Homeo = similar / same
Pathy = suffering / dis-ease
Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine that gently stimulates your body to heal itself. Remedies act like a catalyst, or the key in the ignition of a vehicle, to help your body to overcome it's current obstacle to health.
Homeopathy treats the whole person rather than just the parts that don't work. There is no specialist for this or that, just a skilled Homeopath perceiving your symptoms as messages from your body, versus being the problem itself. There is no one size fits all. Your symptoms are unique to you, despite others who present with the same named condition. Often, homeopathic treatment offers a longer term solution vs the quick but temporary fix offered by conventional medication. However, the quick fix never deals with the root cause of those symptoms, so they return time and time again - called chronic or underlying health conditions - until they are properly resolved.
Having evaluated your case, I prescribe remedies that are proven to produce - in healthy people - symptoms "similar" to those experienced by you. Similarity is the cornerstone of Homeopathy. For more on the Principles of Homeopathy - there are only 3 - see below.
Sadly, medical science has become the study of pathology, the outcome of which are treatments to defeat the perceived pathogen with increasingly powerful drugs and increasingly invasive procedures. Homeopathy is gentle and adaptable, and it is this flexibility that makes modern day maladies very treatable.
The concept of Homeopathy was known in the days of Paracelsus but it was Dr Samuel Hahnemann, a brilliant and respected German medic, that tested and formulated the system practised today. His findings over 200 years ago are as relevant - and effective - today as they were then. I think the effectiveness of a medicine should be judged by how frequently it needs to be repeated. Don't you?
Homeopathic remedies contain minimal amounts of the original substance which are then 'potentised', i.e. diluted and succussed. This triple-process captures the remedies' therapeutic properties and ensures they are safe for all ages. Homeopathy can be taken alongside conventional medicine. Indeed, many patients use Homeopathy to minimise side effects of their conventional medication.
Homeopathy was recently accepted as a viable alternative to conventional medicine by the House of Lords Committee for Complementary Medicines. Homeopathy has been integrated into the Swiss public health programme. For research updates, sign up for my blog and newsletter updates.
Homeopathy is used by many people worldwide for first aid, acute, chronic and degenerative conditions. Remember: Homeopathy treats you – as opposed to just the symptoms or condition you’ve been diagnosed with. Perhaps you're struggling with sleeplessness, hormonal, mental health problems or fatigue. Or perhaps you want an MOT to keep you in top health over the coming months? Maybe you're worried about the medication you're on and want to manage your health differently. And, worst of all, you’ve been told to live with your chronic underlying health problem. If you're wondering whether there's another way, you've come to the right place! That was how I found Homeopathy, and I'm so glad I did. I haven't had to take medication for over two decades.
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Homeopathy is a system of medicine founded by Dr Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. Hahnemann was a respected medic of his time and became increasingly disturbed and the methods of the day (blood letting and mercury). While translating herbalist texts, he learned that Peruvian Bark can prodce malaria-like symptoms in people. His enquiring mind wondered if lower doses could help heal his malaria patients. And the rest is history! Homeopathic remedies help the body heal itself, with remedies that are catalysts in that process. The word 'Homeopathy' translates to 'similar suffering') and is based on an idea developed by Paracelsus in the 1500s. Paracelsus was a Swiss physician who wrote that a disease should be named by that which cures it. Hahnemann's Homeopathy has only 3 Principles which remain unchanged: what worked then, works now which is refreshing when we consider that medical opinions and advice change almost daily.
The guiding principle of Homeopathy is SIMILARITY. The word 'Homeo-pathy' translates to 'similar-suffering', i.e. a little of what makes you sick, makes you well. Immunisation, the injection of a substance to encourage an antibody response, goes some way to help explain this principle, but homeopathic remedies are not generally injected, but rather taken under the tongue. Remedies are made from just about anything: flowers, plants, minerals, animal fur, venom and stings (which are sourced ethically and in minimal amounts). In fact, a remedy can be made of just about any substance you can imagine to help restore a state of equilibrium (homeostasis). The indicated remedy acts like a key in the ignition: giving your body what it needs to overcome its current obstacle to health, and continue its work to keep you well, 24/7, 365 days a year. Remember: even with a serious illness, your body always works in your best interest, to optimise your health.
One size does not fit all! You are unique and so are your symptoms and experience of an illness. Symptoms are seen as a messenger from the body, rather than the problem itself and the patient and their personality is as important as the condition they present with. Remedies have 'pictures', or, put another way, clinical indications for use on physical, mental and emotional level, accumulated over more than 200 years. An example is anxiety: Patient A is better for company; Patient B is better being alone. Patient A is better for rest; Patient B is restless and likes to be busy. Patient A maybe chilly and find it hard to warm up; Patient B is always better for being outside and having the window open. These differences lead to the indicated remedy being chosen for that patient at that time and is what gives Homeopathy its edge. Remedies have the scope to help a person's unique symptoms through the principles of similarity and individuality.
