What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the person that needs treatment rather that their disease.
Homeopathy uses remedies made from a very wide range of substances including minerals and plants. They are made through a process of repeated dilution and shaking which makes them more potent but also safer. Since there are only tiny amounts of the substance in the remedy they cannot act like conventional drugs which override the body’s own healing mechanisms. Instead they stimulate the body into doing whatever is necessary to return the body to a state of health. The remedies work with the body to promote a state of balance, strengthen the immune system and help the body to more easily cope with the stresses of life. The remedies are usually given as tablets or in water.
For instance, instead of treating a child’s sore throat with antibiotics which will remove the inflammation but may weaken the child’s immune system and do nothing to prevent a recurrence of the problem, a homeopath will try to use the body’s built-in healing system to actually cure the problem permanently.
This system of healing by ‘similars’ has been successfully used since early Egyptian times but it was not until 180 years ago that a German scientist and doctor called Samuel Hahnemann published a modern description of its philosophy and method of practice. He called this system ‘homeopathy’ which means ‘similar feeling’ since the basic principle is that any substance which can cause symptoms when given to a healthy person can help to heal someone who is experiencing similar symptoms.
Because homeopathic remedies are so dilute there is no risk of side effects. They are non-habit-forming and safe for anyone to take; from tiny babies to the elderly. They are also safe to use during pregnancy and labour. Homeopathy is effective for a very wide range of illnesses; mental & behavioural problems, emotional upset and physical disease. It is equally successful in treating chronic (long lasting) illness such as asthma and MS as it is in helping with acute problems including first aid and childhood illnesses.
People find their first appointment with a homeopath a very different experience to visiting a conventional doctor. Your homeopath will want to know all about you (or your child) and there will be plenty of time for you to talk and discuss any issues that concern you. You may be asked general questions about your likes and dislikes, sleeping habits and reaction to wet weather as well as specific questions concerning any problems you may have. Your homeopath will use all this information to prescribe a remedy that matches your symptom picture and personality. She will discuss any other treatment you may be having and is happy to work with your own GP/specialist and other therapists as necessary. There is no need to stop taking any medication you are taking immediately. This may be reduced or discontinued when appropriate.