Homeopathic remedies are made from natural substances and work by gently boosting the body’s natural efforts to heal itself.
The viewpoint of homeopathic medicine is that symptoms are not simply something “wrong” that needs fixing. The body is constantly trying to maintain a state of equilibrium or balance. Homeostasis is the word that describes the body’s mechanism for keeping everything in this state of balance. Symptoms represent the body’s efforts to adapt or deal with various disturbances, such as infectious disease, environmental poisons, injury, stress or emotional shocks. Symptoms are the body’s attempts to try to adapt and and heal itself. For example, a fever is the body’s way of trying to denature (kill off) a virus or bacterium. Swelling around an injury or broken bone is the body sending cells to repair, collect the debris and provide additional blood supply to facitilitate healing.
If you view symptoms from the perspective of the body trying to heal itself, it makes good sense to try to work with the body rather than against it.
In treating any problem, chronic or acute, a homeopath selects a suitable remedy based on its ability to cause, in experimental situations, symptoms similar to those the sick person experiences. The remedy is selected to work with the body and complement and reinforce the body’s healing actions. Using this “principle of similars” (that like can cure like) is the basis of homeopathic medicine. (According to the Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Emil A. von Behring, who developed the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines, it was homeopathy which inspired him).
Homeopathic remedies are very safe, easy to take, not addictive and can often be taken alongside other treatments. Indeed, they are so safe they are regularly used during pregnancy and childbirth, for very young babies and for people who are especially sensitive. My youngest patient was five days old week old and my oldest in her nineties!
A homeopath takes all aspects of a patient’s health into consideration, spending considerable time with the patient listening to their emotional, mental and physical symptoms. Every person is unique and this detailed information is then used to select a remedy specifically for that patient.
Some people feel significant benefit from being listened to in a calm, unhurried homeopathic consultation, which normally lasts between 1 and 2 hours.
What can Homeopathy Treat?
Homeopathy is a form of medicine that is holistic, which means that it treats the whole person. It has been used for over 200 years to treat people with a wide range of illnesses and complaints from the most minor to the most severe.
Homeopaths look at all aspects of a person’s health and prescribe individually for that person. This means that rather than treat each ailment separately, giving a different medicine for each complaint or problem a patient has, homeopaths seek to find one medicine that will help that person heal. Different people with the same illness could be prescribed very different medicines because each person is unique and their experience and combination of symptoms will be unique to them.
As a result my own experience has been quite varied, treating a wide range of men, women and children with a wide range of complaints. Indeed, even when there are a significant number of patients with similar conditions, (for example I have seen a considerable number of patients with problems such as anxiety, depression or stress over the years), patients often have several problems at the same time and usually require very different remedies and approaches.
If you would like to discuss your own complaint and whether homeopathy might be helpful, please feel free to get in touch.