What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that has been practised all over the world for almost 250 years. Homeopathic remedies work at an energetic level, stimulating the body’s own healing abilities.

The word homeopathy is derived from Greek meaning ‘similar suffering.’ This is the basis of homeopathic philosophy i.e. a substance that can produce symptoms in a healthy person can cure those same symptoms in a sick person e.g. A remedy made from a red onion is often prescribed for somebody suffering with red, itchy eyes that water constantly like in the condition hay fever.

Homeopathic remedies are in such minute, dilute doses that they are safe for everybody to use from infants, pregnant women to elderly people.

Our bodies are always trying to maintain balance but sometimes our immune system is weakened. This can be due to various stresses that we encounter in our everyday lives or due to the stress that our lifestyle puts on our bodies. Whenever we are out of balance we can be guaranteed that our immune system will be trying to restore the balance to help us to regain health.

Homeopathic remedies act as a catalyst to stimulate the body’s own immune system to heal. As the remedy will match the symptoms of the person it’s as if it points the immune system in exactly the right direction to speed the healing process and to restore health and well being to the body.

A Homeopathic Consultation

A homeopathic consultation is quite different to other consultations a person may have experience. A homeopath’s job is to allow the client to tell about themselves – their current problem, how it began, what it is like for them, other problems they may have whether physical or emotional. I will have questions for the client covering things like eating habits, likes and dislikes, sleep patterns, past medical history and family medical history etc.This initial consultation will usually take approx an hour. A remedy which best covers the totality of the client is then prescribed. Lots of people suffer from eg migraine but no two people will experience it in exactly the same way. The homeopath must match the symptoms of the client as closely as possible to an individual remedy.

Sometimes a remedy will be prescribed on the spot and sometimes it takes a bit of detective work on the part of the homeopath and the remedy will be ready the following day. In this way you can be assured that your remedy is for ‘you’ and not just for a particular symptom.

What to expect having taken a homeopathic remedy

Having taken a remedy, whether as a single dose or on a daily basis, you can expect a general feeling of well being. When a remedy goes into your system it often shakes things up a bit and sometimes this causes physical symptoms to react before they begin to improve. Often people experience far better sleep having taken a remedy and feel more rested and have more energy. This is the body’s way of starting the healing process. Symptoms begin to ease as the body follows its path towards health and balance. Clients report the easing of their symptoms – ‘not as bad as it was,’ ‘not as often’ and ‘doesn’t last as long.’ This improvement continues until the body has completely redressed the imbalance and the symptoms no longer appear at all.

Follow-up Consultation

A follow up appointment usually takes place a month after the initial meeting. At the follow up consultation the client’s progress will be monitored to ascertain the action of the remedy. I carefully discuss the changes that have taken place and then prescribe remedies to be taken for the next few weeks.