Homeopathy

Homeo = similar/same

Pathy = suffering/dis-ease

Homeopathy

The Principles of Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of medicine founded by Dr Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. While training to be a doctor, he translated medical texts - he was a brilliant linguist too. While translating for British herbalist, Dr Nicholas Culpeper, he noted that Peruvian Tree Bark poisoning resembled food poisoning. His enquiring mind led him to test his theory on himself: would small amounts of Peruvian Bark help in cases of food poisoning. And it did! Thus Homeopathy was born. The word itself 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. Homeopathy has only 3 Principles which remain unchanged today: what worked then, works now which is refreshing when we consider that medical opinions and advice change almost daily. Homeopathy is a safe, effective, affordable treatment that is used globally

Principle 1: Similarity

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.

Principle 2: Individuality

In brief, this means that one size definitely 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 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 chose 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.

Principle 3: Minimum Dose

This is the Principle that confounds people that are new to Homeopathy. 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 are ongoing, 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.

Health & The Law of Cure

I applaud The World Health Organization's definition of 'health': '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 only 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.

It is debatable then, that people are healthier today. They are living longer, but with epidemic levels of chronic and degenerative disease.

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. I believe that 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 plant or weed - 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...

Some frequently asked questions...


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.


Maintenance Appointments


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.


Consultations

All consultations are undertaken virtually via Zoom or Skype, or 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 you diagnose my health problems?

The short answer is 'no'. However, case taking often reveals connections between your medical history and current condition and you may begin to see that everything is connected and that you are not prey, or victim to a disease or condition. From this viewpoint, you are more empowered and can make decisions about changes that may help your condition.

Individual susceptibility 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, while others don't? And why are some more prone to sore throats, digestive problems and joint problems, while others aren't?

The answer is susceptibility. Remember: one size does not fit all.

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