Why 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.

What is Homeopathy

In 1796 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.

 

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.

 

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 as individual characteristics: emotional and physical.

How it works

Homeopathic medicines work by stimulating the immune system. Once your immune system is strong and functioning effectively, many of your ailments will naturally disappear.

What will your homeopath need to know?

Homeopathy realizes that every one of us is unique. Thus 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 your lifestyle. Everything you tell your homeopath will be treated in the strictest confidence. The initial consultation may take up to two hours.

What to expect

A number of changes typically occur after taking your homeopathic remedy. Some patients experience a period of exceptional well-being and optimism. Occasionally symptoms appear to get worse for a short time. This is a good sign that the remedy is taking effect. Sometimes a cold, rash, or some form of discharge may appear as a ‘spring cleaning’ effect which means your system is going through a cleaning stage. Similarly, 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 at 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 treatment take?

This depends on several factors:

 

  1. What type of illness you are suffering from
  2. How long you have had the illness
  3. Your age and overall health
  4. Your sensitivity

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, to 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.

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