What is homeopathy?

 Homeopathy is a safe and effective, yet profoundly effective form of treatment, which works by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Although it can claim an ancient heritage, homeopathy was first systematised into a scientific discipline about two hundred years ago. Its founder was well ahead of his time, advocating the need for human drug trials and propounding the involvement of microbes in disease causation long before these notions became the accepted norm in orthodox medicine. His firm conclusion, however, was that the treatment of diseases was best effected by improving the health and thereby modifying the susceptibility of the patient, rather than in merely trying to kill microbes or ease symptoms.

Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine, recognising that symptoms of ill-health are the result of an underlying disorder in the organism as a whole, and that this disharmony may arise from a number of contributing factors, both physical and psychological.

Homeopathic medicines, referred to as remedies, are made from a wide range of materials, including plants, minerals, and animal venoms, which undergo a process known as ‘potentisation’. This process creates highly diluted toxin-free doses capable of powerful therapeutic action. These remedies are non-addictive, and are safe for everyone to use, including pregnant women and young babies.

Homeopathy works on the principle of ‘like cures like’, based on the observation that a tiny dose of a substance is capable of stimulating the body to cure an illness whose symptoms are similar to those that would be produced by exposure to a much larger dose of that same substance. Potentised onion is a good example of a homeopathic remedy – it may be used to relieve hayfever when the condition is characterised by watering eyes.

Treatment is tailored to the individual. The patient’s symptoms and general state are enquired into at length in order that a remedy can be matched to their specific pattern of disease; conditions that bear the same conventional diagnosis will often require quite different remedies, as each person tends to experience their symptoms in their own particular way.

How can homeopathy help me?

Homeopathy can be used to treat a wide range of complaints, whether they are of a physical or a psychological nature; emotional and behavioural issues, as well as cognitive impairments and stress-related conditions can all respond well to homeopathic treatment.

Commonly treated ailments include:

  • mental and emotional states (eg OCD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, irritability, etc)
  • respiratory tract disorders (eg asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hayfever, etc)
  • digestive problems (eg IBS, IBD, heartburn, colic, constipation, candidiasis, etc)
  • skin conditions (eg eczema, psoriasis, acne, warts, molluscum, urticaria, herpes etc)
  • musculo-skeletal complaints (eg rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, etc)
  • hormonal problems (eg thyroid disorders, menstrual and menopausal complaints,  etc)
  • male and female reproductive issues (eg PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, fibroids, etc)
  • sex related issues (eg physical and psychological issues,  diminished libido, etc)
  • complaints of pregnancy (eg nausea, fatigue, emotional upset, etc)
  • complaints of babies and children (including behavioural issues)
  • acute and/or recurring illnesses (eg ear infections, tonsillitis, cystitis, childhood diseases, etc)
  • disorders affecting the immune system (eg autoimmune disorders, allergies, etc)
  • side effects of conventional drugs (eg nausea of chemotherapy, skin burns of radiotherapy, etc)
  • and many more (eg ME,  chronic fatigue,  glandular fever, migraines, headaches, insomnia, etc)

What happens during treatment?

Successful homeopathic treatment depends on obtaining as full an understanding of the patient and their suffering as possible. To this end your homeopath will spend time listening to your description of your complaints and will then enquire further to arrive at a broader and deeper understanding of the issues, being particularly attentive to your own unique subjective experience of your problems. Such an understanding of the specific pattern of your symptoms and the way in which you are experiencing them will allow your homeopath to select the remedy which appears to mirror this state most closely, from among the range of thousands that are available. The remedy will then be prescribed in pillule, tablet or liquid drop form, either as a one-off dose, or to be repeated daily for some time, as is deemed appropriate to your individual case. In some cases more than one remedy may be prescribed. Follow up consultations typically take place at four-week intervals, though this can vary according to the case and the type of pathology involved. Consultations take place in an atmosphere of respect and attentive listening, and are subject to strict confidentiality. In addition to prescribing homeopathic remedies your practitioner may sometimes prescribe, administer, offer, advise or suggest adjunctive support for your treatment, which may, for example, include:

  • herbal tinctures, eg to aid detoxification or support an organ or system
  • flower essences, such as Bach Flower Remedies
  • dietary recommendations 
  • nutritional supplements 
  • lifestyle changes
  • complementary therapies

What are the qualifications and codes of practice?

Each homeopath at the Centre holds a Licentiate qualification from a respected homeopathic college and has many years experience. All are registered with at least one professional body, whose code of ethics and conduct they adhere to.

Where Can I Learn More?

Please visit www.a-r-h.org and www.hmc21.org for more information.

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