Homeopathy is a 200-year-old form of alternative medicine that aims to stimulate a healing response and strengthen the body’s ability to heal itself. This is based on the theory of treating ‘like with like’ and using specially prepared, highly diluted preparations to stimulate the body’s own healing response to disease.
Homeopaths view this a holistic system of medicine. They aim to treat the whole person, taking into account personality, lifestyle and hereditary factors, as well as the history of the disease. Since all people are unique, homeopathic medicines are prescribed to treat individuals.
What are the benefits Homeopathy?
Homeopathic medicine approaches disease and remedies from a totally different standpoint to conventional or “allopathic” medicine. It can be practised by qualified medical professionals including doctors, dentists and even veterinary surgeons, but it can also be safely used in the home.
Many people choose this approach for every-day family ailments, with a homeopathic ‘first aid kit’ or remedies bought at health stores and pharmacies.
Conventional or allopathic medicine works against the disease and its symptoms using “anti” drugs – you will be familiar with vocabulary which talks about ‘fighting’ disease or ‘killing’ pain.
Using homeopathy, by contrast, we are seeing the symptoms as the body’s attempt to heal itself – perhaps needing help, but of a gentle and supportive kind. Homeopathy treats an individual with a specific set of symptoms, rather than battling a disease. Put simply, it is why a remedy is given, not what is given.
What does a typical Homeopathy session look like?
Many first-time patients are very pleasantly surprised at the depth of the initial consultation. Typically, this will last for between an hour and an hour-and-a-half. The practitioner uses the consultation to find out your particular symptoms, and then identifies the remedy or remedies that match those symptoms.
However, many people are often unused to talking openly about their physical problems, let alone mental or emotional issues. Homeopaths offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space in which to talk about you. This can be a release for many people and is often a powerful stage in the healing process.
You will be asked about your own medical history, and that of your family. This is so that your Homeopath can see how other health issues may have contributed to your current problems. Additionally, it shows what patterns of susceptibility to illnesses you may have inherited from your parents and grandparents.
You are also likely to be asked about medication that you are taking, as well as any supplements. The Homeopath will also ask you for brief details of the health issue or issues which you want to address.
How do I find a Homeopath that suits me?
Once you have found Homeopaths in your area the best way to select one is to check what homeopathic qualifications they hold. Contacting the homeopath in advance will help to assess if they are right for you.