Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing.
Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that you can treat ‘like with like’:
a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses can be used in small amounts to treat similar symptoms.
For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, so according to this principle, when made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms.
The original substance, also called 'the source', is made into a homeopathic remedy through a lengthy procedure involving dilution to avoid the risk of side effects. In the UK this work is carried out in registered specialist pharmacies.
Homeopaths work from the understanding that a person is much more than the sum of the various body parts. The mind, emotions and body organs are seen to be interconnected and influencing each other. This is a holistic approach to health and would explain why the same illness affects different people in different ways.
The combination of symptoms and individual aspects, the so-called 'totality of symptoms', is important in the homeopathic consultation because it reflects the situation of the
whole patient. It is used to find a remedy which is uniquely suited to the person.
An individually prescibed homeopathic remedy matches the patient's whole constitution; it is aimed to trigger the person's own natural healing responses, allowing cure to begin at a deep level. After homeopathic treatment people repeatedly notice that they feel better in themselves as well as relief of their symptoms.
Homeopathy is now the most popular alternative to conventional drugs worldwide (World Health Organisation Report, 2005). A growing number of people choose it because they are concerned about
the side effects of conventional drugs. To those already taking a conventional prescription, homeopathy offers complementary support and constitutional healing without further drug intake.
Motives to see a homeopath can be all kinds of medical conditions as well as a maybe less defined sense of being 'stuck' in one's energy. This could happen in a period of change, in prolonged grief, or when noticing patterns in life style which one wishes to change (for example in relationships, occupation, performance or social contacts). All of these concerns fit under the umbrella of holistic health and can be a good reason to see a homeopath.
If you would like to discuss whether homeopathic treatment is an option for you, please feel free to contact me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07795 294311.
It is often asked whether there is scientific evidence that homeopathy works. There are high-quality randomised clinical trials demonstrating that homeopathy is clinically effective beyond placebo. A key site to visit for further details is: https://www.hri-research.org/