Homeopathy: healthy medicine
Homeopathy is a system of natural healthcare that has been in worldwide use for over 200 years. Homeopathy treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating their own healing ability. A homeopath selects the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health.
Homeopathy is one of the most widely used forms of medicine in the world today. Used by millions.
Discover the benefits of a system of medicine that is safe, effective and treats you as a unique individual. Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine that treats mental, emotional and physical levels
Why try homeopathy?
Homeopathic medicines are chosen to support the whole person. Homeopaths believe the mind and body operate as one, and therefore it is not possible to treat one part of the body without affecting the whole. Medicines are chosen to fit all the characteristics of the patient, so physical disorders are considered in relation to the individual’s mental and emotional state.
The Homeopathic Consultation
Your first consultation will take approximately one hour, with follow-up consultations lasting around half an hour. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire prior to your first visit so that I can build up a complete picture of your condition, including your past medical history. Prescriptions for acute illnesses, such as fever, vomiting or flu, are usually assessed much more quickly.
You will be asked detailed questions about yourself. To be sure to prescribe the best medicine for your particular problem I will, as your homeopath, need to understand your individual needs. You will be asked about many aspects of your life, such as your emotional state, your sleep patterns and how you cope with stress. Then I will choose a medicine for you that most closely matches your unique pattern of symptoms.
Homeopathic medicines are usually supplied in tablet, powder or liquid form. As with all medicines, they need to be stored safely and appropriately.
Patients often feel a sense of wellbeing, optimism and relaxation after taking their homeopathic medicine. The speed with which you feel relief will depend on the condition being treated. In acute ailments, this can be very fast indeed. In more chronic conditions, your recovery rate will depend on the nature and duration of the illness and on your individual vitality.
Testimonial from NC (in his 80s)
“I had one very bad attack of Viral Labyrinthitis and a further follow up attack, during which I crashed the car – driving in circles up a multi storey car park made me giddy.
Then I took a course of your pills. I have never looked back and would like to think this was due to your pills.
Recently I had suspected Glaucoma with very high pressure in my one eye. Again, I started taking a course of your pills. When I saw the consultant the pressure had dropped significantly.
I shall be delighted to try any more of your potions.”
Homeopathy for all
Homeopathy can be used effectively by everyone, from babies and children to adults, including women during pregnancy. Homeopathic medicines promote the body’s natural ability to heal. When prescribed appropriately, they are safe, non-toxic and non-addictive. They can be taken alongside drugs prescribed by your doctor and will not interfere with their beneficial action. As your condition improves, you may be able to safely reduce your conventional medication, thereby avoiding the unwanted effects that sometimes accompany the long-term use of drugs.
NB: you should always consult with your GP before making changes to your conventional medication.
How homeopathy works
Homeopathy works on a principle known as ‘the law of similars’ or ‘like cures like’. This law states that a substance that can cause a disease can also relieve it. For example, coffee – or Coffea as it is known in Latin – is a stimulant that can cause temporary insomnia. Coffea may be used in minute potentised (i.e. homeopathic) doses to relieve that insomnia. Another example is that chopping onions can cause your nose and eyes to run with copious amounts of water. The onion – Allium cepa – can be used homeopathically to treat colds and hayfever where the main symptoms include runny eyes and nose.
Testimonial from JW:
“Carol is a wonderful practitioner, who brings a great depth and range of knowledge to her work, along with a calm and caring presence. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services as a homeopath to others.” November 28, 2008
The founding father of homeopathy
Over 200 years ago, the German doctor and chemist Samuel Hahnemann developed the system of medicine we now call homeopathy. He had a very clear and humane approach to the practice of medicine:
“The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles.” (Samuel Hahnemann, Organon of Medicine)
How homeopathic medicines are made
To maximise the healing potential of the medicines he used, Hahnemann prepared them in a very specific manner. This involved diluting the substance concerned, then shaking it vigorously with impact. This sequence of actions is known as succussion. A substance can be diluted and succussed many times, and Hahnemann termed this process potentisation. Hahnemann observed that potentisation made the medicines more effective and reduced the likelihood of unwanted effects.
Each new homeopathic medicine undergoes a particular process called a ‘proving’. Volunteers or ‘provers’ take the new substance until they experience symptoms. All symptoms that result from taking the substance are recorded in detail. In this way a huge variety of natural substances are tested for their healing and curative properties and can be added to the homeopathic pharmacy. Unlike orthodox drugs, homeopathic medicines are not tested on animals.