What Homeopathy is
Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine. Homeopathic remedies are made from plants, metals and animals, they have no side effects and are non toxic. They can be used alongside all conventional medicines. Homeopathy can be prescribed in liquid or tablet form. Homeopathy is holistic in that it looks at how you feel the condition both physically and emotionally and also other areas of your life for example your appetite and sleep. A personal and family medical and emotional history is also taken to give us the complete picture of you. It is also individualistic, no one condition is ever expereinced the same way be everyone, homeopathy seeks to find the correct remedy for your individual expression of the problem you have come with
How Homeopathy was discovered
Homeopathy was first discussed in ancient times by Hippocrates however, homeopathy as we know it today was founded over 200 years ago by a German Doctor Samual Hahnaman, after many years of research he found that a substance that if given to a healthy person generated symptoms and that if these same symptoms were experienced in a sick person that substance could be used to treat it. This developed into the philosophy of ‘like cures like’. He also discovered that the more dilute a substance was the more effective and more gentle it was in bringing about health. And balance. Although shunned in his time he was more successful than conventional medicine in the treatment of patients in the smallpox epidemic and he has had many follows since in both the medical and non-medical community.
How Homeopathy works
Our bodies are amazing machines, Skin heals when cut, bones knit back together when broken and antibodies are created to fight pathogens that may enter into our body and cause harm. We somehow have lost confidence in our bodies ability to heal itself, but it can. Sometimes however, some help is needed and homeopathy aims to stimulate the bodies own immune system, encouraging it to rebalance the body in an effective way to bring about health.
Q. Is there any evidence that homeopathy works?
There is now a growing body of evidence that shows homeopathy works. Results from various random control trials (RCT's) show that homeopathy has positive results over placebo. What we cannot prove yet however, is how homeopathy works, the proof of this lays within the field of quantum physics. For more information on homeopathic research visit the Homeopathic Research Institute.
Q. Can I use homeopathy and medicine from my Doctor?
Most of the patients that come to see me are on conventional medicine, some want to stay on the medicine and use homeopathy alongside it, others want homeopathy to treat side-effects of the medication they are taking. Others would like to gradually reduce the amount of medication they are taking and are looking to homeopathy as an alternative. Withdrawal from any prescribed drug must be done with the knowledge of your doctor.
Q. Are there any side-effects?
There are no side effects from homeopathy however, we cannot predict how the body will react to the action of remedies to bring about healing. Sometimes we see individuals having what we call a ‘healing response’ where the body tries to eliminate toxins from the body by producing mucus, a fever or another way of eliminating. We also often see old symptoms of previous complaints arising during treatment as the body tries to revert to a time when they were healthy.