This is the Principle that confounds newcomers to Homeopathy, and sceptics. Minimum dose comprises two stages: DILUTION and SUCUSSION. Tiny amounts of the originating substance are used to create remedies which are then shaken vigorously to release their therapeutic action. This changes the substance's molecular structure and renders the remedy with negligible side effects. As such, remedies are safe for all the family to use. Research is proving that it is not a case of IF Homeopathy works; but more HOW it works, and gold standard randomised controlled trials continue, with the explanation being found in quantum physics. The impressive body of evidence is increasing as to its efficacy in many conditions and alongside conventional treatment modalities. I believe that integrated health is the way forward: that medical science, while making huge strides in diagnostics, research and treatments - to include artificial intelligence and robotics - has maybe lost sight of the bigger picture and the integrated nature of the human body and mind.
The World Health Organization defines health as: 'a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.' From this viewpoint, it is arguable that people are increasingly unhealthy, living with chronic underlying conditions and reliant upon medication. How many people do you know who are on no medication? Rewind 200 years ago, when Dr Hahnemann stated in Aphorism 1 of his Organon of Medicine, 'the physician's highest and only calling is to make the sick healthy, to cure, as it is called.'
In Aphorism 2, he continues 'the highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health'
Add to this Dr Hering's The Law of Cure (c. 1800) which states that cure is achieved: (i) when the disease leaves the body from above to below; (ii) from within to the outside; (iii) from a vital organ to a lesser organ; and (iv) in reverse order.
People are living longer, but with epidemic levels of chronic and degenerative disease, medication and lowered quality of life. Something isn't right...
Germ Theory / Terrain Theory
A quick word about two very conflicting theories about health and disease. A theory is something that is accepted as fact until otherwise proven. The Germ Theory is being challenged by the continuing and extensive research undertaken into the microbiome, or gut. At around the same time as Louis Pasteur brought his Germ Theory to the world, another, less charismatic but excellent scientist - Olivier Bechamp - had consistently proven that microorganism activity was constantly present, despite and before the external 'germ' was introduced to the body. Bechamp called these microorganisms microzyma. His work suggested an internal change creates dis-ease - like a change in the soil that gives rise to a healthy or diseased plant - and that our food, lifestyle and environment were important factors in creating and maintaining health (or dis-ease). It has been written that Pasteur changed his mind to agree with Bechamp days before he died. I'll leave you to ponder on how different our perception of health and disease would be had medical science adopted and researched the Terrain Theory...
How many treatments will I need?
Everyone is different and the response to Homeopathy can be rapid with results seen with 24-48 hours or, sometimes a month or so. I usually recommend a monthly appointment for 3 months to review and establish continued improvement.
For more chronic and established, or heavily medicated cases, we may need a little longer to achieve noticeable results. Contact me to discuss how Homeopathy and Natural Nutrition can help you.
Once your initial condition is resolved, you may decide to consult on a regular basis - say seasonal or 3-monthly - to maintain good health and address other health issues you may have.
Perhaps there's a minor physical, mental or emotional issue you'd like to resolve, or you'd like to improve your gut health, diet or hormonal health with Homeopathy and Natural Nutrition. Or perhaps good sleep eludes you.
All consultations are undertaken either in person or virtually via Teams or Skype, or by telephone if you prefer. The first consultation takes about and hour or so to enable me to undertake a thorough case review. Subsequent appointments are a little shorter. I will send you a questionnaire beforehand which will give me some useful background information and your medical history. All information is received in confidence and stored safely and in accordance with current GDPR guidelines. Your health and safety is paramount so I choose to use pre-made remedies from a homeopathic pharmacy to ensure hygiene measures are observed. Your remedies are packaged and posted to you within 24 hours.
Can I diagnose your health problems?
The short answer is 'no'. Homeopaths work on similarity, so the name of the dis-ease is not paramount, although helpful. However, case taking often reveals connections between your medical or life history - and that of your ancestors - and current state and you may begin to see that everything is connected. From this viewpoint, you are more empowered and can make decisions about changes that may improve or even resolve your condition.
Homeopaths learn about individual susceptibility - and is key to why you become ill at all . We all have our Achilles heel (which is often informed by family medical history and lifestyle). For example, why do some people get flu in a group setting, while others don't? Why are siblings with the same parents prone to sore throats, digestive problems and joint problems, while others aren't?
The answer is susceptibility. And why the 'one size fits all' approach is not the answer.
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