be treated, as they are a very important part of the healing process. Some patients do not notice any changes at all in the beginning of their treatment. In this case a change in the dosage and or selection of remedy may be necessary.
If any response to your treatment concerns you, be sure to discuss this with your homeopath. You might find it helpful to make notes of any changes and take them with you to discuss at your next appointment.
How long does the treatment take?
This depends on a number of factors:
1) What type of illness you are suffering from
2) How long you have had the illness
3) Your age and overall health
The longer you wait before seeking treatment, the longer it takes to treat. When your body starts to show signs of imbalance or disease, don’t hesitate, get help right away. For acute (short-term) ailments, treatment can be very rapid. Long standing complaints take time to treat. Homeopathy cures from the inside, and often outer symptoms such as a skin complaint, are the last to clear. Be patient! In the long term it is much better to address the underlying imbalance than merely relieving or suppressing the symptoms.
Will I need to change my diet or lifestyle?
A healthy diet, regular exercise, enough sleep and relaxation are all part of being healthy. Sometimes old habits are difficult to break however. Many of my patients remark that after homeopathic treatment they are much healthier both physically and emotionally, and are able to make healthy choices in a way that feels natural and effortless. I am available to give you advice about your diet and lifestyle to help you attain and maintain a level of optimum health.
What about seeing a General Practitioner?
I recommend maintaining a relationship with your primary care doctor. I work together with doctors and specialists on a daily basis. I believe in working together as a team in helping you achieve your health goals.
Homeopathic medicines are non-toxic. Homeopathic medicines are non-habit forming. Homeopathic medicines are easy and pleasant to take.
Homeopathic medicine is based on three principles:
1. The single remedy. It is best to only use one medicine at a time. If this medicine or
2. The minimum dose: As the body is already reacting to the illness it only needs a small dose to make this reaction stronger.
3. The Similar Remedy: The remedy has to match nearly all of the patients symptoms. This is why the interview is so detailed.
Who uses homeopathy?
Anyone can use homeopathy: babies, pregnant women, the elderly.
Homeopathy is used to treat both physical and mental and emotional conditions. The use of homeopathy is advocated by the world health organization. Famous people who have used homeopathy successfully include: The Royal Family of Great Britain, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Mark Twain, Tina Turner, John D. Rockefeller Sr and Paul McCartney just to name a few. In fact Homeopathy is common place in many countries, including: England, Australia, New Zealand, India, Brazil, etc
In the United Kingdom, around 42 percent of physicians refer patients to homeopathic practitioners, and homeopathic training is the most popular post-graduate training program. There are homeopathic hospitals world-wide, including London, Scotland, India, etc
Homeopathy can treat many health conditions that do not require surgery. Below is a list of conditions that I commonly see in my practice:
WOMEN’S HEALTH COMPLAINTS
Accidents and injuries
Coughs, Colds, Flu
Abdominal complaints, digestion etc
Urinary tract infections
Depression, Bipolar disorder
Low energy or fatigue
CHILDREN and PEDIATRICS
Coughs and colds
Attention deficit disorder (ADD & ADHD)
Difficulty breast feeding (painful cracked nipples, slow milk supply/dried up supply, intolerance to breast milk)
Failure to thrive
Coughs and colds
Diarrhea & constipation
Infections, coughs & colds
Anxiety and Depression
Constipation & Hemorrhoids
Varicosities of legs and vulvae
High blood pressure
Swelling of the legs
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Post partum depression
Healing after birth
10 Good Reasons to use Homeopathy:
1) NO HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS
A special preparation process called potentization refines the medicines to remove any toxic side-effects. It is suitable for babies and octogenarians alike and during pregnancy and menopause. However you should only take homeopathic medicines under the guidance of a qualified homeopathic practitioner.
Homeopathy works by stimulating the body’s own natural defense mechanism. Although gentle the results may be powerful and long lasting.
3) EASY TO TAKE
Homeopathic medicines are given either as small pleasant tasting tablets which dissolve in the mouth, or in liquid form. Granules, powders or drops are available for babies and children.
Homeopathic medicines cost surprisingly less than allopathic prescription medication.
5) NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS
Humans respond differently to medication than animals do. All homeopathic medication is tested on healthy humans. The symptoms that a substance taken over time elicits in a healthy person, are shown to be exactly those that can be cured in a sick person suffering from those symptoms.
6) PREVENTATIVE TREATMENT
By boosting the body’s immune system, homeopathy can help improve a person’s resistance to illness and infections.
7) PATIENT INVOLVEMENT
Homeopathy takes into account the whole person i.e. it is Holistic. The homeopath will ask many questions, not only about the symptoms which are bothering an individual, but how they react to the condition, as well as wanting to know about general health and lifestyle. Like a practitioner and psychologist in one.
8) VALUE FOR MONEY
Homeopathic medicines are generally less expensive than conventional medicines. The homeopath will spend a great deal of time getting to the root of your problem. The homeopathic medicines are intended to boost the immune system, making you stronger and less likely to get sick.
9) INVALUABLE FOR FIRST AID
Homeopathic medicines can be safely used the home or workplace to treat simple problems-such as bruises, minor burns, sprains, insect bites and gastric upsets. However more serious or chronic complaints should be treated by a qualified practitioner.
10) THE MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE
With over 3000 homeopathic medicines in existence and new homeopathic medicines being discovered all the time, Homeopathy is a growing art. However unlike allopathic medicine that takes drugs off the market every year as new side-effects are discovered, homeopaths still use the same medicines they were using 200 years ago with new medicines to broaden their scope. Scientists are only now discovering breakthroughs in quantum physics that helps us to develop a deeper understanding of homeopathy, as it was used 200 years ago.
A Patient’s guide to Homeopathy by Judy Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman
The Science of Homeopathy by George Vithoulkas
Impossible Cure by Amy Lansky
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